For all the struggles, failures, and successes of African American organizations like the NAACP, the MLK Center for Non Violent Social Change, or persons like Jesse Jackson, Dexter Scott King, and others, I’m not aware of any active involvement by them in pursuing the truth about Ray Robinson and his murder at WK2.
The Rev. Ralph Abernathy made the statement at WK2 to Means, Banks, and others on 3-8-73 that ” I will do everything in my power to cause the White House to intercede and cause the Secretary of The Interior to reopen negotiations.”
Dick Gregory stood with Marlon Brando in front of the court house at Cedar Rapids, Iowa on 7-8-76-but who stands now for Ray, his widow, and his orphaned children?
Here you have a person who was active, committed, and known in the lodestone that was the civil rights movement-yet seemingly has been all but forgotten and ignored, while other cases from as far back as the fifties and sixties have been pursued.
Ray Robinson was murdered for being an unrepentent black man who wouldn’t kiss the various AIM “massa’s” asses -that is not only a criminal act but a violation of his rights, and I fail to see any difference in that he wasn’t lynched, hung from a tree, or dragged behind an automobile somewhere in the South.
If members of King’s own family in their interest and pursuit of justice can announce that they did not believe James Earl Ray was their fathers killer and in turn become advocates for him, surely those in leadership can make an effort to bring justice and closure to Robinson’s family-he deserves something more than laying in an unmarked grave as the victim of a group of xenophobic petty thugs. There is a dearth of modern day heroes and I would think Ray fills the bill.
Whatever legacy the NAACP creates will forever be lessened by their apparent failure to actively pursue and address the issue of Ray Robinson.
I think it was only natural for Ray that in recognizing a familiar misery the nations faced he went to WK2 with the best of intentions, and a sincere desire to assist-I also think that in very short order he saw through the charade that was the AIM leadership, witnessed the looting and pillaging, spoke out about it, showed his disdain, and that set the stage for his murder.
After all who was this “uppity nigger” to challenge or disrespect such great “warriors”, such revered “medicine men”, such “freedom figthers”?
One of the definitions in looking up the word nigger is “a person of ANY race or origin regarded as contemptible, inferior, ignorant, etc.” I’d say the only “niggers” based on their contemptible, inferior, and ignorant actions present at wk2 were the AIM leadership.
Ray Robinson was anything but a “nigger”, above all other things he was a good and decent man-his history verifies that, maybe some day people will understand that being a man has nothing to do with ethnicity.
My advice to the AIM brotherhood? Tighten up those sphincters boys, the man’s going to be coming round sooner or later.
One should not forget that in promoting the ravaging and destruction of wk2 as a “liberation” holiday it is in effect also a celebration of every wrong committed there-every abuse, and every murder-whether it be Ray’s, Annie’s in the aftermath, or those in unknown graves-hell of thing that, and speaks volumes about any who either promote or celebrate that event.
Some may be excused for doing so due to a lack of knowledge, or understanding concerning the truth, others most assuredly cannot, and view it only as another opportunity to get some air time.
I find it not only a profound mystery, but a grave disservice to Ray, to his family, and black people in general, that in searching the net you are hard pressed to find any advocacy for him other than in sites like IWJ and NFIC-and yet the net is inundated with AIM and those too familiar “leaders” spinning their tales, promoting themselves, and denying everything but the incontestable fact that the sun does rise and set. They may get around to that though, or take credit for it.
One thing for sure though-neither AIM or the NAACP is leading the charge-understandable for the one-a pity for the other. I never knew Ray, but with some it isn’t necessary to have known them personally to know the kind of individual they were.
There are songs to be found about Annie on the net, how about one for Ray? How about some justice for Ray and his family-he is no less a victim, and no less deserving.