Stop! There is but one is­sue: Lib­er­a­tion

South Florida Times - - OPINION -


Even Dr. King woke from his dream, but that’s the only speech they’ll let you hear TWIT­TER @SFLTIMES over and over, cer­tainly not when he said that he’d been wrong about white Amer­ica, and when he came down on the war in Viet­nam. No, he was as­sas­si­nated af­ter that truth telling.With Mal­colm X and King gone, sec­ond-line lead­ers re­treated to stan­dard civil rights doc­trine in­stead of tak­ing our strug­gle to the next level.

So, here we are, fifty years later and what we got for eight years was Barack Obama in the White House who gave us “trickle down lib­er­al­ism,” a Rod­ney King type of “can’t we all get along” with his “we are not red states and blue states, we are the United States. . .” White folks treated him like crap and he played the Jackie Robin­son card, even as his own Demo­cratic Party lead­ers laid back while Repub­li­cans ex­co­ri­ated him and some even pub­li­cally called him a nig­ger.

One Repub­li­can leg­is­la­tor had the un­mit­i­gated gall to yell out call­ing Obama a liar dur­ing the Pres­i­dent’s State of the Union ad­dress be­fore Congress. Obama ran the ta­ble with his cool-out the white folk’s game by ad­vanc­ing that ev­ery­thing he’s do­ing is for all Amer­i­cans, not for any spe­cial group. White folks said, heck no, they are Amer­ica’s spe­cial group – Amer­ica is White and Chris­tian.White na­tion­al­ists charged Obama with be­ing a Mus­lim and said he was born in Kenya, East Africa.

Obama got the last laugh, though.You must re­mem­ber that not a sin­gle soul got charged for the eco­nomic crash that Obama in­her­ited. The brother played Wall Street like the good poker player he is re­puted to be. So, folks, ac­cord­ing to Forbes magazine, Obama’s net worth is $2.9 bil­lion! That’s bet­ter than Bill “Slick Wil­lie” Clin­ton’s which is $1.7 bil­lion. (Forbes also tells us that Don­ald Trump made $2.9 bil­lion dur­ing the Obama years,“Trump’s most lu­cra­tive years.”)

Oh, yeah, Obama cer­tainly got paid; he’s now as rich as his pal Oprah Win­frey, and it only took him eight years to pile it up. Mean­while, the Mis­ter “Yes We Can” black base is ei­ther still where Dr. King left it or black peo­ple are worse-off post Obama? Gen­tri­fi­ca­tion of in­ner cities is mak­ing hous­ing un­af­ford­able for many blacks and pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion is still mostly seg­re­gated. Prices for goods and ser­vices have in­creased markedly in re­cent years while wages re­main flat – that begets a form of stagfla­tion in poor and near poor neigh­bor­hoods.

And then there is the real big one: white Amer­ica’s openly na­tional ex­ter­mi­na­tion pogrom, the killing, maim­ing and in­car­cer­a­tion of black peo­ple, largely black men and boys.The Guardian de­vel­oped a project that tracks killings by Amer­i­can po­lice and re­ported that in 2016, “U. S. po­lice killed at least 258 black peo­ple.” For the same year, The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported that “at least 232 blacks were shot and killed by po­lice.” Statista re­ports that in 2017 po­lice shot 223 blacks to death.

Black non­sense about life and death, progress and self-re­liance has got to stop. Those are as­pects of Hu­man Rights, they are in­alien­able rights – the rights of mankind, they are not sub­ject to gov­ern­ments or any other civil author­ity; they are not civil rights! Dr. King said he was wrong, and he was. Our is­sue is about Lib­er­a­tion, noth­ing more or less.

Mar­cus Gar­vey and Booker T.Wash­ing­ton were on the cor­rect trail of self-re­liance through eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. Un­for­tu­nately, W. E. B. DuBois, who had the other piece of na­tional black or­ga­ni­za­tional ne­ces­sity, “the tal­ented tenth,” could not or would not get on the same trail and the deaf­en­ing clash and crash of egos blot­ted out all progress.

The great­est detri­ment to our Black Lib­er­a­tion Strug­gle has been and still is the al­most uni­ver­sal mis­un­der­stand­ing of the black church’s role in black com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment. While the church may not have been strong enough to re­di­rect those cor­rect cre­ative en­er­gies of Gar­vey,Wash­ing­ton and DuBois dur­ing the early 20th cen­tury, the 1950s – 60s civil rights move­ment was a ready ve­hi­cle for a na­tional black self-re­liance thrust through eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. And that Lib­er­a­tion chal­lenge re­mains.

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