Blog Post 5
Published March 1, 2018
On December 1, 1963, Al-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcolm X), speaking about the assassination of US president John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, in response to a question, said “the chickens came home to roost” at a Nation of Islam address at the Manhattan Center in New York. For that, Al-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz was silenced by Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad for 90 days. Al-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz later said, “His assassination was the result of the climate of hate.” In March 1964, Al-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz left the Nation of Islam.
Al-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz said he didn’t believe president Kennedy sent federal troops down to Birmingham, Alabama, to defend the black people because if he had wanted to do that he would have done it “when the dogs were biting the little black children”…Black people “have been doing most of the bleeding…Bleeding should be reciprocal…Everybody should bleed…It should be equalized.”
Oppressed people throughout the world have been waging a tireless struggle against domination by western imperialism and its doctrine of white supremacy. It’s been centuries of exploitation and slavery - intimidation through fear.
Western imperialism is the enemy of human rights and dignity.
Imperialism is on its last leg. Colonialism and neo-colonialism will die.
Internal agitations and revolts are not domestic civil rights movements.
They are international human rights movements - a world problem.
Atrocities and injustices can’t be solved by the ones who caused it.
We are granted token gains along with acceptable propped up leaders.
In 1964, Al-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz said, “The degree of progress can never be separated from the woman.” If the country is “progressive, the woman is progressive…One of the best ways that they can help is to encourage the man, try and inspire him to be more militant and turn him away from being non-violent and passive and meek and Uncle Tomish, make him aware that the black woman wants to see her man be a man instead of around here using religion as an excuse to be a coward and some of the things he’s been reflecting here lately.”
“Freedom by any means necessary.”
“When you break the law overseas and allow killers to go free in your own country,
you create an atmosphere where men decide to take the law in their own hands.”
- Al-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz
White supremacy and racism infects American culture.
“They put me and you on the plantation and put the Indians on the reservation –
that's how they built this nation.”
- Al-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz
White supremacy is an American nightmare.
“I don’t see any American dream. I see an American nightmare.”
- Al-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz
White supremacy is the belief that white people are superior to everyone else and should dominate society. White supremacy is violence. It includes white racism, white silence, white fragility and white privilege. White supremacy continues the legacy of trauma against all people of colour. It denies the dignity of each person. White supremacy says that the definition of white people is the norm or standard for human beings and people of colour are inherently deviates from that norm.
Following the white supremacy neo-nazi violent assaults on August 11 and 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which Heather Heyer was killed, the Presbyterian Church released a statement on August 14:
“White supremacy and racism stand in stark, irreconcilable contradiction to God’s intention for humanity…They (white supremacists and racists) reject part of the human family and are utterly contrary to God’s Word made incarnate in Jesus. They are idolatries that elevate human-created hierarchies over God’s freely given grace and love. They are lies about the human family, for they seek to say that some people are less than other people. They are lies about God because they falsely claim that God favors some people over the entirety of creation.”
The Presbyterian Church, in its statement, acknowledged the church’s historic complicity in systemic racism in the U.S. It committed the church to “stand against, speak against and work against racism and white supremacy, this day and every day.”
The Mennonite Central Committee in the U.S.released a statement on white supremacy and racism on August 18, 2017, following the violence in Charlottesville. The committee announced their plans to combat white supremacy:
“Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery and the social, economic and racial consequences of settler expansion and land seizure that Indigenous communities in the U.S. continue to bear.
“Confronting the racial disparities in mass incarceration that have had a devastating and disproportionate impact on communities of African descent and other people of color.
“Resisting immigration policies that have fragmented Latina/o families and communities and fanned a hatred of immigrants and refugees, while advocating for humane responses to the root causes of migration.
“Deepening the work of anti-oppression among our staff, boards and constituencies by providing anti-racism training and committing to establishing structures and practices of accountability.”
White supremacy and zionism
It is interesting that the US government props up the Israeli state and American taxpayers give US$38 billion to fund the ongoing persecution of Palestinians there. Israel is a racist, supremacist regime which follows the discriminatory ideology of zionism and practises dispossession and murder. American leaders have signed on to a bill to protect the Israeli state from those who advocate the boycotting of its economic, academic and cultural institutions. The bill imposes civil and possibly criminal penalties on protestors of Israeli violations of Palestinian rights, including illegal settlements, protecting the zionist state and its racially discriminatory policies. On December 7, 2017 US president Donald Trump announced the US embassy in the zionist state will be moved from Tel Aviv to Al-Quds (Jerusalem).
Take a look at the 2016-2017 breakdown of who controls America:
Congress: 90% white (Jews make up 6% of congress and only 2% of the US population)
Governors: 96% white
Top military advisers: 100% white
President and vice president: 100% white
Current POTUS (president of the United States) cabinet: 91% white (Jews make up 12% of the cabinet)
Supreme Court: 78% white (Jews make up 44% of the Supreme Court)
People who decide which TV shows we see: 93% white (Jews make up 80% of top five owners)
People who decide which books we read: 90% white (Jews make up 60% of top five owners)
People who decide which news is covered: 85% white (Jews make up 80% of top five owners)
People who decide which music is produced: 95% white (Jews make up 80% of top five owners)
Teachers: 83% white
Full-time college professors: 84% white
Owners of men’s pro-football teams: 97% white
Owners of the five richest sports teams: 80% white (Jews make up 40% of top five owners)
The great black American boxer Muhammad Ali said: “The United States is the stronghold of zionism and imperialism.” “In my name and the name of all Muslims in America, I declare support for the Palestinian struggle to liberate their homeland and oust the zionist invaders.” “You know the entire power structure is zionist. They control America; they control the world. They are really against the Islam religion. So whenever a Muslim does something wrong, they blame the religion.”
White supremacists are in power. They control and dominate through a particular self-image, worldview and set of interests. They disseminate that image and worldview and protect those interests across American society.
Make America great again
Roy Moore, the defeated Republican Alabama senatorial candidate, said: “I think it was great at the time when families were united - even though we had slavery - they cared for one another…Our families were strong, our country had a direction.” At the same event, Moore, called Native people and Asian people “reds and yellows.”
His statement explains what “make America great again” really means. It means when Native people were ethnically cleansed, when black people were enslaved, when white supremacists lynched black people, when women and black people weren’t allowed to vote, when black people were barred from schools and restaurants. It means when white males are immune from sexual predatory behaviour.
Trump supports Moore, white supremacists and racism. Trump fought to keep black people out of his buildings, called for the death penalty for the eventually exonerated Central Park Five and railed against “lazy” black employees. He said: “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.” Trump casts himself as the defender of white maidenhood against Mexican “rapists.” He has been accused of sexual predatory behaviour by multiple women, just like Moore and countless others.
Trump’s “make America great again” is all about white supremacy, especially white male privilege. It seems the chickens never left. America is on its last leg.
Donald Trump Now Owns White Supremacy – It’s one thing to disagree with him and quite a different thing to take a stand against his white supremacy. Now is the time. Common Dreams.September 30, 2017.
Coates, Ta-Nehisi.The First White President - The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy. The Atlantic. October 2017.
No, I Won’t Stop Saying White Supremacy. June 30, 2017.
Haaretz. Muhammad Ali's Complicated Relationship With the Jews - Adopting Arab causes after his retirement from the ring, “The Greatest” frequently clashed with the Jewish people, accusing “Zionists” of world domination, even as some notable members of the U.S. Jewish community were his fervent admirers. June 4, 2016.
Lloyd, David. Racial supremacy and the Zionist exception. US Politics. August 15, 2017.