There have been recent posts about the dire state of black Americans. The most recent post warns that blacks will be rounded up ad placed in stockades in a fashion similar to the Jews in Germany and the Japanese in the United States. I will get to the nonsense of this fear later. First I will point out the flawed basis of the arguments.
The Underling Theme of the Posts
The grim picture is based on the belief that blacks allowed power gained in the 1960s to be swept away. Blacks have simply not done enough to maintain their might. The dwindling white middle class that occurred in the same period is an afterthought. In order to build a grim argument, actual events like the steady push by reactionaries to abolish gains made by the black community is an afterthought. The argument completely ignores the decades long attempt to destroy the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Blacks somehow allowed the Supreme Court to destroy VRA by not voting for the Presidents who appointed reactionaries to the Supreme Court. Black activists who are filing the case by case lawsuits are allowing the black community to come under attack. The poster is blind to the fact the the reactionaries have a voice in the fight. The battle has intensified because the tactics of the reactionaries have intensified fueled by money. Blacks did not allow this crap to happen.
The argument condemns new movements as ill-equipped for the current battle. We are told that black activists cannot out-scream the powerful reactionaries. This part of the argument is interesting because black people are to stop behaving like victims and express their power. In the next breath , the argument says that blacks are not powerful enough to confront their oppressors. This argument is nonsense. Blacks have always taken the bull by the horns and spoken truth to power. W.E.B. DuBois told the talented tenth to take action. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Montgomery bus boycott did not wait for whites to come on board. Black activists have always consisted of a small dedicated core. This has been true of slave revolts, anti-lynching movements, and the Civil Rights movement. Whites came on board after the action began and joined actions that blacks put into motion.. Black Lives Matter gained attention by grabbing the microphone from Bernie Sanders, this angered many but we have to remember that Martin Luther King Jr. shocked white pastors by criticizing inaction.
In addition, the argument notes that modern music sucks. The theme of the posts is basically that time has passed some people by. Some pine for the “Good Old Days”.
The Good Old Days
One post noted the importance of education and stated that the black community has abandoned education and forgotten their roots.Black parents are said to be incapable of educating their children because the parents are crackheads. The post laments the fading away of classic soul music. Amazingly, Robin Thicke is cited as one of the people carrying on the tradition of soul music. As Melissa Harris-Perry would say, “there is a lot to unpack here.” The argument attempts to explain calculus to the unwashed, but the fact is was complete ignorance that there were more college age black men in college than in the criminal justice system. Perhaps a remedial course in arithmetic would help the argument. It may be that the argument is s based in the past that it cannot address current events
The poster longs for the days of music past and diminishes the capabilities of modern soul and jazz arguments. It is hard to argue scales with an accomplished musician, but when Robin Thicke is mentioned, one has to suppress laughter. Thicke ripped off Marvin Gaye according to a winning lawsuit. No wonder Thicke sounds good, he stole Marvin Gaye's music. Not strong evidence of great musical intervention there. If you listen to acts like Mack Wilds, Sevyn Streeter, Jheno Aiko, August Alsnia, you find newcomers with power. Kelly Rowland, Janae Monae, John Legend, etc. are all making great music. I pointed out great young jazz artists in another post, but the argument admits that no longer listens to modern jazz artists. The argument is trapped in the past or mesmerized by ripoff artists. Robin Thicke? Talk about dumbed down music!
Jews and the Holocaust
While making the argument that not enough is being done to advance the brace came the gem that blacks need to be as powerful as the Jews. Nobody screws with the Jews! This is pure dog-whistle meant to confirm the image of the all powerful Jews. The fact is that blacks are targeted when compared to whites. Whether you look at Stop and Frisk or traffic stops, whites are much more likely to be carrying contraband than whites. Police departments came out of slave patrols. Police will always target blacks. That is the nature of police departments.The data we have for comparison is whites versus blacks being targeted by police. There was no need to bring Jews into the conversation. We heard shades of this Jewish nonsense from our dear brother Cornel West when he opined that President Barack Obama feels more comfortable with upper middle-class and Jewish men who consider themselves very smart, very savvy, and very effective in getting what they want. Both the argument and Cornel West focus on Jews as separate from whites . Both Cornel West and the argument view the Jews as Supermen in control of everything and feared by everybody. According to West, Obama finds comfort among them and fears the company of blacks. The argument states that if you are Jewish, the police would never think of messing with you, ignoring the obvious fact that whites enjoy the same protections as he sees in the Jews. The bottom line, when you have a weak argument, bring in the Jews as foils.
