The Guilt of Dreaming

In America the black body has been subject to countless struggles, on one hand the black body struggled with being the subject of ridicule and despise, and on the other hand the black body has been an essential part of the American economy since the institution of slavery. In Ta-Nehisi Coates book Between the World and Me he talks about the black body as never being able to experience the ‘American dream’ because the dream is flawed, but this flawed dream taught us to survive and is now destroying its only Dreamers.

What does it mean to be a Dreamer? According to Coates he describes “Dreamers” in Between the World and Me, as the White Americans who would rather stay in a fantasy world instead of waking up to the reality that they have forced black people to struggle for hundreds of years. Their reality is veiled, and they constantly cover up that they have been the enforcers of an unjust system, only now using the idea of the ‘American dream’ as the basis that all men are created equal and anything is possible. But the ‘American dream’ has been a nightmare for African Americans in this country, Ta-Nehisi Coates states that “The Dream thrives on generalization, on limiting the number of possible questions, on privileging immediate answers.” This is true as America was founded on the destruction of other people and their culture. When the first Europeans stepped foot on this land they murdered 50 million native inhabitants of the Americas, they enslaved 11 million Africans and established a country that only allows Europeans and their descendants to prosper as long as the ‘dream’ he describes exists. When Coates outlines solutions for the dreamers he paints a bleak image for black people by stating that “the dreamers will have to struggle themselves, to understand that the field for their Dream, the stage where they have painted themselves white, is the deathbed of us all.” Coates is wrong in this implication because the day the Dreamers gave civil rights to minorities, was the day they sealed their own fate not black peoples. They destroyed themselves because of “white guilt” and the guilt they had for the destruction of so many people and their cultures. If the country is based upon the destruction of people, how can it survive by empowering people? Coates talks about how much the black population was worth during the Civil War, saying that “our stolen black bodies were worth four billion dollars, more than all of the American industry, all of American railroads, workshops, and factories combined…”, the country has been accumulating wealth ever since and now how can these Dreamers survive if they no longer have free labor, and the value of these “stolen black bodies” are now equal to that of white. They never had the intention of giving black people control and equal power, instead their guilt only allowed them to give the illusion that America was now fare, and everyone is equal. It’s almost as if their guilt would not allow them to outright say that they hated us anymore, but the hate that they have for the darker peoples of the world never vacated, and now we see this with the election of Donald Trump.

The Dreamers are dying off and they are calling for a savior, so they vote for Trump their “great white hope”, and some even outright say that they want a race war (Atomwaffen a neo-nazi hate group founded in 2015 based out of Florida has a mantra calling for “Race war now,) because they feel that the war they have waged upon not only the black bodies in America, but every other indigenous people is becoming a lost cause. In an article by the Washington Post titled “Death predicts whether people vote for Donald Trump”, there is a direct correlation between the increase of the white population’s mortality rates and whether they voted for Donald Trump. This correlation began to happen right after the crack era and the privatization of prisons, so while they tried to take our black bodies from ever seeing the outside world, they were destroying their own world from the inside. They have in a sense tried everything imaginable to destroy black and indigenous people, from slavery to genocide to population control to lynching’s to mass incarceration. And this is where I find error in Coates’s solution, he has it correct in the sense that the Dreamers must learn how to struggle to understand ours, but what he has failed to realize is that it no longer matters because as black people have endured, the Dreamers have sped up their own demise. Coates talks about us like we are hopeless, and that the destruction of our race will go on forever, he says “Plunder has matured into habit and addiction; the people who could author the mechanized death of our ghettos, the mass rape of private prisons, then engineer their own forgetting must inevitably plunder more”. This may be true as long as the powers that be remain in power, but the destruction of the white race by the white race correlates directly with their failure in destroying us. He says that there is nothing we can do and that it is hopeless, this may be absolutely true, but all black people had to do was survive and reproduce. Media constantly creates the narrative that black people are violent and that we are killing ourselves in droves. Although this is correct in some instances, the vast majority of the black populations mortality rate has been plummeting while our dreaming counterparts have been increasing significantly since the 90’s. These Dreamers are killing themselves faster than they can reproduce while black people prosper. So how in the world through all the things black people have witnessed and experienced have we prospered? It almost doesn’t make logical sense, but it may be that our struggles made our bodies resilient, and we now know that our bodies are worth more than we were told previously by our slave masters, such as the rise of black power and love with words like “Love yourself and your kind. Let us refrain from doing evil to each other, and let us love each other as brothers, as we are the same flesh and blood… Your black skin is the best, and never try changing its color”, coming from Message to the Blackman in America in 1965 by Elijah Muhammad. The act of loving thyself was not always something we understood, after being taught that because of our skin color we are lesser than, we are ugly, we are different, we are abnormal, constantly reminded us of our past and what this country has done to us and our ancestors. So, what does it mean to live in the greatest nation on Earth just to know that it doesn’t appreciate what you’ve done for it? When someone does something for you for free don’t you look out for them? Don’t you help them, say thank you and maybe return the favor? America has done the complete opposite for its most loyal workforce, they spat in our faces and destroyed our bodies (literally). And instead of picking up arms against the country, black people have picked up arms for the country in every war since its founding. The Dreamers must understand this, they have to understand that without black people this country would cease to exist. So partly they must understand our struggle, and more importantly they must understand that loving us and what we’ve done for this country is more necessary than fabricating a race war. If they understand this then we can help wake them up from the fake dream they have been living in for so long.

