Perusing U.S. slavery shows subversive bondage legacy thrives—White gays still mistakenly ignore.

“…aside from those rare, stubborn, historical workhorse activists who enthusiastically step “out” from the pack, whites in general cannot be trusted to lead or solely spearhead a Civil Rights Movement.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trouble In Black Paradise Chapter 17: Black Lesbians And Gays Rock The Frontlines Of Civil Rights Battles, Page 416.

 

Greetings charged-up readers!

Trouble in Black Paradise shows an insidious U.S. heritage yields modern social disaster.

 

A white gay male friend totally surprised me during San Francisco’s past Black History Month. The 2019 occasion moved Rob to offer a truly unexpected gift—in the form of a book.

Been In The Storm So Long: The Aftermath Of Slavery (Vintage Books, 1979, 556 pgs.) is a Pulitzer Prize winner by Professor Leon F. Litwack, presented in scholastic review.

Black Union soldiers got unprecedented authority as Northern occupation of the South expanded, to police white planters and rule in favor of slaves who’d been conned, or mistreated.

Staying true to our Bay Area mystique—its tone still offering a legendary climate (that does raise radical take-charge social warriors and rallies to create diverse protective havens)—both the world and our country continues to keenly eye this landscape.

Counterculture hopefuls (of all ages) leave hometowns to follow their hearts—hustling especially out of America’s own broader places—riding that hugely enticing current to seek rare shelter—said to be found along reknown San Francisco Bay.

Here, those migrating refugees struggle to abandon the rigidly locked psychological and political mentalities of their origins, while bringing their own human depth that inspires—and they include white folk.

The Bay Area though, does also foster extreme conservative elements that cling to antiquated white cultural attitudes and classic white power beliefs—especially seen in the murderous acts waged against unarmed citizens by police (receiving no legal consequence) and in racist, sexist and homophobic emails discovered flowing between department officials.

Ironically most of this—in one of Americas most major metro areas—never finds its way into coverage by most dominant national “corporate tv news.”

San Francisco’s LGBTQ society is overwhelmingly white—absolutely dominated by white men. It’s a community that by its nature (and assassinated Supervisor Harvey Milk’s grab-the-ring legacy) should be leading the vanguard when it comes to awareness advocacy—and sensitivity.

But gay mainstreamers show quite the contrary. Hoisting pride that would parade their depth  (beyond entertainment thrills that now bounce raucously inside what used to be historic LGBTQ rescue walls) isn’t common; gays touting an interest in social substance isn’t the rule.

After all, one of the cops implicated in that racist, sexist, homophobic email scandal—who quickly resigned—was a white male who is “openly gay.”

Thus, radicals pushing to reignite progress here must step out of today’s roiling human river—a flow of citizenry that’s being ever more clogged by convention, conformity and privilege.

Captives being brought on board a slave ship on the West Coast of Africa (Slave Coast), c1880. Although Britain outlawed slavery in 1833 and it was abolished in the USA after the defeat of the Confederacy in the Civil War in 1865, the transatlantic trade in African slaves continued. The main market for the slaves was Brazil, where slavery was not abolished until 1888. (Photo by Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images)

Rob is a bit younger than me, making him generations older than many in our LGBTQ hang out space. He’s familiar with my artistry, Afro “alternative” teaching and multicultural repair trail; he witnesses my public sensitizing and schooling self-absorbed novices—often he grimaces.

Yes, I do care to chastise rampant shortsightedness (too many revelers make so obvious); their callousness totally minimizes our own issues of being under sexist and racist attack. And ill mannered interaction—so glorified (ironically by certain pop culture TV drag shows)—runs the gamut.

And LGBTQ flippancy towards healthy gay male self-awareness breeds a cocky naiveté which draws my blistering ire—especially given the multitude of human histories overlapping here.

It makes Rob’s gift of a study on U.S. Slavery’s chaotic legal ending all the more special—and outright timely!

America and the Portuguese had the most cruel and barbarous form of slavery in the history of the world.

For one, I’d just begun rereading Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (Doubleday, 1845). Plus, former Rep. John Conyers’ newly refreshed H.R.40. Slavery Reparations Bill getting its first sponsorship in 2018 by Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Leeis raising additional eyes gaining support from several 2020 Dem presidential candidates.

Then this: white supremacist air once again flaring so boldly stuns the unwary, showing it’s not diminished in the least, stoked by the reigning president—Trump’s brazenly declared “white terrorism” (amid world escalation) a nonexistent entity—these to name a few.

It’s strange that conventional America conveys shock at supremacist outbursts—as it did with this president’s election—claiming perplexity.

Amplified here is consequential reality:

Slavery’s soundly entrenched force “still” absolutely defines America’s entire social and economic machine—a thing simply not studied.

