That’s a question we should be asking ourselves. It’s painful, and it provokes images in American minds of Black people lying in streets, or viral videos of unarmed Blacks being murdered or choked out by police and left for dead. We also have the unspoken cases of numerous Black women being beaten and murdered or vigilante groups shooting Blacks with no remorse or repercussion.
It’s a question that is not thoughtfully nor honestly considered because if we took the few seconds to ask ourselves “Do Black lives matter?” instead of hash tagging it freely to social media posts, we would unequivocally conclude that no, Black lives don’t matter much at all.
Black lives don’t matter whether in Africa or in America and they haven’t since the ruthless beginning of the British owned American Empire. In order to fully grasp this concept one can not view individual incidences of police misconduct, but you must begin to look at the brutality in its entirety and at the perpetrators of the abuse as one entity; one institution, or one imperialistic and supremacist force.
From it’s beginnings it wasn’t just Black lives that didn’t matter to this unruly institution, but poor white lives and Native American lives didn’t matter either. This mental disease has spread as the American Empire has spread, so now Iranian lives don’t matter, Palestinian lives don’t mean a thing, Africans lives are wiped out by the millions and we can see evidence of this epidemic in all darker skinned nations around the world. But I digress…
Black lives do not matter to a specific and very small portion of the world’s population who are blinded by the frailty of the U.S. dollar and imperialistic dreams. But unfortunately this population creates policy in this country. The economic system of Capitalism at its core is designed to separate and exploit the masses of people in all races that are subjected to its force, while exponentially increasing the wealth of a few, which primarily happen to be white and Jewish elites. Capitalism is not and never will be an inclusive institution and its practitioners do not have self imposed morals. It’s inhumane, and cold to those who sweat under its tyranny. Now, because we live in a society where information is disseminated within seconds, one can easily see the effects of how this economic system is brutally enforced in America and around the world.
Wars on those relegated to poverty, rumors of wars against darker skinned nations, mass incarceration and alarming violence rates in the U.S. are just a few indications of how the American Empire really feels about a Black life.
Time and time again the world is given blatant evidence that a Black person standing up for his or her rights will end with them laying down in their own blood. The police departments across America are not at all concerned with how much you think you know about the law because the American laws simply don’t apply to Black or brown people. Police are insurance agents for the protection of State property. They are not here to protect and serve the middle class, working poor or poverty stricken. They serve an entity called “The State,” in which this State is controlled by corporations and power elites who consider human life as disposable, if that life doesn’t serve the interests of the State.
Its imperative that Black people understand that they have very little rights in America because they are not considered American citizens. They are depicted as a liability to the State, a burden to the country, or at best a necessary evil to the American way of life.
This conception does not include the incarcerated, who are viewed as commodities rather than liabilities, but still equally disposable. As a commodity you are property, which means you are bought and sold, harshly worked or taken out swiftly with no repercussion awarded to the murderous hand that delivered the fatal blow. To a capitalist mind, these lives are only worth the profit they can produce. No healthcare, no SSI, no labor unions. These men and women have no voice, no rights, and are often only remembered by those who are forgotten and suffering on the outside of the prison system.
Black lives don’t matter because on the US economic ladder they proudly hold their grips on the bottom rungs because they think they have advanced. Despite the minimal “progress” that’s been made through Civil Rights and politics, Black leaders left behind no agenda, no land, no resources for the masses of Blacks to own or bargain with, which shows that begging and taking beatings for an oppressive people to accept you as equal does not increase anything but your tolerance for more pain, which is exactly what Blacks in America have received by the hand that feeds them. From other Blacks they’ve been given pacifiers, tokens, and barricades in which they can express their frustration.
Despite the overwhelming display of intelligence by Black people in a culturally irrelevant education system, we are still told that the economic gap is due to lack of education without consideration to the billions of dollars that flow through Black churches every Sunday, or any of the other parasites that bleed Black economic development. We all can agree that Black students are historically malnourished by the American Education System, but when a spiritually oriented people are spiritually and historically deprived it creates a population of consumers awaiting a savior that looks like the creators of the condition they are in, which is literally insane. Black people, its time to define what wealth, education, and spirituality look like to you instead of carbon copying the ideas given to you.
Not all people feel that Black lives aren’t worth a damn. Eventually there will come a time when we as a human race will realize the only qualifications you need to be brutalized by the State is no access to wealth, a protest sign, or a revolutionist’s mentality. That’s it. But for Black people living in America your status, gender, affiliations, career, or demeanor doesn’t matter and it hasn’t for a long time, we’ve just been one or all of three things. 1. ) Made too comfortable by tokens and infatuations of equality to see what has taken place around us, 2.) Too docile to stand up and say I’ve had enough, or 3.) Too narrow minded and tolerant to see the big picture as it relates to the entire race of Black people and not just your own phenomenology.
I ask…. What will the masses of Black people do in increasing discomfort or when the discomfort becomes unbearable? Will we stay in the pot of water until its boiling and too late? Or will Black people get out of the water and find the culprit who turned up the heat? Learn from the mistakes of the boiled frogs of our past and then ask yourself, if black lives do matter, how much do they matter you?