After almost 9 years, this week Kinney
sent a letter to Alberta asking to speak to her son. She wants to
know what his life is like now that he's a teenager, wants to tell
him about his father, apparently is still in communication with the
Gilbrides and wants to push visitation between them. She also asked
to speak to Alberta about John's death, an event that was never
Kinney is a racist. She claimed it
would be justice to steal Alberta's son from the secure home where
he'd lived all his life, stripping him from his loving family, and
sending him to the father who abandoned him, without explanation, in
the middle of the night. But, the abandoning father was white. If
the situation were reversed and Alberta's son were living with the
white half of his family Kinney would feel that justice was served.
Kinney would never push for Alberta's son to know his Black mother
and her family.
Her letter is an early indication that
the media is gearing up to mark the anniversary of John's
disappearance. Based on this assuming, racist, and sexist letter,
Kinney is continuing her attack on MOVE's protection of Alberta's
son. When John left, later reappearing crazed and erratic, MOVE kept
Alberta's son safe and his life stable. Kinney reported John
Gilbride murdered. When Alberta's son pursued the inheritance he was
told was left for him, it was suddenly all willed to a mysterious
Dominican woman John allegedly married, a woman who's very existence
is in question.
If Kinney believes in justice, pursue
what really happened to John Gilbride. Tell us definitively where he
is. If Kinney is so concerned about the welfare of Alberta's son,
help him get the inheritance that would assist him as he moves to
If Kinney really believed in justice,
she would write for the release of the MOVE 9, who have now been
imprisoned for 34 years for a crime they did not commit. She could
press for justice for nine black people. Instead, she feigns concern
for one white man.
It's plain today that media objectivity
is a myth. If you question that statement, remember the Weapons of
Mass Destruction debacle. Then-President Bush wanted to invade Iraq.
Without any justification for war he pushed the news media to
publish false reports that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
Protesters were punished -- such as Valerie Plame being outed as a CIA
agent when her husband questioned the push towards war.
Kinney is no different. The news media
continues to bow to government pressure. The government bombed MOVE,
murdering 11 MOVE people, 5 of them babies, and continues to imprison
the MOVE 9 even though they are now 4 YEARS past their original
sentence of 30 years. Is it any wonder Kinney would be used to
continue the smear campaign on MOVE? This is both media and
government harassment of the MOVE family. Those of us who do care
about justice need to continue pressuring the Pennsylvania parole
board to release the MOVE 9. Those of us who do believe that Black
mothers, like Alberta Africa, are strong, loving, and responsible
mothers need to publicly challenge Kinney as she continues to claim
that Zack won't be whole until he knows the Gilbrides, the white side
of his background. Those of us who believe in MOVE's teaching to
respect all life need to stand up with MOVE as Philadelphia press
gear up for another smear campaign on MOVE. The only power the
government has is the power we give it. Call them on their lies!
Take back your power. It's a matter of justice.
Philadelphia Friends of MOVE