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The downside of the Civil Rights Movement

By Adam B. Coleman 

When I was a child, we had a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr. speaking in Washington D.C. hanging on our wall. As I grew older, I learned the significance of his speech and the greater civil rights movement. I had a utopian perspective about such a monumental accomplishment.  

Just consider the concept. Everyday black and white people, together, risking death by standing up to the government. And all for the greater principle of equality under the law. It’s mesmerizing when you put it in that context. 

During that period, there was much to be proud of America, even when there was much to not be proud of. We didn’t need an outside military force invading our shores to become democratic and abide by our constitution. It didn’t even require a civil war between opposing factions. 

While violence obviously occurred, we were able to convey a message of unfairness and promote change without widespread death. 

The principle of non-violence ultimately showed how the state oppressed black Americans. Specifically, it galvanized the public who didn’t live in Jim Crow states to see the treatment of black people. It was an admirable tactic even if it appeared to be a contentious method for change at the time. 

However, we fail to acknowledge the substantial amount of power that manifested during this era. 

My previous idealism has shifted, and now my vision focuses on the bigger picture stemming from this historical time period. What was created during the 1960s has moved upon us in this new era with swift vengeance. But sadly, it strangles Americans with corruption and politicized social guilt. 

The birth of the black grievance industry may have been innocent in nature, but it’s become an unstoppable force. The participants of this industry have mastered leveraging the guilt of Americans, especially white Americans, for financial and political gain. 

At the same time, they simultaneously induce racial trauma for black Americans, even if said black American never endured any personal racial trauma. 

Whether we realize it or not, the members of this industry are the mouthpieces for supposed black interests. They’ve weaponized collective thought for collective results that favor them and not us. 

They’re the reason black Americans are expected to have racial leaders when no other minority group in America is. They’re the reason we must disassociate ourselves from America and instead hyphenate ourselves with a continent we have no recent lineage with. 

They proclaim themselves to be arbiters of justice and equality, but they’re more akin to the ambulance chasers of the black community. They’re the upper-class negroes that show up in the lower-class black areas to claim their association yet offer no true representation. 

When there is economic pain, family dysfunction, failing education, and community terrorism, they hibernate as it serves them no profitable purpose to stick their neck out to help people; that’s not their role. However, when a black body bleeds due to the actions of someone lacking melanin; the proverbial “black signal” illuminates in the sky and they re-emerge to claim their piece of the industry pie. 

The civil rights era has blinded Americans to the negative treatment of black Americans again. As a result, we’re hyper-sensitive to any prospect of unfair racial treatment. Likewise, we’ve defaulted to legitimizing any pro-black movement or pro-black political activist. 

Without this skepticism, we now have wolves roaming among us. They’re slaughtering the desire of black people to join the rest of American society because it’s easier to feast on us when we’re separated from the herd. 

As time goes on, we’re told to fight the same fight we did in the 1960s. However, the examples of this theoretical fight are vastly different. We’re encouraged to not ask questions as to what led to this black person’s death or even ask about the character of said dead black man. Asking questions gets you excommunicated, so shut up and do what you’re told. 

Asking pertinent questions only uncovers the scam we’ve been sold for decades. We’ve been promised gold by our Nigerian princes for far too long. What has it gotten us? Why aren’t we allowed to use logic or express curiosity when there’s a clear ploy to get me emotionally invested in the death of a stranger that happens to look like me? 

Simply put, the martyrs of the past are not the martyrs of today. This had led to a social manipulation to reimagine community terrorists as 1960s marching churchgoers. Why is there a conflation of black criminal issues as being black issues? Why should I believe that the fight has moved from overt & provable racism to the invisible form? 

The truth is the KKK is essentially dead, the laws are equal in the books, and the fight from decades ago has largely been won. The problem is no one makes money during peacetime. 

War conflicts are profitable and so are racial conflicts. Without a consistent enemy, there are no consistent donations made to their non-profits or merchandise being sold saying my life suddenly matters. 

Much like our attempts to nation-build foreign countries we once conquered, the attempts to nation-build the black community under the guise of black leadership and government influence is an utter failure. They’ve used black fear and historical trauma for their political gain, which is why they’re always associated with the political establishment. This is not an accident. 

Once we wake up to the realization that our black emperors have no clothes, we’ll stop placing them on a pedestal and allow them to represent us.

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