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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction…the chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Hating Hatred Doesn’t Work

 

On April 20th, 2013, my family and I decided to protest a Neo Nazi/Ku Klux Klan rally at the Georgia Capital in Atlanta, Georgia.  The protest changed me deeply, shaping in me a new way of thinking.  This post will focus on race, the protest, and my newfound solution to racism. 

 

Racism Defined

Racism, since the beginning of its conception, has always been a tool utilized by the ruling elites to keep the poor and working class Black and white people separated.  Theoretically, there is no reason why a poor Black person or a poor White person should vote or organize differently since both desire and require the same necessities: employment, education, shelter, food, etc.  The elites know this and understand that there is power in numbers.  To thwart unity, the elites employ their two political parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, to keep the poor and working class Black and White people apart for their benefit.  Bob Marley explained it perfectly in his 1979 song Ambush in the Night:

See them (Political Parties) fighting for power
But they know not the hour
So they bribing with their guns, spare-parts and money,
Trying to belittle our
Integrity now.
They say what we know
Is just what they teach us;
And we’re so ignorant
‘Cause every time they can reach us
Through political strategy
They keep us hungry
And when you wanna get some food
Your brother got to be your enemy.

Marley describes political parties fighting for power, using bribes to belittle people’s integrity.  Think of these bribes as universal healthcare, scholarships, background checks for guns, or increased social security spending, things politicians promise yet seldom deliver.   Marley also notes that political parties teach people through political strategies, mainstream media indoctrination basically, leading people to become physically and economically hungry…with their brother, the poor and working class Republican or Democrat, falsely appearing to be in the way of their “food”, which is jobs, security, schools, etc.

Republicans, with their continued use of the “Southern Strategy”, pimp poor and working class Whites with “I may be poor, but at least I aint a nigger” type of rhetoric, promoting strong views on militarism, capitalism, crime prevention, love of a White God, and anti-immigration.  These type of people drive pick up trucks and preach self-reliance with a “take no mess” attitude.

The Democrats on the other end, pimp mostly Black voters, insisting to them that they are “good white folk”, patting them on the head, feeding them with government handouts.  The Democrats teach Blacks that the Republicans are all racist hicks that think they are lazy, ignorant, and prone to violence.  If a Black decides to go Republican, these same “good White folk” Democrats who pat the Blacks on the head, stroking their kinky locks, turns into God, casting the Black Republican out of the “Garden of Eden”, calling THEM the racist.  The irony…

At this, the elites smoke cigars with the Republican and Democrat party leaders and play golf together while their constituents grow more and more resentful towards each other.  Just like in Afghanistan and Iraq, the elites rejoice while the poor and working class fight with a misconstrued feeling of patriotism. 

“Conscious” people, like politicians, also perpetrate racism.  Here are two theories of racism and how they are not accurate.

1.     Black people can’t be racist because they have no power.

2.     Racism is something exerted to others and not self.

First off, anyone who says Black people have no power is most likely a racist. Tell Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Huey P. Newton, Fred Hampton, Cornel West, Nelson Mandela, Angela Davis, or Mumia Abu Jamal Black people have no power.  How can the creators of modern civilization have no power?  Black people DO have power, tremendous amounts of it, some just don’t know what to do with it.  Instead of taking their power to college campuses to organize, some take it to White owned football teams to organize…to tackle people.  Instead of taking their power to protest against police brutality, some take it to White owned recording booths to promote Black on Black brutality.  Instead of taking their power to stand outside a state capital for the release of a political prisoner, some take it to stand outside a White owned Footlocker for the re-re-re-re-re-rereleased pair of 180$ basketball shoes that they wont even play basketball in.  Come on man, come on…  Black people do have power, some just don’t collectively aim it in the right direction for true positive change. 

Secondly, self-hatred in my opinion is a form of racism.  Perming one’s hair, whitening one’s skin, killing one’s brother…all this is a form of racism because it entails hating one’s skin and Black characteristics, seeing a brother as an enemy.  If a White person hates a Black person he is racist.  If a Black person hates a Black person he is racist.  We have to start judging ourselves with the same rubric we employ to judge others.  A White man can’t be racist simply because he didn’t vote for Obama yet a Black man is not racist for killing five Black men and injuring three in a shootout.  How can we call the Ku Klux Klan racist if our own brothers are carrying out their dirty deeds for them?  Racism is racism no matter who perpetrates it.  With that being said, lets talk about my family outing to the Ku Klux Klan/Neo Nazi rally.

