“Land of the Free, Home of the Brave” – Let’s Build a Wall(?)

In 1886 France gifted to the United States the Statue of Liberty which has since rested at the shore of New York and New Jersey. At the foot of this green shackled figure is an inscription that reads

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

This gift was intended to be symbolic of Lincoln’s “abolishment” of slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation at the conclusion of the Civil War with the south. What we know to be true however is that slavery was not abolished by Lincoln’s proclamation as it only applied to the 13 border states. Even in 1865 with the passing of the renowned 13th Amendment Abolishing Slavery in the U.S., there was yet still a catch. There is always a catch.

The 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution which still stands today in the year 2017 reads as follows:

Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

“Except”…you are free “except”… You are now no longer captive, have been stripped of your language, culture, family, spirituality, and your spirit & body have been beaten and pummeled for the last 400 years, but you are ‘free’…”except“….

For African descendants in this land we call the U.S., the majority of us first of all we’re not brought here by our own choice. While Africa’s children were on every corner of this planet before it was “discovered” by any European, the only groups of people in the narratives of this country that are considered to be “founders”, “immigrants”, or “poor and tired” are those of European origin. So the premise of this now patriotic symbol of this country that claims to be a democracy, though in all legal documents and political foundations that originated today’s operations was always intended be a republic (of the appearance of involvement of the masses), was never intended for all of us. There’s that catch again…

Then on the heels of this grand gesture of symbolic “liberty and freedom for all”, here we have the 13th Amendment passed that speaks to the conditional emancipation of African people in this country, and in the same breath immediately throws in an exception to this declaration. Where else in history have we seen statements of perceived goodwill and human consciousness, only to be followed up with an alternate manifestation of the very inhumanity that was just declared intolerable? Well…sadly this tends to be a familiar story when we learn the real truth about the history of African descendants on this planet versus his-story.

And even now, in an age of digital expansion, the Information Age, humanity has been around longer and therefore should be wiser…we have this great “land of the free”, this “land of milk and honey” whose inhabitants (who were largely European once again) vote into office a leader who ran his campaign on doing the exact opposite of what this “great country” is supposed to represent; building a wall. Not a wall of protection against invaders, as you’ll see when you travel around the globe. All brown and native countries have now historic forts around some area of their perimeter to protect and defend themselves from the European tyrants that they knew would come to take all that was theirs and destroy their culture and way of life which they often completed successfully. (Don’t believe me? Look it up!)

But the wall proposed for the U.S. is not protection against invaders. No. It’s to keep out brown brothers and sisters who are seeking opportunities to create better lives, for themselves and their children. That’s all. Not to mention, when did this country change its mind about immigrants?? The United States were established by immigrants, but now we as a country aren’t willing to accept any more? Oh no wait…just “brown” immigrants, right? Because once again there’s that catch…there’s no wall being built to keep Canadians out, or Europeans. Why is that?

Any other rationale that has been purported about the need for a wall is a lie from a habitual liar. And yet of the 241 million people of age to vote in this country, 61 million voted in support of oppression, racism, elitism, irrationality, and masogony. In fact the campaign was run on a tag line promising regression. And people held up signs excitedly.

The consciousness of our country is asleep at the wheel, and this is largely because we have not been told the truth. What do you believe to be true about what this country stands for? Why do you choose to live here versus anywhere else? What evidence do you have for those beliefs? Are they true? Are they really? Or is that what you have been told and you’ve chosen to accept it as truth?

I challenge you to examine your beliefs about not only the his-story you’ve been told, and the actual systems and structures of this country and who they are designed to serve (because it’s not you), but also examine where we are headed given the current state of our society. What do you think is about to happen? Honestly…think about it. Consider all of the possible outcomes, good and bad- and do they align with your beliefs and who you are?

If so, congratulations you’re in for a ride. If not, I suggest you get busy.