“We are men. We are not beasts, and we will not be treated as such!”
— L.D. Barkley, 21-year-old spokesman for the Attica prisoners, killed by New York state troopers on September 13, 1971
Any Black man that is currently being detained within America’s massive prison population should technically be considered a US political prisoner. While not all political prisoners are created equally, their collective imprisonment is a direct result of America’s systematic campaign of Black incarceration, that has been pursued relentlessly over the past 50-years.
The internally developed US counter-insurgency strategy, that was put in place immediately following the dismantling of the militant Black orgs of the 1960’s, was aimed at reducing the number of free Black men in this country. Said differently, in response to the heightened resistance displayed by Black freedom fighters in America, the US government deployed a combination of legislative, military, and subversive tactics, aimed at arresting the movement (both physical and political) of free Black men. …
The following address, titled, “The Black Progressive as an Enemy of Freedom,” was given on Sept 19, 2020, at the historic Hakim’s Bookstore in Philadelphia, and was included as the final scene in the recently released documentary project — An Un-American Dilemma: The Question of Black Loyalty in the 2020 Election
How great of a betrayal has Black America suffered, due to our continued reliance on the politically blind to lead our race to freedom?
How long shall we as a people, ignore the crisis of leadership that has brought us to the brink of catastrophe in hopes of reforming the plantation? …
“We’ve been here before. 2020 will tell us if we’ve matured politically, or if we’ll continue the endless march back to the plantation, Until Slavery.” ~ Omowale Afrika
The 2020 presidential election is most certainly a first of its kind for Black America. Never before in the history of plantation politics, have we seen an election divide us so deeply. The number of people willing to place decades of their hard-won political capital on the line, is astounding; especially in support of the architect of mass incarceration.
What is it we hope to gain, in America, by using all of our political currency to place Biden in the White house — even at the cost of denouncing entire segments of the Black radical tradition? …
An African-Centered Critique of Black Women’s Empowerment, Online Gender Wars, and the Hollywood Elite, Pro-Miscegenation Campaign
To my daughter, Naima. Through your wisdom, courage and beauty, you continue to inspire me daily. Love Dad.
As Black writers we’re often tasked with exploring the most difficult questions pertaining to the future of our race. When done well, our explorations of racial phenomena should achieve one of two things: (1) Serve as a call-to-action for the current generation; or (2) Serve as a warning to a future one. The best writers in our tradition have always managed to accomplish both, while simultaneously leaving an indelible mark on our collective consciousness. …
#FreeDrShakur #MutuluIsWelcomeHere #StraightAhead
“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against.” ~ Malcolm X
“I want to be held accountable for what I’m doing… It keeps me sharp… Let’s me know that I can’t play around… I have to do what I said I’m gonna do…” ~ Jay-Z
In response to my latest essay, “Why is Jay-Z’s Criminal Justice Reform helping to erase the Struggle to Free Political Prisoners?,” I’ve received several private communications, asking if I’ve considered Jay-Z’s advocacy on behalf of the prisoners at Parchman. …
#FreeDrShakur #MutuluIsWelcomeHere #StraightAhead
“…to become free, you have to be acutely aware of being a slave.”
~ Assata Shakur
For the past 65 years, the United States of America has avoided answering for its continued crimes against humanity, through the strategic use of “window-dressing” reforms, and handpicked “Negro” ambassadors. The use of Black entertainers to protect America’s image against foreign accusations of human rights violations, was a strategy devised by the Eisenhower administration during the Cold War.
When we examine the modern day Criminal Justice Reform movement, it readily exposes itself as another attempt by America, to cover its long trail of human rights abuses. The movement, as currently constructed, was birthed in the early 2000’s by the Brookings Institute, and was meant to serve as a Democratic Party, policy carrot, during the 2004 election. As fate would have it, this initial push for criminal justice reform was drowned out by the sound of the nations war drums, and wouldn’t be picked up again for more than a decade. …
#FreeDrShakur #StraightAhead #MutuluisWelcomeHere
“Hide nothing from the masses of our people. Tell no lies. Expose lies whenever they are told. Mask no difficulties, mistakes, failures. Claim no easy victories…”
~ Amilcar Cabral
I pray this note finds you well, and serves as a source of light & inspiration to embolden your spirit, and provide you with the necessary strength to endure your unjust imprisonment as we continue to fight for your freedom. I’m writing you this letter, publicly, because in a weird way, I feel it will improve the likelihood of you receiving it. …
Political genealogy matters. If you want to understand the basis of someone’s political thought, you must first examine their political origins to understand the threshold that crossed them into consciousness. Historically, within the African-American community, there have been two distinct strains of political thought, which emerged simultaneously after emancipation: African political thought, represented by Martin Delaney; and Negro political thought, represented by Frederick Douglass.
After the North lost the war to the South, the reconstituted US federal government was forced to pay reparations to its former slave-holding citizens, as compensation for their loss of property; in the form of African bodies. These formerly enslaved persons were now recognized as wards of the state, conferring upon them a change in legal character — from private property to state property. …
A TRIBUTE TO DR. FRANCES CRESS WELSING
“Black people are afraid, but Black people are going to have to get over their fear… We Black people do not see the war being waged against us because we don’t want to and because we are afraid. We are engaging in behavior designed specifically to block out any awareness of the war — our true reality. …
“I LOVE Killer Mike, but Bernie ain’t it!”
~ Tariq Nasheed
I was once told by a mentor — if we’re going to criticize the efforts of someone we respect, we should always temper our critique by first highlighting those things he or she has done well. When it comes to our brother Tariq Nasheed, it goes without saying, he’s done right by many people in our community, and, for this reason, he is more than deserving of our respect, as well as a fair, and balanced, critique that doesn’t seek to diminish his influence, or character, as a leader.
I was first introduced to Tariq Nasheed during his 2016 appearance on The Breakfast Club, where he was promoting his latest film — Hidden Colors 4: The Religion of White Supremacy. Prior to this interview, I had never heard of Tariq, or the Hidden Colors series, but I was so impressed by his insight that I purchased four tickets to the Philly theatrical release, that was scheduled for later that Spring. …