al_calloway_web.jpgThe Trans-Atlantic African slave trade was by far the most horrific activity ever conceived of and implemented by human beings. Nothing compares to its enormity, length of existence and cruelty. Yet, interestingly, the world’s people have never asked black survivors of chattel slavery to forgive and forget their pain, suffering and history.

Unfortunately, there have been, and still are, those “Negroes” who consider it their duty to get black people to negate history, to move on, to “assimilate.” That reality focuses on getting a degree and a job, on being part of the American economy. It negates, however, that black people are the American economy. Most American wealth either directly or indirectly resulted from slavery.

White-appointed so-called “black leaders” and the consistent capitulation that they generate have resulted in rabid backwardness, so much so that black people have little to no desire to even get paid for slavery. White people outdid themselves, though, by giving black people their last names. That’s the documented proof of who “owned” your forebears. It’s time to get paid!

Let’s be clear. It’s coming to a head, America, and its ugly, like a boil that’s ready to erupt.

Rachel Maddow, the Ph.D. host of the MSNBC TV talk show named after her, recently reported that, during post-Civil War Reconstruction, Southerners wanted Union Army troops out of the South where they were protecting former slaves. Maddow reminded that Southerners created two entities: the Posse Comitatus (power of the county) and the Sovereign Citizens (white supremacists) to restore a pre-Civil War South.

Posse Comitatus passed as an Act of Congress on June 18, 1878, and it became federal law. Check any 11th grade history book in Florida and see if you find any mention of Posse Comitatus in the index or a section on American Post-Civil War Reconstruction. Please let me know if you have any luck.

All three branches of the United States government betrayed black people and, through Posse Comitatus, the sheriff of each Southern county became the supreme and only law of the land. Terror campaigns against black people raged throughout the South. Lynching became common, as did re-enslavement, incarceration and confiscation.

While the U. S. government continued to turn its back on black so-called “freedmen,” black codes were instituted, then Jim Crow laws, which were segregation laws, were enacted from 1876 to 1965 with “separate but equal” status added in 1890.

During the 153 years from Lincoln’s presidency to the Obama administration, there have been 18 Republican presidents and 11 Democrats. No matter the political party, individual or politics at any given time, “democracy” has remained America’s big lie.

It is very important to understand that the Civil War was really fought about Article One of the Confederate Constitution of 1861 which states  that “No bill of attainder, ex-post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in Negro slaves shall be passed.” In other words, the South would always be “a slaveholders’ republic.” 

Some believe that America is still fighting the Civil War but that is an illusion. Actually, we are in the throes of the final phase of the American Revolution. What’s coming to a head is whether American “democracy” is meant for all people of all so-called “classes” and all so-called “races” (there is only one race and that is the human race).

Or, as white nationalists presume, American “democracy” is meant just for white people and the “founding fathers” were all white and had no thought of including non-white people, except as free and cheap labor. And God gave this country to white people and all other people are inferior to whites.

White nationalist militia movements are spread throughout American suburbia and assault rifle sales are through the roof. White people are not preparing to defend; they are getting ready to attack. While it may seem that history is about to repeat itself in that non-white people are mostly defenseless against an onslaught, this time the eruption will cascade worldwide.

It’s coming to a head, America!

Al Calloway is a longtime journalist who began his career with the Atlanta Inquirer during the early 1960s civil rights struggle. He is writing a book of essays. He may be reached at