BY: LA JUANA CHAMBERS
“If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing”. — Malcolm X
- Trump is our President — and that surprises us. We bought into the myth of the Post-Racial Society amid the escalating terror both domestic and abroad that leaves our bodies bereft of organs, our children enslaved by the private for-profit prison industrial complex and our truths untold. Trump is our White Savior and our silent consent of this fact was no more evident than our forfeiture to cast ballots in local, state and federal elections last year.
- We believe that class, rather than race, matters. Deterministically speaking, race matters. Class functions as a secondary oppressive construct. Race functions as a primary oppressive construct; for the Black man and woman throughout the world, race determines her/his access to freedom and mobility.
- We believe that multiracial coalitions are the key to solving our binarist racial problems. Coalitions of people of many races have long existed, this should come to no surprise to anyone. From SNCC to Uhuru Solidarity, great work has and remains to be done. Though, that work does not undo the harm systemically done to dehumanize and suppress a people forced to build and rebuild a nation by sacrificing themselves.
- We perceive gender-based discrimination as unjust but are complicit in the murder of Black children by uniformed officials. We misunderstand, dismiss and silence movements like Black Lives Matter because of their group-led, unapologetically Black approaches to the murder of our children by stated protected agents of genocide. But we find little-to-no issue with declaring ourselves allies or active participants of groups that choose not to support us. Jennifer Cramblett is not alone in her vicious double consciousness.
- We don’t hold ourselves accountable. We dream of being basketball players rather than team owners; we aspire to be employees of top companies rather than entrepreneurs, we choose to believe that winning the rat race will help change our afflictions.
- We don’t groom home-grown candidates for elected office. Chokwe Antar Lumumba should not be an anomaly, but he is. The political parties are much more alike than they are different; they refuse to sanction unethical behavior on part of themselves and the agents around them that fatten their pockets and cast their votes proxy.
- We are not informed. Rather than spread awareness of local elections or inform ourselves of legislative calendars, agenda items or voting histories, we fall, time and time again, for demagoguery, theatrics, and likeability.
- We don’t vote. Because we have learned that voting for who we thought, at the time, was a great and capable candidate wasn’t enough. That personality and empty promises did nothing to change generational poverty, insufficient public education or predation from corporations who, like leviathans, enjoy personhood rights and suffer no consequence of their collective treachery.
- We place a higher value on things that spawn our collective demise. Consumerism and a culture that expects constant stimulation and instant gratification prevent us from #resistance and, instead, progenerate the same systems that keep us oppressed.
- We know better but fuel the ‘hype’. The hype is the superficial, the sanitization, the lies that keep us from exposing the myth of the Post-Racial Society. The hype is what allows us to accept our world as it is and the way that things are in favor of survival. We believe that, if we overcome our trepidations, we can persevere. In a Post-Racial Society, we could. Though the hope is that we one day achieve this dystopic vision before humanity rids itself of the Earth. Photo Credit