A Freedmen Absolute Response to Critics and Chiselers + Part II

Dicitur Pars Duo

I was assisted in writing this Part Two by a bottle of Kallan Vintners Anza Diem Proprietary Red 2017. Very impressive. Fine, complex structure. Raspberries, cherries, black pepper, honeydew melon, wood. Peppery nose. Medium finish.

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“Arguments cannot be answered by personal abuse; there is no logic in slander, and falsehood, in the long run, defeats itself.”

Robert G. Ingersoll

Misinformation Regarding Pre-Schism #ADOS and “Anti-Black” Accusations

Here we go. At the very beginning of Aiwuyor’s hit-piece, the #ADOS political project was squarely framed as a “fringe movement” that “has emerged to systematically fracture Black communities and directly attack Black unity and/or Pan-Africanism among the United States Black population.” She spent a lot of time with the dictionary for that one. You can tell. And after all that, #ADOS policy positions were then marginalized and misrepresented by her as requiring “slave papers” in order to verify native Black identity and by subsequently doing so leads to a “weakened, further marginalized Black population.” WOW.

The only thing “weakening” shit was her ass.

Pan-Africanist critics possess a particular interest in branding the #ADOS political project as an “anti-African” construction because all sensible reparationists are sober and pragmatic about the reality of the generally lousy relations between Blacks of the African Diaspora versus the romanticized mythologies that Pan-African fetishists choose to believe in and market. They maintain a strong interest in keeping Native Black Americans trapped in those fantasies. The #ADOS political project did not have a secondary mission of creating or repairing relations within the Diaspora. The #ADOS political project existed to address a single domestic issue. That of securing reparations for the American descendants of chattel slavery.

That’s It.

I challenge the assumptions about what “Black solidarity” looks like in 2020. I must make that challenge – because the current “woke” language around what that is supposed to mean complicates the issue. This is a shallow, naive, and entirely one-dimensional understanding of how the political and cultural realities of the world actually work. Where is some multi-dimensional political education here?

Throughout 2020, particularly in the spaces of social media, the #ADOS political project has endured numerous attacks ratcheted up by ongoing misinformation about active reparationists since 2018. The active #ADOS membership had many in the ranks that were combative responders (including myself) and on more occasions than can be counted – American descendants of chattel slavery type folks have shown that we can throw it as well as we can catch it. In the midst of all those discussions (or less), I find it problematic that declarative, polemic opinion has been used to replace fact. And efforts to challenge such arguably slanderous behavior are met with massive preemptive group blocking by said accusers as an even greater frustration.

Indeed, the #ADOS political project was formed for purposes of distinguishing ourselves from Black immigrants, but harsh critics were dishonest about the why.

This is the fact as it is: American descendants of chattel slavery, by every available metric, is backsliding to where we as a group of American citizens were at before groups such as N’COBRA and NAARC were established. Think about that shit. The question should not be why we are doing this – the question is how can we possibly not? How could we not, as we have taken stock of our fucked-up situation, fail to recognize the need to radically overhaul the existing approach to our repair?

Our repair, for a change.

As this Pure Reparations movement continued to be maligned during this (as of October 19, 2020) media wave, it is as if the the last 150 years has not happened. As if the post-emancipation period in America did not constitute decades upon decades upon decades of public policy that essentially set up a pick and roll for white capital to power drive to the basket while leaving Black people laid out on our backs on the court we built.

Not this time.

Another durable problem with those anti-#ADOS political attacks came from energetic pro-#ADOS arguments on social media getting conflated with posts from enthusiastic supporters of Foundational Black Americans (#FBA). And there are some individuals out there that identify as both FBA and ADOS (which is fine). But let me make this clear: The #ADOS political project had no formal alignment with #FBA as founded by Tariq Nasheed (perhaps that could happen with various Freedmen organizations in the future).

While there were periods of political congruence with FBA for a brief time, there were at the time, fundamental, irreconcilable differences of political, structural, and operational opinion that required us to focus on the independent development of the #ADOS political project for all Native Black Americans.

The #ADOS political project had critics (some of them are white) that proffer multiple charges of “harmful anti-Black practices and policies” that must be responded to and debunked. I personally cannot abide lies and arguable slander.

A History of Engagement With Left-Wing Political Ideology

Yvette Carnell has a documented history of affiliation with Senator Bernie Sanders, and Antonio Moore has written for several left-wing publications. As an agenda-driven group as opposed to a party-driven one, the socio-economic issues of our people and the debt owed that we demand must be presented to multiple venues in America, regardless of political affiliation or ideological bent. Antonio Moore’s publishing of articles in Newsmax no more confirms a right-wing affinity than his publishing of articles with the Huffington Post or inequality.org.

The #ADOS political project had been accused of being an operation created by right-wing organizations and white supremacists. Those “accusers” could come up with nothing better than this? The necessity of the #ADOS political project was a response to and a result of historical and contemporary maltreatment and forced failure, which was executed by the white supremacists, the white wealthy, and the land-owning slaveholders. But not organized nor funded by them. How?

There is no evidence of these accusations of this movement being a product of right-wing astroturfing. It is interesting that ABC News did not find any proof, nor did Farah Stockman, a New York Times reporter who covered the inaugural ADOS Conference and penned multiple articles about the movement.

Here are three tweets from the Twitter account of Farah Stockman (@fstockman). Tweeted on November 8, 2019:

  • #10 This has led a lot of people to conclude that the group is a puppet of the right. Citizen investigators have tried to prove that #ADOS is funded by conservatives. So far, I haven’t uncovered or seen any proof of this. No one I spoke with who said they had proof really did.
  • #10 Although Carnell served on the board of Progressives for Immigration Reform, an anti-immigration group, the IRS paperwork lists her salary as zero. The executive director told me she “never received a dime other than reimbursement for expenses” for attending meetings.
  • #11 As much as I love a good conspiracy, I also know Black women are fully capable of making up their minds without funding from white men. Unless I see evidence, I accept Yvette Carnell as a true believer in what she is saying.

And here below is a selection from the article: “Controversial group #ADOS divides Black Americans in fight for economic equality.” By Samara Lynn – abcnews.com. January 19, 2020:

“There are also concerns from some critical of #ADOS that the hashtag is linked to posts spreading disinformation and political division ahead of the presidential election. However, ABC News found no concrete evidence that the #ADOS movement is part of the disinformation campaigns that plagued the 2016 election.”

Anything Else?

The federal expenditures required for a just, comprehensive solution of reparations coupled with a multi-generational, robust Black agenda (generally) does not align with modern American conservative thought, particularly amongst true “small government” proponents. And even if it did – so fucking what? The main thing I would like to see is Black people themselves getting clear with the political clarity of True Freedmen Reparationism. Waking up to the importance of their importance to themselves. Becoming politically operational. And then finally moving strongly on manifesting a Black agenda – for Black people.

Still Here? Move on to Part III.

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