All Progressives Of America Unite: Or We'll Be Picking Virtual Cotton With The Tea Party And KKK

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[Beneath The Spin]

I'm just as angry about what Black people have been forced to endure in this country as anyone else, but there are two reasons why I don’t spew bitterness.

First, I can see beyond my anger, so I recognize that there are issues that are much more important than my right to vent that need to be considered. And one of the most important, at least, in terms of our community is, by constantly venting around our youth, we give young Black people a convenient excuse for failure.Some of us are lazy and less than ambitious anyway --just like many in every other ethnic or racial group. So when young people are constantly bombarded with a message that says that the White man is evil, conniving, and intent on holding Black people down, it makes it too easy for them to say, "Why even try? The White man ain't gon' let me move forward anyway."

We don’t need that. On the contrary, we need to inspire, and instill confidence and determination in our young people.

The second reason that I don’t indulge in spewing anger is because it plays into the hands of the enemy. We’re currently knee-deep in class war. And we’re facing an enemy that doesn’t care any more about poor and middle-class White folks than he does Black people. Yeah, they want to keep Black people down - at least, poor and middle-class Black people - but their ultimate mission is to undermine and subjugate all poor and middle-class people of every race, creed and color.

And keeping us divided is their most potent and effective weapon in doing just that. So when we’re constantly talking about the White man this, and the White man that, we don’t just anger those White folks who are actually trying to undermine us, we also alienate White people who want, and should be, our allies in the struggle for universal justice.

The poor and middle class in this country have been under a brutal and growing assault in this country for the past 35 years. It has been documented that Ronald Reagan flooded the inner cities with crack to support his illegal war in Nicaragua. We’re still suffering the affects of; our public education system has been underfunded and under assault; organized labor, the first line of defense that has kept the poor and middle class out of total destitution, has been all but decimated.

Now they are aiming at the middle class safety net - programs such as social security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance - which were initiated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt to protect the poor and middle class from literal starvation during the Great Depression; all are being targeted.

So this is now time for the poor and middle class to be divided. It is essential that we all come together to protect our collective interests, or we’re all going to find ourselves enslaved under the yoke of corporate feudalism - and yes, it can happen here, and that reality looms closer than most people think. There’s a very strong possibility that it can be as close as one successful Republican election away.

Because the demographics are against the GOP; they’re in a panic, and they’ve clearly demonstrated that they’re without limits, so if they ever manage to regain control of government, they’re not giving it up again - regardless to what they have to do.

So it behooves the poor and middle-class Black and White people to wake up, put our petty differences aside, and come together as a viable political force that’s ready to pitch a tooth-and-nail battle for the future of this nation. If we don’t, the Tea party and the Klan, the Black Guerilla Army, and the Mexican Mafia, are going to find themselves shoulder-to-shoulder picking virtual cotton on the very same plantation.

Ironically, many White people already recognize this fact; that’s why Barack Obama is President today. But due to our unique historic background, lack of formal education, the proliferation of urban legends disseminated by poverty pimps, and lingering bitterness, many Black people are resistant to this reality.

While it is undeniable that some White people are dogs --just like some Black people-- we now have undeniable evidence that most of them are good people who just want to live and let live in peace and harmony. If that were not the case, Obama wouldn’t have been elected president --twice. No, Obama’s election doesn’t mean that this is a post-bigoted society, but what it does say is, the bigotry is being maintained by a minority of the White community.

Consider this - even if they had allowed us to stay home, and automatically posted every Black man, woman, and child’s to vote for Obama, there still wouldn’t have been enough of us to elect him President of the United States. Black people are only 13.6 percent of the population. So if only one hundred votes were being cast to determine the presidency, and every group was given the number of votes that corresponded to their percentage of the population, Black people would only be given 14 votes.

But in order for Obama to become president, he needed 51 votes. Where did those other 37 votes come from? I’ll tell you where they came from - many of them came from White people. Obama could never have been elected president without them. So that’s in direct conflict with the message that the majority of White people are bigoted dogs.

In addition, even during the Civil War, as brutal as this country was toward Black people, there were enough White men of good conscience around who decided to leave the love, advantage, and comfort of their homes and families, to engage in the most brutal war that this country has ever engaged in to free Black people from bondage.

Yes, there were other issues involved, but I’m not going to entertain a lot of nitpicking - that was the bottom line, and that was the ultimate impact of their sacrifice, and that’s a fact that cannot be denied. So when we run around talking about the White man is a dog, we’re not only engaging in some of the very worst kind of profiling of some of the finest and most selflessly courageous people who ever lived, but we’re also thumbing our noses at the fact that many of them, and their families, made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. And that is the height of ingratitude. So anyone who is truly interested in justice, and not just using the word "justice" as a pretext to spew garden variety racism, should also be just as dedicated to providing justice for those White folks of good conscience as well.

That’s why, for example, I asked a very good friend of mine to focus on solutions rather than bitterness when writing on my Facebook wall, because I seek justice not only for Black people, but for all people. So I’m not going to tolerate racism of any kind on my wall, regardless to which direction it comes from, and I’m gratified that he understood that.

Look how long the the GOP has been telling the same lie.


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