Gentrification!

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Across the street from the closed-down and shuttered shops, is the face of gentrification. Close the shops that catered to Black people so that those 'whites' who take up residence in these 'upscale apartments' don't have to see what they don't want to see. Fuck this shit!
Across the street from the closed-down and shuttered shops, is the face of gentrification. Close the shops that catered to Black people so that those ‘whites’ who take up residence in these ‘upscale apartments’ don’t have to see what they don’t want to see.
Fuck this shit!

 

Once teeming with life,
now emptied and shuttered,
waiting on the new tenants
upscale, not down on their luck
from those luxury condos, across the street.
Vacant, I sit with gates closed,
closed to those who were not afraid
to walk through my doors before
the drums of gentrification beat
down on my steel bars
as they sigh and give way
to the pressure of urban renewal.
Where are the people,
the real people?
They have all been moved
across the bridge; out of sight,
those considered, an urban blight!
“Don’t come this way again!”
The new urban dwellers
have no need for discounts
or rotgut liquor and cheap wine.
For them, it is cloth-covered tables
and the choicest meats on which to dine.
They didn’t put this city on the map,
nor will they love her the way my people did.
She is just a trend for them,
these new urbanites;
rich, spoiled whites.
They soil this city
with their bulldozers;
gutting her like she’s a fish.
Assaulting her with their
trendy, upscale shops
and parks for their dogs to play in.
No room for my people
and they want it that way;
these rich, spoiled whites
who were yesterday’s suburbanites.

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2016 Shelby I. Courtland

As I stroll around Baltimore, I take note of a city under siege. She is under siege thanks to gentrification. This city, like Washington, D.C. had a majority Black population. Washington, D.C. is no longer called, “Chocolate City” because of gentrification and these white shits here are planning the same for Baltimore.

When I left Baltimore years ago, Lexington Street and surrounding streets were teeming with shops; shops that catered to Black people. Fast forward a few years and those stores were made to close down because whites decided that Baltimore was the place to live and to do so, Black people had to go. There could be no ‘co-existing’. HealthCare For The Homeless was moved from the area as well as other agencies that catered to those who were ‘down-on-their-luck’. Black people made Baltimore and now ‘whites’ are trying to run Black people out of Baltimore. Well, I am making it known, here and now, that I am going to do whatever it takes to make sure that Baltimore does not go the route of Washington, D.C. and ‘white’ motherfuckers, you are going to find  out that the Black people in Baltimore are not going to give up so easily. I am on the streets, daily and just so you know, it is on, motherfuckers! I don’t know what the fuck was wrong with those Black people over in Washington, D.C., but you are going to find out that here in Baltimore, we ain’t some weak punk ass bitches. If you don’t know, now you know! Fuck you motherfuckers! Because I am ‘Blackifiying’ YOUR neighborhoods! Yeah! Me and my homeys are in your neighborhoods! All up in your fucking grill! That’s right! We are walking through your ‘gentrified’ shit every single day! So fucking get used to it! Now, where the fuck you gone move???!! Head the fuck on over to D.C., you see-through skinned rejects from hell!

Baltimore takes aim at liquor stores after Freddie Gray riots

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Many of the stores do not meet zoning laws and Baltimore needs alternatives, such as grocery stores to improve impoverished neighborhoods, Rawlings-Blake said.

“I do not believe it is appropriate for the city to provide money for these non-conforming liquor stores to rebuild as liquor stores in these locations,” she told a news conference in the Park Heights neighborhood, which city officials say has the highest concentration of liquor stores in Maryland.

Nearly 400 businesses across Baltimore, about 40 of them liquor stores, were damaged or destroyed in rioting after the April 27 funeral of Gray, a 25-year-old black man. He died of spinal cord injuries allegedly suffered while in police custody.

About two dozen liquor outlets are thought to be in residential communities for which they are not properly zoned.

Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore’s health commissioner, said the African-American majority city of 620,000 people had twice the per-capita number of liquor stores for other cities of the same size.

