The story of Charlottesville was written in blood in the Ukraine

by Ajamu Baraka, August 16, 2017, via Black Agenda Report
Some of the neo-Nazis President Obama helped put in power in Ukraine carried Confederate flags. U.S. society has been moving rightward for decades — and pulling much of Europe with it.

What is the character of racist right-wing politics today?  Is it the crazed white supremacist who plows into an anti-fascist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, or can it also be the assurance by Lindsay Graham that an attack against North Korea would result in thousands of lives lost…. but those lives will be “over there”?  What about the recent unanimous resolution by both Houses of Congress in support of Israel and criticism of the United Nations for its alleged anti-Israeli bias?  Would that qualify as racist and right-wing, since it appears that the ongoing suffering of the Palestinians is of no concern?  And what about the vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to go even beyond the obscene proposal of the Trump administration to increase the military budget by $54 billion dollars and instead add a whopping $74 billion to the Pentagon budget?
What I find interesting about the current discussion around what many are referring to as the emboldening of the radical white supremacist right is how easy it is to mobilize opposition against the crude and overt white supremacists we saw in Charlottesville.  So easy, in fact, that it’s really a distraction from the more difficult and dangerous work that needs to be done to confront the real right-wing power brokers.
The white supremacy that some of us see as more insidious is not reflected in the simple, stereotypical images of the angry, Nazi-saluting alt-righter or even Donald Trump.  Instead, it is the normalized and thus invisible white supremacist ideology inculcated into cultural and educational institutions and the policies that stem from those ideas.  That process doesn’t just produce the storm troopers of the armed and crazed radical right but also such covert true believers as Robert Ruben from Goldman Sachs, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Tony Blair and Nancy Pelosi — “decent” individuals who have never questioned for a moment the superiority of Western civilization, who believe completely in the White West’s right and responsibility to determine which nations should have sovereignty and who should be the leaders of “lesser” nations.   And who believe that there is no alternative to the wonders of global capitalism even if it means that billions of human beings are consigned permanently to what Fanon called the “zone of non-being.”
This is the white supremacy that I am concerned with. And while I recognize the danger of the violent right-wing movement, I am more concerned with the right-wing policies that are being enacted into law and policy by both Democrats and Republicans at every level of government.
More than two years ago I wrote that:

“The brutal repression and dehumanization witnessed across Europe in the 1930s has not found generalized expression in the U.S. and Europe, at least not yet. Nevertheless, large sectors of the U.S. and European left appear to be unable to recognize that the U.S./NATO/EU axis that is committed to maintaining the hegemony of Western capital is resulting in dangerous collaborations with rightist forces both inside and outside of governments.”

