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By Junious Ricardo Stanton


             The Imploding of AmeriKKKa


      "In 1997 there were 1,634,773 reported violent crimes, 18,209 murders, 96,122 rapes, 497,950 robberies, and 1,022, 492 assaults. The violent crime rate in 1997 was the lowest since 1987" The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators p 16


     Just when you thought things couldn't get worse, I received a call Friday evening informing me a good friend Ken Bridges, the co founder of the MATAH Network, was shot and killed while pumping gas in Virginia around 9:30 AM that morning. Ken was a beautiful brother, a conscious committed family man, extremely spiritual and dedicated to the empowerment and upliftment of African people. In a very real sense Ken's murder, which may be the work of a psychopath currently on a rampage of killing in the Washington D.C. area, is a microcosmic analogy of the AmeriKKKan psyche. This nation thrives on violence, without it the European invaders could never have conquered this land. They brought their culture of violence, blood letting, war and repression with them when they came here and unleashed it upon the indigenous population and our African ancestors whom they kidnapped and transported to this hemisphere. The person who shot and killed Ken Bridges was like the Europeans who settled this hemisphere, they callously with premeditation and malice set out to take what was not theirs to take (the land, lives) and indiscriminately disrupt the existing order. That killer is no different than a George W. Bush or the puppeteers pulling the strings to facilitate AmeriKKKan imperialism in Iraq, Central Asia and who knows where else?   

   What George W. Bush is doing is not unique nor is he the only US President who served as war mongers to increase US holdings. This legacy extends from the early presidents who sanctioned the extermination and removal of the native Americans to people like James K. Polk who ordered US troops into Texas in 1846 triggering a Mexican response which led to a brief war. (If you study that scenario the issues in 1846 were similar to 2002: 1846 imperialist coveting of Mexican territory under the mantra of "Manifest Destiny", 2002 war for oil, natural resources and go political positioning under the mantra of US security , 1846 AmeriKKKan troops claimed they were fired upon by Mexican regulars, 2002 war on Iraq is being linked to 911, 1846 the war was fought mostly by volunteers, 2002 all volunteer force is being assembled to fight in Iraq, 1846 the US gained Texas, New Mexico and California, 2002 the goal is to control Iraq, its oil, natural gas as well as establish a military occupation force in the region.) There are additional examples and parallels to the Spanish American War, World War I and II, Vietnam Wars but space constraints won't allow me to elaborate. How does all this tie inthe Ken's murder? The US promotes violence, it is the national pass time, only it is disguised as sports and entertainment. Violent television content is on the rise, violence involving gunplay increased 354% from 1992 to 1995. In motion pictures between 1988 and 1997 17.4 times  more R rated films were produced than G rated films despite the fact that G rated films had a78% higher rate of return than the average R rated film. (The Index of Leading Cultural Indicators) Violence sells and producers ware loath not to bankroll or approve movies or television programs that do not depict some form of violence. This doesn't take into account music videos and video games which depict all types of violent, unspiritual, Anti African and anti life messages. The irony is that Ken Bridges loved life, his life had purpose and meaning, he offered others hope and a vision of a better world here and now. It's insane that any life should be snuffed out but to senselessly lose a man like Ken is doubly tragic.  

    Taken in a broader context, Ken's murder, though it is called random, is the norm just like Columbine is the norm, how can it not be; given we are awash in a sea of media that loves to promote violence. We have a national government that clearly is not averse to using violence to benefit the ruling elites who are the shot callers of this culture.  The only difference between now and forty years ago is; back then they plotted and executed their wickedness in secret, now they do it openly in the media to desensitize us to their fascist imperialism. President Dwight D. Eisenhower contemplated the hit on Patrice Lumumba quietly, John F. Kennedy clandestinely gave the order when he became President. George W. Bush openly calls for the murder of Saddam Hussein. Is it any wonder lives of service and promise like Ken Bridges are being snuffed out. The propaganda spin to oust Hussein is that he used chemical and biological weaponry on his own people, what pray tell is crack cocaine and we know who is behind that. Does the term CIA Dark Alliance ring a bell? What about the fact that during the anthrax scare immediately after 911, only a few innocent folks, some random media outlets and Democrats received letters laced with anthrax?! What about unverified reports White House staff members were taking Cipro a month before the anthrax turned up anywhere? Cipro just happens to be the antidote for the strain of anthrax that surfaced!  Is that true and if it is it coincidental? Perhaps now we know why the Democratic leadership punked out and went along with Bush on Iraq. But then again, white men never need a reason to go to war.  It seems the question is not what is happening to AmeriKKKa, or how did things reached this nadir, the question is when will

AmeriKKKa implode from its own violence?


 Junious Ricardo Stanton produce and host a Internet radio program titled The Digital Underground which airs live on Sundays from 12 pm- 2 pm eastern standard time on come lets support our warrior!

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