What difference does it make,
if we protest, riot and loot?
The governors didn’t care about us then,
now they’ll care even less.
What difference does it make,
if we burn down their ivory towers?
Weren’t they erected—
just to remind us—
how rich they’ve become,
and how poor we’ve remained?
What difference does it make,
if life’s a daily struggle,
or if we die being oppressed?
We have no future,
all we have’s a past.
The world hated us before,
now they’ll hate us even more….
Religious men say:
“God helps those, who help themselves”.
So who can condemn us,
if we try to help ourselves,
just like the racist men, did before us—
to benefit themselves?
By: ElRoyPoet © 2021
“Those four boys became a small part of a big group. In the fiscal year that encompassed April 2016, Rutherford County jailed 986 children for a total of 7,932 days.” Excerpt from: Black Children Were Jailed for a Crime That Doesn’t Exist. Almost Nothing Happened to the Adults in Charge. (Judge Donna Scott Davenport oversees a juvenile justice system with a staggering history of jailing children. She said kids must face consequences, which rarely seem to apply to her or the other adults in charge.
Commentary: After the civil war was won by the north, the south was infuriated because they had to surrender their human property. So they decided to sabotage the emancipated slaves and proceeded to retaliate against them. Even though the black nation was freed by the north, the white supremacists blamed them for their defeat. So the KKK persecuted them illegally and the southern states legally through the enforcement of jim crow laws.
White society tolerated the black man, only if he assimilated and did what he was told. (Even to this day, the compliant black man, refers to the white man as “boss”.) If they perceived that any black man had “crossed the line”, the white mob would put him back in his place.
When a racist state strips away a black boy’s self-worth—by default, he is also denied his unalienable rights, to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If he is forced into the School-to-Prison Pipeline (the school policies and procedures that drive many of our nation’s schoolchildren into a pathway, that begins in school and ends up, in the criminal justice system), he reverts to self-preservation mode. So when he grows up and becomes a young adult, how can he succeed and fulfill his social responsibility to his future family and community? Racism is a travesty of justice, because it has future generational implications.
The purpose of black girls is to grow up to become moms. The purpose of black boys is to grow up to become the husbands of these moms and dads to the children. But, how can these young black men take care of young black moms and their children, if the white supremacists have already stripped their dignity away from them? How can they be responsible, to provide and protect their families, if they have inherited their grand-dads’ low self-esteem issues and now have even fewer job opportunities for economic success?
The psychological factors impacting young black men, due to this pernicious subculture of white oppression has also inadvertently burdened young unwed moms because they are now stuck trying to fulfill the role of mother and father. Even though these unwed moms try to incentivize single young adult men to stay with them, by sharing the government benefits provided to them by democratic social programs. These broken men don’t feel obligated to partner in the support of their girlfriend’s kids, because if they do or if they don’t contribute, they are still going to get handouts or hand me downs. They are just reaping a windfall, that’s available to them if they stay with this unwed mom or move on to the next one.
White supremacy exists and maintains power through the law and when police call adult black men “boys” they are only reinforcing that “loser” stereotype. Tragically, when a man believes society is against him, he embraces a “devil will care” attitude, because he knows he will never amount to anything. So he espouses the lifestyle of a scoundrel, only gratifying himself and taking advantage of whomever or whatever opportunity presents itself. To our culture’s detriment, this hedonistic lifestyle that has resulted from the many decades of systemic racism, has also influenced other nationalities’ young men to give in to the temptation of gaming the system in order to avoid the responsibility of working to provide for a wife and children. This is the true cost all of society must pay for the deliberate brute actions of racists.
The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose. By: James A. Baldwin
I’ve come to believe that the most dangerous man in the world is the one who feels no remorse. The one who never apologizes and therefore seeks no forgiveness. Because in the end it is our emotions that make us weak, not our actions. By: Tahereh Mafi
Historical Facts: Andrew Johnson became president following the assassination of Lincoln. Once in office, Johnson focused on quickly restoring the Southern states to the Union. He granted amnesty to most former Confederates and allowed the rebel states to elect new governments. These governments, which often included ex-Confederate officials, soon enacted black codes, measures designed to control and repress the recently freed slave population. When the U.S. Congress convened in December 1865, it refused to seat the newly elected Southern members, and Johnson found himself at odds with the legislature, particularly the Radical Republicans, who viewed the president’s approach to Reconstruction as too lenient.
In 1866, Johnson vetoed the Freedmen’s Bureau bill and the Civil Rights bill, legislation aimed at protecting blacks. That same year, when Congress passed the 14th Amendment granting citizenship to blacks, the president urged Southern states not to ratify it (the amendment nevertheless was ratified in July 1868). During the 1866 congressional elections, Johnson launched a multiple-city speaking campaign, dubbed “a swing around the circle,” in which he attempted to win support for his Reconstruction policies. The tour proved to be a failure, and the Republicans won majorities in both houses of Congress and set about enacting their own Reconstruction measures.
Hostilities between the president and Congress continued to mount, and in February 1868, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Johnson. Among the 11 charges, he was accused of violating the Tenure of Office Act by suspending Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (1814-1869), who opposed Johnson’s Reconstruction policies. That May, the Senate acquitted Johnson of the charges by one vote.
Excerpt from History.com
The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern. Where there is no vision, the people perish… Many seek the ruler’s favor; but every man’s judgment comes from The Lord. There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps. The wise fear The Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure. Bible, Proverbs 29:7,18,26; 14:12,15,16