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Tuesday, March 22, 2011


You Can Think Of This Piece As Fictional. I Prefer To Think Of It As Inevitable.

Part One: America Falls, Sisters Rise.

Ten Years Ago Today, Back Women Were Called Upon To Save America.

America was doing very well as the only superpower in the new millennium. White men had been in charge for five hundred years and white women were doing well as their partners. Even Black men had done okay, because although they were Black, they were at least men.

But the Sisters were left behind.

Cursed with dark skin and female plumbing, Black women were always the last ones to get the blessings of the greatest country in the world. It is the nature of any society to ride on the backs of the strong and reward those who only appear to have that strength. We were no different. We held the Sisters back, thrived on what they built and gave them neither credit nor love for it.

And then things started to go bad.

Those who ran the power structure became weak and complacent, having lived too long getting everything they wanted. Men were corrupted by privilege and their women by the gift of a beauty standard that favored them above all others. Even Black men tumbled because they didn’t realize that their power derived from close association with the majority and as they broke their ties to Black women, they faltered.

It didn’t happen over night. It was a sly, creeping influence, a slow-moving disease of apathy, indecision and mental weakness. One comedian said "It was like we’d all swallowed a “national retarded pill,” and no one could function."

The government could not function, unable to pass even the simplest of legislation without fights, digression and corruption. The economy went sour and all facets of American life faltered. The parents had abandoned the house and left it to aimless children. The white and male leaders of our country fell apart and were unable to hold the weight of the great society they’d created. What we were missing was strength, a basic toughness that could cut through the bullshit of politics, societal ills and global strife.

This was crystallized by The Great Indecision of 2055. It was a six month period of national tension and fear. Our enemies abroad saw our new weakness and internal troubles as a chance to finally topple us and they began to make aggressive moves worldwide, defying the once mighty United States.

And we did nothing. For half a year, Congress locked up in debates trying to make a decision. No one offered a solution and all they did was bicker and scratch their heads. The dumbness culminated in a Presidential press conference where the Chief Executive bumbled like a schoolboy who hadn’t done his homework.

And so the U.S. was assaulted from all sides. There were skirmishes with our troops in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. As our economy weakened, foreign corporations seized the opportunity to grab market shares in all businesses right here in our own backyard. Some thieves, even hijacked a small naval supply ship bound for Hawaii.

After being humiliated by pirates, we knew we had to so something. Unfortunately, none of our leaders could act decisively. The Great Indecision found us impotent in all areas.

That’s when the Sisters stepped up. There were already many Black women in government and they were the first to exhibit the strength we so desperately needed. Sisters in the military took command on the battlefield and posts around the world, saving lives and defeating our enemies. Hell, it was more than defeat, the Sisters obliterated them, whipped their asses like they stole something, it was a global, high-tech military smackdown.

Scientist found that Black women were impervious to the mental breakdown suffered by all others. No one could explain this. Doctors, scholars and even religious leaders speculated on why this was so. But in the end, no one had an answer. I think it was best said by a Black woman who stated “We used to clean houses and care for babies and somehow that has given us the power to own those houses and lead those babies.”

The Great Indecision fell upon the shoulders of the Sisters, and they handled it with the ease you might display brushing your teeth. They commanded on the battlefields of the world, took over the failing corporations and healed the cities by becoming mayors, governors and police Chiefs. There was resentment, of course, but no one could muster enough mental strength to stop them and the suffering masses embraced the Sisters like an old friend.

But what would America look like now? How would the women reshape the country in their image?


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