As I make my way through the audio book there is a large collection of gems that I am extracting which provide important details of the relationships and debates during the late 50's - early 60's between various individuals and groups that were involved with (or in some cases tried to stay out of) "The Civil Rights Movement".
The name Ella Baker came up in the book "Malcolm X" because Marable sought to give some context in the development of the "Southern Christian Leadership Conference" as well as other progressive civil rights organizations that Ms Baker was involved in. While Baker and Malcolm X were not necessarily direct collaborators the both were important players in the constellation of voices during this period.
While I was personally interested to hear that the great journalist George S Schuyler was a close friend with Ella Baker - during his time as a left wing radical (before becoming a staunch conservative and critical of several elements and antics of "The Civil Rights Movement") it was more interesting to learn about Ella Bakers stance against the invasion of Ethiopia by the colonial power Italy.
To be clear - I did not read about Ella Baker's activism against Italian/European imperialism within Africa from the "Malcolm X" book. I learned about it from my additional research on Ella Baker - the name that rolls off of the lips of so many Black activist progressives today.
("What Would Ella Baker Do About The NATO Coup In Libya Today?)
I have no intention of hijacking anything about Ella Baker's legacy, presupposing that I could predict what she would do if she were alive today. In fact I hate it when people try to do this.
Instead it is far more interesting to make reference to a figure that various Black Progressive-Fundamentalists from Van Jones to certain spoken word artists use and then contrast her views about Imperialism In Africa against the views held today by people who do try to walk in her shoes.
It was the Wikipedia entry about Ella Baker that I learned:
The purpose of this blog is less "About Obama" and instead is about how staunch Progressives have CHANGED in accommodation of Obama. This is not a "political gotcha" blog intent on making shallow indictments, then assuming that I have 'won' by proving someone's hypocrisy.
My intent is on modeling and then analyzing "Progressivism" and how political pragamatism and, in some cases ideological bigotry shapes it as it seeks to deal with its demons. (Demons meaning the choice to remain dogmatically "progressive" versus politically expedient loyal Democrats - as the force cast by the Republican enemy justify "right-wing" actions done in the name of protection).
Did The Agenda Of Italy And Europe Change Over Africa In 75 Years Since The Second Italo-Abyssinian War?
- Prevailing Religion
- Cultural Pasts
- Proximity To Europe
- Petroleum and Commercial Holdings
The template is clear:
- An African nation stands up for its own independence and self determination
- External powers who's interests are threatened seek to compel the African nation to yield
- A military incursion is initiated to enforce the will of the external/ colonial force