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"Can't we all just get along". "No justice, no peace". "Hands up, don't shoot". "Black Lives Matter". "I can't breathe". "Stop killing us".
The fact of the matter is that we are not getting along and never have in this context. There is neither justice nor peace. We not only continually get murdered with hands up our women get murdered while they sleep, our men shot in the back. Our children get slaughtered whether playing with a toy or bombed as they attend Sunday school . Black lives do not matter and no need to breathe when you are dead. The State sanctioned killing has not stopped.
Last time I checked, I did not in the least bit resemble Bill Murray but I may as well because I am the character he portrayed in Ground Hog Day. All Black People in America are. Over and over we keep reliving the same events with the same results and we keep getting those same results because we keep doing the same thing. Albert Einstein said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
We now have yet another "national discussion on race" that will end as have the other quadrillion before it. We have yet again been sloganized and sloganeered, which is a form of being dehumanized (believe it or not). We have also been co-opted by the media, as usual.
I do not speak for all, or most, Black People in America but I will no longer accept constant insult. We get executed by a, literal, pig in a uniform then the system trots out Django. By Django I am referencing the Black Person in America that European-Americans always throw in front of the cameras to stage "fairness" knowing full well that the House Negro is going to do exactly what they tell him or her to do. Then they throw up their hands and say: see, there was no Blackism involved. Why, one of your fellow Negroes did you in!
For the record, I am not a Negro. I am not an Afro-American, for an Afro is a hairstyle. I am not "a person of color". I am not an "African-American" and I sure as hell ain't no Nigga (double negative intentional). I am not a slogan.
I am a Black Man in the United States.
Last night, I looked at my baby girl while she slept. I think that most parents would agree with me that when you look at your children while they are asleep, no matter how old they are, they seem just as precious and innocent as they did when they were born. My baby is just a few years younger than Breonna Taylor and I imagined someone kicking in the door and blasting her away as she slept. This is what it means to be a Black Person in America. Never a Kowalski, never a Steinberg, never a Chung nor Kim, never a Fujimoto, never a Immokalee, never an Abdallah, never a Singh and rarely a Gomez; Just-Us.
The current national "discussion on race" is a non-starter. It is a non-starter because Black People in America enter the "discussion" with a narrative controlled by the enemy and until Black People in America can control their own narrative they are doomed to the same results. Example: "the current national unrest is a result of the death of an African-American man named George Floyd". That is not the reason for our "un-rest" anymore than it is for the European-Americans "dis-ease". The reason for our unrest is the same as it was in 1919, in 1965, in 1967, in 1992, in 2014 and in 2015. Ergo, we have lost the game before it begins because we are expected to operate in a box similar to the floating ones that brought us to this excrement-hole. The only way out of a box is to think outside of it. I will not allow any man, woman nor child to tell me what I am, what I feel, what I should think and who my leaders are; especially when they have zero frame of reference pertinent to the matters at hand.
As I mentioned in my article "The Epidemic Within the Pandemic" we, Black People in America, have been slaughtered by Covid-19. We have been slaughtered by the economic impact of the pandemic far worse than any other demographic and we are perpetually slaughtered by pigs in uniforms. We are a nation within a nation with all of us suffering from PTSD.
In most of the animal kingdom, infants and females are protected and this is especially so amongst the animals known as humans. This is now, at least for me, a manhood issue. How can I look my daughters in the face and not provide them with the same sense of security and protection that any other woman or child is entitled to?
Talion is a principle developed in early Babylonian law and present in both biblical and Roman law that a criminal should receive as punishment precisely those injuries and damages they had/have inflicted upon their victims. Until that principle becomes our "manifest destiny" it will continue to be Ground Hog Day for the Black Person in America. If European-Americans believe that they are right and just and that their methods are such, then they should have no qualms with them being employed by others. There are many tools at our disposal from legal, to economic to tactical but none of it will become evident unless we unify and realize that the problem is just that, the problem. It is foolish to plead with ones problem and ask it to solve itself. Time for a gut-check Black Man and it is time for Rome to fall again; for the same reasons it did previously.
Know Just-Us, Know Peace.