Pride Soaring

 

 

 

The Kings of the four seasons by Marcella Muhammad

 

   

02/24/10

 

 

SELF INFLECTED GENOCIDE

      The integrity of our people is in serious jeopardy.  We must realize the results of what happened to those who were native to this country prior to the assimilation and destruction of them by their European majority.  Those who were the true proprietors of this land have either been slaughtered, assimilated, and those who were unable to be assimilated were driven into isolation. 

      They were first to be enslaved by the majority.  However their ability to become chameleon to their enslavers along with their familiarity to the land eradicated their stint in servitude.  Still they lost their cultural integrity and now the native culture of this land is virtually invisible or extinct. 

      We are not a people that could be assimilated.  The nature of our skin color prevents us from being chameleon in the world of the majority.  The majority has found us to be formidable adversaries and difficult to conquer.  When faced with a battle head on, we can't be overwhelmed.  Instead of falling to defeat we prevailed.

      We refused to succumb to being beating.  We infallibly would not be isolated.  We were once a people that stood together and marched, fought, and died together.  That was a time when we were faced with obvious challenges. Edification, constitutional rights and human rights were major in those challenges.  Our strength and power could not be beleaguered.

      Today we are faced with an opponent that is stealth in its offensive.  Now our unanimity is at best questionable, and our retribution in imperceptible. 

      There has always been the social manipulation of beauty by exclaiming the blond hair blue eyed woman as the epitome of femme fatale.  As the assimilation of the Asian culture prevails, we see the image of the Nippon woman emerging as a beloved beauty. 

      With the exception of being hailed as an insatiable sex toy, when has the beauty of our Black ladies received the unwavering accolade they warrant?  Adorning braids in the movie "Ten," the adorning of dreds, risking bodily impairment in order to achieve the richest tan are attempts to salute Black beauty without conceding to the beauty of Blackness.  Now they inject their lips to get a fuller formed mouth like us, and they resort to implants to round out their posteriors.  With this obvious impunity of our culture it is easy to point an accusatory finger of genocide. 

      First there was slavery where African people were brought to this strange land and treated less than animals.  Then there was segregation where African Americans were ostracized because of the color of their skin and lynched and slaughtered and favored as third class citizens.  Now there is lethargy where we are ignored and not given credibility which will in hope, result in our fading into our own shadows.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”

            When Jefferson wrote these words Black people counted as less than a whole white person.  Even more White women were also discounted and this will show to be an important factor in the present day genocide.  All men are created equal, right, when it took a war to free the Black man and still he was not treated as an equal!

At the onset of the Civil War, more than four million Southern Blacks lived in bondage. Perhaps less than a half million Blacks lived "free" in the United States. From 1861 to 1865, as the cause of States' Rights turned to one of freedom for Blacks through eradication of slavery, President Abraham Lincoln bowed to military necessity and rapidly increasing sympathies for the total abolition of slavery. In 1862, he sanctioned formation of fully armed Black regiments. Slaves along with former slaves and freedmen from the North rushed to volunteer.  Equality still was not the rule as  7,000 white officers joined together with less than 80 Black commissioned officers in military service with 209,145 black troops.  Black men were not equal to serve as officers even to their own troops.  As over 70,000 Black soldiers died over the course of the war, their rewards were lynching, along with the refutation of equality.  Thus the question of genocide.

Too often any mention of African American participation in the navy during World War II focuses on the heroic deeds of Doris (Dorie) Miller during Pearl Harbor and perhaps on the "Golden Thirteen," the first group of African Americans commissioned as navy officers. While their service was indeed commendable, the narrow focus overlooks the roughly 165,000 black men and women who served in the navy and composed approximately 5 percent of the navy's total strength.  Along with the Tuskegee Airmen, Blacks fought and died in all branches of the services only to be treated unequal via segregation and "Jim Crow" laws.

I remember when Dr. Martin Luther King was marching on the injustices of segregation through out this nation; Black men carried signs stating "I AM A Man."  Why did they carry signs expressing their significance, merit and announcing their existence when they had certain unalienable rights and it was self-evident that all men are created equal?