There is a one-block stretch that has at least four liquor stores.

A large number of businesses damaged in the April unrest were owned by Korean-Americans, who operate many family-run stores and liquor outlets.

Well, well, well, ain’t that some shit! The goddamn shit had to be burned down before the city officials would get off their ass and figure out that these liquor stores were not even zoned for the areas in which they operated. Who the fuck was paying who off to look the other way? So, the city is saying that they had no idea that these liquor stores that HAD TO BE LICENSED did not belong where they were located?????!!!!! Seriously? For real! Get the fuck outta here! So, tell me AGAIN, who are the goddamn thugs? The city officials of Baltimore that were paid under the table to look the other way over zoning laws or the goddamn Korean liquor store owners that were paying the city officials of Baltimore to look the other way while setting up illegal liquor stores on every goddamn corner in Baltimore? Who are the goddamn thugs now?

So, it took the riots after the police murder of Freddie Gray, to figure out that Korean-owned liquor stores were operating without proper zoning permits? Eh? What’s that? You didn’t fucking know? Like hell you didn’t. You fuckers were paid to look the other way until the shit hit the fan. Now, who is gonna start an investigation into the shenanigans of the city officials of Baltimore that are duly sworn in to uphold the laws, regulations and dish out permits to legally operating businesses? Start with mayor coonhead’s office and go on down the goddamn line until you weed out all of the elected thugs that were taking bribes and kickbacks for looking the other way. Yeah! Start with the head coonhead, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Since her ass was next in line to Sheila Dixon when she had to step down as mayor due to getting herself indicted for embezzlement, fraud and some more shit, then that obviously means that the corruption apple didn’t fall too far from the Baltimore city council tree.

There is a one-block stretch that has at least four liquor stores.

FOUR LIQUOR STORES IN ONE BLOCK? Well ain’t that a bitch! Four goddamn liquor stores in one block; all owned and operated illegally by the Koreans. Hey Koreans!!!! How fucking many of you motherfuckers was living next door to the liquor stores that you opened up, eh? No hands?? Of course not! But you filthy ass motherfuckers bring your fucked up ass over here and promptly open up liquor stores, ILLEGALLY in Black neighborhoods. Why the fuck did you fuckers not open up illegal liquor stores in your own neighborhoods, eh? Why the fuck did you worthless ass bastards not open up liquor stores in white neighborhoods, eh? Because you filthy ass foreigners wouldn’t have that shit in your neighborhoods and the whites in their fucking gated ass communities wouldn’t stand for your shit because they want to see a white face behind the counter when they’re drunk and buying their bourbon and scotch and driving it back down the goddamn road and up a damn tree, but not before sending another poor motherfucker into a ditch.

BALTIMORE HAS TWICE THE PER-CAPITA NUMBER OF LIQUOR STORES FOR OTHER CITIES OF THE SAME SIZE!

Twice!!!! Again, I say, TWICE!!! What’s wrong with that picture? That ain’t a goddamn problem is it? Here we have a majority Black city that has TWICE the per-capita number of liquor stores for other cities the same size and many of the KOREAN-OWNED liquor stores were not even zoned for the neighborhoods that they set up shop in! And again! The city of Baltimore is just figuring this all out, thanks to those people that were called, thugs, for pointing this fact out to all and sundry! So, once AGAIN! Who are the goddamn thugs? Here is a fucking hint! It ain’t the rioters. The goddamn thugs are the elected city officials of Baltimore and the goddamn Koreans that paid the city officials, under the table, to look the other way so that they could continue to do a lucrative illegal business in neighborhoods all across the city of Baltimore and then take their ill-gotten gains and go back to Koreaville, MD. And hell no, I’m fucking NOT politically correct! If your ass is reading this and you are Korean, bring your ass on up in here and crap a goddamn attitude over this! I fucking dare ya!

