I wasn’t going to post this because I am always afraid that my rants would be ill received. I hope that eventually things like this won’t be an issue.
Beyonce performance at the super bowl gave a nod to the Black Panthers and outrage over police brutality. Freedom of speech, remember. Charlemagne tha god had a debate with Tomi Lahren This woman was reporting without facts. But I hear that’s the normal for fox news. This video was of Charlemagne and Lahren debating racism and police brutality. The other day I watched The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution … was on PBS
Tomi Lahren stated the Panthers and Malcolm X promoted hate and violence. Not true. The Panthers started the group to protect the black people from police brutality. The same abuse all people, of all nationalities and races, are subjected to today. Some white people believe we, black people are racist for trying to protect, stand behind, and uplift black people. Do they think we healed from the systematic abuse our ancestors endured since the 1700’s. Let me remind you. Our ancestors were sold and stolen from their homes in Africa placed in inhumane conditions for 3 months or more traveling across the oceans to strange lands. The voyage not only killed millions of Africans but also many of the ship crew members didn’t survive. Our ancestors were taken to different ports around the world and were branded and sold like cattle.
When they arrived in Americas they were physically, mentality, and sexually abused. They were first separated from their family in Africa. When they found mates, had children they lived with the fear that they could at any be torn apart from their families. Black people weren’t considered human they were a commodity. Black people were believed to be savages, without feelings or spirituality, heathens. When you think of how white people treated black people and the Native Americans, who do you think the heathens really were?
The white men who didn’t have land and couldn’t afford slaves became overseers or bounty hunters to find runaway slaves. They hated the slaves more than they hated the rich plantation owners. (Think about the current presidential election) Maybe because the slave received free food, clothing, and shelter. So what if black people were treated worse than the beast of burden. If the master ordered a slave beaten the overseer was more than happy to oblige.
If a slave ran away the bounty hunters were always ready to track the runaways for a price. They would track the runaways with dogs and a posse. When the slave was found, he was beat within an inch of his life and returned to his owner.
After the emancipation (Juneteenth) This was another way for the plantation owners to get free labor. White men were still hired as overseers but there weren’t as many needed. So they believed the black people, the former slaves were taking money /food from them. The plantations owners who slaves left were losing their land and income. So they formed the night riders also known as the Ku Klux Klan who terrorized black people, threatening them, burning their homes and hanging them. I knew people when I was a teenager in the 70’s who said they had family still sharecropping in the south.
Eventually white people started building prisons and black people were arrested for being out after curfew, for vagrancy, for looking at white women, for talking back to white people bottom line they were arrested for being black. This gave the poor whites a job as jailers and overseers for the free labor these prisoners provided.
This history was embedded in the mentality of most white people and black people. We don’t trust each other because history has proven that we shouldn’t. Black people were raised to believe white people hate us. White people were raised to believe black people are lazy, stupid, and criminals. And we hate them justifiable. These are the prejudices we can’t seem to erase. White people believe black people should forget about the slavery. But don’t forget about the Jewish holocaust, if someone says something negative about the jews, you’re Anti- Semitic. Black people are accused of being racist if we speak about the damage to our people after 500 years of an ugly history. Why don’t white people want to talk about the ugly history of America? Is it because their ancestors are portrayed as beast? Until we can put all this history on the table and talk honestly we will always have this divide. We need to be honest that’s the only way to fix America’s great divide.
During the civil rights, black people began to speak out against the injustice. The FBI was created to police bootleggers and other crimes that were committed across state lines. They were used to police the gangsters and the KKK.
J. Edgar Hoover started wiretapping any black person who could rally the masses for change. Then one by one they killed off black leaders. The panthers organized to police the police. They exercised their second amendment right to bear arms. It became an issue and the amendment the amended. Today the NRA is trying to block any amendments to the second amendment. The NRA thinks it’s okay for young white kids to walk into schools and kill little children. But of course, get the guns out of black people’s hands. So they offer us $100 no questions asked for every gun they turn in. Meanwhile white children are going to the shooting range learning how to aim.
The only incidents the Black Panthers had, was when the police attacked a black person unjustly. During that time, the police were equal to the overseers and bounty hunters during slavery. The Panthers had a ten part plan outlining what they wanted and ten points of what they believed. Killing black people was not a crime so the Panthers took it upon themselves to look out for black people since black people weren’t being looked out by the judicial system. The Panthers wanted to uplift the black communities. They learned that children who had a balanced breakfast did better academically so they started providing free breakfasts for children so they would do better in school. The Panthers gave food to the poor. They took heroin addicts off the streets and detoxed them. The Panthers became a threat when they branched out to other states and started empowering the black masses. J. Edgar Hoover wanted to end the movement. It was the FBI that fired the first shot. The FBI made a deal with a member of the Black Panther’s to spy and tell the FBI their plans. The Panthers were attacked by the FBI. During the investigation of the incident, it was found that all shots were going into the house. The Panthers were attacked and killed and I think they said only one shot was shot from inside the house.
It is 2016 and black people are still trying to be treated with respect. The police are to protect and serve the public. We have a judicial system that will try to convict. It is not the police responsibility to be judge, jury and executioner. There are hundreds if not thousands of videos circulating of police brutality. It’s not only black people being abused. People from all nationalities, race and walks of life are subjected to police brutality. The police need to be held accountable for their actions.
I read that the NYC police wants Beyonce to apologize for her Super Bowl performance. Why? Beyonce giving a nod to the Black Panthers was giving a nod to black history that some white folks want to sweep under the rug. I hope Beyonce rents an armed security detail to cover her concerts and let all the police departments sit on the side. Farrakhan said the F.O.I. will provide her security.
Tomi Lahren needs to look into history and learn the truth. When Malcolm X was assassinated he had just met with Martin Luther King to discuss being non violence and they planned to start working together to end the war in Vietnam.
White people want to know when ‘White History Month’ is. It’s every school day and every night our children have homework. American history may cover the middle passage and the triangle. It may teach about Martin Luther King, Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman and a handful of others but there was so much more. I’ve said it before and I will say it again if the true American History was taught in school we wouldn’t need black history month. Maybe then
people like Tomi Lahren might get her facts right. Maybe if true American History was taught all of America could heal.
White people want to know when White History Month is. It’s every school day and every night our children have homework. American may cover the middle passage and the triangle. It may teach about Martin Luther King, Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman and a handful of others but there is so much more. I’ve said it before and I will say it again if the true American History was taught in school we wouldn’t need black history month. Maybe people like Tomi Lahren might get her facts right. Maybe if true American History is taught all of America could heal.
I’ll leave you with this thought from another image I found on FB.
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