OUR EDITOR-IN-CHIEF RESPONDS TO “A Message to the Divided States of America”
© Bernard W. Saunders
July 18, 2014
I had to let this one steep overnight. I could have answered it immediately upon reading it but decided to give it time.
The previously posted “THERE ARE NONE SO BLIND AS THOSE THAT WILL NOT SEE: A Message to the Divided States of America” (*see link below) is a great take on racial relations in the USA.
The nation’s racism is reflected in its foreign policy, where the Israeli Palestinian conflict receives the most press due to the nation’s unqualified support of the Jewish state. But it can be seen in the wars the USA has fought since WW1, as “western values” that are steeped in white supremacy became the center of the treatment of nations of color outside of Europe.
That policy now has severe domestic consequences because the racism of the USA at home now has folks of color openly talking about a race war in the USA as the only solution to the continued rule of the white supremacists who flagrantly ignore the fact that the USA will soon be a “majority minority” nation. If that play on words is not proof positive of what you have written I don’t know what is.
I would only add that the race war in the USA has been waged in a one sided manner since the founding of the nation. The USA was founded on the genocide of Native Americans and grew rich and powerful on the enslavement of Africans.
An enlightening piece was published by TA-NEHISI COATES, in the June 2014 issue of the Atlantic.com, “The Case for Reparations”. It without question supports your thesis.
I am a product of the Black Nationalist, Pan Africanism, and African Centered thought. Knowing others like you has made me realize that skin color doesn’t matter as much as the color of one’s mind. Sadly you are a distinct minority among Caucasians. And unless that equation is reversed, the racial politics of the USA will succumb to the same mechanisms of ethnic, racial conflicts around the globe, not in the ballot box of a rigged electoral system but in the streets-as the Israeli and Palestinians conflict comes home to roost as Malcolm would say.
And when, not if that happens, we will all be losers.
Bernard W. Saunders
July 18, 2014
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B, Thank you for this extremely meaningful and vital comment. I sincerely hope that other people will jump in and add to this crucially important dialogue.
When the Attorney General of the United States can take what you just said and, in essence, pretty much speak it out loud in a nutshell form, you know there is a serious problem in The Divided States of America that has now become so visibly magnified as to be impossible to sweep under the Rug of Denial and Ignorance* any longer.
The work of reaching our youth with the Truth and the task of expanding minds and souls is massive – yet the numbers of those who care enough to attempt to help are so few. I am very grateful to have you as a partner in this website, because you bring so much valuable insight to the table – insight and clarity that needs to be disseminated as far and wide as possible. Hopefully it will reach those youth and those minds and souls we speak to.
Oh, on the subject of TA-NEHISI COATES’s article on Reparations – thank you for pointing me in that direction. I have read about half of it now and will comment on the piece when I have had a chance to read it in its entirety. Thanks again B for your encouragement and your wise insight.
* The phrase “Rug of Denial and Ignorance” © 2014 PJ Hayward, New York
Scary stuff Mr Editor!
Ant Thomas; Thanks for your response. Reality is often scary. Anyone who is not scared about the racial, religious, ethnic animus not only in the USA and South Africa but dominating world affairs today lives in a world different from mine. Only truth, not mine, or yours but universal, gives humanity any chance of surviving what this current path is leading us all down. Please continue to speak truth to power. The illumination of truth is our only hope for the generations to come. All is not bleak, Young folks are responding. In that there is hope.Peace, Love, Respect. Bernard W. Saunders