Genocide by definition is the destruction of a people and yet we are still here.  Yes millions upon millions have been enslaved, have struggled, been murdered, experienced disenfranchisements, have fought and died, in this country yet through it all they have bequeathed unto us an inheritance of effectiveness and authority

Slavery was a completely abysmal event in the history of African Americans.  However through the adversity of it we have reached beyond the buoyancy of those who had suffered.  Contrary to the constant reports of warfare and poverty within the Black community we are far more tremendous than reported.

It is little known to the world, and most disturbing is how little known it is to us in the community, that we, the descendents of slaves, the people who suffered so much in the past history of the United States of American, have demanded our "certain unalienable Rights."  We are worth economically over seven hundred billion dollars annually.  I think that meet the requirements of having attained "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

From athletics to multi-media entertainment, we earn millions of dollars.  We are doctors, lawyers, salespeople, and janitors.  Every position we hold in vital to the wealth of our people.  In fact there are 823,500 African-American-owned businesses in the United States. These businesses employ 718,300 people and generate $71.2 billion in revenues. They make up 4 percent of the nation's 20.8 million non-farm businesses and 27 percent of its 3.0 million minority-owned firms.

 Have we achieved equality?  Have we stayed genocide?  Have we reached the mountain top that Dr. King envisioned for us?  To recall the words of Dr. King from his speech ‘Our God Is Marching On!" 25 March 1965 Montgomery, Ala.

“Yes, we are on the move and no wave of racism can stop us. We are on the move now. The burning of our churches will not deter us. The bombing of our homes will not dissuade us. We are on the move now. The beating and killing of our clergymen and young people will not divert us. We are on the move now. The wanton release of their known murderers would not discourage us. We are on the move now. Like an idea whose time has come, not even the marching of mighty armies can halt us. We are moving to the land of freedom.”

      We are certainly far from where we were in 1965 when Dr. King spoke.  We need to look back and be thankful for the struggle and triumph of the slaves to the soldiers and freedom fighters in our past.  For if it were not for them and their enormous struggle we would not be where we are today.  Still the question is, where are we at this moment in time?

Equality is subjective.  We have economic strength and wealth but still not equal.  Mountain tops are relative.  The top of Pikes Peek is relative to the Himalayans.  We have reached heights but still we have ascending ahead of us.  In the South years ago lynching was the rule.  Billie Holliday sang a song ‘Strange Fruit’

     “Southern trees bear strange fruit,

  Blood on the leaves and blood on the roots,

  Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,

  Strange fruit hanging form the poplar

  trees.”  

 Today we live with gun shots firing in our neighborhoods.  We have chalk mark outlines where our children go to school.  Who is lynching now?  We are! Tupac stated in a song;

“The white man is suppose to be my enemy but it’s my own kind killing me.”

We have so many Black owned businesses but there are many of us who refuse to conduct business with our own.  With this shooting of ourselves in the foot we recycle our dollars in areas not intent on providing self awareness and pride in the Black community.  How we talk to each other and how we interact with each other in many cases have made our enemies of the past us. 

The Troublesome factor is we now are slowly destroying ourselves.  From the person on welfare to the person worth millions, we must all stick together and continue to climb to the next peek.  Another way to look at it is to look at a tree.  A redwood does not reach for the stars unless it protects all of its roots.

We need to continue to achieve our certain unalienable Rights.   We need to continue to test for Equality.  We need to ask the most important question in life which is why.  We need to always ask the question why.

Why is it that the first non white male to lift off in the space shuttle was Sally K Ride, a white woman, mission specialist on shuttle mission sts-7?  Why, if it is a male dominated society, did Guion S. Bluford, a Black man, mission specialist, have to wait for the very next mission, sts-8 to be considered equal.

Why was the first non white male, in this male dominate society, to be chosen as a viable Vice Presidential candidate was Geraldine Anne FerraroU.S. Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale in 1984 felt she was equal while in 2003 the Black man still has not been chosen to this equal status.  Why is it that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2003 is considered the most viable person to be the first non white male to be President?  And the nerve of people to say her husband was the first Black President.  I feel what is self evident is we are not yet considered equal.

