“America is a colonial power. She has colonized 22 million Afro-Americans by depriving us of first-class citizenship, by depriving us of civil rights, actually by depriving us of human rights. She has not only deprived us of the right to be a citizen, she has deprived us of the right to be human beings, the right to be recognized and respected as men and women.” — Malcolm X (April 8 1964)
There are some trending realities of late that have motivated this latest blog entry.
As you all know by now, there was a KKK rally in South Carolina to protest the removal of the Confederate flag.
I’m listening to Eightball & MJG (Remember them old heads). Yes. A little playback from back in the day, when rappers from down south started to make their mark in the music game, talking about one dimensional ish, only logical to the minds of Black males who lived in small southern towns, trying to make sense of their marginalized lives where white folks with old money played them like puppets; assuming they were too stupid to know they’d never be allowed to be better then them, no matter what they tried.
Why do some Black people still live like this I thought…as the grooves went through me, the images of the latest headlines still ran through my mind like a mental leader-board. My thoughts got darker. And then…a bold one came to my mind: WHITE MEN MUST DIE!
Yes, I thought. This is what must be done.
Things are never going to change until this reality is confronted and executed.
White men are the real problem. Concentrated whiteness. Concentrated privilege and power. Concentrated wealth. The entire white male power structure is designed to create chaos and failure in any non-white person from the start. The energy that Black folks have used to try and measure up to this system has been fool-hearty. There’s no true progress; just labor and talent being offered to an oppressor at bottom rate; who has convinced you to assist in their plans of destroying your own people.
The dream of the sixties is not working now. Nothing really changed. It just got re-fined. Racism became a myth to some. Clueless little lambs bought t-shirts and began chanting meaningless slogans, imploring that because white people openly had sex with them; now, there was progress.
Anyone who has been on this planet the last 50 years, knows full well that the entire American system was created by and for white people. The loophole of slavery and the impasse it created; only entangled matters, after former slaves and their descendants started demanding freedom and equality.
The change that is needed today, must come from the realization of who are enemy truly is. And we know who that is.
White males are the leaders and progenitors of racism. They hold it up with pride and purpose. Racism is the gun used to conquer and dominate non-white people, and has been profitable and formidable, as it has been structured into every fabric of the economic, political, social, and judicial systems of this country. Institutionalized racism steals for its own perpetuation at expense of people who create what corporate America packages and sells to the rest of the world, not even thinking of paying residuals or reparations with interest to the true inspiration of these American empires. Black creativity have made many white people rich.
And yet, ghettos still exist, while white kids are sent to the best colleges, allowed this by fortunes of white men, who used Black labor to their advantage.
I’m tired of weakness. Too many Black men have been killed because of this system, and as a woman–a proud Black woman at that; I demand a response.
If the attitude directive today is to end racism; then the discussion must get real and get to the heart of the matter. White men are the problem. And when this is truly confronted, the correct action should and must be taken.
Who will be the courageous men to do what needs to be done?