So, the Koreans ain’t getting no financial aid to re-open their liquor stores. Fucking sob, sob, sob! And if you worthless motherfuckers really think that I am actually crying real tears of sorrow for your filthy ass, then believe this, you’re getting some goddamn federal and state money to re-open your illegal liquor stores! I am glad your shit got fried, toasted and oven roasted! Now suck on that and fucking kiss my ass, but only from a goddamn distance!

And Mayor coonhead Rawlings-Blake! I can only hope that somewhere, some law enforcement agency is digging deep into the shit that I know your coonhead ass is up to. I can only hope that your ass gets thrown in prison and that you get to become Big Bertha’s bitch!

My Dreams Of A Different Mother….

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My mother is a junkie, strung out on crystal meth.

I don’t know who my father is; my mom thinks it was Seth.

My brothers, John and Jack, I am raising on my own.

I am only nine years old but I am often home alone.

What I wouldn’t give for a mother not like mine;

one that doesn’t work the streets or smells like sour wine.

I know she’s out there somewhere and not just in my dreams.

She tucks me in at night and quiets my nightmare screams.

But for me, it’s gangs and crime and poverty in the hood.

I’ll probably die a horrible death, but I would change things if I could.

I don’t make the rules of law and those that do don’t care.

They punish me for trying to live, the cops are everywhere.

When I came into this world, I was born to a junkie whore.

And those that think I’m worthless, every one of them knows the score.

I will never get to grow up or make something of myself.

My dreams of a different mother, I’ve placed high upon a shelf.

So when I am on the news for getting shot for stealing bread,

you’ll just say that I’m a thug and you’ll be glad that I am dead.

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland

©2015 Shelby I. Courtland

 

 

 

 

Black Folks, We Are Fucking Doomed…..!

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….because we don’t have the face of an angel. Every goddamn time we look around, an angel is depicted as being a sweet little innocent white child all dressed up in white and with red rouge painted on the cheeks or is that Cupid? Regardless! Because even if it is Cupid, the little white cherub that shoots an arrow into your heart, Cupid is white and white is good, white is kind, white is benevolent, white is what you as Black people can never aspire to. Forget about it! Get your Black ass out of the way because you don’t have that angelic look; the look that whites have.

When next you are in church praying to a ‘white’ god, look up at the picture of Jesus Christ. He is white. How the hell could a Black man be depicted as Jesus? Everybody knows that Black people are the very spawn of the devil. I am all up in the fucking church today, preaching it! All of you Black heathens look to the ‘white Jesus’ to save you. Look to GOD who of course is also white and we know this because of all the white folks that have died, temporarily, saw a tunnel, some lights and a white man at the end of it telling them to “Go back, you have much more killing of the evil Black people to do! Now don your blue uniform with the badge and hop to it. Don that white robe with the eye slits and hop to it. Shave your white ass head and hop to it! Fuck them no-account niggaz up!” As you can see, weze unedumacated as it is. So what the hell good are we? We ain’t no goddamn good! Whites done spouted that shit out often enough.

I am always going on and on about how people should become aware of how much they matter and that people are a star in their own right, but what the fuck do I know? Quite obviously, not a goddamn thing because I too, am pissing in the goddamn wind and I don’t fucking like the taste of piss, not even my own; champagne drenched that it is. Oh that’s right! How dare I drink champagne. That’s a drink for the whites to use to toast at some prestigious affair that raised money to feed the homeless and we all know that Black families are seven times more likely to be homeless and that Blacks make up half of the U.S. homeless population. Thank you white folks,! How extremely white of you to do that especially since you own every goddamn thing anyway thanks in part to the history of this shithole called America where your ancestors slithered over here and stole land, enslaved Black people and now, you’re throwing a benefit to help those poor Blacks who never could own a goddamn thing seeing as how we was owned. But we get the blame for that by the ever so nice whites, smiling at us and patting us on our fucking nappy ass head because it’s such a shame that Black people have such rough and kinky hair. “Oh Belinda White, did you feel that child’s hair? What in the world? My stars. No wonder they’re considered three-fifths human! We got that one right!”

