Thank you Guy. I have been hungry for going over forgotten history over the last couple of years to understand how we got here. I’ve studied our national and state political systems, state’s rights, the civil rights movements, the Emancipation Proclamation, White Supremacy, and gatekeeping. There really is nothing new under the sun. It seems Black people are extremely dismissive of gatekeepers and they have become complacent which is very dangerous.
As I went back to look at the lives of assassinated Black leaders in America like Fred Hampton, MLK, Malcolm X, and Medger Evers, there were common themes:
- Our federal government always, always, always planted Black and White operatives and gatekeepers in the movements to monitor and stop progress.
- When we are close to a break through, gatekeepers and their masters steer us in a new direction, with a new message, causing confusion. It’s like dangling the new shiny thing in front of Black folks faces. We move for the new thing only to find later we were tricked. It’s worked too many times.
- Bad gatekeepers have a knack for throwing rocks and hiding their hands. They are great at illusions. They are true agents of chaos.
Stokely Carmichael and others had Black gatekeepers (and America) pegged. I don’t understand why we keep falling for the same trickery. As long as it works, White Supremacy will continue to use it. There is too much history available to continue falling for the same schemes. At some point, we will have to take a look at our own actions and decision-making skills and assume some of the responsibility for our lack of progress.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice (or ten times), shame on me.
Shame on me if I allow Black gatekeepers to sell me an illusion.