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Sunday, February 06, 2005

Class Exploitation Versus Racial Colonization

February 6, 2005, 11:47 am

By Kirsten Anderberg (

Excerpt from Kristen Anderberg's reflections of Stokely Carmichael's and H. Rap Brown's speeaches at the “Free Huey Newton” Rally, held in Oakland, Ca. in 1968.

I also found it interesting that Carmichael said the pattern for U.S. colonization was the “three M’s: The missionaries, the money, and the Marines.” He says that all over the world the way it always works is they send in the missionaries. Then if that doesn’t work to extinguish a culture, they send in money for poverty programs. When the people will not trade their culture and humanity for money, then in come the Marines. This is what we watched in South Vietnam. That seems to be a very astute and correct analysis that can be applied to many a U.S. invasion, including Iraq today. But oddly, now, with this renegade and admittedly Christian American government, we do not have to send in missionaries, as the U.S. government is now missionary and military combined! It is a Christian army! I think back in 1968, the U.S. government was trying to give more of an appearance of a separation of church and state. But Bush seems to have given up on that illusion completely, and is gung ho to move forward as American Christian missionary Marines with money. I think the “three M’s” analysis is a good one.


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