So, Judge Bret Kavanaugh has been confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice, former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke has been convicted of the murder of Laquan McDonald, Rahm is not running for re-election, possibly because of his alleged role in the cover-up of the McDonald case leading up to the last Mayoral election, and the other clowns in this circus are auditioning for his seat as ringmaster. As if that’s not enough dysfunction, the midterms are around the corner and we get to choose between the extreme left and the extreme right while President Trump, possibly the greatest con man in American history, is proving to be the real Teflon Don.
All of this is relevant, demands our attention and compels our participation but contrary to what we’ve been led to believe they are merely contributory in scope. Neither nor all of which is enough to make or break us. They can only add to or subtract from aspects of our life, the responsibilities of which, we’ve surrendered to the authority the above agents represent.
Citizenship does not require us to surrender the primary responsibilities that are associated with our collective existence. An existence that is supposed to be maintained and sustained by us separate and apart from such provisional contributions. Yet we behave collectively as if we’re somehow impaired. We act as if things are happening to us when in actuality a lot of it is happening because of us. We are the violent offenders we fear. We are why we protest. The finger that pulls the trigger is connected to the hand on the arm of the person we see when we look in the mirror every day. It’s not just us and it’s not just here in America.
Gangs across the world, drug cartels, the mafia and paramilitary thugs are all a part of, nourished and granted sanctuary by the very communities they oppress. They are the sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, aunties, uncles, nephews and nieces of the communities they terrorize. They are frequently used as a means to suppress, tools of corruption and the henchmen of dictators, Presidents, elected officials and yes even in some cases wolves that don sacred robes. They are the cancer that developed because of the spiritually bankrupt, unrestrained and undisciplined behavior in the collective bodies they destroy.
Along with that, economically we lag behind not because the opportunities are not there but because we refuse to work together to take advantage of them. I’ve had many conversations with many Afro Americans and the common thread is an acknowledgement by all that if we work together we can have all of what we need and some of what we want. But those conversations all end the same, “but Afro Americans will never work together like that”(Of course I disagree).
What this all reveals is that we waste entirely too much of our energy on supplemental issues while the aforementioned issues of primary concern that we can correct are largely ignored.
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why what others want for us or from us is more influential on our daily lives than what we want? Why we still allow ourselves to be used as pawns or stepping stones for others to exalt themselves, their agenda or their wealth, whether they be black, white, democrat, republican, conservative, liberal, male, female, straight, gay, Christian, Muslim, for or against, while our “after” remains equal to our “before?” Somebody benefits from all of this but it's not us.
Deep throat gave us the map, follow the money. But at the end of the day all we really need to know is did our (the masses not the twos and fews) quality of life improve from those arrangements. If not, we’ve been misled and must immediately withdraw ourselves from any and all other arrangements where the agents that brokered it are involved. But this is a leadership issue and if some of that money ended up in their pockets that would explain why there remains no difference for us in the before and after pictures.
Today oppressed people around the world have as much and in some instances more to fear from their “leaders” than they do from their “enemies” and we’re not excluded from that.
“I come here tonight to plead with you. Believe in yourself and believe that you are somebody. I said to a group last night: Nobody else can do this for us. No document can do this for us. No Lincolnian emancipation proclamation can do this for us. No Johnsonian civil rights bill can do this for us. If the Negro is to be free, he must move down into the inner resources of his own soul and sign with a pen and ink of self-assertive manhood his own emancipation proclamation."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
When perceived victories, like the potential blue or red wave of the midterms, don't instill within us the confidence that naturally follows a victory it’s because we know instinctively that it’s insufficient. We’ve been on the receiving end of disappointments long enough to unconsciously discern when solutions are more about aesthetics than substantive change.
Interests Over Party and Personality, ALWAYS!
Walter Mitchell Jr.