how is it a people who have been subjected to being
Transported against our will,
Bought and Sold,
Subjected to NO or SubQuality Education, Health care, Nutrition, Housing..
All while being told it was Our Own Fault…
Stripped of Our native languages, traditions, rituals, and relations…
Subjected to all types of theories of our inferiority, justifications for our mistreatment…
How is it that WE ARE THE BACKBONE OF THE AMERICAN CULTURE?
HOW GREAT ARE WE!!!
and know you know why some work so hard at keepin us down.
after all the racists, sadistic, genocidal, murderous, shameful and sinfilled oppression that they have thrown at us…
WE STILL RISE
So, I could try to avoid controversy… but naw!
So in the Bible, God had the Hebrews wonder in the dessert for 40 years after leaving slavery in Egypt.
so let’s presume that 40 years was a lifespan at that time although I think it was less.
and let’s remember that Moses didn’t enter the promise land.
So what is the point, the lesson of the 40 years in the dessert?
what if it prevented anyone who had experienced life as a slave from entering the Promised Land?
Because it takes a very different skill set to be a free man than to be a slave. and there was no space for the slave mentality, either master or servant in the Promised Land
So how does this lesson apply to Black Americans?
should we have killed off a generation after 246 years of slavery?
should we have killed off a generation after 82 years of JimCrow Segregation?
And because those who experienced Slavery and Segregation lived in our community, are we doomed to never be truly free?
Did they poison us? Do they still?
is it that our older generations need to SHUT THE FUCK UP?
that we must ignore the voices tainted by slavery and segregation and drenched in fear and inferiority? internalized racism?
“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” Frederick Douglass
generations of segregation and poor quality education.
generations of segregation and limited access to economic resources.
generations of segregation… poor quality nutrition and medical care access.
generations of segregation and internalized racism damaged, racialized self esteem .
AND WE ARE STILL HERE.
we SURVIVE and THRIVE in the most OPENLY HOSTILE environment.
generations of enslavement, lynching, police brutality, respectability politics, murder, poverty
and WE ARE STILL HERE
do you really wonder why they FEAR US!!!
we are a mighty and resilient people
WE GONNA BE ALRIGHT
One cannot and should not compare ‘suffering”.
There are so many factors and I will assert that the history of Africans in America has been whitewashed and watered down to GWTW, The HELP, MadMed pablum.
The the vicious use of the NWord in that gruesome history of Slavery Segregation Racism has been ignored and disregarded to the point that as a Black woman I see and hear. “Why cant you get over it”, “that was ages ago”, etc, yet other cultures assert “NeverForget” and garner respect. and then people can’t sit through 12 minutes of 12 Years a Slave. This contributes to ” the NWord isnt so bad, why cant I say, you say it, reverse racism is real and white male privilege isnt real” mentality that is dangerously ignorant and exploits the disregard for facts, intellectual analysis and history in a spectacular fashion.
Slavery as performed on this continent was the cruelest invented and lasted over 300 years.
JimCrowSegregation, American Apartheid began as early as 1870 and ended as legal form of oppression in 1965.
There are lost histories belonging to many exploited communities in this country and our collective failure to learn and grow from those histories will ultimately be our downfall as a nation.