 

Protest

Butterflies were turning flips in my stomach as my family and I approached the capital.  I was not afraid of the Ku Klux Klan or the Nazis because I see racists every day, but to see them out in the open with their views, passionate about their hatred and not ashamed of it was something different..something intimate..something more real.  When I turned the corner, walking past Georgia State Troopers with cocked and ready M-16’s, I found myself face to face with rage and hatred, anger and pride.. grungy looking white men in White robes and militant looking White men in Black military suits, pants tucked into their shiny boots.  Holding my son close, he asked, “Daddy, who are those men?”  I simply replied, “People who don’t want Black people and White people to live together…the same people who hated Dr. King and wants segregation.”  My son nodded in my arms and buried his head into my chest.  The racists were on the steps of the capital, waving flags and holding banners, their apparent leader speaking from a PA system.  The leader was drowned out by screaming from his supporters and noise made by the protesters.  The protesters ranged from young tough looking Black men to old White hipsters.  There were some men wearing V for Vendetta masks as well as a large Jewish presence.  After a while, the leader ended his speech and a long period of taunting began.  The racists spit across the barricade, protesters flipping the middle finger, shouts of “Cracker ill kill you” from the protester side and “You lucky the police are here boy” from the racist side.  Throughout all the pandemonium, the police looked as if they were against the protester side, keeping their back towards the racists, the gun facing us.  In the midst of all the commotion, a protester, a young woman, was grabbed and dragged through the street by the police, apparently for having a sign with explicit words written on it.  I guess freedom of speech is defined as verbal speech, not written?  With protesters playing bongos and snare drums and racists continuing to hurl insults, the atmosphere was similar to that of a playground tussle, all talk and no fights.  After a stand still, the racists decided to end the speeches and head back to their place of gathering.  The protesters stood there in a confused daze, not sure to follow them or continue protesting where they were.  After the racists entered a parking deck where they regrouped, a large group of protesters circled the building and stood on the corner.  The playground fight atmosphere continued, racists screaming down, protesters screaming up, cops screaming at protesters, racists screaming down, protesters screaming up, cops screaming at protesters, so on and so on and so on…  In the end, I looked from protester to racist, racist to protester, and again from protester to racist; but already it was impossible to say which was which*. The battle was a stalemate, a tie between who said the most insults. The crowd started to disperse and people went home. 

* Yes, I borrowed that line from Orwell’s book Animal Farm.

Solution

Police agents assassinated Malcolm X after he worshiped with White Muslims and started to believe in Black/White unity.  Dr. King was assassinated after he began to wean from civil rights to focus more on antiwar/economic rights work, something not simply a Black and White issue but also a Green.  The elites, as I wrote earlier, drive a wedge between the have and the have nots based on money and use race as its scapegoat.  The solution to racism IS NOT advocating a race war.  That is the most ignorant, suicidal thing a “conscious” person can do.  Advocating a poor and working class war would be extremely successful.  I’m not saying a guerilla war in the streets, but a war of public and corporate boycotts, military defections, strikes, peaceful protests, rallies, marches, teach ins, sit ins, mass arrests, occupations, etc, etc…   The real war is No Green Verses Green, Not Black Verses White.  The solution to racism is simply unity.  I never fully understood the meaning of non-violent protest until I witnessed a potentially violent one.  Screaming “F*ck you White trash” isn’t bringing anyone to the table of brotherhood.  Spitting at a protester isn’t getting at the core of why one fundamentally disagrees with one’s thought pattern.  Unity will take a tremendous amount of work because America’s race history is mostly negative.   We as conscious people must understand that at the core belief of racism is classism.  We must come together not as man-made races but as one government made class…the poor and working class.  I will end this blog with a quote from the great Malcolm X.  

“I believe there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those who do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice, and equality for everyone, and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation…but I don’t think that it will be based upon the color of the skin, as Elijah Muhammad had taught it”.

A house that is divided cannot stand…

All Power To The People

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Since the toughest question in tonight’s 1st presidential debate will be “what kind of dog will you bring to the White House?”, I’ve decided to facilitate my own debate between the “defender of the defenseless” Barack Obama, and the “purveyor of profit” Mitt Romney. I hope you enjoy!

