It is another celebration of the birth of Doctor Martin Luther King. As February approaches we will also be celebrating Black Histor month.
Every year we go through this routine of commemorating his birth, and correctly so, and yes we celebrate Black Histor Month.
Nevertheless, we run the risk of simply passing time, if we fail to recognize that each generation must fight the fights that those who went before us fought.
Today, the sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters of those who fought like hell to keep our ancestors in subjuctation, are fighting like hell to establish that they are the rightful heirs of this land that have been drenched with the blood of enslaved Africans who were forced to toild for hundreds of years without compensation.
On that basis, African-American women have stepped forward, not just to represent, but to save this fragile democracy from the ravages of those who claim to be patriots but are indeed traitors to America’s ideals.
Through voter registration, getting people to the polls, black women like Stacy Abrams have changed the tide of history, and repositioned America away from destructive abyss of autocracy.
It started in South Carolina where African-American women stepped up and made sure that America would have a candidate that could defeat tyranny.
Black people voted in droves to make sure that Donald Trump does not turn America into a banana republic. he attacks against black voting rights will be intense in the future. it is up to every black American to ensure that their efforts to turn back the clock will not happen.
It will happen at the state levels in states in which Republicans have control of state houses. They will pass laws that makes it even more difficult for people to vote. They will try to reduce and do away with early voting, they will eliminate drop=boxes on election dates, they will engage in purging voters names from voters lists.
And they will do worse.
The Democrats will have the white House , the Senate, and the House, they must forthwith pass legislation to shore up the Voting Right Act that was unnecessarily eviscerated by the Republican Supreme court.
Doctor King did not die a celebrated man; his methods put many people off. They thought his non-violent methods weren’t working. However, even as Doctor King preached non-violence, White murderers were murdering Black men and women across America; despite all this, the nation remained completely disinterested.
They blew up four little girls at the 16th street Baptist Church in Burningham, Alabama, on a Sunday morning. Ask yourselves, “who kills babies”?
Do you consider those who devised the idea of blowing up people in a church human beings?
How do you appeal to the better Angels of demons who blew up little girls in Sunday school?
If we move past the killings of the period in which white terrorists murdered Medger Evers, Dr. King, and all of the stalwarts not a great deal has changed.
Blacks continue to believe in turning the other cheek to the most strident racists. We welcome them into our most sacred places of worship, pray with them and comfort them, only to have them turn right around and murder us.
On February 6th, operating on a lie, throngs of those same kinds of demons who murdered Dr. King and bombed little children, overran the nation’s capital with their flags of hate. Their message?
Overturn the results of fair elections, kill lawfully elected officials, including the vice president, and install a fraudulent and demonic sociopathic wannabe King.
We even believe that God sanctions the abomination of slavery because of course, there are verses in the Bible extolling the virtues of slaves required deference to their enslavers. One right-wing former military leader told racial arsonist Glen Beck, that in the South [where he is], (Junior and Bubba) are getting tired of what’s happening in their country, that what we saw in the Capitol on January 6th, was Junior and Bubba standing up. Yes this came from a former General.
At a time when the nation is about to swear in a new president, at a time when the FBI is trying belatedly to vet members of the National Guard that are supposed to secure the inauguration, that kind of arrogant mindset sums up where we are.
This country continues to be on edge because one group of people in the believe they have the right to determine and dictate the rules of the game.
Let us stop pretending that the people who invaved the halls of Congress are patriots.
Let us stop pretending that Josh Hawley , Ted Cruz and the others who supported this dastardly act of insurrection against the United States Government are anything but traitors to America.
Any [person who partipiated in any way, including to give aid and comfort to those who engaged in the acts of terrorism on January 6th, are no less culpable than those who broke the doors down, beat and killed a police officer , defecated in the halls of our democracy in an effort to overturn the verifiable clean and fair election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
Anyone can claim to be a patriot, it is hardly what one says, it is what they do.
How long are we going to pretend that those people who broke down doors , shattered windows , killed a cop, and beat others in a vengeful quest to commit even more murders are patriots?
When will these destructive elements be seen for what they truly are?
Those who support an insurrection against the legitimate government of their own country are not patriots, they are traitors and terrorists.
White neanderthal insurrectionists against the government deserves no deference , neither by law or morality. They are regressive elements of a time gone by that should never be allowed to return.
The Trump movement must be seen for what it is a clear and unequovical attempt to turn back the clock through voter suppression, voter intimidation, and finally through insurrection.
Make no mistake about it, none of this was about economic anxiety. The corporate media fed the nation that nonsense during the racist t‑party uprising under the presidency of Barack Obama, we knew that it had nothing to do with any of that. Obama took cautious steps to bring the economy back from the brink. Republicans did everything in their power to sobatage his efforts in a scorched earth approach that led to slower than necessary economy recovery.
As soon as the demogogic Trump was elected they signed on to his tax giveaways to the very rich in furtherance of the failed theory of trickle down economics.
The failures that continue to set this great nation back is not of immigrant communities but of people who refuse to be transformed to a plurastic society in which all people have a fair shot.
That is the America that John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan spoke about. That America is within reach and all of us should ensure that she gets there.
Mike writes for thinkers
Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.