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What Did They Think?

What did they think?

Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Akai

Gurley, Trayvon Martin, Michael

Brown, life precious blood spelled

in the mud FREEDOM …

When will it come?

What did they think?

Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Sean

Bell, Amadou Diallo whose life

breath echoed the dreams deferred

from Afrikan ancestors through

the middle passage, to Denmark

Vesey and Nat Turner, do you

hear it, are you listening?

Micah heard the torturous

mourning echoing over

the ages forcing us to

remember Shaka Zulu, Queen

Nzinga, the Mau Mau to Steve

Biko and Nelson Mandela.

What did they think?

Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, Medgar

Evers, Huey P. Newton, Fred

Hampton, George Jackson, from

the African Blood Brotherhood,

to the Deacons for Defense,

the Black Panther Party and

the Black Liberation Army, a

history of noble resistance.

What did they think?

Mark Essex, Zayd Shakur, Frank

Fields, Twyman Meyers, Anthony

” Kimu” White did not forget

Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth

or Rosa Parks, reminiscent of the

fugitive slave laws, Black Codes

and Jim Crow, while Martin L.

King, Jr., revered by all except

  1. Edgar Hoover and James Earl Ray.

What did they think?

Freddy Gray, Antwon Shumpert,

Alton Sterling, Philando Castile

Let’s not forget Chicago teenager,

McDonald, 17 hot bullets spun

him like a drunken ballerina,

with Blue arrogance and hubris,

all around the world the same

song. Yet, they call the oppressed

terrorists when they fight back.

What did they think?

Yes, suffering is universal, it knows

no color, race, ethnicity, class or

status. No, they are not immune

to pain and loss, it does not

discriminate, despite their belief

in white supremacy. The racial

divide can not hide the common

blood inside us all, flowing scarlet

red life, they dismiss by the white

heat of hate.

What did they think?

After 430 years of racial strife

and mass incarceration, the 13th

Amendment a violation of international

law, in America — slavery still exists!

What did they think?

Time will absolve the evil within.

But we know time absolves nothing

without sacrifice. So, they trot

out apologetic House Negroes,

talking heads lacking historical

facts, to track the racial divide

that leads to the loss of Black

lives.

Micah destroyed the myth of Tarzan,

Captain America, and Superman.

What did he think?

That Black Lives Mattered???

They have demeaned you and call

you demented, saying you’re

delusional and insane; but, didn’t

they say the same about Nat Turner

and Nelson Mandela? Aren’t we all

a product of our environment? So,

isn’t suffering a racist environment

demented and insane? They called

the Panthers terrorists when they

fed our children with one hand

and fought Cointelpro with the

other. When Black people fight

back they automatically become

crazy; when Black people stand up,

demand justice, they are called

extremist.

What did they think?

White supremacy in all of its subtle

and overt manifestations must prevail

to dispel Black Lives Matter. They

have to blow up this idea, Micah,

like the bomb on MOVE, and the

bomb on the L.A. office of the

BPP. But Chairman Fred said, you

can kill a revolutionary, but you

can’t kill the revolution. You can

imprison a freedom fighter but you

can’t imprison freedom.

What did they think?

We do not celebrate the loss of

life, we mourn as you mourn, we

lament as you lament. We salute

and honor the brave and courageous

whose ultimate sacrifice demands

recognition. It is our collective

shame, we meet at this crossroad, on

the divide of class and race. Yet,

the slow pace for healing is revealing,

our continuing to live a lie, that

Blue blood is more precious than

Black blood.

What did they think?

I urge you to read, to understand

my sensitivity to the matters at

hand, “Hands Up Don’t Shoot”, “When

Police Die”, “A Mother’s Loss

expressing our collective anguish

of a seemingly unrelenting war.

We need not keep score, death

is death, and we should not rest

until hate and racism are cast into

the abyss, BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!

Remember; We Are Our Own Liberators!

 

Jalil A. Muntaqim

Apartheid Attica

July 2016

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