The Dream Coates details in Between the World and Me is only experienced by those who want to remain asleep, black people cannot dream because we have long ago been awoken by the same system that allows others to remain asleep instead of awakening to the reality of the world. But the dream is to be free and empowered and if the paradigm of power is being shifted in black people’s favor, then the shackles that have been placed upon us for generations will be unlocked.

Written by Sulayman A. Abdul-Khaaliq
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Research shows more Muslims reside in Asia-Pacific than the Middle East.

President Donald Trump’s recent executive order temporarily freezing immigration from seven predominantly Islamic countries would affect only about 12% of the world’s Muslims, according to estimates from a Pew Research Center report on the current and projected size of religious groups. In fact, of the seven countries named in the new immigration ban – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – only one, Iran, is among the 10 countries with the largest Muslim populations.

As of 2010, there were an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, making Islam the world’s second-largest religious tradition after Christianity. And although many people, especially in the United States, may associate Islam with countries in the Middle East or North Africa, nearly two-thirds (62%) of Muslims live in the Asia-Pacific region, according to the Pew Research Center analysis. In fact, more Muslims live in India and Pakistan (344 million combined) than in the entire Middle East-North Africa region (317 million).
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Muslims make up a majority of the population in 49 countries around the world. The country with the largest number (about 209 million) is Indonesia, where 87.2% of the population identifies as Muslim. India has the world’s second-largest Muslim population in raw numbers (roughly 176 million), though Muslims make up just 14.4% of India’s total population.

Two-thirds of all Muslims worldwide live in the 10 countries shown below. Of the 10 countries, six are in Asia (Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Iran and Turkey), three are in North Africa (Egypt, Algeria and Morocco) and one is in Sub-Saharan Africa (Nigeria).

Countries with the Largest Number of Muslims

Estimated 2009
Muslim Population
Percentage of
Population that
is Muslim
Percentage of
World Muslim
Population
Indonesia 202,867,000 88.2% 12.9%
Pakistan 174,082,000 96.3 11.1
India 160,945,000 13.4 10.3
Bangladesh 145,312,000 89.6 9.3
Egypt 78,513,000 94.6 5.0
Nigeria 78,056,000 50.4 5.0
Iran 73,777,000 99.4 4.7
Turkey* 73,619,000 ~98 4.7
Algeria 34,199,000 98.0 2.2
Morocco* 31,993,000 ~99 ~2
* Data for Turkey and Morocco come primarily from general population surveys, which are less reliable than censuses or large-scale demographic and health surveys for estimating minority-majority ratios (see Methodology). As a result, the percentage of the population that is Muslim in these two countries is rounded to the nearest integer.

Muslim Population by Region

  Estimated 2009
Muslim Population
Percentage of
Population that
is Muslim
Percentage of
World Muslim
Population
Asia-Pacific 972,537,000 24.1% 61.9%
Middle East-North Africa 315,322,000 91.2 20.1
Sub-Saharan Africa 240,632,000 30.1 15.3
Europe 38,112,000 5.2 2.4
Americas 4,596,000 0.5 0.3
World Total 1,571,198,000 22.9 100.0
Note: The list of countries that make up each region can be found in the section titled “World Muslim Population by Region and Country.”

What If Mexico built the wall first?

Before the inauguration Trump already started to build and distribute a negative stereotypical view of Mexican immigrants and border security. Many Americans that share the new president’s philosophy don’t know the history of US and Mexico, don’t care or are too arrogant to see the wrong they are mentally constructing. What if Mexico had erected a wall to keep European colonist from entering Mexico in the early 1800’s? Actually before they can legally build a wall America may need to reopen an old wounds like the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo originally exposed by a Mexican activist who Marched with Dr. Martin Luther King and had meetings with Malcolm X’s teacher, The Hon. Elijah Muhammad.

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LT: Tijerina & Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. RT: Reies Lopez Tijerina, Bobby Seale and members of the the Brown Berets.

Reies Lopez Tijerina, activist, and catalyst for the land grant movement among Mexicans in northern New Mexico. Although born in Texas, Tijerina spent much of his adult life in New Mexico, where he moved after becoming a pastor. There he learned of the plight of the Mexicans whose land the forest service, American industrial interests and the railroads had stolen. It is there where he joined the movement to return the Tierra Amarilla land grant to the residents of the town of San Joaquin de Chama.

Mexico in 1824
Mexico in 1824

In 1966, frustrated with the government’s lack of a response to his appeals, he led the occupation of the Echo Amphitheater, which was within the pueblo’s land grant, and asserted their right to the land. This incident marked the beginning of Tijerina’s legal troubles, and the state tried for years to send him to jail, finally succeeding in 1970.

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United States President Donald Trump

Released in 1971, his incarceration had already made him a symbol of political repression in the US, and he continued to speak out against the crimes of the government. Tijerina preached a message of unity for Chicanos, while also working with Black Leaders and other activists throughout the United States. He has become one of the most well-known and dedicated leaders of the Chicano Movement.

If Trump continues to push his wall agenda. Mexico and Mexicans could legally take possession of the stolen areas of California, NEW Mexico, Arizona, and Texas to name a few. The wall would need to be erected north of these states and lets not even begin with what was stolen from Hawaiians, and Native Indigenous people including Dakota.

Authentic Piece Of The Berlin Wall.
Authentic Piece Of The Berlin Wall.

Another interesting fact is the Mexican flag and the Palestinian Flag both share the same color scheme. Unfortunately the people share the same story of European colonization, genocide, oppression, illegal land seizure and negative propaganda. – Nation19 Magazine
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