#AskMeek Will you join me in writing an Open Letter #ToDrMutuluShakur

Dear Dr. Mutulu Shakur

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. This is a letter that I’ve put-off writing for sometime now, and if permitted to speak candidly, I would have to be honest and say that I’ve done so out of fear.

  • Malcolm X; 39
  • Martin Luther King Jr; 39
  • Maurice Bishop; 39
  • Walter Rodney; 38
  • Medgar Evers; 36
  • Dedan Kimathi; 36
  • Patrice Lumumba; 35
  • Charlemagne Masséna Péralte; 33
  • Steve Biko; 30

To live in a constant state of fear, is not to live it at all. How can we live a meaningful life if our entire existence is caged in a prison?

This one thought brought me to perhaps my most profound realization — As a Black man in this country, we’re all living in prison, so why should we let which side of the gates we’re on prevent us from communicating with each other?

  1. The current condition of our people;
  2. The new terrain in which we fight; and
  3. Americas continued attempts to mask her ongoing human rights violations, with window-dressing reforms.

The current condition of our people

America has returned to the days of naked violence, without fear of reprisal. Black people in this country are being murdered in their living rooms; murdered in police custody; murdered on avenues; murdered at gas stations; murdered while sitting in their cars; and murdered while playing video games with their adolescent nephews.

“Omowale, Assume your strength and build the power to defend your people!”

The new terrain in which we fight

In the 34 years since your arrest and unlawful imprisonment, the Black Liberation Movement, in America, has been completely retarded by the continued counterintelligence efforts of the State. Our organizational, and institutional apparatus, that was developed to work towards the aims of liberation, has almost been completely destroyed, with the exception of a few remaining fragments that still exist at the grassroots level. Mass confusion and mass surveillance has been the constant theme of the last 3 decades; and the latter was increased 100-fold under white America’s, first “Black” President.

  • #BlackPowerisforBlackMen
  • We are not a monolith!
  • We are not our ancestors!
  • None of us are free, until all of us are free
  • Black men are the white people of the Black Community
  • Black men don’t want freedom they want power

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom.

It is our duty to win.

We must love each other and support each other.

We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

The movement for window dressing reforms: “What’s Free?”

“The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself but the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you into eternity.”

~ Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey



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Omowale Afrika

Omowale Afrika

Father. Husband. Fighter. Writer. #IWriteWhatILike