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After all, the cult-like worship of Jackson, as a Christ-like figure, ignored

the fact that he was a profoundly disturbed individual who couldn’t turn

water into wine, just his own black skin and features white. Granted,

Michael had never been afforded a normal childhood or a chance to

get a sense of himself because he spent his whole life in the limelight

 

 

  Books by Chris Hedges

 War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning  / Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America

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Visionary Chris Hedges Issues Dire Warning

about America’s Impending Demise

in Lecture at The College of New Jersey

By Kam Williams

 

Pulitzer Prize-winner Chris Hedges is the author of nine insightful assessments of American culture astutely deconstructing the state of the union from a variety of angles, perhaps most notably,  War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, “and his latest opus, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle. On March 1st, the uncompromisingly-frank visionary delivered a spellbinding, if pessimistic lecture at The College of New Jersey warning of the imminent demise of Western Civilization.            

It is Hedges contention that this decline “began when we shifted from an empire of production to an empire of consumption,” which “celebrates image over substance,” adding that, in today’s “soundbite society,” reality no longer matters. He prefaced his hour-long remarks with an in-depth post mortem of the macabre spectacle surrounding Michael Jackson’s funeral, offering our obsession with such a terribly troubled soul as proof that the hostile takeover of religion by consumer culture is now complete.

After all, the cult-like worship of Jackson, as a Christ-like figure, ignored the fact that he was a profoundly disturbed individual who couldn’t turn water into wine, just his own black skin and features white. Granted, Michael had never been afforded a normal childhood or a chance to get a sense of himself because he spent his whole life in the limelight, but why would anyone in their right mind choose to idolize such a weirdo, especially when he also freely admitted to sleeping with little boys?

Of far more consequence, Hedges argues, is how such a depraved fascination with pop culture functions as an opiate preventing the masses from properly focusing on its own perilous plight. For, as he puts it, “Collapsing empires always break down due to illusion.” And the danger of illusion, is that like a Peter Pan, or a Michael Jackson, “you never grow up and you stay in this perpetual state of denial.”

He believes that in the U.S., where “an assault on the middle class is underway, class warfare is returning with a vengeance.”  Citing the carnage he witnessed while covering Bosnia and other political hot spots as a war correspondent, Hedges reflected on how quickly civilization is capable of crumbling into all-out civil conflict. And “once collapse begins,” he warns, “People with very rosy views of the world don’t live very long.” 

A chilling forecast by a brilliant iconoclast intent on sharing his vision of what’s just over the horizon with anybody who’ll listen. Ignore Chris Hedges at your peril.

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Chris Hedges lecture about war (video)  / Chris Hedges lecture about Empire of Illusion (video)

Chris Hedges on American Fascists (Democracy Now)

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Demonstrator Eden Jequinto covers his face during a demonstration after the sentencing in Oakland, Calif., Friday, of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle. Mehserle was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant at a BART station on Jan. 1, 2009. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry sentenced Mehserle to two years in prison.

Mehserle had been called to the Fruitvale station of the BART system in the early hours of New Years Day last year with four other officers to look into reports of a fight on a train. Mehserle tried to arrest Grant but reported that Grant was not cooperating. Grant was on his stomach when Mehserle shot him in the back. The shooting was caught on video by another BART passenger and quickly went viral on Youtube.—CSMonitor  /   Strange Fruit Video  /

Oscar Grant Family attorney reacts to sentencing

 Mayor Dellums, Chief Batts react to sentencing  / Oscar Grant's uncle reacts to sentencing

Criminalizing a Race Blacks and Prisons /   Oakland, Toward Radical Spirituality     / Strange Fruit

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AALBC.com's 25 Best Selling Books


 

Fiction

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#3 - Dear G-Spot: Straight Talk About Sex and Love by Zane
#4 - Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny by Hill Harper
#5 - Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You're Going Through by Iyanla Vanzant
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#7 - The Ebony Cookbook: A Date with a Dish by Freda DeKnight
#8 - The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing
#9 - The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson

#10 - John Henrik Clarke and the Power of Africana History  by Ahati N. N. Toure

#11 - Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure by Tavis Smiley

#12 -The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

#13 - The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life by Kevin Powell

#14 - The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

#15 - Why Men Fear Marriage: The Surprising Truth Behind Why So Many Men Can't Commit  by RM Johnson

#16 - Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire by Carol Jenkins

#17 - Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell

#18 - A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

#19 - John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism by Keith Gilyard

#20 - Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher by Leonard Harris

#21 - Age Ain't Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife by Carleen Brice

