The Gladiators were once going at it because the aristocrats thought it would be holy to have 'less valuable people' kill and maim each other. Yes, blood sport was their Roman desire.ROME, ItalyGladiators of the Mind are those who want to use their abilities, especially but not only mental capacities, to free others. In the recent past of African people in America, consider two men who are/were Gladiators of the Mind, Martin Luther King (1929-1968) and Mutulu Shakur, b. 1950.
Taken From: "Open Letter to Gary Younge"
(Afro-Caribbean Journalist to the UK Guardian Newspaper who likes to write stories on the advancement of African-Americans)
The 'Black American ascent 'you point to is an illusion. 84% of White people in the US lived in racially separate, and by custom and law superior housing in 2001. the median net worth of Whites in America is US $94,900, while African people have on average US $8,500 in assets minus debts. Income of the descendants of captives from Africa is today 62% that of Whites, including new immigrants from Europe. Nutritious foods, access to schools with technology to educate and a relatively unified can-do mentally hardly exist. Non-white youth see no future, and are they to be blamed? Adjusting for inflation, an African male worker made US $31,921 in recent years, actually less than the US $34,704 a White male worker made-34 years ago in 1967!EO "ExiledOne An African from America and US Political Refugee"
Selected Writings Volume 2:1 featuring Canada Part 2
As with all Gladiators of the Mind, controversy dogs them almost from childhood. Yet the brilliance and the quest for achievement in their field (liberation) distinguish them. The length and thorough trajectory to reach goals that most scholar activists fear are not only a usual exercise of the elite Gladiator of the Mind, the worry is why they cannot go even further.
These giants of Human Rights do cast a shadow and can't be frozen in time. Though ML King had this to say when the Watts uprising of 1965 happened:"....Los Angeles is fortunate to have very able leadership in the negro community...it was a sort of blind and misguided revolt against society and authority..."He later, once in the twilight of his life (1967) before assassination, said:"...A true revolution of values will soon call us to question....it will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of Latin America and say this is not just!...Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just! This way of settling differences is not just!.. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on social uplift is approaching spiritual death...the shirtless and barefoot people of the world are rising up...they are singing one of our freedom songs, Ain't Goin' Let Nobody Turn Me Around...declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism and militarism!..."Marked for death by Whites (Ku Klux Klan bomb attack on family home in 1956) and with little protection from USA federal police and legal authorities (FBI and attorney generals such as Robert Kennedy), ML King had learned by 1967 that fear could not contain him from speaking truth.Rise Of...Today, 15 January 2017, if he had not been assassinated 49 years ago at age 39 he would be celebrating his 88th birthday. A rifle, used by a sniper in Memphis, Tennessee ended the life of a man sworn to nonviolent, moral driven methods to end oppression.Gladiators of the Mind are those who want to use their abilities, especially but not only mental capacities, to free others. Mutulu Shakur, born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1950. Mutulu Shakur was a child in the last half of Jim Crow. following the blood filled first segment (1896-1936), this half was remarkable due to the trends in political, self defense (military) and mass social uprising of African so called Americans termed negroes. While the partial deconstruction of public accommodation laws and school racial discrimination has been highlighted in the 1950s, the whole picture remains obscured.Mutulu Shakur lived also in the rushing waters of a decline in cultural and economic unity which had been forged in centuries of not just White exclusion but the long indistinguishable flame of defiant independence from African nations long genetically mixed on deathships and in the North American lands of being worked to death. Mutulu Shakur would become a doctor of acupuncture treating the casualties of New York City who had fallen to the heroin which was trafficked by La Costra Nostra, an international drug syndicate but also aided and abetted by what is today known as Big Pharma. As a child newly resident in Jamaica Queens, NYC, he had been affected by inequalities and difficulties faced in caring for his blind mother. By the time he was a teenager, he was a part of RAM, Revolutionary Action Movement which was influential enough to be advised by Queen Mother Moore and Malcolm X, older world travelers and visionaries.
