So today’s coffee nation was immensely and intensely different. Article 2. of Coffee Nation was suspended– the eelish topic of politics was not only broached but pontificated upon. Brother Lance came in loaded for bear or killer whales and held court for two hours, laying down the Word on the Mayweather/McGregor fight for an appetizer; followed by soup and salad conversation on the NCAA’s use and abuse of its student athletes. But the main enchilada entree was the terminally frozen, occasionally thawed, oyster shelled conundrum of American racism. Lance is not a wild-eyed one station talk radio racist. Nope. He’s a conservative Black Army vet who wanted to be a state policeman. He’s a personal trainer, a skilled barber, and a witty raconteur. He’s also a Steelers fan, having grown up in the projects of Pittsburgh. He can preach like James Harrison can de-cleat grown men, at least I think he’d like to hear this comparison to the man of steel, since Lance likes to claim…
“I was born in the basement of a steel mill. Baptized in the Monongahela. Sanctified on Heinz Field. Mesmerized by Fred Rogers. Mystified by Andy Warhol. And Raptured by Roberto Clemente.”
For those unfamiliar with the Coffee Nation Constitution, Article 2. states clearly,
NO discussion of modern politics of any sort beyond superficial notations of the day’s news. Coffee Nation does not pick winners or losers. We are a collection of Losers and no better than those who aspire to higher office. Violators of Article 2. will be subjected to Lance’s razor wit until death or coma ensues. In the case of Lance being the violator, he will be executed in a shrink wrap singlet by Gary, using an industrial strength heat gun. Should Gary be too indisposed or excited by the prospect, that duty shall pass to Steve, who will apply heat without consideration of mercy.
The Nation was well attended this morning– Barrister Joel, Protein Gene, Jerry Gary, Rebel Ron, Kevlar +1 & -2, and Sir Doug of the Uplights. All white guys ranging in age and educational backgrounds, but mostly 50+ birthdays each, or 350+ years of white guy experience all told.
Sir Lancelot began to prance a lot on the hot spots that make folks twitch and squirm… racial pressure points. It’s amazing how unracist one may believe himself to be, only to be surgically exposed as defensive white leper scales are filleted away with composed passion.
“So let’s talk about Kaepernick, okay? Dude won’t stand during the national anthem, right? So as a Black man I wondered what that was all about. So I did some research. Verse 3 is the catch.”
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
So what is that referring to?
Wikipedia says this…
In total, about 4000 Africans escaped to the British by way of the Royal Navy, the largest emancipation of African Americans prior to the American Civil War. About 2000 settled in Nova Scotia and about 400 settled in New Brunswick.
“Bottom line? Kaepernick is made out to be unpatriotic, unAmerican, communist. Dangerous dude. Unemployable. Sound familiar. MLKing got the same treatment.”
Some of those freed Africans fought against the United States later in the war. Here’s a picture of a Black British Marine, a freed American slave. Never saw him in my history books. Never heard their story. Never heard the unveiled threat of a promise to hunt down and/or kill these “traitors”, who fled slavery for freedom, the divine right that our Founding Fathers were so enamored of… for white folks. White Confederate traitors got statues erected in their honor for slaughtering their fellow Americans. Hmmm. Oh yeah, they were 5/5’s human. That 1/5 thing really hurts.
Also, I didn’t realize that our national anthem was not adopted as such until 1931, a time of great Jim Crow oppression. Ironic that the sporting events where it was sung religiously prohibited minorities from participating on the sports fields. Here is a small sampling of Crow from Georgia…
- “All persons licensed to conduct a restaurant, shall serve either white people exclusively or colored people exclusively and shall not sell to the two races within the same room or serve the two races anywhere under the same license.”
- “It shall be unlawful for any amateur white baseball team to play baseball on any vacant lot or baseball diamond within two blocks of a playground devoted to the Negro race, and it shall be unlawful for any amateur colored baseball team to play baseball in any vacant lot or baseball diamond within two blocks of any playground devoted to the white race.”
I wish that I were making this stuff up. I’m not.
So, Brother Lance continued with great animation to walk across the sanitized pages of White Supremacy history.
“I mean, look at Rosa Parks. She’s portrayed as this tired out woman who was too fatigued to move to the back of the bus. B.S.! She was an organizer who believed in organized resistance. She was a determined resister not the soft, one time victim on a bus. But you didn’t know that.”
Americans are convinced they know this civil rights hero. In textbooks and documentaries, she is the meek seamstress gazing quietly out of a bus window — a symbol of progress and how far we’ve come. When she died in 2005, the word “quiet” was used in most of her obituaries and eulogies. We have grown comfortable with the Parks who is often seen but rarely heard. [Wash. Post.]
“Whoever writes the history books gets to tell their narrative. Honorable Blacks are humble, patient, meek or else they are dangerously dishonorable,” Lance continued.
He gave searing personal examples he had experienced that blew my hair back like a blow torch.
My subtly suppressed racism sizzled all around me. I didn’t know what I didn’t know, like a fish does not know what water is because it is so ever present.
“As long was we suppress the truth and build false narratives, this evil will live. Ignorance attempts to breathe life into dead things.”