It is easy to renounce the militancy of others till the barrel of capitalism and the State are down your throat. When it is YOU getting erased you want voice, but until then to you all others should speak only when spoken to, or else. These are those whom have a vested interest in maintaining status quo power. They are the same ones who co-opt the struggles of the oppressed for their own agendas, for elections and watered down policies that substantively replace the demands of oppressed peoples with bogus rhetoric.
Beware of them. I call them Democrats.
One day we’ll have to defend a revolution. If we hope to preserve even a shred of it, we aren’t gonna defend it with hugs and kisses. Start having those conversations with yourself today, because your timidness and inability to act tomorrow will only side you with our oppressors.
I am constantly getting emails and seeing memes on Facebook, standing for the proposition that the police and the government have “no racial animus” in the murder of young Black men like Michael Brown, jr. “It’s not Black and White: It’s the Police Against the People.” Yeah, well, what people? Before there was today’s militarization of the police, [and concerns by white America], there was a long-term police occupation of the Black community in urban areas, and later came the war on drugs 30 + years ago, that was really a war on *US in Black/POC neighborhoods, and that is why we see police militarization now, along with them adopting the increasing paramilitary style to combat the Black Panther Party in the 1960’s-70’s. Most people may not know where it comes from, but trust me, we sure as hell know.
We Black people have been suffering from the police state crimes of this government from its inception. We have always been over-policed, violently repressed, and subject to summary execution in the name of law and order. We looked at the assassination of Dr. King and the destruction of the Black Panther Party in the 1960’s-70’s due to a climate of police state terror. They only call any of this fascism now when it happens to white people as well. This policing system was created by Southern Plantation owners as slave patrols hunting down Black slaves hundreds of years ago who escaped from plantations and handling the overseer duties against the slaves on the plantations themselves, and all this is based on continued oppression down to this day. We have suffered more than anyone from this police state, which puts the lie to an American democracy. Both Harriet Tubman and Fredrick Douglass spoke about this over 150 years ago, and most of white America did not want to hear it then, it took a bloody civil war, and even that did not end racism completely.
It is great that Libertarians and others on the right have organized to also raise this issue today, as well as Left-Liberals, but do not “fake the funk” that somehow in essence it is all something “new” or has just recently changed. It’s just that white America has recently noticed that even some white people are being beaten and even killed as well now, and this police state might be a threat to them somehow. But this has never just been about you, so don’t pretend you have been “fighting this all along”, and you have no right to try to get us to change our generations-long struggle to now claim that “we are all suffering” [so you Blacks should see things as we say it]. No, not yet, not now, not ever!
The worst thing you can do to yourself in life is to forget your own power. You are powerful. You are magnificently powerful.
I stopped writing slam poetry about a year or so ago. Imma try to pick back up on that. There’s a rich community of it here.
You know sometimes cats hate on hip hop with violent lyrics, call it gangster rap or whatever, but my perspective is this:
Corporate hip hop that makes billions off commoditizing intra-community violence, propping up dudes who have no lived experience with the words they’re saying (looking at you appropriators and rappers like Drake), screw that. BUT, when you have artists painting pictures with their lived experiences, no matter how vivid and violent it may seem, that’s a release, a positive expression of dealing with a system of oppression that tried to kill them, and tried to get them to kill each other.
Pick up a mic and speak truth to power.
Home takes time. You gotta build it. And in that time between you building it and moving away from places that where once home, the relationships, the memories, all that, the longing for being where you were is intense. It makes you want to slip back instead of soldiering on creating again, differently though, the kind of bonds and memories that make you comfortable in a new place. This is where I am. I like the Bay, don’t really want to be anywhere else less on the road traveling. But not gonna lie, been a year and a half since I saw any of my homies and every time I remember that, shit is heavy like a bag of bricks to my chest. I don’t make friends real easy, so the one’s I do make I keep. Not having them around to chill with, relax, let go, release my mind, fucks with my head. I just go run or something usually, but that’s not sustainable.