"Justice Is Illusion For Americans Of African Descent" #joesmokeblackthoughts
Our black houses of unity are on fire we need to bring the waters of hope, compassion, eternal love, and inner strength to overcome the blaze that confronts us today. Justice is an illusion but fixing it together as black men and women doesn't have to be a delusion feed by constant confusion.
Why is injustice such a valuable commodity in the United States? Why does the system we demand to be equal in scope to all peoples no matter the race or creed seem to swing the pendulum of blind justice towards injustice to Americans of African Descent? Is that illusion of a perfect union meant only to include those who biological makeup is absent of melanin? Questions that I tend to ask myself more and more as I get a little older and hopefully just a tad bit wiser.
On this March morning in 2019, I had thought similar to a provoked thought I had 4 years ago. On that day while I viewing that day's Huffington Post. I was looking for something that would engage my social media thought for a day postings. This was before I had developed my now blossoming internet blog. On that particular morning, a winter’s cold chill had finally arrived in my Maryland neighborhood. Today, March's blustery winds have come to announce the coming of spring in that same neighborhood.
While reading the Huffington Post I came across an article written by Marian Wright Edelman. It was a thought-provoking essay that posed this question, “Why are guns more valuable than children in America?”. Marian Wright Edelman wrote of America’s love for the rights of gun-owners other the sacrificed lives of children aged five and under killed by those weapons of immediate destruction. Marian even indicated that 30 more preschoolers were killed by guns in the United States then law enforcement officers were killed in 2014. The evidence was clear that in 2015 more pre-schoolers will be killed by guns than law enforcement officers that year as well. The article was fair in Marian Wright Edelman's final assessment that something needs to be done in the United States by legislators in Congress to put an end to the senseless, needless violence done by these weapons of immediate destruction. You can imagine nothing has changed in the United States related to curtailing gun violence.
However, Marian Wright Edelman's article provoked another mental thought for me that morning, it aroused in my mind this question? Since it seems many, many Americans cannot be moved to lessen the damage inflicted by guns, are those same Americans also the people who also promote the damage of racism in the United States?
Why is injustice towards Black Americans a distinctly more valuable commodity then the act of promoting and providing justice, real justice to Americans of African Descent?
Oh, it’s easy to for the initial answer to evolve around “racism” that is the most simple response to this question. That white people simply hate and castigate blacks in the United States. They always have and they always will. Hell, those white bastard's ancestors' stole us off our homelands in Africa. Hell, there is even talk that many of our blacks ancestors were already here in America when the white Europeans encroached on our homeland in what is now the United States of America. So, not only did these evil white people's ancestors steal us from our African homeland they also stole this land from beneath our feet. They white ancestors killed our ancestor's brothers and sisters enslaving both African and American black people. My thought today as it didn't five years ago isn’t going to redress or address either of these scenarios.
Today's thought is simply going to ask the question and wonder why since the emancipation of our ancestors in 1865, has the United States done so much to impede justice from being applied to every black citizen in this nation? Oh, some will say the assassination of Old Abe sat back the plans to provide the impetus to secure those rights promised by the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments of the Constitution. In someways, this could be explained as a truism since his predecessor in the White House, Andrew Johnson was not a true friend of the abolitionists or the recently freed black man and woman. Those fought for blacks securing freedom prior to as well as after the Civil War was also no friend of Andrew Johnson. Johnson did come within one United States Senate vote from being impeached because of his lackadaisical efforts to equalize justice for the recently freed peoples held in bondage.
Reconstruction was initially implemented during Andrew Johnson's Presidency and there indeed sp truly magnanimous plans put in place in those former Confederate southern states to bring a degree of true freedom to newly freed slaves. During the brief years of Reconstruction white overt racism in those southern states could indeed answer the question posed by my thought this morning. Yet, why wouldn’t it have been easier through just to allow let freedom ring after the most heinous battle this nation had ever encountered?
Why was it necessary once Blacks were unlocked from the bonds of slavery to continue to impede the full implementation of equal rights and true justice to each and every one of our ancestors. I mean why even have national judicial considerations that created an unjust decision in the Plessey vs. Ferguson case ? Why have a segregated united armed force until 1947 in true equality was ever the goal for Americans of African Descent? Why did Woodrow Wilson separate the races in federal workplaces? Prior to Wilson's edict, it had been shown that neither race had shown no problem with that workplace condition prior to Wilson’s change in direction? Why did the United States Government allow the destruction of Black Wall Street in Greenwood, Oklahoma to go unpunished? It was not prosecuted at the time of the horrific incident and even up to this very day there have been no economic reparations for damages done?
Why were dead black bodies to hang on trees like strange fruits as Billie Holliday in a song so eloquently, so sadly? Why was no anti-lynching law ever passed by our United States Congress, or supported by our United States President when those black bodies were being lynched and mauled daily? Why was no white man in the south ever convicted of killing a black person even when the heinous acts were done in public view for all to view and admire their acts of hate? Why were ghettoes allowed to flourish in the so-called greatest economic nation the world had ever known? Why did 4 little black girls get blown to smithereens simply because they attended a church that stood for justice in a southern city fill with oppressive white racist hate? Why did the federal government not step to institute a policy that reimbursed the monies that were stolen from newly freed blacks who had placed their funds and faith in the Freedman Bank? When in the early 1970’s when the Central Intelligence Agency need funds to create havoc worldwide why didn’t anyone in the room say hell no when they decided to flood guns and drugs into America’s cities to get the cash necessary to engage in mischief worldwide? Why did no one say to Ollie North, Reagan’s chief architect of a misguided policy “you have lost your freaking mind” if you think you can flood the streets of Black America with drugs to pay to arm your little rebellion in Central America?
Why is it to this day that even some blacks in our black communities feel that it’s best to ignore the rancid conditions rather than confront them? Why when unjust law enforcement bullets riddled black bodies our communities strikes straight to the streets crying injustice? Yet, when our own brothers and sisters riddle similar black bodies our community sits in silent acceptance of those acts? How can Americans black or white view entertainment monitors on a daily basis and see the destruction caused by weapons of immediate destruction and act as if those destructive actions won’t have some subconscious effect on the young minds that are captivated violent entertainment? Why do we rush to movie theaters for fantasies across the nation yet allow our black communities implode around us? Is stellar fantasy destruction worth the price of admission but real-time community destruction not worth paying those same dollars to rebuild?
The question of why injustice is so easily attained is that justice takes the union of two forces aligning for a common magnificent objective. It seems that never in the history of the United States has that merging of objectives between the races ever been aligned. From either side when blacks needed the full force of the might of the US Government to attain a full measure of justice, real justice it was not there to answer the call. Can we simply answer our dilemma with “it’s whitey fault” you know that normal racist response?. You see in many instances blacks have been called to support there own and in many of those instances, those calls have gone unanswered. Brothers and sisters for real justice, I mean absolute justice the call for action must be answered as it was in Montgomery, Alabama, or Greenwood, Mississippi, or Selma, Alabama, or the Mall in Washington DC as it was in 1863, 1995, 2015, and 2019. Those calls must be answered ten-fold and the response must elicit actions from both sides not just one side. If you have the attitude that it is always “whitey’s fault” then do something about it build up, link up and make a significant difference in the lives of those around you. If you feel that this world is more than about the color of someone’s skin but the content of his or her’s character then do something about it. Build up, link up and make a significant difference in the lives of those around you. See something familiar? Yes, same action but different feelings internally but the same actions aligned for the common good of all the people living around you brings real justice.