Back when I was growing up, we used to visit our relatives who had moved from Virginia to Washington, DC. We would get in cars and an entire caravan of us would head to D.C. for family get-togethers. It was called, “Lynchburg Day” because many of those who once called Lynchburg home moved to Washington, D.C. Those of us who remained behind in Lynchburg were always considered to be “The country cousins.”
I remember looking around the park where the event, “Lynchburg Day” took place and I noticed that there were so many Black people having a great time, barbecuing steaks on the grill; huge steaks. I saw ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs; the whole nine yards. The adults were having fun talking while us kids had the run of the park. No one was sitting around talking about homelessness or drug addiction or prostitution or gang activity; not any of that stuff and year after year, we would get into the cars and head to D.C. for fun and laughter with family and friends.
But something changed. Something or ‘someone’ or someTHING put an end to ALL of that. I started hearing about drugs and gangs and homelessness and prostitution and then there were no more trips to Washington, D.C. for “Lynchburg Day.” Families did not behave like families anymore. Things changed and I wondered about that because though I did know that the only constant is change, I figured that family was family and we’d all continue to treat each other as family like we used to. Nope, didn’t happen.
Fast forward to the news out of Washington, D.C. today and well, things are even worse than ever.
Marc O’Brien was panicking.
Like millions across the country, he was in charge of preparing a Thanksgiving meal. But instead of a family or party, he stood to disappoint 400 men — many of them ravenous, some who had not eaten in days. At the Central Union Mission homeless shelter in downtown D.C., this was the most important meal of the year.
D.C. has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the country.
This is truly sad, truly sad. Washington, D.C. was once known as “Chocolate City” and now it has been gentrified and those who once called “Chocolate City” home are homeless thanks to whites coming in and tearing down rental housing that Black people at one time could afford, but who are now finding that they must move on. Black people who once owned homes in Washington, D.C., are elderly and many have passed on just like those in my daddy’s family. My daddy’s aunt used to work for the Pentagon and she owned her own home. Her daughter owned a condo in Southeast D.C. When my daddy’s aunt died, her daughter and her son sold her house and her daughter also sold her condo and moved back to Lynchburg where she recently passed away.
What I have noticed is that with the passing of the ‘old guard’, the ‘new guard’ is not faring so well. It’s like the whites were waiting on just the right time when the Black folks who were once out in the streets protesting during the Civil Rights Movement and who were responsible for successfully boycotting to get things done started getting up in age and passing on, that is when they put a new plan in action and now, it is the beginning of the end.
Everyone has been dumbed down, made lazy, apathetic and complacent by all the new technology that this generation has embraced even as the older generation would never have because they would have known better.
And so we come to this!
Richard Bell, 53, said he appreciates the effort that staff puts into the event but hopes that after two years at the shelter, this will be his last Thanksgiving here.
After losing his job in 2011, Bell fell into alcoholism and stopped being able to afford his rental apartment in Charles County, Md. His wife and daughter moved in with other family, and Bell moved into a hotel, where he attempted suicide.
Black people, once seen as strong, are now attempting suicide as a way out of the despair of being descendants of slaves in a land that never accepted us, never included us in any bill of rights, constitutional documents or anything else that gave whites all the rights to freedom, justice and the pursuit of happiness. And their happiness is at the expense of millions of American descendants of slaves who are here through no fault of our own. I have stated this before and I state it again, this is ALL done by design. None of this is by accident.
If you look down through the annals of history, you can see a pattern developing. Every single time it seemed that Black people would be able to stand on their own, the whites pulled the rug from underneath us. We built our own cities. We owned our own businesses. We had our own Wall Street. We had our Movements and what happened? The whites put an end to all of that and now look where we are; sitting up in a homeless shelter partaking of a ‘Thanksgiving’ meal and getting noticed on one day out of a 365 day year. We are touted out to have a camera pointed at us and told to smile for the camera just as our slave ancestors were stood up on auction blocks and had their ‘finer points’ pointed out to potential buyers, stripped of any dignity then as we are now because some white mission owner is preparing a meal for the poor homeless Black people who cannot make it in this white man’s reclaimed swamp once known as “Chocolate City” that at one point in time had a beloved Black mayor, who was set up by the whites, Mayor Marion Barry.
And though Washington, D.C. has a Black female mayor, Mayor Muriel Bowser, she is quite obviously, just a figurehead for what is she doing for those Black people who refuse to leave their home, Washington, D.C. even though they can no longer afford to live there? She is doing the same nothing as her counterpart a mere few miles up the road in Baltimore, MD for his Black constituents. Make no mistake, just because you see a Black face in what you would think is a position of leadership, you couldn’t be more wrong. Just ask the recently disgraced and scandal embroiled former Mayor of Baltimore, MD, Catherine Pugh, who is awaiting sentencing for her “Healthy Holly” books shenanigans. Whites played a role in her downfall, but Pugh is the only one who is taking the fall, just as deceased former Mayor Marion Barry was set up by the whites to take a fall.
Black folks, what I am trying to say to you is that we are ALL being setup by the whites to take the fall for the shit that they have done. Our lives, from cradle to grave, is a setup. We are setup to fail especially if we are outspoken and refuse to play by the white man’s rules. If you step out of line, you are dealt with, severely. Believe me, I know. Many of us know and that is why millions of us are six feet under because we refused to take the white’s shit and act like we like it. With nothing to lose, why do we still shuffle our feet and bow our heads around the whites. No amount of shucking and jiving, no amount of “Yessum boss! Yessum massa!” is going to help our situation because the whites are depraved and insane and have always been out for our blood since the first one captured our ancestors and dragged them to these shores. They have never been our friends and they will never be our friends. This you must understand, accept and act accordingly.
Some Black people look at a few Black folks who the whites have favored with fame and fortune and they think that those people are the lucky ones. Uh…no..that is so NOT true. Look at what happens when even Black people of means, somehow draw the ire of the whites who once propped them up. They tear them down; quick, fast and in a damn hurry. Look at what they did to Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Bill Cosby, R. Kelly, Lauryn Hill, Wesley Snipes and the list is endless.
There is no man more deviant, debased and depraved than the white man and yet, what white man is sitting behind bars for what the whites claim Bill Cosby and R. Kelly has done? What happened to the #MeToo shit? Whites merely snap their finger and that shit goes away while we get put away behind bars. And whites will ‘suicide’ other whites to keep their pedophilia and sex trafficking scandals under wraps.
Like 2Pac’s lyrics say, “We ain’t meant to survive, cause it’s a set-up.” And believe me when I say this, “The whites? They ain’t never gonna let up.” Just look at the above picture. All you see is a sea of Black faces; all homeless and sitting in a homeless shelter on Thanksgiving Day, eating a donated ‘Thanksgiving’ meal with cameras surrounding them, on display for ALL to see that the white man still has to feed his “slaves.”