It is fact that black lives, i.e., descendants of chattel slaves-Jim Crow survivors, et al., being a mere 12% of the general, national population, disproportionately and too often, numerically, lead all other ethnic groups of the USA, Union republic, in nearly every negative social statistic, as well as being over 60% of the homeless populations.
Note: In Los Angeles, the capital of homelessness in the USA and comparatively the world, being only 11% of the general city population, from the hotels, SRO’s (Single Room Occupancy facilities), shelters, missions, automobiles, alleys, even sidewalks, are BLACK MEN, followed by BLACK WOMEN and their CHILDREN, followed by the other demographics.
In light of these facts, and the presumption that the United States is “nation of immigrants”, it begs answers to three (3) basic questions, they being: 1.) What’s wrong with black peoples?; 2.) Why such a huge disparity in social statistics?; 3.) If the USA is a nation of immigration, what then are black citizens, who unlike Americans of willing immigration (legal and illegal), are not, but rather brought here against their wills as purchased, African slaves, transformed into chattel, i.e., living, human property, to serve immigrants?
The presumption of willing immigration being the experience of all US residents, is the first basic flaw in understanding those whom are homeless, thereby causing “one size fit all” remedies, which clearly is not succeeding.
The Plight of Black Citizens
Therefore, in order to morally, legally, therefore, successfully address and eradicate homelessness, the plight of US black citizens must be the Number One agenda item, as they are specifically covered in the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment-1866 Civil Rights Act, Sections 1 of each, which places them under the direct jurisdiction of the White House, supported by the Congress and Supreme Court.
It is fact, that unlike other peoples, black lives of African slavery trade descent are suffering the consequences of un-rectified 245 years (1620-1865) of generations-destroying, chattel slavery; immediately followed without reprieve, Black Codes-Jim Crow laws totally 99 years (1865-1964); and the obvious failure of 52 years failed government social policies and programs (loosing the “War On Poverty”)
Another fact, while white citizens, i.e., Americans of willing immigration (regardless of skin colors) whom have always experienced freedom under the Article 1, Section 8 authorized citizenship; of the 344 years their existence in British-USA beginning in 1620 (arrival of first slave ships to Jamestown Virginia), as a peoples, black citizens have been legally free a mere 54 years.
Homelessness: “The lingering consequences of Slavery and “Racism”
Excerpts from 2008-09 Congressional Apology Resolution:
“Whereas….the vestiges of Jim Crow continue to this day;…African-Americans continue to suffer from the consequences of slavery and Jim Crow–
Whereas the story of the enslavement and de jure segregation of African-Americans and the dehumanizing atrocities committed against them should not be purged from or minimized in the telling of American history;
Whereas on July 8, 2003…President George W. Bush acknowledged slavery’s continuing legacy in American life and the need to confront that legacy when he stated that slavery
`was . . . one of the greatest crimes of history . . .
…The racial bigotry fed by slavery did not end with slavery or with segregation. And many of the issues that still trouble America have roots in the bitter experience of other times.
Whereas President Bill Clinton also acknowledged the deep-seated problems caused by the continuing legacy of racism against African-Americans that began with slavery.
Note: Of the 244 years of US birth with inherited chattel slavery, the black peoples thereof, have been legally free in it, a mere 54 years.
Hence, The corpus delecti (body of evidence) of black citizens being homeless is the direct, ultimate statement of generational oppression, and failure to execute and enforce the 14th Amendment mandated initially designed to rectify, therefore, vindicate the previous 245 years of chattel slavery.
Instead, the Constitutional orders to the Presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court were rejected in 1877 by the Democratic and Republican Party Compromise, birth and rise to87 years of Jim Crowism.
This is precisely why there is the continuing cry throughout the generations of “Black Lives Matter”
Example: Since their 1865 liberation from slavery, even with the post Civil War legislation into the Constitution of the late 1860’s, unprecedented, consecutive, interlocked, triad of the 13th, 14th (derived from the 1866 Civil Rights Act, the Progenitor and “Rosetta Stone” – interpreter/identifier of its beneficiaries), and15th Amendments, as well as a series of early to mid 1870’s, anti-KKK laws designed to protect them; as a people (excluding the “talented tenth”), black lives have always been at the bottom of society.
Philosophical, US policy has always promulgated the notion that when the waters of economic, social, and judicial justice rises, all boats rise together with it. While such is a wonderful metaphor of equitable fairness, the corpus delecti facts doesn’t bear it to be true.
In actually, the “waters” that flood into society raises the boats of willing immigrants, but they don’t affect those of the former slave Americans, whose ships are metaphorically “submarines” being “depth charged” under those very waters to be sunk, even forcing them down to be stuck into the murky, muddy, bottom.
Experience reveals that in this particular case of what’s good for the “goose”, is not necessarily good for the “gander”.
Therefore, the state of homelessness can only be rectified as We the People address it by distinguishing the differences between the two sets of American experiences one being of willing immigration heritage and the other of unwilling, chattel slavery.
As we address the matter of black lives first, those of others will naturally and subsequently be positively affected as well. But first things, first!
The Most Important and Sacred Matter of/to Black Lives
Without invoking the 14th Amendment in this matter that so drastically effects blacks, that is, the descendants of chattel slaves and Jim Crow survivors, leaves its fulfillment up to emotional and ethereal, arbitrary arguments that can rejected or even later repealed after passage.
Whereas, the 14th codifies into the US Constitution permanent mandates of Ten Sections of 1866 Civil Rights Act that demands Section 1, be fulfilled to its maximum of ensuring the freed chattel slaves, et al, and their descendant children EXPERIENTIAL “equal justice-protections under the law”, US citizenship “as is enjoyed by white citizens.”
“Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening (* Black Lives Matter, etc) if the nation returns to business as usual”
There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship (EXPERIENTIAL) rights.
The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation
until the bright day of justice emerges.” MLK – “I Have Dream” August 28,1963
It fact, upon examination, the very fate of the Union depends on the proper and full execution and application of the 14th to whom it is intended.
“…be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced…. the great task remaining before us — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people,
shall not perish from the earth.”
“…for many of our white brothers…have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.” MLK “I Have A Dream”