Hey beautiful readers,
Can I be real with you for a second and talk about the current U.S political racial state? I can, thanks!
Unless you’ve been living underneath a rock, you should be somewhat aware of the police state that is the U.S. In recent weeks, we’ve watched and read as civil liberties for minority groups are being stripped away. And the most recent phenomenon is the FBI updated the domestic terrorist list now including Black identity extremists. As if being a Black person that holds the state accountable is being extreme; meanwhile white terrorism by lone wolves that truly reflect many white people’s sentiments of violent xenophobia of people that are not like them continues to go unchecked.
Ah yes, America, where people’s nostalgia for racism, sexism, lynch mobbing and milkshakes seems timeless.
But let us unpack extremists and terrorist shall we. First, this stance by the FBI isn’t new, set aside your warped understanding of the Black Panther and Black civil rights leaders, to understand that the FBI went after Black civil right leaders and fought to prevent what Edgar J. Hoover referred to as the Black Messiah – a black leader that could rally the Black community against the oppressive and fascist state set again Black people – Black Americans. That legacy continues as Black leaders in various communities are beginning to organize to heal, advocate, and fight against injustices for the Black community, LGBTQ community, disabled community, and every other oppressed community that is not white, that is not hetero-normative, and that is not able-bodied.
For your information, a person can be Black, disabled, not-heteronormative, and educated at the same time, see why Black organizers stand-up for everyone, not back to our scheduled reading.
But is advocating for the voiceless and holding a nation accountable for their core values that are supposed to include and reflect unity and inclusion, extreme?
I think not.
Unpacking extremism and terrorism: First off extremist is: advocacy of extreme measures or views (Webster dictionary). So, Black folks advocating their civil liberties and justice in a extreme matter this literally holding the state accountable for their actions while demanding they do better is extreme, and worthy of reprimanding. Meanwhile terrorism is: the systematic use of terror, terror is: a state of fear; a cause of anxiety; one that inspires fear; basically they entire U.S police state, political state, and a litany of white people against Black people and other people of color.
So, Black people advocating for their civil liberties and justice in an extreme matter that is, holding the state accountable for their actions, while demanding they do better is extreme and worthy of reprimand; at least according to the FBI.
Meanwhile, terrorism is the systematic use of terror; terror is a state of fear; a cause of anxiety; one that inspires fear (according to Webster dictionary); basically the entire U.S police state, political state, and a litany of white people against Black people and other people of color is a legacy of terror, of terrorism.
Now listen, I’m not here to argue semantics, but the reality is, we control the reality we live in and, if people in power and, people that benefit from a society that rewards one group of people at the expense of another continues to go unchecked, then what will become of us. Think about it, how long will it be before the state come for the next group of people that stands up for their human rights and liberties, and that might include you reader.