When You Get Tired…..

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When you get tired of dying before your eighteenth birthday
 and when you’re tired of hearing that you’re worthless anyway,
 that protest sign, you will put down and the fire in your soul
 will burn through your body that is four hundred years old.

When you get tired of police brutality and the injustice of gentrification,
 and when you get tired of the school-to-prison pipeline of no education,
 that protest sign, you will put down and the marching on tired feet
 will not be enough to quench the thirst for liberation and you won’t accept defeat.

When you get tired of the National Guard getting called out to stop you
 and when they fire the shots at your tired, worn-out body, though that’s nothing new,
 that protest sign, you will put down and you must heed the words of Malcolm X.
For no man can continue to surrender to ropes tightened around innocent necks.

And when you get tired of mass incarceration because of the color of your skin
 and when the cops are on your ass from sun up to sun down, yet again,
 that protest sign, you will put down and you will listen to the anger in your heart.
For no Black man, woman or child can resist the revolution and you must take part.

And when the smoke has cleared and so many lie dead or wounded from the fight
 and when you think that what you did was all for nothing and that good is never right,
 that protest sign that you put down, shove it up the white man’s ass and turn around
And torch everything in sight; every white man’s asset, burn it to the ground!

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland

©2015 Shelby I. Courtland

When you get tired, my Black brothers and sisters, you will realize that protest signs, marches and hands raised in the air is not enough. When you get tired of hearing that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is to be revered for his non-violent stance of supplicating himself to his enemy and encouraged you to do likewise, you will then realize your only course of action and you will take it. The white man knows this and that is why he is hell-bent on incarcerating you off the streets; that is why he is hell-bent on donning that blue or brown uniform, once he sheds his white sheet, and commences to riddle you with hundreds of bullets. He knows what’s coming. You don’t. Not yet. But you will. Yes, that’s right. He already knows what his fate is and who is going to seal it, but you don’t. Not yet. But you will. And when you do, it is game over for him and he knows that!

I don’t even call it violence when it’s in self defense; I call it intelligence. –

Emmett, The First Lynched Black Boy!

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– sing to the tune of “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer!”

You know Eric and Tamir and
Freddie and Walter,
Michael and Sandra and
Yvette and Tanisha
But do you recall
the most famous Black man of all

*Emmett, the dark skinned Negro,
had a life ahead of him.
He never got to live it.
He was lynched at age fourteen.

All of the other Black men
knew that they were next in line.
They never saw poor Emmett
in the cotton fields again.

Then one fucked up Christmas eve,
the white man came to say,
“Black man with your skin so dark,
won’t you till my land for me!”

Now all the Black men hate him.
“Till your goddamn land yourself!”
“Fuck you and fuck your Christmas,
as you write our history!”

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland

©2015 Shelby I. Courtland

*Emmett Till

Emmett Louis Till was an African-American teenager who was lynched in Mississippi at the age of 14, after reportedly flirting with a white woman. Wikipedia 

Born: July 25, 1941, Chicago, IL

Died: August 28, 1955, Money, MS

Full name: Emmett Louis Till

I know, I know! I promised, no more! But I had just one more to belt out and there it is! Merry fucking Christmas from all of us who wouldn’t be in this shithole if our ancestors had been left the fuck alone!

A Change Has To Come!

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A change has to come.
I don’t know where from.
But the present situation is untenable
and is most definitely, unsustainable.

Too many people are living foul
while the rich are forever on the prowl
for whatever else they can steal,
and their greatest joy is to kill.

You have only to look at the endless wars
and at the refugees who face closed doors.
Take a look at our militarized police.
Do you really think that shit will cease?

Wake up and rise up!
And put down the Kool-Aid cup.
Our ass is toast and what are we going to do?
Because I am getting screwed and so are you!

What have we to look forward to? Thanksgiving?
How the hell are you even making a living?
The hiring signs I see are all for part-time.
And after you pay your rent, you don’t have a dime.

This is not how it used to be.
But it’s the new norm for you and for me.
You didn’t think that police brutality was real.
And yet every Negro knew the deal.
The videos of murder proved you wrong.
And now you know why Negroes have been protesting for so long.
We were the bad guys or so you thought.
You were not subjected to the system that we fought.

The Black Panthers were all but wiped out.
And the assassination of Malcolm X was political without a doubt.
Martin Luther King Jr., was slain as well.
And the Civil Rights Movement went to hell.
If not, why are we still marching to “No justice! No peace?”
We are not even at the table and when they sliced the pie, we didn’t get a piece.
But you tell yourself that rioting and looting is not the solution.
So what should we do? Recite the words of the Constitution?

