Greetings dear readers!
Trouble rumbles right along in “rainbow” paradise…
In my last few blogs I’ve kept Blacks in Joe Klein’s Time Magazine article (October 13th, 2014) under an assessment microscope.
The Delta Blues exposes a huge tragedy for these folks. They’d spearheaded major aspects of Civil Rights organizing in the South—finally realizing scratched out progress—then found miraculous gains mostly “evaporated.”
It seems awfully late for Blacks to recognize this setback’s prime source, especially given a screaming fact. Social warriors preceding them repeatedly roared—their spotlights locked on a stern warning for these once celebrating masses: legal gains are only the next step out of many.
Black heirs to the task (of furthering progress “for all”) wrestle deep frustration. They find the few owning this task, while the many choose to frivolously tune-out—lulled by runaway self-indulgence. Both though, bare the evidence (and scars) of a recent leadership’s major shortsighted failures.
As future generations both Afro investors and their culturally negligent “kin” have been sold out to a vast, greedy system, pitched as the ultimate cradle of “professionalism”; America’s business-as-usual shark tank always patiently awaits its next chance to exploit human resource.
So-called Black leaders who’d ignored their own sage’s persistent alert (doing what was easier, or more lucrative for “themselves”) funneled their youth into the trap that waited. Taught was the idea that progress “for all” finally existed, just because they could now integrate into most white controlled operations.
Thrown away was the path that utilized advances to further strengthen Black institutions themselves, which would have expanded Black systemic clout in a viciously competitive world.
Being more concerned with shoring up their own “temple’s” opulence produced grand scale damage: Black Churches flooded aspiring heirs with blind altruism, or hope-filled trust in white systems (a tragically shortsighted action) solidifying immature belief in barebones integration.
The clincher lies here: Black Churches holding dominant community sway is a fact. Preachers did not teach congregants that ruling whites held many cards to play for power and material maintenance—one of them being “vision” with long range perspective.
Elite Afro Churches focused more on being high-powered (solo achievement) “stars” than educating its folds about the systems treacherousness, and helping less fortunate kinship navigate the machine. No national Black networking plans were conceived and implemented. Quite the contrary: that elite’s priority was to be that same system—a corrupt colonial “mother ship’s” miniature Afro duplicate.
Such accounts for why it’s still so hard for so many who’ve been duped to shake off the blinders—or become re-involved. Multitudes trusting bad advice are shell-shocked from a sudden realization: betrayal by one’s own religious leadership, coupled with white institutions laying-in-wait is a hard pill to swallow.
I know battle weary humanitarians wish desperately to believe that far bigger charitable gains arrived with legal precedents—that we have not really been thrown away. And legal gains do better allow for the brutal opposition to access spiritual growth opportunities—should they so choose.
Delta Blacks once clung to the same pipedream, but have been dealt the concrete slap of reality.
They say “the white folks had gotten clever”:
The 80% Black blues town of Clarksdale is being developed and whites are “making all the money”; integration euphoria had Blacks taking their businesses to whites, thus once “all Black” banks, insurance companies, newspapers, bakeries, etc…dried up—Afro heirs being left vulnerable to those feeding frenzy sharks.
Black students integrated into better funded and equipped white schools, temporarily reaping benefit. Whites though, fled to “private” schools—funding thus also dried up leaving public husks; Black students soon sought opportunity North, never looking back (as Black “progress yielding” institutions no longer exist).
As we see predictably the Church’s easy path allows the “few” to fall through the cracks, gaining material comfort (politicians, certain professionals—including preachers, Beyonce type entertainers, etc…who never look back). The “majority” get left out—trapped in ever worsening conditions.
All that’s left where the Delta’s long line of Black professional services once stood are deserted hulls, one surviving famous restaurant, drug dealers and ironically something else—a few Churches.
Delta Blacks, veterans when being treated as “thoroughly foreign” cultural cast-offs, should have known better: utterly trusting the U.S. “demon machine” guided by boastfully unapologetic, wealthy governors.
But for white gays (allegedly setting foundation for long range institutional sanctuary) forces shaping a more murky water tugs at the pools of their apron strings.