Evolution of The Black Man in Amerika.

blood in the sea

blood on the leaves

blood in the soil

blood in streets.

another dark figure

outlined between

yellow traffic paint

we are not niggers.

our blood stains the white man’s uniform

crucifying us

denying us the right to breathe

the right to be free.

teaching us to pray to a White God,

for a White Christmas,

a big house with white picket fences.

white-washing our existence.

it is not okay for you to cross here.

candles and stuffed bears surrounding crosses,

balloons, cards made from school children for

desolate moms with hurt wombs

left sorting through the pieces,

exposing the Black skeletons

in Amerika’s closet.

condescendingly mourning our loses by

 insisting on non-violent marches.

hands up don’t shoot.

and every time they do

roses line the street

to conceal the blood stained concrete

we been thinking maybe that they grew there

that the blood

somehow planted seeds to uproot

springing forth the revolution, once again.

you will see us!

the evolution of the black man.

these black boys’ been Jesus.

Now,

is the resurrection.

MJ

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Let’s Come Together Now, It’s KWANZAA Time!

I’m so excited to celebrate my fav holiday! It’s Kwanzaa time, Dec.26- Jan.1st!

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Somebody Blew Up America

poetry by the great Amiri Baraka

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Police Brutality is a Tool in White Brutality

I saw this short clip of Malcolm X speaking on integration and found it relevant to today in the height of protests and rallies talking place all over the world against the unjust killing of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and all black people killed by white brutality.  Let’s not be confused.  THIS IS A RACE ISSUE.  It is white brutality inflicted upon black people, men and women, boys and girls.  It is white brutality, first and police brutality, second.  I’ve watched news reporters and have peeped white people on social media and at protests who have tried to turn this Black movement and Black awakening into an issue solely on police brutality and stating instead of BLACK LIVES MATTER that All Lives Matter.  We know that all lives matter, but it is black lives who are being taken by white people.  Trayvon Martin was not killed by a police officer.  Kendrick Johnson was not killed by a police officer. Of course the militarization of the police is an issue and police brutality needs to be examined, but understand that police brutality in America a tool of WHITE BRUTALITY against Black people.

The last part of the interview is particularly relevant.

Interviewer:

Should other black men help that person who is attacked?

Malcolm X:

I think you’ll find, sir, that there will come a time when black people wake up and become intellectually independent enough to think for themselves as other humans are intellectually independent enough to think for themselves. Then the black man will think like a black man and he will feel for other black people and this new thinking and feeling will cause all black people to stick together and then at that point you will have a situation where when you attack one black man you are attacking all black men and this type of black thinking will cause all black people to stick together and this type of thinking also will bring an end to the brutality inflicted upon black people by white people and it is the only thing that will bring an end to it. No federal court, state court, or city court will bring an end to it. It’s something the black man has to bring an end to himself.

 

 

Police brutality can be stopped by all people, all races, ages and genders coming together to put an end to the power that the police have abused for decades.  However, white brutality will not be stopped unless black people, and only black people, come together and stop it.  Black Power.

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No More Business As Usual.

As I have been boycotting corporations and protesting for the rights of people, I’ve come to realize that I can no longer work for an organization that supports the oppression of my people and the destruction of communities and lives all over the world.  When I say no more business as usual, I mean it, wholeheartedly.  I will be dedicating my time and talent to building the black community and fighting the injustice inflicted upon people of color through the system of racism and white supremacy.

Read my resignation below.


On today, December 4, 2014, I am honored to announce my resignation from the position of Jr. Associate of Operations and Data Management at the Industrial Research Institute. As I have been able to learn more about the Industrial Research Institute throughout my time here, it should be made clear as to why I cannot and will no longer work here.
I will no longer support the creation of innovation leadership solutions or support the research and development of corporations and federal laboratories that have, for decades, caused persistent and known harm to the environment and have been the sole contributors to the abuse of human rights of people in the United States and numerous countries world-wide. The majority, if not all, of the member companies represented in IRI continue to inflict serious damage to the livelihood of people directly and indirectly. These corporations continue to abuse the rights of workers with unjust labor practices and have wrongfully engaged in public policy at the expense of poor and underrepresented people, and in some cases have spread famine and disease around the world—stripping entire continents and communities of the natural resources needed for survival. I will not stand to work for an organization that praises, upholds, and supports this destructive culture for the greed of power and wealth.
The work environment at IRI is one that is truly indicative of this same culture; mirroring the ills of the society we live in today. I’ve never been subjected to such maltreatment, disrespect, and utter disregard in my life and will not go for such oppression now. I have learned a lot from my experiences during this time and will use this insight fervently in my efforts to benefit the people that IRI and its member companies have deemed less than human.


WE CANNOT SUBMIT TO OUR OWN OPPRESSION.

 

 

 

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We Have Nothing to Lose But Our Chains

I started writing this a few days ago following the announcement that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the murder of Mike Brown. Something told me to wait before finishing and posting it. So here we are having just found out that after forcing Eric Garner into an illegal chokehold ultimately causing his death, officer Daniel Pantaleo will not be indicted. There has never been a more obvious notion made from both cases, announced a week apart, that black lives really do not matter in this country and in the words of 1857 Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney, African-Americans have “no rights which the white man was bound to respect.” Continue reading

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