Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bulletproof Part 6, Morals vs. Politics 4: Strange Fruit

all power to the People my brothas and sistahs.

America?  I just don't understand this country!  I don't even want to claim this country because it functions mainly on injustice rather than Democracy!  And to be honest, I don't believe that there is any place in this world where Democracy truly exists and I am sad to admit that I have officially lost faith in the American "justice system".  If there was any faith to have in it at all, but because of this whole Troy Davis ordeal, I believe that I have finally come to the conclusion that the death penalty is wrong, and needs to be abolished immediately!
       Onto Troy Davis, the first thing we have to remember is that the Troy Davis case is not JUST a Black problem, but moreover, it is an American problem!  It is a problem that we have to fix in America, and it is a problem that America swore they were to prevent, but then again you realize that capital punishment was carried over from British traditions, but weren't the so called "Forefathers" of this country trying to separate itself from Britain? Back to America though, it is immoral American ideology that made it all right for the government of this country to take someone's life, even if he's innocent!  It is immoral American ideology that makes it okay for the police of this country to put power before morality, and for the politicians, and I know that I say this over and over again, do the same thing by putting politics over morality!  Now what we have to realize is that this is not a Democracy!  Democracy is not supposed to allow injustice to prevail over justice, righteousness, and human rights!
      The next thing to remember, which is the most important, is that we are the People! You know, it's funny how many dignitaries forget that the People fought for this country, it was created by the People, and to serve the People; not to change the society created by the People into this immoral political machine!  These politicians seem to be too afraid to take a stand against injustice such as discrimination, poverty, and racism for fear of not getting re-elected!  What happened to those politicians that were not afraid to stand with and touch the People?  The fancy conventions and town hall meetings are all right, nothing new, but what about coming out into the streets where the American people are so that you can better understand our trials and tribulations, our struggles?  Oh, they don't do that that's for sure!  They think they know what's right for us when in reality that really don't know because they haven't taken time out of their days from enjoying all the money they make from being an elected official,  to see what the People see, to in a sense be the People because once you get elected into that office, you are no longer among the People because you start to forget about American citizens and about humane values!  And that is so crazy that we the People can't have our say because it's so rare that they listen to us!
      Now you have to remember that this here is a Black problem for it is a legal lynching!  And not too long ago, I stumbled upon two Malcolm X quotes that work great for this situation.  The first one that made me passionately nod my head was when he said "I live in a society for who's social system is based on the castration of the Black man, for who's political system is based on the castration of the Black man, and who's economic system is based on the castration of the Black man...No matter how many bills passed, Black people in that country where I'm from [AMERICA], still our lives aren't worth two cents..."  It's so sad how true that is!  Troy Davis had the misfortune of not only being accused of killing a white man, but a white cop!  Now when you have cases in which a white cop is either killed or injured, your chances of cruel and unusual punishment heighten!   Then you also need to consider the color and ethnicity of the alleged gunman, and if his skin is the same color of the white cop, then he will most likely get at the most life in prison without parole, but if your skin happens to be Black?...You A DEAD MAN!  Most of the time, Blacks accused of killing a white cop get convicted and in most cases, executed, and in the case of Troy Davis, there is also the situation in which the police have no idea who has done it for sure, but their way of "justice" is to find the first Black person they see so that they may give that white family their "justice" as soon as possible.  Oh my goodness, I've really had to stop myself from saying bad words about the McPhail family, but they really disgusted me on how adamant they were on this man dying!  Then the one woman in the McPhail family had the nerve to cry about how much they've been through, but what the hell do they think Troy has been through?!  Troy has been close to death so many times, it's a wonder how he never went insane!  But of course, they really didn't want to believe in the evidence that the police department used illegal tactics to get people to testify against Troy!  Wouldn't you at least be curious to know if the real killer is out there somewhere?  And most importantly, how is killing someone, let alone an innocent person, going to bring about "justice"?!  So thanks to the McPhail family, whom I can't bring myself to feel sympathy for, I hate the death penalty and I want it to be abolished! I will be working toward that goal for as long as I can, and I can't wait for the day when we prove to the McPhail family that Troy is innocent and make them look real stupid!  Shoot, we'll make America look real stupid!
      Lastly, America will have to look forward to a changed Blackness!  See, I've noticed in the past few days that I have become a little bit more radical, even though I still do love Dr. King but Malcolm X is kind of starting to sound a lot more appealing than usual!  Then when I learned that they were still going to go on with the execution of Troy Davis, I decided that it was about time that I not play the part of a Black Panther, but to in a way be a Black Panther!  So just like H. Rap Brown said, "we stand on the eve of a Black revolution brothas.  Masses of our People are in the streets...The rebellion that we see are merely rehearsals for the revolution that is to come..."  I woke up this morning seeing America through a different lens and I can't help but to feel so much resentment toward a country that I formally held so dear.  I knew things like this existed, but watching it first hand is a whole different thing.  I am very proud of my Howard University classmates for marching for Troy because we All are Troy Davis!  And this means that we all need to fight this system together, and I don't have any resentment toward all white people because there were some white people that marched with us yesterday but still, Black nationalism, depending on your definition of it, doesn't seem that bad to be honest.  Sad that I lost so much faith in this country that I've changed my political and social views, shoot, I don't even know what to say about Obama!  But what I will say to the American public is this final quote that I take from Malcolm X: "...Where anytime you live in a society supposedly based upon law and it doesn't support its own laws because the color of your skin happens to be 'wrong', then I say those people happen to be justified to resort to any means necessary to bring about justice where the government can't give them justice..."

