“Dr. W.E.B. DuBois recognized [America’s] cleverly induced self-absorption [because his students facing unprecedented Black opportunities in the late 1800’s] were already sated with the illusion of America’s solitary, ‘get rich chance’ mentality…
“DuBois’ prophetic admonishment…remains clear: this chance to economically advance must be about the ‘we, not the me!’”
Trouble In Black Paradise Chapter 14: The Bible As A Weapon In The War On Gays, Page 295; and Chapter 18: Threads Of Mystery Lodged At The Seat Of Human Time, page 422.
“…black leadership…sharply divided over…removing disfranchisement from ex-Confederate leaders. To permit them to return to active political participation seemed like the best way to win [white power holder’s] approval…
“But the democratic propensities of black leaders in this respect would also prove to be their undoing…”
Been In The Storm So Long Chapter Ten: Becoming A People, pg. 526.
“The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House.”
Audre Lorde; Sister Outsider, The Crossing Press Feminist Series (1984).
Rap mogul Jay-Z and National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell on August 14, 2019, celebrate signing their new deal.
Greetings revved-up readers!
Glamorously successful Blacks showing “Pied-Piper” charm lead their nationally demoralized kin to glitter—not bold “vision”—partnering supremacist weasels only ensures the continued, sinister rise of mega Trouble in Black Paradise.
America has been abuzz with rapper Kanye-West’s display of steadfast love and adoring respect for Trump. Now, disastrous and bizarre affiliation continues.
Rap mogul Jay-Z’s made a mid August announcement that his company Roc Nation has formed a partnership with National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell; the same NFL where exclusively white owners clearly demonstrated modern day supremacist tactics—conspiring to not hire quarterback Collin Kaepernick.
Kaep of course drew their vengeance by consistently kneeling during the national anthem. Yet, his protest was not only against relentless systemic killings of unarmed Blacks—it also targeted another raging U.S. offense: Afro economic disenfranchisement.
My first response is this:
Jay-Z has demeaned the absolutely valid idea of slavery reparations for today and distorted the “origins” of Radical Reconstruction’s clearly defined reparation intent—on a massive scale. The NFL deal gives the Black movement a grand slap in the face—a thing totally synonymous with slandering Black liberation “legacy.”
Blacks buzzing over this is of course most important.
Celebrity opinions in our society will obviously be given priority and placed first; some did immediately blister Jay-Z’s act, while defensive support from others was also sadly predictable.
But considering H.R.40 Slavery Reparations Bill finally finds renewed life—desperately seeking basic Black support—so many people waffling, being starry-eyed, or being totally conflicted here is troubling—especially since the Black populace (not rich celebrities) bears the brunt of attack.
So before delving into the back-and-forth banter too far I must first address a missing, yet glaring item:
No one is connecting today’s slavery reparations issue here—or even mentioning our Afro liberation “ancestors”—given their steadfast allegiance to Black people, their hard earned “insight,” their proven blueprint for how to “strategically” succeed—and their heart stopping sacrifices for us!
The earliest Afro slave abolitionists and reparation advocates understood (and faced) stark reality:
They knew their info starved public had a dire need to really understand just what essential Black social advancement (after Emancipation) even looks like; prophetically they also knew that in America’s raging, “long range” supremacist future—following guaranteed sabotage by diabolical whites—today’s dire need would absolutely be the same.
Current Black “celebrity” moguls profoundly muddle the truer concept of that social advancement. It’s one of many huge reasons I’ve started writing this series on modern reparations—breaking it down for the everyday folks who’re most affected—this article being the 5th.
The 1st article offers my urgent motivation—partly inspired by getting the gift of Professor Leon F. Litwack’s book Been In The Storm So Long: The Aftermath Of Slavery; this came on the heels of realizing Rep Shelia Jackson Lee (D-Tx) had newly sponsored H.R.40.
I’m an Elder with 45 years training in “alternative” education and social repair—I know a thing: greater society (including Blacks) is still being “bamboozled!”
Bias in standard U.S. public school curriculum persists. Neither Black history, nor slavery’s soundly entrenched force are required—none are actually studied—not even by most Blacks.
Discussions here limited to feelings, or speculation—not knowledgeable “facts”—trivialize the Black struggle. So in this series, showing the gutbucket facts about 19thcentury Radical Reconstruction’s disastrous 21stcentury impact, I’m matching Litwack’s goal:
“…to engage…[assisting the reader’s position to] see and…feel the past in ways that may be genuinely disturbing…how a study…may teach as many ironies…as it does clear lessons.”
I’ve fleshed out Reconstruction’s key details in earlier chapters (beginners see pt. 1) so here are essentials that make Jay-Z’s deal—and Kanye’s kid like fawning over a clearly defined, white supremacist tyrant male—so diabolical:
President Abraham Lincoln, General William “Tecumseh” Sherman and the white Radical Republican Senate (led by Thaddeus Stevens and Charles Sumner) knew unmistakably the catastrophic depth of wrongs slavery inflicted upon Blacks—greatly assessing racism’s damage—physical, mental, material and spiritual.
