no single solution for a multifaceted problem 

as the weather gets warmer and violence is on the rise in marginalized, 

poor,

 under educated and 

underemployed communities… 

I am asking you, gentle reader, 

to consider that WE have to stop putting a band-aid on a broken leg. slogans aren’t going to fix a problem that was created by forces of white supremacy nearly 10 generations ago, if not before. 
there are basic human needs that people in some communities are denied.
consider the things that make your life worth living and consider how you would feel and act if you didnt have them… through no fault of your own.
using myself as an example…

i was born into an educated family and raised by loving parents – 

education and connections afforded me job opportunities

salaries from these jobs allowed cultural and other experiences which enriched my quality of live
these are things upon which i lucked up on… now dont count me out – i worked these opportunities like I was a pimp. ‘Bitch better have my money” but what if…
violence seems to be more prevalent in communities without quality education

jobs – real jobs and economic opportunity

quality nutrition and access to nature and its products

quality medical care

opportunity for cultural and other creative expression
so in addition to saying stop the violence… we need to march, uprise, tweet and demand 

quality education

jobs – real jobs and economic opportunity

quality nutrition and access to nature and its products

quality medical care

opportunity for cultural and other creative expression
for the entire city

My humanity is not yours to control: My thoughts on #ShiningALight

 

My thoughts on #ShiningALight

So I finally watched all three hours of Shining A Light concert and town hall meeting.shiningalight2

The mission statement of the initiative reads

A+E Networks, iHeartMedia and United Way have joined forces to launch Shining a Light, a multi-platform initiative designed to promote real progress on race in America, following the Emanuel AME Church tragedy and inspired by the reaction of the family members and Charleston community. The  program is designed to inspire others to go beyond short-lived, symbolic gestures and to explore the uncomfortable truth about the racial inequity and bias in our country and to help individuals and organizations that are working to make progress on issues of race.

I read through the viewing party guide, the start a conversation guide and several of the links. I went through the study guide for educators.

 

And I took a couple of hours to think about the concert, fundraiser and townhall meeting.

 

So, a lot if not most of what makes this project worthwhile are in print and on line.  Many of the interview segments were awkward and offered little new information to the viewer or the participants.

That said I fully encourage you to thoroughly investigate the website, http://www.unitedway.org/shining-a-light .

 

I watched most of the white participants offer qualified apologies, requests for patience and demand sympathy and support for their position.

I saw many Black participants discuss the matter from a colonized mind that could not demand for itself what it would offer others.

The white participants took the forgiveness and anguish of the Black Participants for granted. And requested more of the same without offering anything in return.

 

Let’s assume for the sake of argument that relations between peoples mirror those between individuals.

As an individual, when wronged, mistreated, disrespected, marginalized, maimed, murdered… etc., I am looking for a full acknowledgement of what was done to me and an unqualified apology. If there is an explanation of why I was you victim, great. But no excuses.

And then I fully expect the wrong doer to make amends. To evidence his emotional state of being sorry.

Anything less than that is useless.

And then the wrongdoer is to commit to and actually never commit the harm to me again.

Whites in America are very comfortable with the notion that black people have to earn full humanity and citizenship. And upon the completion of the Herculean effort, by Black people, white people will pronounce us human and citizens.

If you don’t already see my full humanity and acknowledge my full citizenship that we don’t even need to talk.  There is nothing I can do to change your mind.  My humanity is not yours to give. It never has been.

White people as the keepers of power have the ability to end racism today.

And my question is, why don’t you?shiningalight3

this is how RACE Works, Mr. Diggs

Dear Taye, (may I call you TAYE?)

Race is a social construct.

It has political and historical context and real world, political and legal  implications.

Race is determined by how society and its members perceive you.

These arbitrary and completely subjective perceptions determine how people interact with you.

You control how you respond to these interactions.WIN_20150127_172443

in light of your ‘announcement’ it appears that on your planet, people can choose how they are perceived and treated.

