It is incontestable and deplorable that Black and Brown people have committed crimes, but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the White society, imperialism and racism. The two are intimately connected, with each reinforcing the other.
“Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.” Martin Luther King Jr.
The western media has made him the patron saint of the Civil Rights Movement. Therefore, it is easy to quote a dead hero and think we have done something.
And what have we done?
The New York Post’s headline read, “Liberals make excuses for Baltimore Riots” and not one word of their part in the uprising. The NAACP also said not a word about what they have NOT done for the growing unrest in their backyard.
Every time I see the images of Baltimore’s unrest I cry like a bathtub overflowing listening to White commentators of major media talking about the Baltimore riots as if they knew what they are talking about.
In the Letter from the Birmingham Jail, Dr. King, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. We can never again rest with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with effects and does not deal with underlying causes.”
Today we will examine the underlying causes.
African centered psychologist Dr. Amos Wilson stated quite concisely, “For the -westerner to rule the world as he does today, or at least intimidate it as he does, contradictions must be a chronic part of the lives on non-white people, us,…as well as that of the -western.
The imperialistic Westerner of European origin must essentially function in a very devilish fashion. That is, in a fashion that uses deception as its major characteristic. Consequently, fundamental values and ways of seeing reality must be reversed. The good must appear to be bad, the light, dark. Truth must be taken for the lie; the lie for truth. Otherwise a small group such as western people could not continue to keep the rest of the world out of its mind.” Except as “spoils of war.”
The police vs the minority community is a war. Make no mistake about it.
Using deceit and alleged reason as its major characteristic since before the birth of the nation, America has been a fraud and a charlatan. The European/western MO is to lie, obfuscate, and misrepresent themselves in order to seize what they want, other people’s land, its abundant natural resources such as oil, diamonds, uranium, gold, manganese etc., riches and their body and soul. American history is replete with fraud, treachery and violence; with fraud being the worst.
Why is fraud worse than violence? The answer is simple, because fraud always comes before violence. And sometimes – always, when governments get involved – the violence created by fraud is not just enormous but several magnitudes beyond human comprehension. No one can imagine 177 million people killed at the hands of governments during the 20th century. And that number grows exponentially when you include “slaves & coolies.”
Governments use fraud against its own people to get them to support slavery, discrimination, and wars with nations as well as wars with its own people in the streets. Thus the Baltimore riots. And of course, riots are relegated to Black people. When Whites go on spring break every year and trash the towns and beaches it is never called a riot, it is just spring break.
At least six police officers were injured and more than 100 people arrested after a popular spring break street party near the University of California at Santa Barbara. Fifty-six of the estimated 15,000 revelers at the unauthorized “Deltopia” party had been arrested.
Witnesses say the mood turned ugly when a police officer was hit in the head and injured with a backpack full of liquor bottles. Another officer was hit in the head with a brick. Hundreds of police officers used tear gas, pepper spray, and rubber bullets as the situation descended into a riot, with partygoers ripping out street signs, lighting small fires and trashing vehicles. Dozens of people were hospitalized. The situation turned into what police called a “major disturbance, emergency situation.”
In Dante’s 14th-century epic poem “Divine Comedy” which is neither divine nor a comedy, Dante passes through the gate of Hell, completely down to the nine rings. The deepest rings in hell are reserved for fraud, acts of treachery and violence. There is even a place in hell for those who see and know what is happening and say nothing.
When Dante said that fraud comes before violence, he was right. Before anyone can commit a crime against another, the one thing he must do is dehumanize the other person, turn him into a thing. The first thing any criminal must do is lie to himself – rationalize, even if unconsciously – that his victim isn’t fully human, and as such deserved what he got. The criminal must commit a fraud against himself before he can commit a crime against others. The Three-Fifths Compromise, is found in Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3 of the United States Constitution which makes US three fifths of all other Persons.
You cannot murder someone you realize is a human being. But you can kill a human when you ignore his humanity and devalue him to a thing. Like the Baltimore Police official who called the group of protesters a “lynch mob” when in fact only White people have ever created lynch mobs.
The police like a soldier can press a button to send a bullet to kill not only enemy combatants, but also innocent women and children, the only way he can do it is if he lies to himself, and rationalizes, that he is doing the right thing. He has to deny the humanity of those he is about to kill. The lie comes first, the crime, second. Self-deception or fraud is the forerunner to the crime.
That is the purpose of American propaganda: to make us deceive ourselves into thinking we are noble and pure and good, and our enemies are evil. And being evil, of course they are not completely human, and therefore can safely be annihilated. But we, as colonized people, indigenous peoples, people of color, are human, and evil only in the colonizers’ deluded minds.
The colonizers have lied to themselves for so long that they are unable to tell truth from lies. The colonizer sees us as “others” and things, not completely human. He has no respect for us. He doesn‘t even see us. We are mere objects, a necessity to his ends. It applies to everyone, and most especially to those who use political power to rule others. They delude themselves into thinking that political power and war and murder and theft – are really virtues. And even give medals for killing other people.
The conquerors became Lord and Master, Sovereign over highly sophisticated, prosperous and ancient civilizations. They imbued themselves with a sense of “manifest destiny” that they were the superior race and were born to rule the world. Therefore, it is not a surprise that they have come to see themselves as racially, socially and morally superior to ALL non-whites on the planet.
In Baltimore where the mayor, city council, police commissioner, state’s attorney, members of the state legislature, the NAACP, business owners and community leaders are Black, the most down trodden white has come to see himself infinitely superior to the Asians with a 5,000-year lineage, the Polynesians with a 3,000-year lineage and the Africans and Native Americans with a lineage that pre-dates history.
I probably don’t need to tell you this; you already know. Now there’s another layer of illusion covering up the racist heart of the U.S., the disappearance of surface Jim Crow images. The Klan dresses in three-piece suits, not sheets. They get elected to high offices. They are the titans of commerce, the captains of industry. There’s no special back door on buses, no “white” and “colored” drinking fountains. But the seed of racism has been sown and tended so well in her children that it grows to full flower if you have eyes to see it.
Marsha R. Joyner is an AFRO freelance writer living in Hawaii.