Walt Disney Told Our Story!

 

 

Black History Month is at an end
and Walt Disney told our story.
We learned about Wakanda
and Black Panther got the glory.

Wearing dashikis and head wraps,
we clapped and cheered for Wakanda;
that magical of all kingdoms,
it looks just like Uganda!

Now, Uganda is over in Africa,
and the poverty rate is high.
Healthcare is abysmal
and people with cholera, they still die.

The folks over in Somalia?
They ain’t looking so good.
Trump just bombed them again,
just like I knew he would.

But over by way of Ethiopia,
the folks there got a plight.
They ain’t eating at all.
And it ain’t about a hunger strike.

The African women of Liberia
have long been seen as slaves;
sex slaves to be exact
and that don’t get no praise.

What about over in Kenya?
They got educated folks
and still, some end up homeless
Look it up, this ain’t no hoax.

Now we come to Ghana,
is this a kingdom too?
It was once ruled by the British.
Does that give you a clue?

Libya is off the chain
and slavery is everywhere.
America and NATO
filled Libyans with despair.

But we celebrate Black History Month
with Black Panther to the rescue.
There’s a kingdom over in Africa,
where lives the privileged few.

Wakanda, is its name.
Its Black Panther leads the charge
against usurpers to the throne
within the kingdom or at large.

Vibranium is its weapon,
against enemies far and wide.
I bet real African nations
wish this kingdom was by their side.

Between fantasy and reality,
we choose fantasy every time.
and we’d rather pay Walt Disney
 our last hard-earned dime.

We don’t care about Liberia,
because that is just too real.
And we don’t live in Uganda
where cholera is a big deal.

We want to live in Wakanda,
fake as it can be.
But that is what we are,
fake people with a fake history.

This here ends Black History,
with many thanks to Walt Disney
who sat us down in Wakanda;
a kingdom; a magical fantasy.

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2018 Shelby I. Courtland

In my opinion, it is a shame that throughout this entire short month that has been set aside to showcase Black History, Walt Disney and Marvel COMICS took over the focus that should have been on REAL Black heroes and heroines who were on the front lines, battling  slavery, oppression, Jim Crow, segregation, voting rights, gentrification, mass unemployment, mass homelessness, a school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration, income inequality, substandard health care, cuts to education, inadequate housing, economic inequality, food insecurity, crime, violence, drugs, gangs, teen pregnancies and high homicide rates of Black youth in inner cities and the list is endless.

There was no focus on the above because Black people were so easily distracted into wearing African head wraps and dashikis because a movie was hyped about a fictional kingdom in Africa where there was untold wealth and a superhero to the rescue to protect his rich kingdom.

We would rather remain blind to the facts and to reality. We want, for two hours, to forget the realities we face because we need to be made to ‘feel good’ about belonging to some kingdom in Africa that isn’t even real. How pathetic is that? We want Walt Disney to hurry up and give us Part II of “Wakanda Forever” just in time for next Black History Month so that we can, again, focus on fantasy and not on our reality. How sad is that?

When have we ever lived a “Wakanda Forever” life here in AmeriKKKa? Do you seriously think that even with the links that I have provided in my poem, that the REAL Africa is anything at all like what Walt Disney would have you believe?

When you left the theater, did you see “Wakanda” when you stepped outside? Did you see “Wakanda” when you returned home? Did you see “Wakanda” when you checked out the local news where you live? Did you see “Black Panther” save any Black man, woman or child from being arrested or shot and killed by cops for playing in a park with a toy gun or for failing to use the proper turn signal or for selling loose, un-taxed cigarettes or for simply sleeping in their bed?

How did paying Walt Disney and Marvel Comics for the ‘pleasure’ of watching their distraction help you in any way? Did wearing your dashiki and African head wrap stop the police from pulling you over? Did wearing your dashiki and African head wrap stop your landlord from handing you an eviction notice because your neighborhood is about to be gentrified? Did the “Black Panther” swoop down and take you to “Wakanda Forever?” If you are reading this, Black man, woman, teenager(the few who can read), then the answer is “NO!”

