White supremacists clash with police in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, 2017. (Evan Nesterak via Wikimedia Commons)
White supremacists clash with police in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, 2017. (Evan Nesterak via Wikimedia Commons)

There is one little obstacle in the way of America’s ultimate survival, not to mention being made “great again.” That same obstacle stands in the way of world peace, this country’s leaders claim to desire. It’s White supremacy, race hate.

The Last Poets were clear-eyed when they told us emphatically: “The White man has a God complex.”

They tell North Korea it must give up its ambitions for nuclear weapons, or else. Or else what? Destruction of North Korea as a place, that’s what. Never mind that any such military exchange would likely see major destruction in the South Korean capital city Seoul, population 10 million, just 35 miles from the North Korean border.

But North Korea need only look at Iran, which negotiated a painfully complex disarmament deal with the U.S., the other four permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany. Now, the Trump administration is trying to manufacture an excuse for tearing up the agreement because it’s too generous to Iran.

Americans want hegemony. They don’t want peace, except on their terms: unconditional surrender. The White man has a God complex.

Look at Libya and Iraq. Both countries voluntarily surrendered their weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs. Both countries were betrayed, militarily destroyed by the United States. “The White man speaks with forked tongue.” No peace.

Domestically, the day has arrived which Thomas Jefferson dreaded. “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever,” the Founding Father, author of the Declaration of Independence and former POTUS said. God’s justice requires that people reap what they sow.

What has America sown throughout its 500-year history? Genocide against millions of Native Americans from whom this continent was taken by conquest, for one thing. And 400 hundred of years of forced, African, chattel slavery here, the worst slavery ever perpetrated by one group of people against another, that’s what America has sown. That is the dread in Jefferson’s words, carved in stone on his memorial in Washington.

Black people are in an ideal position to work our own collective magic with our withdrawal from White supervision, with our separation from them into our own land, with our “Blexit,” so to speak.

Black progress is stifled, I believe, because of the “Prime Directive” which seems to always be in effect: “If you’re White, you’re right. If you’re Black, get back.”

That Prime Directive dictates that the path to Freedom, and Liberation for Black folks in America is only attainable in coalition with whatever well-meaning White people are in the neighborhood. Black people belittle themselves, constantly begging Whites for accreditation of their fundamental basic rights.

As long as black folks live among Whites, they will be held to be inferior. That’s the way it’s always been here. “The White man has a God complex.”

That’s the way it’s always been. “There is a physical difference between the White and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality,” Abraham Lincoln said in September 1858 in his fourth “Lincoln-Douglas Debate” against Stephen Douglas. “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the White and black races, that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with White people.

“And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the White race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the White man is to have the superior position the Negro should be denied every thing. I do not understand that because I do not want a Negro woman for a slave I must necessarily want her for a wife.”

Fast-forward to the 21st century. That’s the same rhetoric coming out of the White House, the House and the Senate, the Supreme Court, two-thirds of the governors’ mansions and state legislatures. They don’t care about us, except as footstools. The White man has a God complex.

So, if America cannot be spared unless she “does right” by the freed slaves, by letting them go into a land of their own, then America is certainly doomed, because White supremacy will not loosen its grip on the American mind.

Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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