February Is Slave History Month

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Yea though I stand humbly draped in chains,
I am allowed to celebrate slave history gains.
And since I shall die while serving my white master,
make a note that I worshipped at your feet, sweet Alabaster.

Make no mistake, I am grateful for no freedom
since oppression is what I’m used to as I head to God’s kingdom.
There, I will be judged by their god of outrageous lies
and found stunningly unfit by the lord of these flies.
So, please stand with me now as we thank our dear captors
for our place in history; all twenty-eight chapters.

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2017 Shelby I. Courtland

As we are all aware by now, we are in the midst of celebrating Slave History Month and so without further ado, let the celebrations begin.

Those of us who had no choice but to be here since we did not immigrate but are here nevertheless thanks to our ancestors having been forcibly dragged here, take this opportunity to thank those who are the spawn of what dragged us here for giving us this month to celebrate that fact. It is quite apparent that those who wish us to thank them for this opportunity to stand before them in chains to this very day, are awaiting demonstrations of gratitude from us. We have not humbled ourselves in their kitchens, slave quarters, bathrooms, bedrooms and fields quite to their satisfaction for why else have they given us this month in which to thank them for their generosity; their thoughtfulness in dragging our ancestors from Africa to America? How can we let them know just how truly delighted we are to have twenty-eight chapters…I mean, twenty-eight days in which to celebrate our slave history?

And if you think you are not still a slave, why, Donald Trump just disabused you of that notion by in essence, speaking of Frederick Douglass as though he were still alive today.

Trump had this to say about Frederick Douglass. “Frederick Douglass is an example of someone who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I noticed.”

Frederick Douglass, on behalf of Donald Trump, we wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued excellence in getting your point across as it pertains to “What to the slave is your fourth of July celebrations?‘ as you tour America today. Apparently, you did not die in 1895 since Trump is noticing that you are being recognized more and more wherever you go even though most of us are aware that you were born into slavery. It is good to know that you are still with us and even though you are still a slave, they have given you leeway to go on tour to promote your abolitionist views.

I hear tell that Harriet Tubman is being brought back to life in the form of her picture on the twenty dollar bill. What in the world is President Jackson saying about this? And I know he will not keep quiet about it. But then, we shall surely wait for Donald Trump to get around to enlightening us on that score. So many slaves still here with us today to celebrate Slave History Month and so let us thank them for their continued sacrifices on our behalf. For theirs has been an excruciatingly long and arduous struggle and we also have many Civil Rights icons that we want to thank as well; Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, Bayard Rustin, Ralph Abernathy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Ella Baker, Medgar Evers and so many, many more.

But today, as we celebrate Slave History Month, our celebrations are being upended thanks to The Donald’s Muslim ban and the cries for us to stand in solidarity with the Muslim community that never stood in solidarity with us; in fact, went out of its way to make sure that the ‘whites’ knew that we could not count on Muslim solidarity in our time of need. What group has ever stood in solidarity with us? Most certainly not the Muslims. And just so you know this to be true, here is a little excerpt that I took from a blog that I was reading earlier.

In the Fight Against Islamophobia, Solidarity with other Marginalized Groups is Key

when I sit around listening to aunties at parties giving pointers to each other on the best times to go to yoga classes so as to avoid black people. (Honestly, it’s a charitable interpretation of their language to even say they refer to black folks as people; most of the time they casually use the term kala, which literally means just “black” in Hindi/Urdu.)

Isn’t that nice? Black people are not even referred to as people, only as the ‘color’, Black, literally by the Muslims. You are less than a color to these Muslims. At least the ‘whites’ gave you the dubious distinction of being three-fifths human, but the Muslims don’t even give you that much. And so, you are going to stand somewhere in solidarity with some shits that don’t even see you as ‘human’? What does that say for them? Send their ass packing Donald Trump; each and every damn one of them. Send them packing!