1st Annual Presidential Debate on Issues that Actually Matter

Good evening ladies and gentleman! My name is Tyler, a political scientist, blogger, and 3rd world educator based in the great state of Georgia. I haven’t sold out to the liberals or the conservatives so this debate will not be aired on national TV. Instead, this debate will be aired live via blog in my living room, a place where sanity and common sense reign supreme. My living room couch isn’t sponsored by BP, Chevron, Halliburton, Chase, Boeing, or Wells Fargo so there will be no need for commercial breaks. Responses are limited to 1 minute because I, like most struggling middle class Americans, are lucky enough to have to go to work today. Now candidates, introductions please!!

 

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My name is Barack Obama! I am the president of the greatest country on Earth, the United States of America! I have a perfect little family. My beautiful wife and I are both lawyers and our daughters go to a 30,000 dollar a year private school. Way to support public education huh? But I stand for the middle class and Black people love me! After ignoring them for 3 straight years, Black people still love me! God Bless America!!

 

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My name is Mitt Romney! I am the former governor of Massachusetts. I’m very rich and very Liberal but this year I’m going to try to be conservative! Birth control is bad!! Free market capitalism is good!!! I have a beautiful wife and lots of kids but I would never send them to Iran to defend the Israelis. I have your kids for that!! God bless Israel! God bless Israel Israel! GOD BLESS ISRAEL!!!!!!!!!!! God bless America too.

 

Thanks gentlemen! Now lets Begin!!!

 

1st question:

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According to the liberals, the economy is on a rebound…according to the conservatives, the economy is tinkering on sheer destruction. It took me 2 years after graduating from college to find decent employment. What can be done in a bipartisan effort to stimulate the economy and add jobs? Should the focus be on government…the lowering of taxes and implementation of top down measures? Should the focus be on private citizens, focusing on opportunities to foster a more entrepreneurial and small business friendly environment?

ImageBetter days are ahead, my American people, better days are ahead.

ImageI’m a businessman so I understand these things. I will tell you my strategy after I get elected. Basically, my plan is to extend the Bush tax cuts…exactly like President Obama has done.

 

2nd question

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Our national security is a huge issue today. We spend more on our military than any other country on this entire planet. Do you truly think the rest of the world hates us because of our freedoms or rock & roll music or do you think it has more to do with our foreign policy? Is this country only good at exporting war and importing another country’s resources?

ImageTerrorists hate us. 9/11. Stay afraid, it helps me justify Muslim genocide and the slashing of your civil liberties.

ImageTerrorists hate us. 9/11. Stay afraid, it will help me justify Muslim genocide and the slashing of your civil liberties if elected.

 

3rd question

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While we are on the topic of war, do you support war with Iran? Why do American politicians find it so necessary to babysit Israel? Would you agree that Israel is increasingly dictating our foreign policy in the Middle east.

ImageIsrael is our ally and always will be. Iran must not have the ability to proliferate a nuclear weapon. Even though Israel has WMDs, Iran does not have the right to defend itself. I’m a Christian and Jesus is from Israel.

ImageIsrael is our ally and always will be. Iran must not have the ability to proliferate a nuclear weapon. Even though Israel has WMDs, Iran does not have the right to defend itself. I’m a Christian and Jesus is from Israel.

 

4th question

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So no matter what, Israel must be defended? You are willing to send American boys to die for a country that has no relative significance to the world? How about the Palestinians? Would you not agree that the Israelis are committing a Holocaust against the Palestinians?

ImageAs Newt Gingrich said, “the Palestinians are an invented people”. Brown life isn’t as important as White life. You know that. look at my drone campaign! Think I’ll kill little White kids? Hell no. No matter what, the Holocaust must never happen again. Forget slavery, NEVER EVER forget 9/11 and the Holocaust!

ImageAs Newt Gingrich said, “the Palestinians are an invented people”. Brown life isn’t as important as White life. You know that. No matter what, the Holocaust must never happen again. Forget slavery, NEVER EVER forget 9/11 and the Holocaust!

 

5th question
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Moving on. Do Americans have the right to affordable health care? Is it smart to tax a person who doesn’t have health care because he or she can’t afford it? How could he or she possibly pay the tax if he or she couldn’t afford healthcare in the first place? Who actually read the whole bill?

ImageEvery American has the right to affordable healthcare. That’s why I created Obamacare. And who needs to read the bill! The house & senate have sessions over them! How will we afford it? Nobody knows.

