This is the weekend of what we call and celebrate Memorial Day. Each of us should take a moment to remember and pray for our ancestors who did not make it to the shores of this land. Millions died on the march to the African coast and during the Middle Passage. This is not meant to forget the thousands lynched and murdered once they arrived on American soil since that Infamous day in the summer of 1169.
The so-called Negro that was created has had only one desire since being removed from Africa was to obtain equality. African Americans simply asked America to honor the promise of freedom that it claims comes with liberty. Unfortunately, it has been four-hundred years, and that has yet come to pass. This is evident today as we witness a police killing of an unarmed black person every day.
I’ll quote Dr. King, who said “We were given a blank check”, and we would like to cash it – paid in full. Let’s be very clear, people of African descent are the only immigrates to come to this country against their will. Then to be forced into a life of bondage, which was then and is now immoral.
It is also worth mentioning, for the record, that “A Negro” was created by the wretched souls who arrived in America to lay claim to land that wasn’t even theirs. When I say, created I mean there was no such culture or nationality anywhere on earth before Europeans took the captives from Africa and brought them to America. The result was creating a nation of people placed in a strange land to live without a nationality. This was done specifically through the constitution and legislative laws sanctioned by the government.
From the very beginning, the Africans resisted their captivity and bondage that was to include the ungodly trip across the Atlantic that history calls the Mid-Passage. Once the captives arrived on land, be it in America or the Caribbean, there was rebellion. For the record, there is no such thing as a happy slave. There were and are plenty of happy house Niggers but not slaves.
There were many movements to obtain the promise of freedom like the Abolitionist Movement and Civil Rights Movements in varying forms. Not to mention, the many-many great leader born to affect change but killed by the wretched system of slavery and segregation. I won’t say they all failed, but I will say they did not succeed because equal treatment, particularly under the law, and freedom is still absent today.
Many African Americans continue to suffer from the untreated wounds of America’s forefathers and their asymptotic behaviors. These behaviors were never unlearned and had been passed down from generation to generation. Over my relatively short lifetime, I have been referred to as Colored, Negro, Afro-American, Black, and an African American! All polite terms assigned to make known that people of African descent were not American citizens.
This legacy of dependency, apathy, and entrenchment of the American social order from the beginning provides clear evidence of those with a diabolical intent to bankrupt the souls of a people based on an ideology of supremacy. These stolen souls that exist today are people who bear the burden of a system that perpetrated, in the name of God, the greatest crime known to man.
The concept of African Americans being slaves, physically or mentally, is as old as the nation itself, designed to deprive a people of its culture and knowledge through sustained policies of control. To overcome these indignities, we must realize that education is the single most important ingredient necessary to neutralize the forces that breed poverty and despair.
Regardless of how much we are held down, it is our responsibility to find a way to get up, even if the system is designed to protect the system. The great Bob Marley reminded us to “Stand-up – Stand-up for your rights”. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…