The Revision and Origin of Black August, by Kiilu Nyasha (2012)


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  2. 2. THE REVISION AND ORIGIN OF BLACK AUGUST By Kiilu Nyasha (2012) Monday, July 30“As a slave, the social phenomenon thatengages my consciousness is, of course, revolution.”(George L. Jackson)The Revision of Black August2012 marks the 33rd anniversary of Black August, first organized to honor our fallen freedomfighters, George and Jonathan Jackson, James McClain, William Christmas, Khatari Gaulden,and sole survivor of the August 7, 1970 Courthouse Slave Rebellion, Ruchell Cinque Magee.During these three decades, we’ve witnessed a steady revision of the meaning of Black Augustand its inherent ideology, the undisputed leader of which was our martyred Comrade, GeorgeLester Jackson.Sadly, lots of individuals -- many of whom are straight-up Black capitalists and Blacknationalists -- have seized upon Black August as a means of profiteering and lime-lighting, self-aggrandizement, and promotion of their own agendas. For those reasons, I want to make veryclear the ideology espoused by George and Jonathan Jackson and their comrades.First of all, George was unequivocally an internationalist and a socialist. He despised racism and,along with his brother, Jonathan, eschewed cultural nationalism.For example, in George Jackson’s second book (published posthumously in 1972), Blood in MyEye, Jonathan Jackson (17) was quoted as follows:“They say Gloves Davis – a black pig – killed Fred Hampton, while he was asleep. I certainlydon’t have to mention all the so-called defectors who are now [1970] appearing beforegovernment committees testifying for the state. They were infiltrators to begin with. The house- THE REVISION AND ORIGIN OF BLACK AUGUST By Kiilu Nyasha (2012)
  3. 3. niggers who ran to the high sheriff as soon as someone whispered revolt. I think I hate themworse than I hate the sheriff, or the ‘owner.’“I’m just a young slave….but every time I think of [Gloves] Davis, Jess B. Simple, Karenga andthe rest of these murderous turncoat idiots, my trigger finger fairly itches! Non-persons likeKarenga, LeRoi Jones [Amiri Baraka] and the other right-wing blacks are intelligent enough toknow what they are doing. We cannot excuse them with the ease that we can excuse the averagebrother who has had no opportunity or inclination to search. The mantle of ignorance doesn’tcover their behavior. [my emphasis] They have to know that when they attack socialism, thecommunist ideal, and revolution that they are not logically…attacking all that is white, etc. Theyknow that Ho Chi Minh isn’t white or Chairman Mao, or Nkrumah, Lumumba and Toure. Theyknow that there isn’t but one fight going on across this planet, the one between the imperialistforces of capitalism and its victims. They know that it was for work that we were kidnapped –what else do you feed a slave for? These Black, Black, Black, Black men (if you can swallowtheir shallow shit) have had time to study, some have traveled, they ‘know’ that it was capitalistagricultural economics that first caused our pain, and that the only change since then is thedecline of the agricultural elite and the rise of the modern bourgeoisie. A sweat-shop displacedthe plantation. [In 2012, it’s the prison industrial complex and outsourcing.] Could it haveescaped their notice that all the African states that really liberated themselves booted out theforeign businessmen and are now socialist states? [Unfortunately, the ‘foreign businessmen’returned and there are no African states that remained socialist]“No, I think the strongest suggestion is that they are working for the government, the new house-niggers. And what better way is there for them to sell themselves to us than to scream Black,Black, Black, Black….”George Jackson wrote, “We find ourselves forced into a reexamination of the whole nature ofblack revolutionary consciousness and its relative standing within a class society steeped in aform of racism so sensitized that it extends itself even to the slightest variation in skin tone.“The great majority of blacks reject racism. They have never found it expedient, wise orhonorable to take on the characteristics of the enemy.” (Blood In My Eye)I wish that statement remained true. But I think Comrade is turning over in his grave at the anti-white hostility and white exclusion so common today. We are now witnessing Blacks embracingreactionary politicians, like Barack Obama, because of their skin tones. THE REVISION AND ORIGIN OF BLACK AUGUST By Kiilu Nyasha (2012)
