“Black People Saved American Democracy Again “

“Black People Saved American Democracy Again “

Black people have always been the conscience of these United States. In fact, they have been/are America’s greatest teacher of democracy. The gift of democracy is from Black and people of color to White America. It’s the gift they keep giving.

When American democracy was in despair in the time of slavery, the Black people of this nation saved it and reminded America that all people are born free and should live free.

When American democracy was in a state of emergency during the time of segregation, the Black people of this nation renewed it.

When American democracy was exploited by the white church in the name of biblical Christianity and Jesus to ensure white Christian supremacist dominion and hegemony in the times of chattel slavery and Jim and Jane Crow, the Black people of this nation renounced this false religion and redirected the white racist church and white supremacist Christians to true Biblical religion and piety.

When American democracy was collapsing in the times of World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, etc., the people of color in this country sacrificially redeemed American democracy from falling from grace, kindness, and international peace.

When American democracy was losing its effects and relevance in America’s institutions and systems such as the Justice system, the Prison system, the Police system, Black and people of color consistently protested against racial injustice and inequality, mass incarceration, police brutality, and violence towards them, reminded America of its moral vocation in modernity, and demanded fair and equal treatment under the law.

When American democracy was threatening international peace and solidarity through the power of American imperialism and its deadly military invasions and occupations in such a country like Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc., the people of color courageously reminded America about the meaning of existential democracy and practical human rights for the people in the Global South and darker nations–even for America’s enemies.

When American democracy was on the verge of declining and fading away in the political life, especially in this presidential election, the Black VOTE saved it from despotism and fascism.

*** Black people and the people of color in this nation are America’s gift of democracy and human dignity to White America.

“How to Begin Again: Some Tips on how to ‘Move Forward’ in the Post-Election Life and Future”

“How to Begin Again: Some Tips on how to ‘Move Forward’ in the Post-Election Life and Future”

Bear in mind that society is the creation of people, and that political practices and systems and institutions are grounded deeply in human traditions and worldviews. Correspondingly, we should remember that the democratic life is an effort of all people and it is a state of being in the world; democracy is a way of life and a promising worldview about how the way things should be in the civil and political societies.

The future is also the labor of committed citizens who refuse to let cynicism and hopelessness conquer hope and future possibilities. The greatest enemies to human flourishing and radical progress include despair, cynicism, and hopelessness. Defeat and death cannot stop the march toward progress and our common commitment to create a new American society for children in cages, the convict, the poor, the middle class, the marginalized, the undocumented immigrant, the refugee, and the economically- disadvantaged and underrepresented populations. From this perspective, I would like to share some tips on how to move forward in the post-election life and future. My proposal is based on five great human traditions and systems:

  1. The Black Radical Tradition says:
    “Strengthen your base, mobilize more people with a greater level of determination and commitment,, and march together toward liberation until we arrive there.”
  2. The Liberation Tradition says:
    “Fight until all people are free. Resist all forms of oppression and dehumanization. The commitment to liberation is not an easy road and that freedom is a guaranteed virtue if and when it is pursued collectively and relentlessly toward the same goal.”
  3. The Humanist Tradition says:
    “Let us continue the struggle to create a better world for all people and let us double our energy to force transformation and progress in the world–toward human flourishing.”
  4. The Postcolonial Tradition says:
    “We must eradicate all colonial and neo-colonial practices and habits that are delaying new forms of lives, the creation of a new humanism, and the decolonial vision of the world and society.
  5. The Inter-Religious Tradition says:
    “Love is the greatest weapon to effect radical change in society and to fight human despair and hopelessness, and that love also empowers compassion, strength, dedication, and universal justice in the world.”

Therefore, let us together begin again and create a new America for ourselves, our children, and the future generations yet to be born.