Nor is a broader Black history—including lies depicting a benevolent Confederacy (that this country still “funds”); they’re simply dismissed as a novelty—or deemed “inconsequential.”

Neither subject is a curriculum requirement.

It brings me to a nitty-gritty item of gargantuan proportiontotally linked to “slave legacy” with glaring consequences—while being absolutely shrouded as well:

An armed planter proudly poses with his belabored field slaves, consisting of men, women and children who worked mercilessly from sunrise to sunset.

America is the world’s newest “test tube” society—an infant republic nation turned into a social “cooker”—carefully crafted and pressure managed over 500 years by her “up-and-coming” white aristocrats.

U.S. governors getting their unique chance to shape an “independent” economic labor force—exclusively benefiting them—flooded the national “cooker” with intent to absolutely yoke.

In addition to African slaves “all” underclass would be chattel—excluded from upper ranks indefinitely—especially poor whites (who are incessantly pounded with racially superior notions—for many reasons).

Stringent racist, hatemongering propaganda rained down to capture the souls of white populaces from before this country’s beginning (for one: U.S. aristocrats see poor whites as their perfect “race” soldiers).

If hate speech influence failed to win over the white underclass clear-cut threats from the bloodied sword swiftly did the trick; a survival message from the top (saying you better take the correct side) thus drove poor whites to madly hit the frontlines as noble guards in the name of wealthy white interests—virtually sabotaging themselves.

Our framers (acting to fine-tune their envisioned American labor machine) literally molded what could be called “tubes” of citizens—stacked in hierarchy segments—jerking them in line for a ruthless “test”—white “privilege” locked solidly on top.

The “test” has whites accordingly undermining people who’re boxed into lesser segments; in turn the more suppressed segments will house “tubes” of harried families; those families yield “tubes” of beleaguered individuals, etc…

This embroiled social chaos aimed to strengthen white tycoons—so they gave it name charged with benevolent “airs”: capitalism.

And to cap it off aristocrats fused a truly American social ideology (“…that all men are created equal”) with an age-old blueprint from their medieval European motherland:  they crafted “morality laws” based on privileges and flooded the New World “cooker” coast-to-coast:

Clearly defined were brutally enforced layers of omnipresent privilegewhite; male; wealthy; Christian; heterosexual; etc…where standard, decent hearts and minds became “morally” convinced to actually support ruthless, inhumane practices—all fueled by the glitzy “lure” of upper crust lifestyles.

The new “American dream”—”life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”—dangled irresistible possibilities (over a destitute public) of raising their class status. But that “dream” became conveniently twisted—to now include social and class discrimination as an accepted “etiquette.”

Here’s the tricky deal:

“Etiquette” revised in that way becomes (for rulers) a nasty tool—it effectively dulls, or kills urgency in public defiance against murderously corrupt authority. “Good etiquette” thus becomes nefarious—manners are now a weapon (acting like perfumed religion) to help make violently glamorized “greed” attractive—treachery (flooding a “labor” pool) is socially ethical.

Governor’s had to know “goodness” is proven as an inherent human spiritual element. They also knew a religious item in their medieval blueprint was readily available—a powerful, well tested, emotion grabbing ingredient—taylored specifically to curtail benevolence:

It is colonial European religion—(I’ve actually coined) “radicalized Christianity.”

A white supremacist illustration depicting Christ giving his blessing to U.S. governing philosophy. U.S. founders worshiped Europe’s “radicalized Christianity,” perfect to usurp Christ’s humanitarian creed, justifying white supremacy, brutalizing the poor and enslaving Africans.

Radicalized (strangely thus far) is a term  given by the West only to Islam.

By definition “radicalized” people are those who’ve stripped out a peaceful, non violent creed, replacing it with notions of their group’s “superiority” —a privilege that specifically o.k.’s unbridled bloodshed and terror—and offered as “God’s” conversion enforcement.

Ironically colonial America did just that:

Pulverizing Jewish founder Joshua’s (or, Christ’s) blazing humanitarianism “radicalized Christianity” is clever—it redesigned vulnerable, goodness based psyches. Thus, worshiping whiteness, white politic and its immoral structure—with violent, murderous Christian pushback now approved and towering over resistors—was easily wedded to America’s rising religious legal authority.

Colonial Christianity justifies stunting empathy, hospitality, loyalty and integrity—blurring lines that distinguish truth from flagrant fraud.

As such “radicalized” Christianity sabotages intimacy, destroying one’s allegiance to protecting one’s self, or others—especially if they’re “outsider underdogs.”

And of monumental consequence: it snuffs out the “Average Joe’s” desire to intellectually grow (people being convinced that the authoritative religion tells them all they need to know).

In effect our national “cooker’s” brutality is by far the biggest creator of social monsters—utterly transforming those who would ordinarily be humane—literally convencing families to violently attack and disgard their precious “own.”

