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The system was/is designed to alienate; Less graduations, more funerals. Black is a statistic. A number to be erased whenever convenient. Black will continue to be a statistic…
Black history will continue to be reduced to no more than slavery, drowning out the thousand of years before that… Black men will continue to be reduced to no more than gangsters, addicts and vulgar individuals… Africa will continue to be reduced to no more than a place of hunger, poverty and diseases while drowning out the part where Afri-Aid built, and continues to build, the “first world”… They will keep telling you how Africans are illiterate, drowning out the fact that human civilisation began there, that speech is owed to the continent, that the worlds oldest and second oldest universities stem from Africa…
Mothers will continue attending funerals and fathers will continue identifying bodies.
Black is a statistic. A number to be erased whenever convenient. Black will continue to be a statistic…
A system based on oppression will always seek to keep the pyramid as is. The top will never change for the bottom. The bottom, has to rise up to turn triangles upside down.
I am every Rosa Parks whose dignity you could not take,
Every Patrice Lumumba you silenced,
I am every Mau Mau soldier you vilified,
Every Marcus Garvey whose revolution you could not tame,
I am every Nelson Mandela you jailed,
And every Eric Garner you Profiled.
I am every Maya Angelou whose pen never rests,
Counselled by the spirit of Nyabinghi that will never hate,
But always denounce oppression,
With a voice unflinching,
My echoes will only get louder,
Until my brothers and sisters are every Django Unchained.
Then I will look to you,
With the same love I bear within,
And unparalleled exuberance,
“We are now… ONE”
I wrote the above about a week ago… Today, ‘I AM’, yet again. I am every Micheal Brown.
Do you see the cycle? Black people need more than “justice”. Black people need power.
And no, not power to in turn become the oppressors, but power to sit on the table, with a seat of similar respect and ability of similar influence.
Let us smile, sip tea and have cookies is unrealistic. The black man, will never be seen as an equal, until the black man BECOMES an equal. The mere fact that we are all human is a cute idea – a brilliant one in an ideal world – but that idea alone will not gain us our freedom. It will not free us from bondage. We can only realistically preach our oneness when we TOO have economic power. Until then, we will always be sub-human.
Whereas steps have been taken in the search for equality, a bridge is yet to be crossed. Therefore, perhaps it is time to re-examine our priorities. A new wave of Garveyism for the black man is really not a choice, if we are to get anywhere.
It is a choice, however, for all others who stand for truth, regardless of race.
“Only equals make friends. Any other relationship is out of order.”
~ Maya Angelou.