Added into the mix with the argument is diminishing the importance of the Holocaust. The Holocaust was nothing special because of the Zionists according to the argument. The argument ignores that the reason we keep atrocities like Slavery and the Holocaust in memory is to remind us of man’s inhumanity to man. When arguments were made to round up Muslims after 911, they were reminded of Japanese internment. When Netanyahu went crazy suggesting that Muslims caused Hitler to slaughter Jews, even the Germans called him out. Slavery the Holocaust, etc. serve as measures of a person’s grasp on reality. Holocaust deniers are insane. Netanyahu’s attempt to blame the Muslims for the Holocaust was insane. People who equate Obamacare to Slavery are insane. The Slavery/Holocaust response could be added to the standard mental status exam.
Optimism versus Pessimism
When I point out facts about how many black men are in college, black entrepreneurship, or blacks fighting voter suppression, I am labeled an optimist. In actuality, I'm the true pessimist
Optimists get upset when people disagree with their solutions or plan.Pessimists realize that there is no magical solution.. Optimists, form plans that they say will make the reactionaries end their targeting of black people. They despair when their plan is rejected. For Optimists rejection of their misguided plan means that people are stupid, not that they plan is a fantasy, Pessimists wake up each day realizing that the battle continues. Pessimists know that the Calvary is not coming so they plan for the day’s battle. Pessimists have multiple plans aimed at the multiple prongs oppression. They work with allies whenever they can, but they will go it alone until allies come on board. While Optimists are standing on their front lawns yelling at Black Lives Matter for grabbing a microphone, Pessimists note that politicians are altering their messages and addressing bias in the criminal justice system. When Black Lives Matter remains adamant about having a debate focused on race among Democrats and refuse to participate in a planned Democratic town hall focused on race, Pessimists note that Campaign Zero . Pessimists are also in league with activists planning nationwide hotlines to give voters answers if the voters face problems at polling places from reactionaries positioned at the polls to prevent blacks from voting. Pessimists have multiple means of addressing problems. Pessimists go with things that produce results like lawsuits filed by actual lawyers, actual hotlines, and actual town halls. Optimists live in the hope that their furious typing on keyboards will lead to results. When there is no magic result from their carefully typewritten plan. Optimists yell about the stupidity of the black community.
The Black Sheriff and Self-Hating Blacks
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is a black reactionary who is a FoxNews favorite. Clarke tweeted that Black Lives Matter will join forces with ISIS. The obvious conclusion from this utterance is that the reactionaries are going to round up blacks under the pretext that all blacks are terrorists. It is difficult to take this seriously because you have to consider that people who express this fear were unaware of how many black men were in college. Did I tell you that some actually believe that Robin Thicke carries the soul music tradition by ripping off Marvin Gaye? Robin Thicke is a music giant!!! Nonsense. Sheriff Clarke and internment of blacks should be taken as seriously as Robin Thicke rated as a giant along with Nat King Cole, Joe Williams, David Ruffin, or James Brown. Sheriff Clarke is the real life version of Stephen in “Django Unchained”.
There is money is money in being a self-hating black person. We have seen many trotted out by the GOP
Clarke is nothing new. He has a radio show that exists because of making outrageous statement. When someone says that they saw an outrageous statement from Clarke coming, you wonder what else they were expecting. I call a Clarke outburst just another day.
The Great Negro Roundup 1.0
Clarke is supposed to be the stalking horse for the Great Negro Roundup. Some people must have slept through the first Great Negro Roundup. Blacks experienced Stop and Frisk, mass incarceration, and the school to prison pipeline. Optimists are waiting for the bad stuff via a roundup. Pessimists realize we are already in the roundup.
There is a school to prison pipeline already in operation. Police officers in the guise of resource officers are already in place. Blacks in many communities like Ferguson were used as ATMs for city coffers. There are more police homicides of black people than there were lynching deaths in the past.
When you are standing on your lawn yelling about how life isn't right, that and young activist whippersnappers are doing it wrong, and that modern music is trash (but Robin Thicke is a GENIUS), you may find that no one is listening. As a last resort, you go for the Armageddon threat. "They"” are coming to get you. First they will assassinate all the black in high positions in government agencies, all the blacks in the military, CIA, DHS, FBI, etc. and then they will come for the rest of the blacks.
The Great Negro Roundup 2.0
Many states realize how expensive it is keep keep people in prison. California is working on releasing folks. The mass incarceration programs of the 1990s is regarded as a big mistake. Jailing people costs money. Private prisons create profits for corporations, but drain government funds. Collecting ticket and fine money is profit. Jail is deficit spending. There is no Great Negro Roundup. the roundup has been ongoing and now being reconsidered.
Some of us pine for days long past. The old blacks were better. The old music was better Nothing being done is enough. A plan is being prepared on a keyboard that will be better than anything people are actually doing in the real word..
The plan will not be put into action because it will reside on a keyboard to be viewed by other people with keyboards. No action will be taken because it is just words on a screen.
Since the plan will not be put into operation, we will be told again what is wrong with blacks. Single-variable calculus will again be offered to a multivariable-calculus and differential equation world. New music will be rejected by those trapped in te past. But we will have Robin Thicke to soothe us as we go to the stockades.