And yes, we must be avoided at all times but because the Muslims are afraid for their very lives now, it has now been deemed appropriate to wake up and recognize that the ‘whites’ are now coming for them, so let’s get with the program that it would be to their benefit to get with ‘the color Black’ at yoga class because those  ‘Black colors’ have been marginalized since forever. The Muslim marginalization has just begun and they want to recognize the fact of ‘the ongoing color Black’ marginalization just NOW! Too goddamn late! Don’t let the door hit you on your ass on the way out of yoga class or on the way out of this country! Send them packing, Donald Trump! Send them packing! And if that isn’t bad enough, read this:

I knew my marginalization wasn’t unique every time I heard my classmates cycle through a seemingly endless repertoire of racist jokes on the schoolbus, about everything from the emo-Muslim who lets out angst by crashing planes to the Mexicans coming out of holes in their backyards to the eternal crowd favorite, “What do you call 3 black men on the moon? Three black men on the moon. What do you call 3 million? Problem solved!”
Just as horrifying as these jokes was the expectation that I would laugh at them too — since, hey, I’m not Mexican or black, so what business do I have being offended?

To take offense for the sake of people different from you is to begin to become invested in a politics deeper than your own individual hurt.

WOW! Hey slaves in America, you taking note of this? This newly marginalized Muslim here has been listening to these racist comments all her life but has chosen this time to dig up some hurt for you because now Muslims like herself are being targeted. So, this indeed is the case of “I did not speak up when first they came for the Blacks in my yoga class, I did not speak up when they told racist jokes about Black men, but now, I want these same ‘marginalized’ people to get with the program that we should now gather in a group hug and recognize that we need each other since I am now one of the ‘marginalized’.” Nope, not going to happen! If you were never in my corner…AND, you were NOT!!!, you are never going to be in my corner simply because the focus is not just solely on our ass anymore, but now they have dumped their collective hatred onto your ass! And even your various college degrees are not enough to save you from their hysterical hatred for Muslims from select countries who hold green cards or an H-1b visa. You see the one difference between us is I don’t hold a green card nor a visa because I was born here. Can you say the same? No, I didn’t think so because if you could, you wouldn’t be so put out about this Muslim ban, would you? They cannot put your sorry ass out of this country fast enough to suit me! Send them packing Donald Trump! Send them packing!

So, let us celebrate Slave History Month, my fellow slaves because we are on our own. There is no need for you to feel pressured to march through the streets with those who are afraid of some immigration ban because their fight is not your fight since your fight, they never bothered with or even thought about since it did not seem as though the ‘whites’ would ever pick a fight with them. No, celebrate your Slave History Month for what it is worth and tell those who would stand in solidarity with you now that karma is a bitch! Send them packing Donald Trump! Send them packing!

First They Came For The Blacks And…..

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….and you fucking did nothing! So now, you can just shut the fuck up!

Seriously, y’all wanna go there?

All over my reader, all I see is “First they came for the Muslims and I did nothing…” Oh, so you wanna do something now? You’ve seen killing chokeholds, you’ve seen lynching, you’ve seen mass incarceration of an entire ethnic group and just recently a woman at the heart of the Emmett Till case has now stated that she fabricated her story but now that Muslims are having a hard time thanks to policies put into play by those who look like you, you now want to do something?

Woman at center of Emmett Till case tells author she fabricated testimony

It was the lynching that outraged African Americans, spurred the civil rights movement and etched the victim’s name in history: Emmett Till.

The 14-year-old Chicagoan was visiting relatives in the cotton country of the Mississippi delta on 24 August 1955 when he allegedly wolf-whistled at a white woman.

Three days later his body was found in the Tallahatchie river. Till had a bullet hole in the head, an eye gouged out and other wounds. The murderers had wrapped barbed wire around his neck and weighted him down with a cotton gin fan.

It was a ghastly crime that changed the United States but the woman at the center of it, Carolyn Bryant, long remained an enigma.

