America focuses on terrorism overseas without ever acknowledging terrorism against the citizens within its borders. Those finding themselves in shock and awe of the relentless violence against Melanites (non-Whites) don’t know American history. Endless victims of justifiable homicide continue to be murdered by authorized terrorists (law enforcement, white vigilantes, etc.) of the USA because it’s business as usual.
Genocide has been perpetuated against the many black and brown indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere since the late 15th century. Three hundred million indigenous peoples were annihilated in order for European colonizers to confiscate and control this land. Genocide intensified against Blacks after the 13th Amendment ended enslavement-capitalism in 1865. No longer considered property, Blacks were deemed expendable and lynching Blacks became a national pastime. Moreover, Blacks were perceived and feared as competitors. As a result, “barriers to entry” such as licenses, certificates, degrees, permits, Black Codes (laws that discriminated against Blacks) and other forms of “documented authorization and approval” were invented and introduced into society in order to bar Blacks and other Melanites from the labor force, market place and society in general.
For 100 years Blacks were lynched with impunity. Ralph Ginzburg’s revealing book, 100 Years of Lynchings (1962) documents this century of American history. These social events became family functions where bold executioners took advantage of every photo opportunity to pose with their victims’ tortured bodies as if they were trophies of slaughtered prey. Many of these mob lynchings and burnings were photographed then proudly displayed across newspaper headlines, on greeting cards and as popular postcards that glorified violence against Blacks. This gruesome collection of photographs was published in Hilton Als’ and James Allen’s book, Without Sanctuary (2000), as a visible testament to America’s unequivocally racist history.
By 1892 lynchings were so widespread that Ida B. Wells-Barnett took it upon herself to write the Red Record, which condemned and documented the hundreds of lynchings committed across America annually. While hundreds of lynchings were recorded, far more went unreported for fear of increased victimization, generally from terrorist gang members of the Ku Klux Klan. Although the Dyer Bill (anti-lynching legislation) was introduced in 1918, it was not passed by the House of Representatives until 1922. However, in 2010 a 50-year-old black man was found lynched from a tree in Concord, California’s Baldwin Park. These days, nooses can still be found anonymously displayed at jobsites and on college campuses across the country because political legislation cannot change individual beliefs. American culture has graduated from the social barbarism of legal lynchings to the politically-correct fallacy of justifiable homicides.
Worst of all, there is no motivation not to participate in this racist legacy of genocide. While families of the victims are busy making funeral arrangements, the overwhelming majority of killers/shooters are never indicted, never convicted, and remain free to return to their posts while unarmed protestors against this injustice are regarded as criminals. These overt patterns of covert injustice will be self-perpetuating as long as white supremacy condemns Melanites to THIRD-place as MINOR-ities of the hue-man race. Racism will remain an American staple as long as white supremacy is thoroughly embedded into every aspect of American culture – language and society (economics, education, entertainment, family, labor, law, politics, religion, science, war/military).
Contrary to the popular propaganda of a “post-racial” society, white supremacy is allowed to thrive and impact every aspect and area of our lives. Like the air, it’s everywhere whether we acknowledge it or not. The corporate media focuses on obfuscating the horrors of white supremacy and the terror of racism with reports of protestors creating sporadic acts of commuter inconvenience. If protest demonstrations against justifiable homicides are an inconvenience just think how inconvenient it is to have the life of your innocent son, husband, father, uncle, grandfather, child, friend … or yourself wrongfully terminated! If one should find themselves unexpectedly delayed, that time might be well spent texting, tweeting, emailing, organizing and formulating projects and action-plans that will actually eliminate racism and white supremacy. Our very humanity as human beings hinges upon our ability to destroy the lynchpin of racism that tolerates legal lynchings as justified homicide. (For more information see Recognizing & Resolving the Roots of Racism, ISBN 978-1-4507-4050-0)