One way or another, this shit must end.
And my right to live, I will defend!

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

$6.4 Million Dollars

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Case closed!

Baltimore officials approved a $6.4 million deal Wednesday to settle all civil claims tied to the death of Freddie Gray.
Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury while he was transported in a Baltimore police van in April.

The settlement does not “represent any judgment” on the guilt or innocence of the six police officers charged in the case, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said. “This settlement represents an opportunity to bring closure to the Gray family, the community and the city.”

Six point four million dollars
and you can’t spend a cent.
After attorney’s fees,
that money’s all but spent.

You are dead and buried.
They put a price on the how you died.
If there had been no witnesses,
again, they would have lied.

It’s cold comfort to you
that your family’s getting paid
by the City of Baltimore,
when in a coffin, you were laid.

And still, nothing’s changed.
The same shit is going down.
We protest another murder
of the Black and of the Brown.

We are all just refugees
 with no place to run.
They’ve got us hemmed in,
down to the last one.

Oh, we march down the street
like they did in sixty-three.
Dr. King and all the others
marched on Washington, DC.

Did it change things for you?
Oh that’s right, you can’t talk.
We’ll print another protest sign
and then we’ll take a walk.

Rest easy, Freddie Gray.
We shall surely make you proud.
Can’t you hear the pleas and cries
erupting from the crowd?

This time, it’s going to work;
this marching thing we do.
There’s no reason why it shouldn’t.
Ain’t that what we said to you?

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

So, the mayor of Baltimore says that, “It’s closure time!” Ain’t that a bitch? The coffin lid was ‘closed’ on Freddie Gray back in April. He has already gotten his ‘closure’. Can’t get more ‘closure’ than dead ‘closure’. What the fuck else is left? Oh right! The BIG payday. And who is going to get the bulk of the $6.4 million? The attorney and the ‘tax man’. What the Caucasoid giveth, he make sure you give it right back to his ass! Yep! Freddie Gray can rest easy now. Everything is cool. Mayor Rawlings-Blake made a statement and that statement is to all her ‘thugs’, uh…all of her constituents that ‘rioted’ that it is time for ‘closure’. See? Freddie Gray is happily silent over his $6.4 million dollar payout, his family’s lawyer can smile all the way to the bank and the City of Baltimore will get the majority of the payout back in taxes. All’s well that ‘ends’..uh…closures well!

The Biggest Lie Ever Told!

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Straight Outta Compton;
 the biggest lie ever told.
Gloss over the truth
and the public is sold.

Offer an apology,
 why don’t you Dr. Dre?
It’s so late in coming.
Did fame get in the way?

Beating up on women
can be overlooked.
What’s a little abuse
 when the matinée  is booked?

No ho can steal the thunder
 of Niggers With Attitude
  making money for the man.
 Who needs their gratitude?

When we tell our story
 who will fill in the blanks
 about the women that got beaten;
 those hos, bitches and skanks?

Sell-outs rule the day
from Compton in L.A.
to the District of Columbia,
 and all across the U.S.A.

Get with the program,
it’s all about getting paid.
If the bitches come around
they know, they gone get laid.

If she stepped outta line,
she got beat just like a man
by a nigger with an attitude.
And now you’re my biggest fan.

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

Dr. Dre Apologizes to the ‘Women I’ve Hurt’

N.W.A., topped the box office last week with a $56.1 million opening.. “Compton,” his first album in 16 years, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard chart. Last year, the music company that Dr. Dre helped establish, Beats, was sold to Apple for $3 billion, making him the self-proclaimed “first billionaire in hip-hop.”

But critics charge that the movie, which was co-produced by Dr. Dre, glosses over N.W.A.’s record of misogyny and ignores Dr. Dre’s history of physically abusing women.

“I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.”

“He{Dr. Dre} was often physically abusive, hitting her with a closed fist and leaving “black eyes, a cracked rib and scars.” said Michel’le, a former girlfriend of Dr. Dre.

So, it would appear that police brutality was addressed in the movie, but not the brutality unleashed by Dr. Dre towards women, until now that is in his decades late apology. But of course, he is reformed and all is forgiven; this moneymaker, because if Dr. Dre sold his music company, Beats, to Apple for $3billion, is anyone foolish enough to not get how much Apple has made from Beats purchase?

