FERGUSON: Racism or Class Warfare?
A Short Text Convo w/ My Dad
Dad: Are you following the news in Ferguson?Me: Yeah as much as I can tolerate. It’s definitely a turning point of sorts… which way we turn is what I’m most concerned with.Dad: My grandfather worried about my father, my father worried about me, and I worried every time you left the house. Will you have to worry about your son? Enough is enough. No wonder people are mad! I’m sick of this sh*t myself!
I’m from New Orleans.
I’ve absorbed the chaotic bipolar energy that has hung heavy in the air since the days of Congo Square. I’ve seen black and white people all get along for Mardi Gras only to go right back to a tense symbiotic existence (i.e. you can go where you want so long as you’re either working or entertaining those in power). I’ve seen a tragedy like Hurricane Katrina turn into what I call “Hyper-Gentrification”. I’ve seen first hand what it’s like when a city/country/universe pretends that we’re in a “Post Racial” time but once the buzz wears off it’s business as usual.
For me… Obama’s election was a high I wanted to last forever. Unfortunately my high is coming down and reality is setting in. I can’t lie and say that I didn’t want to believe things were changing for the better, but the recesses of my mind were screaming “SAY BRUH! SH*T IS ABOUT TO GET WORSE!” Why you ask? It’s gotten worse because just like Fat Tuesday we hugged and drank and celebrated but woke up to ashes (Ash Wednesday if you’ve been following along).
While we drank and partied and slept through the night, those evil motherf*ckaz were having a meeting. Those greasy decedents of ignorant European reject trash that pass themselves off as gentry and Southern Aristocracy had finished circle jerking and came to a decision. Those former slave owners whose mothers passed them off to “Mammy” to suckle; who still can’t work out their hatred of the black man and their fascination with the black woman’s frame gathered to discuss a subject near and dear to their hearts… YOU!
That’s right. You. You may be saying, “hey I’m white though” or “my family is from Bahrain”. That sh*t doesn’t matter. Here’s why: Power… REAL POWER… is not race based. Slavery in the American Colonies began with both black AND white slaves (indentured servants). Google it. I’ll wait….
See I wouldn’t lie to you family. The change that happened during slavery was that Europeans made an agreement, a circle jerk of a back door deal if you will, that there would be no more enslaving other Europeans. Everybody else was fair game… thus began Colonialism.
Now what does that have to Ferguson? More specifically… dafuq does that have to do with Michael Brown, Jr.???
Let’s say Ferguson is a plantation. A predominantly African American population that is struggling to survive (a slave to wages so to speak). In this uncomfortable analogy what does that make Ofc. Darren Wilson? In my humble opinion… an Overseer. An overworked underpaid pawn. Now for the million dollar question… Who’s the Master? (if you said “Sho Nuff” in your head just now I love you more than you can ever know).
If you look at what’s happening there through the eyes of the foreign press you will see what I see: THIS IS MORE ABOUT CLASS WARFARE THAN WE ARE ALLOWED TO SEE! Ofc. Darren Wilson is as much a product of class warfare as Mike Brown.
Racism exists to confuse the issue. Look at history and see that the subjugation of a people is ALWAYS about the monopolization of resources. You are a HUMAN resource and as long as you punch the clock and stay on your block you won’t have any problems. When you try to empower yourselves economically, you face “the wrath of the nunchucks, yo.” The people in power will always need an exploitable working class to maintain profit margins and that has nothing to do with race.
Those ignorant, cousin f*ckin’, turpentine drinkin’, natural Billy Bob Teeth havin’, on welfare but votin’ against it anyway, illiterate Bible thumpin’, believin’ they built America but the Chinese built the railroads, screamin’ it’s a Christian Nation but believe in separation of church and state, poorer than the national average, don’t want the job but hate Mexicans for applyin’ racists are all pawns in an international chess game. (Can you tell how much I hate racists? Of any color I might add.)
The powers that be use racism to distract people. Divide and Conquer. In other words Ofc. Darren Wilson and Mike Brown, Jr. may have had a lot in common… but society would never allow that. They could’ve enjoyed Family Guy together or have been on a Call of Duty team… but society would never allow that. They might’ve joined forces to protest an issue they BOTH were affected by like college loan interest rates… but society would never allow that.
Darren Wilson… the man… could’ve been a cool dude. Officer Darren Wilson, however, might as well be an American History re-enactment enthusiast. His badge came with a gun and an attitude. That attitude was dictated by the 1%, put into law by their puppets, and enforced by the boys in blue. I don’t know the guy. I do know his actions though and they spoke volumes.
I’ll close by saying, today we are protesting the death of a young black boy. We are protesting a system which would give untrained idiots assault rifles and military grade armaments to disperse a peaceful protest. We are protesting police tactics that have not changed since my great-grandfathers teenage years and beyond. We are protesting to have the wool finally removed from the American People’s eyes. We are protesting…
…but what are we changing?
A true change will come when ALL people of ALL races wake up and see that today it’s Mike Brown, before it was some Sioux or Choctaw or Cherokee teenager, and tomorrow it may be Juan or Roberto or Muhammed or Salim or Brad or Chad or whomever the perceived threat may be.
None of us are safe if all of us aren’t safe.
P.S. Was there a DashCam video? Just curious.