Angela Davis on narcissism & voting for Clinton


Social media has been set afire with news that Angela Davis told an audience she has “serious problems” with Trump but is “not so narcissistic to say I cannot bring myself to vote for her,” meaning of course, Clinton. Davis was speaking yesterday to the Black Studies Conference held at the University of Texas in Austin.

That’s a peculiar formulation. Maybe Davis could explain for our enlightenment what narcissism has to do with electoral choices. Perhaps she could also elaborate on why she does not have “serious problems” with Clinton on several scores.

Davis is renowned as a revolutionary which means a lot of different things to different people. But generally people who identify as such do not vote for capitalist politicians, particularly corrupt & venal ones. Davis however called herself a “passionate” supporter of Obama as he entered his second term. Everybody has to be allowed some illusions–even whoppers like that, since in his first four years Obama had already betrayed almost every one of his campaign promises–most notably about war & Guantanamo.

But Davis should have no illusions about Clinton. After all, Davis is a scholar & just wrote a book titled “Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, & the Foundations of a Movement.” She has also long been involved in prison reform. So it’s unlikely she is unaware of the disaster of welfare reform under Bill Clinton & championed by Hillary. It’s far-fetched to think she wouldn’t be aware of the massive incarceration of Black youth for minor offenses, often including life sentences without the chance of parole for smoking a joint–also under the Bill Clinton presidency & championed by Hillary. And for heaven’s sake, Davis must be well-informed about Clinton’s monstrous associations with Israeli apartheid. Everybody else in the world knows because Clinton boasts about them. Certainly Clinton’s vaunted association with Kissinger must also trouble Davis.

So once again, can Davis explain to us what narcissism has to do with any of that? It seems to have less to do with personal psychology than shoddy scholarship or stinking rotten politics.

In March, Davis swore on Democracy Now not to endorse a candidate because she believed in independent politics. But then in June when she was given the Sackler Center award at the Brooklyn Museum, she told the audience, including Elizabeth Sackler & Gloria Steinem, that “We have to defeat Trump by any means necessary.” That’s a cagey way of endorsing Clinton & played well with that audience.

Incidentally, Elizabeth Sackler is the daughter of Arthur Sackler who with his two brothers Mortimer & Raymond made billions off pharmaceuticals including falsely peddling OxyContin as non-addictive which created an epidemic of addiction & overdoses in the US. The three brothers had & their extended family continues to have involvement with Israel, including bankrolling the medical school at Tel Aviv University since 1964. Certainly Elizabeth Sackler can’t be held accountable for her family’s investments & largesse but it would be interesting to know if she is part of that.

Davis has a lot of political cachet & authority. She’s regarded as an icon, a model, a paragon of political principles. So what’s with the back-handed endorsements & this narcissism crap?

It’s worse than regrettable that Bernie Sanders, Noam Chomsky, & Angela Davis waste their political authority shilling for a two-bit shyster politician who will cause immense suffering to millions of people.

(Photo is Davis by Michael Tran/Getty Images)

Video: September 30 2011 uprising against Assad dictatorship in Homs, Syria

FB deleted hundreds of my posts prior to April 2012. A good share, if not the majority of them were about the Arab uprisings that began in early 2011, including the Syrian uprising against Assad’s dictatorship which I followed very closely.

It is not an exaggeration to say that thousands of videos poured out of Syria documenting that massive uprising which Assad supporters now claim never happened.

This video came up in my September 30, 2011 Facebook memories. It shows the popular, unarmed uprising against Assad in Homs, Syria, often called “the capital of the revolution” for the leading role residents played in opposing Assad’s dictatorship. The Syrian source is no longer available. Maybe they have been arrested, maybe they’ve been bombed to death as “jihadists.” I have confirmed the authenticity of this video.

When I posted it I commented that Syrians faced extreme violence from the Assad regime, including at that time 3,000 murdered, 3,000 disappeared, mass arrests, & torture.

Kashmiris being monitored on social media

Kashmiri mothers
In the past week, several Kashmiris have told me about their fear in posting on social media since Indian officials & nationalists are monitoring them. A few were arrested in India for FB posts & some are being harassed there by nationalists. FB continues to suspend accounts of Kashmiris & Indian supporters.

In Kashmir, youth are being arrested in large numbers under the Public Safety Act used against Khurram Parvez, That means possible torture & detention without charge up to two years. Given India’s flagrant disregard for law, the detention could be indefinite.

Kashmiri activists on social media worked tirelessly for a long time to break the news blackout that prevailed in international media about the occupation & their struggle. They created a monumental shift in awareness about their struggle & for that they are being punished.

Solidarity now requires those of us beyond the reach of India’s penal system to post, not recklessly but honestly, about what has gone on the past 84 days of a relentless military siege against unarmed protesters & what continues unabated.

(Left photo sign reads “Where is my son who you took away 12 years ago?” Right photo is mother protesting forcible disappearances of Kashmiri youth.)

Children of Gaza give Shimon Peres appropriate burial: the old heave-ho

Kids in Gaza burning photos of Peres, Obama, Netanyahu 9:30:16 (Reuters) Oct 1 2016

Mahmoud Abbas is being excoriated by Palestinians & others for not just attending but getting emotional & crying at the funeral of Shimon Peres. His grief may actually be real since Abbas owes his traitorous career to the 1993 Oslo Accords negotiated by Peres.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) which Abbas heads derives from the Accords which laid out the terms for Palestinian surrender of self-determination. They were always a bantustate solution & none criticized them more harshly nor more cogently than Edward Said. The PA functions as a mechanism in that betrayal. Abbas may see it coming that he will soon have to bend over & kiss his treacherous ass goodbye.

A photo of his disgraceful fawning over Peres’ corpse, next to Obama, Bill Clinton, & Netanyahu, is too contemptible to post when you consider the monstrous crimes Peres committed against Palestinians for the past 68 years.

Yesterday, these children in Gaza held an appropriate burial ceremony for Peres. They held up crossed posters of Peres, Obama, & Netanyahu before burning them during a rally. There is no sentimentality for an architect of Israeli colonialism, apartheid, & ethnic cleansing.

(Photo from Reuters)

Today is the Day of Solidarity with Syria, There are protests around the world demanding Syria, Russia, & their allies stop the barbarous bombing of Aleppo where 275,000 civilians live. Bombing civilians will never be recognized as a method used by freedom fighters, even in the barbaric phase of capitalism.