Sherman met with 20 Black delegates (ex-slave Rev. Garrison Frazier being the Black populace spokesperson). Frazier made unmistakably clear Black folk’s basic intent after Emancipation—and what could make it happen:
Designated land for total self-sufficiency is the only means to ensure uplifting the Black “race.”
Total “social equality” is the absolute goal and being beholden to whites will not achieve it—in short, whites cannot be trusted.
Frazier speaks of Blacks (themselves) uplifting the entire Black race—not merely uplifting an “individual,” or segment.
Both free Blacks and slaves had already ingeniously proven their adept, highly diverse trade skills—and survival capabilities. Land taken from defeated Confederate traitors (who’re subject to execution) should be granted to Black families for farming, businesses and the like.
And here’s the matter’s crux:
Breaking the white stranglehold (or, monopoly) on Black labor is a must—it can’t be compromised.
Blacks cannot be allowed back into the exclusive clutches of sadistic former slave-owners—or white supremacist run economies—unmistakably pinpointing the “national” level.
In short, Frazier and his leadership colleagues (added Lincoln and the Senate’s Radical Republicans) were early advocates of this:
“Independent Black power.”
Yes, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, the Black Panthers and the like, got it right!
Black’s only insurance is to create vast, self-run work structures—giving Blacks plentiful alternative Afro markets to take their labor skills and expand upon their own network machine—a parallel operation governed under federal capitalist auspices—the very same way other ethnicities (and corporate interests) do for their own.
Lincoln (pushed by white Senate Radicals Stevens and Sumner) agreed and Sherman signed Special Field Order No. 15 issuing land designation into law—it actually happened (the “mule idea” came later).
Hence, like today’s Trump, incoming supremacist President Andrew Johnson honored the disgust of Southern governors (and the terror of Black economic “power”) killing the deal—returning mega profiting, but still hopeful Black bodies back into white power’s exclusive hands.
The Afro social clampdown—likened to being bottled in a national “pressure cooker”—was solidly sealed. Blacks now having no available job alternatives got herded back under sadistic white power control—while their amassed, “expert” trade skill capabilities were suppressed nationally—diverse labor market resourcefulness being all but eliminated. Whites wanted Black laborers trapped in the fields.
But here’s the Afro fly in that white power ointment:
Emancipation, technically, couldn’t be reversed. Combined with the constitution’s theoretical “principles” freedom’s concept actually provided arsenal for future Black liberation gains—should some brave soul dare risk life and limb to fight for it.
Here, agents of white power were no fools—so what was their major pressing priority?
Sculpt the entire directional body of Black systemic life—to keep thorough, long-range white psychological (thereby white “economic”) control.
Having had over 200 years to fine-tune the economics of harnessing their Black chattel—using absolute “containment” through bloody physical beat down and mental shredding processes—whites tweaked the terminology. A “morally correct” look shrouded an unchanged system (with terms like Sharecropping, Separate But Equal, etc…) obscuring locked-in slave veracity.
And they didn’t stop there:
Capitalist prowess had whites finding new ways to themselves profit from Emancipation—creating slave spinoff industries—the Prison Industrial Complex rising as a prime, lucrative Afro community crusher.
When Dr. W.E.B. DuBois arose at the turn of the 20thcentury, owning his Black liberation leadership, rare higher education training joined an inherited “Black consciousness”—telling him stark reality:
Mental shredding campaigns by whites were thorough and tragically effective. Every aspect of the functioning system was at the disposal of white propagandists—Blacks now readily contained themselves.
Frederick Douglas had known far earlier that self sabotage “character” dynamics were created to overrun Black lives—and was no illusion:
Well groomed light skinned “house slaves” pitted against savagely debilitated dark skinned “field hands”; the creation of “Mammies” (bold, moralizing Black women defending white propaganda over their exploited kin); Uncle Toms (Black men selling out their own, protecting white value maliciousness to save their own skin); and most damaging of all:
Wealthy Blacks rigidly embracing white male power models for “ethics”—and brotherhood—staying exclusively dedicated to white power economies.
Then, add gangsta’ love.
It’s the very thing Kanye West and Jay-Z have done.
Blacks internalizing racist (or white “politic”) propaganda are the biggest obstacle in the battle to collectively “uplift!”
In fact whites had the perfect morality based weapon—guaranteed to kill Afro “allegiance” to Black lives (and distort incisive liberation ideals)—a weapon proven to successfully catch fire—to snuff out the self-protection properties found in Afro spiritual charge:
Europe’s “radicalized” colonial Christianity.
In his book Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass—An American Slave, Douglass warns us:
“What I have said…against religion I mean strictly…the slaveholding religion of this land…with no possible reference to Christianity proper…
“…for between the Christianity of this land, and the Christianity of Christ, I recognize the widest possible difference—so wide, that to receive the one as good, pure, and holy, is of necessity to reject the other as bad, corrupt, and wicked…
“To be the friend of one, is of necessity to be the enemy of the other.”
Douglass knew the writing on the wall:
174 years following his bold declaration about what I call “radicalized” Christianity, clear factual reality would have a slave economy’s (and social reality’s) “vice grip” carving bloody trails of white politic treachery; endless “rationalization” and betrayal from legislators (and empty suit leadership) would charge right into the 21stcentury—where religiously groomed masses would still “buy” it.