Blacks were savagely crushed in at the “cooker’s” bottom—LGBTQ’s (finally climbing “out” of hiding in modern times, organizing to be a viable society) squeeze in under Blacks; and the Black gay stratum remains crucified and jammed under all—ensuring we’d catch hell from all the rest.

Marchers protest against the Black LGBTQ stratum being made disposable by every other abused social sector. Reports still come in about LGBTQ activists being discriminated against in certain Black Lives Matter Chapters.

Governing authority uses every major U.S. institution to enforce the hierarchy—dolling authority to systemic minions: corporations, media airwaves, ethically “sold-out” minorities and schools being racism’s and sexism’s perfect conditioning factories.

In fact it was a demeaning 11th grade school experience that influenced young Leon Litwack’s dedication to a historian career—focused on Afro-U.S. social/political development. Yet, Been In The Storm’s particular scholastic and characteristic nuances told me he is white—I was correct.

Born in 1929 Santa Barbara to Russian Immigrants, raised in a Mexican immigrant “hood,” Litwack was diversity infused. A 2001 interview is revealing:

11th grade textbooks angered him, excluding his and people of color histories—only praising Anglo and Northern European. But Dr. W.E.B. DuBois’ book Black Reconstruction: An Essay Toward a History of the Part which Black Folk Played in the Attempt to Reconstruct Democracy in America, 1860-1888, awaited his discovery and became Litwack’s brazen push back weapon.

Professor Leon F. Litwack of the University of California at Berkeley.

Teachers openly hurled shame trying to discredit him, labeling Litwack a “labor supporter and political activist”—they were correct. Status-quo Santa Barbara’s institutions were “accidentally” turning this astute young man into a humanitarian radical.

Then a pivotal moment: a rousing progressive air caught Litwack’s senses and in 1948 he also followed that steady, legendary Bay Area current to enter U.C. Berkeley. Fate soon struck when a friend’s dinner invitation brought a surprise meeting with none other than Dr. DuBois—it catapulted Litwack’s chosen direction.

Earning a Ph.D. (1958) then teaching at University of Wisconsin (1958-64) Dr. Litwack returned to be ensconced in his radical nest—teaching at Berkeley (1965-2007).

Been In The Storm has a bottom-line—it shows Blacks unadulterated as topping the most socially oppressed; Litwack clearly subscribes to my own “test tube cooker” analogy—methodically illustrated by the book’s stark detailed revelation:

Deeply embedded scars were a common identifier of a Black person who was, or had been enslaved.

Spotlighted is emancipation at the Civil War’s end—the power rug being yanked from under Southern mega moguls. Now, conquered rich white kin must logically be penalized, Black “freedom” must be defined and poor whites need placating (all need incorporating).

Already wedded to Southern systems desperate Northern victors restored the economy—by returning sadistic white Southern power to run lucrative operations Northerners desperately desired—the same new aristocrats and global U.S. power that slavery had absolutely made.

Louisiana and Mississippi standout as the worse—conning, exploiting and savaging ill prepared new Freedmen—in the name of “God.”

To force Blacks into legal slave like labor conditions, benefiting whites “after emancipation,” vagrancy laws were used to imprison and torture those who avoided going back to servitude on ruthless plantations. America’s modern industrial prison complex got its mega economic boom-start by incarcerating vast percentages of Blacks–Afro prison populations today still being extremely higher than other groups. John L. Spivak, a white investigative journalist, photographed this young boy in 1931, hogtied to a Seminole County, Georgia prison post (because he “sassed” a guard). Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes was commissioned by Spivak to pen the intro to Spivak’s 1932 novel “Georgia Nigger,” exposing the horrendous conditions Blacks suffered on chain gangs. Hughes’ “intro” never made it into the book’s final cut.

And Dr. Litwack pushes to thwart society’s creating “social monsters” (as Santa Barbara attempted with him)—re-instilling that urgency (so dulled by “the cooker”). He states that for “most students” his survey history course is this:

”Perhaps the only…course they will take…I have one chance…to engage them…to force them to see and to feel the past in ways that may be genuinely disturbing…how a study…may teach as many ironies…as it does clear lessons.”

Conyer’s H.R.40. Slavery Reparations bill given this light screams loud and clear—in the 21st century it makes total sense—with clearly practical ways (I’ll lay-out later).

A 2017 Los Angeles Times cartoon.

And a thing regarding embryonic LGBTQ society—struggling to catch-up while being white male privilege dominated:

For gays who were not even deemed “worthy” of economic exploitation—instead targeted for absolute extermination—reparations should absolutely be raised to the table (which I’ll also soon address).

White gay male privilege may not sense it, but for the LGBTQ segment this same issue bares ear splitting validity—and does ignored urgency here ever scream.

Keep it here readers, it’s going to get juicy!

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