Being a revolutionary: A constant struggle in our thoughts, words, and deeds

Published on Intrepid Report, by Larry Pinkney, September 8, 2011.

In this 21st century, the very survival of this planet (Mother Earth) and humanity demands a conscious and deliberate meshing, and evolving of and in, our thoughts, our words, and our deeds. This century demands that we humans utilize a revolutionary vision that recognizes not merely how things are, but concomitantly how they can be made to be.

Wars, greed, economic austerity and exploitation, corporate hegemony, racism, sexism, and the like are human-made conditions that absolutely do not have to prevail. These conditions have been artificially created by certain humans, and in reality, are the antithesis to the evolvement of humankind collectively. 

The essence of humanity’s collective growth and development is not to be found in individual so-called leaders, but in just plain everyday Black, White, Brown, Red, and Yellow people collectively. The revolutionary is that woman or man who recognizes that revolution is an ongoing process whose home is always found within the thought processes of the mind, which ultimately lead to actions (i.e., deeds). For example, the farmer who engages in the (euphemistically revolutionary) act of tilling and overturning the soil must first have a conscious mental awareness of what kind of soil is to be tilled and what his or her objective actually is in tilling it (i.e., what crop is to be grown).

The terror of lethargy: … //

… The deadly trap of male chauvinism:

There isn’t a male on this planet who has not been, in one way or another, injected with the systemically ingrained virus known as male chauvinism. The degrees of this systemic injection may vary, but the injection is nonetheless real and can be very deadly to the revolutionary process and our own humanity.

This is not about self-recrimination. It is about recognizing the necessity for continual self examination with a view towards broadening our humanity and furthering the revolutionary process in not only thoughts, but also in words and deeds. It must be reiterated that this is a struggle—but an extremely necessary and liberating one for both genders.

Moreover, this is not about demonstrating tokenism towards women. Tokenism is as unacceptable in the context of gender as it is in the context of color. The great revolutionary slave abolitionist John Brown (also on fr.wikipedia), known for his leadership role in the slave rebellion of 1859 at Harpers Ferry, made it clear that his actions had as much to do with his own humanity as with that of enslaved Black women, men, and children. John Brown understood that despite his being White, slavery was a blight upon his own humanity. Like racism, male chauvinism is a pathology, and it must be recognized, grappled with, struggled against, and ultimately eradicated. If we are revolutionaries then we must do this.

Women revolutionaries have repeatedly demonstrated that they were and remain an integral and invaluable part of humanity’s struggle, and they must be accorded full equality in all aspects of the struggle, including leadership. The leadership, intellect, hard work, and commitment of women such as Kiilu Nyasha, Kathleen Cleaver, Assata Shakur (also on fr.wikipedia), Yuri Kochiyama, Lynne Stewart (also on fr.wikipedia), and the late Marilyn Buck (December 13, 1947 – August 3, 2010), to name but a very few, have demonstrated in this 21st century what other revolutionary women forerunners had previously laid the ground work for in the United States and globally.

In the words of Rosa Luxemburg: Those who do not move, do not notice their chains … (full long text).

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