Now it is not that the names do not matter, it is that there have quite simply been too many of them to keep track of. This past Saturday Delton Williams, Gabe Sherrod, Kenney Lyke, Jourdan Lewis, Khalid Hill, Devin Bush, and Mike McCray, among I am certain a host of others, joined others by participating in a symbolic protest of raising their right fist in a ‘Black Power salute’ during the playing of the National Anthem that has historically been one of the most audacious signs of Black solidarity on this side of the Atlantic. It is the aforementioned gesture that brought infamy to John Carlos and Jimmy Smith at the ’68 Mexico City Olympics nearly a half-century ago and has done the same for San Francisco Forty-Niner Colin Kaepernick more recently.
There is no doubt that there is no more polarizing gesture on what many term the American racial battlefield than when an African-American defiantly raises their right fist in protest of this nation’s embarrassing record of racial oppression.
Truthfully, it is a bit amusing to see the reaction of whites whose sanctimonious aura paves a comfortable path to them being aghast at the nerve of African-Americans, a population that self-righteous whites feel should be grateful for the myriad opportunities that this nation has provided them since the first Africans arrived under white control in the Jamestown colony in 1492.
Although it is rarely addressed in public, the truth of the matter is that whites’ comprehensive belief that African-Americans should be grateful for their association with America is rooted in pervasive unconscionable ignorance and a bountiful portion of hypocrisy. Put simply, whites have historically refused to believe that there is one undeniable commonality found among all of mankind, that being ‘there is not a man under the canopy of heaven who does not believe that freedom, justice, and liberty are correct for him’. If history teaches us nothing else, it is that if the oppressed within America’s borders are in possession of their ‘righteous mind’ they will unceasingly agitate for their portion of freedom, justice, and liberty.
It is only when whites develop the ability to view the ever-increasing racial strife broadcast occurring on a seemingly nightly basis via an unbiased lens that they will possess the ability to comprehend the angst and anger that is serving as the springboard for contemporary ‘Black Power’ protests.
If provided the opportunity, I would point whites toward the words penned by David Walker on September 28, 1829, in his Appeal: To the Coloured Citizens of the World, but in Particular, and Very Expressly, to Those of the United States of America. Walker charged whites with the following charge.
See your Declaration Americans! ! ! Do you understand your own language? Hear your languages, proclaimed to the world, July 4th, 1776 — “We hold these truths to be self evident — that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL! ! that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights;that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! !” Compare your own language above, extracted from your Declaration of Independence, with your cruelties and murders inflicted by your cruel and unmerciful fathers and yourselves on our fathers and on us — men who have never given your fathers or you the least provocation! ! ! ! ! !
Although it must be awfully challenging for whites to recognize that the genesis of America’s historic racial problems not only has its genesis within their house, but also its perpetuation emanates from the same location.
So pardon me if I am not in the least bit persuaded by whites’ weariness when it comes to ‘race matters’. I am certain that it is finally becoming obvious to the vast majority of them that this moment of racial strife is little more than karma or better yet, a case of ‘the chickens coming home to roost’.
It is slightly amusing to witness whites strain to escape the yoke of racial animus, an obvious sign that they have yet to realize that ‘race matters’ will certainly dog this nation until it no longer exists.
This persistent haunting of America by racial strife should be expected if for no other reason than the historical reality that racial animosity was one of the first seeds that whites planted in North America’s extremely fertile soil. Racial strife super-cedes even ‘King Cotton’ in its pre-eminence and presence in America.
Today’s racial discord is little more than this nation reaping what it has sown. If whites’ seek to blame anyone for the current plight, maybe they should speak with the God that they frequently called upon prior to their most dastardly deeds because it was him who advised us all that ‘we shall reap what we sow.’
Dr. James Thomas Jones III
© Manhood, Race and Culture, 2016