As we struggle to understand the deep levels of indifference, antipathy & hatred many white Americans harbor towards African-Americans, a look at the past may offer up a window of what occurred during slavery-(the what).
The past may not fully explain [why,] because after over two hundred years of free labor, abject servitude, being raped, mutilated, sodomized, beaten, and have every imaginable evil visited upon them, they ought to be the ones who are owed an apology. They are the ones who are owed something. They are the ones who have the goddamn right to be angry, hateful, bitter, and vengeful.
And so though the past will not explain the “why” it offers up an opportunity that may help to explain whether anything will change, based on the actions taken so far by African-Americans.
From slavery to the civil war, from the Black codes which essentially re-enslaved the recently freed enslaved Black people after the civil war, to the efforts of Federal, State and Local Authorities to reestablish a system of enslavement of the Black population that was just released as a result of the Emancipation Declaration.
Marching and singing will never change a damn thing, one cannot legislate a change of heart, but one can ensure that there is legislation that changes people’s actions.
We may never be able to stamp out evil, ignorance out of the hearts of those so predisposed, but we sure can make it so that when they act out of those predispositions the consequences are so severe that others will think twice about following suit.
That is how you change behaviors. The hunting and killing of Black people by white southern slaveholders as white liberals in the north stood passively and with the full backing and acquiescence of the Government and Supreme Court has been a staple in America.
Those policies have never been flushed out of the body politic, the demons have never been exorcised. Slavery and the horrors visited on African enslaved people by slaveowners and the silence of white so-called liberals is America’s forever shame.
But it is far worse than just America’s shame. If not dealt with with the correct level of mea culpa, truth & reconciliation and the appropriate levels of compensation, it may very well be America’s unraveling.
The History Channel is a good place to start for Blacks, and also for Whites & others, who would like to understand the historical underpinnings of the hatred, violence, rapes, mutilation, and death, upon which the United States was founded, instead of the propaganda of lies about its genesis based on a contrived narrative of honor and religion.
In the link above, I have included a documentary for those of you who would like to set aside social media for a few minutes, set aside taking selfies of yourselves, resist posting them in order to get likes from people you do not know.
I know that my statements are a bit incendiary and some may find it to be an affront to their sensibilities. That is exactly the emotion I want to provoke in you.
I want you to become angry enough that you [will] do what I suggest, learn a little bit about what occurred in the past to our ancestors, in order to understand why the things that are happening to you and I, are happening today.
If you do read and understand, or even watch some of the documentaries that accurately depict some of the horrors of the ignobility of slavery, you [may] start to better understand that you cannot start a project on murder and exploitation and end up with the proverbial shining city on a hill.
You will understand the vicious cruelty of Presidents like Franklin Pierce who imported what he called (nigger dogs) from Cuba to hunt runaway enslaved people. The Dogs were exceptionally vicious and would literally rip the skin from the bones of the people they intercept.
Pierce is from the State of New Hampshire, where there is a private University named after him today. He is viewed as one of the worst presidents ever. He was the 14th president of the United States, he was popular and outgoing, but his family life was a grim affair, with his wife Jane suffering from illness and depression for much of her life.All of their children died young, their last son being gruesomely killed in a train accident while the family was traveling shortly before Pierce’s inauguration. He was a heavy drinker for much of his life, and he died of cirrhosis of the liver in 1869. Historians and scholars generally rank Pierce as one of the worst and least memorable U.S. Presidents.[w]
Today Franklin Pierce is long gone, he is a distant footnote in history, counted only because he has to be counted among the group. In the White House is another White Supremacist, no different than the other white supremacists who occupied that office even in recent times. In fact, apart from Barack Obama, one would have to search really hard to find a president who, even if not a white supremacist, hasn’t used racist tropes and stereotypes, at least to get into the office of the presidency.
America is not about to become anything but what it is. The idea that the white majority is good and decent, is a falsehood perpetuated by the likes of Barack Obama, it was merely a figment of his imagination, or a line he needed to use to ingratiate himself to them, in order to get them to vote for him.
The silent acquiescence of the white majority in the face of egregious acts of savagery against Blacks, makes them all equally as guilty as the ones who commit the acts themselves.
Dr. Martin Luther King Junior spoke to this before they murdered him fifty-two years ago. King bemoaned the white people who were appalled by Bull O’Connor’s dogs tearing at the flesh of young African-Americans, including children, but when it came time for African ‑Americans to be granted full citizenship thereby placing all Americans on an even keel, they all backed away.
In his book titled (crimes without punishment: white neighbors resistance to black entry), Dr.Stephen Meyer chronicled the history of white resistance to housing integration during the first two-thirds of the twentieth century. From the author’s perspective, the book is about housing discrimination and segregation‑a conflict over residential space that is contested along racial lines between Blacks and whites. It is a story of Blacks seeking to gain access to, and occupy, housing in neighborhoods whites considered to be theirs, and whites’ efforts to thwart, prevent, and deter those efforts and to exclude and expel Blacks from those neighborhoods.
Not only have they consistently objected to Blacks in neighborhoods they consider theirs, but they have also systematically destroyed thriving black towns and slaughtered thousands of African-Americans to boot.
Dr. Martin Luther King asked the question, how can you demand that a man pull himself by his bootstraps when he has no boots?
I take it a step further, how can he pull himself up by his bootstraps when you chopped off his damn feet & hands?
Fifty-two years after Doctor King was murdered, the 45th occupant of the nation’s highest executive office, joyfully extolls to his supporters, his efforts at keeping Black people out of what he calls suburban neighborhoods.
We can talk about the Rodney King beating on March 3, 1991, that set Los Angeles ablaze. We can skip over the tens, possibly hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of people who have had dogs rip their flesh from their bones, their only crime, the pursuit of freedom.
We can look at what happened to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Tamir Rice, Akhai Gurley, Philando Castille, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Alton Sterling, Jacob Blake, and the long stream of our people and our ancestors who have been murdered by this evil race of people. [mankind: kind of man].
We can look at the past ‘yes’.….now you tell me what has changed?
Do you really believe that getting down on your knees and praying for this to stop will cause it to stop?
Do you believe that you can appeal to any kind of better Angels within a race of people who have exercised nothing but hatred and murder towards us?
If you believe that somehow all this will go away with time, please explain 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse whom some reports had his mother driving him to Kenosha Wisconsin where he committed murder?
If you believe that somehow the younger generation is any less corrosive and insidious take a peek at their social media profile.….. follow their conversations as you follow their older, less educated, more incredibly ignorant parents on chat threads.
Growing up I was taught never to revel in the death of anyone, even an enemy. Never in my life have I seen people laugh and revel in the death of their innocent fellow human beings.
That level of hatred will not go away.
Blacks better wake up.
Mike Beckles is a former police Detective corporal, businessman, freelance writer,
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