Saturday, July 18, 2015

You can't train a racist mind not to be racist, but it's all about class!

It is not possible to train a racist not to be racist. The origin of the police in the U.S. was in slave catchers hired to apprehend Black slaves and return them to their masters. It is not all about racism, it is also about class. The police have not been trained to serve and protect Black people, other people of color, and poor white people.

Slave labor made America rich. Blacks have fought in every war, only to be lynched in their uniform as they returned to the shores of this country. The wealth of this country is forged out of the destruction and oppression of Black bodies that will never enjoy freedom here.

Blacks are shot down almost daily by cops. The government is too weak and corrupt to protect the lives of Black people and the poor in America. Black lives do matter!

How long are we going to live under tyranny and continue to pass on the legacy of cowardice to our children? How long will you continue to suffer? And when somebody is bold enough to speak truth to power and you get frightened, what are you afraid of? We must stand together.

We must never let fleeting wealth and ever-fleeting fame stop us from seeing the plantation. The Europeans owned the acres of land that they would not work, but found it easy to own the ships that brought our fore-fathers out of Africa. Slavery made America rich. Slavery never made us rich.

Our education system is training our Black children to keep Blacks in a slave box as Black neighborhoods don't provide goods and services for themselves, are exploited, and receive the worst products and services from those who provide good services to many whites. The law is expanded against Blacks and poor whites, as whites in power use the criminal justice system to punish those as it wishes without regard for justice. The promise of justice and equality have not been met.

Mr. J.B. Stoner, the Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, said in a letter one day that the KKK would relinquish wearing its white-hooded sheets in exchange for black judges robes, three-piece suits for prosecutors and other elected officials, or the blue/brown police officer uniforms. They would be influential in other areas of power with the same white supremacist and racist mindset toward Black people. You can't train a racist mind to not be racist. The white-dominated society is more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.

We are asking America to be true to the huge promissory note that it signed years ago. We never stopped to realize that no other ethnic group has been enslaved en masse on American soil. It is alright to tell a man to lift himself up by his own bootstraps, but it is a cruel jest to say that to a bootless man. Only in America, the land of the free and home of the brave.

We the people must come together. The revolution is NOW.

-Rev. Pinkney