may-not be the most “interesting” man in the world, but I do have a
vast-array of fascinations; I’m monitoring the search for both the
“Yeti” and the Loch Ness Monster, I’d like to find an aviation company
willing to recreate a Boeing 314-A (the iconic Flyinging Boats.) I love
to travel - use my passport as often as I can afford it. I’m
eye-balling the shaky hot pie-crust ground at Yosemite and co-writing a
daddy/daughter book about mermaids with my little girl. . . my everyday
man thoughts span the gamut . . yet I feel obligated to
address the flammable issues of racism and classism in America . . .
because the entrenched WASP establishment, i.e., the powers-that-be
refuse to do so, and this is the country I leave to my children, and
their children’s children.
That’s why I write.
that’s why I can’t ignore nor slight the unending uncivil civil
race-war which still rages and manifest itself via the police
brutality, economic betrayal, educational sabotage, medical
abandonment. . . and the strategic, deliberate and tactical
attack on Black America’s most holy institution, the Black church all
across the Land-Of-Cotton . . . Nor can I dismiss the fact this leisure
activity is as “All-American,” as traditional as mom’s apple pie,
and yet the powers-that-be (White America) are telling you n’ me the
real culprit is . . . Mother Nature.
Ain’t that a mother for you.
If White churches were burning . . .
me now, had a “bad” Black man “executed” 9 “good” blond haired n’
blue eyed folks - one a state senator, during their prayer meeting in a
White church . . . not one, not a one Black person in these
so-called United States of America could walk the streets and feel
safe. History bears-out and high-lights how Black folks have
traditionally been the targets of angry White vigilante-minded “real”
This is nothing new.
had that Black man documented his hatred on his social media sites,
posted dozens of photos of himself draped in the Black Liberation Flag,
the red, black n’ green . . . do you think that flag could fly
over a dog-house or outhouse . . . let-alone a state house without
millions of White folks going insane?
And we know White America has proven they can “act-a-fool.”
lies the Problem; this country’s population isn’t permitted to have a
deep discussion examining the barbaric tale of this empire - it makes
White folks “uncomfortable” and they fear a telling-of the facts will
cause a Black . . . and brown “backlash.”
week reading the LA Times I ran-across a story by John Glionna,
in-which he highlighted the efforts of Harvard educated lawyer Byron
Stevenson to sway Southern mayors and city council members to shine a
light on the history of the barbarity Blacks endured over roughly the
last 100 years, in locations where Black men, women and
children were murdered at the hands of angry White people . . . just
like the ones you now today live next door to . . . “His plan is to place memorial markers at lynching sites where black
men, women and children were strung from trees and hanged from
telephone poles, sometimes at the rate of one per week, for "offenses"
that could be as trivial as playing music too loudly or failing to tip
a hat to a white man — or for nothing at all. Stevenson's nonprofit
Equal Justice Initiative earlier this year released its own accounting
of America's lynching era, documenting 3,959 such incidents of
"systematic domestic terrorism" between the end of Reconstruction in
1877 and 1950 — at least 700 more than had been previously reported.”
wasn’t amazed by the number of incidents per se. . . but for me
it was disturbing to hear the twisted rhyme, reason, rational and
excuses employed to kill Black people.
The LA times article says: “Blacks
were lynched for knocking on a white woman's door, refusing to remove
an Army uniform after World War II and bumping into a white girl while
running for a train. Often, Stevenson said, the hangings became public
carnivals designed to instill fear."
spectacles were as vicious as any modern Islamic State video. The
report describes one lynching in Dyersburg, Tenn., in which a
24-year-old farmworker accused of raping a white woman had his eyes
gouged out and a hot iron poker shoved down his throat before he was
castrated and burned alive over a slow fire.
only thought I have, which I can’t get out of my mind is . . when
was this disgust, anger and hatred removed from White folk’s hearts n’
still this presumption of guilt assigned to African Americans from
people inherently worried about the dangerousness and criminality of
black men," Stevenson said. "It's a burden. The police have menaced,
threatened and followed us all our lives."
did America’s WASP culture change, grow and evolve? When did the White
man decide all humankind is his kinfolk? When did they come to the
realization Blacks were 100% human? When did they discover I too loved
my wife, kids, parents? When did they really accept it was OK to
drink behind me at a water-fountain? Sleep in a hotel bed after I’d
When did this virtually monolithic racist mindset change? 1969? 1990? Perhaps in 2011?
sure seems like they don’t want to live next-door to me, nor do they
want our kids to go to school together. - so if they still harbor such
qualms about “integration” . . . I ask again - when did they,
when did White folks “overcome” their blind-hatred of Blacks . .?
Wait. . . honestly I’d have to ask, considering the landscape - did they ever really change?
the change we see across this land since the 1970’s been “real, deep,
profound and widespread,” or has it merely been symbolic
to multiple polls . . . Donald Trump’s correct about his racist mindset
representing a “Silent Majority;” roughly 75% of White Americans do not
see the Confederate flag as a reflection of embedded racism, but rather
a icon of grits, gravy n’ fried chicken.
Millions of Black Americans see the Confederate Stars n’ bars as
proudly presiding-over the race-based mayhem we’re not allowed to
discuss because White America can’t handle the truth!
Blacks focused on the horrific experiences at the hands of Whites, as
Mr. Stevens is attempting to do, in the same spirit as Jewish Americans
- who rightfully refuse to let anyone forget what they’ve endured at
the hands of angry White folks - that telling of the truth would
set both Blacks and White free from our collective ignorance, but that
enlightenment just won’t be permitted. White America’s “white-washing
their history with big white lies. Their refusal to discuss the facts
and details of American Apartheid almost ensures the repeat of those
Free your mind and your ass is sure to follow!
wish Mr. Stevenson all the luck and good-will one can, may the Gods
help you on your quest to enlighten many people who’d rather we all
remain in the dark as to what happened, apparently on damn-near a daily
basis for decades all across the Land Of Dixie.