I was slightly bemused and mildly miffed yesterday when news broke about Donald Trump’s absudity in praising Andrew Jackson. The news hounds started baying at moons and frothing at the mouth as they rushed to cast Donald Trump as a racist. In the process, they yet again started to rip open the wounds of America’s greatest sin in order to use the suffering of “black folk” as political cudgels. There was a time I would have fallen for the rank paternalism that is exuded by the liberal left and jumped on the bandwagon in order to bash conservatives. No more; life has taught me to be independent and to think for myself instead of being used as a pawn for partisan hacks and soulless demagogues.
It is with this new found freedom that comes along with shedding partisan shackles that I am able to call out the bullshit of the “left” and the pundits who feign outrage in order to play the part of god to “black folk”—the better to perpetuate dependence. My stance against the bankrupt Democrats and their liberal elites in the mainstream media does not mean I am embracing the equally pernicious conservative movement and the jesters at Fox News. Consequently, I am presenting this historical analysis without an ideological agenda—I am presenting facts as they are.
Let me jump right into it. If you believe that the Civil War was about slavery and the whole conflict could be synthesized as “south bad guys” and “north good guys”, my friend you are sorely misinformed and a victim of public indoctrination. The history of the Civil War was a lot more complex than the drivel they teach us now as fact. Let us start off with Lincoln; though I will give him credit for being a relatively good president during a time of war, it is insulting and a lie from the devil’s mouth to call Lincoln the “great emancipator” as if he declared the war solely with the aim of ending slavery.
Lincoln was on the fence about the question of slavery from the outset; moral leaders like Fredrick Douglass, Sojourner Truth and Harriet Beecher Stowe had to push him all the time to do more to abolish the treachery that was legalized slavery in America. Lincoln himself once stated that he was ambivalent about the issue of slavery. In a speech titled “A House Divided” Lincoln said:
“A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved—I do not expect the house to fall—but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery, will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become alike lawful in all the States, old as well as new—North as well as South.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
What Abraham Lincoln did in that speech and in his public stances leading up to the Civil War was punt the decision to the public and leave it to the whims of chance to decide what he would not decide on his own. He resided in grey areas intentionally because he did not want to be tarred as the anti-slavery candidate. This timidity was caused in part by the fact Lincoln was continually attacked by his opponents, chief among them Stephen Douglas, for being biracial. Rumors were fast and furious during Lincoln’s time that his grandmother was Ethiopian—Obama was not the first brown president after all. Consequently, Lincoln was vilified using the most hateful and bigoted rhetoric.
When war finally did break out in Fort Sumter, South Carolina, slavery was the byproduct not the cause of hostility. True enough, the strife between the North and the South was grounded on the basis of whether or not new territories would be slave state or free state. But the driving force behind these two conflicting ideologies was not so much the welfare of slaves as it was about creation of wealth and accumulation of money. After all, the north had just abolished slavery a generation before; it is a farce upon farces to believe that the north was some haven of freedom and liberty.
Parenthetically, did you know that Dixie was a slave plantation where slave owners from all over America would travel to the Dixie Plantation to rape and torment women who were coerced into having sex with pugnacious alternative humans. Guess where the Dixie Plantation was located? I’m pretty sure your guess was Mississippi, South Carolina or Virginia. Guess again. The Dixie Plantation was located in Manhattan, New York! Did you catch yourself saying “New York!” as if you are an extra on a Pace Picante salsa commercial? Manhattan just evolved from Dixie Plantation to Wall Street Plantation—enslaving the masses by chains in the past and by debt in the present.
When Lincoln finally chose to “emancipate” the slaves, it had NOTHING to do with morality and everything to do with battle tactics. Did you know that the slaves who were freed were only in the states that were not under the control of the North and Lincoln did nothing to free the slaves in territories that were in the Union? In other words, the Emancipation Proclamation was a symbolic gesture that did not have the force of law behind it. Lincoln and war planners in the North hoped to bleed the south of resources by eliminating the Confederacy’s free source of labor that was feeding their army. De jure slavery went on without skipping a beat in Maryland, Kentucky, Delaware and Missouri as did de facto slavery in northern states like New York and Pennsylvania and continues to this day through the prison-industrial complex and inflation that is enslaving all of us in perpetual economic anxiety.
