Listen Siblings, I come in peace,
“The only protection against INJUSTICE in man is POWER—Physical, financial and scientific.” — Marcus Garvey
A tide of Black blood awashes America’s streets every year. As Dallas Newton contends, we are “sittin’ ducks.” No, not the dignified ducks of the wild sitting in the thrones of their own ingenuity, but the depressing ducks of the reserve: caged, controlled, yet confident that the cages are for our protection rather than the cage master’s target practice. We are the ducks whom sit and watch their brethren offed in an instant and never mobilize for our self-protection. We are the ducks whom annually, despite the waves of Black blood, give what little resources we gather to the very people shooting at us. We are the “sittin’ ducks.” Fortunately we can gain more sense than ducks. A cage is never protection; Power is. Dallas Newton, the first member of the African Blood Siblings, here makes clear, in brilliant analysis, for what we struggle: Power. Join with others like her. Around the world we can become a Powerful people, finally protected from the vices of others. We need only realize our personal organizational roles in struggle. Subscribe, share, love.
Struggle For “Equality?”
By Dallas Newton
“Equality is not obtained by gift but by struggle. . ..”
— John Edward Bruce
The struggle is not one of morality, but of cultural, economical and political hegemony based on race. As African-Americans, many of us have been misled to see the injustices we suffer in terms of right and wrong. We march carrying signs calling for justice convinced that at the core of our society is a sense of justice that is generally accepted by the masses of people and all we have to do is appeal to this sense of justice. In reality, at the core of our society is an imbalance of resources which allows those in power to oppress those without them. John Edward Bruce explains,
“A strong nation has never in all its history voluntarily weakened itself by making weak races their successful rivals in the game for power.”
In essence, what we have experienced is morality used as a smoke screen. And this occurs only when it is expedient to do so by those in power. However, when there are no alternative obstacles to consider, raw oppression and exploitation are standard practices.
The modern Civil Rights Movement of the 50’s and 60’s is an example of how the system used morality as a front to change discriminatory social practices in the United States, particularly in the South. Racial segregation, both de jure and de facto, had been a humiliating fact of life for African-Americans since the Supreme Court ruling under Plessy vs. Ferguson in 1896. In 1954 this ruling would be reversed in Brown vs. The Board of Education citing the effects on the “hearts and minds of Black children.” The hearts and minds of Black children had been sabotaged since slavery!
What was responsible for this concern and new found morality? When we look at the changes in conditions around the world after WWII, we see a push for independence by African and Asian countries. The United States and Russia were competing for dominance through the spread of Capitalism and Communism. As its rallying call, the United States called itself “leader of the free world.” Yet, inherent in the social relations between Black and White people in the U.S. was a system of caste and totalitarianism. This contradicted how the U.S. wanted to appear to the world and there was a fear that these newly freed countries would accept and model their countries after the Communist ideology; rejecting U.S. Capitalism.
The impact of these conditions was a major shift in domestic and foreign policy. Under Truman the United States had adopted a policy of Containment. Central to this policy was a vigorous effort in maintaining proper United States diplomacy; part of which was creating an environment at home which minimized the racial insults: white and colored facilities, no niggers allowed signs, back door entrance only for colored and many other in your face insults. Thereafter the government became aggressive in the push for Civil Rights, writing laws and using the military where needed, to deal with recalcitrant southerners.
It can be argued that a change in social relations between Blacks and Whites was a function of a change in conditions, but not a concern for the hearts and minds of Black little boys and girls.
For clearly, morality was not the issue in the struggle for civil rights. Instead, the United States needed to present a different face on the world stage. Black preachers who led the struggle framed their rhetoric in moral terms and thereby were perfect allies in this effort. Integration was seen as moral, while segregation was seen as immoral. The goal was expressed by Martin Luther King Jr.: “People being judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.” Martin Luther King Jr. came from a tradition of ministers and a practicing belief in Christianity during a time when the Black church was the most influential institution within the Black community. Practicing Christian principles and morality were valued across the board. Black communities were influenced by this and bought into the notion of appealing to their enemies for “equality” based on a moral sense of duty. Yet the reality is: the fight is against darker races and we must take into account world dynamics. John Edward Bruce rightly commends Haiti,
“. . . The Black and colored races under Toussaint L ‘Ouverture have set an example to the world over which is worthy of emulation”
Though, in hindsight the story of Haiti is a cautionary tale to all dark races. We may struggle for equality until the cows come home, but until we learn that it is a zero sum game the White man is engaged in we will never see liberation. The stakes are control of all cultural, political and economical resources, in order to maintain rule over dark people.
A brief history teaches us the isolation and retribution Haiti suffered because they were Black. In short :
- United States did not recognize Haiti; set policies to isolate Haiti
- US and France imposed crippling embargo and sanctions
- France forced Haiti to pay reparations for lost property
- Reparations payments too burdensome
- US made a loan to Haiti 80% of its entire budget
- The Haitian economy was strangled for more than a century
- US invades Haiti in 1915, gets control government and treasury
- US sets up Jim Crow policies to divide Haitian society
- US siphoned off money from Haiti through many sources
- US rewrites Haitian constitution to allow foreigners to own land
- The foreigners strip the land of trees, rubber and other products
- US backs dictatorships in Haiti and interferes with free elections
The examples of the Modern Civil Rights Movement and the history of Haiti should serve as a reality check. We are living under a system based on control, particularly of African people due to their vast natural resources. The struggle is not one of equality, which has a moral connotation to it, but one of liberation. Liberation is the power to control one’s own resources and thereby prevent others from gaining power to exert superiority and oppression on the conquered.
In light of this, organized religion has the effect of obscuring reality. It is used extensively to alter the consciousness of people. It’s almost like a sleeping pill. And, as John Edward Bruce notes,
“While we have been asleep they have been fortifying their strong cities and piling up ammunition to meet any attack upon their strong darker races of the world, we may as well face facts as well as fancies.”
This information was taken from a report by Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton, February 2011; Haiti: A History of Exploitation. The article relates a story of extensive ongoing torture of the Haitian people. http://www.bishopgumbleton.org/HaitiAHistoryofExploitation.html