In lieu of the United State Justice Department’s decision in reference to the killing of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, along with listening to Minster Louis Farrakhan’s Saviours’ Day 2015 keynote address, titled “The Intensifying Universal Cry for Justice,” I was compelled to write and submit this article.
American equality: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
American supremacy is founded on two false premises: one, white Jewish supremacy, which states Jews are superior, gentiles are inferior and Blacks are subhuman, and two, white supremacy, which says whites are superior and Blacks are inferior. Simply stated: American equality is justice for all and American supremacy is justice for the superior.
American equality has not been a reality for Black people in America or the world so much so that it has negatively affected the Black family and community economically, politically and socially. For example, last hired, first fired; gerrymandering of the community; and no justice in the daily lives of Black people. White conservatives commit crimes against the Black and latino community while white liberals allow them to get away with the crimes. All of these infractions are as a result of American supremacy.
The net result of these two phenomena is that Black people are conflicted. On one hand, they consciously expect justice from American equality, yet subconsciously, as a result of American supremacy, they question whether they are qualified for justice and freedom.
The first victim and casualty of American supremacy in the 20th century was Booker T. Washington. Some 100 years ago, he was assaulted in New York City by some white thugs and died soon after in Tuskegee, Ala., in November 1915.
Some 50 years later, Malcolm X was a victim and casualty of American supremacy. Feb. 3, 1965, Malcolm arrived in Montgomery, Ala. He then traveled to Tuskegee, Ala., where he spoke to 3,000 students at Tuskegee Institute’s Logan Hall. The next day, Feb. 4, he spoke to an audience of approximately 300 students at the Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Ala. Three weeks later, Sunday, Feb. 21, 1965, he was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City.
Three years later, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was planning a protest demonstration in Washington, D.C., while at the same time he was participating in the Memphis Sanitation Strike. He was assassinated during the strike April 4, 1968—another victim of American supremacy.
During that same year, one of my student athletes, Dewey Hickman, headed a student protest for a Black principal at Boys High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. They boycotted their classes and staged sit-ins at the administrative offices, which led to the appointment of the first Black principal in a New York City high school. Sadly, Dewey made his transition after a lengthy illness Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. He was a graduate of Harvard University after receiving academic and athletic honors at Boys High School as president of the student council and captain of the track team.
Black people must be vigilant in their quest to achieve the goal, which, in this case, is justice, which simply means a conviction and punishment. Don’t focus or settle for the prize, which is a civil suit that might result in a money settlement. In focusing on a civil suit, the only one who benefits is the individual, but focusing on justice impacts the individual and the community. A recent example is Super Bowl 49, when quarterback Russell Wilson or his coach Pete Carroll took their eyes off the goal and focused on the prize, effectively losing the Super Bowl.
The mayor, the police commissioner and the police are all a part of the executive branch responsible for law enforcement. Judges and the district attorneys make up the judicial branch. These two branches are the criminal justice system. The City Council is the legislative branch responsible for enacting laws. This describes the political reality, yet what is the economic reality? The economic reality is that land owners, business owners and bankers have the real power, whereas Black and Latino communities are not a part of that economic reality, which deems Blacks and Latinos powerless except through unity and their threat or implementation of boycotts and strikes.
“No Justice, No Profit.” Boycotts and strikes take money from the power structure, but marching gives money to the power structure. Goals are achieved more successfully through boycotts and strikes because of the impact on the power structure economically, and given our history, we should focus more on boycotts and strikes, less on marching.
America’s political, social, and economic reality is there is no equality!