The integrity of our people is in serious
jeopardy. We must realize the results of what happened to those who
were native to this country prior to the assimilation and destruction
of them by their European majority. Those who were the true
proprietors of this land have either been slaughtered, assimilated,
and those who were unable to be assimilated were driven into
were first to be enslaved by the majority. However their ability to
become chameleon to their enslavers along with their familiarity to
the land eradicated their stint in servitude. Still they lost their
cultural integrity and now the native culture of this land is
virtually invisible or extinct.
not a people that could be assimilated. The nature of our skin color
prevents us from being chameleon in the world of the majority. The
majority has found us to be formidable adversaries and difficult to
conquer. When faced with a battle head on, we can't be overwhelmed.
Instead of falling to defeat we prevailed.
refused to succumb to being beating. We infallibly would not be
isolated. We were once a people that stood together and marched,
fought, and died together. That was a time when we were faced with
obvious challenges. Edification, constitutional rights and human
rights were major in those challenges. Our strength and power could
not be beleaguered.
are faced with an opponent that is stealth in its offensive. Now our
unanimity is at best questionable, and our retribution in
has always been the social manipulation of beauty by exclaiming the
blond hair blue eyed woman as the epitome of femme fatale. As the
assimilation of the Asian culture prevails, we see the image of the
Nippon woman emerging as a beloved beauty.
exception of being hailed as an insatiable sex toy, when has the
beauty of our Black ladies received the unwavering accolade they
warrant? Adorning braids in the movie "Ten," the adorning of dreds,
risking bodily impairment in order to achieve the richest tan are
attempts to salute Black beauty without conceding to the beauty of
Blackness. Now they inject their lips to get a fuller formed mouth
like us, and they resort to implants to round out their posteriors.
With this obvious impunity of our culture it is easy to point an
accusatory finger of genocide.
there was slavery where African people were brought to this strange
land and treated less than animals. Then there was segregation where
African Americans were ostracized because of the color of their skin
and lynched and slaughtered and favored as third class citizens. Now
there is lethargy where we are ignored and not given credibility which
will in hope, result in our fading into our own shadows.
hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of
Happiness. -That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted
among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the
wrote these words Black people counted as less than a whole white
person. Even more White women were also discounted and this will show
to be an important factor in the present day genocide. All men are
created equal, right, when it took a war to free the Black man and
still he was not treated as an equal!
the onset of the Civil War, more than four million Southern Blacks
lived in bondage. Perhaps less than a half million Blacks lived "free"
in the United States. From 1861 to 1865, as the cause of States'
Rights turned to one of freedom for Blacks through eradication of
slavery, President Abraham Lincoln bowed to military necessity and
rapidly increasing sympathies for the total abolition of slavery. In
1862, he sanctioned formation of fully armed Black regiments. Slaves
along with former slaves and freedmen from the North rushed to
volunteer. Equality still was not the rule as 7,000 white officers
joined together with less than 80 Black commissioned officers in
military service with 209,145 black troops. Black men were not equal
to serve as officers even to their own troops. As over 70,000 Black
soldiers died over the course of the war, their rewards were lynching,
along with the refutation of equality. Thus the question of genocide.
Too often any mention of African
American participation in the navy during World War II focuses on the
heroic deeds of Doris (Dorie) Miller during
Pearl Harbor and perhaps on the "Golden Thirteen," the first group of
African Americans commissioned as navy officers. While their service
was indeed commendable, the narrow focus overlooks the roughly 165,000
black men and women who served in the navy and composed approximately
5 percent of the navy's total strength. Along with the
Tuskegee Airmen, Blacks fought and died in all branches of the
services only to be treated unequal via segregation and "Jim Crow"
I remember when Dr.
Martin Luther King was marching on the injustices of segregation
through out this nation; Black men carried signs stating "I AM A
Man." Why did they carry signs expressing their significance, merit
and announcing their existence when they had certain unalienable
rights and it was self-evident that all men are created equal?