#22 - 2012 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino
#23 - Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul by Tom Lagana
#24 - 101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know by LaMarr Darnell Shields

#25 - Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class  by Lisa B. Thompson

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Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid

By  Frank B. Wilderson III

Wilderson, a professor, writer and filmmaker from the Midwest, presents a gripping account of his role in the downfall of South African apartheid as one of only two black Americans in the African National Congress (ANC). After marrying a South African law student, Wilderson reluctantly returns with her to South Africa in the early 1990s, where he teaches Johannesburg and Soweto students, and soon joins the military wing of the ANC. Wilderson's stinging portrait of Nelson Mandela as a petulant elder eager to accommodate his white countrymen will jolt readers who've accepted the reverential treatment usually accorded him. After the assassination of Mandela's rival, South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani, Mandela's regime deems Wilderson's public questions a threat to national security; soon, having lost his stomach for the cause, he returns to America. WPublishers Weekly

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Becoming American Under Fire

Irish Americans, African Americans, and the Politics of Citizenship

During the Civil War Era

By Christian G. Samito

In Becoming American under Fire, Christian G. Samito provides a rich account of how African American and Irish American soldiers influenced the modern vision of national citizenship that developed during the Civil War era. By bearing arms for the Union, African Americans and Irish Americans exhibited their loyalty to the United States and their capacity to act as citizens; they strengthened their American identity in the process. . . . For African American soldiers, proving manhood in combat was only one aspect to their quest for acceptance as citizens. As Samito reveals, by participating in courts-martial and protesting against unequal treatment, African Americans gained access to legal and political processes from which they had previously been excluded. The experience of African Americans in the military helped shape a postwar political movement that successfully called for rights and protections regardless of race.   For Love of Liberty

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The New New Deal

The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era

By Michael Grunwald

Time senior correspondent Michael Grunwald tells the secret history of the stimulus bill, the purest distillation of Change We Can Believe In, a microcosm of Obama’s policy successes and political failures. Though it is reviled by the right and rejected by the left, it really is a new New Deal, larger than FDR’s and just as transformative. It prevented an imminent depression, while jump-starting Obama’s long-term agenda. The stimulus is pouring $90 billion into clean energy, reinventing the way America is powered and fueled; it includes unprecedented investments in renewables, efficiency, electric cars, a smarter grid, cleaner coal, and more. It’s carrying health care into the digital era. Its Race to the Top initiative may be the boldest education reform in U.S. history. It produced the biggest middle-class tax cuts in a generation, a broadband initiative reminiscent of rural electrification, and an overhaul of the New Deal’s unemployment insurance system. It’s revamping the way government addresses homelessness, fixes infrastructure, and spends money.

Grunwald reveals how Republicans have obscured these achievements through obstruction and distortion. The stimulus launched a genuine national comeback. It also saved millions of jobs, while creating legacies that could rival the Hoover Dam: the world’s largest wind farm, a new U.S. battery industry, a new high-speed rail network, the world’s highest-speed Internet network.  Its main legacy, like the New Deal’s, will be change.

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Pax Ethnica Where and How Diversity Succeeds

By Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac

Authors Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac set out what they call a “forthright dissent” against the theory that persistent ethnic strife and violence arise out of “deep, tangled and ancient hatreds and hence may be beyond reach of reason.” They elucidate their thinking with narrative-driven portraits of five places around the world: Marseille, France, home to Europe’s largest Muslim community; Flensburg, Germany, the epicenter of the “Schleswig-Holstein Question” that fueled conflict for over a century but is now peaceful; Kerala, India, a state of Hindus, Muslims, and Christians that leads the country in literacy, life expectancy, and health care; the Russian Republic of Tatarstan, where a Muslim majority and significant Orthodox population coexist peacefully; and New York City’s Borough of Queens, where 2.3 million people speak 138 languages and leaders have embraced diversity.—pulitzercenter

As veteran scholar-journalists and, it so happens, husband and wife, Meyer and Brysac journeyed to five ethnically diverse societies on three continents to discover what works as antidotes to conflicts among peoples. What a great idea.

This book should inspire wandering spirits to discover other ethnically harmonious cities and regions and spread the word: ‘reasonable accommodation’ can work, gloriously…. Meyer and Brysac conclude with a set of guidelines for ethnically harmonious societies. My favorite is ‘Fear not the persistence of minority tongues.’ Could someone please whisper that in the ear of politicians across this incredibly diverse land as they campaign to preserve E pluribus unum?Washington Post

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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