 

(this has been tried before, see Respectability Politics)

I am going to test this theory today.. I am announcing that my family is now white.

lil teamRomeo

I would like my privilege delivered immediately. I don’t need the fragility, as I grew up Black, and well, don’t need that shit. IMG_7838

THE MERE ASSERTION OF MY HUMANITY

A HISTORY LESSON:
WHEN THE MERE ASSERTION OF MY HUMANITY MAKES YOU VIOLENT OR CRAZY,
Y O U
HAVE THE PROBLEM
Abolition MovementAM I NOT A MAN
1968 Civil Rights Movement, i am a MAN protest
2015 Black Lives Matter Movementblack lives matter _sky

IT IS IMPORTANT, IF NOT ESSENTIAL TO KNOW THE TRIUMPHS, TRIALS, TRIBULATIONS, AND TACTICS OF PRIOR JUSTICE MOVEMENTS

WE STAND ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

Black Lives Matter to Black People who have been taught that Black Lives Matter…

the struggle is real

when Black people ask me why dont Black Lives matter to Black People…

I wonder what fucking planet they live on.
“do they speak English in WHAT?”

I live in a society that tells me at EVERY turn that I and mine ain’t shit.
When I rant about oppression, I am called “militant” and “revolutionary” and “troublemaker”. im black yall
“we aren’t like you, Dee” “I cant be angry all the time” “Girl you need JESUS”
and then some fucked up shit happens to a child and there is the ritualistic wringing of hands, gnashing of teeth and weeping and wailing…

“LAWDY… WHY DONT BLACK LIVES MATTER TO BLACK FOLKS?”

when did we teach Black folks that Black Lives MATTER?flag bondage

I believe that a community as oppressed as ours,
needs to stop blaming itself for evidencing oppression.
we don’t control guns, schools, policing in our community.
we don’t even control most churches as too many and ooftah crazed doing MASSA’s bidding, instead of BlackLiberationTheology.

we beat our children as if time has stood still and beating was good enough for my momma, why not me. there was a time that we beat children so Massa wouldnt sell them away, so that the KKK wouldnt lynch them, and the world has changed some and maybe we need to at least think about changing too.flag-noose

we abandon children to the system- I remember the first time I saw the smoldering rage in the tears of a child publicly betrayed and humiliated by teacher and parent… I promised myself that I WOULD NEVER DO THAT TO MY CHILD. I will kick that ass all the way home, rant and rave all night and start again in the morning, but not in public.

I recall the snear on the face of the white teacher who wanted me to help her emotionally lynch my child. first confusion, then disbelief and then anger. while I sat calmly, ‘no miss ann, that is not what my son said” ” my daughter said the event occured differently” ” how is what you are saying respectful to me or my child”white womens tears collection

“cause you cant sell my baby away from me anymore and BITCH you dont own me either.”patsey pinky tea

we have failed to educate our children/ History is both a shield and a sword. Black History Month is most of CPS is driffle about Martin’s DreamMLK hands up and Rosa’s Seat . they dont know Frederickfrederick douglass or Harriet or Langston or James.

when was the last time you heard or said “Nigger’s aint Shit”

Black Lives Matter to Black People who have been taught that Black Lives Matter…

By Any Means Necessary!malcolm x

DeeDixon

Citizenship 101

I am struck this morning my my rights and duties as a citizen.
I have a right and duty to be educated. On the issues. On history. The long and short term impact.
To not be lazy. To exercise my citizenship all the time.
To not be fearful. To understand my rights are mine to execute in the face of adversity.
To vote. At every single opportunity. With the ballot with my dollar.

With what I choose to give my time energy or attention.
To protest.

I have the right and duty to protest injustice and inequality.

we gonna be alright

generations of segregation and poor quality education.

generations of segregation and limited access to economic resources.
generations of segregation… poor quality nutrition and medical care access.
generations of segregation and internalized racism damaged, racialized self esteem .

AND WE ARE STILL HERE.

we SURVIVE and THRIVE in the most OPENLY HOSTILE environment.

generations of enslavement, lynching, police brutality, respectability politics, murder, poverty

and WE ARE STILL HERE

do you really wonder why they FEAR US!!!

we are a mighty and resilient people

WE GONNA BE ALRIGHT