ImageEvery American has the right to affordable healthcare. That’s why I created Romneycare. Opps..uhhh hahaha…I mean free market capitalism is good. I’m repealing Romneycare my 1st day in office. I mean Obamacare.

 

6th question

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Silly question time!! Who knows the Constitution?

ImageI’m a constitutional lawyer..non-practicing.

ImageOf course I do! “Our father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be your name…thy kingdom come. . .”

 

7th question

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Hold up! So you don’t know the Constitution?

Image Well, I have executive power so I do as I will. If anyone has a problem with it, I’ll scream out 9/11 in a speech or get CNN or MSNBC to lable the opposition a racist.

ImageOf course I do! “Our father, who art in Heaven. Hallowed be your name….thy kingdom come. . .”

 

8th question

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How do you feel about NDAA, CISPA, SOPA, the PATRIOT ACT, GITMO, and other things that violate international law, domestic law, the United States Constitution, and the Geneva Convention?

ImageI’m Barack Obama. I know what’s best for this country, constitutional or not. Don’t like it, ill just detain you indefinitely. Besides, I’m black. Don’t be racist, just go along with it. Did I mention I’ve hung out with Jay Z and Beyonce before? Cool huh..that alone will secure 99.9% of the Black vote.

ImageI support any bill that doesn’t support terrorists! 9/11! Muslims are the threat, not American militarism!!

 

9th question

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Why should Americans even take you 2 guys seriously? You both stand for the same things, the same people, and the same policies. There only aspect remotely different between you all is hair texture and skin color.

ImageI’m for the people, the American people! Better days are ahead, I assure you, better days are ahead.

ImageI’m for the people, the American people, just not the 47% who believe they are victims! 2012 is all about fixing this economy. Trust me, I never flip-flop.

 

10th question

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Well, last question…any final words to the undecided voters?

ImageHope and change!

ImageFiscal responsibility!!

 

That concludes tonight’s debate! I hope you enjoyed seeing 2 evils in action…now choose the lesser…if there is 1. Remember, 2 wrongs never make a right…whether that be in life, a presidential election, or defining a democracy..

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!!!! Never are minorities so important than during an election cycle!  Well…maybe during the NBA or NFL draft…or the BET Awards…but for the most part, election time is a minority’s finest hour!  The same people who are harshly discriminated against, deported, stopped and frisked, debated on the house and senate floor like animals, or asked to show papers are now the crown jewels of the political parties.  Like in the Hunger Games, these people are pricked and polished, shaven and dressed elegantly.  Their hair, freshly conked and gelled back.  Their teeth, bleached. Their blemishes, smoothed over.  Being “votes” and “segments” instead of people, both parties are quick to use and exploit them. It isn’t a big surprise that the Republican National Convention as well as the Democratic National Convention have boasted Black, Latino, and women speakers.  What is a big surprise is how these minorities have sudden amnesia when November starts steadily approaching.

Black people, who will you vote for?!  Aside from Herman Cain, Condi, and Nicki Minaj (supposedly), the Republicans will most likely receive less than 0% of the Black vote.  It’s understandable though.  Santorum did say he doesn’t want to give Black people someone else’s money…even though in the state he was speaking in, Whites comprised the majority of government handout recipients.  Gingrich did label Obama the “Food Stamp President” and demanded the NAACP let him speak to them to preach his message of demanding “jobs and not checks”.  The Republicans were also less sympathetic during the whole Trayvon Martin episode.  Wait, you do remember that right? The young Black teen with the hoodie? No, this happened before Dwight Howard was traded to the Lakers.  No, this happened before “Bands Will Make Her Dance” was released.   You don’t remember? Well anyway, yes the Republicans were less sympathetic.  I guess we will see what the Democrats are offering for Black Americans.  The Democrats still heavily support the war on drugs, the single biggest asset to the disenfranchisement of African Americans post slavery.  The Democrats don’t support any new gun legislation, turning their back on Black on Black crime as usual.  Obama did sign some African American school scholarship initiative or something…after almost a full term in office.  Political move?  I guess that’s what he was working on when he skipped the NAACP convention.  Oh he released that BEFORE the convention? Oh.  Do the Democrats truly offer any hope to the black voter besides promises for more entitlements with fewer requirements?  Ask them for yourself.

