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American Green Party Vice-Presidential Candidate Ajamu Baraka, Called Charlie Hebdo Solidarity, “White Power” March.

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This Blog does not normally comment on American politics.

But this has been in the news and friends have brought it  to our attention.

“Earlier this week, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein announced that Ajamu Baraka would be her new running mate:

I am honored and excited to announce that my running mate in the 2016 presidential election will be Ajamu Baraka, activist, writer, intellectual and organizer with a powerful voice, vision, and lifelong commitment to building true political revolution.

The announcement promoted a number of responses.

This is one.

However, what Stein does not want you to know is that in January 2015, Baraka’s “powerful voice” described a vigil for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo shooting as a “white power march” and labeled the slogan “Je suis Charlie” as an “arrogant rallying cry for white supremacy.”  (More on Progressive Secular Humanist.)

This is what this true political “revolutionary” wrote:

 15th of January 2015.

The Charlie Hebdo white power rally in ParisA celebration of Western hypocrisy

“Je Suis Charlie” has become a sound bite to justify the erasure of non-Europeans, and for ignoring the sentiments, values and views of the racialized “other.” In short, Je Suis Charlie has become an arrogant rallying cry for white supremacy that was echoed at the white power march on Sunday in Paris and in the popularity of the new issue of Charlie Hebdo.

The millions who turned out on Sunday claimed to be marching in solidarity with the victims at Charlie Hebdo and against terrorism. They were joined by political leaders from across Europe, Israel and other parts of the world – on the same weekend reports were emerging that 2,000 Nigerians may have lost their lives at the hands of Boko Haram, another Muslim extremist group.

We note that arrogant Ajama Barka failed to even register the deaths at the Porte de Vincennes  Hypercacher of 4 Jewish hostages at the same time as the  Dammartin-en-Goële hostage crisis in which the two Charlie Hebdo gunmen were cornered.

We would be interested to hear of what exactly Barka has done to support the victims of Boko Haram.

We do however note that he has been freely expressing the opinion  that this group of Islamist genociders are as part of a US plan to destabilise Africa in general and Nigeria in particular.

And I am outraged knowing that U.S. policy-makers don’t give a damn about the school girls in Nigeria because their real objective is to use the threat of Boko Haram in the Northern part of the country to justify the real goal of occupying the oil fields in the South and to block the Chinese in Nigeria.

Exposing the whole sordid story of the destruction of Libya and the role of Al-Qaeda as the “boots on the ground” for U.S. geo-strategic objectives in North Africa and the Middle East represents the only strategy that an independent and principled left could pursue in wake of the fact that the hearings are going to occur. Anything other than that is capitulation, something that the left has routinely done over the last six years, and some of us still struggle against in the hope that one day the “responsible” left will eschew the privileges that stem from its objective collaboration with the interests and world-view of neo-liberal white power and re-ground itself in authentic radical principles and the world-wide struggle against Western domination.

From Benghazi to Boko Haram: Why I support the Benghazi Inquiry

But to return to Charlie Hebdo….

The people of France mobilized themselves to defend what they saw as an attack against Western civilization. However, the events in Paris did not have to be framed as an existential attack on the imagined values of the liberal white West. Providing some context and making some political links may have been beneficial for attempting to understand what happened in the country and a political way forward beyond the appeal to racial jingoism….

It is the arrogant lack of respect for the ideas and culture of non-European peoples that drove the French ban on the wearing of the niqab and other traditional veiling clothing for Muslim women, just one example of the generalized discriminatory treatment of Arabs and Muslims in France. In this lager context, Charlie Hebdo’s blatant disregard and disrespect for another religion, shielded by an absolute commitment to freedom of speech that gives them blanket immunity, is now compounded by the “Je Suis Charlie campaign,” orchestrated in the name of upholding the values of liberal, Western civilization.

What it means for many of us in the Black community is that Je Suis Charlie has become a sound bite to justify the erasure of non-Europeans, and for ignoring the sentiments, values and views of the racialized “other.”

In short, Je Suis Charlie has become an arrogant rallying cry for white supremacy that was echoed at the white power march on Sunday in Paris and in the popularity of the new issue of Charlie Hebdo.

As the picture above indicates the Charlie March was attended by people of all religions, and none, of all ethnic backgrounds, and those who wish there were no ethnic divisions, by the entire French left, and above all those united for freedom.

The millions across France, who attended the Unity Marches after the attack on Charlie and the Hypercacher, and the millions across the world who stood with them, were above all motivated by sheer love and solidarity with the victims of the Islamist murderers.

Barka’s language, a torrent of half-baked clichés about the ‘Other’, and reference to ‘White Power’ reads like the written trace of verbal incontinence. He also appears something of a confusionist, attributing to the US a role in promoting Boko Haram for their own ends.

His message is hatred of freedom, hatred of the values of liberty, equality and fraternity. If you do not stick up these principles in France, what hope have you of backing them in Africa and elsewhere?

In short Ajamu Baraka is an enemy of all progressive humanity and unfit to stand as a candidate for any left-wing party.

People in Place de Republique gather round tributes to those that were killed

The Love Shown Will Never be Forgotten.


Written by Andrew Coates

August 9, 2016 at 10:19 am

21 Responses

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  1. Clean up your typos. Otherwise, great job.


    August 9, 2016 at 4:35 pm

  2. Typos – I hope – corrected, although I’m not sure if Baraka’s writing constitutes an enormous typo or not.

    People’s War, worse than I could have possibly imagined.

