An Open Letter to Barack Obama

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Dear Puppet Obama,

I am going to try and keep this letter to you, as disrespectful as I possibly can. First of all I would not like to take this opportunity to inform you that I foolishly voted for you not once, but twice. I voted for you the first time around because I protested the war in Iraq and the second time because the only alternative(other than not voting at all) was Mitt Romney. I knew that the Iraq war was based on lies long before the truth that it was indeed based on lies, ever came out.  So here you come along all fresh and new and young and spouting off about how you are against dumb wars. I sigh a huge sigh of relief because I’m thinking that finally, here is a person that is truly just as war weary as I am and so I went to the polls and voted for you. Many thought that I voted for you because….and wait for it…you’re Black! No, that wasn’t it. I’ll even let you in on a little secret. Since I was in Minnesota at the time and Minnesota is just overflowing with white folks and I am just bumping into them all the time, I was privvy to many conversations by those whose skin pigmentation is much lighter than my tan one. Many of them were voting for you and not because of your complexion but because they were thinking the same thing that I was, that you would be so war weary and would understand that we are too, that you would not get us embroiled in another conflict, another war that is. Others stated that they voted for you because John McCain was just too damn old!  How innocent and trusting we were. How completely naive we were to believe that you would be different, that you hadn’t lied and sold your soul to the puppetmasters. Oh, yes, you tricked us and you tricked us out.

But I digress. We watched while you decided to ensure that there would be health care for all and then we watched when you caved-in on the public option to the republicans. We watched and took note when you failed to do anything about the Bush bailouts that bailed out the biggest fraudsters in history, the Wall Street bankers, a bailout paid for by us and again, we watched those same crooks push bad loans on to people who were trying to realize the ‘American dream’ by seeking to become homeowners. We watched as report after report came out stating that those who were actual prime borrowers were steered into taking out subprime loans and we watched as churches were foreclosed on. We watched dreams shrivel and die. We watched the creation of homeless tent cities resulting from the criminal behavior by those beloved ‘too big to fail’ fraudsters on Wall Street who after we bailed them out, turned around and rewarded themselves with multi-million dollar bonuses.

So, I ask when will the statistics of the poor and the homeless, the uninsured and the hungry, the seniors who must choose between medication and food, when will their numbers, their statistics demand that they are too big to be left to fail? When will you concentrate on the little children in this country since you have so much compassion for the little children in Syria that you had decided to strike the hell out of them to prove it? You see, there was a child by the name of Deamonte Driver, twelve years old who was here in America, writhing on some floor in Prince Georges County, Maryland who died because an infection from a tooth spread to his brain and killed him. Yes, yes, I know, it was before your time in the White House, but we both know that there are thousands of Deamonte Drivers who are at this very moment dying or ‘writhing’ in pain because their parents cannot afford needed medical care even with the passage of the Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act(PPACA) because many remain unemployed and if they have medicaid, there is often a wait of several months to be seen. I know this because in a little town in Virginia where I was born, I spoke with parents of children who had serious dental issues and they were waiting months to be seen. Adults who had worked until retirement and saved for it are waiting for medical services from ‘free clinics’ because they cannot afford health insurance. Many times, it took a herculean effort from me to even look these people in the face because of how bad their teeth were. What about those people? Do they even matter? Every single one of them voted for you, stood in long lines to do so. What are you doing for them now?

As you know, the Black community overwhelmingly voted for you and even now, the majority of them will not hear one harsh word uttered against you. You are undeserving of such loyalty as you have done nothing to earn it. You have ignored their plight. You have spit in their face. How little did they know that you had nothing in common with them. Your skin color does not make you Black, only the white man’s ‘one drop’ rule made you check the box, “African-American” on your census form. You have nothing in common with the descendants of African slaves, that is not your heritage, but it is mine and it is theirs, the ones who voted for you, myself included. What did we expect from you? Certainly not what we got, total and shameless contempt for us. With every speech you have given about the Black community, you have deliberately pointed the finger at us and blamed us for not hiring ourselves. You have blamed us for the double digit Black unemployment figures.  You have blamed us for the disintegration of our families and our neighborhoods due to unmitigated poverty, drugs and crime and gang violence. You have blamed us for the discrimination that we face on a daily basis. You have blamed us for the mass incarceration of our young Black men when they cannot get a good education and instead turn to criminal activity. You have blamed us for a poor public education system that is found in inner cities all across America. You have blamed us for not following in your lofty footsteps. You have accused of us of not working hard enough. You have chastized us, disrespected us, blamed us, degraded us and denounced us and to make matters worse, you went so far as to do this when speaking at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.  The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was so above you in stature, in integrity, in honor, humility and compassion that there is no comparison and you defile him when you even so much as utter his name. He would be ashamed of you! He would chastize you! He would have nothing to do with you! And as to why? We both know the answer to that!

