History tells us that throughout the history of America, any progress made by Black Americans was destroyed by racist White supremacists. The motto of White America has been to keep African Americans in the place designed by the American Slavery Movement. That place is as a servant who is never to be equal to the white man. Time and time again, the African spirit rises to the top to prove that, indeed, Blacks are not just equal but they can rise to lead, whether it is in politics, business, athletics, the arts, or in leadership. Each time the spirit of hate that created the evil empire of Black slavery rededicates itself to trying to crush the African spirit, we rise and fight.
The spirit cannot be crushed, except by the spirit being withdrawn by God or the bearer's silence and acceptance of being crushed. History tells us that this has not happened, no matter the obstacles and pitfalls placed in the way. The poet Maya Angelou writes, "And still I rise". Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quoted the poet, William Cullen Bryant, who writes, "Truth crushed to earth will rise again." Prophet, teacher and preacher, Jeremiah Wright, taught us that it is the Spirit of God that keeps us strong, again and again.
It is time to call on that spirit to defeat the efforts of the new Klan, personified in the Tea Party and members of the Republican Party, who work to stop Blacks from voting for a brilliant young Black President of the United States. The NRA (National Rifle Association) is a part of the new Klan as it works to sell guns across the nation and change laws that would return us to a time when it was okay to kill Blacks with impunity as was done with young Trayvon Martin. The organization called ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Conference) is part of the new KLAN as it writes legislation across the nation, and with money from guys acting like new Klansmen, like Carl Rove, the Koch Brothers and the NRA to reduce certain Americans' rights to vote.
The majority of those sitting on the United States Supreme Court are also a part of the New Klan. They are ruling that rich corporations are people who can fund elections and buy politicians who are hell bent on replacing democracy with a plutocracy that is ruled by the rich for the benefit of the rich. Blue Dog democrats are part of this new Klan as they vote to overturn laws that would ensure fairness to the least of us and strip the country of laws that serve the masses, like affordable health care, Social security and Medicare.
There is the story of Rosewood, and there is the story of Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma, circa 1921, which saw the building of a major Black economic movement which was destroyed by American grown terrorists called the Ku Klux Klan, also known as The White Citizens Council, who by intimidation and violence, killed Blacks. There's the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Building in Alabama, the killing of Emmit Till, the killing of Medgar Evers, the killing of Dr. Martin Luther King, the killing of Schwerner, Goodman and Chaney, the killing of Viola Liuzzo, and countless others, were all designed to keep Black folks down and in their place. And still we rose.
The new Klan would close the Post Office, American voting booths, public school grant offices, the Department of Education, Planned Parenthood offices where poor women get affordable health care, close bank loans for low income people, and close the Department of Housing and Urban Development from whence come student loans for education and housing assistance.
As this new Klan closes doors, freedom loving people must open new doors to replace the rights that are being taken away. We must open new types of schools, new job creating businesses, new business models like community funded corporations, and form new protest battlefronts to fight the closing of job producing agencies like the Post Offices and public schools. We must also restructure and reform organizations to take the place of many Black Churches that have abandoned their mission of service to the masses and replaced it with the mission of personal pastoral and bishopric prosperity.
As the new Klan girds for battle, we must revisit our past and rehear messages like the one that Harold Melvin taught us in 1975 when he sang, "Wake up everybody, no more sleeping in bed, no more backward thinking, time for thinking ahead, the world has changed so very much from what it used to be, there is so much hatred, war and poverty. The world won't get no better if we just let it be, we got'ta change it... just you and me. Wake up everybody. The new Klan is here and we must unite to save the progress we have made!