Transformation of a G

Transformation of a G

He kicks off the covers and reveals the body of a mid-sized, thin but muscularly defined, mid-twenties, African-American male. He does some cat-like stretching and then concludes his ritual with some aggressive eye-rubbing underneath the pillow. While doing so, he seems to notice something strange about his hands.

He holds them over his head and looks up at them from under the pillow. He flips them over and inspects both sides of them as if he’s never seen them before. He sits up on his elbows and looks down at his bare upper torso. He sees the scars of five bullet holes and an assortment of tattoos littered across his brown abdomen. The most prominent tattoo, “Thug Life,” arches across the muscle-ripped gut…

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With Eloquence: W. E. B. Du Bois

I published my first “With Eloquence” post last month with an excerpt from a very eloquent speech delivered by Booker T. Washington as a response to what I see as society’s writ large degenerating verbal and written communication skills.

The post was also intended to be a lead in for me to set up for this month a Relating to Humans all-call for submissions celebrating African-American History Month similar to what I did for last year’s Women’s History Month.

Well, like the reason for so many of my productivity issues lately – I blame Trump for knocking me dizzy with all his scary and/or moronic autocratic antics. thereby making me lose my focus.

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Only The Me Within Me

Only the me within me
is mine
That of me without me
is yours
theirs
public property
My intentions
irrelevant
my impact
consequential
deadly
Investigate me like an animal
like a dog
me
with two-tone vision
me
black or white
my grays
relevant
consequential
deadly
me
You see him
you see me
what you see
you own
only the me within me
is mine

 
 

Baltimore v. Waco

Quite a contrast of our national reaction to and the national media coverage of the violent protests/riots in Baltimore and the motorcycle gang slayings in Waco.

#thingsthatmakemegohmm…