by Adisa Hali Kambon (Eddie Lewis)
Greetings, New Afrikan women, men, all peoples … POWER!
Looking back over the past couple of years, reflecting, utilizing the materialist method of critiquing self and society, has been very rewarding. One of the many tenets of dialectical materialism, codified by Karl Marx, informs us that nothing is static, and all things are in constant flux.
It further states that everything must go through the phases of birth, maturation and death. This is true of atoms, people and even societies. Refusing to accept the colonialist version of history, using the dialectical principle of interconnection, I’ve come to realize our New Afrikan struggle in Amerika has been one of constant resistance!
It’s Jan. 16 as I write this, the day in which Americans celebrate the life struggle of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Early on in my development, I vilified our brother in my own perspective. I stood him next to Malcolm X in my mind’s eye and felt he was a sellout.
As I’ve matured in my own revolutionary development, I have come to see MLK was absolutely necessary along our long march to freedom. Even MLK, living his own life, exemplified the laws of dialectics. His positions and methodology of resistance were critical in exposing the contradictions inherent in a so-called democratic capitalistic society.
Moreover, he shamed the clergy of this country into action, exposing the contradiction of believing in the revolutionary teachings of Jesus the Nazarene, yet sitting idly by while the descendants of slaves were being systematically oppressed by a very real modern day Roman government.
Refusing to accept the colonialist version of history, using the dialectical principle of interconnection, I’ve come to realize our New Afrikan struggle in Amerika has been one of constant resistance!
Eventually towards the sunset of his young life, he tied the struggle of the Vietnamese people to the plight of New Afrikans in Amerika. He increasingly came to see our struggle in the light of international laws and protections. This awakening earned him an assassin’s bullet.
His death was a spark that ignited the people’s consciousness towards revolutionary ideology. In these days and times, deaths like Trayvon Martin and a litany of police shootings have again jarred this nation from its self-imposed slumber.
We were lulled to sleep by Obama. Now we should be jarred awake by President Trump.
BE CLEAR: Change is a protracted struggle. We must have clear eyed theoreticians who are able to shape public opinion, instruct us of the possibilities on the horizon and move us forward.
So I implore all New Afrikan revolutionary nationalists to recognize after the inauguration of Donald Trump that just by nature of the reactionary circle he is forming for his cabinet, there will be many opportunities to agitate, educate and organize. Our struggle is one campaign composed of many battles.
We were lulled to sleep by Obama. Now we should be jarred awake by President Trump. Rebuild lusime tusinde mbilishaka (we shall conquer without a doubt).
Mwenze Adisa Hali Kambon
Send our brother some love and light: Eddie Lewis, J-22044, C-206L, P.O. Box 689, Soledad CA 93960.