The sorrow and despair inside of me turned into water dripping off the edges of my face. Falling on to the pavement, it became a river of tears. As it wound its way through the city streets, it began to collect water from the tributary streams. It then became a mighty river, destroying everything in its path. It was a terrible thing watching the river rip through the neighborhood. But this river had a name, and its name was Poverty. Everyone was swept up by it. So much so, that it caused everyone to feel the same pain, a pain that welled up inside of each and every one of us. A pain that had a color, we called the black experience. A collective consciousness that made us realize that we are all in this together. And this color we called Black would become our drowning pool, our prison. A prison that had been created a long, long, time ago. But this prison was unlike any other. Because in this prison there were no bars, no guards, and no walls to climb. And yet, no one ever escaped from it. The pain felt like a knife stuck in our back. And it made everyone weep all at once. It rained for forty days, and forty nights, just like in the Bible. And as I hung onto the street pole, at Gardenia street in East Palo Alto, California for dear life, my head just above the water, I could hear the ancestors singing, “We shall overcome, we shall overcome, we shall overcome someday.” And just before I went under the water, I took one last gasp of air, and looked all around me. I looked all around me because I never wanted to forget what it was like to climb a tree, to imagine my face in the clouds, to splash in a puddle, to see my shadow in the sun, and to feel the wind supporting me at my back. I tried to take one last look….at the freedom…. of a child.
“Convicts provided another steady source of white labor. The harsh feudal laws of England recognized three hundred capital crimes. Typical hanging offences included: picking a pocket for more than a shilling; shoplifting to the value of five shillings; stealing a horse or a sheep; poaching rabbits on a gentleman’s estate. Offences for which the punishment prescribed by law was transportation comprised the stealing of cloth, hindering customs officers in the execution of their duty, and corrupt legal practices. Proposals made in 1664 would have banished to the colonies all vagrants, rogues and idlers, petty thieves, gipsies, and loose persons frequenting unlicensed brothels. A petition in 1667 prayed for transportation instead of the death sentence for a wife convicted of stealing goods valued at three shillings and four pence. In 1745 transportation was the penalty for trade union activity. It is difficult to resist the conclusion that there was some connection between the law and the labor needs of the plantations, and the marvel is that so few people ended up in the colonies overseas. Benjamin Franklin opposed this “dumping upon the New World of the outcasts of the Old” as the most cruel insult ever offered by one nation to another, and asked, if England was justified in sending her convicts to the colonies, whether the latter were justified in sending to England their rattlesnakes in exchange? It is not clear why Franklin should have been so sensitive. Even if the convicts were hardened criminals, the great increase of indentured servants and free emigrants would have tended to render the convict influence innocuous, as increasing quantities of water poured in a glass containing poison. Without convicts the early development of the Australian colonies in the nineteenth century would have not been impossible. Their labor would be more beneficial in an infant settlement, than their vices could be pernicious. The great problem in a new country is the problem of labor, and convict labor, as Merivale has pointed out, was equivalent to a free present by the government to the settlers without burdening the latter with the expense of importation.”
Capitalism and Slavery
To the respond to the statement of wanting to see “less of the hollering fury confrontations that make people react in kind.” That is very white of you to say that. “There is no statistical measure that exists by which white people are more oppressed while people of color are more privileged.” Basically to ask a group that has been marginalized to behave more like those that have oppressed them, is basically stating that black people should act more civilized. Not realizing that the statement itself is bias and racist. That the statement itself is a form of oppression of people of color. It is a statement of white privilege. To say that a white man is better at explaining or articulating the plight of the oppressed than the oppressed themselves, because he can speak it in a calm manner that can be digested more easily and logically to white people or the white mind, is not helping to change the plight of the oppressed. As if violent protest, and emotional illogical, whining is solely the problem of people of color. White people historically, especially the debtors class, have whined and got exactly what they wanted throughout the history of this country. It is what is called a double standard. To say that emotional discourse has no place in America to bring about change, and only white people have that right, is just wrong. To ask the black man to speak in a calm manner as not to annoy white sensibilities is to overlook and or ignore the oppressive state that causes that emotion. And ultimately cause the oppressive state of affairs to continue to exist. We want to annoy those who are listening, so that change occurs. We want you to feel uncomfortable about our oppression. Don’t you get it, this is not our nature, to be emotional, it is the condition that we live in that makes us that way. It is calculated tactics with us, it has always been that way from the time of slavery. Don’t overlook our tactics by making racist statements like we are overly emotional and not logical. Emotion, is the natural response to oppression. So that those who are listening will help us fight against the oppressive condition. Instead of asking the oppressed to be like those of the white privileged, who can comfortably sit back in their privileged rocking chair, Ivory towers, and say things like why don’t black people be more like white people and articulate things so that we can digest them better. “Black people can be so emotional, placing the emotional card, they are so illogical.” If you believe that emotion clouds logic, then help us get the oppressive condition off marginalized groups, so that we can breath and clear our heads to think logically again. Do something about racism and systematic police brutality. Get in the fight. Dr. Martin Luther King said it best. “I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.” Martin Luther King, Jr.r. Martin Luther King said it best.
Trumps campaign tells black people and Hispanic voters: “What do you have to lose?” The GOP tells us that it was the Democrats that enslaved us. Well the Democratic Party like any party is about shared interest. Reconstruction was being financed by the North through taxes, and the citizens in the North no longer wanted to pay the post war tax, this ended Reconstruction. Among the Democrats you had “white supremacist,” like Governor Benjamin Tillman of South Carolina who won his election by using the “Red Shirts” a strong arm of the Democratic Party to kill black people. There motto was, “the only good nigger is a dead nigger.” During his four years in office, 18 Africans were lynched and the 1890’s saw the most lynchings of any decade in South Carolina. It is best to look at the Democratic Party as the planter oligarchy. Even though the Confederacy was defeated, after slavery, the pre-war elites were left in charge. That is equivalent to putting the Nazi’s back in charge after the World War ll.
What happens when a movie production company puts Black, White, Asian, Latin, and LGBT actors in holding while waiting to go to the set?