We were brought here forcibly, against our will, and in chains. And at no time since we have been here, have they even acted like they wanted us here. At no time. At no time have they even tried to pretend that we were brought here to be citizens. Why, they don’t even pretend. So why should we pretend?
Malcolm X Speaks p. 120
I, for one, am done pretending. I am done pretending about who we are, what we are struggling for and why we are struggling. I am done pretending that our struggle isn’t so overwhelming and dire that we have time to live quiet lives, tucked into isolation from our people here and abroad. I am done pretending that we have the luxury to waste time while our People are being slaughtered in the manner we are. From our city blocks to cell blocks across the world; we can see how our (Black/Afrikan/African descent — whatever you wanna call us) People are treated. From Josh Williams and Dr Mutulu Shakur to Brittney Griner, our People face the toughest kinds of repression from ANY judicial system they may find themselves pitted against anywhere in the world. Not to mention the lasting impacts of amerikkkas “war on drugs” and the ripple effects throughout the world. I am done pretending that the intercommunal violence our People suffer from isn’t directly related to our People adopting violent behavior as a means of survival under kkkolonialism. I am done pretending this is who we are and that it is there is no way to change that. Majority of our People don’t know who we are, what our traditions were/are and how we must shed these ideas, values and morals that have been forced upon us to return us to our true essence.
Our People are still unemployed at more than twice the rate of those of euro-kkkolonial descent. All the while dealing with historic inflation; so how do we think our People are doing? We are suffering! Hasn’t it been hard for you or someone you know to pay rent recently? How many families have had to make the tough choice between bills and groceries? I know that if we(NP) didn’t have our weekly grocery program that my family would have to go without sometimes. I know that despite the material reality: our People here are struggle to pay bills and find money to eat; the government that controls this land sends MILLIONS of dollars to other european countries to take care of their people, sends millions…