Juneteenth

#BLACKLIVESMATTER

A Man was Lynched Yesterday, 1936
Duluth Lynching Postcard
Ida B. Wells, Journalist, Activist, one of the founders of the NAACP
Emmett Till, Lynched in Mississippi on August 28th, 1955 at age 14 after being accused of flirting with a white woman.
Ida B. Wells, Anti-Lynching Crusader - from Biography.com
Billie Holiday sings Strange Fruit, 1939 (written by Abel Meeropol)
”The basic tenet of black consciousness is that the black man must reject all value systems that seek to make him a foreigner in the country of his birth and reduce his basic humanity.” -Steven Biko
James Baldwin, Novelist, Playwright, Poet, Activist, Essayist, American. His Novels, Essays, and Plays made him an important voice on the subject of race.
Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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#We’ve Done This Before

I do not want nor need studies and calls for gatherings filled with the stench of murderers bullets and discussions on racial counciliation. We've done this before, before, and before.
I do not want nor need Black and pale hand holders socializing my death while singing "We Shall Overcome.” We've done this before, before, and before.
I do not want nor need your momentary sorrow. I inherited my own at birth and live with its trauma still.
I do not want nor need your secreted back room meetings protecting your entitlement and privilege. While your silence and inaction sanctions my death. You’ve done this before, before and before.

I do want buried sons and daughters of Black mothers and fathers to rise,
Not on the third day, but now!

I do want Black mothers to awaken freed from raped dreams of pale terror to find their nine months alive and safe.
I do want Blacks to speak in truth and end the going along to get along madness. Not wanting to be labelled the angry Black man and woman. Deseperate for the approval of those unworthy of our collective humanity.

I do want Whites to disrupt themselves, communities, families and friends damning the murders of Black men, women and children.
I do want injustice to dismount her whorishness and open both her eyes like she does her legs.

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