I think that it’s time for me to get involved in the political debate that’s goin on right now, because I just can’t keep watching this cluster-fuck of a country continue it’s self-inflicted social decline without adding my own two cents, if only for the historical record. And to be honest, I kinda feel like with the way 2020 is goin, mufuckas better speak now or forever hold their piece. With that being said, may the ancestors witness my work and guide my steps along this path.
So first and foremost let me say this: the reason why I’m doing this is because I think there’s a voice missing in this ongoing discussion about race relations in America, and it’s time for someone to fill that void. I don’t necessarily believe that voice has to be mine, but I don’t hear anyone else speaking my truth to the powers that be, so until someone else takes the responsibility out of my hands, I’ll do it myself. As much as I would prefer not to.
I always say you gotta start out how you wanna end up, so that’s what imma do here. What I can’t understand for the life of me is this: why are there so many Black people in America (and I mean this is covering the entire melanated spectrum from the bourgie HBCU, so-called “educated” Black folks, to the self-studied supposedly “woke” Black folks) who want so desperately to be rid of this man Donald Trump? Y’all act like Trump is somehow unfit to hold the office of POTUS, but as far as I can tell, Trump is the President that this country truly deserves. He is the mental, physical, and spiritual personification of America, at its mass graveyard of a core.
Yes, he is. Absolutely and unabashedly grotesque, uncouth and ill-mannered. He’s obstinate and obese. Narcissistically entitled. Dangerously uninformed. Intrinsically bigotted, biased, racially prejudicial and discriminatory. Self-deluded by grandeur yet socially inept and obviously administratively incompetent. Menacingly authoritarian; tyrannical in power and just downright mean about it.
I could go on, but let it suffice to say that Donald John Trump is the quintessential product of capitalist acquisition, of ill-gotten privilege and the sociopathic misering of the rest of the world’s wealth. In my estimation, that man is the actual embodiment of America.
I intend here to present three very specific, and uncomplicated claims, namely that:
- The descendents of the Africans who were enslaved in and by America have never truly been, and can never truly be, Americans.
- It is therefore unwise and counterproductive for the descendents of the Africans who were enslaved in and by America to continuously invest our collective time, energy, resources, and faith into political and economic systems that were literally designed to oppress and exploit us specifically.
- Donald Trump is the President that America deserves.
These are all statements that I know for a certainty I can prove using the historical record and peer-reviewed evidence beyond the shadow of the most unrelenting doubt. Each one of these claims, as I intend to demonstrate, flow from one to the other quite naturally in my mind. I arrived at each one of these conclusions through many years of introspection, cross-examination and study.
I say that to say this, I’m not a teacher, I’m not an expert on anything other than being myself. I will very likely raise more questions in my effort than I personally have answers for, but I think that asking the right questions is a critically important habit to form in life, and not practiced widely enough. This entire exercise is meant to catalyze solution-based conversations that will lead to organization and the development of an action plan to address our issues by ourselves. That all-inclusive approach to solving Black issues where any and everyone is welcome to get involved has so far been non-productive. I say we try a different approach.
So now, let’s continue our discussion by first disabusing ourselves of this insidious phrase “The American Dream” for once and for all, and I’ll establish why I say shit like Trump is the American Dream in the weirdly orange-painted flesh.
To begin, I’m taking for granted here that enough of us can come to a common agreement on what the definition of a ‘dream’ is, insofar that we can avoid any controversy on that matter, leaving us with the question of: what does it mean to be an American?
Well, personally I think another non-controversial statement would be that an ‘American’ is a natural or naturalized citizen of the United States, who enjoys equal protection under law, and has adequate representation in government.
Right? I’m no political science wiz, but I think that can stand as a technical definition of being an American. That’s what I mean when I refer to someone as an American anyway.
So if we use this as our definition of an American, is it not already painfully clear that these above stated qualifications, the equal protection and adequate representation, have never encompassed or included or applied to the descendants of the Africans who were enslaved in and by the United States? Is it not clear to any objective observer, using even the most rudimentary tools of critical analysis that, outside of exploiting our entire group of people in every imaginable way, America has no other practical use for us here?
Well I think it is. That fact has been clearer to me than Tom fuckin Cruise for a very long time. I really don’t have the available gigabytes or the personal desire to document all the historical ways that I know this to be true, although I will present what I can. Honestly if I have to convince you of the veracity of my statement, you’re probably not going to like the rest of this podcast at all lil buddy. But I digress.