Latinos, who will you vote for?!  The Republicans and their minutemen church buddies want to hunt you down like wild game and put your head on the wall.  Republicans make it very clear every chance they get that you have no rights since your very being in America is against the law.  Read up on the Dred Scott case, your very being is described perfectly in its verdict.  I know Mitt Romney had no problem employing you to clean his garden or pick up after his wife in the past but that’s another story.  Romney is a serious candidate now and is trying to end his etch-a-sketch routine.  I understand the Republicans had a Latino deliver the keynote address, but Rubio is as Latino as Taco Bell.  I guess the Republicans aren’t really offering you guys any hope so lets go to the friendly neighborhood Democrats.  Wow! The Democrats have a Latino speaking too! His last name is even Castro! Lets flock to them!  That might not be so smart since the leader of their party, President Obama, has deported the most immigrants in history.  I’m not talking Canadian immigrants or Haitian immigrants, but Latino immigrants, from Mexico to Honduras.  The sad truth is that on paper, the Democrats claim to be for the immigrants, but deep down they all support the Arizona Sheriff style treatment.  The Dream Act was signed, but when is the Dream going to be acted upon?  Last time I checked, police officers, sheriffs, and ICE don’t say “Sir, license, birth certificate, and college transcripts”.  Don’t believe me?  Demand the 2 parties to prove you other wise.

Women, both parties are playing political football with your vagina.  While the economy is tanking and wars are brewing, senators and congressmen on both sides are debating your right to birth control.  Let me repeat that.  While the economy is tanking and wars are brewing, senators and congressmen on both sides are debating your right to birth control.  Do you think Todd Akin was the only man, Democrat or Republican, who believes in legitimate rape?  Sure Obama signed that Lilly Bill, but what’s the point if there are no jobs for you to get?  Women don’t sit around debating men’s right to Trojan condoms, why do men sit around debating women’s access to YAZ, to the Depo. shot?  It’s insane.  These politicians justify your 2nd class citizenry with a 2,000 year old book of fairy tales.  It’s fine to control women’s life because woman came from a man’s rib.  It’s fine to downgrade women because Proverbs say they are supposed to stay at home.  Women, don’t stand for this.  Voting for the lesser of two evils is not the right term for women.  Voting for the man who will rape you less violently is more suitable.

Conservative Republicans claim to be the “party of Jesus” while invading any country that doesn’t bend at their knee to the stars and stripes.  The Conservative Republicans claim to respect “the sanctity of life”, while dropping bombs on innocent children abroad.  The Democrats are no Better.  Liberal Democrats claim to be the “party of progressives”, yet study the neighborhoods that garner the most government handouts, tell me if that’s progression or regression.  I’ll say the latter.   It makes me laugh when I pass cars or signs that read “Obama2012” or “ROMNEY2012”.  Do you people honestly…honestly…honestly believe these millionaire, ivy league educated, caviar eating, suits that cost more than your monthly salary wearing politicians, REALLY care about a public school teacher in Hawkinsville, Georgia?  They send their children to private schools.  Do you really think they care about a manual laborer in Unadilla, Georgia?  They have their illegal immigrants for that.  Ill let you think about the question.  Recently at a Newt Gingrich Rally in Macon, Georgia, I noticed something peculiar.  Aside from a policeman, cameraman, and my brother and I, we were the only African Americans there.  In a huge city like Macon, Georgia, is one saying that only White people ascribe to the Conservative Republican’s beliefs of  “hard work, thriftiness, a sound economy, military superiority, and a love of Jesus”?  No, but when your party front runners like Newt Gingrich say “poor Black kids should be janitors” or that “Black people should demand checks and not food stamps”, or when Rick Santorum says “I don’t want to give “blah” people other people’s money”, what does one expect?  The GOP can no longer be “the party of old rich white men”. Democrats aren’t faring any better off either.  African Americans in particular, the times are changing.  In my college educated belief, the Civil Rights Movement ended in the 1970’s.  These Democrats aren’t saving anyone.  While patting one on the back wishing a “Happy Black History Month” they, like drug dealers, pump welfare, Medicaid, food stamps, WIC, and Peach Care, all at the struggling middle class tax payers extent, down communities throat.  The more children you have, the bigger the check.  Now that’s such a great way to promote work ethic in economically dead, crime and drug ridden neighborhoods!!  To sum up this letter, it doesn’t matter if you are Black, White, rich, poor, legal, illegal, gay, straight, the politics of today are not only out of touch with the people, but also with reality.  Voting for the lesser of 2 evils is not what our founders intended.

Tyler Jenkins