Yes, I do see the ‘screamer’ headline “Cops Prepare For New Watts Riot”. But that’s only the bouncing ball that’s caught your eye. It’s the lyrics that count… and they’re written down under that second and smaller headline, the one that tops the article by Art Kunkin. It’s not just some song, it’s a major clanger – all about the opening bell in a fight against the insidious growth of fascism.
For, just like now, it suddenly became apparent that fascism – here in America – wasn’t a passing fancy, an isolated incident, nor a movement without a leader. In fact, it was everywhere you looked – the result of small seeds planted, nurtured, and now blooming in the very movements that should, instead, lead us to a greater and more beneficial society.
To be certain that you did not miss their corruption, his loud and urgent announcement leads to the following 2 articles, both of which are examples of where fascism has gained a foothold. Most importantly, though, he is saying that while the identity of The Leadership of this all-important and truly revolutionary counter-movement may be a surprise to you – DO NOT DOUBT IT.
Instead, use his references – or those as easily obtainable in this new day and age – to understand from whence that leadership developed – and recognize that, historically, most revolutionaries seem to appear from nowhere. But in retrospect, as is here also the case, they were – were – there, perhaps as bothersome or seemingly un-necessarily concerned individuals. And, too, the skills they had demonstrated, those very same skills that had earned our ire, we newly see as necessary – perhaps more perfect than any others – to rectify the very situation in which we suddenly find ourselves.
How true is this, that revolutionaries rise in our midst, seemingly known but then suddenly revealed? On this Throwback Thursday to our publication of the LA FP exactly 50 years ago, the veracity of that reality was confirmed with the revelation (via the next articles from that Issue) that it might very well be that “The Black Panthers will be our Saviors”. What a surprise that was to a bunch of white folks! 50 long years ago. Were they ready for it? Could they, would they, follow the leaders that voiced the truth that had to be heard?
As you consider those questions in your read of our past pages, I’ll add in to the mix our usual reminder that it is absolutely remarkable that those times and these times often seem to be on the very same track… and ask, too, if you’ve yet noticed 4 ladies of color?
(Finally, a Spoiler Alert: Way down at the bottom, as the mainstream news is distracting you once again (in yet another remarkable coincidence) with it’s outta this world feature story, we’ve added in a 5th re-printed page; our original Readers’ take on that moon landing now again in the news. Then, too, perhaps the best-ever job application 🙂
Read these – Page 1 above, Pages 2, 3, 4 below on the presence of Fascism in 1969, and how it might -Then and Now – be brought to a halt. Page 6 is on that now-fabled moon landing, but back then it was a de-rided effort (the page includes that here’s-how-to-get-a job app). And what of the missing Page 5? It’s a full-page proposal for Timothy Leary’s Third Party. If you would like to see it – OR ANY OTHER Page (fer Free!) – go to the Home Page on this site, and pop-in an ARCHIVE Request for that Page!
Hmmm… clearly an afterthought, but one that should be good for us both…
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