This all leads us into the primary claim in my three part statement, even if in an admittedly amateurish and roundabout way.
My maternal 3x great-grandmother was enslaved here. I know this because my 2x great-grandmother told me. She died in her 90’s. She was senile, probably due to what they call alzheimers now, but apparently even that type of memory loss can’t erase some of the most extremely traumatic experiences.
So then, what about the descendants of those Africans enslaved here? We were discussing the offspring of African chattel enslaved here in America, and in particular, we were examining by what criteria would one of us (i.e. a descendent of those enslaved Africans) be able to recognize oneself as an American, considering that we have already determined these few but crucial facts:
- the qualifications ascribed to an American citizen have never equally applied to descendants of enslaved Africans here in America.
- subsequently no descendent of enslaved Africans in America can realistically claim to be American.
Ok look… see? You’re sittin there, right now, with your face in a frown again and your lips all screwed up, lmao simmer down; hear me out.
I know that many of you viscerally and vehemently disagree with me on this assertion, but have we not together just examined the facts as we know them?
Did we not just easily define what it is to be an American, and by that same definition did we not also conclude that our definition does not extend the beneficence of it’s American-ness to the descendants of enslaved Africans?
With that being the case, how in the caucasian hell can we be Americans, if we have only ever had access to the hostility and perennial disdain of the dominant culture, but not ever to any of the benefits of their ample privilege?
No protection under law, only police brutality and wrongful racially motivated mass incarceration. No adequate representation in government, only disempowering factitious liberalism and belligerently bigotted conservative policy making.
Dummycrats and Retardicans are two wings on the same scavenging bald eagle. I say this all the time. The only real inclusion into American culture gained through the abolishment of slavery was the ability for us now to be inordinately taxed by the government like everyone else. Actually, the US government was simultaneously acting in ways to disenfranchise the people it had just freed.
I seem to remember hearing tales of a revolutionary war being fought over the egregious offense of taxation without representation. Whatever tho, right?
The descendents of the Africans who were enslaved here in America are not, have never been, and will never be American. I don’t know how, why or in what way any adult Black person in America today could logically consider themselves to be, at least.
I mean, really… Explain to me how you came to that conclusion. Is it merely by the virtue of the fact we were born here in the US that you claim this American nationality? ‘Cause, if that’s the case, the US government calls that an “anchor baby’.
If the present condition of the LatinX community and the so-called ‘Dreamers’ are any indication, America aint trying to fuck with no anchor babies. America deports anchor babies. So, obviously being born here doesn’t have a goddamned thing to do with being American to these people.
“…But my people built this country”, you might continue to assert.
This is a fact. I’m not a fool, so I don’t argue against verifiable facts. The United States of America built this economy on
- primarily the backs of enslaved Africans
- indentured European and Asian labor
- the eradication of indigenous people and the forced conscription of their lands during the expansion of the revolutionary frontier.
American economic capital is originally derived from these historically criminal acts, and concomitantly from the exploitation of Africa and Asia’s natural resources. The transAtlantic slave trade built the stock market. Jim Crow era legislation and sharecropping policies continued after slavery was abolished, robbing our entire race of much needed and more than deserved capital, forever. Again. Northern industrial manufacturing unions discriminate openly against us to this day, wherever they may still exist.
These were all established practices of this government, which is an extension of the American people. Even though we, meaning the enslaved Africans and their descendents, made this country wealthy beyond measure. Yes the fuck we did.
But we don’t and have never exercised any ownership of that labor, those farms, or those factories. So in what way exactly does any of that bestow American nationality upon you, when all of it was forcibly extracted from our ancestors in the first place? That doesn’t make sense to me.
Americans are proud of all those things, btw. They actually celebrate these malevolent genocidal crimes against humanity till this day.
Many of you celebrate right alongside them.
Our enslaved ancestors can’t be said to spin in their graves, because the majority of them weren’t even granted the dignity of a proper African burial. Which is why I believe that their spirits spin themselves instead into vengeful hurricanes, swelling, enraged, making a tempest of the same Atlantic ocean where so many of them drowned. Every time a shark bites a white person on the gulf coast that’s a poltergeist. Or karma. Probably both.
Again I digress, lmao, however my digression conveniently brings us to the secondary point of my overall statement.
It is [therefore] unwise and counterproductive for the descendents of the Africans who were enslaved in and by America to continuously invest our collective time, energy, resources, and faith into political and economic systems that were literally designed to oppress and exploit us specifically.