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

"Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere!"--MLK Part Two!

I am not going to blog about this injustice in the case of Troy Davis today, but I will post the letter from President Ben Jealous so that you have the instructions on the actions to take!  Please spread the word!  Send this post to your friends and family so that they may be able to help stop this man from being unjustly executed.  Also please click on the link on the bottom of the page to sign a petition to get him a new trial!  HURRY!  HIS LIFE IS ON THE LINE!
Dear That Black Pride Readers,

We've just received terrible news: The state of Georgia has set Troy Davis's execution date for midnight on September 21st, just two weeks from today.

This is our justice system at its very worst, and we are alive to witness it. There is just too much doubt.

Even though seven out of nine witnesses have recanted their statements, a judge labeled his own ruling as "not ironclad" and the original prosecutor has voiced reservations about Davis's guilt, the state of Georgia is set to execute Troy anyway.

Time is running out, and this is truly Troy's last chance for life.

But through the frustration and the tears, there is one thing to remain focused on: We are now Troy Davis's only hope. And I know we won't let him down.

There are three steps you can take to help Troy:

1. Send a message of support to Troy as he fights for justice on what may be the final days of his life:

2. Sign the name wall, if you haven't already. And if you have, send it to your friends and family. Each name means a more united front for justice:

3. Make sure everyone knows about this injustice. Spread the word on Facebook andTwitter (using the hashtag #TooMuchDoubt) so that Troy Davis's story can be heard. We still have a chance to save his life, but only if people are willing to speak out against injustice.

Today, the state of Georgia has declared their intention to execute a man even though the majority of the people who put him on the row now say he is innocent and many implicate one of the other witnesses as the actual killer. Now that a date has been set, we cannot relent. We must redouble our efforts.
Thank you. Please act quickly and forward this message to all who believe the justice system defeats itself when it allows a man to be executed amid so much doubt.
Benjamin Todd Jealous
President and CEO
Sign The Petition Today!

