Can you imagine what present day America would be like if slavery never occurred in America, and the slaughter of the Indian notwithstanding? Set aside the fact that much of America would never have been built and many of the wealthy whites in this country would probably be piss poor - and think about the impact of slavery on the mentality of those involved. On the one hand you have those who devised the plan, implemented and carried out the plan and were willing to die - and in many cases did in a vain attempt to maintain a lifestyle of privilege and prosperity. On the other hand you have the victims.
Now before we get too high on the horse and begin to believe that because those folks lost that war they stopped fighting… remember one thing, they never have. Those folks continued to fight and although the strategy changed and the battlefield was expanded, the enemy and the spoils of war remained the same. Who’s the enemy? Anyone not wearing the confederate uniform. Who are the spoils of war? Blacks. White folks went right back to war; and their children, their children’s children and their children’s children, children continue to be loaded for bear because they never accepted defeat and they never got over losing the institution of slavery. And because white folks haven’t gotten over slavery neither have black folks.
Relatively speaking, with few exceptions, THE BELIEF THAT BLACKS ARE ANGRY ABOUT SLAVERY OF THE PAST IS A COMPLETE AND UTTER MYTH. No folks, blacks are not angry about slavery of the past. Blacks are angry about slavery of the present. As I said earlier, whites are the ones angry about slavery of the past. In spite of all the times you heard some white person say that blacks need to, “forget about slavery,” it’s not us, it’s them. The only reason blacks are angry is because blacks continue to be the targets of the very same practices of slavery past
- Family annihilation
- Voter suppression
- Inferior education
- Job discrimination
Shall I go on? And surprisingly the anger doesn’t come so much from the fact that blacks continue to be the object of these atrocities. The anger comes from the fact that whites continue to be in denial about their complicity and evil intent. Nothing pisses someone off more than to have someone spit in their eye and then deny that they did. Even worse than spitting is the fact that whites pretend as though blacks can’t get over slavery, when as I said, it’s them.
Need more evidence?
Put aside all of what I mentioned earlier and consider the argument from this perspective. What, up until Trump’s “Make America great again” crap, had been the chief desire you heard from white voters each presidential election cycle since President Obama took office? Yup, you guessed it, “Take our country back.” Now, what I wonder is do they believe they lost when Obama became president. Could it be a sense of control? And what better way to reestablish control over what you believe you “OWN” then through the use of violence…reestablish and confirm your dominance as lord and master -read Massa.
Convinced yet? Shall I go on?
What is prison except for a modern day plantation? And much like slaves that were emancipated and had nowhere to go and chose to stay, most freed prisoners end up returning to prison simply because they have nowhere to go. Even worse, just like slaves they have no training, cannot get a job, cannot vote, which means they can’t feed themselves or their families so they return to what they know, crime/prison/Massa.
And finally folks, let’s talk about “OPEN CARRY.” Think way back to before Obama came into office. How much talk was there about “OPEN CARRY?” Apart from the fear of losing a country what the election of Obama did to whites in America was threefold, 1) it scared whites into thinking that blacks believed they (blacks) had carte’ blanc to kill whites (never our nature), not for slavery past but that we had finally seen the light about the present 2) reminded whites of their past as if they needed reminding and 3) made whites grab their guns as evidence that the war never ended.
Listen up folks, this ain’t “GHOSTBUSTERS,” and while you might be afraid of that ghost, black folks ain’t afraid’ of no ghost.
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