Dec. 20, 2016

Joe Smoke Thoughts

"IT'S IN YOUR HANDS BLACK AMERICA, IT'S IN YOUR HANDS"
 
YEAR TO DATE 738 KILLINGS IN CHIRAQ, AND OVER 7,400 SHOOTINGS SO THAT MEANS THAT 1 OUT OF EVERY 10 SHOOTINGS IN CHICAGO THE BODY ENDS UP ON A SLAB IN THE CITY'S MORGUE. HOW MANY POTENTIAL FRED HAMPTON'S, HAROLD WASHINGTON'S, REDD FOXX'S, TERRANCE HOWARD'S, BERNIE MAC'S, MELVIN VAN PEBBLES'S ENDED UP ON THAT SLAB OF STEEL IN 2016 NEVER TO FULFILL THE PROMISES OF EXCELLENCE SWORN TO THEM BY HOPE OF TOMORROW?
 
THIS HAS GOT TO STOP THIS BECAUSE WHEN MALCOLM X ASKED THAT WE AS A PEOPLE NEED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE BALLOT OR THE BULLET. MALCOLM X NEVER INTENDED THAT WE AS A PEOPLE OF COLOR CHOOSE THE BULLET AND POINT THOSE GUNS DIRECTLY AT EACH OTHER OF THE SAME COLOR. WE ARE THE OPPRESSED NOT THE OPPRESSOR YET WE STRIKE OUT AS OPPRESSED AGAINST THE OPPRESSED. DAMN, CHIRAQ HAD A TOTAL OF 481 KILLINGS IN 2015 BUT THAT FIGURE WAS SURPASSED BY LABOR DAY THIS YEAR.
 
"US KILLING US" SIMPLY MAKES THOSE WHO OPPRESS EVEN STRONGER, AND THAT MAKES "US" THE SUPPOSED OPPRESSED SEEM SO IGNORANT OF THE PLIGHT OF OUR OWN STRUGGLES BECAUSE IT SEEMS WE ARE ALIGNED IN OUR VERY OWN DESTRUCTION. SO, AS OUR COMMUNITIES ACROSS THIS NATION PROCEED TO MOVE INTO A NEW YEAR. THE DEMISE THAT OUR ANCESTORS FOUGHT SO VIGOROUSLY AGAINST SHOULDN'T BE ENABLED BY OUR VERY OWN HANDS. IT'S TIME FOR OUR COMMUNITIES MEMBERS, YOUNG AND OLD, RICH AND POOR, EDUCATED OR NON-EDUCATED TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE CAN EITHER BE OUR OWN ALLIES IN THE STRUGGLE TO ACHIEVE COMMUNITY GREATNESS. OR, WE CAN BE OUR OWN ENEMIES TOWARDS ATTAINING ANY MEASURE OF POSITIVE CHANGE. YOU SEE WE CAN BRING DOWN ANY CHANCE FOR OUR COMMUNITIES TO REACH ITS HIGHEST PLATEAUS OR CONTINUE TO SETTLE FOR THE DEPTHS OF CONSTANT DESPAIR. JUST AS ADAM CLAYTON POWELL JR. SAID IT STILL RINGS TRUE IT'S IN YOUR HANDS, BLACK AMERICA, MAKE THE EFFORT TO MAKE A BETTER TOMORROW TODAY, NOW THIS MINUTE, WHY WAIT? YOUR HANDS, NOT THEIRS OR ANYONE ELSE'S.
 
 
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