If you are African American getting your feelings hurt by the so-called Establishment...the United States Government...is par for the course. This is what happens on a daily basis. All it takes is for a new policy, initiative or law to be passed or enacted that does not consider the African American’s past while on the soils of North America. Such as the United States government all hands on deck Opioid Addiction Initiative.
African Americans have experienced so much - and yet we have accomplished more than those
who mean us no good ever intended for us to accomplish. Some of them ravel in what we have
been able to circumvent. Just think about what the once African now African American has been
able to achieve! I don’t need to mention that a black man became the World’s Leader. That’s
definitely a feat. There is so much more and just as many struggles.
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Their -White America’s- amazement and fascination with us has always been obvious. We by
many accounts have defied an orchestrated plan to extinguish our spirits and eliminate our
The fact of the matter is they have always held our livelihoods in their bloody hands. Always!
AGAIN, we have found a way to rise up from the gut of the Henrietta Marie.
Unfortunately, we have had countless self induced setbacks. And, many of those setbacks- while-
of our making we all must remember that we started this race as slaves. Not an excuse.
That’s a historical fact. And, please know that this has never been a reference that I have used
for any of my blunders. I am only prefacing a Truth. A truth that far too many men and women of
the United States Congress fail to acknowledge because of their destructive arrogance which of
late has been fueled by an American president who secretly takes pleasure in the national
“But we're closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Va. We condemn in the
strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many
sides. It's been going on for a long time in our country.” -Donald Trump
Complexity and conflict is nothing knew to African Americans. We have been witnesses to a
strategic neglect since we became Americans. And now, to witness the national, federal and
legislative attention that has been given to the “opioid crisis” - which has also been tagged as an
epidemic- has been a painful pill to swallow...a reminder that African Americans remain ill
considered stepchildren with neglectful parents (United States government). These are the
same parents that had ties to littering black communities with crack cocaine. The same pathetic
parents who never declared a State of Emergency when black Baltimore was consumed by the
pitfalls of heroin addiction. No crisis declared 25 years ago! And, we know why.
To say we are surprised is an untruth. We are not surprised that crack cocaine literally
destroyed the black community. We are not surprised that the government that’s tasked with
protecting all people did not lift a humanitarian finger to help eradicate the horrors of crack
cocaine. No. We are not surprised! We are hurt. How could we not be? We watched loved ones
become consumed by filthy beige rocks. We watched our communities become havens for drug
dealers. We watched...and watched. And nothing was done. No special reports. No healthcare
conferences that had the sole purpose to formulate a rescue.
No One Came to Our Rescue.
Which is worse, the opioid crisis or the government sponsored crack infiltration is not the
question we should pose or even consider. What we must consider is how we as African
Americans are going to respond. What will we do to serve notice to our government that we are
not immune to blatant disrespect. A disrespect which has created an uncaring attitude for the
United States governments anthem and pledge.
Why should we display any reverence for the ideals of America when we are constantly ignored
The so-called Opioid Epidemic will continue to worsen. That’s what happens when drug abuse
is involved. However, this dilemma has been put on notice by America’s leaders. Understanding
that solidifies an all out War on Opioids - and not the criminalization of people with a disability,
Addiction. The addicted white hillbillies won’t be treated unfairly by the judicial system as the
black crack heads were. The jail and prison cells will not be filled with white people as the cells
were filled with black people during the 1980’s.
There will be a rescue for THEM.
The Black Rebel
Friday, June 30, 2017
The mistake I made in regards to African American culture was when I singled-out African American people to be conditionally untouchable within the consequence of brutal cultural annihilation. This action is similar to Jews declaring that they are in fact the Chosen People and do not deserve any criticism. African Americans and Jews are not unique..alone in the locale of suffering.