    Makes Gerry Downing look a fountain of common sense,

    “To Baraka, the only thing worse than a Sanders presidency is the way in which the Sanders campaign strengthened(!) “racist cynicism”:”

    ““In their desperate attempt to defend Sanders and paint his critics as dogmatists and purists, the Sanders supporters have not only fallen into the ideological trap of a form of narrow ‘left’ nativism, but also the white supremacist ethical contradiction that reinforces racist cynicism in which some lives are disposable for the greater good of the West. And as much as the ‘Sandernistas’ attempt to disarticulate Sanders ‘progressive’ domestic policies from his documented support for empire (even the Obamaite aphorism ‘The perfect is the enemy of the good’ is unashamedly deployed), it should be obvious that his campaign is an ideological prop – albeit from a center/left position – of the logic and interests of the capitalist-imperialist settler state.”


    Andrew Coates

    August 9, 2016 at 4:49 pm

  3. Jill Stein: pro-fascist hippie dupe

    Green Party Watch notes that after the Ghouta attack, when Obama briefly threatened air-strikes against Assad’s military forces, Stein said: “President Obama’s rush to war risks a repeat of 2003, when President Bush’s order to invade Iraq prevented UN inspectors from discovering that Saddam Hussein’s alleged WMDs, one of the stated reasons for war, did not exist.” Talk about fighting the last war! To say this days after a chemical massacre in which some 1,400 perished simply demolishes all the Green Party’s empty talk about human rights. The chemical weapons in Syria assuredly existed—and in fact, gas attacks have continued (repeatedly) even after Assad ostensibly disposed of his chemical arsenal under the deal that averted air-strikes. To complete silence from Stein and her party, of course. And as for “rush to war”—are we supposed to believe Syria (now the biggest refugee crisis on the planet) is at peace as long as the US isn’t involved?


  4. Their Convention sounds like fun:

    There was the convention’s agenda. It allotted ample time for privilege-checking and inventorying of everyone’s contributions to the dominant paradigm, but very little attention for nuts-and-bolts organizing, get-out-the-vote plotting and press strategizing. During one of the first gatherings of party officials Saturday morning, delegates spent nearly an hour on breathing exercises and aimless discussion about their “anti-oppression skills.” Participants came away knowing how to locate the “deep blue indigo tunnel” at the “throat center,” but not how to write an effective fundraising email.


  5. To be honest they sound obscene.

    Then there is this:

    Andrew Coates

    August 9, 2016 at 5:33 pm

  6. The above book on False Flags features an essay by vile fascist Alain Soral: Depuis 2008, Alain Soral est régulièrement condamné pour « diffamation », « injures raciales ou antisémites », « incitation à la haine raciale », « provocation à la haine, la discrimination ou la violence », pour « apologie de crimes de guerre et contre l’humanité ». https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alain_Soral


    Andrew Coates

    August 9, 2016 at 6:04 pm

  7. Ajamu Baraka sound alright to me. I’d vote for him and Stein.

    Je Suis Charlie was a grotesque media manufactured fake emotion event. glad to see someone is talking sense on it.


    August 9, 2016 at 7:32 pm

  8. well worth watching.


    August 9, 2016 at 10:08 pm

  9. Let the ruling classes tremble at a green revolution. The granola eaters and conspiracy theorists and aging hippies have nothing to lose but their gluten. They have a school board seat to win. Somewhere. Kooks of the world unite!


    August 10, 2016 at 4:13 am

  10. Oh. I see Kevin Barrett is posting his videos on your page.


    August 10, 2016 at 4:18 am

  11. Orientalist – every time he bolsters the cause of the Peoples against these cranks.

    Seriously, though, anybody associated, as in being published in a collection of life-minded essays with Alain Soral – one of the worst far-right ideologues in Europe today – is absolute poison.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alain_Soral (English)

    https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alain_Soral (French, a much more comprehensive account).

    Andrew Coates

    August 10, 2016 at 12:16 pm

  12. Alain Soral is ok by my book: make up your own mind:


    August 10, 2016 at 3:59 pm

  13. Yeah. The Nazi Sorel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocHSdWXcOek
    Guess we provide platforms for Nazis here….


    August 11, 2016 at 4:17 pm

  14. “I’m a Nazi.” “I admire Hitler.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEpLkodtJTE
    Fucking lunatic. And this is the shit that you idiots follow.


    August 11, 2016 at 4:26 pm

  15. The more he posts the more he gets people to hate them.

    Andrew Coates

    August 11, 2016 at 5:18 pm

  16. Agreed. I’m not a “no platform” type myself.


    August 11, 2016 at 8:45 pm

  17. I hope you realize, when I said, “you idiots” I wasn’t referring to you!!!!!! I was refering to Dean, whoever he is.


    August 11, 2016 at 8:46 pm

  18. hey QLineOrientalist – and everyone is a ‘nazi’ who isn’t completely down with zionism and the lgbt agenda?
    you first accuse people of being cranks, granola eaters, and then nazis even if they disagree a little with your agenda?


    August 11, 2016 at 8:50 pm

  19. I didn’t accuse Sorel of being a Nazi. He proudly boasts of it.
    I obviously didn’t accuse the same people of being granola eaters and Nazis.


    August 13, 2016 at 4:52 pm

  20. “Zionism and the LGBT agenda.” These two things have nothing to do with each other — and there is no unified “LGBT agenda” anyway. We’re all different people with different politics, thanks.


    August 20, 2016 at 4:58 am

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