New York Times columnist Charles Blow is making the media rounds for his new book “The Devil You Know: A Black Power Manifesto.” The crux of the book is that African-Americans should move south, amass political power and take over. Blow contends that racial justice can only be served this way and that “white supremacy cannot be allowed to stand.”
Blow claims that racism is so embedded in American society, that for the black community to truly take hold of their civil rights, they need to think radically and act boldly. Many would call his book exceedingly divisive and bordering on incitement.
As Blow spoke with CNN’s John Berman, he held nothing back. For his part, Berman praised the book glowingly and couldn’t get enough of it. It all ties into politics as Democrats salivate over retaking the south as a voting bloc. Georgia’s Senate race emboldened them and Blow has long envisioned a black political powerhouse returning to the south once again.
In his book, Blow argues the key to moving forward is a reversal of the Great Migration that historically saw African Americans leave the South in huge numbers, fleeing racist laws and the threat of violence. Now, he’s calling for a return to southern cities and predicts that this could provide the kind of black political power they have been unable to achieve elsewhere in the U.S.
Berman surmised Blow’s book was a how-to guide for African-Americans to amass practical power.
Blow laid out his thesis in the book succinctly to CNN’s Berman:
“Because at the end of the Civil War — I’m not saying go there, I’m saying go back there. At the end of the Civil War, three southern states were majority black: Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina. Three other southern states were within four percentage points of being majority black,” he said.
“They exercised that power. Mississippi of all places in America, maybe unlikely to some of your viewers today, was a black power center during reconstruction. They had a massive delegation of black state legislators. At that time, the United States senators in Mississippi were appointed by state legislatures. They were able to go to the rest of their colleagues and say, ‘Listen, one of these two open Senate seats has to be a black man,’ and that’s who they sent to the U.S. Senate,” Blow continued.
“That’s what real power looks like. The only reason that black people are not a bigger force in the south of the United States right now is that white terror removed them from that space. White terror suppressed them to the point that the Great Migration became a thing,” he added. “It was a push/pull. There was a pull of economic opportunity and civic engagement, but there was also the push of terrorism of white supremacists in the south. I’m saying that that victory by white supremacy cannot be allowed to stand. That you have to re-frame what power looks like for black people in America. And part of that is simply to return to where you would have been a majority anyway.”
The book is a brazen push for racial justice and proposes basing all politics and power in America on that pretense.
Blow claims that black millennials are returning to the south in a great reverse migration that he alleges will result in black majorities in a number of southern states. It could shift the balance of political power permanently.
“At its base, equality is about power: equal access to it, equal treatment by it and equal control over it. The time is at an end for Black people begging and pleading, marching and chanting, for an equitable stake in that power.” @CharlesMBlow gonna hurt some feelings w this one pic.twitter.com/8fyhkJwPT9
— D.Alexander (@dalexander_210) January 26, 2021
Blow went on to address the seizing of power by African Americans in his CNN interview: “Those days are over. We’ve had 400 years of waiting for white America to do right by black people. For white Americans to simply not to give, but to simply say, all human beings are equal human beings, deserving of equality in a society and equal access to opportunity and political engagement.”
“White America for 400 years has failed to sufficiently and fully do that. And no amount of going out with a placard and then going back to brunch is going to solve that. That is solved by power,” he added. “People think that white — that white supremacy and racism is only about how I feel about you. No, it’s about power. If you — Stokely Carmichael said, ‘If a man wants to lynch me, that’s his problem. If he has the power to lynch me, now that’s my problem.’ We have to change who has power, who has access to power, who controls that power, and who that power is accountable to.”
While Blow speaks of ‘white terrorism’ and the threat of white supremacy, he seems to be referring to Trump supporters. In an article written for CBS News he stated: “Make no mistake: the red hats marauding through the halls of the United States Capitol were a throwback to the Red Shirts terrorizing the Southern countryside.”
Once again, any incident can be painted in terms of racism and weaponized by the left. Blow’s book is an excellent example of radical, racial talking points aimed at those on the right.
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