Reza Aslan is the guest on this recent episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author of numerous books including the New York Times-bestseller “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” as well as “No god but God”. Reza was also the host of the CNN documentary TV series “Believer”.
Rev. Dr. James H. Cone, known as the founder of Black Liberation Theology, died Saturday morning in New York City at the age of 79. In honor of his legacy, please absorb the message in the following piece by Chris Hedges along with a clip from a speech Cone delivered in 1971.
“The Cross and the Lynching Tree are separated by nearly two thousand years,” James Cone writes in his new book, “The Cross and the Lynching Tree.” “One is the universal symbol of the Christian faith; the other is the quintessential symbol of black oppression in America. Though both are symbols of death, one represents a message of hope and salvation, while the other signifies the negation of that message by white supremacy. Despite the obvious similarities between Jesus’ death on the cross and the death of thousands of black men and women strung up to die on a lamppost or tree, relatively few people, apart from the black poets, novelists, and other reality-seeing artists, have explored the symbolic connections. Yet, I believe this is the challenge we must face. What is at stake is the credibility and the promise of the Christian gospel and the hope that we may heal the wounds of racial violence that continue to divide our churches and our society.”
Packed with explosive information! Make the time to listen to it!!
Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, who first gained Donald Trump’s attention by devoting his life to the utter destruction of the EPA for the benefit of his friends in the fossil fuel industry, has turned that agency into a three-letter wrecking ball. He wholeheartedly believes that his agency’s role is to serve polluters and big business, but he is also in service to Trump, who titters with glee every time some Obama-era protection is erased.
You have to see it all in order to really encompass it, and this isn’t even all of it. What began with a headline in November of 2016 — “Trump Wins” — quickly accelerated into a headlong windsprint toward our collective doom:
This clip is from the documentary, “The Murder of Fred Hampton.”
Fred Hampton participatied in a mock people’s trial, where he articulates why the Black Panther Party, and he as a leader within the party, was being viciously targeted by the US government.
Hampton suggests the most formidable threat from the BPP (in the eyes of the power structure) was not its willingness to take up arms in defense, but rather its focus on the “proletarian” class struggle shared by “poor people of all descents.” In response to the constant manipulation of working-class fears (often directed from above), used to divide the masses through the promotion of racism, Hampton made this powerful statement:
It’s not accidental or because they are stupid. Its often confusing and vague on purpose. Some of the greatest corruption scandals in history have happened thanks to jargon. I rather the term “bullshit” instead of “jargon”. Most of us can smell bullshit a mile away & adapt to it in our own way. This built-in bullshit detector comes in handy at critical moments, but every now and then, bullshit flies below the radar & whacks us pretty hard. This clip touches on the latter so it’s important that we become more aware.
Khalil Muhammad, Professor of History, Race & Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, discusses the rise of racialized hatred in the United States.
Goldman Sachs has outdone itself this time. That’s saying a lot for an investment firm that both helped cause and then exploited a global economic meltdown, increasing its own wealth and power while helping to boot millions of Americans out of their homes.
One of the most steadfast beliefs regarding the United States is that it is a democracy. Whenever this conviction waivers slightly, it is almost always to point out detrimental exceptions to core American values or foundational principles. For instance, aspiring critics frequently bemoan a “loss of democracy” due to the election of clownish autocrats, draconian measures on the part of the state, the revelation of extraordinary malfeasance or corruption, deadly foreign interventions, or other such activities that are considered undemocratic exceptions. The same is true for those whose critical framework consists in always juxtaposing the actions of the U.S. government to its founding principles, highlighting the contradiction between the two and clearly placing hope in its potential resolution.
Very interesting discussion on what the hell is going on in this country from the 23rd annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books that featured Steve Almond, Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country; David Cay Johnston, It’s Even Worse Than You Think; and Sarah Kendzior, The View from Flyover Country
Deep…especially Part 2. Absorb it.
Anti-racism activist, author, and scholar Tim Wise is the guest on this week’s edition of The Chauncey DeVega Show. Tim Wise is the author of numerous books including his most recent Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America.
Practice until you see yourself in the cruelest person on Earth,
in the child starving, in the political prisoner.
Continue until you recognize yourself in everyone in the supermarket,
on the street corner, in a concentration camp, on a leaf, in a dewdrop.
Meditate until you see yourself in a speck of dust in a distant galaxy.
See and listen with the whole of your being. If you are fully present,
the rain of Dharma will water the deepest seeds in your consciousness,
and tomorrow, while you are washing the dishes or looking at the blue sky,
that seed will spring forth, and love and understanding
will appear as a beautiful flower.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
The face of truth is open,
The eyes of truth are bright,
The lips of truth are ever closed,
The head of truth is upright.
The breast of truth stands forward,
The gaze of truth is straight,
Truth has neither fear nor doubt,
Truth has patience to wait.
The words of truth are touching,
The voice of truth is deep,
The law of truth is simple:
All that you sow you reap.
The soul of truth is flaming,
The heart of truth is warm,
The mind of truth is clear,
And firm through rain or storm.
Facts are but its shadows,
Truth stands above all sin;
Great be the battle in life,
Truth in the end shall win.
The image of truth is Christ,
Wisdom’s message its rod;
Sign of truth is the cross,
Soul of truth is God.
Life of truth is eternal,
Immortal is its past,
Power of truth will endure,
Truth shall hold to the last.
The most widely teased passage of former FBI Director James Comey’s book is plucked from a scene set after the election, when intelligence community leaders, including Comey himself, traveled to Trump Tower in Manhattan to brief the incoming administration on the intelligence community’s conclusions about the scope and purpose of Russian interference.
Comey writes that Donald Trump and his advisers couldn’t have been less interested in the substantive implications of Russia’s efforts to interfere with American democracy—it was a messaging problem in their minds, and one they expected the assembled spies and counterspies to help them solve.