The impetus of that article was to critique the inherent danger of the Obama administration’s cynical manipulation of right-wing elements in Ukraine to overthrow the democratically elected government of Viktor Yanukovych.  Not only was it dangerous and predictably disastrous for the Ukrainian people, but because U.S. support for a neo-fascist movement in Ukraine took place within a context in which the political right was gaining legitimacy and strength across Europe.  The political impact of the right gaining power in the Ukraine could not be isolated from the growing power of the right elsewhere.  Which meant that the Obama Admiration’s selfish, short-term objective to undermine Russia in the Ukraine had the effect of empowering the right and shifting the balance of forces toward the right throughout Europe.
But because Obama was incorrectly seen as a liberal, he was able to avoid most criticism of his policies in the Ukraine, in Europe and domestically.  In fact, liberals and the left both in the U.S. and in Europe generally supported his Ukraine policies.
However, playing footsie with right-wing elements in the Ukraine and underestimating the growing power of the right has resulted in powerful and dangerous right-wing movements on both sides of the Atlantic who have effectively exploited endemic white racism and the contradictions of neoliberal capitalist globalization.  The ascendancy of Donald Trump cannot be decontextualized from the racial, class and gender politics of this moment here and abroad.
The alt-right that showed up in Charlottesville this past weekend was mimicking the tactics of the frontline neo-fascist soldiers who orchestrated the coup in the Ukraine, yet everyone is saying this is a result of Trump.  The objective fact is that the U.S. has become a dangerous right-wing society as a result of a steady shift to the right over the past four decades.  The idea that Trump’s election somehow “created” the right cannot be taken seriously and cannot be reduced to the crude expressions of the alt-right.
The structures of white power, that is the structures and institutions that provide the material base for Euro-American white supremacy and its ideological reproduction, should be the focus of radical opposition.  But the capitalist order and its institutions — the World Trade Organization, IMF, World Bank, and global Westernized higher education that serves as the material basis for hegemonic white supremacist power – escape critical scrutiny because popular attention is directed against a David Duke and a Donald Trump.
Trump and the alt-right have become useful diversions for white supremacist liberals and leftists who would rather fight against those superficial caricatures of racism than engage in more difficult ideological work involving real self-sacrifice — purging themselves of all racial sentimentality associated with the mythology of the place of white people, white civilization and whiteness in the world in order to pursue a course for justice that will result in the loss of white material privilege.
“The many manifestations of an entrenched right-wing ideology that cannot be conveniently and opportunistically reduced to Trump and the Republicans.”
Looking at white supremacy from this wider-angle lens, it is clear that support for the Israeli state, war on North Korea, mass black and brown incarceration, a grotesque military budget, urban gentrification, the subversion of Venezuela, the state war on black and brown people of all genders, and the war on reproductive rights are among the many manifestations of an entrenched right-wing ideology that cannot be conveniently and opportunistically reduced to Trump and the Republicans.
And when we understand that white supremacy is not just what is in someone’s head but is also a global structure with ongoing, devastating impacts on the people of the world, we will understand better why some of us have said that in order for the world to live, the 525-year-old white supremacist Pan-European, colonial/capitalist patriarchy must die.
Your choice will be clear: Either you join us as gravediggers or you surrender to class and racial privilege and join the cross-class white united front.  The alt-right is waiting, and they are taking recruits from the left who are tired of “identity politics.”


Ajamu Baraka was the 2016 candidate for vice president on the Green Party ticket. He is an editor and columnist for the Black Agenda Report and contributing columnist for Counterpunch magazine.  His latest publications include contributions to Killing Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence (Counterpunch Books, 2014), Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA (HarperCollins, 2014) and Claim No Easy Victories: The Legacy of Amilcar Cabral ( CODESRIA, 2013). He can be reached at www.AjamuBaraka.com
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rehmat1
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rehmat1

On July 28, 2017, UK-based African writer and blogger Adeyinka Makinde posted an article, entitled: Post-Maidan Ukrainian Antisemitism: Another Tragic Blowback From US Interventionist Foreign Policy. Interestingly, Makinde claims that he is not Jewish even though 50% of his blog posts are about Jewish sufferings. He also admits that he delivers lectures on African Jewish heritage at synagogues and other Jewish gatherings. According to Makinde, the Maidan coup was overseen by Jewish Victoria Nuland in collaboration with other American Israel-First such as Sen. John McCain, Sen. Lindsey Graham, etc. but he still blame Ukrainians for hating Jews. “Anti-Semitism is embedded… Read more »

Paul
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Paul

I’m not sure what point Rehat1 is making here. The fact that Ukraine was widely involved in the murder of Jews was well known and dated back to the 19thC. Perhaps the most telling account is that of the Police Chief of Odessa boasting he had himself killed thousands of a Jews as they fled the city naked and on foot in 1941. Tens of thousands were killed. The area was at the time under the occupation of Romanian forces and according to some it was on the insistence of the King and the Catholic Church that the police chief… Read more »

Norman Pilon
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“I’m not sure what point Rehat1 is making here.”
A certain tribe is evil. It is behind every single intrigue, war and destabilization currently under way anywhere in the world, exactly as it explains everything bad that has ever happened in the past.
You now know the only thing you need to know to understand absolutely everything: one tribe, one world, one conspiracy.

