attacks Black anti-imperialist New York City councilmember

17 Jun is a pro-Obama / liberal imperialist organization that pretended to be “anti-war” while Bush and the Republicans were in office, but has now squarely positioned itself as an Obama liberal imperialist org.

Most recently the organization has attacked an African American New York City councilmember, Charles Barron. Mr. Barron has taken a number of strong anti-imperialist stances that MoveOn has listed as its reasons why the people of New York City should vote against his candidacy for a congressional seat.

Following are some stands that Charles Barron has taken for which opposes him:

“Out there, they don’t know that [Libyan leader Muammar] Qaddafi was our brother. People say ‘Didn’t he kill all those people?’ I say, ‘I don’t know anything.’”1

When asked about the gay rights movement, Barron said, “I don’t consider it a civil rights issue of our time.”2

“The biggest terrorist in the world is the government of Israel.”3

“I want to go up to the closest white person and say, ‘You can’t understand this, it’s a black thing’ and then slap him, just for my mental health.”4

Barron explained his opposition to gay marriage by saying, “I believe simply in an institution of marriage between a man and a woman. My wife and I believe that. We support every other thing regarding gay rights and we support everything but the marriage thing. We don’t want to have people impose their values or beliefs on us and we’re not imposing ours on you.”5

Barron invited Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe to speak at City Hall despite the fact that, “Amnesty International holds President Mugabe and his government responsible for the attacks against opposition politicians, against members of civilian society, against African farm workers and for creating an environment of fear and intimidation.”6

MoveOn further likens the above stance to the right wing “tea party” movement in the United States. That is of-course bogus, the tea party folks (aside from those who support Ron Paul) are basically right wing imperialists with whom liberal imperialists should find much in common cause. While the tea party folks may oppose gay marriage – they would support the NATO attacks on Libya, would have little or no objections to israel, and express their hatred for independent minded African Presidents such as Mugabe, and would certainly not point out the racist attitudes of many white people in the United States. In fact, of the 6 items mentioned above – the tea party would be in agreement with MoveOn on four of them… This makes MoveOn a lot closer to the right wing Tea Party than Charles Barron.

MoveOn is correct in pointing out that “Those tea partiers, frankly, don’t belong in Congress.” And nor do their liberal allies such as whomever MoveOn might endorse in opposition to Charles Barron.

2 Responses to “ attacks Black anti-imperialist New York City councilmember”

  1. cyberstreets (@cyberstreets) June 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    I am almost speechless at the lies and implications of the MoveOn attacks on Charles Barron, but let me try and respond:

    (1) MoveOn pretends to be an antiwar organization, but has once again shown its true colors as a hack for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and vanguard of the U.S./NATO military. Just as Iraq was shown to be a huge fraud by American corporations to grab Iraq’s oil, in the name of humanitarianism, so will be Libya. The U.S. indiscriminate areal bombing of Libyan civilian densely populated targets resulted in approximately 10,000 civilian deaths. Their were bombs dropped on large universities killing a number of students and staff. Health facilities. Radio stations and infrastructure were targeted. NATO and the U.S. created the armed Free Libyan Army and vast amount of bloodshed. Just because a country has an unpopular ruler, even an unelected one, is no reason for invasion! Look at George Bush. Look at the U.S. support of the worst, most sexist regime in the world, Saudi Arabia (not to mention Bahrain, Qatar, Honduras, Iraq, Afghanistan, and so many others). People need to remember that Democrats are invested just as heavily in the military industrial complex as Republicans.

    (2) Barron is a Black politician who has dedicated his entire life for the betterment for Black people. Therefore he believes that the Black civil rights struggle is THE major civil rights struggle of our time. Many white and black gay people believe this as well. There is nothing anti-gay about this belief.

    (3) Many anti-Zionist Jewish and Israeli people believe the Israeli government treats the Palestinians in a terroristic manner. Again, it is not anti-Semitic to protest the Israeli governments treatment of our Palestinian sisters and brothers. In fact, as oppressed minorities, many LGBT people have a special understanding of anti-Palestinian statelessness and the genocide Israel has inflicted upon them.

    (4) Barron is indeed still against gay marriage. He has spent a large amount of his life employed by Black church groups and a longtime member of Brooklyn’s House of the Lord church. Yes, that is obviously not good. BUT, Charles has been listening to LGBT constituents and moved far beyond his earlier beliefs. He now fully support LGBT rights and has voted for marriage equality for immigrant partners, that contractors getting NYC funds have to insure LGBT partners, and every other actual legislation. He has constantly moved towards LGBT equality, and come a long way, and this is important to acknowledge. No one Charles age began their careers supporting gay marriage, lets organize people, not write them off.

    (5) Zimbabwe is one of the most resource rich African country and the U.S. and NATO have been salivating over its diamonds and oil for a long time. The U.S. needs to shut down AFRICOM and stop invading Africa and the Middle East.

    Charles Barron has organized for thirty years for East New York, Bed-Stuy, and people living with HIV/AIDS and working people all over New York. Charles Barron has constantly worked to stop U.S./NATO invasions of other countries and to spend our tax money at home for our social services, healthcare, affordable housing and other social needs. The Democratic Party has been as pro-invasion as the Republican Party many times. Charles Barron is a true break with both. Many LGBT people who are not part of the 1% support Charles Barron, the Palestinian cause, and the dismantling of NATO, including myself.

    You are welcome come leaflet for Charles Barron with us on Sat. June 2311am, 456 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11216 (A train to Nostrand Ave., walk 5 blks on Nostrand to Jefferson).

    • publicdebate1 June 22, 2012 at 9:49 pm #

      Thank you! Your response and points are much appreciated – if I were in New York I’d love to help out – but perhaps other readers of this blog in the area can…

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