A kid is getting on a freight train in the south of Mexico. Arriaga is the first stop for central american migrants on their way to the US.–Photo by Encarni Pinda.
The USA gained independence from England, arguing that “taxation without representation” was intolerable. Stealing land from Native American Indians and Mexicans, the country expanded its borders. Destroying black families through the scourge of slavery, raping slaves to create a free labor force and destroy black male pride, the USA became rich from the labor, land and livelihoods of disenfranchised people now viewed as the American underclass.
Some blacks celebrated Juneteenth, the official end of slavery, yesterday. Others declined, insisting that slavery is still alive and well, albeit in other forms. Even as racist Republicans obstructed former President Barack Obama during six of his eight years in office, bigots have risen up in droves with the election of the current US President. Blacks are being targeted for arrest and police abuse while engaging in the most routine activities–sitting in a coffee shop, trying to play golf, having a barbecue in a park and taking a nap in the common room of a prestigious university.
During slavery, Jim Crow and even the Civil Rights era, blacks were treated as sub-human chattel. Raped, beaten and lynched with impunity, black residents of the United States of America were brutalized, often for white residents’ enjoyment. The anger that has festered among many Americans, who were incensed that a black man was elected president, has erupted into state-sanctioned lawlessness.
The debacle involving children separated from their parents at the border and housed in cages akin to concentration camps is no different from the Middle Passage and slavery, when black children were torn from terrified, broken parents. Africans were captured, packed like sardines on ships, some jumping overboard along the way while others died from diseases. Those who survived were shaved, shined with oil, examined publicly and auctioned off to wicked slave owners.
The trauma that the border children are experiencing will last a lifetime, much like black trauma in America has continued with no end in sight. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Too many immigrants have become complacent because they have made it, turning a blind eye to the plight of the children at the border, blacks in every facet of the American experience, Haitians who are cast off and a myriad of suffering globally. But, like late revolutionary firebrand Malcolm X often cried, “by any means necessary” the fight for human rights must go on.
The USA lost its soul many generations ago. In fact, one might rightly ask: Did the USA ever have a soul in the first place?–OnPointPress.net–