Haji Malcolm and the Buffalo Battlefield: Aid for Others and War on Us”  – Los Angeles Sentinel | Los Angeles Sentinel

Ethical philosopher, author, two doctoral degrees and professor and chair of the Department of African Studies at California State University, Long Beach, Maulana Karenga (File photo)

We are once again facing another radically evil act of mass murder of our people, this time in Buffalo, New York, nine out of 10 killed, two out of three wounded and again in this military zone we call America.

Again, this is particularly painful, not only because of the massive loss of life and injuries to the innocent and vulnerable every time, but also because it is so persistent and all-encompassing. Moreover, it is perceived as even more tragic and disturbing, because it takes place in the midst of official as well as unofficial killings of us in different places and in different ways.

In fact, there is no refuge in the city or the countryside, no security or exception in supermarkets, mini-markets or malls, churches, mosques or temples, schools, parks and even homes, walking down the street or driving and sitting in cars. We are all vulnerable, not exempt from our age, education, class, religion or raised hands or praying for our lives below the murderous knee of the police or our oppressor in general.

And so, even as we grieve, we have a moral obligation to continue to resist in the interests of freedom, justice and security, and our very lives. We, as black people and people, share the grief of the great loss and injury of the victims, their families, friends and relatives and the Buffalo Black Community as a whole. And we stand in solidarity with them in our shared righteous anger against the inhumanity, crime and savage injustice of this and all our unofficial and official killings wherever we are, and in our shared commitment to righteous and ruthless resistance to put it.

We know that we are the leading target of racist terrorism and hate crimes. And we acknowledge and affirm this without denying or reducing racist violence against Indians, Hispanics and Asians. Because America is tormented by the pathology of racism, a systemic disease that generates, sanctions, and supports the domination, deprivation, degradation, abuse, and elimination of others, different and vulnerable.

Furthermore, it is a society that accepts violence against others, different not only in race but also in religion, gender, class, sexuality, ability, age and other categories of convenience and hatred. Violence can be given other names such as law and order, education, religion, rehabilitation, restraint, legal removal, etc., but it is still violence. In fact, the defining characteristic of racism is violence in its thought and practice, such as: imposition, ideology and institutional set-up. This is how violence begins and ends.

In this month and week of the birth and birth of Al Haj Haj Malik El Shabaz, we remember his instructive and enduring insights into what he called the cancer of racism. Hadji Malcolm reminds us of what he calls this military zone of America and the great responsibility of our people to embrace our role as part of the rising tide of history and to end our oppression and contribute to inclusion through a just and ruthless struggle. African and human well-being and the well-being of the world.

We will never get used to people hating us, even when we have done nothing to them, and turning our communities in Tulsa, Charleston, Buffalo and others into battlefields to wage a senseless, cruel and inhuman war against us. Min. Malcolm X begs us, even urges us, to face the facts of our oppression and to understand that we may not be at war with others, but we are in a war zone called America and our war is being waged in the most racist and deadly. forms.

So Hadji Malcolm says in the racist context of America: “Wherever a black person is, there is a battle line. Whether it’s north, south, east or west, you and I live in a country that is a battle line for all of us. ” In fact, he says, it is vital that “blacks realize that they are living in a war zone” and that they are “at war with an enemy as vicious, criminal, and inhuman as any warring country has ever been.” In fact, he describes racism as a war against “black people” around the world and “evil whiteness.”

The reasons, or rather the reasons for this constant war against us, are complex and therefore include many aspects: the worship of weapons and the culture of violence; cowardly, corrupt and convenient politicians; joint work with commercial and social media; and the lack of comprehensive, united and effective resistance from those who position themselves against this form of internal terrorism, racist terrorism and white terrorism. But regardless of the lectures listed and given, the reasons invented and pointed out, in the end one is forced to focus on the root causes of systemic racism.

It is good to fight hatred and hate crime, but once again we must be comprehensive and include a radical rethinking and reconstruction of policies, practices and institutional structures. So, yes, we need to consider, set out and change social media policy with open arms to platforms of hatred, hate speech and calls and plans for racist violence.

And we must hold the commercial media accountable not only for inadequately condemning and countering racist ideology and practices, but also for racist violence and allegations of zero-sum concepts to replace whites, instead of setting ethical and social imperatives to expand the rainbow of inclusion, justice, fairness and human good.

Politicians, the media and the academy must do more to uphold the equality, dignity, rights and humanity of the African people, indigenous peoples and all people of color. This means going beyond episodic statements of sympathy, corporate and performative funding from visible group foundations, breaking hands after every shooting and murder, and calling on the families of the victims and our community to be calm, to think about forgiveness and forgetfulness, self-healing and deny or reformulate the uncompromising demand for justice.

Hadji Malcolm suggests that among the “worst crimes of white Americans are hypocrisy and deception,” deception and self-delusion about themselves and others, and the evil injustice and oppression they inflict on others. In this way he condemns the false herrenvolk a democracy that makes blacks “victims of a democracy that is nothing but covert hypocrisy.”

He thus says that “there is no system that is more corrupt than a system that presents itself as an example of freedom, democracy and can travel the world telling other people how to fix their house” and yet refuses the benefit of democracy and freedom to its own citizens.

In fact, he would say that it is hypocritical and unfair to help Ukraine and others, and then to wage, facilitate and allow war against us. And he would ask why there are no billions for buffalo and black people in general, no resources for reparations and recovery after this long American nightmare presented and spread as the American dream?

And he would object, too: Trump, Trumpism is not a new oddity, but in fact America’s enduring monstrous country. It is an endemic expression of the country’s history of being immersed and stuck in racist mud and the miasma of hypocrisy and deception.

Thus, in the 1960s, Hadji Malcolm reasoned about the hypocrisy and deception of America, that the central problem “is not really the Mississippi, but America.” America is Mississippi. “And Mississippi is America, unmasked and stripped and without the ideological grace of false claims to freedom, justice and equality for all. He says we can’t allow liberals to” shift the burden “on outside racists, but they they must be forced to confront their complicity in everything that is happening in America.

Because we know in a real sense that they will not do it of their own free will. They will not wake up one morning and plead guilty and condemn themselves to hard times and hard work for a radical transformation of themselves and society. Our task is to hold the whole country responsible for systemic racism, both liberals and conservatives.

This inevitably brings us back to a basic principle of liberation, which is that the oppressor is responsible for our oppression, but we are responsible for our liberation. And part of our responsibility is to hold the oppressor accountable and accountable for our oppression, which can only be achieved in a just, ruthless and radically transformative struggle that ends our oppression and creates new opportunities for history and humanity.

Dr. Maulana Karenga, Professor and Chair of African Studies, California State University-Long Beach; Executive Director of the African American Cultural Center (USA); Founder of Kwanzaa; and author of Kwanzaa: A celebration of family, community and culture and Introduction to black research4th Edition, www.OfficialKwanzaaWebsite.org; www.MaulanaKarenga.org.

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