Who cares about some women that got busted up by him? No man’s closed fist punch hurts a mere woman, does it? There’s more money to be made off Dr. Dre, so hos accept what you asked for, deal with it, dude has apologized, is still making money for us and we are laughing all the way to the bank. Yeah! Like we give a shit about your black eyes, cracked ribs and scars. You know you asked for it or you wouldn’t have been dating him. Live and learn and sometimes, living hurts, don’t it?

I am being SO goddamn sarcastic, it ain’t even funny.

Straight Outta Compton may be a blockbuster hit, but it got no takers here. A piece of shit that will hit a woman AND with a closed fist, will get no props from me, much less my hard-earned goddamn money. Fuck that shit!

So! She Wants To Be Black!

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What’s the big deal? If Rachel Dolezal wants to pretend to be Black, then let her ‘enjoy’ all the privileges and benefits that go along with being Black. She can get her ass kicked by the police just like we do. She can get steered to a subprime mortgage loan and lose her home just like we did. She can be the last hired and the first fired just like we are. She can be locked up for more years just for being Black just like we are. She can be followed around a store just like we are. Why should we enjoy all of the benefits of being Black and not let any other group into our elite circle? If Rachel Dolezal wants to deny the fact that she is white and would rather insist that she have crosses burned in her yard, why should we have a problem with that? If she does not have a problem in being called, a ‘thug’, then I say, “You go girl!”

Why is everybody so bent out-of-shape over this? It is not the end of the world. Worse things are happening everyday beyond the fact of a mere white woman posing as a Black woman. If she wants to become the object of ridicule, then more power to her. If she would rather have to fight and claw her way up from fry cook to cashier, then let her. Oh! My bad! She is the president of the local chapter of the NAACP in Spokane, WA. Surprise! Surprise! First the Donald Sterling incident and now this. The NAACP just cannot get its act together and of course the NAACP is standing with Rachel Dolezal on this because she has been of much help to the Black community and the NAACP insists that the organization is inclusive of all people regardless of race, ethnicity, color, creed, gender or religious affiliation and so if that is the case, then Rachel Dolezal had no need to hide the fact that she is white. The NAACP would have accepted her anyway, so why the need for subterfuge?

If Ms. Dolezal wants to help Black people, fine. But she did not have to pretend to BE Black in order to do so. Whatever her reasons for denying who she truly is, they are hers to know. But she can never truly know what it is like to be a Black woman just as I cannot know what it is like to be a white woman. If the shit gets too hot to handle for Ms. Dolezal to continue with the charade, she can give it up at any time by handing the spray tan bottle back to House Speaker John Boehner, shed the curly perm and demand that the police get her parents down to the jail and bail her the fuck out because goddamn it, she ain’t Black and therefore, did not deserve to be arrested for spitting on the goddamn sidewalk. Meanwhile, the Black women that remain behind bars are getting unholy hell beat out of them as they cannot call on their ‘white’ parents to head off what’s coming.

Rachel Dolezal, shame on you! And to the NAACP, it would do the organization much good in attempting to polish a much tarnished image by going down to the jail and standing up for the countless true women of color that are cooling their heels on bullshit ass charges! Members of the NAACP, get up off your tired asses and actually DO something about the plight of REAL Black folks in America instead of standing by a fake ass privileged white liar!

Freddie Gray Has Joined The Ranks!

Freddie Gray

Freddie Gray has joined the ranks
of those killed by the slave patrol.
His nightmare finally ended
in this here racist ass shithole.

The list just keeps on growing.
When will it ever stop?
One by one, we die,
while the whites, they dine and shop.

Oh, there’s a baseball game in progress.
This is inconveniencing me.
So what? A Black man’s dead!
I’ve got a game to see!

Just dump him in a ditch.
He’s Black, don’t you know.
No one will care at all.
Dead Blacks don’t stop no show!

Go protest somewhere else.
There are things I want to do.
I don’t care if his spine was severed.
Why should that matter to you?

Blacks are not even human.
Just ask the ‘founding fathers’.
They bred them just like cattle
That’s why they wore slave collars.

Freddie Gray won’t need his again.
He’s been effectively neutralized.
I have no need to join a protest
over what’s been dehumanized.

I didn’t make the rules of the game.
But I will follow them to the letter.
Freddie Gray to me was a thing.
A dead Black man, all the better.

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

The time before the last time before the time before that, I said, “We will see this again and again and we will protest and we will march and I gave it a month. I don’t even think that much time passed before another, “Here we go again!”, moment takes place!