I do not write this to in any way defend the abhorrent practices of the confederacy before, during and after the Civil War. But crimes against humanity did not stop at the Mason-Dixie line for northern states stand just as guilty in perpetuating the strife and oppression that has been committed against brown people since the inception of this nation. But you see, to the victor is given the pen; the north has instituted a systematic historical white washing in ways that distort the past and places all blame on the south in order to make it seem like the north were and continue to be the beacon of hope and liberty. Travel to certain parts of Boston and you will witness racism that exceeds any you will find in the “reddest” parts of Alabama. Go to DC and you will see exclusion by way of gentrification that is re-instituting Apartheid in America as the “Chocolate City” is turning to homogeneous 1% milk.
Though historians love to distill the Civil War into propaganda and simplistic presentation of lies, the truth is that the original conflict of America was between the vision of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. Both flawed men, I’d take Thomas Jefferson any day compared to the vile and despicable Alexander Hamilton. Thomas Jefferson advocated for an agrarian society that was a lot more communal and truer to the visions of the founders of the nation. Alexander Hamilton, a greedy Masonic prick, advocated for the banking/industrial society. Thomas Jefferson’s vision is what many communities are desperately running to now as more and more are setting up farmer’s markets because they understand the wisdom of a community driven society. Hamilton’s vision is what cratered our economy in 2008 and what is at the center of a mind bending wealth gap which has turned our country into a nation of a few who has much and many who have little.
The Civil War was effectively fought between these two visions and slavery became an aspect of this broader conflict. The Civil War never ended; a shooting war just morphed into a silent struggle as depraved men in suits, who worship Alexander Hamilton as their god, have initiated a terror campaign in order to fleece the masses and turn all of us—irrespective of race, gender, orientation, religion or ideology—into slaves of the corporate agenda. Deploying their bought and sold puppets like Obama and Trump, they have succeeded brilliantly as they turn more and more of us into indentured servants using mortgages, credit cards, debt and “welfare” as chains and shackles.
Saddest of all is how they keep using the pains of “black folk” in order to hide this nefarious agenda. Thus, the intelligentsia on the left who are now screaming bloody murder about Trump’s statement—excuse my language here—are assholes. Either they are willing accomplices who know better but speak with forked tongues because there is money to be made in grievance peddling and splintering society or they are willfully ignorant and need to close their lips and get off the stage. These intellectual midgets you see on MSNBC and CNN ranting and raving about Trump and his racism are the biggest racists of all for they are treading on the pains of people in order to get more ratings and collect checks from the very system they are railing against.
These same vacuous pundits raging about Trump are the same ones who give credit to the rabid racist Lyndon Baines Johnson; this should serve as prima facie evidence of their duplicitous ways. LBJ’s “Great Society” initiative was nothing more than a means to kneecap the “black community”; civil rights leaders back then warned of what would happen to the “black family” when the incentive was implemented to negate the role of fathers in order to receive welfare and food stamps.The devil gives you things for free in order to lock you into poverty. The Great Society was a Trojan horse meant to annihilate the “black family” and it worked perfectly. Our yellow mainstream media had nothing to say as Barack Obama was praising Lyndon Baines Johnson who oozed racism from his lips on a regular basis (link). I’m not defending Trump, but please stop falling for the catnip that the media throws our way. Their aim is not to help, their aim is to harm and to incite anger in order to keep us in perpetual mode of victimization.
At the top of this list of prevaricating jackasses are the black pundits and educators who continue to lie through their teeth and exude ignorance befitting of Trump himself in order to mislead us and lead themselves right to their ivory towers and chalets. This is exactly why I wrote the article I published yesterday titled “Blueprint for Black Pundits”; these people are overseers who don’t care an iota about us. They are just peddling our pains in order to sell books and cozy up to the same bigots they screed against. Van Jones is best buddies with Newt Gingrich and blowhards like Al Sharpton are using human suffering as shakedown tools in order to enrich themselves while the masses wilt in indigence.
