This country is called the land of the free and the home of the brave. To whom exactly does that refer? This country was birthed from insolent liars and thieves. Those who came to this country stated that they were in search of “religious freedom”. That is a half-truth, which at its core is a lie! The people came to this country in search of a “better life.” They were in search of wealth and that is still the goal of those pursuing the “American Dream.” Let us not get distracted!
African Americans, Black people, Negroes (all forms – Mullato, Quadroon, Octoroon, etc.) built this country and made it great after the “founders” stole is from the Native Americans. The ignorance of those of the Caucasian descent is profoundly amazing – only in their continued attempt to turn a blind eye to their own savagery. A savage is a brutal or vicious person – sounds founding fatherish to me!! The very reason that the “America’s” wanted to break away from British rule was because it had become so wealthy they no longer desired to “share” the monies (in the form of taxation no less).
However, the fact remains that this country’s founders were hypocrites. They utilized their “religious freedom” to hold those who were making them great in bondage. They ignored scriptures such as Galatians 3:28 and Colossians 3:11 – both which share that in the sight of God there is neither Jew, Gentile, slave or free, male or female – we are all the same in His eyes. Yet, devices have been utilized to formulate the minds of whites, as well as other nationalities, toward the African American in a way that is far from the truth.
Throughout the ages here in America, WASPs have sought to emasculate the African American male and even cause African American women to join their ranks. I watched the “great” cinema presentation “The Birth of a Nation” and was deeply sickened. The minds of people forever formulated by the thoughts of a white man in terms of the freed slave and the African American male in particular. The very people who had cooked their food, picked their crops, and built their “great” nation – for free might I add, were mere Sambo’s, piccaninnies, and mammies. Sex craved, depraved individuals – presented in “black face” looking to do to the white man what had been done to the Negro for 400 years. Amazingly enough the true “brave and now free” have been working to recover from the traumatizing effects of slavery to compete in a country that was already setting them up for failure.
Written into the emancipation proclamation was the illegality to enslave another, with the exception of those who were jailed. A loop hole that has consistently kept African American men and women bound. White judges, white juries, the inability to vote or stand on the “spirit” in which the Constitution was written – to have life, seek liberty, and pursue happiness. Lied on and to, cheated at every given opportunity, who are the brave?!
To be brave means “ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage.” Courage is “the ability to do something that frightens one – strength in the face of pain or grief.” The brave are those who possess courage and are the very persons that have been painted as “criminals, sex craved, rapists, savages, etc.…” the African American. We came from greatness and in spite of your damning cruelties we were and continue to be the “Rising Star” that our flag depicts.
From the ashes of your hatred we rise. You attempt to under-educate our children in your resegregated schools, you jail our men and bind them with unfair sentencing, you underpay the most highly educated group in the nation (African American women), you call our protests tyranny; you have redline and attempted to keep us in the new “slave quarters” of your making; tear apart our families … and still we rise! We are resilient – haven’t you recognized that yet?!
Our white counterparts ask “what can we do to change things” as they march with us in protest of those of you who still operate and lead in the spirit of the founding fathers. This is what you can do … re-write the history books and place them in all the schools telling of your true rise to power on the backs of the African American; stop focusing on the “criminal past” of those who are shot down and killed by racist cops and know that “blue bloods” are the largest gang in the nation; stop trying to perpetuate hate among our ranks for one another favoring and encouraging us to favor/hate those who look more like you; stop looking at us through your “DW Griffith” eyes and recognize that we all are Humankind. Acknowledge that you have for far too long operated under the auspice that your skin alone made you superior and that in and of itself is simple-minded.
The land of the free and the home of the brave – that celebration of the Independence Day really belongs to those whose blood, sweat, and tears made this country what it is…The African American!!!