I am numb. Stunned. But not really surprised. We knew how deep white supremacy runs in this country. It is in the very air we breathe and the water that we drink (especially if you live in Flint, Michigan, or on the Diné (Navajo) reservation).
White supremacy was there the moment Europeans stepped on these shores, slaughtering millions of Indigenous peoples, forcibly removing them from their homes and putting them in the precursors of concentration camps on the most undesirable lands (until they discovered gold and uranium on those lands or wanted to lay a pipeline through them). And yet Native America has survived.
White supremacy was there when millions of Africans were put in chains, forcibly removed from their homes and shipped to the Americas where their labor gave birth to economies and societies whose riches were unmatched in the history of the world, the results of lash scars on broken backs and broken families and broken hearts. And ever since these peoples were declared emancipated and their labor could no longer be free, America has been trying to dispose of them. In ways both brutal and insidious. And yet Black America has survived.Read more