“WHEN YOU REFUSE TO STAND UP TO THE AGGRESSOR HE WILL NEVER BE SATISFIED.” ” HE WILL FORCE YOU TO YOUR KNEES, THEN TO YOUR STOMACH AND THEN HE WILL PILE ON TOP OF YOU, AND HE WILL SQUEEZE THE LIFE OUT OF YOU BY PLACING HIS KNEE ON YOUR NECK UNTIL YOU ARE DEAD”.
The biggest stumbling block to black liberation in America, is the [white wing’s] refusal to acknowledge black humanity.
Days ago I wrote an article which was a kick-off to what I hope will be a series on this subject of race in America and the issues that I believe are the accelerants fuelling that inferno.
The aggression we see coming from police toward black people is a small microcosm of the larger issue of hatred that a segment of the white community harbors towards blacks.
They revel in everything negative that happens to black people. They have weaponized police to be their military wing. Not that the police were ever righteous, but with militarization, KKK & skinhead infiltration, the powers vested in police must now be curtailed.
In a shameful twist of irony, the laws that are supposed to guarantee equal protection to all citizens, the very foundation of what democracy ought to be, is the very thing that has been used as a stick over the backs of black people.
They must no longer be allowed to weaponize police as a tool of white supremacy.
If you ever tuned in to AM talk radio as I do from time to time, you will hear the likes of Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, Rudolph Guiliani, Glen Beck, and a whole bunch of others spew racist bile all day.
If you ever wonder at the sense of antipathy towards black people in a certain subsection of the population, and if you wonder where the poison is coming from, look no further than [white-wing talk radio].
It is a constant drumbeat of mind-numbing racist invectives that literally leaves you with your mouth wide open.
You may wonder whether you have taken a time machine back to 1950 or whether you are in fact living in the year 2020?
They celebrate the police, regardless of the egregious nature of the crimes they are accused of.
Police officers shaking hands with heavily armed white militia members, while beating to a pulp, those who dare stand up against the injustice of police violence.
We have seen police fail to arrest violent white supremacist rioters but viciously assault and arrest those protesting racism. We have seen police officers wearing the patches of white supremacists on their uniforms.
The segment of the white population refusing to let go of white supremacy did not get to where they are today solely by being dumb on their own. they were dumbed down further by a media dedicated to the cause of dumbing it down. The end result of homogenizing and concentrating that block is geared toward the continuance and furtherance of white supremacy.
My great aunt was a literal library of old Jamaican proverbs. I found that every one of them was applicable to the situation to which they were applied contextually.
One such proverb was, (If you tek time search yu wi find ants gut).[Translation] If you search diligently you will find the intestines of an ant.
If you let people speak long enough they will reveal who they are.
What I find to be evident in most of the conversations coming from the [white-wing] is a refusal to acknowledge the issues that affect African-Americans.
Refusing to acknowledge the pain of the community is a continuance of the 3/5’s of a human concept, once enshrined and codified into their laws.
It is a perpetuation of a sick and convoluted belief, albeit ignorant and inane that devalues the lives of black people.
It is for that reason that I wrote, “when you try to change the subject when I tell you what offends me you are denying my humanity.“
When you fail to acknowledge my humanity you, therefore, believe that I am disposable.
Sure, I understand that like everyone else black people are far from perfect. I know that many of us do dumb things. Sometimes I find it incredibly difficult to stand with the cause, because I know just how dumb some of us can be. Just yesterday I witnessed an incident including a bunch of black folks that caused me to say, “Lord I sometimes understand why we are not respected”. Nevertheless, I just don’t believe that these are things that people should lose their lives over. Stupidity has no color.
When the Vice President of the United States Mike Pence was given several opportunities to acknowledge that black lives matter in an interview and he defaulted to the white nonsense of, “all lives matter”, then you know that they do not believe that black lives matter.
They know damn well that when we say “black lives matter” [we are saying black lives matter too].
When they default to “all lives matter,” every damn one of you black people must recognize that they are saying [‘your life damn sure doesn’t matter to me”.]
Because they do not believe that your life matter, and because they do not believe that my life matter, they do not have a problem when we are disposed of, by whatever means.
Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart in a recent interview said, “Police are “enforcing segregation.” “The police are, in some respects, a border patrol, and they patrol the border between the two Americas. We have that so that the rest of us don’t have to deal with it. Then that situation erupts, and we express our shock and indignation.“
I don’t believe I have ever seen it articulated any better than that.
The African-American community has always been forced to subjugate itself to white comfortability, enforced by white police.
That has been an open secret. The most pristine, most educated, and highly placed blacks, have horror stories to tell of having to subjugate themselves to the most unintelligent, unlearned, uncouth, uneducated moron with a badge and gun, making himself fit into whatever small space that white people allow him to exist in.
Black Americans, all of us, must know that when you give your lunch money to the school-yard bully he won’t just take it and forget about you. He now knows that you are scared of him, you are now on his suckers list. He will never leave you alone until you make him.
He will not just take your money, he wants to humiliate you as well…
As long as you allow someone to invade your space and claim it as his own, and as long as you step back to accommodate his aggression, he will never stop until he forces you off a cliff or up against a wall.
As long as your enemy knows that you are more concerned with living regardless of the conditions he forces upon you, he will force the worst conditions upon you.
If your enemy knows that you would rather live on your knees than die on your feet, he will continue to force you to your knees and then onto your face.
When he forces you onto your stomach, face in the dirt, with no place else to go, he still will not be satisfied, he will pile onto your body and he will kneel on your neck and he will force the life from you.
Neville Chamberlain the pre-world war two British Prime Minister, will forever be remembered as the man who tried to appease the animalistic Adolph Hitler.
Hitler, we are told, saw Chamberlain’s appeasement as a weakness. Neville Chamberlain signed the Munich Agreement in 1938, relinquishing a region of Czechoslovakia to the Nazis. In 1939, Britain declared war on Germany. Chamberlain, who had lost political support, resigned in 1940 and died a few months later.
Giving in to a bully has never stopped a bully, stepping back with the hope that your tormentor will leave you to live in peace has never worked.
It did not work for the Native-Americans, it di not work for Neville Chamberlain, neither has it worked for Blacks who have spent hundreds of years being abused and working without compensation.
Why would anyone believe it will work now?
Mike Beckles is a former police Detective corporal, businessman, freelance writer,
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