Confluence of Crisis

How the Black Lives Matter movement went mainstream - The ...
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

The founding fathers wrote an essential document in early July of 1776; it was called the Declaration of Independence. Some call it one of the most significant compositions in history. In irony, folklore suggests a slave handed the pen used for signatures to the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

To let it be known, many of the signers owned slaves, and yet the document declared:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Therein lies the problem. The dehumanization of the desolation was now in writing, and the slave was not human. The globally historical document for the white colonist spelled the Confluence of Crisis for the black slave population. The slave-owning majority overruled John Adams despite his vehement protest against slavery entering the declaration. 

Ultimately, it would take another 11 years until slaves would achieve 3/5 human status, and in no wise able to vote.

“The Three-Fifths Compromise was a compromise reached among state delegates during the 1787 United States Constitutional Convention. Whether and, if so, how slaves would be counted when determining a state’s total population for legislative representation and taxing purposes was important, as this population number would then be used to determine the number of seats that the state would have in the United States House of Representatives for the next ten years.”

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Antiquities dehumanization would reinvent itself many times over from 1619 at the start of slavery through the missed opportunity of the 1776 debacle. The Constitutional Convention could afford slaves no more than the 3/5 status. All of this reveals that Black Lives didn’t matter then.

Jim Crow Laws, the Tulsa, and many other riots against African Americans, along with terrorism from the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, proved the dehumanization of people of color was alive and well in America. Lynchings, church bombings, and disenfranchisement framed the story of being black in America. And oh yes, finally the right to vote as a result of the 15th amendment of 1870

After America viewed the beatings suffered at the march on Selma by the hands of Alabama State Police, the savagery moved right into America’s living rooms. African Americans’ right to vote was secured without literacy tests, poll taxes, and various other voter suppression methods with the enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Unfortunately, in the 21st century, with a society on the brink, Black lives still don’t matter. Henceforth, there is a need to shout from every peak that Black Lives Matter.

Unflaggingly, African Americans are not only declaring this, but many in the dominant culture are backing this. From urban streets to suburban culdesacs, “Black Lives Matter” has become the beckoning call to correct the 1776 debacle.

“Americans rediscovered the power of collective action last week. They found unity in what binds us — a common commitment to democratic self-government and equal justice. As a result, we saw massive, mostly peaceful demonstrations in every part of the country.

This was a case in which people were leading, and the best of our leaders swiftly moved to catch up.” 

Jennifer Rubin Washington Post. June 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. EDT

Yet another opportunity has been given to America to make right the wrongs of the past. We can finally answer the unanswered question. The question is not answerable affirmative or contrary but is central to humanity as a whole. It is not a debate of Black Lives Matter vs. All lives matter. As part of humanity, If black lives do not matter, then no lives matter. Or as the late Dr. Martin Luther King stated:

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

By Kevin Robinson Executive Director of Accord1

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: