(Cont’d from last Monday)
Globally, whites have over the last four hundred years always, intentionally, mistreated blacks and denied blacks justice for economic, business and trade reasons. To facilitate that process of abuse, they first fabricated the story that blacks are not human beings. Later, when it was convenient to them, they changed their mouths saying well, blacks are human beings, but we still live like animals in the jungle, and so they (whites) must save us from ourselves by civilising us.
Few decades ago, they again changed their mouth saying some blacks are intelligent but generally whites are more intelligent than blacks. (See The Bell Curve by Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray.) They have told each of those lies for the singular purpose of creating for themselves and holding over blacks psychological advantage. Hence in spite of the changing versions of their lies, there still lies at the core of each the fundamental concept that whites are superior and blacks are inferior.
Therefore, every now and then they would simulate series of events that reinforce white prejudice against blacks with the aspiration that such acts will continue to fill blacks with hopelessness about our future. If some whites have described Barack Obama as a monkey and portrayed him as a devil simply because he is a black man and is today President of the US, then it is easy to understand that the Trayvon Martin murder, and particularly the consequent travesty of justice in the Zimmerman trial are designed to tell blacks that we should not expect justice and equality (even before the law) in the US even when one of us is president. It also becomes easy to see that the continued police murders of blacks in the US where the policemen murderers get to walk free are intended to tell blacks not to expect any justice in a world where the USA is free to do what it likes.
Interestingly, blacks are also first-class citizens of the USA, for they were there fighting for liberty, working hard, breaking their backs, discovering theories and principles and inventing technology and other products for economic and social development and even laying down their lives for the establishment of that country. In a video interview posted on youtube, the Avatar filmmaker, Spike Lee, said the first person to die for US independence from Britain was an African American, Crispus Attucks.
Hence if the white money-power establishment of the US cares nothing about African Americans, what makes anyone think they give a hoot about the other races – yellow and red – people of the world? It is even captured in their fundamental though unwritten foreign policy creed: The “US has no permanent friends, only permanent interests.” Other human beings mean nothing to them. The only thing that establishment cares about is what it wants and can get from the rest of the world, period! Sorely, that also means if the people of a state in Africa or elsewhere are killing themselves and that works in their (US money-power establishment’s) interest, the US would conveniently forget about the principle on the sanctity of human life.
In the foreword to David Burke’s Black Heroes of the American Revolution, US Senator, Edward W. Brooke, lists traditional heroes of that country’s war of independence (1775-1783) from Britain and then writes: “But there were other [black] heroes… Most of these heroes should have entered the struggle for freedom with a lingering doubt. They, after all, were slaves – the property of others. Why should they fight for liberty – for independence – for freedom? Liberty, independence, freedom for whom? [However,] if there were doubts, they were dowsed and drowned in the belief that the Revolution was a path to freedom for all men and women – that the Revolution was a vital, first step towards equality for Blacks in the new world.”
Senator Brooke adds: “These Black American Revolutionary heroes gambled on the future. They read and knew the [liberty] words of Patrick Henry. They were caught up and possessed by the fever and fervour of freedom.”
That statement brings to mind a notable scene from the Steven Spielberg biopic, Lincoln, where President Abraham Lincoln visits soldiers on the warfront. Lincoln is conversing with two black soldiers, and they are joined by two white soldiers who persistently fail to listen and are talking at the president. Apparently, Lincoln decides to find out why they are fighting in the US civil war, so he asks the white soldiers about the statement of freedom in the US Constitution; they do not know. It is the black soldier, even without being prompted, who recites in toto the tenet of freedom enshrined in the Constitution of the United States of America. Whites tended to take freedom for granted; freedom meant everything to the blacks.
That means about 80 years after fighting for independence and attaining freedom, supposedly for all, whites still denied it to blacks. Also, 80 years after independence, those who were enjoying those freedoms (whites) took its value for granted, but blacks who also fought for, but were denied those freedoms were still pondering the liberty tenets and still fighting for it in the hope that that time around (1865) they would also be served the fruits of liberty. Yet not even Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation (1865) would grant African Americans those freedoms in the real world. (As stated above,) a state court decision in Plessy vs. Ferguson (1896) made it worse by declaring that, yes, blacks and whites are equal, but must use separate facilities. Not even the unadulterated 9-0 decision of the US Supreme Court in Brown vs. Board of Education that segregation is evil and dehumanising to blacks brought liberty to blacks. For white bigotry and the money-power establishment that profited from it fought de-segregation at every turn.
Racial equality and equal treatment were justice long before the days of George Washington, and were in his days; they were justice in the days of Lincoln, but political and social pressure fired by white bigotry precluded their enjoyment by blacks in the US. After Brown vs. Board of Education, the same political-social pressures refused to yield. The Chief Justice of the United States of America, a white, who presided over that landmark case, is Justice Earl Warren (1953-1969.) In his memoirs, Justice Warren writes inter alia that he and his colleague judges knew any attempt to enforce their 9-0 de-segregation decision in the US will cause social unrests, because the white establishment will resist it. HOWEVER, he adds, significantly, that the court gave the US the decision to de-segregate, because, it is better for the people to fight to establish justice than to live in peace in injustice.
Also, according to a US federal documentary the Warren court was wary of giving the American people a divided decision, because they, collectively, decided to leave no one in any doubt that segregation is wrong.
Since that landmark decision, African Americans have had to fight for every cubic-centimetre of freedoms they are today enjoying in the US. More than half a century later, blacks have to fight to protect even freedoms they have been granted by law and in the real world simply because black liberty is incompatible with white supremacy, a vacuous concept still valued by the white power-money establishment that still controls the world.
Over 50 years ago, the great civil rights activist, Reverend Martin Luther King, made an eternal statement on the footsteps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. He said: “I look forward to the day when my three [black] daughters would live in an America where they would be judged not by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.” He said that for African Americans, but he was, indeed, speaking for blacks worldwide in a world controlled by a Western money-power establishment led by the US hegemony.
The white power-money establishment has held a psychology of racism over our heads and used it against us for over four hundred years. But blacks have seen worse, so while we fight in the contemporary global political-economy to attain the inalienable rights inherent in being human beings, we have learnt to be patient with time in the firm, full knowledge that we have to work harder than everyone else for everything we want and must have, including human dignity, in the contemporary world. And we will continue to fight, we will continue to work harder, in the firmest knowledge that eventually we will rise and we will win. And we will rise! And we will win!
For Africans at home, therefore, the meaning of this entire article could be split into two main strands. One, the contemporary hopelessness of life on our continent simply reinforces the false racial stereotypes fabricated by the white money-power establishment. Two, it also means our leaders everywhere must regain focus on Pan-Africanism, begin solving our problems, raise and plant enduring progress in our lives, so that collectively we can kick into motion the actual African Renaissance, not the fake, vacuous one sired by globalisation.
- “It also becomes easy to see that the continued police murders of blacks in the US where the policemen murderers get to walk free are intended to tell blacks not to expect any justice in a world where the USA is free to do what it likes.”
- “Sorely, that also means if the people of a state in Africa or elsewhere are killing themselves and that works in their (US money-power establishment’s) interest, the US would conveniently forget about the principle on the sanctity of human life.
- …It also means our leaders everywhere must regain focus on Pan-Africanism, begin solving our problems, raise and plant enduring progress in our lives, so that collectively we can kick into motion the actual African Renaissance, not the fake, vacuous one sired by globalisation.”
Source: Ghana/todaygh.com/Ti-Kelenkelen with Yirenkyi Lamptey