by Fred Haynes
**Pardon my lengthy statement. I’m typing this with 2 thumbs on my phone so if I have run-on sentences or incorrect grammar…let it slide. I initially decided not to post my viewpoint because I didn’t want it to be perceived as angry, negative, divisive or judgmental nor do I want people to assume incorrectly that I have a hatred for any races outside of my own. I want the concepts of historical truth, right and wrong, to shine through beyond my perspective and opinion because I’m neither a historian or sociologist.We need reconciliation, dialogue and understanding of “why we are” and “where we are.” During these current days of fringe politics, overt/covert racist slick talk, senseless crime within urban communities, unjust & unaccountable police killings of black men, etc., it is becoming more evident that some folk talk and act as though the past has no bearing on the world in which we live. To add insult to injury, we have the likes of anti-black people like 1) Jesse Peterson who demonizes his own race in efforts to promote his self-hate onto other Blacks, 2) jack-legged black pastors who pimped their congregation into voting against their interests to secure government jobs and 3) black folk who kill each other for something worth nothing more than a crumb. These idiots have either forgotten or have no respect for the collective past. Every ethnic/racial panorama timelines can be lessons or tools of learning for all in the possibility to understand others outside of their racial comfort zone as well as learning of self if told in a respectful manner with the intent to show love and to teach, coupled with an open ear to listen.**
This photo is a powerful image. Before you offer an opinion, please think critically, honestly and clearly. Think rationally about how’s one story/history dominates in the “telling of the total story of our nation” over the others. The unbalance story is like a cotton ball outweighing 10lbs of gold on a jimmy-rigged scale or challenging a man to a race after one has chopped off his feet. Mankind has had many moments and era’s of the rise of one sect of people by the subjugation of another. A bonafide method to dimish a civilization is to erase the accomplishments, innovations, history, etc., of said people to reduce their esteem, legacy or existence to less than a lifespan of a mayfly. More than likely, there have been various groups ethnicities who have been in some sort of slavery as a result of a war in various parts of the world…from inception to modern day. Side note: (slavery doesn’t always equate to chains or physical bonds.) Truth be told, all shades of mankind have elements of bad seeds who commit evil & horrendous deeds and my intent is not to compare or compete on who has done more collective evil since the inception of man. However, since I have more biological roots tied to black slaves & the indigenous people in the US, this will be my focus. The Black and The Red are not simply earth crops & life props like water, earth, wind, fire and beauty in inanimate states of being. We are Divine commodities fueled by spiritual kinetic energy, as with all mankind, formed in His image.
It really irks me when I hear folk with supremacist views or those cloaked with “the privilege” mindset, state that “they” want to take back “their” country as if they created it for a reserved hierarchy of certain people. There’s a distinct difference between wanting to take back something as a result of drug wars, gangs, violence OR something causing harm to the citizens than from”taking back our country” with an undertone of a superiority complex with a boiling lust of conquest. But take it from whom? Hell, most things are controlled by them anyway, so what more do they want and…..Who determined that they are entitled to “the country”? The arrogant babble of which certain folk speak is akin to saying “somebody stole the money that I stole”…and then assessing blame to the original victim and being mad at the 2nd thief, but maintaining any innocence of wrongdoing, but yet still collecting benefits and interest from the original theft. When Obama was elected President, there was a roaring sense of urgency to “take back their country on day 1, but when the black & red man have demanded restitution, apologies, removal of insensitive symbols on sports uniforms, etc. with urgency, the common theme toward these efforts is either “stop bringing up old stuff”, incorrectly invoking a Dr King speech excerpt, slow drag justice at a pace slower than a 1/2 paralyzed turtle or simply ignore the demands.
Contrary to “the privilege”, this country was not a blank canvas free of painted blood lines, cultured life or human-sculptured DNA, when the guy (whose name does not deserve credit) with the 3 boats showed up. It is amazing that American HIStory teaches that “they” discovered this land….but yet, there were greeted and taught by the Indigenous people (apparently disposable) who were living on this land long before a European migration and The Takeover. It’s like going to the Pacific Ocean when people are swimming & sailing and saying “hey I discovered water all by myself”. Finding something that already exists, being cultivated, nurtured, valued and loved by existing people is not discovery…it’s thievery. Side note: (I also find it offensive how movies have depicted indigenous people as low-intelligent savages within a patchy & broken English in a monotone voice. Historical Hollywood loves to “dumb down” those which does not look them.)
Back to….The Takeover! It was one of the most calculated, gangster moves within this country – a heist of epic proportion, so to speak, with the intertwined, unwilling supporting cast of the indigenous and the Africans. If you don’t understand, let me put it this way….in a short version:
1) came bearing gifts masked like a Trojan virus
2) gives blankets infected with disease
3) steals your land through bad dealings, terror & death
4) set up system for phase 2 of The Takeover for importing the labor
5) steals people from other countries. In some cases, with the aid of Africans.
6) dismantles & strips everything those people knew of self, family, culture, religion and consequently made their captives become slaves which then made them addicts using psychological & physical fear, illiteracy, separation, religion, etc., as the drugs of their choice.
If you still don’t understand, let me make it more simple. How would you like it if someone:
1) moved into your “paid-off” home
2) took your mate as their own or pimped her
3) put you out of your house by force
4) called the police on you for trespassing
5) shoot/kill you before/during/after the police arrive
6) then blamed you, the victim, for steps 1-5 and then repeat the cycle for generations, with the support of a system designed to protect them, educate them while minimizing the contributions of other races of men via thievery, legal rulings, lies and propaganda, which to an arrogant and narcissistic degree…exalts them…and then makes you foot the bill? Doesn’t sound nice, does it? No, it doesn’t.
It’s not an accident or coincidence why the black and red race have had generational struggles. It’s hard to outright extinguish an entire race. However, with 1) a diabolical plan of social engineering and 2) a sick view of “those people look different and their style of life is different than mine, therefore in the name of God they must be evil”, the results have proven to be just as effective as extermination.
I would think if one had such an idea to take back “their” country which was falsely gifted to them by ancestors, that one should have a plan or, at least, support a plan to right-the-wrong of “their” history and implement corrective measures of generational damage. It’s what one would do for a house, car, etc., right? If it’s yours, then own it! Own all of it…the cost of a country includes more than just land and “our freedoms”. Free labor, blood, negative goodwill, the decimation of families, the unfounded bodies & skeletons and an assortment of other civil, immoral & evil remnants has been tilled deeply into the land which they allege is “theirs” by some faux sense of birthright.
I’m all for working together as a human race to make life better for the next generation. I have blood relatives who are bi-racial and friends who are white & Hispanic who I proudly call my brothers & sisters. I say that to differentiate my issues with bigots against the people I love in a humane & decent manner. The concept of love is noble and truly knows no color, but some of these “take my country back, Obama is a racist/sellout, quit crying about slavery & civil rights, Trump lovers, if-it-ain’t-white, it-ain’t-right, kill my brother over some words/dope” type of people really push that concept to the hilt at times. This bad element of people I described includes whites, blacks and any other person of hue who hates the skin of a man.
The skin of a man should not be the sin of a man.by