How I Spent My 4th of July While Black Folks Was Getting Gunned Down!

latest pics 035We were having so much fun, we camped at the fireworks site!

latest pics 003Oh yes, while KKKops were killing other Black folks, we was enjoying ourselves. Oh yes, we were!

latest pics 029And here, we had a front row seat to a little volleyball while waiting for the sun to set and the fireworks display to begin.

latest pics 048Oh looky there! Fireworks, everyone!

latest pics 053And more!

latest pics 059And some more and y’all have to excuse these bad pics because I was doing twelve things at once, while imbibing also.

latest pics 090These are my patriotic fireworks. They are supposed to be red, white and blue! But damn, I was deep into my champagne flute by this time! Lawd, was I having fun!

latest pics 067Not bad. What do you think?

latest pics 068“Oh beautiful, for spacious skies…..lalalalalaladeedah!”

latest pics 135Excuse me again, a little off, was this one!

latest pics 142Yeah, I know, this one is sad. I was just turning back to the fireworks when the camera went off, accidental like, you understand.

latest pics 201But anyway, hope you enjoyed your patriotic 4th of July day!

So, there I was, just a sitting somewhere enjoying myself while Black folks were getting shot up by the dozens before, during and right after my merrymaking. I should be ashamed of myself, but there it is, in ‘living color’, my unabashedly, unashamedly merrymaking while horrendous shit was going down and now, I want to sit somewhere and whine about racism, police brutality, KKKops murdering innocent Black folks and some mo shit. I know. I know! I am such a hypocrite!


Your Ass Is Too Good For That Rag!

american flag toilet paper

Black girl, you have known such brutality
from the slave fields to Jim Crow.
And yet they expect you to celebrate
what for you has been a hard row to hoe.

You are to get out that great American flag
and watch it wave over land you have tilled.
You have watched your mother and your father
work harder because they were unskilled.

Sit outside and watch the fireworks display.
Put a couple of hot dogs on the grill.
Don’t forget to eat some apple pie
and then head for the baseball field.

Forget about all the horrors
that this nation has heaped upon you.
Don’t think of all the innocent people
who were killed by this red, white and blue.

Remember what this nation stands for.
And that brutality is sown in the flag.
They have watered down the truth of its history.
 And your ass is too good for that rag!

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2015 Shelby I. Courtland

Independence Hell!

bombs bursting

Why should I love a country that has never accepted me?
I’ll never wave your goddamn flag and pretend that I am free.

I spit on your celebrations and I will never play your games.
Don’t think I’ll kiss your ass while my people are in chains.

You hypocrites make me sick with your pretensions and your lies.
Then you drape yourselves in sheets and have the nerve to moralize.

You celebrate your freedom while destroying the homes of others.
Independence is only for you as the rest of the world discovers.

Your bombs that burst in air are now destroying all mankind.
As the empire marches on, the world gets redefined.

What bravery you display by the dropping of your drones.
And you littered foreign lands with innocent peoples bones.

Celebrate the fourth and forget the shit you’ve done.
When your bombs are busy bursting, we know you’re having fun.

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

Fuck this 4th of July bullshit!!

Let’s Celebrate….!

"Mother of Exiles?"
“Mother of Exiles?”

Those of us who live in the United States of America have much to celebrate this July 4th, Independence Day. We should all proudly display the American flag because it represents our independence from British rule and hence a nation founded on freedom was born. We wake up each and every day in the land of the ‘free and the home of the brave’. There can be no complaints that we lack freedom because even our ‘money is free speech'(Citizens United) and by golly it spoke to the tune of over $5billion in the 2012 elections. Another great example of money over people, a bankroll over principles, hidden offshore accounts over paying taxes and yes, indeed that is most definitely something to celebrate.

We Americans have come a long way in ensuring that all citizens of this country are treated equally. We demand that the Indigenous Peoples of this land stop being shortchanged when it comes to what is rightfully theirs. We make damn sure that there is a level playing field for everyone. We not only had ‘no child left behind’ we have ‘no poor people left behind’. Everyone is housed, no one is lacking nourishing food, health care or gainful employment. Our power grids are the best in the world. Our roads and bridges are not in disrepair and on the verge of collapse. Pollution! What pollution? We have the cleanest air and water ever to be found, we would not stand for anything less. When we go to bed at night, we can sleep soundly in our beds because there is no need for people to engage in criminal behavior. Why should they? This is America! There is no need to rob or steal. Everyone can make it here, legally. We do not tolerate oppression, hate, disenfranchisement, division(separate but equal). There are no roadblocks to voter registration. We are free to place telephone calls to our loved ones without fear of being wiretapped. We can peruse the internet without fear that our keystrokes are being recorded by our government because this country was built on the premise of freedom from oppression. If you are oppressed, come here. We welcome you! The poem at the base of ‘Lady Liberty’ states just that.

Never let it be said that we condone drone strikes, war, torture, people detained indefinitely without due process. We mind our business and only engage in dialogue with other countries when asked. We are lovers of freedom and everyone in the world had better believe it because we are the torch bearers for freedom and justice for all! That is why every American citizen should celebrate Independence Day because America sets the bar high in freedoms for its citizens and that is a hard act to follow. We are to be envied because no other country has it so good!

“Damn! I just woke up!”