One of the most frequent mistakes that Americans make in the moments after what they term a shocking and outlandish ‘racial incident’ is to immediately term the perpetrator crazy or insane. The moment that the ‘crazy’ label is applied to individuals such as Micah Xavier Johnson or Gavin Long a priceless opportunity to learn something disappears.
The eagerness to apply the ‘crazy’ label to individuals such as Johnson and Long is the equivalent of stating that they are operating from an illogical posture that is bolstered by multiple illiteracies (political, economic, cultural, historical) under girding their insanity. Such a designation of ‘crazy’ brings copious amounts of mental relief for wide-swaths of any society, particularly for privileged whites and naïve Blacks who honestly believe that if their people only behaved more appropriately they would be able to access the cache of goods that whites have held for themselves. It is too disturbing for such people to even consider the possibility that the actions of figures such as Johnson and Long were not only well-thought out, but also logical, if not totally predictable, when one considers the context from which they emerged.
Make no mistake about it, Gavin Long is not ‘crazy’. Dare I say that he has a shocking amount of mental clarity regarding the harsh reality that African-Americans, the descendants of stolen and then enslaved Africans, have been prisoners of war for centuries.
There is no doubt that the vast majority of African-Americans have been treated as second-class citizens during the entirety of their existence on the North American continent. Consider for a moment that African-Americans have historically been the most likely to be lynched by marauding whites, unemployed at rates that have historically been double that of their white contemporaries, incarcerated at a rate that quadruples their percentage of the general population, most likely to be placed in special education classes, and most likely to be incarcerated for decades behind non-violent drug offenses; not to mention, the rash of recent public executions that would make many believe that we are living in the 1800s, not two centuries later.
When the aforementioned realities are combined with the reality that all American males are raised in a patriarchal society that teaches each male that ‘might equals right’ in their domestic dealings as well as political matters, the actions of Johnson and Long, two former military men, are in a word, predictable. One would be hard-pressed to forge an argument against the obvious reality that such figures are America’s Native Son’s as they are the embodiment of what this nation has historically stood for since its founding.
Despite the national fury that has occurred since the shooting of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, the truth of the matter is that if either Johnson or Long were still active members of the U.S. Military and executing the same actions against who this nation considers enemies of the state, they would be hailed as heroes and decorated with myriad medals.
Although it is particularly unsettling to the vast majority of whites, the truth of the matter is that there has been a disgruntled population within your midst for the last four-centuries, a people who have had their political voice muted via tyrannical reign. It is this population that silently champions the actions of Johnson and Long because they understand from whence they come.
It is pure arrogance that not only blinds whites to the fact that nearly 250 years ago this nation’s ‘Founding Fathers’ took similar action against their oppressors, but also the fact that their economic elite and political leaders are the tyrants that are currently oppressing African-Americans.
What should be most frightening about Gavin Long is the reality that he has learned this nation’s very well as indicated by his Washingtonian assertion that “One hundred percent of revolutions, of victims fighting their oppressors have been successful through fighting back, through bloodshed. Zero have been successful just over simply protesting. It doesn’t — it has never worked and it never will. You got to fight back.”
What should be even more disconcerting to whites is that moments before executing his attack, Long left the following message to our community. “Just [because] you wake up every morning doesn’t mean that you’re living. And just [because] you shed your physical body doesn’t mean that you’re dead.”
Such a revolutionary thought will be suppressed by any ruling class with a vested interest to maintain their power ‘By Any Means Necessary.’ Unfortunately, for our oppressor, Long is not the first oppressed person to articulate such a thought and rest assured he will most certainly not be the last.
Dr. James Thomas Jones III
©Manhood, Race and Culture, 2016