This is a long post, but the only one for the week. Please read it careful.
I’ve read some of the comments to this video and the one that struck me was one gentleman who made a statement that I want to challenge. Challenge on the basis that it has a tone or element of inconsideration towards others, specifically White people.
Here’s the comment: (This is the person who commented words, not mine.)
“The Europeans has go to go! As a black man hearing this,it is too remenisant of our struggle here in AmeriKKKa,and in Africa.” – Source: YouTube “Living for the White Race (Part 1)
Now I understand your frustration, but how can we teach if we are unwilling to learn? What I mean by that is that I agree America has committed many unspoken and unmentionable horrendous deeds against practically everyone, including White people. Let me try to explain this as plainly as I can.
What is often misunderstood about the ‘struggle’ that was mentioned is that the Civil Rights Movement and other Social Justice, Equal Rights, Human Rights and Abolitionist movements of yesterday did not exclude White people. That would go against the purpose for the movement. It was a movement for justice and inclusion, not another form of exclusion.
I can only assume that there will be those who are prone to reactionary politics who may half-heartedly consider what is being said before making accusations of some racial or cultural bias without much if any knowledge of what they’re actually suggesting.
The purpose of the Mexica-Movement as I see it from the experiences of an American Black Man when considering its mission, it is not to make any claims of supremacy, but to educate people about the intricacies of what is commonly known and branded as White Supremacy.
On the site it reads…
We reject all European divisions of our continent.
We reject the artificial border divisions of our people.
We reject the White Supremacist ideology
that claims Europeans are permanently endowed
with the right to define who we are as a people.
We include “First Nation” and “Native American”
and “Indigenous People” all as one Nican Tlaca,
all as one Indigenous Nation.
We say, “No to occupation!”
We say, “This is still our continent!“
We say, “Europeans are the illegals—since 1492!”
Someone who is committed to being a reactionary and/or have a lack of knowledge of these issues may immediately suggest racism. This is true for whether you have been told that you’re a genius or dumber than a rock. What I believe we all should consider is our own significance in society. We all can reject divisions of any continent or location, but remember that racism isn’t the produce of any one group but produced by all.
As I’ve said in the past on occasion. There are many people of color who were White that fought the systems, practices and traditions that has so divided us with hate and mistrust. It is not wise to walk the long road for justice, equality and truth alone.
Where we continue to make the mistake and promote the extension of our divisions is when we become too impatient to consider the core intentions of a person or group. Listen to what is being said void of your own prejudices and experiences of the matter, but you also need to listen to what is not being said in forming your opinion or opposition. This is directed to everyone, not just one.
The problem is us not them. Us meaning the role we play in our oppositions. Them meaning the opinions that are long held and promoted as truth, both demonstrate a measure of inconsideration towards the other.
Now I’m not defending Whites, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians or any other group I have not the time to mention. I’m defending people who are and continue to experience various forms of discrimination, intolerance and inequality. It is not justice to help one and not the other. It is an injustice to consider justice has been served if or when society comforts the victim without offering the opportunity for rehabilitation for the victimizer. Yes their debt must be paid in some way, but we can’t consider ourselves to be moral when we do not give example of morality to the immoral. We are essentially hypocrites to them and redemption is lost.
We must always seek justice, but it must be true. Justice that is not demanded is justice denied.
In conclusion, I would like to provide a quote from someone whose philosophy for justice I have studied and adopted. It is the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he penned the “A Letter from a Birmingham Jail”. A collection of smuggled paper into the Birmingham, AL jail in the early spring of 1963…
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
When you say that you’re not something or you’re against something you must consider what you are and what you support. It’s not by your words, but your actions that you are judged.
Consider others beyond yourself and your own measures of interpretation.
Thank you for reading what I have to say.
On A Personal Note:
I direct this more to those who has followed this blog for awhile, because you know and have seen many of the subject that I try to tackle and the extremist comments I often get from those who miss the point. I just felt that I should offer a little more of my own philosophy and thoughts, because this is what is often not seen on screen.
Over the years, but specifically since I began this blog in late 2006 I try to stay true to a central message of consideration for others beyond our own understanding. No one ever gets it right all of the time, but I think I’ve done a fair job of this. One of the issues that I am passionate towards and probably have a greater understanding of is discrimination.
I really do understand the frustrations of people when it comes to racism, discrimination, inequality, intolerance, prejudice and all other social, cultural and preferencial biases that’s waged against you by people who say they’re not what their actions say they are. I absolutely understand and fight against that. But I just want to do it right and in truth.
As I’m often misunderstood by people who may read what I have to say, but without the full understanding of what it being said, I admit frustration. Many times I want to result to simply telling them to Go To Hell, but I can’t do that. Primarily due to my sincere desire to help them understand what they’re doing and to see people in truth.
The aggravation we experience from fighting the same battles can be consuming, but I remind you that despite the mistrust we have towards others we must not cling to it. Whenever I find myself on the fence of hate and love I’ve learned to do one thing. I’ve experienced some hateful comments and emails from people who make all sorts of claims, but one thing I do is listen to those who offer me a true perspective.
So I end with this short excerpt from the same man’s philosophy I’ve sincerely worked to fully comprehend and adopt as my own. Many people only have a limited understanding of him, but if you ever want to get serious about this I suggest beginning with reading “The Autobiography of Martin Luther King” written by Clayborn Carson & Dr. King.
You may not understand today how this fit into the video above, but maybe in time it will give you perspective. This and many others from various walks of life has taught me a philosophy that I learn more each time I seek it. This is just one of them.
Except from “Our God is Marching On!” delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on March 25, 1965 in Montgomery, AL.
“So I plead with you this afternoon as we go ahead: remain committed to nonviolence. Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding. We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience. And that will be a day not of the white man, not of the black man. That will be the day of man as man.
I know you are asking today, “How long will it take?” Somebody’s asking, “How long will prejudice blind the visions of men, darken their understanding, and drive bright-eyed wisdom from her sacred throne?” Somebody’s asking, “When will wounded justice, lying prostrate on the streets of Selma and Birmingham and communities all over the South, be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men?” Somebody’s asking, “When will the radiant star of hope be plunged against the nocturnal bosom of this lonely night, plucked from weary souls with chains of fear and the manacles of death? How long will justice be crucified, and truth bear it?”
I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, because “truth crushed to earth will rise again.”
How long? Not long, because “no lie can live forever.” How long? Not long, because “you shall reap what you sow.”
How long? Not long: Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne, yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown stands God within the shadow keeping watch above his own.
How long? Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
How long? Not long, because: Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword; His truth is marching on.
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat; He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat. O, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! Be jubilant my feet. Our God is marching on.