LIVING FOR CHANGE
If Not Now, When?
By Grace Lee Boggs
Michigan Citizen, Aug. 22-28, 2010
I won't be marching with Jesse Jackson in the March called by the UAW and the NAACP to commemorate the August 28, 1963 March on Washington.
That's not only because at 95 my marching days are over.
As early as 1963, Malcolm X called the "I have a Dream" March a "Farce on Washington" because John Lewis had been forced to delete from his speech any references to Revolution and Power by the MOW's "Big 6 " organizers: A..Philip Randolph, Dr. King/SCLC, Roy Wilkins/ NAACP, James Farmer/CORE, Whitney Young/Urban League, John Lewis /SNCC,.
Marchers were also instructed to carry only official signs and allowed to sing only one song 'We shall overcome,'" (see p. 127, Living for Change).
Malcolm never put lipstick on a pig. Malcolm thought outside the box. If he were alive NOW, he would be telling us that we should no longer be marching. We should no longer be protesting. We should no longer be dreaming. We should no longer be encouraging democratic illusions.
IT IS TIME TO STOP DREAMING AND PROTESTING.
Instead in every community and city we should be discussing how to make the "Radical Revolution of Values" not only against Racism but against Materialism and Militarism that Dr. King called for in his 1967 anti-Vietnam war speech.
King's call for this "Radical Revolution" came only four years after his 1963 "I have a Dream" speech. But in those few years, youth in Watts, California and other cities had risen in Rebellion. In Chicago King and anti-racist marchers had experienced the raw ugliness of Northern racism. The genocidal war in Vietnam had exposed our country as the world's worst purveyor of violence and on the wrong side of the world revolution. .
That is why in 1967 King decided that the time had come to warn the American people that unless we make a Radical Revolution in Values, we face spiritual death.
In 2010, 42 years later, we are experiencing massive physical and spiritual death.
Why are we STILL marching and dreaming?
Why are we not making a "radical revolution in values"?
Why are we STILL obsessed with economic growth?
Why are we STILL allowing corporations to deprive us of jobs by replacing human beings on the line with robots and by exporting jobs overseas to make greater profits?
Why are we STILL accepting the dictatorship of technology and of corporations?
THE TIME HAS COME to
LET'S START THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX!
IF NOT NOW, WHEN? ______
My USSF Conversation with Immanuel Wallerstein can be read at