Yeah! So, let me sit back here behind the dumpster with my nappy ass hair and scratch myself because all Black folks are nasty and we stink! And now, I am going to open up this here Colt 45 Malt liquor and take a good long swig because that is what I do. I lounge around and drink all day and then I go down to the welfare office and fill out forms and start at the beginning of when I took my first shit so that they can hand me some free food stamps and then I promptly take those free food stamps and I sell ’em and I buy myself another Colt 45 malt liquor. I just love being drunk and stinky and to get free stuff that the good old angelic whites never berate me for. Seriously? How fucking useless can I get? Since I can’t be white and angelic and godlike and sainted and good and clean and kind because we all know that’s why white folks are here; to fucking be all of that and so much more that’s right as rain.

Black folks we are doomed and we doomed ourselves because we ain’t angelic looking. We’ve got to be white for that to happen and don’t even bother with that skin lightening shit because you’ve got to be born with their kind of white, it doesn’t come out of a bottle. Come on over here with me Black folks and I’ll hand you some malt liquor. What else are we good for, eh? So, here’s to taking the edge off. Because when you can’t BE ’em, don’t fuck ’em!  Just fucking forget ’em!

Now have a  good goddamn Happy Black History Month! Bottoms up!

 

 

Time To Celebrate Black History Month…AGAIN!

They cannot celebrate Black History Month because they are history!
They cannot celebrate Black History Month because they are history!

Where shall we begin? Let us celebrate the 11% unemployment rate for Black men even though the national unemployment aka jobless rate stands at 5.9% and if your head’s not stuck up your ass, then you know that even that is a damn lie! Break out the champagne Black folks for those of you who can afford a bottle of say, Andre Cold Duck! Clink those plastic cups together and then piss in the wind because it’s all blowing back your way anyway; the shit that keeps hitting the fan, that is.

Next on our celebration list is the shit that is going down in our public education system better known as the ‘school-to-prison pipeline’ if you’re a student of color in these here United States of America where we celebrate Black History Month each and every February. This month is dedicated to showcasing the achievements of Black people in America. We are celebrating each and every single achievement that has not yet occurred but will eventually occur and we are real sure of this happening any day now.

To continue the celebrations, let us look at the child poverty statistics that are sure to impress us during these celebrations of future achievements that we are hell bent on celebrating this month. We are celebrating the fact that ‘child poverty in America is at its highest point in 20 years, putting millions of children at increased risk of injuries, infant mortality, and premature death’. And if that isn’t bad enough, ‘7 million kids still don’t have health insurance’. This is just so worth celebrating, what an achievement! What a dream as opposed to a nightmare. I wonder what that famous man who had a dream, would think of this. I seriously wonder.

But wait! There is more to celebrate this Black History Month! The good news just keeps on coming. ‘Incarceration rate for African-Americans now six times the national average’ is still making headlines among Black prisoners and their mostly white guards and the white slave patrol that arrested them for say, selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, selling marijuana or crack while completely ignoring the white man that was buying said crack and marijuana from the guilty by birth African-American other wise known as Colored otherwise known as Black otherwise known as felon or prisoner no.1,000,034. White folks, why don’t you just lock up every single Black person at birth? It’ll save you the trouble of doing so later on since many of us will know what it feels like to be shackled just as those we are descended from knew what it felt like. And the beat goes on and we celebrate it.

And ‘here’s the Data That Shows Cops Kill Black People at a Higher Rate Than White People’, now ain’t that a bitch?! Unfortunately, Michael Brown is not here to celebrate this Black History Month with us because he was shot and killed by a cop. Twelve year old Tamir Rice is also not here this year to help us celebrate because he was shot and killed by a cop while playing with a toy gun in a park. John Crawford, likewise, is not here to celebrate because he was shot and killed by a cop in Wal-Mart while holding a toy gun.  Eric Garner, unfortunately, for him, was selling loose, untaxed cigarettes and that cost him his life and so he will not be joining in the celebrations. Terrance Franklin was shot and killed by cops following a traffic stop and he will not be celebrating ether. Seven year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones was shot  and killed by a cop while she slept and the charge of manslaughter against the cop that shot and killed her was dropped and so, she is not just ‘under-the-weather’, she is underground and therefore, is not able to celebrate this historic month. Let us celebrate on her behalf.

