Amiri Baraka @ the Pan-African BookFest
Baraka's plea for the creation of a national newspaper and the creation of cultural organizations that would be supported by African-Americans in the twenty-seven states where they hold a majority of votes, the sixteenth largest economic bloc in the world, was greeted with thunderous applause. The need, he explained, was to offer resistance to the "commercial imperialism" that has undermined culture and democracy. "We're the conscience of America--always have been--because we're on the bottom," he explained. He then urged the audience to wake up to its own power that if used properly could oust popular figures in American culture such as Don Imus. "We have to do this for ourselves," he concluded, "because nobody is going to do if for us."
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