According to a quick google search, it was on August 20, 1619, that “‘20 and odd’ Angolans, kidnapped by the Portuguese, arrive in the British colony of Virginia and are then bought by English colonists.” Those English colonists revolted against the British monarchy in 1775, and declared THEIR independence on July 2, 1776.
On September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed between Great Britain and the United States, recognizing the United States, making peace between the two nations, and formally ending the American Revolution.
The US Constitution was ratified on September 17, 1787. They signed the American Bill of Rights in 1791. So from beginning to end, from 1775 to 1791, the American Revolution defined for the first time on the planet Earth what an American is, and what an American is entitled to, as a citizen of these newly United States.
The Africans we descend from were here that whole time.
Crispus Attucks, a colonial slave, is widely reported to be the first or among the first of the revolutionaries to die in their war. And yet nowhere in the American definition of a citizen are the Africans, who were already present here, even remotely considered to be included.
Those Africans are my ancestors.
So for me the reality of the matter is this: from 1619, when the first enslaved Africans touched these shores, all the way up until 1964, when the so-called Civil Rights Act was passed, white people in this country have made it perfectly clear that they have deep, philosophically entrenched ideas of what it means to be free, and what it means to be an American. The descendents of the Africans who were enslaved in and by America were never included in that definition. If we were, show me where.
I’m basically just here to tell you that, um… based on any objective study of their historical worldview and their collective behavior as a nation of people, Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles could see that most of these white people don’t consider our people to even be human, let alone their equals. This has been their firm majority opinion for a whole 345 fuckin years. So there’s no reasonable way you can convince me that I am now, have ever been, or will ever be American, and based on that fact there’s no reasonable way you can convince me that I should continue to invest my time, energy, resources, or faith into political and economic systems that I KNOW were SPECIFICALLY designed to oppress me, and every fuckin body that looks like me.
Goddammit it’s 2020, and even now the simple and ridiculously obvious statement that “Black Lives Matter” is still a highly controversial subject in this baleful country, capable of possibly igniting the spark of its second Civil War.
Oh, lets not forget these mfs fought a whole war against each other over whether or not slavery should be allowed to continue. Abraham Lincoln is recorded to have said something to the effect that if he could have preserved slavery and the Union at the same time, he would have done so.
Bottom line for me is this: This is their country, they feel like they stole it fair and square, and they have absolutely no intention of sharing any significant aspects of its ownership with the descendendants of the enslaved Africans that they brought here. And, since we have never been accepted as full citizens here, with slavery being an acceptable social condition that these people decided on before the idea of America itself even existed, there’s absolutely no logical way that any descendant of an African slave can consider themselves to actually be an American.
None of the historical evidence in our 399 year cultural entanglement with these people supports that claim to nationality, therefore making it a demonstrably false, crucially flawed, and ultimately dangerous notion.
It follows then, that, if we can’t offer up or refer to any evidence of our being Americans, then concomitantly the American Dream that has been promulgated here and around the globe can not apply to us. Our sleepstate here has never been a peaceful slumber. It’s always been a fitful and torturous nightmare of wrathful rejection, economic victimization, and social exploitation. That has been the American Dream for us. This, as you may have guessed, leads us into my third and final claim, which is that
Donald Trump is the President that America deserves.
Yes, goddammit; I said what I said and I mean that shit.
Never in my 45 years as a reasonably intelligent Black man in the United States of America, have I witnessed the white mainstream society experience such sheer and utter horror as they have while enduring the Presidency of Donald John Trump. Now they know what it feels like to be lied to and deliberately misinformed by their own government. Now they see how feeble and fickle the administration of justice and law is in their country.
They’ve had to put up with this bull rampaging around their precious little Americana Tavern, watching him smash and trample the various pillars of their institutions for 3 measly years.
And look at them. Broken. Disheveled. Anarchistic.
I got popcorn with butter and a Coke with Jack on the rocks over here; kicked back, feet up, blowing smoke rings, and here y’all come. The Black Community, ready to save America from itself. Again. SMGDH.
Why the fuck are you killjoys trying to stop my Goddamn show, is what I’m askin. Let these white people have their President. They deserve to know what it feels like to be disenfranchised by their own government. From 1619 until 1964, they didn’t even consider us to be people. That’s 345 fuckin years. America itself is only 244 years old. We have been dehumanized here in every significant way imaginable for something like 150% of American fuckin history.
So why are you trying so desperately to prevent the demise of a society that has historically and still continues to oppress you is the real question, for me.