Blacks in America on Tuesday scored a stunning upset in their racial equality battle against Whites. General Charles Brown Jr, was unanimously confirmed the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, making him the first ever African American to lead one of the troubled nation’s immensely-powerful and influential military. It was 98-0 in a White-dominated Senate, with Vice President Mike Pence who is also the statutory Senate president, presiding. He rarely performs the Senate presidency role except as a tie-breaker. This time, everybody, both Republicans and Democrats received sense and voted in one basket. That historic moment speaks to the dizzying political height the murder of five-time felon African American George Floyd by a White officer and former work-place unfriendly colleague, has powered the Black Lives Matter’s bloody racial revolt. Brown, the first fruit of the “I can’t breathe” revolution is the same guy who as a senior officer, in full uniform and all appurtenances, constantly received an embarrassing rhetorical “are you a pilot” simply because of his skin colour. Lesson one, don’t be moved by the condescension of today; God can use your adversaries to lift you. Is someone seeing Joseph and his 10 brothers’ story here? Lesson two, someone’s blood is always going to water another’s path to the palace. As I write this on Friday, Nigeria was celebrating Democracy Day. There was an American knee to M.K.O Abiola’s neck 27 years back. Unfortunately, today, mostly charlatans, occupy the palace he couldn’t breathe to water. Sacrifice is good, but who wants to be the Lamb?
The rest of the world is eating from the palm of the Black Man today and the political forces that obviously powered the movement, just for the Fall election to rid the White House of Donald Trump, may have been stunned by the dimension it has taken and the extreme demands being made by the Black community in America and Europe, aided by their unseen backers. Yes, the moment should be fully utilised but exploitation should be avoided. In demanding racial equality, injustice should not shift to the Whites, because a nationalist is in the White House.
Just like in South Africa, Whites are grudgingly conceding Blacks’ demands in the US, but instead of flowing with the emotions of the moment, genuine leaders of the movement, not the kind with Pelosi and Romney’s rent-seeking strategy, should aggregate something fundamental, far-reaching and enduring, before the world moves away from them and their noise.
Yes, the moment would soon become a part of obtainable history on Wikipedia. As it is today, Blacks are yet to have the voting population to dictate national change in Washington, though they are beginning to shift mountains in some states and after being helped to elect Barack Obama, a Kenyan-American in 2008, African brothers and sisters in America, should do less of blame-game and move to something bigger. And you ask, what could be bigger than having your own as the C-in-C? That seems to be of little significance today, regardless of how nepotistic that kinsman is. If not, Buhari’s billboard should remain scared in Katsina. But not anyone. In fact, this time, his mouthpiece in Villa or elsewhere simply shut up. The anger was too palpable. If anyone dares calling those angry youth opposition thugs, there could be stench of burnt skin the next time the president visits home, though he may be too protected to be torched.
The overwhelming protection guaranteed the ruling class and their collaborators in commerce, boardrooms and media, is one reason they are always detached from the realities of the everyday environment.
Not even the obvious criminality mix in the BLM movement could overshadow the built-up anger. There should be a major message to the rest, holding others down. If America could burn so much, though the protest was obviously choreographed, backed and funded by powerful Washington figures seeking to make life hellish for Trump, all the tinder elements were surely in place before Floyd’s death. Such oils of vitriol are visible in nearly all nations of the earth. Men seeking freedom and men seeking a permanent hold. Something will just have to give way someday; the same way I see the relationship between Nd’Igbo and the rest of Nigeria. The rest of Africa should also learnt from the unfortunate situation in America. Countries stifling minorities should weigh the consequences of sustaining such domestic terrorism. Going forward, it is likely not many would allow knee on their necks again.
But the seeming world applause doesn’t guarantee sustainable victory for Blacks in US. An average White, without Christ, has an attitude towards pigmentation. The darkened variant still looks something cursed to him. Maybe, leaders of the Black continent have projected such belief with their nonsensical home-grown methodology to governance, mostly measured by greed. Whites in America will fight back, this time, with their votes, especially with the uprooting of the statues of the Confederate figures, who were their own heroes, though common-slave masters to the rest of the world.
The clash of cultures defining the racial war will have far-reaching effects going forward. I also doubt the Democrats would be allowed to reap benefits from it in November and the world may be shocked by a huge Trump victory, powered by the oldies.
It is their history being rewritten. There would be a fight back and the perception of Black vs. White may detract from the surplus the Black community should reap from their own Spring. For maximum benefits, the rest of the People of Colour should be carried along, to make it a uniformed voice.
Joe Biden, days back, tried to capture the global impact of Hurricane Floyd. He said his death had bigger impact than of Martin Luther King. America roared disapproval. Maybe, he is right, if the statistics are compared, though social media played a huge role. One was a true American hero; the other, a criminal. But did God not say He would use foolish things…As for my heading, Deal With It.
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