After conferring with the ghost of Frederick Douglas, a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and telling a reporter to holla at her homegirls and homeboys from the Congressional Black Caucus to hook up a cookout, Trump wants to work with Black leaders to make Black America great also.
Please, ask not what white America can do for us, but what can we do for ourselves.
The Congressional Black Caucus can provide King Trump with multiple copies of all their well thought-out ideas, suggestions, observations and solutions to make Black America healthy, wealthy, safe, secure and wise. However, between Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and the rest of the Knights of the Redneck Roundtable those recommendations will probably be tossed into the “Who Gives a Damn, Nigger” file. I deeply question if we can legislate morality and equality, especially to a segment of U.S. society which values neither fairness nor diversity. Perhaps we need to look away from Dixie-fried D.C. and seriously ponder another path for Black America.
We need a plan against the white establishment which has declared war on black people. Trump’s white America doesn’t give a damn about you or me. Trump’s old America–populated with most of the white people in America–has concluded American slavery was a “positive” rather than a “negative” for Black folk. Additionally, this segment of US society wholeheartedly believes the White race is an endangered species, and delusionally sees themselves as victims of reverse racism and discrimination in their own country.
In a gesture of approval and support for Trump, in January the Republican National Committee received record-breaking donations from their rank and file–nearly $20 million–signaling they like and approve of Trump’s war on Americans of color. The administration is rounding up Mexicans and Muslims as Steve Bannon’s forces are attacking Jewish folk while General J. Beauregard Sessions prepares the Confederate Gestapo forces to “stop n” frisk” we gorillas in the mist.
We shouldn’t ask a damn thing of these so-called “real Americans,” but rather ask ourselves what we can do to confront the clear and present danger Trump’s coup d’etat represents. What can we do to better our lives, and the lives of our children and grandchildren? I’ve repeatedly advocated a “mass” exodus of black folks to the four corners of the globe, Marcus Garvey, Paul Robeson, Josephine Baker and WEB DuBois weren’t wrong. But it appears black people ain’t going nowhere. Instead, here we stand at the mercy of mad White men.
What can we do to create viable lines of defense against a multifront attack? Education, health care, Jobs and Law enforcement.
Black people will be targeted on every societal battlefield. Marginalized, slighted, discriminated against, excluded and punished in all endeavors at all levels. The only thing forbidding actual physical genocide is a free press, and lest we forget they’re the eyes and ears of the globe’s population–and the free press is the target of Lord Trump and his minions every day. When President Bannon silences the press, Black people need to start worrying about our collective well-being. Black America needs an all-encompassing cohesive effort to address the ills and woes we endure.
We simply can’t make this up as we go along.
We desperately require a collection of great thinkers–not politicians, preachers, lawyers or activists, but rather deep, heavy thinkers from credentialed scientists to certified dreamers–to convene and strategize over how to navigate these hostile US waters; how to bring to life the Great black American empire. Internally we are crumbling under the weight of being poor and Black in an elitist and racist America. Many of our traditional neighborhoods have regressed to valueless shooting galleries, where Bloods, Crips and Gangster Disciples are killing each other for the crumbs off Trump’s gold-plated table. And of course we’re under attack from historical, traditional external forces–we are the enemy of White America–from the local police to bankers, real-estate brokers, doctors, engineers, teachers, militias and vigilantes.
What are Black America’s options? What can we do to address our concerns?
I’d like to submit a challenge to progressive think tanks across America to construct a “plan” for Black America to survive and hopefully have our offspring thrive in the decades to come. I appeal to the National Think Tank for African American Progress, the Center for American Progress, the NDN and their peers to hand-craft a plan to save black America.
A people without a plan are doomed.
There are a number of options we should explore; but before the sun sets we’d better appeal to the United Nations, just as Malcolm X was attempting to do at the time of his murder. We need the global body to look into our peculiar African-American predicament and to keep a watchful eye on our well-being. If you look up one day and our numbers go from 43 million or so down to 3–Ben Carson, Uncle Clarence Thomas and Omarosa–well then something’s gone horribly wrong for African-Americans.
Yes, we fear to what depths the Trump administration is capable of going. The only thing halting Trump’s Stormtroopers from marching us off to internment camps, ovens and gas chambers is–it looks bad published via a free press. But, if no one witnesses Lady Liberty being ganged-raped–who’s to say?
Yes, we fear genocide.
Why shouldn’t we?