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MUHAMMAD: Worn-out White 'Backlash' Again in Richmond, Everywhere

Askia Muhammad | 8/14/2013, 3 p.m.
Askia Muhammad

I guess I’ll be saying this until I’m blue in the face: White people just aren’t into us Black folks. No way, not even as the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is upon us, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., uttered the words White folks love to quote, just as they are about to lay waste to Black folks dreams and ambitions. To wit: we will all be “judged by the content of our character, not the color of our skin.” Ha!

The latest reminder of racist White hatred to come to my attention is from Richmond, Va. There, a so-called “Confederate heritage group” has leased land adjacent to Interstate 95 to erect a 50-foot flag pole so they can fly a Confederate flag. They intend to install and fly a 10-by-15 foot Confederate battle flag for all to see. According to the website Free North Carolina, the group intends to even keep the flag lit at night.

“The sole intention of this is to honor our ancestors,” said Susan Hathaway, founder of the Virginia Flaggers. “There is no intention to stick anything in anybody’s face.” Likewise Black folks don’t mean any harm when we lionize Nat Turner, and Denmark Vesey, and others who led slave rebellions which murdered White folks. Those slave uprisings were meant to do away with the evil enslavement of Black people, and were justified under every definition of the universal declarations of human rights.

The Confederate treason on the other hand, was meant to preserve that unholy crime against humanity, and everyone who honors that treasonous act is saying under their breath, they wish to see Black people once again and perpetually in chains.

OK, there is historical significance in Richmond serving as capital of the treasonous Confederacy during the Civil War, but Virginia NAACP chapter executive director King Salim Khalfani said the flag will portray Richmond as a “backwater, trailer park, hick town.” Well said.

“If (those rebel soldiers) had been successful, I’d still be in chains,” Khalfani said. That flag is “an embarrassment” and will only dampen tourism in the area, he said. Can anyone say Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman in Florida?

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told KNPR radio recently that he hopes Republicans’ ongoing opposition to President Obama is driven by “substance” and not race.

“My counterpart, Mitch McConnell, said at the beginning of the presidency of Barack Obama that he had one goal, and that is to defeat Obama and make sure he wasn’t re-elected. And that’s how they legislate in the Senate,” he said. “It was really bad. And we’re now seven months into this second term of the president's and they haven’t changed much.” Double that in the House where they have voted 40 times (count them) to repeal the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare.

“It’s been obvious that they’re doing everything they can to make him fail,” Reid said. “And I hope, I hope – and I say this seriously – I hope that’s based on substance and not the fact that he’s African-American.” Fat chance Senator.