By Hakim Abdul-Ali
As a proud brother of color, I love my country, but I must admit that I’ve had to come to grips with many of this nation’s forefathers’ actions as they orchestrated for themselves and their descendants an America that’s inherently still a place of biased “hue-manistic” values, divided politics and questionable loyalties. If you doubt what I’m saying, then honestly describe the reality of today’s traumatic and racially divided America in light of the forefathers’ original partisan, pragmatic concept of equality for all.
While you’re thinking about that, I’d like you to ask any American ethnic “colored” soul today, with a few notable select exceptions, what it is really like being of color in a land where the promises of freedom, justice and equality for all are mere illogical props for sundry political strivings. And, from 1619 until this very day, recurrent political games of racial apartheid and Euro-ethnic supremacy have been at the cornerstone of America’s secret bureaucratic agendas.
Moving forward, the general American nation today is faced with all types of social, ethnic, political, ethical and nationalistic concerns, among others, which plagues this potentially great land from within. From unemployment to poor education to inadequate housing to police brutalities galore to unfair incarceration rates, e.g., there aren’t many persons of color who’ll say openly that they or their families haven’t tasted the bitterness of bigotry and discrimination while living in the USA in some shape, manner or form.
Yes, you heard me correctly when I said that America was potentially great because I realize that you should know that we’ve come nowhere near where the guaranteed dreams of freedom, justice and equality are supposed to be for one and all. Unfortunately, that’s so painfully true as large segments of diverse, oppressed ethnically “colored” souls, including many poverty-stricken and suffering Euro-Americans, wonder exactly where is that anticipated justness dream and when is it going to arrive?
Now, I’m asking,”How can freedom, justice and equality be present if past “his-storical” racist political policies are still upheld under the guises of secluded good old boy skulduggeries and modern-day twisted social media jive talk?” As the rich seem to get richer and the poor, obviously, get poorer, I’ve been wondering out loud if anyone really cares about the ever-expanding down and out populace of America. Do you care?
Think about it while I’m asking you, the objective reader, “How Do We Fix What Ails Black America?”Please give it a more than a casual glance because we’ve got some serious work to do in making this country remove its clandestine racist “his-stories” and current economic blight. Being labeled as “other” on a census form in this potentially great land has always come with an asterisk in my mindset when I think of people of color having to prove their merits as “hue-man” beings and bonafide Americans.
And still, many political supremacist ethnic Americans, in all of their varied ancestral flavorings and attachments, have always taken their skin hue as a privilege that they are somehow given a badge of prestige, therefore, escaping the stigma of being labeled second class in a land where hidden racism exists at every nook and cranny. I know many souls may want to deny it, but that reality is a stated undeniable fact, even if it’s not politically correct to say it now.
Sadly, the truth hurts, and America, was and as it now stands, “his-storically” speaking, is and always has been a country divided and separated by standards of its own colonial racialism. To deny that is truly to be “hoodwinked” in so many ways about the lies of real untaught American “His-story.”
No one can hide the fact that most so-called Americans don’t know any thing about the nation’s true “his-story” and how this country (really) got to be the way that it is, and if they did, they’d probably pretend that it’s fake news anyway. Moreover, as a “his-storical” reference point, need I take you back to how the captured and enslaved Afrikans were considered to be heathens and savages unless they were Christianized or given Euro-names, and that’s a “his-storical” fact, with no arguments accepted.
“His-storical” lies that still are being taught to the unaware of today are grievous ailments perpetrated upon all youth of color in many of the plantation miseducation systems of our nation. That troubles me, and it should you also, because anyone who is labeled of color and has to follow pagan myths, “his-storically” inaccurate allegories and enigmatic miseducation, e.g., is being programmed to follow and commit the monumental rules of indoctrination much like and according to the infamous Willie Lynch Letter of 1712.
In case you did not know anything about this infamous happening. It involved a speech that had been purportedly delivered by Willie Lynch on the banks of the James River in the colony of Virginia in 1712. Willie Lynch was a slave owner, who owned numerous slaves in the British West Indies, and he was invited to the colony of Virginia in 1712 to teach his methods of how he disciplined and controlled his slaves to the slave owners of Virginia.
It’s been more than three hundred years since Willie Lynch laid down the rules of conquer and divide to his fellow slave owners back in 1712. If you poignantly reflect upon the condition of the thinking of many of today’s comatose Black folk in this country and beyond for that matter, you may reasonably ask yourself, “Is Willie Lynch’s methodology still reverberating today?”
I certainly do, and I know that Afrikan-Americans, in particular, can’t and shouldn’t blame anyone else for their oppressed states of existences if they don’t consciously desire to remove the sting of bigotries and stains of racism that have been placed on them here in America and elsewhere. I offer that reality from watching and observing the dastardly effects of listening to the centuries old American political diatribes and the whimsical current counterfeit jargons of being made free while living in the home of the brave, which really only superficially applies to certain ethnic “colored” folk.
Discriminations and injustices galore still exists for all folk of color in this potentially great nation, and Willie Lynch’s descendants are clearly still around doing their things. I say that establishing unity and valuing each other are significant starts in solving what bedevils us.
That’s a qualified positive initial step. Fixing what afflicts and besets us has to be something that all good hearted and self-respecting Afro-conscious citizens of this potentially great land must address collectively, but most importantly—individually. We must learn to respect each other first without hostility, violence or hatred before entering into serious dialogue about any issues. Let’s make it happen. A lot depends on me and you. For today and always, that’s, “As I See It.”