Genocide by definition is the destruction of a
people and yet we are still here. Yes millions upon millions have
been enslaved, have struggled, been murdered, experienced
disenfranchisements, have fought and died, in this country yet through
it all they have bequeathed unto us an inheritance of effectiveness
Slavery was a
completely abysmal event in the history of African Americans. However
through the adversity of it we have reached beyond the buoyancy of
those who had suffered. Contrary to the constant reports of warfare
and poverty within the Black community we are far more tremendous than
It is little known
to the world, and most disturbing is how little known it is to us in
the community, that we, the descendents of slaves, the people who
suffered so much in the past history of the United States of American,
have demanded our "certain unalienable Rights." We
economically over seven hundred billion dollars annually. I think
that meet the requirements of having attained "Life, Liberty and the
pursuit of Happiness."
From athletics to multi-media entertainment, we earn millions of
dollars. We are doctors, lawyers, salespeople, and janitors. Every
position we hold in vital to the wealth of our people. In fact there
African-American-owned businesses in the United States. These
businesses employ 718,300 people and generate $71.2 billion in
revenues. They make up 4 percent of the nation's 20.8 million non-farm
businesses and 27 percent of its 3.0 million minority-owned firms.
Have we achieved equality? Have we stayed
genocide? Have we reached the mountain top that Dr. King envisioned
for us? To recall the words of Dr. King from his speech ‘Our God Is Marching On!"
March 1965 Montgomery, Ala.
we are on the move and no wave of racism can stop us. We are on the
move now. The burning of our churches will not deter us. The bombing
of our homes will not dissuade us. We are on the move now. The beating
and killing of our clergymen and young people will not divert us. We
are on the move now. The wanton release of their known murderers would
not discourage us. We are on the move now. Like an idea whose time has
come, not even the marching of mighty armies can halt us. We are
moving to the land of freedom.”
We are certainly far from where we were in 1965 when Dr. King spoke.
We need to look back and be thankful for the struggle and triumph of
the slaves to the soldiers and freedom fighters in our past. For if
it were not for them and their enormous struggle we would not be where
we are today. Still the question is, where are we at this moment in
Equality is subjective. We have economic strength and wealth but
still not equal. Mountain tops are relative. The top of Pikes Peek
is relative to the Himalayans. We have reached heights but still we
have ascending ahead of us. In the South years ago lynching was the
rule. Billie Holliday sang a song ‘Strange Fruit’
“Southern trees bear strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood on the roots,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging form the poplar
we live with gun shots firing in our neighborhoods. We have chalk
mark outlines where our children go to school. Who is lynching now?
We are! Tupac stated in a song;
white man is suppose to be my enemy but it’s my own kind killing me.”
have so many Black owned businesses but there are many of us who
refuse to conduct business with our own. With this shooting of
ourselves in the foot we recycle our dollars in areas not intent on
providing self awareness and pride in the Black community. How we
talk to each other and how we interact with each other in many cases
have made our enemies of the past us.
Troublesome factor is we now are slowly destroying ourselves. From
the person on welfare to the person worth millions, we must all stick
together and continue to climb to the next peek.
Another way to look at it is to look at a tree. A
redwood does not reach for the stars unless it protects all of its
We need to continue to achieve our
Rights. We need to continue to test for Equality. We need to ask the
most important question in life which is why. We need to always ask
the question why.
Why is it that the first non white male to lift off in the space
shuttle was Sally K Ride, a white woman, mission specialist on shuttle
mission sts-7? Why, if it is a male dominated society, did Guion S.
Bluford, a Black man, mission specialist, have to wait for the very
next mission, sts-8 to be considered equal.
Why was the first non white male, in this male dominate society, to be
chosen as a viable Vice Presidential candidate was
Anne Ferraro. U.S.
Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale in 1984 felt she
was equal while in 2003 the Black man still has not been chosen to
this equal status. Why is it that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in
2003 is considered the most viable person to be the first non white
male to be President? And the nerve of people to say her husband was
the first Black President. I feel what is self evident is we are not
yet considered equal.
We certainly have the economic power. We certainly have marketable
and desired skills and yet still have not reached the mountain top of
equality. Again I ask the question why and as I ask that question I
wonder why did a man from a wealthy family, President John F. Kennedy
take a job that pays very little compared to his wealth and what he
could have made outside the political arena? Why did a wealthy actor
Governor and later President? Why would an immigrant Arnold
Schwarzenegger who acquired much wealth as an athlete and an actor
pursue a job that would pay much less as Governor of California?
Why take a job that the pay is not as lucrative as other occupations.
Why take a job filled with stress, personal attacks and filled with
ingratitude? The answer is, to make a difference. We must stop the
crabs in a bucket mentality. The summit of our mountain top is not in
wealth for with great wealth we still are not considered equal. The
summit we must reach to fulfill Dr. Kings dream is to work together
and be able to make a difference. Our past is splattered with the
blood of our ancestors who died for the right to vote. Voting is the
way we can make the difference.
Both political parties either take our vote for granted or ignore it
because we don’t go to the poles. What is most needed is to have more
of us to apply for those jobs of difference. By overlooking the
importance of these jobs we are annihilating ourselves. I’m not a fan
of Rev. Jessie Jackson or Rev. Al Sharpton but I admire them for the
effort of applying for a job to make a difference.
close without stressing the urgent need for strong, courageous and
intelligent leadership from the Negro community. We need a leadership
that is calm and yet positive. This is no day for the rabble-rouser,
whether he be Negro or white. We must realize that we are grappling
with the most weighty social problem of this nation, and in grappling
with such a complex problem there is no place for misguided
emotionalism. We must work passionately and unrelentingly for the goal
of freedom, but we must be sure that our hands are clean in the
struggle. We must never struggle with falsehood, hate, or malice. We
must never become bitter. I know how we feel sometime. There is the
danger that those of us who have been forced so long to stand amid the
tragic midnight of oppression those of us who have been trampled over,
those of us who have been kicked about there is the danger that we
will become bitter. But if we will become bitter and indulge in hate
campaigns, the new order which is emerging will be nothing but a
duplication of the old order.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Give Us the Ballot”17
May 1957 Washington, D.C.
the U.S. Census of 2000 there were 23.8 million voting age African
American. That is 23.8 million voices who could vote for one person.
That voting block could overwhelm the outcome of any election. If we
look at the past election results in raw numbers the power of our vote
electoral votes popular vote
Reagan 489 43,267,489
James Carter 49
1984 Ronald Reagan
Walter Mondale 13 36,930,923
Bush 426 48,881,278
Michael Dukakis 111 41,805,374
Clinton 370 44,908,233
George Bush 168 39,102,282
Clinton 379 47,401,185
Robert Dole 159 39,197,469
Bush 271 50,456,169
The numbers are
telling. The key is for us to vote! If only half of us vote then we
as a people count as half a person and we must not forget nor should
we validate the three fifth person rule which was written in the U.S.
Imagine if we
turned out the vote in each state 100% in favor of one candidate. The
uproar would be heard around the world. This would not be an
impossibility. When Dr. King organized the community and they marched
and boycotted change was affected. If we organize the community with
regards to voting change will surely be enacted. If you don’t want
liquor stores on every corner they will be gone for fear we would vote
and remove those in office that don’t listen to us. Our opinions and
wishes would no longer be taken for granted or ignored.
If there is one
thing we can learn from our past, we can learn we must work together.
By not doing so we are only destroying ourselves. We have proven we
can reach the economics peeks. We haven proven we can be influential
in society with our diverse talents. A chain is only as strong as
it’s weakest link. By working together we can strengthen all of our
us march on ballot boxes until all over Alabama God’s children will be
able to walk the earth in decency and honor.”
Luther King Jr. 25 march 1965