The general sentiment of mankind is that a man who will not fight for himself, when he has the means of doing so, is not worth being fought for by others, and this sentiment is just. For a man who does not value freedom for himself will never value it for others, or put himself to any inconvenience to gain it for others. Such a man, the world says, may lie down until he has sense enough to stand up. It is useless and cruel to put a man on his legs, if the next moment his head is to be brought against a curbstone. A man of that type will never lay the world under any obligation to him, but will be a moral pauper, a drag on the wheels of society, and if he too be identified with a peculiar variety of the race he will entail disgrace upon his race as well as upon himself. The world in which we live is very accommodating to all sorts of people. It will cooperate with them in any measure which they propose; it will help those who earnestly help themselves, and will hinder those who hinder themselves. It is very polite, and never offers its services unasked. Its favors to individuals are measured by an unerring principle in this—viz., respect those who respect themselves, and despise those who despise themselves. It is not within the power of unaided human nature to persevere in pitying a people who are insensible to their own wrongs and indifferent to the attainment of their own rights. The poet was as true to common sense as to poetry when he said,
Who would be free, themselves must strike the blow.
Let me give you a word of the philosophy of reform. The whole history of the progress of human liberty shows that all concessions yet made to her august claims have been born of earnest struggle. The conflict has been exciting, agitating, all-absorbing, and for the time being, putting all other tumults to silence. It must do this or it does nothing. If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.
This is an excerpt from Frederick Douglas’s most famous delivered, on August 3, 1857, as a reminder of the crucial role of the West Indian slaves in their own freedom struggle.
Power is the ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as a faculty or quality. Whether it’s in“the power of speech”, the subtly but no less forceful power that comes from psychological or political influence. Or the raw power that comes with a physical persuasion, based on physical strength and force that is exerted by something or someone. Power is the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.
The following scene is lifted from the very popular game of thrones teevee series, in which the struggle for power consumed whole continents, families, lives and souls of the players and non players alike. Here one of the more famous character, Cersei Lannister, showed the scheming Lord Baelish, what true power is about.
A Riddle: A king, A priest and a rich man, faced a common sell sword (a mercenary or sword for hire) each great man bid the sell sword to kill the other two. Who lives? Who dies?
This morning I am musing on the legitimacy of power and the kind of influence it has over those who fail to respect it. And those who fear not in wielding it. The Fredrick Douglass quote is pretty much self evidence that the manufactured entity called the kneegrow, is ignorant of powers true nature and how to wield effective power. It is because of the kneegrows lack of respect for power, why he continues to be the social porta-potty to other ethnic groups and even subgroups, within kneegrow dumb. A case in point is how everybody, including the kneegrow all of a sudden is beholding to power, when selfishness and individuality trumps collective progress. And power is lost when collective progress is an inconceivable avenue for a people who do not value freedom for themselves much less value it for others walking the same path as them.
The other day I saw an article that was writing in the pro homosexual and pro feminist shit rag called MadameNoire, where the author of the article joined the a group of de-sexual and confused people to demonized the past murdered Sandra Bland. Instead of going too deep in interpreting or translating the hatred the de-sexual crowd continues to spew from their filthy mouth, I will share excerpts from the article here.
God rest Sandra Bland’s soul but this video, this thought process was hurtful, harmful and reminiscent of the ways, White people dismiss and diminish our voices when we bring up issues of racism—right down to the “I have a ____ friend.” Yes, Black people have been discriminated against from the foundations of this country. But it’s also true that gay people have faced discrimination–and likely longer than the birth of America. While one minority group may be easier to identify than the other, it doesn’t negate the discrimination that each group experiences. And contrary to Sandra Bland’s analysis, there are many people for which being gay is not a choice. Much like our Blackness is not a choice. Not to mention, there are Black, gay people who experience oppression for their race as well as their sexuality.
And there were people who occupied both groups, Black and LGBTQ+, who decided that they weren’t going to rally behind Sandra Bland because they didn’t appreciate the remarks she made against their community when she was alive. That was news to me, yesterday. I had no idea, Bland had said such things. And I had no idea that there was a sect of the Black community who felt conflicted about marching and protesting for her, when there were other Black women who had presumably and definitely been killed by law enforcement. For as much as the gay community has contributed to the fight for Black liberation, with people like Baynard Rustin, James Baldwin, Langston Hughes (allegedly), Angela Davis, Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, Marsha P. Johnson and in more contemporary times, DeRay McKesson and Black Lives Matter co-founders Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors, there are still so many Black people, who don’t consider the struggles of the LGBT community as a problem—because being Black is harder.
Our liberation can’t be that shortsighted. And I’m sure Black LGBT folks are tired of being used to fight our collective battles and then being abandoned when it comes time for the rest of the Black community to speak out against the injustices perpetrated against them. The way some members of the LGBT community feel about Sandra Bland is the same way, many Black women felt about Stephon Clark, the 22-year-old father who was shot in the back and killed by police officers. After his death, we learned he had made some disparaging remarks about Black women. And I certainly can’t fault the LGBT community for deciding to do the same in the case of Sandra Bland and this documentary. If she had not been killed, there is a chance that she could have lived to evolve and adopt a less exclusionary stance. Maybe she would have learned that liberation is not complete until it involves all of us. Perhaps she would have realized that some people experience more than one form of oppression. But since there was no evidence that she had reached that point, I understand anyone refusing to exact retribution for someone’s death when they spoke against you during their life.