I have been reading the reports from every source that I can find and for some strange reason, I cannot find out why Freddie Gray was chased in the first goddamn place? This man was treated worse than a dead deer; tossed into the back of a police van and carted off as if he was another hunter’s trophy and in all actuality, he was! Another notch on the belt of the racist patrols that gun down, choke, shoot or sever spines of Black people. And the citizens of Baltimore have taken to the streets just like the citizens of Ferguson, MO and the citizens of Beavercreek, Oh, and the citizens of Cleveland, OH and the citizens of New York, NY and the citizens of insert yet another city here->___.

So, let us continue to march with our signs and seek justice from the shits that are hell bent on killing us. It has been working SO well thus far, hasn’t it? And Obama had this to say, “Move along! Nothing to see here folks! Let’s ALL have a beer! He should be glad he didn’t get ‘friendly’ drone struck!” Yeah, he’s ALL heart, he is, that lying piece of hypocritical filthy ass shit!

…to be continued…..

Officials have declined to provide 911 call recordings related to Gray’s arrest or injury, citing the open investigation, and police have declined to provide dispatch recordings that would contain any conversations between officers and dispatchers while Gray was in custody. The timeline for when and where the van stopped remains incomplete, and no time has been provided for the van’s last stop, back on North Avenue for another pickup before its arrival at the Western District police station.

When Gray was taken out of the van, Rodriguez said, “he could not talk and he could not breathe.”

Beyond damage to his spinal cord, Gray had a crushed voice box.

At 9:24 a.m., officers called a medic to the Western District station, reporting that Gray was in “serious medical distress.”

Paramedics responded, spent 21 minutes treating Gray at the station, and arrived at Maryland Shock Trauma Center — where Gray would fall into a coma and die a week later — at 10 a.m.


Black folks, keep expecting whites to ‘feel’ your pain! They won’t because they are not even human! You better act like you know! This shit ain’t playing with you! Marching and waving signs around ain’t doing you a goddamn bit of good and you can’t understand that by now? What the fuck?

As the breakaway group reached Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles were scheduled to play the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night, they were met by police officers in riot gear. There were reports of damage to some cars parked at the baseball stadium.

As protesters blocked the corner of Pratt and Light Streets, a major downtown intersection, the Baltimore Police Department urged demonstrators to remain peaceful. Its Twitter feed reported “isolated pockets of people from out of town causing disturbances downtown.”

Black folks, remember, you can NOT disrupt traffic for the white motherfuckers trying to reach Camden Yards to see the Orioles and the Red Sox because a dead Black man don’t mean shit to them! Never fucking think it! And don’t forget to look real closely at the picture of Freddie Gray! He was the goddamn big and scary Black man weighing in at a whopping 145 pounds! Oh! And he had a switchblade, so they say! Yeah! Uh huh!

Here We Go Again!

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Eric Garner was a 43-year-old father of six and grandfather of two

…was approached Thursday outside a New York City store by a group of NYPD officers who accused him of selling contraband cigarettes. “I didn’t do shit!” Garner can be seen telling cops in a video of the incident. “I was just minding my own business.”

an officer can be seen in the video putting Garner — who suffered from chronic asthma, sleep apnea and diabetes — into a tight, illegal chokehold. Garner falls to the ground, where, numerous times, he tells officers he can’t breathe.

Then, his body goes limp…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/18/killed-by-the-nypd-black-men_n_5600045.html

 

Damn!…and here we go again,

when you’re Black, there’s just no way to win.

 

Everywhere we turn, we’re up against the wall.

Everything we do, it’s the wrong call.

 

We can’t even walk down the goddamn street,

without some cop harassing us on his beat.

 

What the fuck have we done wrong?

You fucking hate us because we are strong.

 

You kill us because we survived slavery.

You despised the Airmen for their bravery.

 

You with your Jim Crow laws and your water hoses,

you poisoned us with crack cocaine overdoses.

 

We’re America’s scapegoat and her shame,

taking all of her shit and getting the blame

for your vileness, your hypocrisy and your fear.

Your sole objective is to make us disappear.

 

What meaning does this country have for me,

when I have to die on a sidewalk to be free?!

 

Fuck you filthy white motherfuckers!! Fuck you!!

…and fuck all the goddamn protests and calls for action and some more shit because even now, it’s fucking business as usual. Ain’t a goddamn thing gonna change unless WE change it and WE ain’t fucking gonna do that because we’re busy lovin’ all up on some white ass shit! Fuck those motherfuckers! And fuck you Black motherfuckers for lovin’ all up on your goddamn worthless ass enemy!!! I’m fucking tired of this endless fucked up shit!!! And don’t even bother wishing Mr. Garner to rest in peace! How the fuck is he gonna do that shit when his soul cries out for justice that will never be served, bunch of filthy ass racist shits???!!!

 

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland

©2014 Shelby I. Courtland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stand In Solidarity With You? HA!

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I am going to do a complete about face and I am going to stand in solidarity with the white motherfuckers who are now fucked up and ain’t hardly liking it. I am going to stand in solidarity with them because they stood in solidarity with me.

When I lost my job because I was the last person to get hired and when the economy tanked, I was the first person to get laid off. You white motherfuckers stood in solidarity with me. You told the boss, “that ain’t hardly fair! She’s such a hard worker. If you fire her, you’ve got to fire me too. We’re standing in solidarity together!”

When my credit took a nosedive because I lost my job and couldn’t pay the rent and was homeless with my two kids, you white motherfuckers stood in solidarity with me. You spoke up and said, “those goddamn credit reports are hurting those who have lost their jobs. It ain’t hardly right and we’re standing in solidarity to protest the foulness of that shit because shit happens to good people. We’re standing in solidarity together!”

When I had to get on public assistance because I couldn’t find a job and my kids were failing in school because shelter life ain’t easy, you white motherfuckers stood in solidarity with me. You didn’t belittle me and call me a ‘freeloading, Cadillac driving welfare queen who couldn’t keep her legs closed.” You went to bat for me. You saw that I was just about broken and with your relentless reaching out on my behalf to city and state officials, I was able to pull myself up with the aid of the assistance that I had to take while trying to get back on my feet. You said, “We’re standing in solidarity together!”

When the police brutally beat my teenage son, put him in a wheelchair simply because they could, you white motherfuckers stood in solidarity with me. You didn’t turn your back when you saw the beatings and heard of the outright murders that were perpetrated against other young Black men by racist ass cops. You stood in solidarity with me because you knew that shit was wrong. “We’re standing in solidarity together!”

When you white motherfuckers saw that my nieces and nephews were not getting a decent education and the new catch phrase became, “the school to prison pipeline,” you weren’t okay with that. You loudly voiced your disgust at what was purposely being done to Black communities all across this country. You stood in solidarity with me because you know that shit just ain’t right. “We’re standing in solidarity together!”

When you saw the incarceration statistics for young Black men caught up in the ‘for profit prison industrial complex’ over selling some dime bags of weed, you raised such a hue and cry, they let ‘em go. You stood in solidarity with me. “We’re standing in solidarity together!”

When you saw the national unemployment rate inch down and yet the unemployment rate for Black people remained in the double digits, you decried the foulness of that shit. You said, “goddamn it! Crime is high in the Black neighborhoods because unemployment is so goddamn high! Something needs to be done!” You stood in solidarity with me. “We’re standing in solidarity together!”

When you saw the abject poverty in Black communities all across this country, you…uh…never mind, you’re scared to come into the ‘hood’, but I am sure that you stood in solidarity with me. “We’re standing in solidarity together!”

Now, let’s fast forward to 2008 when the economy was collapsing and people were losing their homes and the Wall Street criminals were bailed out and then we began to hear about the ‘middle class’ getting fucked up. I went to pick up the phone because you had stood in solidarity with me throughout all of my troubling times but when I tried to find a number to call in the ‘solidarity group’ that had stood beside me, there were only blank pages!

When did you stand in solidarity with me? When did you ever give a goddamn about the problems that have plagued Black communities and just why the fuck are there so many ‘Black’ communities and not just ‘communities’ if we stand in solidarity together? Surely, you live right beside me because we’ve been in this all along, haven’t we? We stood together, side by side against those who have been oppressing my ass all along. Uh…no, we haven’t stood together in solidarity because my problems were never made your problems until now and now, I’m to stand in solidarity with you? Hell if that’s so!

We’ve had our ass handed to us and then some and now you want me to stand in solidarity with you because you’re just now starting to feel the impact of some shit that’s been finally let loose on YOUR ass? Ain’t gonna happen! Over a million of our Black men are in prison. We are segregated just as we’ve always been. We’re still suffering from the effects of disenfranchisement, rampant unemployment, extreme poverty, drug addiction, racism, bigotry and hate, but now, you want some solidarity? Ha! That IS funny! You left me to make it or not on my own and that is exactly where YOU stand. Make it or get broken by it because it don’t hardly matter to me what happens to you! You’ll get from me as much ‘solidarity’ as you gave me, nada! I’ve figured out what I need to do and now it’s YOUR turn! Figure it out!