There was one time in my life when I aggressively defended African Americans. So much so, I severed relationships simply because he/she was not 'black' as I held myself to be. Consequently, I made myself and those close to me miserable in my effort to be a symbol of 'Blackness'. Of course, there was not anything wrong with me expressing my black heritage - but often times my sentiments expressed were not honorable.
The expressions -which years ago I admitted were excessive- made everyone associated with me uncomfortable. And, the people who I made uncomfortable were not only white. Black people were negatively affected also.
During this period of ‘madness’ I became what many today would describe as “Woke”. I invested my time in isolationist reading. My literature interest included Soul on Ice because my soul was ‘iced’. Frozen in a state of being that had no idea How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. Frozen in an intellectual swamp that did not include why I was a Native Son, and didn’t know it. Frozen spiritually because I knew nothing about James Cone’s Liberation Theology. I was frozen without any semblance of becoming the Shabazz in the Autobiography of Malcolm X. The melting of ignorance was intensified by The Fire Next Time. As my research investment flamed, I wanted to know and be James Farmer, Steve Biko, Ella Baker, Bayard Rustin, Angela Davis, Patrice Lumumba, Assata Shakur, Inky Payne, Nelson Mandela, Claudette Colvin, Fred Shuttlesworth, Stokely Carmichael and Fred Hampton!
I was the blackest man within my college experience at High Point University. People actually shuttered when they entered my dormitory room. It was so BLACK...so MOVING...so POWERFUL. AND, so lonely! My attitude was dark. It was obvious that I did not appreciate the gift that was given to me: an athletic scholarship to what has become one of the best small private university in the Southeast. I almost did not discover the purpose of my enrollment and attendance at High Point University until it was too late. Sadly, I nearly destroyed myself because I zealously defended Black when Black was wrong.
For some time now, I have regretted that I barred myself from meeting knew people, from experiencing valuable opportunities - and I definitely regretted later while on this Journey of Rage that I did not allow my heart to love or to extend compassion because I was 'so black'.
Thankfully, those days have been removed from my life. I now -and for a long time- understand that being Black does not mean limiting myself and alienating others. It has been a conflicting odyssey of self discovery. I welcomed it after years of unhappiness. An unhappiness that has revealed that my happiness would have been in the forefront if I did not arrogantly believe that African Americans were beyond reproach as a result of our tragic history in the United States of America.
This belief is a belief that I cowardly coddled, used inaccurately to justify ills within the African American community - and it is this belief that’s reinforced daily by far too many African American people. This thinking and modus operandi is nothing more and nothing less than shallow and irresponsible. Shallow because suffering is akin to so many people. Irresponsible because Responsibility is the cousin of Truth and Irresponsibility is the weakness of people.
We, black Americans, have displayed a nauseating weakness for so long that now today the weakness falsely justifies,
Low voter registration and low voter turnout.
Education disenchantment that encourages excuse after excuse for our low educational standards.
Violent crime rates in our neighborhoods.
The degradation of the Black female in rap and song.
A pants saggin fad that reduces the decency of man.
Increased incarceration rates of black men.
An unhealthy mentality that shuns wellness - but embraces degrading reality television.
The acceptance of an euro-Christianity which has made many of us intellectually and spiritually impotent.
We have moved away from being what our ancestors wanted and expected - and it is high time that we stop validating behavior that’s outside the context of what is Right. It is high time that we stop countering our realities with the convenient preface of ‘white people too and if it were not for slavery’. As if African Americans are in a position to disregard our self-induced problems just because a small portion of white people ‘do that too’ and because slavery literally handicapped many of us’. So, these ridiculous justifications make everything alright - and acceptable? Alright...as if we are ‘ahead’. We are not! What we must do is face our realities with the understanding that we are not ‘special’. Special in the sense that we are victims who deserve a pass. We are not and we do not!
The truth is we are a people who have lost their way in Babylon while attempting to erase our Failure with Blame.
Why have we chosen Failure over Truth? Why have we embraced Blame as if it is Comfort?
Because we are comfortable.