“You’re not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.” – Malcolm X
Amazing how much people value the Second Amendment right to “Bear Arms” than the First Amendment right of “Freedom of Speech.” Since when the number bullets you hold in a gun give you more rights than your one vote, your one voice speaking out and or against discrimination, inequality, injustice and racism. Freedom of Speech and the rights spelled under it are listed as the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. By all accounts, it is the cornerstone in which this Republic’s democracy began and sought to operate.
In a democracy, the people, not those in positions of power control and determine the direction of how this Republic functions for the good of All. The inalienable right to speak and protest peacefully and purposefully ties directly with the other cable cords of Liberty, Justice. Under tyrannical rule and or monarchy rule, the right to speak openly about injustice, lack of true liberty is considered an attack against the ruling estate. Such an attack cannot be allowed to stand nor take power becuase by its sheer strength of its power, weight of the masses behind it, such a movement would eventually push the ruling monarch, suppressive government out. Democracy, by its very existence, demands the right of all citizens to have the right to express themselves and to peacefully protest.
By no means is this an Elysium society. As many may want to believe that what is written in ink both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States is an iron clad agreement, honor binding us all to play nice together, the words alone do not make it so. There exist this false illusion that freedom and liberty means the lack of rule of law and the need to work vigiliantly to protect the rights of all citizens against discrimination, injustice, institutions of corruption and all forms of racism (be it overt racism as to the supression of others due to the color of their skin, their faith, their ethnic background or be it covert racism as to the suppression of people based upon gender, sexual orientation socioeconomic status). Every institution created by man’s hands must be held in check against any forms of corruption, suppression of equal rights under the protection of just laws and any suppressive entities of injustice must be held accountable and stopped.
For the many bright success stories, this Republic has historical dark truths forced into hiding behind corners because for many, the truth hurts. The truth of how this Republic was created, developed and maintained only wants to be measured by its historical success while not dealing with the historical and painful brutality it took to make this ‘Republic of Freedom, Liberty, Justice for All.’ Amazing how ‘america’ wants us all to be ‘Americans’ when it comes down to being uniform in a mindset where the flag is upheld over everything else but no one wants to talk about the millions of bloody enslaved souls and millions of native population souls killed in the stealing of their land in the effort to make this nation state as great as we claim it to be. Perhaps that is why Betsy Ross when creating the flag of this Republic made the red line to represent the blood spilled, the white for the bones broken and the stars to mean for the millions of suppressed souls killed over this Republic’s barely six hundred year existence since the first landings took place starting in 1619. Amazing how ‘america’ wants to talk about being great again rolling back to the socioeconomic state of the Jim Crow Era of government but does not wish to engage in the conversation of real time reality of ongoing socioeconomic injustice and the rising oligarchy caste system of the ‘have and have nots’ we are slowly evolving into which runs totally counter to all democratic ideals this Republic was allegedly create to exist as an independent nation state.
Amazing how Freedom of Speech only is seen in a positive light for sporting events. The same passionate zeal to have the right to waive a flag does not seem to apply for the right to speak against the discrimination, injustice, racism and suppression of the truth. Strange, I thought this was a democratic state where Liberty, Justice prevailed not where Idolatry, Propaganda reigned. It appears still that you ‘america’ want to exist as two different states. One state of utopia where on paper, everything is equal, just under the laws written. The reality exist as a freedom its citizens enjoy is based on your place in the socioeconomic status caste system built on the principles of capitalism not justice.
Freedom of Speech only applies when we are not dealing with discussing discrimination, economic disparity, police brutality and racism. When we talk about those matters both in historical and real time socioeconomic impact, suddenly we are viewed as ‘unpatriotic.’ Quite the contrary, we have been the most patriotic of any race of people since this nation state was created. Our patriotism truly comes from being the heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears poured out from our every souls. We have endured all levels of oppression against us since being forcibly brought here against our will, our own true existence as a free people stripped away, culture and our language taken away from our own established civilizations and made to assimilate into this world, your language and abide by the laws of this Republic you established. In the midst of all that we have been forcibly made to endure just to exist, to live, to survive as a people in this land – we still fought for change, liberty and justice here on this domestic soil and fight for the freedom of other people on foreign lands when we did not have the same right, liberties those who we sought to free had immediately upon coming to this Republic and still seek to remain here to hold this Republic to its “democratic ideals of liberty, justice for all.’ Yet seemingly when we exercise our First Amendment right for “Freedom of Speech” we are called to task, told ‘this is not the right place for it,’ ‘this is not the appropriate venue to discuss it,’ and my personal favorite that angers me to no end ‘how dare you stand up to protest against the flag and the national anthem!’ To that I reply ‘where was your opposition against me being forcibly removed from my native land to be brought here against my will, locked into institutionalized slavery and made to fight for the very rights you say I had the inalienable rights so listed in both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States in which I as a naturalized born citizen have been so granted equal, just protection under its laws?’ Where have you been standing up against the oppressive racism and socioeconomic brutality we have endured for over the past five hundred years that sought to make a nation state off of the backs of institutionalized slave trade which built this Republic on the blood, bones and backs of suppressed people? Do you think we do not have the inalienable right to stand up against brutality, injustice here but then you can call for us to rise up and fight against similar if not the same brutality, injustice thousands of miles away on foreign lands? Sorry ‘america’ – that logic we cannot and will not follow and ‘that dog will not hunt’ anymore.
Memo to ‘america:’ You cannot have it both ways and claim you are right, we are wrong. You cannot uphold some air of an elitist, patriotic demand while suppressing the truth being told by the very people most affected by the systems of oppression you put in place to create the disparities, racist institutions which allowed this Republic to be built on the backs, bones and spilled blood of those oppressed. If anything we have a greater stake for this Republic to be a better representation and right to hold this Republic to a higher standard of Liberty, Justice for All. Understand ‘america’ we will no longer stand for nor continue to exist in this dual state existence. We are fully aware of who you really are ‘america,’ what you did to get to this point and who you have mistreated, underrepresented and marginalized out of this Republic to get to this point. We will no longer stand for this dual society. We will no longer allow you to silence our voices, our calls for justice and peaceful protest for equality and justice to go unheard, unrecognized and issues go unresolved. We will and shall fight to take our power and this nation state back.