How many generations removed from the atrocity that was American slavery should one expect to find a people fully recovered? A people capable of producing a percentage of successful doctors, lawyers, and scientists on par with their more historically privileged White American counterparts? How many generations removed from the freed slaves, left displaced and without the support or education they needed to pick up the pieces? A generation which was immediately succeeded by the continuing generations of Black men incarcerated and forced to provide continuing “free” labor to an enterprise devastated at the loss of the free labor of slaves? The Black men incarcerated by the very system which benefits by their being incarcerated?
Legislation such as “3-strikes” and minimum sentences limiting judges’ ability to apply their judgement on individual situations, create the perfect system for ensuring slaves indentured by the correctional system. A system where the outrageously disproportionate population of incarcerated Black men has been made acceptable by virtue of there always having been a disproportionate population of incarcerated Black men. Add to that the harsher sentences for drugs most commonly found in urban neighborhoods and the ever-declining morale and sense of dignified purpose brought on by the destructive culture it produces. The drugs that either create slaves of the young men lured by the easy money and incarcerated, or create zombies of the users, perpetuating the cycle.
Americans are a people either blinded or indifferent to the fact that all of the American population beneath the top .1% are pawns in the same game. Conditioned to play their roles. To perpetuate the system. The separatism, on all sides, is what keeps the engine fed. The servants and the served. The free and the indentured. The blind and the enlightened.
A people accepting and subscribing to the way things have always been. Desensitized to the conditioning. Desensitized to the injustices. Desensitized to the desensitization.
Black Americans still don’t have the type of leadership that would be needed to rise as a people from the void left by hundreds years of enslavement and countless years of continued oppression. Don’t have the direction needed to awaken from the spell of racism and separatism brought on by hundreds of years of racism and separatism. How many leaders would we find if we looked among the men lost to drugs or incarceration?
What you’re seeing is displacement, never having been rectified. What you’re witnessing is the manifestation of hundreds of years of conditioning by hate, stemmed from fear. What you’re part of is an engine that is allowed to operate on slavery restructured after the Emancipation Proclamation. We’re learning that this, of infinite possible outcomes, is a situation that could ensue from the judgement and decisions of those who controlled history. An outcome wherein talk at the dinner table consists of crime, violence, abuse, drugs, and imprisonment. How can a child build a positive outlook for himself building on negativity? A child raised believing it’s reasonable to expect any number of men in his family could end up imprisoned or lost to drugs. Any number of men which he could reasonably expect could include himself.
A shift is needed. A shift in perception. A shift in understanding. As a flock of sheep, we are a people easily lulled and controlled by whatever hype the media chooses to amplify. The media controlled by the top .1%. As an evolved people, we are capable of seeing beyond the pretty packaging of our pretty lives granted by our pretty country and the pretty system which governs it, into the depths of the inner workings of it which thrives on injustice.
As an evolved people, we will realize we are all pawns. Different colors, different roles, but all conditioned to keep the wheels turning for the affluent. Puppets to be mastered. It is going to take all of us. All religions. All walks of life. All ethnicities. All professions. It’s going to take compassion for and from strangers to correct this broken course.
The shift we need is not a revolution. The injustices have been revealed. The information is available for all to see. We need an evolution. We need to evolve to rise above the lull. To truly believe we are all one. To truly understand that injustice toward one is injustice to all.
We attempt to identify the problematic individual and collective thought processes and infrastructural trickery which obscure the truth. To direct our focus on this system wherein otherwise compassionate people are conditioned to ignore blatant injustices. Wherein otherwise compassionate people accept the fruits of unjust labor and the incredulous rationale of a system proven corrupt countless times. To apply a plan of correction.
A Revved Evolution.
Niqui is a mother, wife, software engineer, and aspiring writer to serve “the people” in any way she can. Areas of concern to her, that she’s experienced, lived, overcome and is passionate about helping others through are:
Domestic abuse – Niqui’s mother was a victim of domestic abuse. “I remember going to pick up my pregnant mother from her boyfriend’s house with a .22 in tow. My mother, brothers, and I have lived across battered wives’ shelters, homeless shelters, foster homes, and kind peoples’ garages”.
Drug abuse – Her parents were drug addicts of one of the worst drugs; crack cocaine. “I remember a time when my mother weighed 95lb and had a cut on her thumb that was nearly festering. I could smell it from 3 feet from my face. She got it from a broken crack pipe. She has since recovered, in case you wonder. My father didn’t die of drug overdose or the HIV he’d been living with for probably 20 years before he died. He died peacefully in his sleep in 2015”.
Education – It’s within reach for all of us. Yet, many of our people can’t seem to find their way through an educational program. “It’s making knuckle-heads of our young men struggling to understand how to reach a sustainable state of financial comfort and stability”.
Our “Correctional Institutions” – FAR too many men are locked up for knuckle-head offenses and remain in the “correctional” system even when they leave prison. “My own brother is totally unable to find, or hold a job because of his mistakes from his early 20’s. He’s had court fees he’s been paying for years, suffering through having no power, no car, and no prospects. How is a man who’s been black-listed (interesting choice of words, turns out) by the country? One more strike and he’s in prison for life. Take a moment to absorb that, if you’re not already painfully familiar with it”.
Crime – Due to the above, crime rates in “inner-cities”, among under/mis-educated young men is astounding. Communities full of uneducated black people who know no other way to make money besides the way their peers make money. Going to prison, getting hooked on the drugs that perpetuate the tragedy, or killed, our brothers aren’t able to be fathers to their children, husbands to their mothers. Spawning another, potentially worse, generation of tragic hurdles.
“Notice I didn’t mention racism. That is because we have things to fix before we can change our image as a people. We need to show that we respect and value one-another before we can expect respect”.
It’s time, black people.