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Written by on May 13, 2020

Story by Chick Tackett

“We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock. The rock landed on us.”

Malcolm X – 1960’s era Civil Rights activist

“American lives will have to be sacrificed for the sake of the economy.”

Mango-colored Demon residing in the White House

Before I embark on this article, let me terminate any gaslighting endeavor by Trumplicans to attempt to school me on their traditional go-to of their cock and bull story regarding the historical association between Black people and the Republican Party.

A couple of weeks ago while watching AM Joy on MSNBC, a term was used by one of her guests that was completely foreign to me. That word was necropolitics.

For those of you like me who have never heard this word, it is the use of social and political power to dictate how some people may live and how some must die.

That word may be new to some of us. The practice is as old as the day that murderous thieving Christoper Columbus and his gang of darkness invaded the shores of this country.

Through the centuries, necropolitics has been so successful, it has expanded beyond just people of color to other marginalized groups. In the 1980s, the LGBTQ populace was expendable, when the AIDS pandemic arrived. Because of the false notion that it was only a Gay man’s disease, Republican President Ronald Reagan did not lift a finger for those American citizens. It was only when his Hollywood movie star friend Rock Hudson (who was in the closet) fell prey to the disease, that he started to make an effort.

Now in the 21st Century, Republicans have grown so comfortable with their necro and divisive politics that they have no fear in telling their poor and low-income White enthusiasts to gamble with their lives to prematurely return to work and open up the economy to further enrich their wealthy and corporate donor base.

All is not lost and hopeless, but all of us have to make the effort to bring power to the people. That means to squash your complacency, get registered, and then VOTE. Under the leadership of Rev. William J. Barber II and Rev. Liz Theoharis, the Poor People’s Campaign of today is building a movement of poor and low-income people of all races and sexualities to confront systematic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and religious nationalism.

On June 20th, 2020, a huge digital social media gathering of poor & low-wealth folks, moral & religious leaders, advocates, and people of consciousness will be heard.

The global COVID-19 pandemic is exposing how far-reaching and serious the already existing systematic racism, poverty, and religious nationalism we are suffering under.

A change will only happen when we make that move to unify and to vote.

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