Finally, you have your place in history, of that you are assured. But history will not look favorably upon you and neither do I. History will show that you were undeserving in being called the first Black president of the United States of America because that, you are not. Your history is not our history. You are the first  Kenyan/Caucasian American president of the United States because the so-called ‘African-Americans’ born in this country are the descendants of slaves and that, you are not. When you stated that you would be a “president for ALL Americans”, you did not include ‘African-Americans in that statement because your subsequent actions demoted that statement to a lie. And just as you lied about your reasoning behind military strikes on Syria, we have found that we cannot trust you as you are a proven liar. You even lied when you ran as an anti-war candidate and now you want to engage us in a war based on fabrications, lies and chemical weapons. You know the history of this country and you know that this country has used chemical weapons on numerous occasions and had no problem doing so. You are dropping drones on people as I type this. You are eradicating more of our rights. You are shredding the constitution. You? Anti-war? In the words of South Carolina’s republican representative Joe Wilson, “You lie!”

Wishing that we could impeach your sorry, worthless ass(but who of any worth could take your place?).

Signed,

Shelby I. Courtland

Blood Thirsty Bastard!

How could I have ever voted for this shit?
How could I have ever voted for this shit?

I’m a two-faced devil with lots of charm.
Syrian people, I mean you no harm.

I just want to drop a few bombs on you.
With my help, you’ll be good as new.

We’ll only be there for a couple of days.
You’ll not have time to get used to our ways.

We said the same thing when we were in Iraq.
Was that the first time, or the time we went back?

Ask the Afghans what they think of me.
They’ll sing my praises since I set them free.

The Pakistanis can’t thank me enough.
They like drone strikes; they like it rough.

Yemen got struck the other day.
It was no big deal, they’re all okay.

Osama is dead; he’s my claim to fame.
You know, he’s the one we had to frame.

The American people really have no clue.
They voted for me, but got Bush number two.

They thought he liked wars, but what do they know?
I’m Jekyll and Hyde, but with a big ego.

I’m a blood thirsty bastard when I’m on the hunt.
I’ve got nothing to lose so I can be quite blunt.

Dr. King would be proud, I just know he would.
That speech I gave, it was so damn good.

Today, I stand; fulfilling his dream.
Tomorrow, I’ll make those Syrians scream.

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland
© 2013 Shelby I. Courtland

I know that I did not vote for Bush, so why is he still president?????

For Fifty Years

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

For fifty years, we have tried and we have cried.
For fifty years, you have lied and we have died.

For fifty years, we sought to integrate.
For fifty years, you’ve shown us only hate.

For fifty years, we had a dream.
For fifty years, you took the cream.

For fifty years, we have been dragged back.
For fifty years, our crime is that we’re Black.

For fifty years, we have endured discrimination.
For fifty years, we have been the face of incarceration.

For fifty years, we have been a victim.
For fifty years, we have not known freedom.

For fifty years, we were denied an education.
For fifty years, we now demand an explanation!

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland
© 2013 Shelby I. Courtland

This is a follow-up to the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. I refuse to be a victim anymore. I refuse to accept 2nd class citizenship. I refuse to accept voter disenfranchisement. I refuse to flinch in the face of racism. I refuse to go back in time. Fifty years later, with my head held high, for every law that is passed to dismiss me as a human being, I will not quietly submit to that humiliation! I throw the gauntlet down! This battle rages on!

The 50th Anniversary of the Epic March on Washington

'We marched and we protested and still we are detested'....and we keep on marching, marching, marching.
‘We marched and we protested and still we are detested’….and we keep on marching, marching, marching.
…and what do we have to show for it?

