In The History of Ever

In The History of Ever

 

Black leaders have always been criticized, demonized, vilified

For daring to speak up

For insisting on more for their people

For challenging deep and systemic injustice

There has never been a Black leader not treated so

In the history of ever

Black leaders

 

A certain segment of the majority power structure cannot simply allow them to blossom

They represent a threat which must be minimalized, marginalized, destroyed

They used to simply kill black leaders

Set an example to other potential leaders and followers alike

Now the trees they hang from are metaphorical but they try to kill them all the same

lynching

 

Today they destroy their character

Magnify flaws real or imagined

Those who are imperfect themselves, point out the imperfections of others, which therefore disqualifies them to lead

They recruit Black allies in their cause

Some do so for notoriety and visibility

Some with deeply held beliefs that somehow requires them to attack they that believe differently

Some sell out for money or are simply clueless

Stacey Dash…

Stacey vDash

 

Martin became a national hero only in his death

In his life they called him communist and pervert

Hounded simultaneously by the Klan and the FBI

They urged him to kill himself

James Earl Ray got there first

They want you to remember his dream

They want you to forget he said, “A riot is the language of the unheard”

black leaders martin

 

 

Maya Angelou was called talentless

An Affirmative-Action mediocrity

Yet she rose

Still

black history maya angelou

 

Thurgood Marshall

Lazy, Incompetent

A less than average legal mind

They prefer Clarence Thomas

He speaks not, lest he reveals himself

black history thurgood marshall

 

Muhammad Ali was celebrated at his funeral

In life only when an affliction curtailed his speech

Did they desire to listen

When he was speaking they wanted to jail him for telling truth

Ali at Fisk

 

Ida B Wells

They called her a “slanderous and nasty-minded mulatress”

Said she was “interested more in income than outcome”

They burned her offices

They threatened her life

This is the history of ever

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And now Black Lives Matter

“Inherently racist”

“They spawn violence”

“Promote the execution of police officers”

The truth is a casualty because destroying them is the goal

Destroy them so their complaints can be ignored

So injustice can continue on while it serves a financial goal

Privatized prisons, militarized police forces, gerrymandering, voter suppression, murder

It has always been thus, in the history of ever

A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

 

It’s time for a change!

Author: enigmainblackcom

William Spivey is a regular contributor to the Inner-City News where he writes about politics and popular culture. He also blogs as “Enigma in Black” where he explores poetry, religion, politics and all manner of things socially relevant. He is also a contributing Blogger at Together We Stand He is the founder of the Facebook pages Average Citizen Forum, Enigma in Black, and “Strong Beginnings,” the title of his soon to be released Political Fiction/Romance novel. William was the winner of a University-wide Essay Contest while at Fisk University titled, “The Value of a Liberal Arts Education. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Fisk and resides in Orlando, FL. His goal is to make his voice heard and make a difference.

5 thoughts on “In The History of Ever”

  1. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most hated black men in this country. Even when he led peaceful protests, they were met with violence. Yet now, when they want to calm protesters, it’s his name that is used the most. Ironic. Before any type of abuse can take place, the victims have to be dehumanized. Any attempt to humanize the victims will be met with resistance. This country is embedded in an evil narcissistic value system. With Trump running for president, we even see it in our so-called evangelicals. Their actions speak louder than their silent words. God help us.

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    1. The only time our leaders are praised while living is when they are the acceptable alternative to someone they consider worse. Booker T Washington was preferred to W.E.B. Du Bois, Martin although hated was preferred to Malcolm, today we see a preference to the NAACP as opposed to Black Lives Matter. “They” are always trying to tell us who to follow, who to listen to, how to act. Stay Woke!

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