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Sovereignty: A New Year’s resolution for Black America

Patrick Delices | 1/9/2014, 12:59 p.m.

Sovereignty is the supreme economic, political and cultural reality where a group of people establishes autonomous power and authority to govern and manage their own land, labor and resources. Thus, it is paramount that we focus our energy, time and resources in becoming a sovereign people who can govern our own land and nation. As of this moment, given the fact that African-Americans do not have a military and independent territory, the most feasible avenue to achieve sovereignty is to either pressure Obama to sign an executive order establishing our protected status as a sovereign people and nation; lobby Congress to enact amendments to the U.S. Constitution regarding a federal trust responsibility as it pertains to our sovereign rights and protective status; or petition federal, state and local courts where human rights laws can be legally argued regarding our sovereign rights and protective status using the Marshall Trilogy (Johnson v. M’Intosh in 1823; Cherokee Nation v. Georgia in 1831; and Worcester v. Georgia in 1832) as a stare decisis.

As a matter of fact, local human rights laws can become one of the most expansive human rights laws in this country if amended. As such, an amendment to the human rights laws or a bill regarding a human rights hybrid to African-American sovereign rights and protective status can be filed by a council member where the mayor can either sign or veto the proposed legislation. If the mayor signs the proposed legislation, it becomes local law and part of the city’s charter and administrative code.

As an addendum to the above strategies, we can also explore the possibility of seeking relief, justice and sovereignty by petitioning the International Court of Justice, which is the main judicial branch of the United Nations, along with the International Criminal Court, where an established tribunal prosecutes and tries perpetrators for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression. By appealing to the global African community, we can also garner support to employ the foundation of international human rights law, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, where the creation of an International Criminal Tribunal for African-Americans can prosecute and try perpetrators who violate the humanity, sovereign rights and protective status of African-Americans by way of hideous transgressions.

Only the enemies of African-American sovereignty will not pressure the president of the United States, lobby Congress, petition the courts and pursue human rights laws to establish sovereign rights and protective status for the descendants of enslaved Africans living in America. Thus, enemies of African-American sovereignty would rather engage in sclerotic methods such as marching and praying where the outcome is a prolix scale of outrageous killings, incarceration, unemployment, extreme poverty and a remarkable dependency on whites for our survival and basic necessities of life as we continue to live in squalor with our children under the watch of a biracial president.