12-20-06

Rev. Daughtry's weekly article that appears in the NY Daily Challenge every Wednesday and Friday.

Black Power Revisited- Part XIII

By: Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry
Part XIII is a continuation of the Black Power series started earlier in the year. This excerpt is taken from excerpts of my writings on Black Power over 40 years ago. I hope the reader finds the articles as interesting and informative as I have found them.

Fear of Violence

The people, who see violence in the Black Power philosophy, are not being realistic. They demonstrate an unwillingness to face the fact that conditions produce violence. The unwillingness of white Americans to see the seeds of violence in their racist attitude, and to look for scapegoats, when the explosion occurs, to hunt up “bugaboos” to blame, instead of looking at themselves and asking, “Is it I?” has paralyzed sincere efforts to recognize things for what they are, all of which makes progress impossible. A wrong cannot be corrected until its existence is acknowledged. It is for this reason that many feel pessimistic about racial harmony ever becoming a reality in America.

They say whites are too proud and stubborn to admit past and present sins. Even God cannot help a man until he acknowledges that he is a sinner. Whites exhibit too brazenly the universal artistry of blaming others. Even Vice President Herbert Humphrey could say that if he had to live as some Negroes, he would lead a revolt. But still whites look for a villain, when frustrated masses vent their frustrations in riotous acts. They blame the Communists, certain hoodlums, civil rights leaders, professional rabble-rousers; now Black Power has been singled out as the next instigator.

When revolts happen—and they will happen unless changes are made—Black Power will be the cause. The fact that people have always rebelled against injustice, which even a worm will turn if you step on him; do not register at all. The wonder is that given the cruel conditions forced upon Blacks, they did not rebel oftener and with greater devastation. Another significant point that Whites miss is the subliminal opportunities for black hostilities presented by protest movements and philosophies.

Dr. King pointed this out when he told the good hearted clergymen who felt that nonviolent demonstrations were unwise and untimely. “The Negro,” wrote Dr. King, “has many pent-up frustrations; he has to get them out. So let him march sometime; let him have his prayer pilgrimage to City Hall; understand why he must have sit-ins and freedom rides. If his repressed emotions do not come out in these nonviolent ways, they will come out in ominous expressions of violence.”

Now we have come to a new day. The hostilities and frustrations have reached such boiling intensity and quantity, that they can no longer, for the masses of blacks, be siphoned off; or sublimated in large enough portions by prayer pilgrimages to City Hall; marches, sit-ins and freedom rides.

A more provocative philosophy, more militant movement, more fiery protagonists are demanded. Black Power is the idea whose time has come. Hence, by that reasoning, Black Power is really serving a useful, constructive purpose. It gives a voice—a forum—an expression to black discontent, which as Dr. King observed, must come out in an acceptable ways—relatively acceptable, anyway—or explodes with catastrophic results. Black Power has really purchased time. Whites ought to recognize it and move to correct the wrongs—and do it quickly!

Unless some progress is made immediately—progress that reaches the masses—I do not believe that Black Power too much longer can serve as channels for this torrid passion which every day waxes hotter and hotter, nor will it stay the destruction of the revolts. That would be another era and will demand new strategies.

Note: In 1968 – after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – more than 100 American cities experienced devastating upheavals. Dr. King was the spark that set a blaze the fire about which I was warning the American people in 1966. The conditions were a tender box waiting to explode. It could have been any match of ill treatment. Usually, police brutality is the catalyst.

The Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry is featured in The Daily Challenge’s Wednesday and Weekend Edition. Reverend Daughtry, known as the “People’s Pastor,” is the National Presiding Minister of the House of the Lord Churches (HOLC). He also pastors the Brooklyn Church. A prolific writer, his books include “No Monopoly on Suffering, Blacks and Jews in Crown Heights,” “My Beloved Community,” “Effectual Prayer,” and “Tupac, Letters to a Son.” HOLC has a weekly broadcast which airs on WWRL 1600 on Sunday from 10:30am-11:00am. He is also on BCAT the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 2pm. Website: www.holnj.org