Fortunately, I have found yet another statistic that gives us even more of a reason to celebrate Black history month. Black families are seven times more likely to be homeless. We have come so far this February in the year of our Lord 2015, have we not? Blacks make up half of the U.S. homeless population. Doesn’t that just give you a warm and comfortable, cozy feeling that those homeless people lack? These are achievements that we have here folks! Time to celebrate and to keep the momentum going. Our ancestors would be so proud of where we are today. Don’t you think? Does this not make you aware that BLACK LIVES DO NOT MATTER?!

Now, on the other hand, Tyler Perry will dress up in drag and put some Black folks to work on another Madea movie and Beyoncé will croon about a Halo for Jay-Z and Jay-Z will rap about niggas while DMX will head back to prison for drug possession, get out on probation again and then go right back in for drug possession. Viola Davis will have no problem getting cast as yet another maid after her role in ‘The Help’ and Forest Whitaker is probably all set to play yet another version of someone’s Butler since every one is well aware that us Black folks are so good at bowing and scraping and being subservient to our ‘betters’.

Finally, I’ve given you many reasons to celebrate this month. The reasons are endless and our achievements that we will watch for some time in the future are making life much better for so many of us and that is why we must enjoy this Black History Month. We have no need to march and protest like those Black people in the 1960s did. We are so past that in this here post-racial America. I mean, what we have here is a post-racial America, is it not? But nevertheless, Dr. King would be so proud as would his stalwart, fellow marchers-in-arms at the progress that we have made since his infamous, I Have A Dream speech. We shall overcome! Uh…what I meant to say is that, “We did overcome!” Now like the good little sheep you are, start celebrating all of this shit!! And look ahead to when the REAL achievements will come because surely they must come!

 

Don’t Come Here With No Shit! I’m Not ‘The Help’ Or Your ‘Mammy’!

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The silent protests speak
as lips are sealed with tape.
Hands reach ever skyward,
in search of the great escape.

Where is our savior today?
Is there a hero that stands for good?
Have we lost all faith and hope?
If there is something to be done, we should.

Must we forever protest in silence,
or pluck a hero from a film?
Someone save us from ourselves,
and from those that will become them.

Will the bad ever get what’s coming?
And of the damsels that do get saved,
why are they always white,
while we play the damsel’s maid.

Shall we put a mob cap on,
and pop our eyes and shriek,
and moan and croon over whites,
when our death is what they seek?

I am told that I am too harsh,
and judgmental in my own way.
They tell me I’m mean and nasty,
but I don’t shoot little kids at play.

Polite is what I’m not,
and never shall I be.
I live in a danger zone.
What the fuck do you expect from me?

If what I write you just don’t like,
then move the hell along,
but don’t come here with no shit,
when you are part of what is wrong.


Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland

What follows is for the piece of shit that typed a search for “how many nigers killed other nigers in 2014.”

So motherfucker, you want to know “how many nigers killed other nigers in 2014.” First of all you stupid fuck, you couldn’t even learn how to use spellcheck? But you want to know about ‘niger’s killing other ‘nigers’ because if it’s found that ‘nigers’ are killing other ‘nigers’ at a higher rate than at the rate that cops are killing ‘nigers’ then what’s the goddamn problem, eh? That about right, motherfucker?

Let me break this shit down for you, you little white prick! First and foremost, did ya look up that 83% of whites are murdered by other whites or is it not considered ‘murder’ or a crime when whites kill other whites. So, let’s not focus on the fact that whites are killing other whites; it’s all about ‘nigers’ killing other ‘nigers’.

