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!

BLACK AMERICAN HISTORY: Do The MATH

PAY ATTENTION:DO THE MATH:

If you know about Black history and understand humanity, then you appreciate no other community that survived about 250 years of enslavement based solely of race, conditions of birth. 

250 years is about 16 generations. 

from 1630 -1866. and in this country. 

at the end of that enslavement, which was not like GWTW or ROOTS, there was JimCrowSegregation 

American Apartheid. from 1890 to 1970. so that is 350 years total. 

Black people have been in America since 1619.

DO THE MATH

PAY ATTENTION

WHY THERE IS NO ONE WAY TO BE BLACK

And if I rebel against anything, it’s the notion that there is one real way to be black. ~ Jonathan CapehartIMG_1559
History: WHY THERE IS NO SINGLE WAY TO BE BLACK AND THERE NEVER HAS BEEN.

the African Diaspora includes for most Black Americans the TransAtlantic Slave Trade. Human Beings were stolen, kidnapped from the Continent of Africa. The Gold coast and the Grain Coast is the location for modern African countries such as Ghana, Togo and Benin. Other countries from which people were taken against their will were Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Angola.sources of tranatlantic slave trade

Would you condemn an Italian who was indifferent to an Irishman?
but you want all Black people to think and act as one.africa slave_trade_1650-1860_

and lets look at the ethnic communities within these countries.
Nigeria is composed of more than 250 ethnic groups. The most populous and politically influential groups are: Hausa and Fulani 29%, Yoruba 21%, Igbo (Ibo) 18%, Ijaw 10%, Kanuri 4%, Ibibio 3.5%, Tiv 2.5%. The principal religions are Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, and indigenous beliefs 10%.
Ghana, The principal ethnic groups in Ghana are: Akan 45.3%, Mole-Dagbon 15.2%, Ewe 11.7%, Ga-Dangme 7.3%, Guan 4%, Gurma 3.6%, Grusi 2.6%, Mande-Busanga 1%, other tribes 1.4%, other 7.8%.

People were put on boats by slavers. striped of freedom, status, clothing, language, tradition and family. forced, against their will, at fear of death, to speak english, worship a foreign god, to imitate chattel, property, animals… in order to survive.ancient africa map

Our common history begins in the horror of enslavement, the middle passage and slavery…africa slave ports

when were we ever just one type of people.

further, the notion that there is only one way to be Black denies the infinite variation of humanity.

white privilege and the myth of white supremacy dictates that there is only one way to be black because it is not complex enough to respond to more than that.

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We Still Rise… We Will Win

how is it a people who have been subjected to being
Kidnapped,
Transported against our will,
Enslaved,
Bought and Sold,
Lynched,
Raped,
Murdered,
Segregated,
Subjected to NO or SubQuality Education, Health care, Nutrition, Housing..

All while being told it was Our Own Fault…

Stripped of Our native languages, traditions, rituals, and relations…

Subjected to all types of theories of our inferiority, justifications for our mistreatment…

How is it that WE ARE THE BACKBONE OF THE AMERICAN CULTURE?

HOW GREAT ARE WE!!!

and know you know why some work so hard at keepin us down.

after all the racists, sadistic, genocidal, murderous, shameful and sinfilled oppression that they have thrown at us…

WE STILL RISEstill rise black proud

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” Frederick Douglass

So, I could try to avoid controversy… but naw!

So in the Bible, God had the Hebrews wonder in the dessert for 40 years after leaving slavery in Egypt.

so let’s presume that 40 years was a lifespan at that time although I think it was less.

and let’s remember that Moses didn’t enter the promise land.

So what is the point, the lesson of the 40 years in the dessert?

what if it prevented anyone who had experienced life as a slave from entering the Promised Land?

Because it takes a very different skill set to be a free man than to be a slave. and there was no space for the slave mentality, either master or servant in the Promised Land

So how does this lesson apply to Black Americans?flag bondage

should we have killed off a generation after 246 years of slavery?

should we have killed off a generation after 82 years of JimCrow Segregation?

And because those who experienced Slavery and Segregation lived in our community, are we doomed to never be truly free?

Did they poison us? Do they still?

OR…
is it that our older generations need to SHUT THE FUCK UP?

that we must ignore the voices tainted by slavery and segregation and drenched in fear and inferiority? internalized racism?

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” Frederick Douglassfrederick douglass

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