Update: America the Beautiful: Demanding Confirmation
Brothers and Sisters,
I am very grateful this morning. Today, April 27, 2015, America will make history by swearing in the first African-American woman as the United State Attorney General. Loretta Lynch was confirmed by the Senate on Friday, April 24, 2015.
I have no doubt, as with many others, that Ms. Lynch will take on the task of upholding justice for all Americans. Although, the challenges she faces are great, she will stand firm in her appointed position to ensure our hope for a better America.
I am truly grateful in knowing that we stood up with our power of democracy to demand a confirmation vote. So, I thank you all, who were encouraged enough to utilize your voice by contacting your representatives in the Senate. I also thank those of you who sacrificed gratifying your need to nourish your bodies for the sake of bringing awareness to our cause of justice on the behalf of Ms. Lynch. We all know the flesh is powerful, so my hat goes off to you for your great sacrifice.
We all know the importance of having a voice for the people in the position of the U.S. Attorney General, and for the office of president. However, as important as those positions are, and moreover, the importance of having the right representative in those positions, it is far more important that we get involved on the local level of politics. All politics are local. Recently, we’ve had an example of how important local politics are. The injustice that happened in Ferguson, Missouri has brought light to the need of having a voice in decision making positions. It took tragedy to bring about change. Now through the voices of the citizens of Ferguson, they have a more diverse city council; a city council that looks more like the people who live in the community, and can speak for the people.
Today, early voting has started for local elections. In some counties we will be voting for mayor, city council, and school board candidates. These elections affect our everyday lives, and the futures for our children. It is vitally important that we, as parents and citizens, stand up for our children, our communities, and our future. We need to know, and most certainly, we must have a voice in who makes crucial decisions for our children’s education. We need to be able to trust that our elected school board officials want the same for our children as we do. We need to ensure that our representatives will stand up for our children when they are deciding the budget and allocating funds. It is imperative for our representatives to have every child’s best interest at heart, and to not be afraid to advocate on their behalf, when decisions are being made regarding their futures. If you are a parent, you have NO excuse for not voting in this election. The love you hold for your child should cause you to run to cast your vote.
We mustn’t forget we are America. Every community, town, city, county, state, makes up America. Every voice forms America. America needs your voice and your children need your voice. Please vote today!
Peace and many Blessings,
Greetings Brothers and Sisters,
As I reflect on this time that has been allotted us to celebrate African-American History, my spirit is unsettled. On one hand, I celebrate the accomplishments of every Black American who has contributed their time, sacrificed their families, battled against blatant racism, classism and elitism to bring forth into existence, as well as to sustain, this beautiful country that we call the United States of America. As I observe all the man-made structures, journey along the roads, listen to music, absorb incredible art, enjoy succulent meals, rejoice from all the lives saved of medical miracles, enjoy the competiveness of sport, surf on my computer, use my cellular phone, and benefit from scientific and technological discoveries, I brim with pride knowing that my brothers and sisters whom share my hue had a hand in all of it. And knowing still, regardless of the impedance set forth from the hatred and ignorance of the oppressor, the spirit of my ancestors prevailed. That spirit is what I celebrate.
Yet, as I ponder the kidnapping and enslavement of my African ancestors; our African history and culture stripped from us, our families separated, our queens raped, our kings dehumanized, our children imprisoned; I weep. I weep because I’m taught to believe through the hoaxing of my birth country, America, that these facts that I speak of are the beginning of my history. I’m labeled fearful enough and naive enough to believe in all they tell me I should. I’m to believe that every other race, ethnicity and culture that melted into this mixed up pot, has a history that can be truthfully traced; yet, my twisted and turned upside down, inside out African and American history has to be spoon fed, in tiny bits of poisoned-ladened, entangled lies.
Lies in which I and the rest of the world are to believe. However, I do not and will not accept lies. I am truth, and seek to share with all others this truth of my history. I am born of kings, birthed by queens. My blood of African royalty was shipped here on slave ships. Across the oceans, my ancestors’ wisdom, knowledge and compassion journeyed. And in our hearts and souls, brothers and sisters, our ancestors’ dwell. This is why we had the knowledge and intelligence to erect and create. This is why we had the audacity to survive the oppressor’s horrific brutality. This is why we have the courage to continue to stand and fight in the struggle that we are still faced with today. Yes, indeed, my spirit is unsettled.
Therefore, I cannot, nor will I settle for injustice, untruths, inequality, or being labeled as a second-class citizen. Because it’s just not in my spirit! I enjoy the fruits of our ancestor’s labor, and I carry on in their spirit of knowledge, wisdom and compassion so that future generations can continue to celebrate our African-American History in the spirit of our ancestors.
Peace and many Blessings,
Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)
This third day of Kwanzaa we are to focus on building and maintaining our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.
Brothers and sisters, are we not living in a time when Ujima is so relevant? When we ponder the world around us, there is indeed a need for Ujima. So very vividly are we living the words of the profound quote of our brother, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
As we uplift in prayer our brothers and sisters in every Ferguson in America, the Congo, Nigeria, Palestine, the low wage Walmart workers, victims of abuse, and victims of human trafficking, we should know and understand that our brothers and sisters are suffering. Therefore, we all are suffering.
So, I encourage you to delve within oneself and ask, “Am I doing all that I can to stand for my brothers and sisters and our community, to help rebuild it, and to maintain what we’ve already inherited? After true evaluation, everyone’s answer should be, “no, I am not”. Certainly, the evidence of our world around us proves that we aren’t.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have much Ujima to do!
Peace and many Blessings,
The American Suspect”
They will hunt you
Watch your mama bury you
And according to their laws
With convenient clauses
Self-defense they will claim
And for your own death you will be blamed
They couldn’t see you as a positive man-child
But only as a suspected animal roaming in the wild
Upon sight you were judged, labeled and belittled
Accused of brandishing weapons of Arizona Iced Tea and Skittles
But it was only because you shielded yourself from the rain
Like anyone would with a hoodie and a brain
That we watched your mama bury you
Because they murdered you
Only in America
Peace and Many Blessings,