Stop being used as pawns my people; irrespective of your external trait or your internal beliefs, we are all getting bludgeoned by a collective of bipartisan hyenas who are making fortunes as they splinter us into islands. From Obama to Trump, from lying ass history professors to the grand wizard, these people have one thing in common—they thrive by dividing us and convincing us that our plight is different from “them”. Since the “Great Reconstruction”, very cunning men have used the pains of the children of once slaves in order to advance their agenda. Society is thus shattered into millions as we are convinced the battle is between “black and white” when in reality the struggle is between the powerful and the rest of us.
Did you know that the 14th amendment, which was enacted to give former slaves equal protection under the law, was the same precedent that was cited by the supreme frauds at the Supreme Court to give standing to corporations as people. Mitt Romney was right after all when he said “corporations are people my friend”; you can thank our Supreme Court for that as the 14th amendment has been cited more times to protect corporations than it was ever used to protect the people it was intended for. This is what these wolves who pretend to be friends do; they pass laws and enact bills to make it seem like it is about us but all along they are using our pains to enrich themselves and to advance the agendas of their billionaire patrons and globalists monsters.
As I noted earlier, the Civil War never ended; it just evolved into a new form of warfare as our lives are made more and more unbearable. America has been turned into a nouveau-Dixie Plantation and its capital is Manhattan with their puppets walking up and down corridors in Washington DC. The pundits you see on TV, social media and print media and the politicians you hear promising “hope and change” or to “make America great again” are all double dealing con artists who are just using us so they can live in opulence. Either we wake up to the duplicity of Wall Street and their marketing arm in DC or we will all find equality in the chains of perpetual poverty. #TrumpingCivilWar
“The rich rob the poor, and the poor rob one another.” ~ Sojourner Truth
If you liked this article and realize the wickedness of paternalistic bigots who use the pains of people to enrich themselves, share this article one social media using #TrumpingCivilWar
Those who watch this Ghion Cast video below and get past the initial shock of the title will realize the truth behind the message and will start to see the deception of history and how it is used against us.
The middle ground is treacherous
Preaching unity to all sides dangerous
I mean trying to find a universal language
Creating consensus out of chaos
Is often laden with insults—profoundly onerous
It’s easier rebuilding the tower of Babel
But lend me an ear brethren and sisters
What if I told you history was malevolent
Facts rewritten by victors and conquerors
In order to split the masses into opponents
Propagating propaganda to prolong injustice
What if I told you that the Civil War
For example to pick one of many instances
Was not truly about slavery
It was about the economy
Forcing one ideology over another
The powerful versus the feeble
A clash of aristocrats and the prosperous
Who duped the powerless to fight each other
Most “white folk” in the south
Were struggling as indentured servants
Deteriorating in barrenness
Now the powerful spread lies
Fracturing society into encampments
Pains of the subjugated
Being used to hide intentions of a system
In the process pitting one against the other
Racism is about power
But they deceive you into thinking
That fellow victims are racists
To obfuscate the true malevolence of bigotry
Hiding the hands of those who bleed society
What if I told you
That poor “white” folk in Antebellum
Had more in common with “slaves”
Than they did with nefarious “slave” owners
And only a fraction of society, the wealthy aristocracy
On both sides of the war irrespective of location
Thrived in the midst of hardship
The multitudes on both sides
Living in destitution and squalor
As they teach that Lincoln was the “Great Emancipator”
Educating us to elevate a president
To the status of God for “black people”
Maybe you should read Lincoln’s speech
“A House Divided”
And you would realize that history
Is full of utter bullshit
Injustice only prospers
When the people are splintered
And feed into the propaganda of the system
Did you get mad, think of me as a sellout
As if I was dismissing the horrors of slavery
Or diminishing the pains of its legacy
Do you think I am trying to erase Jim Crow
Will you accuse me of negating
The terrors of Reconstruction
Or do you understand
That the ancestors of “black” and “white”
The children of the masses
Irrespective of color
Are besieged in poverty and squalor
At this precise exact moment
For the Civil War is still raging
As they pit races against each other
Trying to instigate strife and friction
As they manipulate society
To rupture into racial warfare and hostility
Think about this for a moment
Who shares the burdens of the broken
Of “black folk” who shiver in Chicago?
