Katrina and Racism : Weapon of Black Destruction


“Until one understands the system of White supremacy, anything and everything else will confuse you.”– Neely Fuller



And during the few moments that we have left, we want to have just an off-the-cuff chat between you and me — us. We want to talk right down to earth in a language that everybody here can easily understand. We all agree tonight, all of the speakers have agreed, that America has a very serious problem. Not only does America have a very serious problem, but our people have a very serious problem. America’s problem is us. We’re her problem. The only reason she has a problem is she doesn’t want us here. And every time you look at yourself, be you black, brown, red, or yellow — a so-called Negro — you represent a person who poses such a serious problem for America because you’re not wanted. Once you face this as a fact, then you can start plotting a course that will make you appear intelligent, instead of unintelligent.What you and I need to do is learn to forget our differences. When we come together, we don’t come together as Baptists or Methodists. You don’t catch hell ’cause you’re a Baptist, and you don’t catch hell ’cause you’re a Methodist. You don’t catch hell ’cause you’re a Methodist or Baptist. You don’t catch hell because you’re a Democrat or a Republican. You don’t catch hell because you’re a Mason or an Elk. And you sure don’t catch hell ’cause you’re an American; ’cause if you was an American, you wouldn’t catch no hell. You catch hell ’cause you’re a black man. You catch hell, all of us catch hell, for the same reason.So we are all black people, so-called Negroes, second-class citizens, ex-slaves. You are nothing but a [sic] ex-slave. You don’t like to be told that. But what else are you? You are ex-slaves. You didn’t come here on the “Mayflower.” You came here on a slave ship — in chains, like a horse, or a cow, or a chicken. And you were brought here by the people who came here on the “Mayflower.” You were brought here by the so-called Pilgrims, or Founding Fathers. They were the ones who brought you here.We have a common enemy. We have this in common: We have a common oppressor, a common exploiter, and a common discriminator. But once we all realize that we have this common enemy, then we unite on the basis of what we have in common. And what we have foremost in common is that enemy — the white man. He’s an enemy to all of us. I know some of you all think that some of them aren’t enemies. Time will tell.-Malcolm X


While I read some of this post it is clear that many are confused. Marcus Garvey was probably one of the richest (economically) African in ameriKKKa in his time yet he was hated by this system like no other. You have people like Bill Cosby who are rich as hell yet can’t buy a television station because he is African. You have 1,000,000+ Africans in prison for no other reason than they are African. Detroit, MI was a wealthy African city in ameriKKKa in the 1960s yet white racism caused a riot which destoryed the city. Little Africa (Black Wallstreet – Tulsa, OK) was a wealthy African city in ameriKKKA yet it was bombed by white racist. Look at New Orleans right now! There are so many examples of white racism (which is the only racism) over capitalism it’s absurd.


“There’s no such thing as a black middle class. The man does not beat your head because you got a Cadillac or because you got a Ford; he beats you because you’re black! Class structures are a luxury that we cannot afford. They cannot divide us by saying that you’re middle class or you’re lower class. He kills you because you’re black. The concentration camps–they got 37 in the country–and me and [Stokely] Carmichael can’t fill all of them. They GOT to be taking somebody else.”
– H. Rap Brown


“Now then, some people may not understand brother Rap when he talked about whom we ally with. He said we have to ally with Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and the dispossessed people of the earth; he did not mention poor whites. We must understand that. I will not deny that poor whites in this country are oppressed. But there are two types of oppression: one is exploitation, the other is colonization. And we have to understand the difference between both of them. [applause] Exploitation is when you exploit somebody of your own race; colonization is when you exploit somebody of a different race. We are colonized; they are exploited…[applause]…they are exploited. Now let us explain how the process of exploitation and colonization works. If I am black and I am exploiting you who are also black–we have the same values, the same culture, the same language, the same society, the same institutions, so I do not have to destroy those institutions for you. But if you are of another race–if you have a different culture, different language, different values–I HAVE to destroy all of those to make you bow to me. And that is the difference between poor blacks and poor whites: poor whites have their culture, have their values, have their institutions; ours have been completely destroyed…completely destroyed [applause]…completely destroyed. So when you talk about alliances, you recog[nize?] [tape skip] alliances with people who are trying to rebuild their culture, trying to rebuild their history, trying to rebuild their dignity–people who are fighting for their humanity. Poor white people are not fighting for their humanity, they’re fighting for more money. They’re fighting…there are a lot of poor white people in this country; you ain’t seen none of them rebel yet, have you? Why is it that black people are rebelling? Do you think it’s because it’s just poor jobs? Don’t believe the junk that honky’s running down. It’s not poor jobs; it’s a question of a people finding their culture, their nature, and fighting for their humanity!…for their humanity! [applause]…for their humanity! …for their humanity! We have been so colonized, that we are ashamed to say we hate. And that is the best example of a person who is colonized. You sit in your house, a honky walks in your house, beats you up, rapes your wife, beat up your child, and you don’t have the humanity to say, “I hate you!” You don’t have it. That is how dehumanized we are. We are so dehumanized we cannot say, “Yes! We hate you for what you have done to us!” Can’t say it. Can’t say it. And we are afraid to think beyond that point. Who do you think has more hatred pent up in them, white people for black people, or black people for white people? White people for black people, obviously. The hatred has been more. What have we done to them for them to build up this hatred? Absolutely nothing. Yet we don’t have the…we don’t even want to have the chance to hate them for what they’ve done to us, and if hate should be justified WE HAVE THE BEST JUSTIFICATION IN THE WORLD FOR HATING THE HONKYS! We have it! [applause] We have it! We have it!”


“The ideologies of Communism and Socialism speaks to class structure. They speak to people who…oppressed people from the top down to the bottom. We are not just facing exploitation, we are facing something much more important. We are facing because we are the victims of racism. Communism nor Socialism does not speak to the problem of racism. And racism for black people in this country is far more important than exploitation, cause no matter how much money you make [when you] [tape skip] go into the white world, you are still a nigger…[applause]…you are still a nigger…you are still a nigger. So that for us, the question of racism become uppermost in our minds. It become uppermost in our minds. How do we destroy those institutions that seek to keep us dehumanized. That is all we’re talking about. On the question of exploitation, it comes second. Now for white peoople who are Communists, the question of Communists becomes first, because they’re exploited by their other people. If we were exploited by other black people, then it would become a question of how we divide the profits. It is not that for us. It is not that for us. It is a question of how we regain our humanity and begin to live as a people. And we do not do that because of the effects of racism in this country. We must, therefore, consciously stride for an ideology which deals with racism first.”


– Kwame Ture



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