Image via ammoland.com (titled “America’s Gun Culture, We Are America”) 10 shots ran through the body of Alva Braziel because gun rights don’t apply to black and blackened bodies in…
Some day we will go home, back to where we belong, back to that place we cannot articulate because human tongues have no memory of truth, of blissful vulnerability, of home where hatred is not as a common and expected as the morning dew, or mourning as routine as breathing, or lynching as common as air. Perhaps, home is where the heart is, or where it goes, when the body is no longer welcome and one’s nation is where hate is birthed, domiciled and groomed.
“and the Orisha got me covered
while you scheming to planning
shoot up the movie theater and shoot up a church
just when the wounds was healing its beginning to hurt
shoot at a black man and shoot up a club
when you niggaz gone take the blinders off
enough is enough”
“to be born
is to have ravished
with tepid consent.
Pay your debt
with your life.”
The data shows that black lives matter in the world of policing, we are its traditional focus, its funding bonanza, the propertied threat that must be managed, tamed, terrorized and exterminated. Perhaps, the question isn’t about the value of black lives, but the costs of anti-black violence? What if there were uniform, enforced and grave consequences to the negatively affecting the quality of black lives? Employing imaginative reconstruction, wonder with me, what the world might be like if police and prosecutors were retooled to serve and protect black people, black lives, black property and black interests?
Soldiers confront the skeletons in our closet, the buried and dismembered bodies we require to be, us. They do so for the American ideal, for you and for me…silently..quietly…politely..and for that we give faux thanks. And chile, let us not talk about freedom. Our freedoms are more vulnerable to attacks from the officer around the corner, the callous racist teacher in the schoolhouse, the man with a crisis of masculinity and lack of sexual self control, the politico who votes for the oligarchy because that’s the way democracy here works…than any deranged or sensibly angry person overseas. Now it’s time to watch Empire, because I’m a free Negro and shit.