Crime in Black communities all across this shithole called, America is fueled by systemic racism and poverty, a school-to-prison pipeline that makes it even easier for Black children to head straight from a classroom into a prison cell. “Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.” We don’t get to ‘buy up’ property, we WAS property and we still are. Don’t even fucking act like you don’t know the sordid ass history of this shithole. I’m not about to give yet another history lesson that got, conveniently, left out of the history books. But know this, you nasty white prick; here, whites don’t get a goddamn pass for being white assed and questioning some shit that should already be fucking known.

You fucking know why every goddamn body is screaming and yelling about crime in Black communities. But you ain’t got to worry about that see? ‘Cause the Blacks ain’t coming into your hood, shooting the fuck outta you. They’re shooting each other, just as whites are busy shooting and murdering other whites. Crime, in the form of murder ain’t limited to Black people and what’s going down in Black communities all across this shithole ain’t a concern of yours. You’re on some shit about police murdering Black people like they’re hunting and killing game and if Black people are murdering each other, what’s the big goddamn deal?

The deal is that Black people have been on lockdown from the word ‘go’ in this shithole. Not a goddamn thing has changed. Black people start out at a disadvantage because how the hell can an entire group of people that came from slaves own a goddamn thing to begin with? We can’t even fucking start from scratch. We’ve got to scratch and claw our way out from underneath the boot of some foul ass shit like you. And you want to search about “how many nigers killed other nigers in 2014???” It would serve your white ass better to search for how many crackers have killed other crackers in YOUR motherfucking hood! Then motherfucker, lock and load ‘cause your white ‘homies’ might be aiming for your skank ass next!

And one last thing, here’s the deal; try educating yourself, you worthless punk ass bitch! Never fucking think that I’m a goddamn ‘mammy’ or the motherfucking ‘Help’! Now, kiss my ass, but only from a goddamn distance!

This here ends the goddamn Sunday sermon! Afuckingmen!

http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/12/01/black-crime-leonard-pitts-ferguson-guiliani/19742677/

Don’t it just fucking always ‘pay’ to be nice??!!! Yeah! Like that shit’s gonna keep happening all up in here! Fucking deal with this shit like I do or fucking leave it the hell alone. You got a choice, I SO fucking don’t!

“Happy Labor Day! Now Here’s Your Pink Slip!”

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Revel starts shutdown Monday after just 2 years

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City’s 36-year history of casino gambling begins to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel empties its hotel.

Revel is shutting down a little over two years after opening with high hopes of revitalizing Atlantic City’s struggling gambling market.

Revel will be the second of three Atlantic City casinos to close in a two-week span. The Showboat Casino Hotel closed its doors Sunday, and Trump Plaza is closing Sept. 16.

Happy Labor Day to the employees of the casino/hotels that have shuttered their doors, are shuttering their doors and will soon shutter their doors. Now ain’t that a bitch? Winter in New Jersey without a goddamn job, fucking wow! Winter anywhere without a goddamn job would be a bitch to get through.

I could have given the owners of the Revel a bit of advice when I was in New Jersey. The people who give the casinos the majority of their business are seniors and people who avidly play the lottery. Yes, the high rollers gamble, but their numbers are far outranked by the average run-of-the-mill gambler. Revel was built for show. It was touted as an expensive hotel and not really as a casino except as an afterthought and a high-priced hotel it was, even by Atlantic City standards. How many seniors and lottery players could afford pricey digs and nowhere to smoke when the money’s running out and the only thing left to do is wait for the bus to take your broke ass back home? Many of the regulars knew each other. It was like a little club. When Revel first opened, the hotel had a ‘No Smoking’ policy. Empty rooms and an empty casino put paid to that but it was too late. Revel wanted a high-class clientele and now, it’s got no clientele and who gets the shaft? Why, the usual suspects of course, Revel’s employees.

Who would have thought that a hotel/casino that cost over $2billion would be closing in two years? I did! When I was in Atlantic City back in 2006, the changes that had taken place from the many years before were just unbelievable. The stores that catered to low-income and middle class people had ‘gone with the wind’.

