Against King’s Dream: Black Nationalism and White Society

We are once again at that magical time of the year, folks.

The one time of the year when we can’t turn on the radio, television or look at Facebook and Twitter without being blasted with images of Martin Luther King, Jr. (my apologies for continuing this trend…). There is nobody who is currently alive who does not know what I’m talking about. On January, 20th of each year, and clear through the end of February, college campuses, high school classrooms, and city halls will turn into veritable museums to extol the virtues of this man remembered as Martin Luther King, Jr.

King was widely remembered as having been uniquely and singularly responsible for improving the condition of Black people in America, but he didn’t improve anything for Black people, nor did he help America. King wasn’t in the game for his people, and he was most definitely not a Black Nationalist.

Let’s dump King’s holiday and recognize an actual Black Nationalist.

Stokely Carmichael, unlike King, is worth remembering. He was also a real warrior for the Black community. King wanted to integrate society, and to break down the barriers which protect the growth and development of culture and the production of a national identity. He was a known communist who hurt both Black and White communities. I’m not trying to say that Carmichael was out to help White Americans, but at least he didn’t lie to Whites, Blacks and every other race about what he wanted.

One thing that Carmichael wanted which I can agree with was to get White people out of Black communities.

“The question is, Can the [White] activist stop trying to be a Pepsi generation who comes alive in the [Black] community, and be a man who’s willing to move into the [White] community and start organizing where the organization is needed? Can he do that?”

I don’t think we’ve been able to answer that question with an affirmative “yes.” Right when I thought there was going to be a chance at clarity on that question, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines. The damage there was incredible, and the amount of news coverage was pretty weak overall. I couldn’t help but think about how strongly America’s Christian aid organizations reacted to the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Surely, America’s Christian aid and foreign disaster aid organizations would leap into action and help this other downtrodden and disaster-stricken mass of non-White victims. In a moment of pure skepticism, I doubted that there would be any foreign aid programs on the same scale as what we witnessed in Haiti.

I was right. There were no international aid concerts, and there was no rush to “help the children.” What this disparate outpouring of support for Haiti proved, and the later complete lack of sympathy or support for the Philippines, was that we are still answering Carmichael’s question with a deafening, “No.” Liberal America continues to flaunt their Negrophilia, and it isn’t helping anybody.

Oh, yes, it’s time for Liberal-Progressive Americans to ask themselves some serious questions. Carmichael wanted Americans to do some serious introspection also.

“We must question the values of this society, and I maintain that [Black] people are the best people to do that since we have been excluded from that society. We ought to think whether or not we want to become a part of that society. … And because [Black] people are saying we do not now want to become a part of you, we are called reverse racists. Ain’t that a gas?”

Carmichael was a significant Civil Rights speaker and activist, but he was also a separatist and Black Nationalist. His work with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was, in my opinion, secondary to his true passion of distancing Black people from White society, and his militant rhetoric is what separated him from the broad public acceptance which King enjoyed. Just in case you’re still confused about where Carmichael stood on Black Nationalism, he supported the the genocide of White Rhodesia. This would also be a good time to mention that Carmichael was a staunch anti-capitalist, too.

“We have to hook up with [Black] people around the world; and that hookup must not only be psychological, but real. If South America were to rebel today, and [Black] people were to shoot the hell out of all the white people there, as they should, Standard Oil would crumble tomorrow. If South Africa were to go today, Chase Manhattan Bank would crumble tomorrow. If Zimbabwe, which is called Rhodesia by [White] people, were to go tomorrow, General Electric would cave in on the East Coast.”

Do you hear that, Liberal America? For all of your Negrophilia and desire to help the Black race, you’re only going to get yourself hurt or killed. Now we return to Carmichael’s question, “Will [White] people have the courage to go into [White] communities and start organizing them? That’s the question for the [White] activist.”

The answer to that question is, “Yes!” The Traditionalist Youth Network has been leading this charge and organizing Americans on college campuses and cities throughout America. We don’t agree with the positions of all ethno-nationalists, and we certainly would have disagreed with Carmichael’s call for White Genocide in Rhodesia and South Africa. However, we would have undeniably backed his desire for a peaceful separation of the White and Black communities.

Let’s work on getting the Pepsi generation out of the Black communities and back to work taking care of their own families in their own neighborhoods. White Americans need to stop worrying about King’s daydream, and start worrying about our own folk, nation and identity.

As for King’s dream? I have a few ideas of what to do with it, and sitting right at the top of the list my go-to answer is “Into the trash it goes!”