White press doesn't believe it what else is new?

History: Many crimes have been committed against blacks in America, and the press hasn't always believed reports of them, either.

November 24, 1996|By Dick Gregory

The Central Intelligence Agency should be abolished because of this deadly crack incident, and let me tell you why. It has nothing to do with whether the CIA brought crack into the country. The CIA with its multibillion-dollar budget was created to protect us from foreign threats. The agency should have known that Nicaraguans were in our communities selling drugs and it should have told us.

If I hire a security agency to guard my house and protect my family and someone breaks into my house undetected, I would hold the agency responsible because it did not live up to the job. So I have the right to fire them. The same is true with the CIA.

Meanwhile, the major white press continues to ignore the possibility that the CIA knew the Nicaraguans were raising money by selling drugs in black communities. The New York Times, Washington Post and other members of the white press have suggested that the San Jose Mercury News had no real proof that the CIA may have played a role in introducing crack cocaine. Should we be surprised about this attitude of doubt from the white press?

Absolutely not.

We also should not be surprised by the community support and the support from the black press, and black talk radio, which are committed to not lying down in silence.

It is time the world recognizes that black folks as well as all decent Americans will not accept the destruction of the black family, and we will not rest until justice is served. Even though some in the white press attempted to discredit the Mercury News' crack cocaine story, that has not kept the story from being a regular topic on black radio programs and daily discussions among blacks.

At one time, blacks were considered less than human by the U.S. Constitution. A chief justice of the Supreme Court once proclaimed that a black man had no rights that a white man was bound to respect.

In this century, blacks have been lynched. We know that the FBI spied on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in an attempt to discredit him. There continue to be questionable police shootings of blacks that never seem to be prosecuted, and we must not forget about the experiment in Tuskegee, Ala., where the United States public health service - not the Ku Klux Klan or the White Citizen's Council - studied the effects of syphilis for nearly 30 years among 400 poor, black uneducated men without treating them.

It is in this light that me and other African-Americans may be

more willing than others to believe that the government played a role in introducing crack cocaine into the black community.

If you go back to the 1950s, the early days of the civil rights movement, the white press was not with us. Most of the major white press thought the March on Washington in 1963 was a bad idea. But we won without them.

In the 1960s, when predominantly white students protested the Vietnam War, the major white media was not with them. But they won anyway.

Now, we are looking at yet another major situation - of drugs being sold to our mothers, to our mothers-to-be, to our fathers and our children. And the white press is not with us, but seems to go out of its way to give credit to the CIA.

nTC The white press has discredited the San Jose Mercury News story and the people that have been on the front line fighting for justice.

It has had the audacity to accuse Joe Madison (a radio talk show host) and myself of being conspirators. The last time I checked, the white press also had reported that some white folks claimed they saw Elvis sitting on the corner eating a Big Mac.

Some in the white media have gone so far as to say that even if the CIA was involved in bringing crack into the black community, what about the personal responsibility of the people in the community?

Sixteen governors are suing the cigarette industry, and nobody is talking personal responsibility when it comes to people who smoke cigarettes and later get desperately ill.

It seems like when black folks fight for human rights, the rules change.

Dick Gregory is a humorist and social activist.

Pub Date: 11/24/96

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