African people had been developing aboveground self defense groups in the 1960s. The Deacons for Defense had done this for ML King to protect him in the USA South states. Mabel and Robert Williams and their two sons were exiled for doing such against KKK forces in North Carolina. Young people such as Mutulu joined the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in New York City. The youth of the times, Lumumba Shakur (blood relation brother), Safiya Bukhari, Sundiata Acoli, Afeni Shakur, Joan Bird, Dhoruba (bin Wahad), Jamal Joseph, Assata Shakur and others were people who had by the 1960s been politicized by their view of the futility of nonviolent protest and public demonstrations. The Black Panther Party in Harlem, other chapters in Brooklyn and the Bronx became a targeted group. Unlike most cities, the Panthers were facing on a grand scale not only local police (10's of thousands) the FBI but also NYPD dedicated social organization destroyers such as BOSS, Bureau Of Special Services, in place since 1955 to stop those considered 'red' or communist but also those disrupting peacefully the 'UpSouth' racism of Manhattan courts, cafeterias, voting stations, decent housing, nightclubs and hotels. Many of Mutulu's partners in feeding breakfasts to impoverished Black and Brown children, testing for Sickle Cell Anemia at low or no cost and defending against unjust seizure of The Black Panther international newspaper were underground by the start of the 1970s. The year 1976 marked the end of the second half of the Jim Crow era (1936-1976), ironically touching on the 200th year of the USA state founded by and for rich White property owners (Africans were seen as property). Whenever possible, money for lawyers able to defend the mostly young people was raised. If they hadn't been killed by police or set up by informants for the government and sentenced to long prison terms, that is.
Unlike the politicians or established leaders loyal to the system, Mutulu, even as a young man, could see that his actions, his beliefs, would be distorted and he could lose his life. Those that he helped while underground or imprisoned, including Assata Shakur were the despised freedom fighters that had survived a tidal wave of repression. Ultimately, after years living in clandestine circumstances, he was imprisoned in 1986.Roots...According to an account in the 21st century, Dr Mutulu Shakur was"...co-founder and director of the National Task Force for COINTELPRO Litigation and Research which investigated, exposed and instigated suits against the FBI and other American law agencies for criminal acts, domestic spying, dirty tricks, repression, and low intensity warfare maneuvers against the New African independence struggle and others struggling against oppression in America..."In the same interview, Dr Mutulu Shakur explains something of the era:"...And so I became a target of an investigation, March 20th, 1982 I was indicted for the liberation of Assata Shakur because I was her legal assistant on many of her cases during the ’70s. They target me with her liberation, I was targeted as part of the liberation of freedom fighters as well as the expropriation of 9 or 10 armored trucks during the course of ‘76 to ‘81. So I went underground in 1981. I knew I was a target, Mtayari Shabaka was murdered. A great revolutionary by the name of Sekou Odinga who had been a part of the Panther 21 case, who had been a childhood friend of mine, who was a leader of the Black Panther Party, who went to Algiers and opened up the international section. Was captured at the time Mtayari was murdered and he was indicted for being one of the leaders of the clandestine formation of the Black Liberation Army, New African Freedom Fighters. Many other brothers and sisters, Kwasi Balagoon, Chui Ferguson-El, Assata Shakur, Nehanda Abiodun, great sister who was a part of the aboveground structure, who is still underground, who is still being hunted by the law, the FBI, CIA, Interpol, she was a sister who helped start BAAANA on 129th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue in Harlem..."In 2016, Dr Mutulu Shakur finished a 30 year sentence. Legally supposed to be released, he was held by the USA goverment. To this day, he remains illegally held, age 66, after suffering a stroke in 2014 and battling glaucoma. Dr Mutulu Shakur is unfortunately just one of numerous US Political Prisoners who the state refuses to extend international law standard based prison treatment. Still, the same White House attempts to dictate to nations across the world how their political opponents, including prisoners, must be handled. In the fading moments of the Barack Obama regime, there is a petition begun in October 2016 (executive clemency) to have Dr Mutulu Shakur released from US federal prison. The Empire has just days now to respond.ML King before and Dr Mutulu Shakur in the present times, Gladiators of the Mind, had pushed against and even today continue to fight all enemies of freedom.15 January 2017
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