Black People ~ Revolution Demands Resistance
Black People ~ Revolution Demands Resistance ~ Okay, I am absolutely amazed at how many of my Black brothers and sisters actually believe that you can have a revolution under friendly and compliant conditions. We say that we want change, but we deride, degrade, disown and distance ourselves from any of our comrades in arms the moment they move outside of the boundaries set by the system we claim to hate.
Does that really make sense to you?
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” Frederick Douglass
The very nature of a structured system demands that its laws be designed to discourage resistance, in fact resistance is often criminalized. You celebrate Nat Turner, but the law determined he was a criminal.
You have almost deified Malcolm X, and he was considered a threat to national security. You have declared Garvey to be the greatest post-slavery revolutionary in history, and yet the government saw him as a major threat to security and the way of life created for its citizens of privilege.
“Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.” ~ Frederick Douglass
A revolution is the result of a “revolt” where a nation experiences a fundamental change in order, organizational structure and political power, in a relatively short period of time — being initiated when a large enough portion of the population rises up in revolt against the current authoritative powers.
So, there can be no revolution accompanied by compliance. The idea of change achieved amidst compliance is an illusion created by the system in power to divert any efficacious actions that might actually produce change. In other words, get the masses to pursue change through harmony, acquiescence, docility and negotiation, as a means of ensuring that change is never achieved.
Look, you cannot effectively negotiate anything when you have no leverage to force the hand of those whom you seek to negotiate with. The power structure has no motivation to negotiate with a group that has no power to impact or change the status quo. If you are for negotiating, which I am not, you must first make your presence felt at a level that sends a clear message of what the alternative will be if your voice is not heard.
News break, you cannot make your presence felt through temporary boycotts, because they will simply outwait you and wait for your money to return to their economy. When you boycott something, you must boycott it permanently, sending a message that once we remove our money from any particular industry, entity, system or governmental structure, it will be removed for good, until all of our money has been redirected toward our own power and wealth. That, my brothers and sisters is what we call leverage.
Boycotting on Black Friday may hit their pockets, but ultimately they know your dollars will be coming back at some point. There is a huge difference in telling a teenager that if they mess up you are going to take their phone for a week, and telling them if they mess up they will forfeit their phone. The same principle applies.
When it comes to how we deal with law enforcement, we must understand the natural dynamic at play. We have been so conditioned to believe the order of the power structure is a moral order because it is sustained under the law. How quickly we forget that slavery was once legal. A black person walking with a cane was once illegal. It was illegal to learn how to read, or to assemble without white supervision.
“For many African Americans the police are “the law.” Police and the laws they are supposed to enforce are synonymous. When the police arbitrarily and along racist lines, enforce or ignore the laws, when they personalize law enforcement or violate the letter and spirit of the laws they are supposed to uphold, the populace loses respect for the police and the law. Viewing the police and “the law” as one and the same means that loss of respect for the police is synonymous to loss of respect for “the law.” If the police are held in contempt, so are the laws they ostensibly represent or with which they are associated.” ~ Dr. Amos Wilson
Something being on the books as a law is not the determining factor of its righteousness. If the law does not protect our interests, then it must be challenged by non-compliance and the withdrawal of our dollars. We must understand that spending money into an economy that supports a system that is oppressive is tantamount to financing our own demise.
“A man that does not have something for which he is willing to die is not fit to live.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I am afraid that far too many of our men have yet to discover that thing for which they are willing to die. They have not become acquainted with their purpose, because they lack an understanding of their identity. This identity crisis makes it easier for the system to redefine them, and redirect them away from their purpose. For a man who does not have a sense of purpose, to die for any cause is foolish. How sad.
“Too many black men have been willing to die “just because,” but the same men are not willing to die for a cause.” ~ Willie D.
The lack of a sense of identity leaves the black man protecting his quasi-comfort within the system that is destroying his people — meaning that he would rather fight to defend the status quo than to fight for true liberation.
It was immensely disheartening to see how many people derided, disregarded and verbally assaulted Korryn Gaines because of her stand. It’s completely baffling to see how many so readily received the initial narrative of the police as absolute truth — knowing the history of American police departments and its relationship with citizens of color. Yet, in it all, I was not shocked. We have been conditioned to know our place. We can whine and complain, but we are not allowed to take meaningful action to bring about change. The last thing we want is to disturb the peace of White America.
We still have not gotten it yet. We are trying to force our way into a system where we are not welcome. We were brought to this country against our will to serve one purpose — free labor — and while it has been carried out under a number of different names, the U.S. has done everything in its power to collect on that free labor.
So, let’s be clear here; there is no obtainment of a new way of life without first eradicating the current one. We cannot look back at what once was and somehow romanticize its horrors for the sake of justifying our unwillingness to engage its current devastating impact. We must take a stand. We must resist is veiled and subtle attempts to pacify us with rhetoric and meaningless legislation, all while leaving a racist culture and power structure in place. No amount of legislation will be beneficial within a power system that has the capacity to completely ignore it.
We can no longer lie to ourselves and say it was not that bad. We cannot continue to slumber as our very breath is being constricted by the force of hatred and indifference. No, we have reached a point of no return. We have arrived at the shores of liberation and empowerment, but the rules (laws) demand that we not cross. We must now make the decision of whether our liberation and empowerment is more important than the legal demand to stand down. ~ Rick Wallace, Ph.D.
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