THE DEMANDS THAT WE MADE WERE NOT ENOUGH… At the end of the day we still have no reservations, there is no more Black Wall street, Both Detroit and Chicago are under political attack, and Atlanta’s Auburn Avenue was once more than the richest neighborhood (black neighborhood) in America filled with productive families and businesses. The Civil Rights Movement was considered successful because it appeared that we got what we wanted: “Equal” rights- meaning that Jim Crow was abolished visually to an extent. At least, life was a little more manageable and easier to advance than before. We were no longer considered 3/5ths of a human being, we are people… The idea of pursuing a post-secondary education as a black person is now a real option and no longer a dream. We obtained the right to vote if we chose to do so and we could patronize any establishment that we’d like… However, I can’t help but question in the back of my mind, “Is this what we fought for?” As I look at how our rights are slowly but surely being taken back from us, (ie. The Voter’s Rights Act of 1965 not being renewed by the Supreme Court in 2013) I can’t help but wonder, was the Civil Rights Act of 1964 signed to pacify black America and stunt our community growth? Was the end of the Civil Rights Movement the beginning of the Death of the Revolution? That’s a bold question to ask. I’ll explain a little deeper.
Jim Crow had to be addressed because the long standing issue of “equality” would have only fueled Black America’s rage/fight even more. We would have gotten even more angry. In the midst of that rage, we would have grown to be more powerful. Our strengthened sense of “community” would have grown to be even tighter. In only a matter of time, we would have realized that we wanted more than just this land or a place in America’s politics or history books. That alone is problematic. We would grow to want our own. The “abolishment” of Jim Crow was the same weapon used to further dummy us down and socially engineer us. If we can’t see Jim Crow, then Jim Crow is not a threat to us and all is well… With that being said, we’ve gotten too comfortable. Don’t get me wrong, we made power moves and even hit billionaire status but when you look at the state that “we”are in in 2014: WE’VE BEEN HAD. We deserve so much more. Sorry Barak Obama, but a black president never did and never will mean anything to me. THIS IS AMERIKKKA…
The saying that, “Black People can’t come together and do anything” plays on my nerves all the time. The issue really isn’t “Black Unity” so much. It’s the fact that when that sense of “community” is reached, Black America is considered a threat. We saw that clearly in The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Once the oppressors saw how much control Malcolm X had with the Nation of Islam (NOI), one statement was made popular: No one man should have all that power… That statement was said way before Kanye West made it “popular” a few years ago in his hit “Power”. The false imprisonments of The Move-9 and the majority of the Black Panther Party is a testament that not only can black people come together collectively for the greater good of our community, but we are feared whenever we do so. That realization itself is POWER.
Black America went under attack with the creation and mission of America’s Cointelpro (Counter Intelligence Program). The FBI Counter Intelligence Program was a secret operative program that was designed divide and conquer any kind of political/social group. ie The Black Panther Party. The Cointelpro had their way with them in terms of false flagging, informants, and all kinds of infiltration. The fact that this program was created by J. Edgar Hoover (A well known career racist) and around the time of the Civil Right’s act of 1964 screams the word “premeditated”. That is no coincidence. The formulation of the COINTELPRO also supports the fact that once again: when black people unify, we are far too POWERFUL (I can’t stress that enough). When we unite as a community: An unbreakable bond of Brother and Sisterhood, it’s a problem… for everyone else. When you start talking “Black Nationalism” you are considered an enemy of the states and must me “silenced”. I can’t help but question why. Just look at what happened to Marcus Garvey. He was gaining too much power with the theory of Black Nationalism…..
The Revolution was officially targeted for attack after Black America showed what they can do during the Civil Right’s Movement. It was: The reformation of Jim Crow ( because Jim Crow never died, it’s been disguised) and the death of some of our most prominent leaders that did it in my opinion. One of my elders told me in a conversation that the 70’s was one of the hardest decades for Black America. Yes, we seemed to be making ground and pulling together to make some amazing things happen pre-1960’s, however, we lost both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Granted these two men were not the movement themselves. They influence… Both Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X uplifted and inspired. When they were silenced, Black America felt it… HARD. The 70’s brought about the disco era and America was transitioning even more. One thing that bothers me about the 70’s is, we don’t hear enough about the what it was really like (the generations born post 1970’s America). My elder described the 70’s to me as a time where Black America was somewhat lost and hurting… I honestly can understand how that could be true. When the wind gets knocked out of your body, it isn’t always easy to get your breath back.
They gave us what we wanted at the time for several reasons. Who knows where black people would have been if we kept going. Maybe black nationalism is something that would have been our “normal”. However, with us being pacified with the abolishment of Jim Crow and further devastated by the death of our most inspiring and empowering leaders, It is safe to say that this looks like a planned chest move. To hear the term “Black Nationalism” is foreign to far to many of us.
Ferguson, MO 2014
Our present day is reverting back to a time in history that many of my generation cannot identify with. That’s the double edge sword of being born under no ceilings. You have relaxed. You begin to lose touch with your inner “fight” and at times and easily underestimate your own strength. Then one day, you awake…. That is what is going on. My question is: After living life where the sky is pretty much the limit, can we pick up the torch and continue on with the movement? With all that is going on, what is the next move for Black America. Now that we have seen Trayvon Martin get zero justice, Marrissa Alexander is wrongfully imprisoned for guarding her life and Michael Brown has the world in such an uproar. It is hard not to look at what is going on with Black America today and wonder: What happened?
I had to end this article but there is STILL so much to say…