  4. 4. As former Panther and political prisoner Larry Pinkney wrote:“Barack Obama’s secret negotiations with economic bloodsucking multinational corporations,his trillion dollar criminal ‘bailout’ of the corporate elite of Wall Street,… his ongoing wars inAfghanistan and elsewhere, his bombing of Libya, North Africa, his feverish clamp down oncorporate and government ‘whistleblowers,’ and his infamous ‘Kill List’ are but a few of thehorrible actions that Obama, has and is engaging in under the cover of insidious stealth andbeguilement.Obama’s flagrant violations of U.S. constitutional and international law have, in less than fouryears, far surpassed even the outrages committed by his predecessors.”Larry has also noted that the Obama Administration has not hesitated to “Murder women, menand children with incessant predator drone missile strikes upon other sovereign nations. Utilize aself-legitimized ‘kill list’ to commit extrajudicial murders of Americans and non-Americansalike, without the bother of legitimate due process. Sign into law the draconian NDAA [NationalDefense Authorization Act]—which calls for the indefinite detention in this nation of U.S.citizens—without charge, trial, judge, jury, or legal defense. Continue operating the torturechamber at the U.S. gulag known as Guantanamo.” (Intrepid Report)In his first best seller of 1970, Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson, Comradewrote, “The government buys and trains these running dogs very carefully, and sends themscrambling, tails and all, outward to represent the establishment. Whole kennels are sent to theAfrican nations…on the supposition that the people of these nations will be able to relate betterto a black face.” George goes on to say that they throw up “one more barrier to the communionthat we must establish with the other oppressed peoples of the world.”In a letter written to a comrade, published in Blood In My Eye, George wrote:“We have finally arrived at scientific revolutionary socialism….I was hoping that you wouldn’tget trapped in the riot stage like a great many other very sincere brothers….They think they don’tneed ideology, strategy or tactics. They think being a warrior is enough.”“You must teach that socialism-communalism is as old as man; that its principles formed thebasis of mostly all the East African cultures (there was no word to denote possession in theoriginal East African tongues)….Any black who would defend an African military dictatorship isas much a fascist as Hoover. Are you aware of how the people are living under these so-calledAfricanized fascist cultures? The Congo and the entire West Coast of Africa….are still slavestates, dominated by Westernized black right-wing puppets. I’m thoroughly sick of the old Jess THE REVISION AND ORIGIN OF BLACK AUGUST By Kiilu Nyasha (2012)
  5. 5. B. Simples (young ones too). They’ll be your main source of opposition in communizing theblack colonies here. The ‘good white people’ who own things will always give them a fewinches in their papers or other media. That’s how ‘fascism’ works influencing the masses andinstitutions through elites.” [my emphasis]George was adamantly opposed to participation in electoral politics: ““The corporative stateallows for no genuinely free political opposition. They only allow meaningless gatherings wherethey can plant more spies than participants. They feel secure in their ability to mold the opinionof a people interested only in wages. However, real revolutionary activity will draw panic-stricken gunfire. Or heart attacks.”The Origin of Black AugustA time to embrace the principles of unity and resistance, Black August had its origins in the"Black Movement" behind California prison walls in the 1960s, led by George Jackson, W. L.Nolen, James Carr, Hugo Pinell, Kumasi, Howard Tole, Warren Wells, and many otherconscious, standup brothers who ultimately made it safe for Blacks to walk the yards ofCalifornia’s racist gulags.As the decades passed, the tradition of honoring our fallen freedom fighters – sparked by theAugust events described below -- was expanded to include commemorating revolutionary warsof resistance and self-determination, such as Harriett Tubman’s Underground Railroad and theHaitian Revolution of August of 1791 culminating in the first Black Republic of the world,August 7, 1970, the spectacular courthouse slave rebellion hit the front pages of newspapersaround the world. Pictures of four, young Black freedom fighters emerging from Marin Countycourt with guns and hostages, provoked panic among white supremacists. But most Black folkstook great pride and inspiration from the sight of such courageous resistance to the ongoingbrutality and murder of Blacks inside and outside of prison.“Freeze!” shouted 17-year-old Jonathan Jackson, “We’re taking over” -- as he tossed guns toMcClain, Christmas, and Magee. With courage and calm they ushered their hostages to a waitingvan, planning to go to a radio station to broadcast the atrocities being committed behind the wallsagainst Blacks, and demand the immediate release of the Soledad Brothers – George Jackson,Fleeta Drumgo and John Clutchette.What Jonathan failed to anticipate was the State’s willingness to sacrifice one of its judges andthe lives of everyone else to stop that escape. As Jonathan tried to leave the parking lot, the SanQuentin guards arrived and opened fire, leaving Jackson, Christmas, McClain, and Judge Harold THE REVISION AND ORIGIN OF BLACK AUGUST By Kiilu Nyasha (2012)
