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A Constant Reminder
12/6/2016 4:03:50 PM

By Hakim Abdul-Ali 

It's said that committed struggle against bigotry is good for the development and advancement of any suppressed group of people who've struggled against racial oppression and systematic injustices.

The ever-evolving events injustices our nation's daily news sources over the last one hundred years confirm that with alarming accuracy.

Racism and injustice seem to go hand and hand in the "his-storical" political realities of living in America. From the courthouses of "just-for-us" to the unemployment lines and more, the truth of what many in select political sectors and businesses really feels about and towards its so-called ethnic minorities is forever becoming clearer and clearer with each passing episode.

I guess that holds true in many instances, particularly if you're of the African Diaspora living in America. It's obvious that the African-American, both men and women, are viewed upon by many as "something" else in so many ways of looking at them as "hue-mans."

It's this understanding I constantly hear from diverse ethnic folk who candidly rap with me and wonder, "Just who are 'The American People,' if it doesn't include us."

Now, you talk about a relevant question that deserves some serious communal investigation and neutral commentary, that's one that deserves to be put on the front burner of all social, spiritual, political and civic topical discussions.

America is a potentially great nation, and I really mean that to the very core of what I feel and believe. I truly want to feel, see and "know" that America is for all, regardless of ethnic, creed, color or religious traditions, not just bantered about in slogans "by some," only "for some," if you catch my drift.

Living in the real worlds of our extended segregated realms should let us know, if we're completely honest to "me, myself and I," that we're all subjective beings at best.

Viewing other parts of this country's ethnic mosaic has always been a political, racial and religious struggle because self-preservation has been, and probably always will be, the standard litmus test for individual sustainability and personal survival. Racism and bigotry does exist.

That's a fact, so let's not get certain things twisted. The "his-storical" America, complete its iconic heritage of racism, bigotry, and sexism, etc. towards people of color is "his-storically" what it is, and I close the book on that for now.

That's why, to many Americans in the "other" ethnic, economic and educational spheres, recognizing this nation's ebony soul brothers and sisters, many of whom are living in worlds of unbelievable struggles, is a very difficult ordeal because, in certain ethnic divides, all people of color become non-entities, except when it's voting time.

Just look at the last election results and wait to see who among certain segments of "The American People (?)," proverbially speaking, really benefits from what. Hmm! That's an interesting thought, isn't it?

You should think about that if you're politically savvy, because that's "A Constant Reminder" to me, and it should be to you, as we all think about what unfathomable promises are, have been and were made to certain ethnic folks by some "poly- trickistians" requesting their precious votes in order to be elected. Remember what I asked you to think about in the last paragraph.

Hopefully, while you do that, I must remind you that all of the unfilled promises made by many of the untold numbers of professional and career legislative tricksters, particularly those made to the nation's ebony communities, were cunning and are shamefully deceiving, but it continues to this very day.

No one really seems to give a hoot about Black America, except, again, in token clinches of feigning politically correct moments for photo ops and casual bipartisanship lip service innuendoes.

These games should be clarion wake up calls to the masses of aware people of color, who should be sick and tired of being "had" or "conned." Maybe, in some ways of discovery, the masses of this country's economically and educationally neglected masses need this enlightenment to stir them to "TCB" about their own roles of existences, which includes business, family and spiritual aspects of total functionality.

Sadly, as "A Constant Reminder," I sense that there are bodies of ethnically "colored" Americans who are forgotten and ignored so often that, in actuality, they could aptly be labeled as America's permanent underclass citizens. Living in a clandestinely biased reality is also "A Constant Reminder" that no one appears to love you when you're politically abandoned, deserted, down and out.

I will not try to sugarcoat the sentiments of those who may not be able to speak for themselves or their neglected communities. Being Black, and or of color, in America is still the ultimate struggle in achieving economic survival and ethnic parity. That's "A Constant Reminder."

I've lived here on earth a little while, long enough to know and reflect upon other occasions where the struggles of The Motherland's descendant folk meant something. Those valiant reflections of my ancestors serve as constant reminders to me that, as much as time moves on, the more things (sometimes) seem to stay on the same old course.

Listen! There's medicine readily available, so I hear, if one is deemed mentally crazy, but I know of none that's available if you're politically stupid.

Racism, bigotry, ethnic supremacy and all the maddening nouveau alt-right and left movements requires that people of color can no longer remain stupid about what's going on politically in this nation and the rest of the world. Think!

America, as most people generally assume and know it to be today, is what it is, and that says a lot. This land of Washington and Jefferson, all slave owners, is designed to be the land of freedom, justice and equality for all.

"A Constant Reminder" tells me in the back of my thinking thoughts that all of this sounds good when it's written on paper and, maybe not much more than that if your a victim of oppression.

I'd like to think that the American justice includes equity for all, and that it doesn't mean, in reality, "just-for-us" for "other" folk. Think closely about that if you will.

I'm requesting that of you, the reader, because the more Black men, in particular, are killed in the streets, without justice in the courts, those actions of confusing indecisions and prejudicial noninterventions lets me know that being of color here in America is still irrelevant and that, to some folk, ebony lives do not matter whatsoever.

From the sagas of being enslaved to living in segregation to lynchings to second class citizenry to the perpetual killings of Black men everywhere in the dangerous byways of America, and, now, to injustices in the courts, for examples, "A Constant Reminder" tells me that I'm not stupid and enough is enough.

Need I say anymore???? For today and always, that's, "As I See It."


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