By Hakim Abdul-Ali
I’ve been thinking about the states of political turmoil and civil unrest that’s going on throughout the world, including the United States of America. There’s a lot of unhappiness that permeating the landscapes of democracy and beyond.
I’m now asking myself who really is at fault for the terrible political mess that America and the world is in? It’s a complex question that more than likely has multiple answers, none of which would probably satisfy the majority of either types of diplomatic minds, who they themselves are more than likely already bewildered as you know what. As I delve into my present thinking mode, I’m still trying to ascertain why is it that so many of the world’s political, religious and economical systems all seem to be in such sheer chaos and utter disarray. Some things bureaucratically dishonorable, shameful, contemptible and dastardly are obviously taking place in secret, but some of these sinister “poly-tricks” are even going on right before our unsuspecting eyes, noses and minds.
Maybe, it’s because of some these nefarious behind the scenes actions are occurring is why I’m questioning and recognizing that there must be a not-so-hidden purpose to this sordid madness. Does that analogy make any sense to you, or am I the only one who is seeing that something is not right with what’s going on in the world on an international front, especially as it relates, e.g., to global people of color’s specific concerns and general welfare?
If you’re an aware student of “his-story,” “our-story” and “the” story as I am, you’ll know that most of the political lip service that most politicians voice or disseminate to us is only that. While on that point, I can’t help but think of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his struggles way back then to the now diversified and varied activisms of today.
His life was a mighty part of “our-story,” and we should never forget that the struggles of the past are now part of our present. Dr. King knew this and, unfortunately, I still sense that most people of color still exist in have and have not second class states of obscure existences with only a few window dressing elite exceptions to the norm, just it was when Dr. King was alive.
This current feeling that I’m sharing with you, I sincerely believe, is expressed by millions of neglected Black and other ignored ethnic souls here in America, who I’m certain feel that racism, discrimination and bigotry go hand in hand in this nation from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans. Oh, by the way, how long was it that Dr. King gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech? In case you forgot, or did not know, it was August 28, 1963, and it was delivered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Dr. King poignantly said in that speech, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
I don’t believe, in the almost fifty-five-years since Dr. King gave his monumental speech, that his hope for his children or other ethnic children being accepted for their total content of character has been fully achieved thus far. Frankly, today’s America is so divided along lines of politics, class, religion, race, nationalistic culture and ethnicities until Dr. King’s dream of inclusion for all seems like a fractured reality to many dreamers, thinkers and lovers of equality for everyone across the board.
Sadly, and I must say this, if you’re a thinking being of color in this country, you’re made to seem like you’re the problem in keeping other nationalistic folk great, privileged and entitled while you, your folk and other ethnicities aren’t entitled to anything. I’m inquiring, “Is, or was, Dr. King’s visionary dream of freedom for all in the bald eagle’s domain really a nightmare in disguise?” I’m only asking that respectfully. I think most of today’s social and moral activists, who are becoming restless provocateurs, are doing the same thing to many of the leaders and wannabe great returnees to the so-called great America of yesterday where “his-storically” only they and their ancestors and relatives were and are privileged.
Listen, I’ve studied American “His-story” in depth for a long, long time, and I’m still trying to figure out to the best my of comprehensions when was America ever really great in “hue-man” terms with regards to the enslaved Afrikans and to the indigenous inhabitants of this land? Again, I’m just asking, and if you know, please tell me when? So, if there isn’t a legitimate response to that inquiry, then it must be hidden behind the shallow endorsements, concealments and deceptions of the past, present and future politicians, business leaders and educators whose only goals were, have been and will be to advance their subversive, ignoble agendas of continued clandestine apartheid American style. This is and has always been done by practicing skillfully deceitful skullduggery and making false promises that were inherently invisible in implementation and still, as in far too many instances, are never fulfilled to this very day.
As an Afrikan-American, and one who loves my country of birth, I’m challenged in the land of the free and the home of the brave to ask why does freedom, liberation and reparations for ebony souls always seem to be illegitimate concerns that are never dealt with or are, somehow or the other, always swept under the memoirs of forgotten political afterthoughts? Do you get where I’m coming from? I hope so. If you do, and if you’re of color, then you know that time is definitely running out on Afro-American folk as they lose their homes to gentrification in the major cities and homelessness, crime, joblessness and the real fact that more and more Black men are filling the nation’s prisons in escalated alarming numbers takes its toll on Black America. All this is happening as many concerned, restless and committed provocateurs throughout the land are demanding reforms and are working for social, moral, economic and political changes in order to make America what it claims on paper to be about.
Thinking of these consciously aware provocateurs and what they have to face and endure in challenging their bigoted, high powered foes with all of there ignoble, one sided racist platforms tells me that America is still in need of a spiritual, moral and political cleansing in the most urgent senses. And that includes everything bureaucratic, from new law enforcement policies to education upheavals to employment opportunities to, well, you name it.
I’ve said it before and it is that I believe this is a potentially great nation (in the making), but it can only be that way if all,of its citizenry, without discrimination towards none, are entitled to what’s written on paper in the Constitution. And, we must remember, and never forget, that words that are written on and appear only on paper for some, and not for others, have no real value to those who are slighted.
What is going on throughout the nation at this crucial time in our existence should be a wake up call to one and all, including the haves and the have nots, before we destroy ourselves from within. Advancing racial discrimination doctrine in today’s America, including politically, is still recognized as an immoral and ignoble cause.
In closing, Dr. King said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Think about that. Respect all and be at peace with your fellow citizen. For today and always, that’s, “As I See It.”