Norman Pilon
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Power has no color, but coincidentally. I would edit Baraka’s piece by dropping the color adjective from his analysis where inappropriate. For example, I take issue with this: The white supremacy that some of us see as more insidious is not reflected in the simple, stereotypical images of the angry, Nazi-saluting alt-righter or even Donald Trump. Instead, it is the normalized and thus invisible white supremacist ideology inculcated into cultural and educational institutions and the policies that stem from those ideas. Rather, to break free of the racial paradigm in order to decisively shift the narrative and come a bit… Read more »

Christopher Barclay
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Christopher Barclay

Thanks, white man, for editing brother Baraka’s article. Now you’ve put him in his place, I’m sure, he’ll be a good boy and submit his next article to be corrected by you before publication.

Norman Pilon
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Will Christopher Barclay make good my request, I wonder, or will he be content with having merely cast his racist “white man” aspersion?

Norman Pilon
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Do explain the difference between a “white” man and a “black” man to me. I mean, the “essential” difference between the two.

michaelk
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michaelk

Martin Jenkins in today’s Guardian warns about the obsession of the liberal left with Trump’s ‘evilness’ to the exclusion of almost all other political issues. This is because the liberal left don’t have anything else to sell but opposition to and demonisation of, Trump. Their anti-Trump and that’s about it, and that isn’t enough to win elections. Essentially the left, the liberals, the Democrats , the combined media, and the Republican leadership are still fighting the last election campaign, only now it’s a ‘de-election’ campaign their on, attempting to reverse the election result. Trump and the hysteria surrounding him shows… Read more »

Sav
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Sav

Nazis are suddenly convenient when establishment MSM & Co want to attack Trump. That is all this is for.
They marched/gathered well before 2017 and didn’t just appear overnight. Now suddenly…OH MY GOD….Look Nazis!!!
Those claiming to shout down Nazis loudest would like nothing better than to embolden them. That’s what they are doing. What is it with all this statue removal hysteria – why now? As much as I think Trump is an arse, his response to the media was spot on. You couldn’t fault his argument.

bevin
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bevin

Mateo Pimentel chooses this apposite quotation to make his poinr: “…Nearly a century ago, Spanish anarchist Buenaventura Durruti offered very valuable advice during an interview he gave with the Toronto Star: ‘No government in the world fights Fascism to the death. When the bourgeoisie sees power slipping from its grasp, it has recourse to Fascism to maintain itself. The Liberal Government of Spain could have rendered the Fascist elements powerless long ago. Instead it compromised and dallied. Even now at this moment, there are men in this Government who want to go easy on the rebels… We want revolution here… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

An intelligent analysis which brings in behind it a confusing and vile load of anti-White, racist garbage–all, somehow, in the service of getting rid of “racism,” which is obviously in the author’s mind synonymous with “White.” Has the author never heard of “Han” racism, or Jewish racism? Black racism? There have been a lot of black “anti-fascist” racists on the streets beating up all and sundry who disagree with their take on the world. It was a step forward reading Baraka’s views on the connections between the Ukraine “revolution” and the rise of right-wing movements in the West. It was,… Read more »

rehmat1
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rehmat1

I’m afraid, Ajamu Baraka is confused about what happened in Ukraine. The people the US and EU put in power in Ukraine are Zionist Jews and calling them “neo-Nazis” would be “antisemitism” according to ADL and AJC.
On March 28, 2017, Ukraine MP Nadiya Viktorivna Savchenko, said: “Jews make 2% of country’s population while 80% of the Jews are in power. These are Groysman, Valtsman, Yuliya Tymoshenko, Beryoza, Logvinskiy and so on.”
https://rehmat1.com/2017/04/03/ukraines-joan-of-arc-jewish-yoke-must-be-fought-against/

