One of the most unpleasant features of the current national social struggle over dealing with the police murder of Mr. George Floyd in Minneapolis has been the presence in the protest movements of the extremist far Right activists, promoting and perpetrating acts of violence and destruction as their contribution to the demonstrations of public revulsion of racism and police impunity. These protests have swept across America and engaged people of all races, creeds, national origins and sexual identification; largely peacefully demonstrating their opposition to racism. The far Right, especially the “Bugaloo Boys” has added arson, larceny and gunshots to the protest marches.
These “Bugaloo Boys” follow an agenda of anti-government, antisocial white supremacist policies, decked out in imitation Hawaiian shirts and posing with weapons, fascist symbols and salutes, in pursuit of a ‘Race War’. A substantial number have been arrested during the current demonstrations. Most of them are the poorly educated, self-pitying marginal White youth without future and purpose. They mask their insecurities, failures, poverty and impotence by holding weapons as amulets against the possibility of people recognising them for their weaknesses. Their battle-cry has been their struggle against the Black population of America and the preposterous cry that they want to ‘take America back’ from aliens and immigrants.
In their lack of education and the narrowness of their experience they have no concept of their place in America or the crucial role that Black Americans have played in the building of American institutions and democracy. When the “Bugaloo Boys” ancestors were wallowing around in some foreign land as peasants or serfs, the American Black community were part of the bedrock of an emerging American state. While these white racists were far away from America, Black Americans were engaged in freeing the American colonies from the grasp of British colonialism.
They were in America to hear the stirring words of Jefferson and learned about the universality of justice and human rights; and the pledge of the Founding Fathers, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence …” to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” They were moved by their assertion that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.”
The Declaration of Independence which we read every Fourth of July, was the outcome of a process of rebellion and revolt against the tyranny of the British Occupation. The start of the open rebellion was the 5th of March 1770 in Boston where tensions were high because the restrictions on free trade were felt the hardest there. The occupying British forces were attacking some colonials at King Street, near the Town Hall. A large burly man heard the noise and gathered his friends and ran to the scene. He rushed to the front and confronted the soldiers. When the soldiers made ready to shoot him he struck the soldier on the arm. The soldier shot him twice. Four other men were killed, and six others were wounded. The next day, his body was taken to Faneuil Hall, and two days later, all the businesses were closed for his and the other victims' funeral. This event is known as the Boston Massacre. The first blow in the war against colonial occupation was struck by this man and he was the first victim. The British soldiers were placed on trial for the murders, and the charge stated that they had been attacked "with force and arms, feloniously, willfully, and of malice aforethought." The soldier who had attacked him was found not guilty; beginning a long precedent of such denial throughout American history.
This man who stood up for liberty was Crispus Attucks, a black slave. He had tried to buy his freedom when he was young but his master refused. He ran away to become a harpooner on a whaling ship. There was a price of ten British pounds on his head so, for many years, he had stayed clear of Boston. His father was a slave from West Africa and his mother a Natick Indian. Attucks was the first man to die in the American Revolutionary War.
Many slaves fought for the independence of the thirteen colonies in the Revolutionary War. In 1770, one-fifth of the population in the thirteen colonies was African-American. Most were slaves or ex-slaves, so they had nothing to lose by joining up and everything to gain. Anything that could free them from degradation and suffering was worth doing. So they joined local and state militias. They were openly accepted in the Continental Army. African-Americans fought during the opening salvos at Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill. Many of the great battles of the American War for independence were fought with the active participation of the African American communities.
When the Revolution began with the outbreak of war at Lexington and Concord (the “Shot Heard Around the World”), on 19th of April 1775, in an attack on innocent civilians on the Old North Bridge and the indiscriminate shooting by the British troops there were Black people who were shot and wounded there. These men fought for liberty throughout the war and in many theatres.
It takes a great deal of arrogance and ignorance for these white supremacists to pretend that the Black community should be considered inferior to them and that racism has some basis in history. The Black community has built America from its earliest days. What has this rabble of poor White trash ever done in comparison?