•African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population
•African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites

Blacks bear a disproportionate share of the unemployment burden. The national jobless rate is 7.4 percent; for African Americans, it’s 13.7

The African-American and African-American child hunger and poverty rates are even greater than the national averages—sometimes nearly twice as high

In case you didn’t hear, the Department of Education released a report that essentially told many of us what we already knew: inner city schools are in a bad state. Its Office of Civil Rights’ study on college and career readiness, discipline, school finance and student retention showed that minority children face harsher discipline, have less access to rigorous high school curriculum and are taught by lower-paid and less experienced teachers.

It noted that while black males make up 18% of students, 35% were suspended once and 39% expelled.

Supreme Court Invalidates Key Part of Voting Rights Act – NYTimes

How Home Ownership Keeps Blacks Poorer Than Whites – Forbes

The Obama administration’s rules for approving student loans are causing a disproportionately large number of blacks to be denied because of blemished credit histories.

Significant statistical research exists regarding race and the death penalty, and race is an issue that continues to be at the forefront of America’s capital punishment debate. Studies have indicated that race plays a decisive role in the question of who lives and dies by execution in this country. According to some studies, race can influence which cases are chosen for capital prosecution and which prosecutors are allowed to make those decisions. Racial disparities have been shown not just in isolated instances, but in many state studies over many years.

Memphis Accuses Wells Fargo of Discriminating Against Blacks
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Tennessee, marshaled a raft of statistics to argue that Wells Fargo offered one lending reality for whites and another for blacks.

Baltimore residents to get $2.5M from Wells Fargo settlement
Deal settles lawsuit claiming bank engaged in predatory practices
Read more: http://www.wbaltv.com/news/money/Baltimore-residents-to-get-2-5M-from-Wells-Fargo-settlement/-/9379180/15502466/-/624qc9z/-/index.html#ixzz2cwb9yRhZ

Wells Fargo deliberately steered prime borrowers into taking out subprime loans. The loans were called, “ghetto loans,” and the Black people taking out the loans were referred to as “mud people.” As a result, even churches went into foreclosure.

Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was an African-American boy who was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman.

On the evening of February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin—an unarmed 17-year-old African American student—was confronted, shot, and killed near his home by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida.

sources:http://www.naacp.org/pages/criminal-justice-fact-sheet
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/22black-unemployment_n_3624725html.

Alarming hunger and poverty among African-American children


http://politics365.com/2012/03/17/bad-inner-city-schools-tell-us-what-we-dont-know/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/06/26/obamas-student-loan-rules-are-denying-blacks-in-disproportion…
http://www.capitalpunishmentcontext.org/issues/race
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmett_Till

The Trayvon Martin Killing, Explained

….and the battle against hate, injustice, racial inequality rages on 50 years later. The dream is not a reality and not likely to become a reality anytime soon. We are heading back in time. We have lost ground. We have not made many gains. The election of President Obama to the presidency is nothing to herald as Black people are failing faster all across the board since the beginning of his presidency. He has completely ignored the Black community who overwhelmingly supported him. He has thumbed his nose at everything the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stood, marched, protested and was jailed and beaten for. He is not fit to even whisper Dr. King’s name.

Even though I wrote this poem for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I feel that it is worth posting here on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

For Martin Luther King Jr., Day

People say we’ve come so far.
It all depends on who you are.

There’s been no other to fill your shoes.
Today, you’ll again make headline news.

Would you be pleased at what you see?
Is your dream a reality?

No, your dream is not alive! It crumbled into dust.
And all that’s left to show for it is just another bust.

The vibrant voice is stilled, mere echoes of the past.
Your dream did not live on, a net you tried to cast.

The battle rages on as hate will never rest.
And men who lack in courage will always fail the test.

Who rings the bell for freedom and human rights for all?
While men cease to stand and to corporations crawl.

Who will ignite the spark and watch the fire burn?
And who will just sit back and say, “no, it’s not my turn?”

Will there ever be another Martin Luther King?
Who dreamed that one day, the freedom bell would ring.

“Let freedom ring! Let freedom ring!”
It’s still a dream, Dr. Martin Luther King.

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland
© 2013 Shelby I. Courtland