I’ve spent the past year back in Chicago, and the past ten years around the country working toward positive civil rights campaigns. As a leader I’ve directly participated in a few of the major modern historical civil rights campaigns across the country. Examples being Tamir Rice, as Advocacy leader, The George Stinney Jr. Case as an Advocacy Leader. I have fought against Stand Your ground in Florida, as the leader I’ve organized multiple Police Brutality campaigns in Chicago and around the nation. I never liken myself to be a revolutionary-because I know the commitment and force needed to take on such a title, but subjectively I possibly could use this title. Hmmm!
In any case-at this point I believe I am qualified to address the issue of those who subjectively claim that they are revolutionaries because they seem to lead the youth and others that they represent into a downward spiral of false idealism’s, rising tempers, growing arrogance and misplaced self-confidence. This “toxic,” combination becomes so dangerous that they lead some to arrest (jail) or even those who lose their lives, unnecessarily in every instance.
Let’s look at the historical work of at least One “True,” Revolutionary to see what they would say about this subject.
A True Revolutionary: Do not enjoy the Comforts of unjust system that they don’t believe in:
Two new books open a window on “Che” Guevara (above) and his quixotic quest to remake the world and on his comrades who, like him, were, as he wrote, “willing to forgo every comfort to fight for another country” and to follow him into the worst abysses, from Zaire to Bolivia.
Unrealistic Wannabe’s: Complain, Complain, and Complain but still live in comfort-Still go to school, still use the churches and courts, and will call the police in a hot “New York” minute. Yet and still they claim to be anti police or a police abolitionist. Hmmmmm!
Any true revolution is considered an event which has a major impact on changing the political, economic or social structure of society – usually in a short space of time. A revolution may be violent or peaceful in order to achieve its aims. The aims of revolutions are usually tied to an ideology, e.g. Communism, liberalism or related to national independence.
Unrealistic Wannabe’s: If your idea of revolution is to pick up a sign and simply protest on a downtown street about government or an “alleged,” mistreatment but you always stand behind someone else’s movement or action- then please ask yourself is the trend setting movement worthy of your time or anyone else’s for that matter.
Mostly importantly fighting-for human rights is a high level challenge-you should know that most fanatics psychologically are unable to “back down, and admit defeat, ” They may cause you more harm them good. Those who don’t strategize or who have no true method to their cause, should at best consider just calling themselves activist or maybe a cult in truth. Whatever you decide, please really think about, who you are and your reason for participating.
WE MUST LEARN FROM HISTORY-there is a fine line between revolutionary thinker or Fascists, and a fool!
During the 2nd World War, the Nazis’ used revolutionary and nationalistic propaganda to win over most German Nationals-But soon thereafter anti-Jewish campaigns increased in scale and ferocity. In the invasion and occupation of Poland, German troops shot thousands of Polish Jews, confined many to ghettos where they starved to death and began sending others to death camps in various parts of Poland, where they were either killed immediately or forced into slave labor. In 1941, when Germany invaded the Soviet Union, Nazi death squads machine-gunned tens of thousands of Jews in the western regions of Soviet Russia. Unfortunately many of the Natural Germans who fell into the evil flow of Nazis Party and promoted German nationalism and anti-Semitism-paid highly for their critical misstep, when Nazis Party felled-even to the extent that Germany has changed forever to date.
As it is said genuine revolutionaries, whether they fail or succeed, often win the hearts of the world’s romantic and idealistic, especially the young, who admire in them their passionate rejection of an unjust economic and social order which they insist causes so much hopelessness and needless death. Ernesto “Che” Guevara, “probably the most genuine revolutionary leader,” as even Henry Kissinger admitted in his memoirs, inspired such admiration–admiration that can be seen still in the banners and T-shirts worn by a younger generation seeking to protest “globalization.”
Question: Are you willing to die for it?
In the end that Latin America is still, as Guevara complained, “torn asunder by hunger, poverty, disease, injustice and hatred. In this sense, Guevara’s awesome offering may be found in the lessons of his short life.
For my part I have to say, “unless you are willing to live your life, give your life and everything else to fight for cause-don’t tell me you are a revolutionary, and stop leading the youth and others astray because then you become an enemy: Word to the wise!
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