Is it the bourgeoisie Congressional Black Caucus in D.C.
Is it the “first black president”
And the jive talkers like Sharpton
And his ilk who live in Manhattan partying in the Hamptons
Attending soirées in Martha’s Vineyard chalets
Or do poor “black” folk in the cities
Have more in common with their brethren
The impoverished “white people” in the Appalachians?
It’s always easier to speak to individual grievances
To impassion flames instead of spreading light
Insults follow the ones who preach universal justice
Applause given to those who demagogue incessantly
See history is meant to cleave people
To teach that others are dissimilar
But in truth the lives of most are unbearable
Slavery has taken on a new concept
Where debt has become the new bondage
And poverty is the new shackle
Most of us are ensnared in irrespective of identity
More and more falling into this depraved captivity
When it comes to historical injustices
The sins of a diabolic few
Cannot be blamed on the masses
I mean Mussolini’s army not too long ago
Terrorized my native land Ethiopia
As mothers and children
Perished by the hundreds of thousands
Charred up by chemical weapons
A holocaust visited upon my ancestors
But I can’t blame Italians
For the horror of a murderous cabal
For there are masses in Italy
Suffering just like the masses in my country
This same message I preach to my fellow Ethiopians
Those who are blinded by tribalism
As they insult their countrymen
Letting animosity overcome their emotions
This is the reason Ethiopia is shattering
And why tyrants rule with iron fists
Injustice making us forget our common heritage
Making us disregard that we are one people
United by one common struggle
It’s always easier for the powerful
To pilfer the citizenry and fleece us blindly
As long as we are distracted by differences
To “white people”
This message I reiterate
So called “minorities” have identical struggles
The same burdens that you go through
So why get mad at the meager means
Of those who are broken by poverty
The pittance given to those caught in bleakness
Instead of being outraged
By the thievery being undertaken by the few
The billionaire class who we worship
As they swindle our life savings
History is mendacious
Truth subverted into propaganda
Instead of dwelling on past pains
And residing in separable grievances
Why don’t we unite as one people
If you want to end injustice
Stop monopolizing pain
And understand one thing
We are all in this together
Or we will suffer forever fractured
This is why I keep using quote marks
Around the words “white” and “black”
Because these labels are pernicious
They prevent us from realizing our cohesion
For we are more than labels
We are humans united by the same purpose
History is full of lies and divisiveness
It’s in our hearts we find humanity’s oneness
~ Excerpt from Serendipity’s Trace, a book of our common struggles and connective hopes. Search “Serendipity’s Trace”, click HERE or on the picture below to read further excerpts from the book. ~
Teodrose was born in Ethiopia the same year Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed by the communist Derg junta. The great grandson five generations removed of Atse (emperor) Tewodros Kassa II, the greatest king of Ethiopia, Teodrose is clearly influenced by the history and his connection to Ethiopia. Through his experiences growing up as first generation refugee in America, Teodrose writes poignantly about the universal experiences of joys, pains and a hope for a better tomorrow that binds all of humanity.
Teodrose has written extensively about the intersection of politics, economic policies, identity, and history. He is the author of "Serendipity's Trace" and newly released "Soul to Soil", two works that inspect the ways we are dissected as a people and shows how we can overcome injustice through the inclusive vision of togetherness.
Latest posts by Teodrose Fikre (see all)
- History’s Malevolence: an Excerpt from Serendipity’s Trace - August 15, 2017
- Duplicitous Quagmire: Between a Blow Shill and a Pretentious Brooks - August 15, 2017
- Breaking News: Communiqué to Mainstream Media Journalists, Pundits and Us - August 14, 2017