Decoding racial tensions in United States: Updated

By Dr. Kwame Nantambu
May 27, 2015

Dr. Kwame NantambuThe shooting and killing of unarmed 17 year-old African-American male Trayvon Martin on 26 February 2012 in Sanford, Florida; the 24 November 2014 “no indictment for officer Wilson” verdict arrived at by the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, in regard to the shooting and killing of the unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown and the subsequent 3 December “no indictment” verdict by a grand jury in Staten Island, New York City, in favor of a white police officer in the New York Police Department (NYPD), Daniel Pantaleo, for the “chokehold death” of an unarmed, forty-six year-old African-American man, Eric Garner; the 2 March 2015 killing of 12 year-old African-American male Tamir in Cleveland; the 6 March 2015 shooting and killing of unarmed 19 year- old African-American male Tony Terrell Robinson in Madison, Wisconsin; the 7 April 2015 killing of unarmed African-American man 50 year-old Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina; and the 19 April 2015 death in police custody of Freddie Gray in Baltimore speak massive volumes as to the omnipresence of racial tensions/distrust between the Black community and white police officers in the United States.

As an overt corollary, to all intent and purposes, these shootings and killings seem to concur directly with the March 1857 US Supreme Court Dred Scott decision to the extent that Blacks “had no rights which the white man was bound to respect” and that “slaves are not regarded as U.S. citizens.” Furthermore, what is ominously frightening is that these racial incidents/tensions are occurring on a regular basis coterminous with the anomalous election and re-election of America’s first African-American (Black) president.

Indeed, it is safe to conclude that one can easily juxtapose a direct correlation/nexus between the public, acerbic, albeit law suit threatening relationship, between the African-American President Barack Obama and the white Republican members of Congress led by Republican House Speaker John Boehner in regard to Executive Orders. Ipso facto, this is directly correlated, by extrapolation, to the identical public, acerbic relationship between the Black community and white male police officers across the United States.

A la 1857 Supreme Court Dred Scott decision white Republican members of Congress are now questioning whether or not the African-American President Barack Obama should be regarded as a U.S. citizen even though the powers-that-be in Howaii have publicly issued his legal birth certificate to prove that he was born in that State of America.

The salient reality is that apparently white male police officers are taking the cue from their white male Republicans in Congress headed by House Speaker Republican John Boehner in regard to how to treat/deal with African-American males.

And this is notwithstanding the historical political truism that President Ronald Reagan issued 381 Executive Orders, President George Bush, Sr. issued 166, President George Bush, Jr. issued 291, President Bill Clinton issued 364 Executive Orders and now President Barack Obama, as of this writing, has only issued a miniscule 188 Executive Orders. What’s wrong with this presidential picture?

Indeed, the poignant question that immediately comes to the fore is: Are the white male Republicans in Congress saying and/or implying that it is acceptable for a white president to issue Executive Orders but for some known and unknown reason, it is unacceptable for an African-American (Black) president to do the same?. What’s wrong with this presidential picture?

Moreover, it must be clearly pointed out that President Barack Obama has been publicly described as the “worst president since WW11”; ergo, real and /or imagined, white male police officers across the United States seem to be bent on sending a subliminal signal/message to the Black community that this African-American (Black) president can’t protect/defend you.

However, it is a sine qua non to recall the primary findings of the July 1967 presidential Kerner Commission report in regard to racial tensions/distrust in the United Stated States. The Commission found that the nation was “moving toward two societies, one Black, one white, separate and unequal”; the country faced “a system of Apartheid in its major cities.” However, but most importantly, the Commission’s report also delivered a stunning indictment to “White society” for “isolating and neglecting” African-Americans. Unfortunately and very regrettably, this racial chasm/divide has been expanding exponentially ever since under President Barack Obama.

The fact of the matter is that African-Americans (Black people) are just “sick and tired of being sick and tired” of seeing unarmed, young Black men shot and killed on a routine basis and white male police officers continue to walk free. Indeed, as a proposed healing process, now is the crucial time for all Americans to judge each other based on “the content of their character and not by the color of their skin.”