Paul
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Paul

It’s too easy to just blame Trump. It was our very own Baroness Ashton who was midwife to the coup in Kiev. Unelected by anybody but Tony Blair she was High Representative of EU Foreign Affairs on 21-22 February 2014 when snipers, still unidentified, began killing police and the Baroness declared the EU recognised a new government of right wing bankers and fascists most of whom had been put forward by Nuland weeks earlier. She blamed the break down in law and order, in other words the mysteriously well armed snipers. Look again at the Maiden rioters and you see… Read more »

jdseanjd
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I don’t see black vs white. I don’t see left vs right. Etc etc. All are diversions & divisions our owners have set up to keep us fighting amongst ourselves, while they pillage the world for their one world govt, & slaughter as many as possible for their depopulation agenda 21. The plan for world domination was started 1st May 1776. Google that. May 1773, Rothschild & 12 pals were presented a plan by renegade? Jesuit Adam Weishaupt, containing 25 strategies. One was pursue liberal politics, another to control the media & another to ruin the youth with sex &… Read more »

jdseanjd
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Sorry, ref should finish 00.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BplUD6kQYuU&t=392s
Or, put in search box: Retired Head of FBI tells All
1 hour 4 mins.
It’s as well to learn of the Satanic reality we’re dealing with.
John Doran.

Yonatan
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Yonatan

Trump is not my President? Oh the anguish. Well guess what (if I was an American) Bush 1 was not my President. Clinton 1 was not my President. Bush 2 was not my President. Obama was not my President. Trump is not my President. and Clinton 2 would not have been my President. The US is a one party state – The War Party. All the bs against Trump stopped the moment he fired cruise missiles at Syria, actually killing innocent women and children. It restarted once the War Party realized that was it – a token strike with no… Read more »

Eric Blair
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This is an excellent piece. It cuts through the many layers of propaganda and obfuscationist nonsense served up by the liberal media and calls it like it is. The actions of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton should be a clear signal to the left that the identity politics dogma that tells them women and non-white minorities are intrinsically noble and superior to pale-skinned people and men is bunk, divisive nonsense with no basis in reality. It simply takes the racial essentialism promoted by the racists and inverts it. This has resulted in a disturbing group think dynamic where people who… Read more »

Christopher Barclay
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Christopher Barclay

An inevitable consequence of identity politics based on ethnicity was that racist whites would say, “We’ll have some of that”.
Also worth noting is what is happening on many US campuses especially Evergreen University, where African-Americans are attempting to re-introduce formal segregation on the basis of race.

Chrissy
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Chrissy

Part of human psychology is our Basic Fear of Helplessness that is preyed upon (by disguised evil ) resulting in need for Comfort that leads to Defense Mechanisms of false beliefs ….. used by the Authorities PTB (disguised evil) who pretend to care… then, psychologically we Respond to our environment as children. From infancy to adulthood we are never allowed to gain our our internal power to assess the environment rationally. Therefore, like Pavlov demonstrated, we respond to the stimulus that reduces discomfit and appeals to our senses. Ideal for manipulation…. never to think, reason or value ourselves…. seems only… Read more »

Chrissy
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Chrissy

Part of human psychology is our Basic Fear of Helplessness that is preyed upon (by disguised evil ) resulting in need for Comfort that leads to Defense Mechanisms of false beliefs ….. then used by the Authorities PTB (disguised evil) who pretend to care… then, psychologically we Respond to our environment as children. From infancy to adulthood we are never allowed to gain our our internal power to assess the environment rationally. Therefore, like Pavlov demonstrated, we respond to the stimulus that reduces discomfit and appeals to our senses. Ideal for manipulation…. never to think, reason or value ourselves…. seems… Read more »

writerroddis
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writerroddis

Well said, Ajamu Baraka. Well said and apposite.