Thursday, January 19, 2017

Why Black People Need To Stop Giving Racists A Pass

From the Clinton Crime Bill to mass-murderer Dylan Roof, we as Black people seem take a blind eye to the never-ending atrocities committed against us. Before the bodies of our loved ones are even taken to the morgue, some insensitive member of the press sticks a mic in our faces asking us if we forgive the killers. After over 450+ years of slavery, Jim Crow, and present-day institutional racism, Black folk are still expected to turn the other cheek. And when we do, they slap us on the other one. 
Trump said it right during his campaign when he pointed out that Black people have no jobs, education, or money. They have no intention of paying Black folks a dime in reparations. No 40 acres or a mule for us. He wanted us to accept our deplorable condition and vote for him. And a few of us did--to the tune of 8%. But, really--what do we have to lose by standing up for ourselves once and for all?

Once we got off the plantation and moved on from sharecropping, Black people were thriving in freedman's towns across America. We had music, culture, refinement, a Black Wall Street, a Harlem Renaissance. We educated our children in our own schools with teachers who looked just like the students. Black people did everything from building their homes and churches to farming and buying land. We made being separate better than equal. According to The Atlanta Black Star, integration reversed that trend and destroyed most of our progress. Did we forget that we now have and have always had everything we need to be a thriving people?

If we learned nothing else during this last election, we were reminded of the things that many White people believe makes America great. According to Donald Trump, the good ol' days didn't require being politically correct. They could count on cops to enforce law and order keeping troublemakers, meaning Black folks, in line. This new administration promises to expose more of alternative right agenda that they have been suppressing for the last eight years. It is their time now, let them tell it. And who's going to stop them?
Black people have wasted so much time holding their tongues, forgiving bastards like Dylan Roof who are not even sorry for slaughtering innocent people because they are Black and, therefore, expendable (even Greta Van Susteren is scratching her head over that one.). Like Daryl Davis of "Accidental Courtesy, " we are still seeking understanding and acceptance from loyal and committed racists who will take a bullet to protect the future of their people at the expense of ours. 

Many of us forgot all about Hillary's hero, Margaret Sanger, whose genocidal plan aimed to destroy Black people through Planned Parenthood. Clinton helped her husband push through the 1994 Crime Bill which is responsible for incarcerating Black men in particular from coast-to-coast. Black people have about a one in three chance of spending time in jail and/or prison while Whites face one in 17 odds.
And yet, she threw some hot sauce in her bag, did photo ops with Mothers of the Movement, and founded the United Negro Concert Fund in an effort to get the black vote. When Charlemagne Tha God called her out on her pandering on "The Breakfast Club", she shamelessly replied, "Is it working?" Many of us drank that Kool Aid in every flavor while the majority of White women didn't even vote for her. As reported by The New York Times, Trump racked in 53% of the White female vote.

In just a few days, the new regime takes over. It will be headed by a man who had Blacks and Muslims tossed out of his campaign rallies, called Mexicans "very bad people" and rapists, plans to re-start DAPL, vows to repeal Obamacare, plans to cut social programs, and grabs women where the sun don't shine. Trump will probably be the very first politician to keep every last one of the promises that he made during the election. Many Americans are afraid of what is to come, but the reality is that Black people will suffer the most.
If there was ever a time in history that racists should be called out, it is now. Our focus and attention should be on what we can do for ourselves. We must rediscover our value, reconnect with our rich heritage, and rebuild our communities. If we are going to sit down at the table every time they call, we must go with not just an agenda, but a list of demands. They must be put on notice that Black folk have a new regime of their own. It's called the liberation of our people.

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