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Waiting for Lightning to Strike: The Fundamentals of Black Politics Paperback – October 20, 2008

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About the Author

Kevin Alexander Gray is a civil rights organizer in South Carolina. He is also a contributing editor to Black News in South Carolina, a former President of the SC ACLU, and was Jesse Jackson's SC campaign manager in 1988.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: AK Press (October 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904859917
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904859918
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,644,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 6, 2009
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I was truly delighted to have this book arrive today, along with Betrayal: How Black Intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Rights Era, which I will write up tomorrow morning.

Although the essays date back to 1994 this book (and the one above) are both published in 2008 and I will first testify that this is a fresh book, very ably strung together, and it does indeed address the fundamentals.

I totally share the author's conviction that the war on drugs is a fraud that is in fact both a war on blacks and a means of populating the prison-slavery complex. I appeared in the DVD American Drug War: The Last White Hope testifying against the CIA for precisely this reason--the author does not discuss, but I am aware of, the close relation between laundered drug money and Wall Street liquidity, and I absolutely one hundred percent support both the legalization of drugs beginning with marijuana, and the eradication of SWAT teams and other forms of excessive militarization across America.

The author is very strong in thoroughly discussing Bill Clinton and Barack Obama as frauds who play the race card but in fact align themselves with the Wall Street class that pays them, and he does a number of Strom Thurmond, rewriting the latter's epitaph to "Segregation Forever." He is especially damning of Clinton as a lite version of Thurmond, and warms my heart with his candid disses of Madame Clinton.
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The series of writings presented in Waiting for Lightning provide insights that come first-hand from someone who has been organizing and writing about civil-rights, international peace issues, civil-liberties for decades. Each article brings a perspective to each issue from the author's own struggles as well as the personal suffering of African-Americans and others who have experienced oppression.

His analysis of current events is generally progressive, but they can sometimes bring consternation even to the committed activist who has bought into a general progressive consensus on issues. His thoughts are original and deeply tied to his own personal experiences in politics and as an organizer and writer. The book is interesting. It will make you laugh at times and angry at other times, and it is full of insight.

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Could the election of Barack Obama actually have hurt black Americans as a whole? "Waiting for Lightning to Strike: The Fundamentals of Black Politics" discusses the very recent history of how, while the media and world was focused on Obama during his run for office, other Black American issues were ignored. Author Kevin Alexander Gray gives readers a thought-provoking picture of modern political history as a whole. "Waiting for Lightning to Strike" is a solid addition to contemporary politics collections.
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