If the US government is not prepared to stop this runaway law enforcement structure, then I propose that Afrikan communities compose communal militias as allowed by law, which will be charged with the same responsibilities as Panther units were at an earlier historical time. Their jobs would include being educated about the law as it is applicable to police stops and actions, advising those subject to such stops of their rights, and videotaping and otherwise monitoring such stops and actions and serving as witnesses in cases growing out of such proceedings. They should be backed up by a strategic strike force with appropriate martial arts and weapons training if necessary to physically defend the people when there is no other alternative to prevent the use of deadly force.
And I am not condoning violence, or vigilantism of any kind, but collective self-defense for which I have always been an advocate, and which, were in it in place, would have possibly saved lives and injuries. The most critical failure of the Afrikan leadership in the United States is the failure to propose or provide or prepare for any means for the community to defend itself from collectively organized systems of attack. It has left them no recourse but to resort to individual, disorganized vigilantism which is neither deterrent nor effective.
So while the national NAACP director has condemned such resulting vigilantism as “violence” as all of his ilk invariably do, I would counter, what has the NAACP done for communal defense and what if anything does it PLAN to do? In fact, what has the NAACP done this entire year concerning the epidemic of police brutality that is ravaging Afrikan and Latino and indigenous communities? Not a peep, not a press release, nothing, and you know what they’re going to do? Nothing but talk.
We have no right to condemn our people if we have not given them alternatives for action. I am well aware and have said that looting, vandalism, theft, and such things are not ethically grounded in our culture and not effective for solutions to these situations. I have not changed in that argument. But if Afrikan leaders remain so afraid and so bought off by the structure that they will not stand in communal defense, even when children (and very young adults that are to me still children), are gunned down in the street by those commissioned to protect them, then how can they say anything with credibility to the people when the people just impulsively and perhaps without wisdom, “react?”
So-called “riots” are explosions of pent up social energy, much like a volcano. The difference though, is that volcanoes are actions of a natural sort and eruptions a natural venting of pressure, relatively safe if you are not dumb enough to be one of those humans standing near one. What they share though is a certain degree of predictability. And as such, we can take precautions to prevent loss of life in the eruption. Similarly, we can take precautions and build communal infrastructure to deter and respond to, if necessary, these situations. The failure to do so, means there will still be periodic eruptions that will not be under control and may lead to consequences that will be negative for both the people and the society.
One of the national NAACP directors brought up King’s death and his era again in the context of condemning some of these reactions. The fact that he brought up a blessed ancestor, but one who has been off the mortal plane for around half a century is an example of how disconnected these organizations and these leaders are from reality, the people, and the present. Imagine me going to a drug dealer in our community today and bringing up Garvey. As much as I respect Garvey and try to build on his admirable work, I am not dumb enough to do that, knowing that the drug dealer has no context for that connection. Instead it’s for me to know Garvey and translate his vision into a workable plan for the here and now of the dealer. Similarly, throwing out King every time the people react forcefully and saying they are not being true to him, is hypocrisy when you yourself do little or nothing in the vein of his work to provide for those he died for. RUBBISH.
The gangs so many fear in our communities were largely born in the nationalistic resistance struggles of the 60s and prior to this present epoch there were some trying to do the work of reverting them back. These could potentially could be the foot soldiers who could be re-educated and financed to be community defenders rather than community destroyers.
Guarantee you though, these Eurocentric liberal organizations like the NAACP and the rest of that pack of moribund band will NOT be the people who are going to do it. We need to stop funding these organizations and start new revolutionary organizations for the 21st and next century. We need to move past this perennial 60s nostalgia and dismiss all these “old heads,” replacing them with new young and vibrant leadership who have a new perception for where Afrikan life can go and what it can become in the future, not some perpetually past. As my elder used to say, “folks talk bout the good old days. I was there, they weren’t that good and as an Afrikan if you start time travelling back just a bit too far, you’re in chains.”