Sorry Wale, as much as I love the song and the idea I simply cannot “root for everybody that’s Black.” Sorry y’all but I can’t. Maybe you haven’t heard the saying “all skin folx aint kin folx,” but I am a firm believer in that. I am sure that many of y’all love to quote Malcolm X and some of y’all may even walk around with an unread copy of his autobiography but for those of you have not studied the good brother let me share some of his words.
“There was two kinds of slaves. There was the house Negro and the field Negro…they [house negro] loved their master more than the master loved himself…He identified himself with his master more than his master identified with himself. And if you came to the house Negro and said, “Let’s run away, let’s escape, let’s separate,” the house Negro would look at you and say, “Man, you crazy. What you mean, separate? … He’ll pay three times as much as the house is worth just to live near his master, and then brag about ‘I’m the only Negro out here.’ ‘I’m the only one on my job.’ ‘I’m the only one in this school.’ You’re nothing but a house Negro. And if someone comes to you right now and says, ‘Let’s separate,’ you say the same thing that the house Negro said on the plantation. ‘What you mean, separate? From America? This good white man? Where you going to get a better job than you get here?’ I mean, this is what you say. ‘I ain’t left nothing in Africa,’ that’s what you say. Why, you left your mind in Africa…You’ve got field Negroes in America today. I’m a field Negro. …
As the world is busy letting out a giant sigh of relief that Donald Trump has appeared to lose the presidential election, we, the victims of colonial terror must be careful. Be careful that the world doesn’t look away and continue to allow the human rights violations occurring everyday due to this fascist colonial government to be swept away under the guise of “returning to normal.” We must be careful to study history and understand the spike in white vigilantism that is likely to occur without any sort of protection from a colonial government. …
Well it appears that the election is all but over and Joe Biden will be the next President of the United States. I must admit, I completely missed on my election hypothesis; I thought white supremacy would allow Trump another term. This hypothesis was rooted in political analysis: I truly believed that Trump’s team had several plays leading up to the election, and if I had these political strategies for his victory come across my mind then surely his team would have these same strategies discussed in their war room. …
The Eve of The Election
Tension on The night before the election
But what does that mean when there’s no moral selection
How can I choose between evils when my people the ones who reap the costs
Liberation by any means, revolution is coming, we suffered too many lives lost
So while red & blue battle it out with sicker tactics than the streets
Remember my words whether Biden wins or Trump repeats
The matrix must end, the failed ameriKKKan experiment must be abolished
The Land of Milk & Honey is the Land of Liberation & Love which is my only…
It’s been 11 years since I have had a chance to see your eyes connect with mine. In that time, so much for me has changed. So much that you would be proud of but also too many mistakes you would probably scold me for. Although I think some of my missteps may have been avoided if I had you, or rather I listened to you, but as you always told me “the older I get the smarter your grandmother is.”
I wish I had one more conversation, well I wish for endless conversations but I would settle for just one. I miss you, badly, so deeply. I miss you more than I could have ever imagined and it’s taken until just this past year to realize the depth of my trauma from losing you. Every October I can feel it in my soul; the entire month I replay that day over and over. I play the records I grew up hearing you play in the house, I want to cook the meals you made for me every night at dinner, I want to tell my children to “always do the right thing”. Those everyday moments are what I miss and cherish the most, to be honest I still have the shoebox with all of the lunchbox notes you left me. It is those moments that you taught me the most. …
Thuggish. Immature. Unprofessional.
I have heard it all when it comes to my hair. For years I listened and bought into what everyone told me. How could I not? I was a teenager fighting a racist family court system for custody of my son. I was a young Black man trying to navigate the professional world. I am an African who has been placed in a colonial settler state on Indigenous land.
My very existence, down to the length of my hair, is constantly under attack as long as I don’t seek to fit into colonizer standards of beauty and professionalism. As I examine my journey with my hair, it allows me to reflect on the culture of Black folx in regards to hair and the way our parents raise us. …
We’re in the land of the free where everything costs
-Rexx Life Raj
Capitalism kills. Every. Single. Day. Capitalism plus racism equals fascism, to quote the Panthers.
If it wasn’t evident already, let’s take a quick look at where this country is currently at right now as of October 2020. The country has been drastically changed forever by this government’s mishandling of COVID-19. Over 200,000 families were forced to mourn, grieve and lay to rest their loved ones who lost their life from a virus because our society only provides healthcare for those who can afford it. If the moral consciousness of America was ever in question, let’s just look at how the President was able to get immediate treatment from a team of high-level medical professionals as soon as he announced his diagnosis, compared to hundreds or thousands of citizens who were turned away, left to suffer and die due to a lack of access to healthcare. If a clinically obese 74-year-old man with pre-existing conditions can beat COVID in less than three days, there is no reason so many human beings lost their life in this country; well besides the fact that they simply couldn’t afford to because capitalism kills. While conservatives will continue to be open about their intentions to keep prioritizing profits over people, Neoliberals continue to reiterate talking points about Obama Care and single-payer healthcare. …
Writing has meant so much to me for so many years. It began when I learned how to express my rage on the page but it was always evolving. As I fell in love with how the masters of the microphone could mix their metaphors with the music, I began to write verses and hooks to share emotions I could never reveal. …
During the first Presidential debate Donald Trump bullied Joe Biden for the better part of 90 minutes, and during that time Trump demonstrated his ability to control the narrative and use his power to rally his supporters. …
A Life Worth More
Whether or not she committed any crimes is irrelevant because she was already guilty based on the color of her skin
But still, isn’t a life worth more?
The world said her name, signed petitions galore
Made her a meme, the cover girl & more
But still, isn’t a life worth more?
More than cool catch-phrases, more than Blank squares for a day
More than pro athletes envoking your name & not knowing what the f**k to say
More than any storefront or building,
more than a precinct or the local mall
Way more than the damage to a f**kin…