Black History Month? Who needs it when we’ve got “Wakanda Forever!”

“Wakanda?” Forever!

“Thank you Walt Disney for supplying us with our REAL and TRUE History, THIS Black History Month! All hail Walt Disney!”

Aren’t All Religions, The True Religion? Actually, There Is No True Religion

Religion! What is it? Is it a belief of an omnipotent being who supposedly created heaven and earth and who craves adulation from us for doing so? If this is the case, then why aren’t the animals(also made by ‘God’)required to worship this omnipotent being, this ‘deity’? Is it in your ‘religious’ book that they must either be good or otherwise be thrown into the fiery pits of hell? Your ‘pets’ aren’t intelligent enough or is it that they lack the money in which to prop up the so-called palaces of worship that are required in order to head to the rapture in the hereafter?

Which religion is THE true religion? The christian religion which includes the Baptists, Methodists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Seventh-Day Adventist, Anglican/Episcopalian, Lutheran and what about Buddhism and Islam, and any non denominational ‘religion’?

Religion is fiction! Plain and simple. It is a fantasy designed to give those who need it the hope that there is more to life than just death. Some religions believe that we are reincarnated because there simply has to be a form of ‘living’ after we’re pronounced dead, right? Wrong. When you cease to breathe and your heart stops beating. You are dead. Get over it. There is no light at the end of the tunnel. There is no seeing your loved ones again. This is it folks. So, instead of worrying about paying your tithes and saying your prayers(to an idol of some sort), you should spend what time you have just living and enjoying life to its fullest and be kind to each other because it is the right thing to do, not because you will be rewarded in some ‘heaven’ for your good deeds.

We humans have always needed something to push us to behave, to be good. We’ve also always needed an excuse for our ‘bad’ behavior. Because whether we wish to face it or not, evil is our default position. That is why we have laws and forms of punishment. It is because of our inherently evil nature. We are not inherently good. If we were made by a divine entity that was good and thrived on good, then why are we so evil? Take a look around you? When has man not been engaged in war of some sort. Hell! There have been so-called ‘Holy Wars’. If Eve and her oh so tempting apple is why we are inherently evil and in need of ‘religion to save us’, then why are we still eating apples? And why is ‘Adam’ still marrying ‘Eve’? Why have we not declared that the apple is off limits? Is it because it’s too late, and so then we shrug and just take another bite(and another ‘Eve’) because, really…what more do we have to lose?

Why was Santa Claus invented? Weren’t you told as a child, “be good or Santa will put coal and ashes in your stocking and won’t bring you any toys?” Or, “behave yourself in church today or the Easter Bunny will not leave an Easter basket for you?” What does ‘God aka religion’ ‘Santa’ and the ‘Easter Bunny’ all have in common? An inheritance. You know, something passed down through the years. I went to a Baptist church because my mother took me to a Baptist church because her mother took her to a Baptist church. I believed in Santa Claus because my parents drummed Santa Claus into me as they had had it drummed into them and so forth and so on. It is like passing the silver down from one generation to the other. We just accept it. On the other hand, we celebrate Halloween(another inheritance) by going door-to-door and receiving goodies, and just what is this holiday based on? Witches, ghosts and magic? You can’t have it both ways folks. You’re either in this religion based on all things good(lest ye be tempted) and staying away from the ‘dark’ side or you’re not really ‘religious’ at all, you’re just playing the game. But it really doesn’t matter because you’re being played anyway. You don’t want to know that you’re being played because then you would have to come to the realization that there is no ‘life after death’ and so you cling to your hope and faith that there really is a ‘God’ and a ‘heaven’. Not to mention, there’s BIG money to be made in religion, all tax free. Wow! No wonder you religious people love your ‘religion’, you get to worship in palaces, continually build, buy land and you have a ready made flock of those who are willing to pay any amount of money if you will just promise them one thing, everlasting (good)life after death. A win, win! Now, if that ain’t a sin!