Ode to the Beast


You know the jungle creed 
say the strongest feed
on any prey it can
and I was branded beast 
at mankind’s feast
before I ever became a man.


Little brown BOY

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Little brown boy did you know you own he future
as Judas kiss pierced your Saviors side


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And oppression finds you
you own the past


and dogs chase you through he woods with a crippling
stereotype

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And police suspect of you of a crime

keep one thing in mind

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Little Brown boy you own the future

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By: Bridgett Nesbit


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As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it – whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, he is trash.

By Harper Lee

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If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it is wrong for America to draft us, and make us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to be violent in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own people right here in this country.

 Malcolm X quotes 

For years the U.S. government allowed racist white lynch mobs to murder Black men, women and children for practically nothing. The lynchings were so absurd one could argue that Black people’s lives were little to no value at all.  In fact, between 1882 and 1930 in just the 10 southern U.S. states of Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, and South Carolina, 2,500 black people were lynched. That is an average of nearly one hanging every week per an article referenced from:  AltantaBlackStar.com

Below are 10 unbelievable  reasons Black people were lynched in American history, according to Jana Evans Braziel, Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati.  Some of them are so startling they are similar to the modern-day killings of Black children by white men,  like in the recent cases of Trayvon Martin, wearing his hooded sweatshirt, Jordan Davis, playing loud music at a gas station, or Oscar Grant, simply hanging out at the train station on New Year’s Eve.

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Throwing Stones

Some black people were lynched for throwing stones.  Skipping a rock across a lake could lead to death.


Unpopularity

There are cases on record that lynch mobs hung some Blacks because they were unpopular in the community.


Vagrancy

Some Black people who were homeless and did not hold regular employment or made an income were lynched.


Injuring or Killing Livestock

In many cases Blacks were murdered for injuring or killing livestock.  One could only assume that the animals’ lives were seen as more valuable.


Trying to Vote or Voting for the Wrong Party

Although Black men were allowed to vote in most states after 1870, many were killed when they were caught trying to participate.  If they did vote and didn’t vote to others’  liking, mobs of white men would kill them.


Acting or Looking Suspicious

Some Blacks were killed by mobs because they were accused of acting or looking suspicious around whites.


Demanding Respect

In several cases, Blacks were lynched because they demanded to be treated with respect.


Voodooism

Voodoo is a form of spirituality that came to America with Blacks from West Africa.  Many Black men, women, and children were murdered when they were caught practicing voodoo.


Disorderly Conduct

Many Blacks were hung for being too loud in public or being deemed as disorderly.


Gambling

Black people that were caught gambling during this time were lynched.

Reference article from Atlanta Black Star.com


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Common Dust

BY GEORGIA DOUGLAS JOHNSON

And who shall separate the dust
What later we shall be:
Whose keen discerning eye will scan
And solve the mystery?
The high, the low, the rich, the poor,
The black, the white, the red,
And all the chromatique between,
Of whom shall it be said:
Here lies the dust of Africa;
Here are the sons of Rome;
Here lies the one unlabelled,
The world at large his home!
Can one then separate the dust?
Will mankind lie apart,
When life has settled back again
The same as from the start?

A Time article: what would Dr. King say about Baltimore’s current rioting  

…I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air. Certain conditions continue to exist in our society which must be condemned as vigorously as we condemn riots. But in the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met.


And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity. And so in a real sense our nation’s summers of riots are caused by our nation’s winters of delay. And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again. Social justice and progress are the absolute guarantors of riot prevention. 

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A riot is the language of the unheard.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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