Sunday, November 23, 2014

Creepy and disturbing: 1,900 plus attended the Bob Avakian Cornel West dialogue at Riverside Church in New York. What´s up with that?

I submitted a comment to the blog ¨What´s the 411¨ about the recent talk by Bob Avakian with appearance by Cornel West at the Riverside Church near Columbia University that was attended by at least 1,900 people including luminaries like Harry Bellafonte and Ed Asner.

I wasn't there and I´ve been scrambling to find out what actually happened and also I have been trying to get my two cents in because I find the whole thing creepy and disturbing.

Bob Avakian has not shown his face in public since 1979 or so. He leads from the shadows a cult, and it must be called what it is,  Below you'll find my comment. I{m adding on posts I´ve done on this blog about the activities of the Avakianites at the General Grant project where I lived for many years.

I read a report in the Indypendant website
That Avakian hogged the stage and was getting heckled. Also that there was no ¨new¨¨ and no ¨¨synthesis¨ in Avakian´s talk- Now, I admit to surprise that up to 2.000 lpeople turned out for this event, an unveiling as it were, for a cult leader who has spent around 35 of the most recent years somewhere other than ¨¨here.¨¨ I guess it shows that there are progressive and revolutionary minded people loooking for something, anything to connect with. seen his cultists in action at the Grant Houses in Harlem over a period of years and I´ve blogged about the sad spectacle.

lI´ve been poking fun at Bob Avakian and his followers and also expressing sadness and pity for a few years now.  I out and out refused to engage with Avakian´s thoughts on two main grounds, one being that I found him irrelevant and his crew sadly ridiculous and the other being my life on a work/sleep/eat and commute 70 hour workweektreadmill  (plus my hobby which is my blog.)

I am pretty much off the treadmill now.

Avakian has stopped being irrelevant as well. For one thing he has emerged from underground or exile and he has some cloutfull fans like Ed Asner and Cornel West plus he and  his crew raised $70,000 to run a full page ad in The New York Times to promote an apparently successful meeting in historically liberal Riverside Church, I wasn´t there but using the events page on Facebook as a reference well over 300 attended. paid good money and spent hours at the meet. This contrasts with their asshat fizzled seven hour Avakian movie marathon at Magic Johnson theater a while back.

I said on March 13, 2013 With a determined if small group of zealots insisting that we all know his name and understand his ideas he just might one day soon become "the next big thing" and I suspect that this post will get many visits over tome, As far as I know though, his name still brings a shrug here at the General Grant  Houses where a big push has been on for a couple of years.

I wonder how many Grant Houses residents showed up at this discussion and stayed the duration.

I also wonder how people react to Avakian´´s poem ¨¨All played out¨. Me, I find it strange, a white guy around 70 years old sending ¨¨shout outs to the' homies´ in the hood.¨

My dad (I¨m 68 years old) was a leftist, a long time member of the  Communist Party. but he had Al Jolson records he played from time to time.that had a white man in black face on the coverI asked him how he could have record albums that had a white man in black face on the cover. He told me that Jolson was sympatheticto Black people and that he was attempting to humanize them in the eyes of white people in a time when they had no voice. He and my mom once washed my five year old mouth out with Ajax cleanser when it g oit back to them that I had called another small child ¨¨nigger¨¨  Ävakian uses that word in his ¨ Äll Played Out  to tell us that it a word impermissable to use by anyone, any time.

Black people have voices today.Carl Dix and Cornel West quickly come to my mind,  Why this is going on mystifies me.

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