Progressives should rise to the defense of Rep. Cynthia McKinney. Having read Michael Rupert’s brilliant essay, “The Beloved Cynthia McKinney,” I can only wonder how twisted the politics are in this society where a possibly drunken Vice President can shoot his hunting partner and not answer to the police, while McKinney is vilified as a possible felon for a minor scrape with a Capitol police officer.
To understand McKinney’s relationship with the Capitol police, people should view the groundbreaking documentary “American Blackout.” The gutless and soulless mainstream Democrats that denounce McKinney are exactly the reason why the party has been in the minority for the last 12 years in Congress, and has allowed the Bush crime family to steal the last two elections.
McKinney is a national treasure. Whatever minor mistake she made, we should not allow a criminal presidency that is waging illegal war, responsible for the death of tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens, to tell us who should be reprimanded in Congress and pursued for criminal charges.
McKinney correctly challenged Bush on the war on Iraq, on his bizarre activities surrounding the 9/11 attack, and courageously spoke out about the stolen elections in 2000, 2002 and 2004. The McKinney incident must be put in proper historical and cultural context. I live in a neighborhood where I see black citizens routinely pulled from cars and guns put to their head for minor infractions, as part of profiling. There’s a long history in this country when black women were property and routinely violated by the white elite. The vilification of McKinney is an attempt to rein in political debate and dialogue in this country.
McKinney is guilty of one thing. Representing the people by challenging the dynastic and imperial ambitions of the inbred and feeble Bush dynasty. Her incident with a Capitol police officer is being massively blown out of proportion and you can bet that police officer is busy laughing with his fellow police officers about how he’s taken out that “uppity” black woman. Although, I’m sure he’s using other terms.
Our job is to defend Cynthia McKinney. As McKinney goes, so goes the voting rights movement and the anti-war movement.