"In South Carolina, the roads that black people drive on are named for Confederate generals who fought to keep black people from being able to drive freely on that road, ... The Confederate flag flies over South Carolina, and the roads are named for Confederate generals." --- Jon Stewart
American politicians must stop pussyfooting around with the persistent evil called racism. Racism affects the American body politic like a sore that won't heal. It is an open wound that drains its putrid puss all over the face of a nation that refuses to come to terms with the fact that white supremacy and its aspirants continue to haunt our national life with the nasty venom of a corrupted humanity. There is no soft pedaling around this plague. There can be no biting our tongues when it comes to calling out this sickness. Those who continue to act as if this evil does not operate through individuals, groups , and institutions like our police forces, are essentially complicit in this crime against humanity.
The mass murder of people attending a Bible study in a church in South Carolina is not an isolated incident. It is part of a culture of evil that we witness in a spate of incidents ranging from the murder of Trayvon Martin in Florida, the indiscriminate killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, the choking-to-death of an innocent man on the sidewalks of New York, the firing of eight bullets into the back of a fleeing man in South Carolina... All of which speak to the fact that even among law enforcement officers, black lives don't matter. Racists with murderous intentions look at these incidents as templates for their own depravity.
According to available FBI statistics, Black folk who make up just over thirteen percent of the population suffer over thirty three percent of the hate crimes committed in this country. The American media psyche is so warped that attempts to conscientize the public to the nefarious nature of this reality are invariably characterized as "playing the race card". This is especially the case when the President and the Attorney General attempt to speak on this matter. Media whores with their own cultural and political agendas be damned. Screw them! This complicity with evil must be exposed for what it is. Approximately 620, 000 soldiers died in the effort to beat back the Confederacy. Those who wanted to maintain the racist status quo which sought to deny black folk the right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness were defeated.
The warped face of evil showed its face again in South Carolina this week. Expressing the fear that informs his hatred, a young white racist vented his corrupted nature on a group of innocent African Americans murdering nine... in a church. He wants to revive the Confederacy. He wants "to start a race war". His neurosis is a function of a festering sore... a rotting spirit... a corrupted humanity. He, like those he emulates, is a lost soul. I do not share his pain. I do not "forgive" him. He is destined to reap the bitter fruit of his labor. Those who share his twisted sense of being can go straight to hell with him.
As for those who continue to fly the flag of the Confederacy... those who hide behind their uniforms of brutality... those who apologize for the culture of hate... those demanding that we remain silent while they brutalize and murder us... For all of those ... Let me take liberties with a few lines from Capleton:
That day will come, when I shall see the wicked in the fire getting burned
That day will come, when they will try to escape and there will be nowhere to run
That day will come, when I shall see them surrender their bayonets and bullets and bombs...
That day will come...