In the final analysis, all Americans need to heed the salient, but apocalyptic admonition of slain Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as follows: “Now the judgement of God is upon us (24 November and 3 December 2014) and we must learn to live together as brothers (and sisters) or we are all going to perish together as fools.”

The bottom line is that African-American males Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Tamir, Tony Terrell Robinson and Freddie Gray did not get /receive justice; instead, they got/received just-dis, period.

Shem Hotep (“I go in Peace”).

Dr. Kwame Nantambu is a part-time lecturer at Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies.

4 Responses to “Decoding racial tensions in United States: Updated”


  • Jerry C. Hussain

    Only NON WHITES IN USA makes a JAIL where black/white issues are concerned. The most racist society in the world is USA. Blacks only make it there when they become UNCLE TOMS.

  • Jerry C. Hussain

    With FIFA matters they can only go after the NON WHITES in bribery matters. We all know bribery is a two way street just like drug trafficking etc. Yet you ONLY HEAR about the the non whites in the events before the courts. In T&T top English brass came to Trinidad to bribe JAW for his vote on a number of occasions but no one was arrested. DO YOU NOT FIND THIS STRANGE? We know that black JAW is targeted but the ones behind JAW and who gave the orders are Havelange and then Blatter but according to USA they are the WHITE untouchables. But God will speak volumes on this.

  • Jerry C. Hussain

    You know the USA through CNN bull shits us all the time 24/7. You tell me if I am wrong. Through desert storm they (Halliburton and company) went into IRAQ after hoodwinking the UN on weapons of mass destruction and killed millions of innocent Iraqi people, they destroyed with cluster bombs endless women and children, created many refugees (closed their borders), destroyed numerous homes, businesses, institutions etc, rendering the country in tartars. Today after putting several puppet governments in place they have indirectly created ISIS. Now they are saying for their aid to Iraq to be well spent they must hire rival sacrificial mulishahs to do their dirty work for them and wage war against ISIS. Do they care about the unjust killings in both Syria and Iraq. I am afraid NOT. Nevertheless their big moment of grief in all of this is the 5000 american soldiers they lost the war they started in Iraq. Now do we accept this garbage from them. I am afraid I am not that dottish yet. This USA country continues to sicken me.

  • Jerry C. Hussain

    Here is the GOOD NEWS ……Holy Love

    May 13, 2015
    Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

    Our Lady of Fatima says, “Praise be to Jesus.”

    “Dear children, today, I come to you once again seeking the conversion of the heart of the world. When I appeared in Fatima, the world was at war. My Son sent Me to intervene and to avoid a second world war greater than the one the world was engaged in. My intervention was met with skepticism, lack of approval and was unsuccessful in preventing the next war.”*

    “Once again, My Son sends Me into a world racing towards its own destruction. I am not only sent here**, but all over the world. Once again, authorities do not take on their responsibility of timely approval. Therefore, My Efforts are weakened at best. Some of influence even oppose Me.”

    “Dear children, the world is in dire need of repentance – even more so than in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. When I appeared at Fatima, politicians never would have favored abortion and same-sex marriage, which is a new term for sodomy. Today, these sins are regarded as ‘freedoms’ and ‘rights’.”

    “Pray the rosary, which is Heaven’s weapon of choice. Do not accept Satan’s excuses not to pray. You are My Army against evil during these troubled times. Without your efforts, all of the graces I bring to you at this site** are fruitless. We must be united and work as one to be victorious over the evil of the day. Do not wait for danger to be at your doorstep. I would not come to you if all was well in every heart. Respond to My Warnings. Arm yourselves with prayer.”

    “To all Church leaders around the world, I call each one of you into the reality of the Truth of the state of the heart of the world. Do not forsake your responsibility towards your flock by summarily discounting heavenly interventions in the form of apparitions or any type of private revelation. You must find the Truth without an agenda of control or competition. I speak openly and plainly so that those who oppose Me have yet another chance of conviction of heart. I pray you will accept the grace to distinguish good from evil. Do not remain silent in the presence of evil and openly oppose Heaven’s good. Your disbeliefs never change the Truth.”

    * Please read messages of May 13, 2013 and May 13, 2014 for similar themes of the Holy Love Message given by Our Lady of Fatima on this, Her Feast Day.

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