There is no question that black people and black men, in particular, have always had a huge burden to carry. Since the year of our Lord in the Summer of 1619, when people from Africa were first dragged onto the shores of this place they called “merica”; they have always carried a heavy load on their shoulders. They would come to be chastised, criticized, punished, beaten, robbed, murdered, and would always be “less than” – all in the name of freedom.
All while the culprits have enjoyed enormous wealth and prosperity as a result of our never ending allegiance and patriotism, often blindly. Even today when we have ascended to the White House, there are those who castigate the president with vile abuse upon this uniquely qualified man of African heritage.
Just like they stole the land, and African people, I would argue that they stole the minds of black people by imposing a religion that was also stolen and misrepresented for the sake of White Supremacy. Coupled with the fact that they erased our languages and history, and never properly educated black people made the burden of existence almost impossible to survive in this land. They would kill a black person who processed the ability to read. Ok, American values right!
Black people are a unique people, a forgiving people, a steadfast people, and a brave people unlike any known to the world. It was the free labor from slavery that built America and its institutions that are responsible for the great wealth it enjoys to this very today. When you look at the enormous wealth, America has gained, because of slavery, and the power derived from its tremendous control of resources; think about the sacrifices our ancestors made to make all of this possible. We have looked out for this country for hundreds of years and still doing today, which is simply amazing.
Upon our backs, laden with the stripes of punishment for what they believed was for discipline and in spite of our loyalty, diligence, and tenacity – black people loved America. Even when America refused to allow us to walk even in the shadows, we followed, believing that someday we would come to accepted and be treated like human beings. Our strength in the face of adversity is vastly understated.
Our history is one of unbelievable struggle. We’ve been brave on the battlefield, despite being classified as three-fifths a man. This was and is outstanding. Frankly, it’s beyond the call of duty considering that we have lived through slavery and under an Apartheid-like system. We have raised America’s children, attended to its sick, and prepared their meals while those forefathers were occupied with the trappings of the good life.
Even during the times when they found pleasure in our women and enjoyment in seeing our men lynched, maimed and burned – we continued to watch over America’s soul. We labored in the hot sun from “can’t see to can’t see” to assist in realizing the dream of wealth, good fortune, and made America a great world power. We have guarded her and continue today.
We are ungrateful to those who had the audacity to speak out against America’s past transgressions. Yet, it was us who warned about Denmark Vessey, signaled the plans of Gabriel Prosser, and called attention to Nat Turner, Malcolm, and yes Martin too. It was us who sounded the alarm when old John Brown came calling on Harper’s Ferry, and there are still some sounding warnings today.
Black Nationalism has died and, as a result, our community is giving 95 percent of what it earns to other businesses and keeps little for themselves. In spite of the fact that other people controlled at least 90 percent of all the resources and wealth of this nation. In today’s business environment, we do not support each other and just keep doing business with the larger community and, in fact, any other community.
Some say we were very successful supporting our own after slavery ended, by all accounts there was a brief period of empowerment during what they call Reconstruction, which lasted about ten years. There were a few other instances where economic progress spurred little hope, with the last being as recently as the decade of 1960 and nearing the end of the 1990s. But you know what happens when you began to build communities and do business with one another – you’re pitted against one another and destroy ourselves.
This includes our acquiescence to political agendas, abdicating our own economic self-sufficiency, and working so diligently for the economic well-being of other people. Even though the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments were written and many died for the rights described therein. We did not even resist when they changed Black Rights to Civil Rights and Civil Rights to Gay Rights being the new Civil Rights or allowing virtually every other group to take advantage of such for their progress.
We see today the senseless murders of unarmed black men, women, and children on a daily basis by the so-called law. Where is the outrage? This goes beyond the imagination, irrespective of the many promises that have been made and broken. A lass, our savior, in the plagiarized good book that tells us not to worry because when you die you will find a place where there is a mansion waiting for you and streets paved with gold somewhere in the sky.
We resisted the messages of trouble-making Blacks like Washington, Delaney, Garvey, Bethune, Tubman, and Truth for fighting and dying for us. Most have forgotten their names and take no reverence in their sacrifice due to a lack of reciprocity and equity. When you continue to do what you’ve always done; you will get what you always got! This is the black man’s burden! And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…