The videos raise the obvious question of how bad this problem really is. Is there really wide-spread violence occurring between Black and Brown communities in cities like L.A. today? Absolutely there is. In fact, this problem is enormous, undeniable, and must be prioritized, but in order to properly address this issue, we must first correctly understand it's sources. The best tool of analysis to accomplish this feat with any issue is to ask the most critical question? Who is benefiting from these tensions between these two historically exploited and oppressed communities? Is it the African community? Clearly, anyone who suggests yes is insane. Is it the Indigenous community? Although it's easy to see how someone who has only a surface understanding of the so-called "immigration" issue could be confused enough to believe Indigenous people are benefiting, because they are "coming" to this country, a deeper analysis clearly indicates they benefit about as much as African people, which means the positive results are negligible.
No, the real beneficiaries are the same culprits. The multi-national capitalist/imperialist network. You know, the major international corporations that exploit and dominate the world's human and material resources for private profit. How do these entities benefit you ask? Several university economic reports on inner city economics, including an exhaustive study by the University of Chicago, estimate that approximately 400,000 jobs have left Los Angeles for overseas countries since the 1992 rebellion. This benefits corporations in multiple ways. Those 400,000 jobs are being filled by people who are being paid a fraction of what they would be paid by workers in L.A., without medical benefit costs. Plus, the reduction in jobs permits companies to keep wages low in the U.S. by keeping these two communities competing for those few jobs. To round out the plot, the African community's frustration and anger is focused on Indigenous people. By the same token, Indigenous people are encouraged to see African people the way Amerikkka sees us - as the dregs of society. Since this is a worldwide anti-African ideology, it's very easy to see how the phenomenon of disrespecting African people is easily adopted by practically anyone who spends at least five minutes in the U.S.
All of this is made even more complex because of the relationships of so-called gangs, or organized crime to this equation. The Mexican Mafia (El Eme) in Southern California is aligned with the Aryan Brotherhood, or the Brand - a white supremacist formation. These two formations have hatred and business motivation to move against all Africans and the Mexican Mafia directs the activities of virtually all of the Indigenous street organizations in Southern California through the Sureno cultural phenomenon. This web includes F-13ers, 18th Street Gang, and even gangs from El Salvador like the M-13ers. This represents thousands upon thousands of street soldiers who carry out the Mexican Mafia's charge to eliminate African people who El Eme sees as competition to their objective of controlling all turf, inside and outside of prison. Still, this gang/prison conflict shouldn't and cannot be seen as representing the interests of African and Indigenous communities. At the very least, this aspect of the issue is a reflection of a specific problem. Quoting Sanyika Shakur, formally Kody "Monster" Scott - author of "Monster" An Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member - "we don't have any problem with Mexicans...We have a problem with El Eme!" Plus, it's dishonest to present this issue as a one sided case of Indigenous gangs prying on African people. In other parts of the country, particularly the South and some cities like Philadelphia, where Africans still outnumber Indigenous people, African street organizations and individuals are targeting growing Indigenous populations for criminal acts because these folks are less likely to speak out due to their undocumented immigration status and language difficulties.
As to the larger issue of lack of jobs, community respect, and the other issues the corporate thugs are exploiting, those aspects of this problem also deserve deeper analysis. First, it's obviously true that African people need jobs, but the reason we don't have them has nothing to do with Indigenous people. Institutional racism has prevented us from receiving fair and equitable opportunities for employment for hundreds of years in this country and nothing has changed. The solution to this problem is tied up in our being able to produce opportunities for ourselves instead of relying on our enemies and the system that oppresses us to assist us in our development. This solution is outside of the U.S. capitalist system. It's in achieving Pan-Africanism, the total liberation and unification of Africa under scientific socialism.
Secondly, all these idiots are screaming about "illegal" immigration, but none of them are explaining why this phenomenon is happening. None of them are discussing the criminal enterprises of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Mexico and how these so-called structural readjustment programs have eliminated social programs in Mexico like health care, schools, and mental health services. Even police have been cut dramatically. This is done to redirect public funds to service IMF loans that supply technological development for corporate advancement in Mexico, Africa, Asia, and everywhere in the world that capitalism is exploiting. The reduction of these services has created the instability that has led to the proliferation of drug cartels. It's also eliminated jobs and caused the domino effect that has people "running for the border." The solution here is related to the worldwide effort to prevent the IMF and other imperialist agencies from dominating in Mexico, and everywhere else, and returning stability and self-determination to the entire planet. Finally, it has to be stated that the Indigenous people could never be illegal or even immigrants in the Western Hemisphere. They were here first and were driven from their lands by illegal, racist practices like these state land gift programs that "awarded" Native lands to white illegal aliens. That land has descended through family trees creating some of the wealth white people benefit from and enjoy today.
To summarize, it's important that all you intelligent and expert people understand the basic statement displayed in the wall tag on the picture leading into this post. The key to all of this is written in that picture. The concept of African and Indigenous people coming together frightens the power structure. Just like the concept prisoners of all races uniting against the prison administration frightened the power structure in 1971 in New York and caused them to unleash barbaric brutality against the resisters of the Attica rebellion. Keep in mind that this so-called African/Indigenous beef took off immediately after the collective consciousness of the 1992 rebellion expressed itself as the picture indicates. Isn't that a coincidence? There's no question that these two communities are complex and have their own histories and respective places to occupy. There is no way around that, but whatever directions we go towards going forward, we must have the vision to establish our own relationships. We must stop continuing to be manipulated by the same power structure that keeps our communities and native societies (Africa, Mexico, etc.) dis-organized, oppressed, and exploited. Maybe the key to the future is located in looking at the best of our glorious past when we co-existed on the reservations to fight together against the system to help eliminate slavery and oppression against Indigenous peoples? There are young people everywhere who are taking their que from that history and how strong could we be once we decide to truly start thinking and acting for ourselves against capitalism instead of for it's benefit?