Stein’s running mate sympathized with the Charlie Hebdo terrorists.
Earlier this week, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein announced that Ajamu Baraka would be her new running mate:
I am honored and excited to announce that my running mate in the 2016 presidential election will be Ajamu Baraka, activist, writer, intellectual and organizer with a powerful voice, vision, and lifelong commitment to building true political revolution.
However, what Stein does not want you to know is that in January 2015, Baraka’s “powerful voice” described a vigil for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo shooting as a “white power march” and labeled the slogan “Je suis Charlie” as an “arrogant rallying cry for white supremacy.”
In a disturbing and profoundly unfair article titled The Charlie Hebdo white power rally in Paris, Baraka attacks the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre and their supporters as white supremacists.
Baraka even goes so far as to sympathize with and justify the cause of the Charlie Hebdo terrorists, noting:
It is the arrogant lack of respect for the ideas and culture of non-European peoples that drove the French ban on the wearing of the niqab and other traditional veiling clothing for Muslim women, just one example of the generalized discriminatory treatment of Arabs and Muslims in France.
In this larger context, Charlie Hebdo’s blatant disregard and disrespect for another religion, shielded by an absolute commitment to freedom of speech that gives them blanket immunity, is now compounded by the “Je Suis Charlie campaign,” orchestrated in the name of upholding the values of liberal, Western civilization.
Baraka says “upholding the values of liberal, Western civilization,” as if that is a bad thing. Does he oppose the values of liberal, Western civilization? Does he oppose an absolute commitment to freedom of speech?
And exactly what kind of values would he be upholding if by some off chance he was elected vice president?
Are we to believe that this “commitment to building true political revolution” Stein speaks of is a rejection of the values of liberal, Western civilization? A rejection of an absolute commitment to freedom of speech?
Summarizing his thoughts, Baraka declares:
In short, Je Suis Charlie has become an arrogant rallying cry for white supremacy…
Clearly Baraka is confused and demented if he believes support for the victims of Charlie Hebdo amounts to nothing more than “an arrogant rallying cry for white supremacy.”
Perhaps most sinister, and most egregious, is Baraka’s conflation of race and religion. For the record, Islam is not synonymous with black or brown people. And a critique of Islam, or sympathy for the victims of Islamic terrorists, is not a racist endeavor.
It would seem that the Stein campaign is aware of and embarrassed by Baraka’s unfair and unjust attack on the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Since the announcement that Baraka was Stein’s VP pick, the offensive and odious article was scrubbed from Baraka’s website. However, a copy of the article is still available at Pambazuka News.
(No doubt the Stein campaign is already working behind the scenes to try and scrub the embarrassing and offensive article from Pambazuka News.)
Bottom line: Any candidate who claims the victims of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack and their supporters are white supremacists is dangerously deluded. There is no doubt that racism is real, and omnipresent. Yet to brand the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre and their supporters as white supremacists demonstrates a profound lack of judgement, and an inability to think critically about international affairs.