A few weeks after the murder, the then 21-year-old testified in court that Till had grabbed and verbally harassed her in a grocery store. “I was just scared to death,” she said.

The all-white jury cleared her husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother JW Milam of the crime. They later publicly admitted their guilt, saying they wanted to warn other blacks. Carolyn Bryant disappeared from public view.

Now, 62 years later, it has emerged that she fabricated her testimony about Till making physical and verbal advances.

“That part’s not true,” Bryant told Timothy Tyson, the author of a new book, The Blood of Emmet Till.

A fourteen year old child was most heinously murdered and over six decades later, the truth is finally revealed that a WHITE woman lied on a Black child that resulted in whites murdering this child in one of the most brutal of ways and now you debased creatures are sitting somewhere shouting to all and sundry about who “They first came for?” Which means your depraved ass came for Black people and everybody else and handed them their ass on a platter after having lynched them and blown their country to bits but now you’re all benevolent and empathetic when none of you are any different from the filthy, vile and loathsome worms that did this to an innocent Black child. Oh yes, I believe how merciful and full of good will you are just like I believe in GEEZUS and Santa Claus. And if there were any truth to any of your so-called ‘christian’ religion, then your damn god would have smote you into non-existence eons ago. But unfortunately for us, we still have to bear witness to the vicious shits that you really are thanks to your actions; that of continuing to attempt to push us off the face of this planet through gentrification, through mass incarceration, through a school-to-prison pipeline, through medical experimentation, through abject poverty, through racism, homelessness, income inequality and joblessness while you blame us for all our problems that you worthless beasts set in motion.

Again, a fourteen year old child was horribly murdered because of what? The color of his skin? Hell no! He was murdered because of what makes whites so goddamn ferociously racist; the fact that you’ve no heart or soul or empathy or conscience to berate you for what you do to others. You’re the walking dead. You don’t have to watch ‘The Walking Dead’ because you epitomize it. Everywhere you go, you bring that which you are; death! And yet you have the goddamn nerve to pretend that you are something you are not; merciful, kind and full of good will. Get the fuck outta here with that goddamn bullshit! You are now going to show the Muslims how outraged you are over their plight and you are going to do something about it even though you’re the very reason they have a plight!

When I read what had really happened to this child, was I surprised? Hell NO! Because anyone with two brain cells connected and working knew what happened to this child and that what was previously stated had happened was a big ass lie! But now, the whites are out marching through the streets demanding some rights. What rights are you missing? You ain’t missing a goddamn thing except a heart, a soul and a goddamn conscience; something you can never have because you are pure evil and death and you need to all just drop dead already. The sheer unmitigated gall of you having the balls to talk about when they first came for somebody like you ain’t what’s come for every goddamn body besides you motherfuckers. Somebody should come for YOUR ass! That’s what needs to happen because the world would get itself in order if we didn’t have the likes of you to deal with!

Ask me if I give a damn over how you take this post and that would be a resounding, “NO!” You know you ain’t shit! I know you ain’t shit! You ain’t never been about shit but yet there you go, just a marching through Washington, D.C. pretending to protest the likes of you. Are you fucking serious? Do you know how dumb and stupid you look protesting your own ass? I laughed when I saw you marching through the streets acting like you was really doing something when the only thing you did was show how hypocritical your ass really is that you can take to the streets and show your ‘white privilege’. Show that you can board a plane at any given time, leave home and no job because you’re a ‘stay-at-home’ mom’ that’s got nothing but time on her hands and look at you, just a protesting that you’ve got no rights. You’re the biggest goddamn jokes that’s ever lived but the sad fact is the joke is on us because you ain’t fucking funny, not at all!

So, yeah! First you came for the Blacks and since when have you stopped coming for us long enough to come for the Muslims? That’s exactly what I thought. You never stopped, you hypocritical, sanctimonious, evil spawns of where you SHOULD reside; in hell!