Morals vs. Politics Part 3

In Yahoo, it was reported that President Obama's approval ratings have dropped to an "all time low" at 44%.  It is reported that most people don't approve of how he's handling the economy.  They also say that Congress has even lower approval ratings where 82% of people disapprove of how they are handling the economy, which happens to be the highest disapproval rating since the poll has been around.  So what does that say about how politics is coming into play before the People themselves.  Sad how American government is messed up like that, huh?
First off, not too long ago, I heard of a theory about the reason the economy is not doing so well, and to be honest, it's not as crazy as it may sound.  So I also want you all to consider some things along with the initial hypothesis.  All right.  By all means, I am not a scientist, a political expert, or some type of scholar with a doctoral degree, I'm just in my first year in Howard University!  But I don't think it would be far fetched to say that the Republicans in the government, just as well as Tea Party leaders, and just straight out racists, are purposely not letting the economy prosper because they want to make President Obama look bad.  Even before the man took office, they said that they were going to make sure he was going to be a one-term president.  So how could it be so far fetched that the United States government would do some very systematic things to prevent this man from helping this country recover from its financial crisis?
Consider this:  Back during the Civil Rights Movement, with the reign of J Edgar Hoover over the FBI, the government was involved in doing some very crazy things to break up many civil rights organizations that not only include pitting the SCLC against the NAACP, but also turning Black people against themselves.  The Black Panther Party was very radical for its day, but this party was mainly about unifying Black People so they may take charge of their own communities and fight the injustice they faced from the oppressive government.  Almost immediately after they were formed, the government began to monitor them very closely, and they eventually named them Public Enemy Number One.  Is it just me, or is it kind of funny and ironic that the government felt that the greatest threat to democracy was Black people working together?
Once the Black Panther Party was crippled, they began sending letters to many of the head leaders of the organization to pit people against each other.  For example, while Eldridge Cleaver was in Africa, they would send him letters "supposedly" from Huey P. Newton talking bad about him to create animosity.  In Chicago, when Fred Hampton was actually working with Chicago gangs to help them be more productive in society, the FBI sent letters to the gang claiming untruths to make sure they were not on Fred Hampton's side.  The government also orchestrated the murders of many of the greatest civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr, and Black Panther leaders such as Fred Hampton.  The government even planted drugs in the Black community to keep Black people from doing something positive in their communities, and to keep them off of politics and social issues which could actually make some positive change!  The planting of these drugs was what destroyed the Black Panther Party, and even Huey P. Newton, and because of these drugs Black people were more about working against each other instead of working together to fight injustice, which is just what the government wanted, especially the FBI.
With this, I sincerely believe that the government we have today, even in the absence of J Edgar Hoover, is still as conniving and systematically oppressive as it has been in the past.  And people may not believe that race is a factor in almost everything, but when it comes to being the President of one of the most racist countries in the world, race is a huge factor.  There are some people that can look past race, but politics doesn't turn a blind eye to it one bit.  Politics is very evil and is what is destroying this country, not the President!  Even though most people can agree to the fact that they really did not care for Bush or his father, but they didn't give Bush as hard of a time that they are giving President Obama!  Haven't you noticed? Though Bush was a failure, they didn't treat him the way they are treating this BLACK man!  Many White news reporters won't call him "President", so many newspapers, and critics have called him some of the degrading names that they have called us Black folk for generations!  A man even hung an object named after him from a noose in his front yard, and was too afraid to come on camera and say something about it!  No one can deny that if Obama was "fully" White, he would not be facing the issues with Congress as he is today!  So it is time, America, that we see that race plays a larger role with politics than many people think.
On a different note though, why are these politicians trying to get back at this man at the expense of the People?  Their resentment is making the People suffer, and I would know because I and you are the People!  Even though I may not be entirely favorable of the Founding Fathers, whom I do honor, but they created these positions to serve the People.  Politicians, you are elected by the People and should serve to better the People!  I don't care if the president is democrat or republican, black, white, blue or orange, you have to compromise!  You have to at least try to reason, and if you don't agree with something, don't act like a kindergardener and hold out till the government almost goes in default because you have a deep dislike for the president, LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!  Like in Ohio, we got over 10 times the signatures needed to put SB 5 on the ballot, and that's what can happen if the People, meaning you, come together to make positive change in this country!  Morals seem to never come over politics, just like when President Hayes removed the troops from the south during the last leg of Reconstruction, which enabled the Ku Klux Klan to reign over the South and kill many Blacks that were trying to exercise their newly found rights that they were guaranteed in the 15th Amendment.  So politicians, please just take a second to think about what it morally right for the People before you decide that you are going to do everything in you power to bring one man down at their expense.