Chicago’s African communities under siege

 
CHICAGO—Africans within the city of Chicago have been pondering ways to combat this plague of horizontal violence (so-called black on black crime) which has taken hold of our communities and lifestyles. Just on September 19, 13 Africans, including a three-year-old child were shot during one incident due to this colonialist induced violence.
 
But even with the horrible numbers we see in deaths at­tributed to horizontal violence, it would take thousands of years and more to even approach the tens of millions of Africans who have been murdered by white power slavery and colonialism.
 
In order for us to effectively deal with this problem, we must first take a look at the conditions that exist in our community that are responsible for not only this problem, but for every problem we have as a colonized people inside the United States. Our problems here in Chicago are no different from those of our people in Johannesburg, South Africa; Nairobi, Kenya; Kingston, Jamai­ca; and all over the world where African people are located.
 
The violence faced within Afri­can communities is a direct result of slavery and colonization. The colonizers don’t have to depend on the “illegal drug trade” as the dominant economic activity within their community as it is a major employed inside the African com­munity. Those who enslaved us enjoy the peace and tranquility that comes with being economi­cally and socially secure.
 
They are economically secure with jobs that provide the white working class with homes with two car garages and a boat; and socially secure that decent heath care and police violence is not is­sues in their communities as they are major issues in South Chica­go.
 
The mortuaries, Cook County Jail, and the prisons throughout Illinois are bursting at the seams with young Africans who have been caught up in a Drug Econ­omy that is controlled by the big bankers who never go to jail and who never die early deaths due to their participation as rulers and fi­nanciers of the drug trade.
 
Our environments have evolved to a state which is under constant attack of violence while being controlled and directed by the violent overseers, namely the police and Uncle Tom politicians, who guard and protect the inter­est of the white ruling class.
 
Many factors of oppres­sion have attributed to the social breakdown of the African commu­nity. And we must be clear that the social breakdown of the African community began with the first Africans kidnapped from homes in Africa, brought to the shores of North America and worked for 400 years without pay and family. We are still working for nothing at prisons at Pontiac and through Il­linois.
 
Africans suffer with the lack of life sustaining wages and liv­able employment or lack of em­ployment period; sub-standard schooling designed to mis-edu­cate us and keep us loyal to our colonial masters that is devoid of any contributions of Africans to world development in medi­cine, science, agriculture and even politics; inadequate housing where children suffer lead, pest and insect poisoning and other ailments associated with indecent shelter provisions in harsh and sometimes unbearable weather conditions; consistent police ha­rassment, murder, and brutality, in and outside of our homes; and improper and/or inaccessible nu­tritious and healthy food sources are all contributing factors to horizontal violence within our op­pressed and exploited communi­ties. Yet they question the anger and the rage?
 
We cannot and should not ig­nore but instead address the psy­chological, sociological and eco­nomical tolls that have become the burdens of the African com­munities in the U.S.
 
To give a few examples: The pain and embarrassment of a father who cannot feed his fam­ily because he can’t find work or even utilize his entrepreneurial skills to produce income; the con­fusion and heartbreak of an Afri­can woman who has to raise her children alone with some even suffering the consequences of rape and abuse; the consistent disenfranchisement of our rights, our lives and our honor by the military occupation forces known as the police.
 
In addition, the media—all of it—plays a major role in the mis-education of the African.
 
I recall as a young girl, a sis­ter from Chicago, told me of the housing projects and her take on them. I remember she said they were developed and named the projects because they were just that, a project. A project to “stack” a mass of Africans on top of each other in a centralized and con­tained area and see what hap­pens.
 
I can’t verify the facts of that statement, but as I stated, it was her take on the matter. And al­though I was not a political con­scious sister at the time, now I don’t put anything past the U.S. government in its quest to main­tain colonial control of Africans. Certainly they have experimented on us with other projects in the past.
 
I recalled that story as I was writing because it depicts the usual actions of imperialist rule toward Africans and African com­munities around the world as they have always been; to ravage, rob and destroy the African of our identities for their economic and political advantage.
 
We as Africans and other op­pressed people cannot continue to wait or request the assistance of anyone else to solve this prob­lem. It is our duty to protect and defend our own against the op­pressive state which breeds the hostile environment of immense horizontal violence.
 
The State and its apparatus in Chicago have implemented the harshest, unjust and demeaning processes that they have cam­ouflaged as “crime prevention”. Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois lob­bied with the federal government to secure funds ($19 million) to “round-up” over 100,000 assumed members of Chicago’s various street tribes referred to as gangs by federal offices of the FBI, ATF and DEA and charge them all with murder and drug sales because “that’s what they do” according to Kirk.
 
His proposal included the ini­tial “round-up” of 18,000 alleged members of the Gangster Disci­ples. Kirk’s proposal is that these majority African men and women be housed in a federal facility downtown that is not currently in use. Kirk was challenged on this proposed legislation by Con­gressman Bobby Rush, a former member of the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party who currently serves as a liberal politi­cian that works totally within the system with the rest of the African petty bourgeois politicos.
 
Rush called Kirk’s proposal an “upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem [Kirk] knows nothing about” which led to the convening of a meeting be­tween the two to discuss “proper” solutions to the so-called crime problem in Chicago. Rush and Kirk toured one of Chicago’s most downpressed areas, the Engle­wood neighborhood, then met on what they say they observed. No solutions or recommendations have been brought to the public as a result of the meeting. But the $19.5 million to imprison more Af­ricans was approved. This is what they do.
 
In addition, the Chicago Po­lice Department has claimed to have identified 450 individuals whom they say are responsible for the inflated crime rate in Chi­cago. These 450 men will be lo­cated and detained to deter fur­ther escalation of the violence according to so-called police of­ficials of the city.
 
These two later examples represent only a couple of the foul processes of occupa­tion being forced into the African communities of Chicago. This is nothing but containment and counterinsurgency war against our communities.
 
Deployments of at least two dozen military style police at once are now being placed in the com­munities to “patrol” along with ac­tual tanks and assault weapons. This is no different than the US led military occupation that is hap­pening in places like Iraq, Afghan­istan, the southern part of Korea, and AFRICOM forces deployed throughout Africa.
 
We must create a culture of peace in the African communities of Chicago. And in order to obtain that peace, we must organize as one people to gain control and governance over our communi­ties and lives. We must resist the occupation and continued degra­dation of our people.
 
Join the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement to revive and restore our communi­ties!
 
Also attend the Sixth Con­gress of the African People’s So­cialist Party scheduled to occur on December 7-11, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Florida! Register to­day at apspuhuru.org.
 
Uhuru!

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