The Brother on the Bridge: The Miseducation of Black Suicide

I am sitting here sniffling and shedding tear after tear over this!

“Not dead, not dead, but escaped; not bond, but free.”

For the love of !!!!!

Whispers of a Womanist

“The calm, Cool face of the river, Asked me for a kiss” Langston Hughes

The moonlight betrays the body of a black male at the foot of the bridge. His stillness conceals his face and disposition to the casual onlooker. His head is slightly lifted and pointed towards the moon in a frozen like stance as if it holds the answers to all his unasked questions. Childhood questions that grew into adult confusion. A confusion that yielded to the strategy of white supremacy, leaving him despondent and yearning for an acceptance the white world never be willing to provide. A despondency nurtured by the oppressive forces that rendered his twenty-six-year-old black male body “overstaying its welcome” on this stolen soil.

His gaze shifts to the water. Tired of the world’s obscurity, the water’s transparency seduces him. Its quiet whisper serenades him with promises of a peace and freedom. Ultimately the…

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4 thoughts on “The Brother on the Bridge: The Miseducation of Black Suicide

  1. This article is very moving indeed. Here in New Zealand, we have a similar rate of suicide in young Maori men, owing to their systematic disenfranchisement from New Zealand society – they are also marginalized from the New Zealand economy, working for extremely low wages if they can get jobs. Many end up addicted to drugs and alcohol and/or in prison. Cultural genocide – systematic destruction of Maori culture and forced assimilation has also played a major role.

    I have been working with an iwi (tribe) kaumatua (senior advisor group) to set up hearings for youth offenders by Maori judges on a local traditional Maori marae. Many of these young people have never been on a marae before (nor have their parents) and the idea is to instill a proud sense of their cultural heritage and an awareness that the kaumatua love and care for them. This is meant to be a contrast with the brutal treatment they receive from the police and criminal justice system.

    It’s too soon to tell whether this is working or not – but to me it seems an excellent place to start.


    1. Dr. Bramhall, that is just beyond the end of enough. How is it that others can take over an entire island nation and turn the original inhabitants, those indigenous to the island, into second class citizens with no political say so and then commence to imprison them at will?

      And the same type shits that rushed over to New Zealand and fucked those people up, also did the same to the Aboriginals of Australia and are mostly responsible for the plight of the descendants of slaves in America. The same shit is going down worldwide, on people who sport some sort of permanent tan and that shit is heaped on them by Europeans. It is an outrage! How can anybody not fail to see just who the problem is on this entire planet as it is glaringly obvious for ALL to see?

      If I continue with this comment, I shall surely become so enraged as to spontaneously combust from the heat of that rage!


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