Sep. 21, 2016

Stop Just Stop Killing Us

Martin Luther King Jr. discussed a redistribution of wealth prior to his murder in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968.  He indicated that the check marked insufficient funds was due to the entire black community for what was due them for the labor of slavery and the racist tactics of Jim Crow. The country paid slave owners $300.00 per slave at the end of the Civil War. Yet no payment was ever made to the actual peoples enslaved. Understanding now that 90% of the Black Community lived under the boot of Jim Crow prior to the start of the Great Migration period between 1916-1975.  With so many of the labor force in the south working as sharecroppers and domestic workers, even the passage of the Social Security Act of 1935 restricted  payments to 79% of southern black people.  As a matter of fact, the period of Reconstruction of 22 years between 1865-1877 was the actual amount of time that blacks actually were reserved/protected rights of citizenship by the US Government. After the Compromise of 1877which  terminated union occupation of the formerly southern slave states the boots of oppression in the south lasted for almost another 100 years. Blacks born in 1975 who are now 41 years old still resided in states with acts that suppressed black civil and judicial rights.

It seems that the only reparations that black families receive are if one of their children, fathers, or mothers is killed but the very forces supposedly are sworn to protect them (i.e Freddie Gray, Laquan McDonald, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, etcetera). So the nation is saying only by getting maligned and murdered unjustly is the only option for getting payment for injustices served. I would think that most black Americans would rather skip that alternative route to reparations? Let the police kill you get a check but if you are killed by the huge influx of deadly weapons in our urban centers, sorry brother man wrong place, wrong time. I hear a whole bunch of silence coming from our leadership about why we as a people have been unable to build any significant amount of community wealth. So I decided today to pull out a chart click on the link it shows with just the facts. You have many blacks in the nation whose eyes are completely closed to the degree of punishment we as a people have faced in these United States. I actually was one of those individuals thinking that if you work hard enough and put in the efforts you will be rewarded by this nation. I was made a disbeliever and now I understand that no matter your station in life, no matter the degree of education, no matter what monies you think you have or property you think you own. You are still closer to being Terrence Crutcher shot like a dog with his hands up. Then securing any measure of true justice in this nation if you are black and caught in the wrong situation.  If you are caught in a hater’s snare it’s still 1916 and Jim Crow is still alive and kicking. 

So I think we need to be reminded as a people that our rights have been trampled far longer than they have been protected. Those rights that are currently being evaporated daily by judges and legislators saying everything is so, so much better for blacks in America today. I’ll take my reparations with a living body, not a bloodied victimized one thank you. 6.3 Trillion Dollars America we can negotiate can't we for true justice