Copyright © 2016, Ishmael Reed. Ishmael Reed is the author of The Complete Muhammad Ali and editor of Konch magazine. note 1 http://www.nytimes.com/video/movies/ 100000004227960/what-roles-get-blackactors-to-the-oscars.html sources A http://www.originallifemagazines.com/ LIFE-Magazine-Spring-1988-P2998.aspx B http://www.dailystormer.com/suicidein-america-is-white-and-male/ C https://www.psychologytoday.com/ blog/reading-between-the-headlines/ 201305/white-middle-age-suicide-inamerica-skyrockets D http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lata-kmcginn/depression-and-suicide-am_b_ 5699413.html BLACK RENAISSANCE NOIRE Chris Christie, before being tossed out of the race on his “rear end,” said that he’d shoot down Russian planes, which might prompt a nuclear exchange. Is Christie despondent over his food addiction? His inability to control his eating disorder? And unconsciously want to end it all and take us with him? And what about John McCain, a war hawk whose ideas about a confrontation with Russia might cause a calamity? Maybe he hasn’t gotten over the post-traumatic stress that was incurred, when he was a prisoner of war. And Putin? What’s with his fetishizing his body? What is he overcompensating for? What secret psychic wound is causing his ruthless indiscriminate bombing of women and children in Syria? What’s more bizarre is that white alpha males in Congress and elsewhere want there to be more guns available, which would mean a rise in white male suicides. White on white crime is ignored by the media. Maybe it’s not always about economics, the quest for freedom, nation building, the desire to bring democracy to the world, all the other reasons given for wiping out the species. Maybe it’s about something deeper. n 127 After the Soviet Union’s capitulation, Kennedy said that the Free World won, when Khrushchev backed down. Khrushchev, who lost face with his more truculent comrades and who retired in disgrace, said that reason won. We should thank our lucky stars that a person like Khrushchev was running the Soviet Union at the time. Now, Republican candidates, in order to satisfy their base who are racists, anti-Semites and opposed to a woman having control of her body like the plantation owners of the Old South, and most of all Obama haters (why else would New Hampshire voters support Trump, when the unemployment rate in New Hampshire is 3% — almost full employment — and gas is under $2.00. What are they mad about? Obama.), are making chest thumping sounds about a confrontation that might lead to nuclear war.