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

“But I never owned slaves…”

“If your ancestors cut down all the trees, it’s not your fault, but you still don’t live in a forest.”  Pam Oliver, a professor in the UW-Madison sociology department, explaining the historical roots of racism in the United States to her undergraduate students (mostly middle-class and White). I try to use this when I teach race now, too, to get past the defensive “but why are you BLAMING ME” reaction. (via cabell)
THIS. THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS.
To all the white people who say that they shouldn’t have responsibility in racism because they’re ancestors and not them who participated in slavery, think about this!

Stolen Culture 

Warning – I am done with the Ghetto name bullshit. I take exception to harsh and racist critiques of A people stripped of an historical culture are within their rights to rebuild it. If these people are also denied proper education and resources and use imagination and popular culture are a foundation for the rebuilt culture. so be it. 
I am about to do a DNA test because I want to know what parts of Africa my people came from. Not because my family ignored its history and heritage but because it was stripped from me like clothing and freedom. my family is 5 generations born free in this country. A 6th generation was born slave and emancipated. thats as far back as I can go. 
An East Indian friend (how prejudiced does that sound) has a daughter 2 years older than mine. She regaled me over cocktails of the horror of teenage girls and prom and the dress and driving and boys and we laughed so had to women moving from mother to crone, laughing and yelling about those sweet maiden daughters. On story made me sad sick to my stomach. the prom dress augment.
my friend encouraged her daughter to wear a formal sari to graduation. deflected the concern that it looked like a costume. dealt with the sexy factor and crushing comment. I’ll get it out of the way so that I dont have to deal with the traditional wedding later. we howled with laughter as my friend recalled that she told her daughter that she was paying and grown and we will see about the wedding.
I dont get to have that conversation with my daughter. we are ???? our brides wear??? i wore, my mother wore and you will wear??? 
It pisses me off as much as it breaks my heart. and that is the ‘light’ side of a stolen history, culture.

Permission of the state

How is Black on Black crime different from white on white crime?

We live in a segregated society and crime is often defined by proximity.

The police however have taken an oath and sworn a duty to serve and protect.

They are trained and armed and sent into our community by the government, by the state.

They murder us with the

permission and

training and

equipment of the government.

#FREEMALCOLMLONDON

I LOVE MOVIES

so bear with me.

12YearsASlave

Remember the enslaved woman, Eliza, whose children were sold away from her.
She had suffered rape by her slaver to secure her and her son’s position and bore the rapist’s daughter.

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She loved her children and when they were sold way from her, she was inconsolable.

Solomon Northrup watched her weep endlessly, as did their slavers, master and mistress Ford.12yas

Mistress Ford had dismissed Eliza’s grief. telling her she would get over it.

and had her sold when she did not.
insert ANALOGY here*

* Rahm Emanuel​ and Anita Alvarez andrahm garry anita Garry McCartney covered up the execution of #LaquanMcDonald by Jason Van Dyke for over a year.

Once caught an forced to come clean – thye asked for PEACE

they refused to meet with activists and barred the reporter who forced the story into the open from the press conference.

They asked for Peace

then fraudulently arrested #MalcomLondon and others during a non violent protest of the illegal murder of Laquan McDonald.

because we dont get to grieve
we dont get to mourn
we are just supposed to bet over it because you think you own us and you asked for peace.black lives matter _sky

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