“… death is always with us and what matters is not to know whether we can escape it but whether we have achieved the maximum for the ideas we have made our own… We are nothing on Earth if we are not in the first place the slaves of a cause, the cause of the peoples, the cause of justice and liberty.”


Frantz Fanon, quoted in “Frantz Fanon (1925 – 1961),” Teodros Kiros, A Companion to African Philosophy, 217

There resided here for some time an African called Antonius Wilhelmus Amo who belonged in the household of his Royal Highness. As he had before then thoroughly mastered the Latin language, he very diligently and with great success studied here in the School of private law. As a result, he became most accomplished in that field. With the knowledge and consent of his patrons, who had maintained him up till that time, he registered with Dean von Ludewig to give a public defense of dissertation under him. To make the argument of the dissertation appropriate to his status and circumstance, they approved for him the them “De Jure Maurorum in Europa”: in other words, on the rights of Black Africans in Europe. In it, not only has he shown, basing himself upon Law and History, that African kings were once vassal to the Roman Emperor, and that every one of them had an imperial patent, which Justinian, too, had granted, but he especially also examined the question to what extent the freedom of service of Africans in Europe, who had been purchased by Christians, accorded with laws commonly accepted at that time. – Notice of Amo’s Dissertation, University journal at Halle. Source: “Anton Wilhelm Amo,” William E. Abraham, A Companion to African Philosophy, p. 192.

Took a break, but I’m back! Y’all know I couldn’t stay away too long. Take it in, take it in. Dr. Martin Luther King coming through with some Principles for Life. If you follow these alone, you will be Gucci.

T. M. G.

  1. The Children (young, in white, and being taught by Bada$$)
  2. The Flag (American, with the “gang” pattern in white, red, and blue)
  3. The Men and Women of Colour in Chains (wearing black, some with locs, and a Latino)
  4. The Juxtaposition Between Green Pastures and Desert Land
  5. Mentions of Obama and Trump
  6. References to Slavery, White Oppression, and Black Isolation
  7. The Murder of Blacks and People of Colour by “the System” (politicians, police)
  8. Bada$$ Being Untouched by the Bullets (Luke Cage?)
  9. The Burning Cross and the KKK
  10. The Lynching
Trickery in the system, Put my niggas in prison, All our history hidden, Ain't no liberty given... We been lackin' a vision, And barely makin' a livin', We too worried to fit in, While they been benefittin', Every time you submitted, We all guilty admitted
Joey Bada$$, "Land of the Free"

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up

Like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore—

And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?

Or crust and sugar over—

Like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags

Like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?


Langston Hughes

thingsfallapart

One of my mom’s favourite quotes growing up was “Chinua Achebe things fall apart” (#InThatOrder, lol). She read the book in school, and I guess it stuck. It was lying around the house, and one day I decided to see what all the fuss was about. A great read! No wonder it stayed with her all those years. The description of the book off Google Books is as follows:

Simple’s in the barbershop, and this is what he says:

 

“I set in that barber chair, thinkin about how much God must love poor folks because he made so many of them in my image. You know, as long as I’ve been poor, I’m not yet used to it. My papa were poor before me, and my grandpa were poorer than that. Being a slave, he did not even own his own self. So, I was settin’ in that barber chair thinkin’ some day the time might come when I will own my old master’s grandson, since him – nor none of his white relations – won’t let me get hold of nothin’ else.”

 

Don’t let anybody make you think God chose America as his divine, Messianic force to be. The policeman of the whole world. God has a way of standing before the nations with judgement, and it seems that I can hear God saying to America: “You are too arrogant! If you do not change your ways, I will rise up, and break the backbone of your power. And place it in the hands of a nation, that doesn’t even know my name.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Why I am opposed to Vietnam”