Arrested Development has long been progressive about issues pertaining to Black life. With todays realities including the possibility of Donald Trump as our nations president, numerous police killings of unarmed Black citizens, gang violence in Chicago, riots in Baltimore, Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter, the prison Industrial complex, White supremacy and more, Speech seems to say Blacks should connect back to Africa. We'd like to hear your thoughts.
Black people are homeless.
The U.S is not and was never our home.
We’re not immigrants.
We were stolen.
Never accepted just tolerated.
Of course we’ve made many advances.
Considering why we were brought here, the advances are outstanding.
But 99% of these advances were made by our tireless protest, our heartbreaking bloodshed, our ongoing trauma and our untimely deaths.
Throughout history, the White majority fought each Black advancement tooth and nail. Even up to this day many yearn to reverse our advances and they question why laws were even made to enforce equality in the first place.
Our history has never been easily acknowledged by this majority and our existence seems like an unwelcome mirror showing a side of history that they’d rather forget... or pretend never happened.
Our exploitation is within this countries DNA.
It's part of the very fabric of this system. Even president Obama admits to this - having said, "the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives casts a long shadow. And that's still part of our DNA that's passed on. We're not cured of it."
Our money, talent, culture and sacrifices brought benefits to others including women, yet racism prevented long term benefits for us.
We are praised when helping others but questioned or even demonized when we help ourselves. Just a couple examples are: Black Wall Street, where one of the most affluent all-Black communities in America (1921), within 12 hours was bombed from the air and burned to the ground by mobs of envious whites. This thriving district in northern Tulsa, Oklahoma with over 600 successful Black businesses lay smoldering-- a model community destroyed, leaving a carnage of 3,000 Blacks dead and a major Black economic movement resoundingly defused. Woodlawn in Chicago, Rosewood in Florida are just two more from many other examples.
Our political heroes have all been assassinated, imprisoned, exiled or neutered. The neutered ones are so emasculated... watered down to mere talks and little change. Our TV pundits are allowed to talk when summoned by the majority owned networks but their "privilege" is threatened if they go from talking to deeper forms of protest. Just look at Melissa Harris-Perry for example who was recently fired from MSNBC, who said, "They wanted (her staff) to cover politics in the narrowest sense. In leaving the station she heroicly refused to accept the terms of a non-disparagement clause that she described as "a gag order." What does it say about America that when Blacks fight passionately and consistently for our humanity we are considered anti-American? Take the Black Panthers party for example, that was started as a self-defense organization addressing police brutality, they have been historically slandered as the Black KKK. Recently Beyoncé and her dancers at the 2016 SuperBowl were wearing Black Panther-style black berets and uniforms, at one point forming a giant “X” in the middle of the football field. The X clearly paying homage to Malcolm X, another freedom fighter who was also considered a terrorist. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover issued covert and many times illegal programs under COINTELPRO, ordering FBI agents to "disrupt, misdirect, discredit, neutralize or otherwise eliminate" the Black Panther Party,Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King jr.
We've had desperate attempts to accept this land as ours, to be “patriotic". But our efforts are utterly futile, rejected by the majority. From the first recorded visit of a black person to what is now the United States in 1528, blacks, slave and free, have participated in military or quasi-military actions. Our participation has not received much coverage in general history books. Nor was our participation without much difficulty. White Americans have been ambivalent over the years about black participation in military organizations and in most instances have allowed blacks in military activities only when forced by circumstances to do so. From the beginning on out, Black armed soldiers proved indispensable in U.S. wars, helped achieve emancipation and paved the way for changes such as the establishment of the Bureau of Colored Troops in 1863, yet The Ku Klux Klan ... began its growth into a national organization in the early 1920s' and 'more than seventy Black Americans were lynched during the first year following the World War I, some of them were returned soldiers still in uniform.
This is not an angry rant. This is being awake.
It's not bitterness, it's enlightenment.
Everyones energy in this life is limited. History should have value. After 390 years of fighting to make this our home, I believe it’s time for us to change the narrative.
The new narrative must be true self-determination, unity, purpose & most of all a fundamental connection to our Africa.
Aren't we after all an African people? No one could love us more than we love ourselves, nor should they. This idea is (of course) not new, Marcus Garvey, Kwame Nkrumah, and the more recent President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe have voiced the same sentiments. Despite it being an idea voiced before, to qoute Victor Hugo - "no one can resist an idea whose time has come".
This was never home. We were stolen.
Nina Simone said it best. “You have to learn to get up from the table when love is no longer being served"...