The youtube link above opens a window into the soul of the iconic Martin Luther King, a man who Republicans and Democrats now pay lip service to when they want to attach themselves to moral authority.
Martin Luther King was assassinated by white nationalists on April 4th, 1968. So too have literally every Black leader to grace America after the ignobility of slavery been murdered.
A full 52 years after King was murdered, marches continue, riots continue, and the conditions that lead to them continue in America.
Police killings and blatant brutality are what the world sees, but the inherent racism that emboldens police violence is not always visible but it is encouraged by the Republicans and tolerated by the Democrats.
America’s continued shameful response to its citizen’s discontent over its racist policies and their execution. (Image after the assassination of Dr. King)
A RIOT IS THE LANGUAGE OF THE UNHEARD(Martin Luther King Jr)
In Minneapolis, in Kenosha, in Portland, in Seattle, in New York City, in Los Angeles and cities all across America, violence continue to flare, and yet the political response to it is the same as it was 52 ‑years ago.
White America continues to relish in the safety and serenity of white privilege that leads to prosperity and comfortable living, one free from police oppression. Yet they continue to be ambivalent and hostile to the systemic violence against Black Americans.
At the root of that ambivalence, is the age-old question, “what is behind white America’s hatred of Blacks?
It is one that requires a lot of thought, for hundreds of years white Americans have benefited from the free labor of Blacks, yet when finally Blacks were afforded a small modicum of freedom after the emancipation declaration they immediately set about creating a rigid system of hatred that to this day continue to entangle blacks in its tentacles of destruction.
(King spent his life in defense of civil rights)
Today white people pontificate about law and order in sheer arrogance, their arrogance is usually a function of their misguided and ignorant beliefs in ancient tropes and stereotypes.
Even as younger whites begin to come to the reality that there can be no peace if there is no justice. And even as they begin to join the righteous campaign to end the insidious malignancy of racism before it destroys America, older less-educated whites still cling to old ways, further endangering the peace and tranquility of the nation.
Their outrage predictably is triggered by broken glass and smoldering ruins, not by bullet-riddled bodies and blood-drenched sidewalks.
Fifty-two years (52) after they assassinated Martin King the message has still not gotten through to the nation’s leaders. Instead of correcting the maladies that leads to the conflagration. They spend their time trying to suppress the flareups of dissent. America’s problems are American created. It is a problem that should not exist. It is a problem with simple answers, stop racism, and begin the process of redemption.
Instead, there is a segment of the white population that is so deeply dug in, so heavily invested in the continuation of the status quo, that it seems America will march headfirst into a final collision in which injustice and inequality will come face to face with the forces of justice & morality on the battlefield of conclusion.
(In the years since Dr. King’s assassination, the uniforms have changed, so too has the weapons troops and police used, to suppress the Black minority changed, but certainly, not the policies and tactics of the American Government, not much else has.)
In just over two months there will be another presidential election. In fact, the Republicans are only halfway through their convention, or more like a cavalcade of fealty to the dear leader.
Without equivocation, the Republicans have made it clear that they have zero regard for the concerns of the still oppressed Black population. From that party’s highest leaders to the lowest subjects, they have called for more inequality, more oppression, more death to be visited on the Black minority population in the United States.
The death of Black citizens at the hands of their racist police evokes laughter and derision from them. Criminal records with disorderly conduct & jaywalking, are pulled and used to justify summary execution by police.
The Democrats with 90% Black support, its most loyal base of support, still panders to white voters- voters that have shown hostility and aggression to black causes.
As cities burn, they resort to the same old tactics, more police, more national guard, more state-sponsored violence in response to the consequences of,— state-sponsored violence.
No nation can survive while being at war with itself. As poverty, hunger, homelessness, lack of healthcare, education, and police violence fuels the smoldering embers of disaffection, the nation’s leaders either stoke the embers that will inevitably ignite the flames resulting in a roaring inferno, or they turn away and pretend that there is no clear and present danger.
If they continue to act as they do the flames will engulf us all.
Mike Beckles is a former police Detective corporal, businessman, freelance writer,
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