Now contrast this article with Sandra Bland said on her YouTube post:
“This morning, what’s on my mind is this whole law that’s trying to be passed in Indiana. People are upset because they feel that it discriminates against a group of people and against a certain culture. And my question is, what about all the laws and practices that have been in place since the beginnings of time? What about that one big thing called slavery? That was quite discriminatory, yet it doesn’t even get the same amount of attention that it should. We are still dealing with discriminatory laws, in place, from slavery, that are still in effect today.
So for everybody so mad about some business people choosing not to cater to that…*shrugs*. Being gay is a choice. Being Black ain’t. That’s just how I feel. You don’t agree? That’s ok. And I’m not totally against homosexuals. I have homosexual family members, homosexual friends. That’s their choice. I don’t agree with it completely, but I feel that if a business chooses not to cater to that, that’s their choice. Being Black was not a choice, yet I’m discriminated against everyday. People who look like me are discriminated against everyday. So while everybody so mad about this one law, think about the millions of laws that have been passed based off of slavery practices.”
Here is the YouTube video she did.
El Hajj Malik Al Shabazz one stated that “if you don’t stand for something, you fall for anything”. The kneegrow, whether “black conscious”, religious, or neither, continues to prop up everybody else and fights for everybody else, who have grievance with the system of white pathology. Yet outside of a few demonstrations, usually lead by outsiders or race traitors, the kneegrow’s fight is never legitimized by others, including his very self. Every where the kneegrow resides, he holds a position of subjugation, supplication, powerlessness and disorganization that comes with a lack of unity of purpose. I used to say the kneegrow could only come together to party and bullshit ( to use the words of the last poets) but as we see on social media, we can’t even party together anymore without some shit jumping off! The kneegrow is not on nor ever been code, when it comes to group integrity. Integrity is the adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty. Group integrity is all of that fused into the groups state of being whole in its entirety, and undiminished in its focus and goals. Being on code denotes a systematic collection of laws or regulations, based on the principles of integrity which binds the collective to its survival as an entity wielding power, in a world of fighting for their share of power in a “Game of thrones”.
The kneegrow’s weakness and supplicative nature, causes him to include other races in our liberation struggle, not just as allies, but as leaders, influencers, policy makers, role models and moral compasses. By tying his struggle to the worldview of others, he becomes the tail wagged by the dog and moved around like furniture in a storage unit. The kneegrow’s moral and political leaders, were and continue to be, Caucasians, de-sexuals, pedophiles, criminals and individualistic parasites, none of which have a code of integrity based on our skin, our traditional Afurakan cultural imperatives and race survival. His love and worship of all things white, including their behaviour, has seeped into the fabric of the kneegrow’s existence of acceptable politics. And when all the above mentioned elements have had their fill of us, we are discarded to a ditch, by the side of the road of social acceptability and pilloried any time we question the fleas or tics that continue to gorge themselves off our backs. The de-sexuals…particularly the kneegrow de-sexuals….are the latest most vicious blood suckers to attach itself to the black body. These blood suckers get infuriated and vengeful, when the black host, questions why this small minority’s quality of life has to trump that of larger hosts.
Case in point is that of the confused transformers. The he/she’s that are mad that creator made them a certain way. Their complaint is that real men who reject their sexual advances, are discriminating against them. The de-sexual population on a whole are angry at black people when black people ask why their choices have to trump our natural state. They like to throw out discrimination at us, when they are some of the most discriminatory, racist and polarizing entities in this New Rome of white pathology. The vilification and hate towards Sandra Bland, who in the past has foolishly supported their cause, in the fight for “social justice”, is typical of animals who have no allegiance to anything but their own savage nature. They see everything as an attack on them. Even legitimate questions that are made within certain context and were made without aggression, are deemed as discriminatory.
This latest attack on Sandra Bland and her memories and efforts as a Stallworth, defending the oppressed, is the natural consequences of kneegrows feeling sorry for race traitors and off code individuals who cleave to the white power structure over our group survival. The chickens have come home to roost and as we continue to see, elements like the kneegrow de-sexuals will view us as commodities to be used and discarded, when we have outlived our usefulness to them. When that’s done, they pick over our dried bones and besmirch our name, our memories and stomp all over our graves. The de-sexual community wields a tremendous amount of power. And they do it collectively, by providing to outsiders a unified and serious political power. A unification thy don’t have among themselves, but that doesn’t matter, as long as the foolish kneegrows who support that lifestyle, believe it. And because we lack collective power, not one retaliation, political, social or otherwise, will be raised against them. Because we fear them and fear the repercussion of being a beaten and supplicative people.
The Priests has favour with the “gods” and could leverage this favour, through his spiritual influence, religious power and connection to the gods, and can intervene on behalf of the believer so he can enter safely into the beyond. The rich man can leverage his wealth to reward who ever favours money and riches over all. The king is the ruler of the nation and is abstract power allows him influence of and allegiance from many great and powerful men. The king or ruler relies on the tenuous allegiance from other powerful people. Hence his abstract (existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence) power can be pulled from under him as swiftly as his puppet starts losing face in him. Likewise the rich man may hold more tangible power than the king or leader, because he can reward the sell sword with immediate and wealth, he too can fall out of favor if the sell sword sees the kings offer as more satisfying ( notoriety. This notoriety can be political position or something that is symbolic social power. The priest too can fail, if the sell sword is not a believer and has no interests in the imagination of non corporal beings, as expressed by the religious.
The answer to the riddle is very simple. “power resides where men believe it resides!” The sell sword is an allegory for the “people”. When the sell sword is viewed as a allegory then we see that power that the three great men hold, may not be as, whether political, spiritual or wealth, would not be as compelling. Each great man, singularly or together could only influence an individual. But it would fail to influence a whole group of people acting with a committed purpose.