Back in the ’90s, The Pier Shops at Caesars competed for the low income to middle class with dollar stores, Payless shoe stores, McDonald’s, inexpensive jewelry stores and the like. Then someone came up with the bright idea to close those stores and open up new high-end stores to bring in a ‘better’ clientele. Pier Shops was closed and the interior was gutted to make way for Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Armani, Michael Kors & Tommy Bahama, and many more of that caliber. McDonald’s and other inexpensive eateries were replaced with fine dining restaurants that served only the freshest seafood, unique culinary creations, Atlantic City’s best sushi and decadent desserts and of course, this was designed to cater to the upper echelons of society. Granny with her pension and her SSA check were pushed aside. To make matters worse, The Great Recession with the resulting credit crunch would later adversely impact millions of potential Atlantic City gamblers, not to mention that other states approved gambling and that meant that many people who used to board buses to head to Atlantic City now had the opportunity to gamble in their own backyard. No more waiting on a bus, and a 4-6 hour bus trip each way to Atlantic City. The decline of Atlantic City’s casino market has long been in the making. Add to that, Atlantic City never attempted to distribute any of the tax revenue from gambling into communities beyond the boardwalk. Just two blocks from the boardwalk, urban blight is glaringly obvious. Homeless panhandlers are ever present. People with small children stand in front of liquor stores and propel their children forward to beg people for change. Crime is rampant.

The point that I am trying to make is that at one time, before abject greed and avarice took Atlantic City completely over and the fact of other states allowing casinos to be built, Atlantic City was THE destination for the gambler. And now that the state of Maryland has legalized gambling and opened casinos, that further puts paid to Atlantic City’s glory days as Gambling Central. And so it’s come to this, the closing of newly opened casinos and the closing of casinos that were still making a profit(The Showboat)and the thousands of pink slips handed out to long time employees of Atlantic City’s gaming industry.

It never fails, just when the holiday season is approaching, people are given the old ‘heave-ho’. Over 5,000 people are set to lose their jobs by tomorrow and when Trump Plaza closes on September 16th, 2014, increase that number to over 8,000.

Happy Labor Day, everyone! Ain’t it a grand day to get a pink slip today?

The Atlantic City Labor Day Blues!

For 30 years, I’ve punched that clock
and now on Labor Day, I get to take stock
of a life of labor that could end any day
and the sad fact is, I can’t pay my own way.

In the unemployment line, here I stand.
I’ve joined the ranks of the sad, holding out my hand,
not for a hand-out, because I’ve paid my dues.
So don’t give me no lip, walk a mile in my shoes!

How long will it take me to get back on my feet
and fulfill my obligations, I’ve deadlines to meet?

I’m out to pound the pavement ’cause winter won’t wait.
The lights must stay on and the rent cannot be late.

What a Labor Day it is here in Atlantic City.
It’s not going well for me, Labor Day is kind of shitty!

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/atlantic-city-losing-casinos-5k-jobs-days-25188761
http://www.thepiershopsatcaesars.com/

They Hate Your Fucking Guts!

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Black men, you’re wrong no matter what you do!
They can’t leave you the fuck alone, you’re shot for being you!
You know it’s your fault right?, because your Blackness is a crime.
And for that if they don’t kill you, you’re off to do some time.

They hate your fucking guts and they want your women too.
If they can turn the Black man gay, then what’s he gonna screw?
While the white man fucks a sister, he laughs behind your back
at all the ways that he’s devised and strategized his attack.

You’re demonized and humiliated in front of one and all
when they yank your sagging pants down in the middle of the mall.
They’re out to emasculate you and bring you to your knees.
They want you begging for your life while you’re screaming, “pretty please!”

What difference does it make if your pants are on a sag?
The whites don’t want to hire you to put their groceries in a bag.
They complain about the shootings and poverty in the hood
and when another Black man’s killed they say, “It’s for his own good!”

Oh, you pretentious hypocrites with your stats and graphs and charts
it don’t matter what you say when a Black man’s stopped before he starts.
If they’re shooting one another, the fucking gangs are so damn bad
but when the cops kill just for fun, that shit is just a fad.


Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland