We Turn A Blind Eye!

 

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Drones strike nearby

Innocent children die

Widowed mothers cry

Missiles cross the sky

Our bloodlust, we satisfy

Treaties, we nullify

Israel, we gratify

Torture, we justify

The truth, we classify

Countries, we occupy

The innocent, we vilify

Murder, we glorify

The media prints the lie

Their bullshit, we gladly buy

The world, we terrify

We don’t question, “Why?”

Silently, we comply

We’ll eat our apple pie

on the fourth of this July

and drink and just get high

since freedom does not apply

And justice has no ally

We turn a blind eye

to the horrors,  we can’t deny.

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland

©2015 Shelby I. Courtland

Recognize yourself in this one? I am sure you do! Now, you can look away from the truth of this one if you want, but the shoe fits and you are wearing it; stupid, clueless Americans! And while I am at it, let me disabuse you of the notion that there is anything, ANYTHING at all exceptional about you, ’cause there ain’t! I do realize that since there is nothing but air in the space between your ears, you’re finding this hard to absorb. Let me make it more clear for you. You are a stupid, useless fuck! You think the world revolves around you because you are an American. Newsfuckingflash, it SO doesn’t and you are simply a piece of shit that just refuses to get flushed down the goddamn toilet despite my many attempts to flush the lot of you, down! You ain’t getting flushed for lack of my trying and that is for damn sure!

 

A World Of Debt

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I have turned purple and I have turned blue.

And still, I cannot get through to you.

What more is left for me to say?

Nothing changes from day to day.

 

The time for action will pass us by.

I wring my hands but my eyes are dry.

Face set in stone, teeth are clenched.

Throat muscles tight; nostrils are pinched.

 

For the day of reckoning, I am prepared.

With nothing to lose; why should I be scared?

Our freedoms are gone and justice is dead.

Liberty resides in a padlocked shed.

 

Take my hand; do not let it go.

Together we stand against our foe.

We will not lean and we will not fall.

We have heard the cry; we must heed the call.

 

How did we get so much in debt?

Those who would own us will soon collect.

Do you really want to become their slave?

Whose debt has a banker ever forgave?

 

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland

© 2013 Shelby I. Courtland

 

 

 

“Hail The New World Order!”

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They sat around complaining that they were a dollar short.

Then they turned upon the poor and beat them just for sport.

The Inquisitor arrived and ascended to the throne.

He begged freedom’s pardon as he cut her to the bone.

An eerie cry was heard to echo ‘round the chamber,

It awakened sweet justice from her deep and dreamless slumber.

The banshee wail of death bespoke of her demise.

Freedom was removed; the world would be the prize.

A battle for the throne was fought without delay.

Hail, the New World Order, they’re about to put in play.

The peons saw it coming but kept up with the pretense.

The knights were on their steed, their stance bespoke defense.

The courtyard erupted with the clash of steel on steel.

As the fiercest battle raged, there was none who would not kill

to reign in freedom’s stead and to grasp the scepters head.

The rivers soon would flow with the blood of the dead.

I awoke from this dream, believing we had gained some sense,

Alas, what was I thinking, we’ll just keep up the pretense.

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland

©2013 Shelby I. Courtland

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.
http://www.louisianaweekly.com/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
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/03/what-happened-trayvon-martin-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

Are We Really Free?

"Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free"...from spying and collecting our data.

“Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”…from the government spying on us and collecting our data.


Progression to transparency? Guess not!

Progression to transparency? Guess not!


Why is my government spying on me?
Am I not in the land of lady liberty?

And what about ‘freedom and justice for all’?
That’s long gone, there’s been a recall.

They stomped the constitution and the bill of rights to death.
Got caught up in the act of secret, undercover stealth.

“We the people,” have freedoms nevermore.
When government officials are knocking down our door.

We look the other way when the government is wrong.
And never stop to think that we shouldn’t go along.

They play on our ‘terror’ fears to keep us all in line.
Gather data on our phone records; yes, yours and mine.

They say that they’re our savior, but is it really true?
Who are the terrorists? Could it be me and you?

We gave up our rights to keep the ‘bogeyman’ away.
I guess we all did promise to do everything they say.
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Never question why. What do we know?
There’s the snooping NSA and don’t forget Guantanamo!

Doubting their intent? That’s not patriotic.
Trust in your government no matter how despotic.

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland
©2013 Shelby I. Courtland

“Trust in the U.S. government? That’ll be the day!”
Apparently, Ecuador is standing firm against the U.S. government’s threats to cease preferential treatment and trade agreements.
Alvarado, who called threats from the US over trade arrangements a form of “blackmail,” said Ecuador’s government would not only willingly accept the loss of approximately $23 million in trade benefits, but in addition would offer a gift, in the form of an aid package of the same amount, that would be directed to provide human rights training in the United States.
source:http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/27-2 Ecuador to Us:We Won’t be ‘blackmailed’ over Snowden

Now, the U.S. government is engaging in what amounts to ‘blackmail’ in order to get Ecuador to deny asylum to the alleged ‘spy’ who spied on the U.S. government spying on its citizens and became a ‘whistleblower’. Ever one to take the high road, aren’t we? “Ecuador, it seems that the U.S. government could indeed use that ‘human rights training’ that your country is so willing to provide, quick, fast and in a hurry.” Not that it’ll do any good. We are talking about the U.S. government you know.

A Poem For Black History Month About The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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

And realize this, Barack Obama is ANTI everything that Dr. King died for. Dr. King would NOT stand in solidarity with Barack Obama. Do you honestly think that Dr. King would approve of drone strikes and the resulting deaths of innocent people when the target is surrounded by people who have done no wrong? Would Dr. King approve of indefinitely detaining people without due process and who have not been charged with a crime? Would Dr. King approve of torture and sending people who have a conscience, to jail for exposing lies, war crimes, hypocrisy and torture? Would Dr. King approve of the CIA training rebels in foreign lands to overthrow leaders who refuse to kowtow to U.S. demands? Would Dr. King approve of Barack Obama turning his back on the poor because that is exactly what Barack Obama is doing every single time he gives a speech emphasizing “work hard” as though people are not doing enough to get themselves employed when the jobs are just not there? Would Dr. King approve of Barack Obama continuing the Bush era bank bailouts that robbed the poor and gave to the rich who then gave themselves even more in the form of multimillion dollar bonuses? Would Dr. King have approved of the stupid reasons that Barack Obama gave for bombing Syria? Dr. King was well aware of the hypocrisy of the government of the United States. And Barack Obama perpetuates that hypocrisy every single time he opens up his mouth and another lie spews forth.

Black America, take your rose colored glasses off and take a really good look at Barack Obama. He is NOT the fulfillment or culmination of Dr. King’s dream. He is the absolute antithesis of everything Dr. King stood, marched, protested and died for. Dr. King would have shunned Barack Obama because he would have known that he is just another corporate lackey, a willing tool of his corporate masters and bought with blood money.

Just because Barack Obama is Black, does not make him right! And if your pastor or Reverend reveres Obama so much, ask him why. Ask your pastor if Chicago is any better off for having had Barack Obama as a citizen and a senator, not to mention, a community organizer. Ask your pastor why with the horrendous tallies of homicides in Chicago, did it take a school shooting in Newtown, CT before Obama shed a tear and called for gun reform. Ask your pastor why are the schools in inner cities all across America, woefully inadequate in educating Black children and instead of educating them have turned them into a pipeline from the classroom straight into the penitentiary even though Barack Obama is inside the White House. Ask him. Ask him why we have a Black Attorney General and yet over a million Black men are being incarcerated for decades for having been found with trace amounts of weed on them. Ask him why whites are not locked up when they are found with even more drugs on them than the many Blacks who are in prison on mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines. Ask him why with two Black men in powerful positions, is the Black unemployment rate still in the double digits and slavery better known as convict labor is practiced religiously in America today. Ask him!

Black America, it is time that you realized that you’ve been had! Accept it, deal with it and stop making excuses for and revering Barack Obama who is nothing more than Bush in Black face on steroids!