Askia MuhammadOp-EdOpinion

MUHAMMAD: Black Nationalists and White Nationalists — Here’s the Difference

The recent rise, popularity and quick shaming of America’s white nationalists, from Charleston, S.C., to Charlottesville, Va., has correctly ignored the U.S. black nationalists. There is no equivalency between the patriotic yearning by black descendants of slaves for “some of this earth to call our own,” and the hate-driven, white tribal expressions by this U.S. “Alt-Reich/Alt-Right” movement wishing to make this country more conspicuously “white” than it already is.

Put simply, they want more of everything good in the world for white people, and less for everyone else! They are neo-Nazis who advocate a superior race — theirs. They are nightriders and lynch mobs, and some of them seemed to inflict pain on enslaved Africans; on Indians from whom they stole half the continent; on Mexicans from whom they stole another half, just for the fun of it.

Aside from 310 years of free labor, which made this country rich, what good have black people done for America? White people in this country — the beneficiaries of all that free labor and loyalty — just won’t say “sorry” for slavery, and “thank you” for your contribution to the nation’s well-being.

America: Black people are owed some land! Black people are owed reparations!

Despite the promise broken to the freedmen after the Civil War of 40 acres and a mule — that was when land owned by treasonous Confederate landowners was returned to them, not confiscated — Blacks, Native people and Mexicans owned tens and tens of millions of acres of land. But by the late 20th century, by theft, by force and by legal maneuvering, whites had taken more than 90 percent of that land.

White nationalists play on the hateful notion held commonly by the unwashed white masses, that black people get more than they deserve, and need to return to their proper “place.” So folks reason: “why should I be against white privilege? I’m white.”

It’s all right. It’s OK. Just understand that there have always been black folks who did not want to be in the company of, or the nation of, white people.

Going back to Martin Delany, a journalist, a physician, Civil War Army officer, and Henry Highland Garnet; and Bishop Henry McNeal Turner, there have been honorable black leaders who openly served and advocated for a black nation for the enslaved Africans — in Mexico, in Africa, in the Southeastern United States.

There was Edwin McCabe, an attorney who advocated for a black land rush to Oklahoma in hopes of making it a black-majority state, free of white domination. There was Oscar Brown Sr., an attorney and father of balladeer and troubadour Oscar Brown Jr. The elder Brown advocated from his Chicago home for a black “49th state” movement in the 1930s.

In the 1970s, the Republic of New Africa advocated for seven southern states to become a new separate black nation. And of course from the 1930s to this very day, the Nation of Islam — the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, succeeded by Minister Louis Farrakhan — has advocated for a separate black nation.

All honorable company, those black nationalist leaders persisted, despite the ridicule and scorn to black pride is subjected, and despite the attempts by the corporate masters who encourage black people to fit into the American “melting pot” and constantly attempt to marginalize the modern black nationalists.

The black nationalists are not haters. Modern Black Nationalism is not founded on the hatred of white folks. Black nationalists are not secretive plotters and schemers, meeting to undo the fast, self-destructing, American fabric of life.

Black nationalists just want a separate place to live and develop without the always-sinister intervention of white folks. White nationalists want the annihilation of the darker inferior races, or the total subjugation of those inferior people to do the bidding of the superior white world.

There is no equivalency.

Black nationalists are freedom fighters. White nationalists are racial-tribal, warrior terrorists who want to rule over all others.
Black nationalists desire to be free of white domination. White nationalists desire perpetual domination.

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Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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