Why, you might wonder, a "ball of confusion"? Good question.
Recently, I had a conversation with an elder that went sumthin' like this...
elder: So you are back in Boston? Just in time for Ted Kennedy's funeral.
kzs: Yes. I am back in Boston.
elder: You know I was sick with grief when I heard of Ted Kennedy's passing. I could not stop crying. We have lost our last great fighter for Civil Rights. Maybe one of the younger Kennedys will take up the slack.
Malcolm X alerted us to the fact that John F. Kennedy bought off the "Big Six" leaders of the March on Washington (he also said that the JFK crew hand-picked some of "our" (mis)leaders). Here is Malcolm X in his own words breaking down how the Kennedys colluded to undermine the March on Washington.
When the late President saw that he couldn’t stop the march, he joined; he endorsed it; he welcomed it; he became a part of it; and it was he who put the six Negro civil rights leaders at the head of it. It was he who made them the Big Six.How did he do it? How did he gain control of the March on Washington? A study of his shrewd strategy will give you a glimpse of the political genius with which the Kennedy family was ruling this country from the White House, and how they used the America Negro in all of their schemes. The late President endorsed the march; that should have been the tip-off. A few days later in New York City, at the Carlysle Hotel, a philanthropic society known as the Taconic Foundation, headed by a shrewd white liberal named Stephen Currier, called a meeting of the six civil rights leaders in an effort to bring unity of action and purpose among all the civil rights groups.
According to the August 4 edition of The New York Times, $800,000 was split up between these six Negro civil rights leaders on June 19 at the Carlysle Hotel, and another $700,000 was promised to be given to them at a later date after the march was over, if everything went well with the march.
Once the movement was co-pted pimped, Edward (Ted) Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and a few other millionaire politicians magically became champions of Civil Rights (on white liberal terms rather than black freedom terms).
“[T]his initial victory for Edward Kennedy is demeaning to the dignity of the Senate and the democratic process." (source: http://fairspin.org/author/3278 via Jared Ball)Amen.
The Verdict: We have been bamboozled. Ted Kennedy's stature among African Americans is overblown. He only jumped on the Civil Rights bandwagon after his brothers had hijacked the freedom wagon and stole the wheels.
By the way: As it turns out I am not the only black Kennedy skeptic on the planet. A popular blogger who goes by the handle "Cobb" recently posted this:
Edward Kennedy: Dead
Once again, here is a man whose accomplishments seem to me to have been entirely vague. I have to say that he's one of those old farts who needed to be out of power a long time ago, then again, who are we to point out the brain death of Massachusetts?
That leaves Arlen Spector and a host of others, 29 to be precise, who have been in the Senate for more than 20 years. Just yike. Are we supposed to have a permanent constituency of no-ops? Is that what this political phlegm is all about?
Meh. I can't say anything nice. I may as well shutup.
tags: ball of confusion, big six, civil rights, Edward Kennedy, liberal, lyndon johnson, march on washington, shell game, ted kennedy, term limits, the kennedy myth