Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Post Katrina Traumatic Syndrome

I have deliberately not posted on my blog for nearly three weeks. Like other Afrikans in Amerikkka, I was outraged, saddened, troubled and mesmerized by what occurred in the aftermath of this disaster and I wanted to collect my thoughts before I wrote about it.

I am not going to say much about the naked white supremacy shown during this disaster. Mike Brown, the former head of the Federally Elimination of "Minorities" Agency (FEMA) arrogantly told his white colleagues in Congress yesterday that he did nothing wrong during the hurricane. In this sense he was correct since his job was to make sure that Afrikans died during the storm. I'm also not going to say much about white Amerikkka's view of this horrific tragedy since "polls show" that the "racial divide" in this country is deeper than the San Andreas fault. I'm also not going to say much about how Bush and his minions at the white house are not only clueless, but have increased the anxiety of white America about the US's preparedness to deal with a national emergency. I find it both humorous and ironic that white folks are now saying what we've felt all along --- the United States despite color coded warnings can never prevent a disaster from affecting the entire country be it natural or man-made.

What I do want to write about is Our vulnerability as a people. I think Katrina's aftermath, not the disaster itself, shows that this nation can do anything to Afrikans and we can only feel helpless as the killing transpires. It shows our absolute vulnerability and dependence upon a white supremacy system that is hell-bent on destroying us at every turn. The dispersion of Afrikans estimated at nearly 350,000 from New Orleans is the greatest scattering of our people in this nation since "emancipation" in 1865. Afrikans from New Orleans are now living in all 50 states. News programs have spotlighted Afrikans relocated to some of the whitest states of the Amerikkka --- Utah, New Hampshire and Alaska and highlighted the cultural shock --- Post Katrina Traumatic Syndrome (PKTS) if you please --- they are experiencing.

But we all share this syndrome, because we see ourselves in the faces of the Afrikans who died at the Superdome, floated down the streets of New Orleans and cried for help as Bush finally cut short his extended vacation in Crawford Texas. We see ourselves in the faces of the beautiful Afrikan children sleeping in the arms of their traumatized mothers and fathers as they "readjust" to the white enclaves scattered throughout this land mass. We see talking heads doing segments on the "heroes" of Katrina who they say are nearly all white since the system of white supremacy cultivated so perfectly by this country must show white people "rescuing" Afrikans and extending a hand to them so they can convince themselves they are not guilty of harboring racist ideas about Afrikans.

We are traumatized because we are reminded that this nation has, can and will kill us --- and we can do little about it. This is not being pessimistic but very realistic about where we are, right now in our 400 year journey in this dying land. It should give us pause and force us to think about what we need to do --- quickly I might add --- to organize ourselves so that we can protect ourselves from white supremacy.

See you at the Millions More Movement on October 14-16 in Washington...

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