• America,  Black people in America,  equality,  Justice,  live,  minorities,  race,  state violence,  unity

    Poem: Death is passive. Killing is not.

    Poem: Death is passive, killing is not. by LaShawnda Jones Breathing is active. Breath is sacred. Air is life. We are all created beings with the same Right to Life and unhindered breathing. Access to air should not depend on Assumptions, opinions, political views, Occupation, wealth, social status, Skin color, mood, hatred of fellow humans or self-hatred. Access to air should not require legislation. Yet here we are.

  • America,  Black people in America,  human rights,  Justice,  state violence,  Uncategorized,  women

    Pamela Turner: Two for the Carnage of One

    Do this in remembrance of me. It’s psychological warfare physical murder spiritual bondage. Our sanity means nothing to the intentionally persistent   assassins of our humanity. Our humanness has no value in the   confrontation of violent entitlement& and moral disregard that assumes  murder of “others” is the white person’s right – a privilege  awarded to hunters; a prize  for the domineering. I cried out to Jesus, only to be  consumed by His weeping and grief. I raged at Democracy, only realize my own invisibleness. I shouted out to my neighbors but their thundering silence shamed me! I too may be America, but who is America? What we’ve become is who…

  • Black people in America,  Frederick Douglass,  human rights,  inequality,  state violence

    Speech: “What, To The Slave, Is The Fourth Of July?”

    by Frederick Douglass, 1852 Mr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens: He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have. I do not remember ever to have appeared as a speaker before any assembly more shrinkingly, nor with greater distrust of my ability, than I do this day. A feeling has crept over me, quite unfavorable to the exercise of my limited powers of speech. The task before me is one which requires much previous thought and study for its proper performance. I know that apologies of this sort are generally considered flat and unmeaning. I trust, however, that mine will not be so…

  • America,  state violence,  Uncategorized

    “The Indian Question.”

    The language of hate and propaganda against non-white populations in America is not new. “The Indian Question.” The solution of the Indian Problem, as it is called, is citizenship. Like all great questions which have agitated the world, the solution is simple; so simple that men cannot understand it. They look for something complicated, something wonderful, as the answer to a question which has puzzled the wisest heads for a hundred years. The question, I believe, is, “What shall be done with the Indian?” One part of the American people try to solve it by crying, “Exterminate him.” The answer to such people is, that he has a Creator who…

  • human rights,  state violence,  World

    …just another strongman…

    I often meet people in the West who insist that the Holocaust was the worst atrocity in human history, without question. Yes, it was horrific. But I often wonder, with African atrocities like in the Congo, how horrific were they? The thing Africans don’t have that Jewish people do have is documentation. The Nazis kept meticulous records, took pictures, made films. And that’s really what it comes down to. Holocaust victims count because Hitler counted them. Six million people killed. We can all look at that number and rightly be horrified. But when you read through the history of atrocities against Africans, there are no numbers, only guesses. It’s harder…

  • America,  Black people in America,  state violence

    Affirmation

    I believe in living. I believe in the spectrum of Beta days and Gamma people. I believe in sunshine. In windmills and waterfalls, tricycles and rocking chairs. And i believe that seeds grow into sprouts. And sprouts grow into trees. I believe in the magic of the hands. And in the wisdom of the eyes. I believe in rain and tears. And in the blood of infinity. I believe in life. And i have seen the death parade march through the torso of the earth, sculpting mud bodies in its path. I have seen the destruction of the daylight, and seen bloodthirsty maggots prayed to and saluted. I have seen…

  • equality,  politics,  state violence

    Meryl Streep: Excellent use of her platform

    This instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone on a public platform, someone powerful, it filters down into society. It kinda gives permission for others to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful uses their position to abuse others, we all lose. ~ Meryl Streep, 2017 Golden Golds acceptance speech

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