  6. 6. Haley dead, State prosecutor Gary Thomas and Ruchell Magee seriously wounded and one jurorwith a minor injury.One year later, on August 21, 1971, in what has been well established as a setup, George Jacksonwas murdered on the yard of San Quentin by prison guards.During this orchestrated attempted escape, however, three guards were also killed, along withtwo inmate “trustees.” This set the prison officials on fire and they’ve been exacting revengeever since upon Hugo Pinell whom they can’t seem to torture enough -- even though he was notconvicted of murder in the case, as was Johnny Spain who was released in 1988.Yogi, now 67 years old is suffering his 48th year of incarceration, most in solitary confinement,the last 22 in Pelican Bay’s SHU (Security Housing Unit) locked down at least 23 hours a day ina torture chamber -- no-contact limited visits, no phone calls, no windows, restricted property.Fortunately, Magee’s legal expertise got himself out of the SHU in 1994.Yogi’s current attorney, Keith Wattley of Uncommon Law, is trying to preclude a 15-year hit athis next board hearing, and needs all the help he can get to proceed in his behalf. For moreinformation, go to Magee is enduring his 49th year in Corcoran’s maximum security prison – a classic caseof this country’s racist repression of Black men.At 16, Magee was arrested, tried as an adult, and incarcerated in the infamous Angola StatePrison in his home state of Louisiana (basically for associating with a white girl). Released after8 years, but banished from the State, Magee lasted only 6 months in Los Angeles beforesuffering an egregious and brutal encounter with L.A. police (over a $10 bag of weed) that puthim back in prison. An astute jailhouse lawyer, Magee continued to fight his case through thecourts for 7 years to no avail, or until he seized the hour and joined the guerrillas on August 7,1970. Seriously wounded but still alive, Magee was subsequently tortured and charged witheverything they could throw at him. He continues to fight his case to this day. He said to medecades ago, “As long as you remain in the fight, you never know who’s going to win.”“So what is to be done after a revolution has failed? Asks George. After our enemies havecreated a conservative mass society based on meaningless electoral politics, spectator sports, anda 3 percent annual rise in purchasing power strictly regulated to negate itself with acorresponding rise in the cost of living. …What can we do with a people who have gone throughthe authoritarian process and come out sick to the core!!!“Our overall task is to separate the people from the hated state. They must be made to realize thatthe interests of the state and the ruling class are one and the same. They must be taught to realizethat the present political regime exists only to balance the productive forces within the society in THE REVISION AND ORIGIN OF BLACK AUGUST By Kiilu Nyasha (2012)
  7. 7. favor of the ruling class. It is at the ruling class and the governing elites, including those of labor,that we must aim our bolts.” (Blood in My Eye)“We must accept the spirit of the true internationalism called for by Comrade CheGuevara….We need allies, we have a powerful enemy who cannot be defeated without an alliedeffort! The enemy at present is the capitalist system and its supporters. Our prime interest is todestroy them. Anyone else with this same interest must be embraced, we must work with, beside,through, over, under anyone, regardless of his or her external physical features, whose aim is thesame as ours in this.” (Soledad Brother)“Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand thatfascism is already here, that people are dying who could be saved, that generations more will livepoor butchered half-lives if you fail to act. Do what must be done; discover your humanity andyour love in revolution.” (Blood in My Eye)Please send our brothers some love and encouragement:Hugo L.A. PinellA88401 D3-221P.O. Box 7500Crescent City, Ca. 95531-7500Ruchell Cinque Magee#A92051 C-8-117P.O. Box 5246CSATF/State Prison at CorcoranCorcoran, CA 93212 THE REVISION AND ORIGIN OF BLACK AUGUST By Kiilu Nyasha (2012)