We certainly have the economic power.  We certainly have marketable and desired skills and yet still have not reached the mountain top of equality.  Again I ask the question why and as I ask that question I wonder why did a man from a wealthy family, President John F. Kennedy take a job that pays very little compared to his wealth and what he could have made outside the political arena?  Why did a wealthy actor Ronald Reagan become Governor and later President?  Why would an immigrant Arnold Schwarzenegger who acquired much wealth as an athlete and an actor pursue a job that would pay much less as Governor of California?

Why take a job that the pay is not as lucrative as other occupations.  Why take a job filled with stress, personal attacks and filled with ingratitude?  The answer is, to make a difference.  We must stop the crabs in a bucket mentality.  The summit of our mountain top is not in wealth for with great wealth we still are not considered equal.  The summit we must reach to fulfill Dr. Kings dream is to work together and be able to make a difference.  Our past is splattered with the blood of our ancestors who died for the right to vote.  Voting is the way we can make the difference.

Both political parties either take our vote for granted or ignore it because we don’t go to the poles.  What is most needed is to have more of us to apply for those jobs of difference.  By overlooking the importance of these jobs we are annihilating ourselves.  I’m not a fan of Rev. Jessie Jackson or Rev. Al Sharpton but I admire them for the effort of applying for a job to make a difference.

“I cannot close without stressing the urgent need for strong, courageous and intelligent leadership from the Negro community. We need a leadership that is calm and yet positive. This is no day for the rabble-rouser, whether he be Negro or white. We must realize that we are grappling with the most weighty social problem of this nation, and in grappling with such a complex problem there is no place for misguided emotionalism. We must work passionately and unrelentingly for the goal of freedom, but we must be sure that our hands are clean in the struggle. We must never struggle with falsehood, hate, or malice. We must never become bitter. I know how we feel sometime. There is the danger that those of us who have been forced so long to stand amid the tragic midnight of oppression those of us who have been trampled over, those of us who have been kicked about there is the danger that we will become bitter. But if we will become bitter and indulge in hate campaigns, the new order which is emerging will be nothing but a duplication of the old order.

                  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Give Us the Ballot”17 May 1957 Washington, D.C.

From the U.S. Census of 2000 there were 23.8 million voting age African American.  That is 23.8 million voices who could vote for one person.  That voting block could overwhelm the outcome of any election.  If we look at the past election results in raw numbers the power of our vote is obvious

Year candidate       electoral votes     popular vote

1980 Ronald Reagan        489             43,267,489

         James Carter             49               34,964,583

1984 Ronald Reagan       525             53,428,357

           Walter Mondale     13                36,930,923

1988 George Bush           426             48,881,278

           Michael Dukakis    111             41,805,374

1992 William Clinton       370             44,908,233

          George Bush           168             39,102,282

1996 William Clinton       379             47,401,185

          Robert Dole             159             39,197,469

2000 George Bush           271             50,456,169

          Al Gore                     266             50,996,116

The numbers are telling.  The key is for us to vote!  If only half of us vote then we as a people count as half a person and we must not forget nor should we validate the three fifth person rule which was written in the U.S. Constitution.

Imagine if we turned out the vote in each state 100% in favor of one candidate.  The uproar would be heard around the world.  This would not be an impossibility.  When Dr. King organized the community and they marched and boycotted change was affected.  If we organize the community with regards to voting change will surely be enacted.  If you don’t want liquor stores on every corner they will be gone for fear we would vote and remove those in office that don’t listen to us.  Our opinions and wishes would no longer be taken for granted or ignored. 

If there is one thing we can learn from our past, we can learn we must work together.  By not doing so we are only destroying ourselves.  We have proven we can reach the economics peeks.  We haven proven we can be influential in society with our diverse talents.  A chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link.  By working together we can strengthen all of our links.

    Let us march on ballot boxes until all over Alabama God’s children will be able to walk the earth in decency and honor.”

     Martin Luther King Jr.   25 march 1965

 

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