Both DuBois and U.C. Berkeley scholar Litwack lay out how unresolved “reconstruction” fire could only slam against our contemporary doorstep—which it absolutely has done.
So I must ask: after all this time following reparation’s collapse, does no Afro populace see that locked-in systemic and mental corralling still has Blacks jumping through “hoops?”
The illusion of progress glitters, while aspiring Black laborers fight to get lucky—merely falling through cracks:
Well qualified folks alter self images to satisfy white values for treasured white corporate jobs (then find there’s no other Black presence); they bite tongues amid racist situations (and attacks) to keep those jobs; they remain stringently pitted against one another, but still act proud to become the first Black this’ and that’s (in age-old major industries)…
The demoralizing list is endless.
Such scenarios allowing kindred to fall through cracks under the illusion of progress soundly obliterates “vision!”
Here’s an analogy—I’ll use recent category 5 hurricane Dorian, which settled over the Bahamas for 2 days of concentrated destruction:
Another hurricane—known as “white supremacy”—has settled Afro containment genocide, Native ethnic cleansing and barbarous underclass economic piracy over America—for 500 years and counting.
Ravaging everything enclosed in its “pressure cooker” state, unbridled ferocity continues to spinoff the entire “free world’s” most debilitating elements (shoddy healthcare, the most inhumane prison system, underpaid job forces, divisive civic propaganda, rampant racism, sexism and homophobia, etc…)—maintaining turbulence built over centuries.
Supremacy’s wide “hypnotic eye” seeks to lull its victims—fooling them with glittery hopes—taunting escapees to sell-out for “self-interest” relief—an irresistible reward for joining the corrupt flow of its grand, altruistic machine!
Modern liberation voices (like Malcolm X, Dr. King, Shirley Chisholm, Barbara Jordan, Bayard Rustin, Harry Hay, Audre Lorde, Noam Chomsky, Dolores Huerta, and the like) joined ancestral forecasters (like Robert Smalls, Henry McNeal Turner, Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells; Susan B. Anthony, William Lloyd Garrison, and the like) putting dents in those deadly winds.
All hoped to gain momentum for “everyone’s progress” (not select achievers falling through white power cracks) as they passed a shrewd baton—to us!
But supremacy’s mighty hurricane is intelligently settled—its patient forces able to wait out valiant resistance efforts—that eventually turn weary.
Citizens (Blacks being hit the worse) soon succumb to what forecasters call “hurricane fatigue” (a mixture of steady storm hits and near misses causing people to make terrible risks—drop their guards—try and “ride out” impossible situations—and merely hope for the best).
“White Supremacist Hurricane Fatigue” is diabolical:
Causing weary Blacks to lose a once unshakable foundation for cultural allegiance; it dulls vision for “collective” Afro advancement; and obliterates the importance placed on recipes for building resilient, Black independent economic structures.
Killed are key strategies set by our ancestors to withstand and escape the storm.
In this light the actions of Afro moguls Jay-Z and Kanye West show they wish to be part of that supremacist hurricane—joining “it”—not their ancestral forces.
And this critical fact:
America—staunchly dedicated to supremacy—robbed “both” the heirs of slavery and of free Blacks.
After Emancipation every resourceful Afro communal segment strode to join ranks (coming together in unprecedented “National Black Conventions”) owning responsibility to uplift everyone—leaving no child behind.
Reparations for Black Reconstruction were absolutely legitimate, geared to set-up Blacks as total equals in society—charting an independent, self-sufficient Afro economy under the auspices of American capitalism—added equal representation on the local, state and national levels.
In short, it’s called “Black Power”—wielded by a horrendously victimized people who the likes of Lincoln, Stevens, Sumner and Sherman trusted to exercise fairly—and with integrity.
And to contradict “Moscow” Mitch McConnell’s blatant cover-up:
Today’s white heirs of Northern and Confederate soil absolutely enjoy the mountainous spoils of sabotaged Black Reconstruction—a thing predicted by 19thcentury progressives trusting their own senses—white politic is a supremacist fabric and its cunning, dogged leadership cannot be trusted!
Black people are not disposable and this relentless treatment must immediately end—period!
For Afro-Americans to distort, or trivialize Black “legacy” (even accidentally) is to slander one’s own legacy in the Black movement.
And yes, Black populations have the absolute duty to detect and hold sellout moguls accountable (entertainers or whomever) right where it may only get their attention—at the polls and in the pocket book.
So, what causes the Kanye’s, Jay-Z’s, Dennis Rodman’s, Lil Wayne’s, etc…to make flagrant sellout decisions?
What moves them to align with supremacist, dictatorship “values”—instead of those who clearly risk all that glitter and high living glory promoting Black justice—like a steadfast Colin Kaepernick?
My Old School term calls it “oppression sickness.”
But another social justice warrior and scholarly veteran coined the perfect term—she is Dr. Joy DeGruy and she calls it:
“Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.”
Keep it here readers!
The breaking-it-down heat is about to rise!