The old song goes: "He ain't heavy, he's my brother." And it's a beautiful sentiment.
Such a sentiment can apply to siblings, but to other family members and even to close friends.
But when it comes to the human race, the African has had almost everyone on his back the world over, throughout history.
And it's time to get everyone off, so that we can stand on our own two feet and work for ourselves.
Even amongst those who are awake enough to acknowledge racism, the thought of our race bearing the weight of many other races is too far for many to reach. Yet, like the flies swarming the children in the "Save Africa" commercials, other races swarm Africans across the globe to suckle upon our natural talents and abilities. Many races have swarmed us to use us, for free labor and free promulgation of their agendas, while too many of us refuse to follow an agenda that would benefit our own.
We're carrying so many, we can hardly carry our own weight.
In a recent column, I identified the ignominious idiot named Christopher Columbus, who should carry the weight for opening the door to slavery and abuse of the African in the New World.
Old Dumb Ass Columbus and the slave traders to follow weren't the only Europeans who have been on our backs. The Italians dumped Horse in the Black neighborhoods and ran the numbers operations before and after states made their own version of numbers, called The Lottery.
Middle Easterners jumped on our backs in the sixties after the riots and took over everything the Negroes left behind on their way to integration, wherever that was. They often displaced Jewish businesses as well.
When the Middle Easteners either moved on or moved over, the Koreans came behind them and jumped on for a ride.
But perhaps the biggest back riders of all are the descendants of Great Britain and other Western European nations, from Italy to France and from Portugal to Spain, who owned us and treated us like cattle. They made the most money off of us and literally financed and built a nation off of our backs that they still don't want us to share fully in.
Whites in America have taken everything from our inventions to our music, from our style of dress to our manner of speaking and even our hairstyles and skin tone.
Even the two political parties in America are back riders. The Republican Party used us to win a war that was ripping the nation apart and after less than one century, abandoned concern for us.
Currently, the Democratic Party tells us just enough sweet convincing lies to lull us into thinking that they are better for us than the party of our original loyalty, but until we become more politically savvy, neither party has to do more than make empty overtures to a few of us and then, they get on and ride.
The major drug dealers of the world--pharmaceutical companies--are also back riders, selling us drugs that are supposed to make our lives better, but which mask symptoms of illnesses that still take us away. In Third World nations-particularly African nations--the pharmaceutical companies dump drugs that have either not been tested, or have been proven ineffective. And, it has been alleged that some infectious diseases (including AIDS) have been carried into Third World nations along with vaccines for other diseases.
Other major corporations are also back riders, realizing with keener insight than we do, that Blacks are the greatest consumers of everything with the strongest product brand loyalty.
We are so accustomed to having our backs ridden that today, some of us have begun to ride each other's backs, selling drugs to each other and blaming each other for everything horrible that happens to us.
At some point, we must stand up and toss everyone off so that we can stand and take our place in the world.
When we stand and shake off the back riders, we will stand with self-awareness, racial pride, a multi-level agenda, unity and collective economics. Otherwise, the race with the richest history, culture and talents will continue to bend over and carry anyone who wants to ride.
Darryl James is an award-winning author of the powerful new anthology "Notes From The Edge." James' stage play, "Love In A Day," opened in Los Angeles this Spring and will be running throughout 2011. View previous installments of this column at www.bridgecolumn.proboards36.com. Reach James at