Lance Crouther (via rattlingbone)
Sometimes you read something and your whole perspective of a situation changes. This is one of those things.
ODB and Guru of Gang Starr. RIP
Ain’t that 99% of White liberals?
Rise in Taxes is Threatening to Displace Long Standing Descendants of Enslaved Africans on Sapelo Island
Cultural Genocide and Displacement
Ugh I am close to tears. I was on fb and read on tashabilities jukebox jones page, a piece about a community of descendants of enslaved Africans on Sapelo Island. For those that don’t know its one of the islands off the coast of Georgia. And for those who don’t know rich white people LOOOVVVE these islands for their vacationing, retirement, and luxury homes etc. I was recently on a taxi ride in Savannah, where a driver told me about these secret luxury islands where they go to vacation and retire.
So anyway this group of people has been living there during slavery and since emancipation. It has experienced Spanish, French, and other rule over the span of its history. The last slave owner fled the island during the civil war and the people decided to stay there and make a life. NOW, the citizens of Georgia’s MacIntosh County, are trying to raise their property taxes after a “reappraisal” of the land and price them out. Representatives of the county currently decline interviews and questioning. The people on this island don’t receive city services like trash collection and there is no school. They are fighting this and rightfully so. They have a right to preserve their history, their legacy, and their way of life just like any other human being. But it appears they keep getting shot down in court.
There is no way that they shouldn’t have some type of federal and state protection. As direct descendants of a people forced to endure a horrible legacy, committed by the government and its people, they deserve federal protection and tax benefits. Far into the future and they are still being terrorized by the majority white community, who are likely descendants of those who committed some of the worst atrocities mankind has ever seen. At the very least the community that is targeting them are benefiting directly from the privilege created by these atrocities. All of this time has passed and our land and lives are still being ripped away from us. As soon as someone decides they want it… They can decide to make us pay more than we can afford, disrupt our community, and endanger our lives. This is so sickening and painful to observe. Here are some of the links I read and watched to obtain this information. There is more information and narratives of Geechee life on the facebook page as well.
Here is the facebook page you can join for support and keep abreast of the situation:
Here is a video link of a short documentary that gives a history of the island and what they are fighting for today:
Here is a petition to start with, though of course please do not stop there:
And here is the shared article I read on Jukebox Jones for anyone that is interested:
These are our people and a vital piece of American History and Present no matter who you are…
Killer Mike - “Reagan” (Official Music Video)
Our government has a firm policy not to capitulate to terrorist demands. That no-concessions policy remains in force, despite the wildly speculative and false stories about arms for hostages and alleged ransom payments, we did not, repeat, did not trade weapons or anything else for hostages, nor will we
The ballot or the bullet, some freedom or some bullshit
Will we ever do it big, or keep just settling for little shit
We brag on having bread, but none of us are bakers
We all talk having greens, but none of us own acres
If none of us on acres, and none of us grow wheat
Then who will feed our people when our people need to eat
So it seems our people starve from lack of understanding
Cause all we seem to give them is some balling and some dancing
And some talking about our car and imaginary mansions
We should be indicted for bullshit we inciting
Hella children deaf and pretending it’s exciting
We are advertisements for agony and pain
We exploit the youth, we tell them to join a gang
We tell them dope stories, introduce them to the game
Just like Oliver North introduced us to cocaine
In the 80s when the bricks came on military planes
A few months ago I told the american people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that’s true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not
The end of the Reagan Era, I’m like number twelver
Old enough to understand the shit’ll change forever
They declared the war on drugs like a war on terror
But it really did was let the police terrorize whoever
But mostly black boys, but they would call us “niggers”
And lay us on our belly, while they fingers on they triggers
They boots was on our head, they dogs was on our crotches
And they would beat us up if we had diamonds on our watches
And they would take our drugs and money, as they pick our pockets
I guess that that’s the privilege of policing for some profit
But thanks to Reaganomics, prisons turned to profits
Cause free labor is the cornerstone of US economics
Cause slavery was abolished, unless you are in prison
You think I am bullshitting, then read the 13th Amendment
Involuntary servitude and slavery it prohibits
That’s why they giving drug offenders time in double digits
Ronald Reagan was an actor, not at all a factor
Just an employee of the country’s real masters
Just like the Bushes, Clinton and Obama
Just another talking head telling lies on teleprompters
If you don’t believe the theory, then argue with this logic
Why did Reagan and Obama both go after Qaddafi
We invaded sovereign soil, going after oil
Taking countries is a hobby paid for by the oil lobby
Same as in Iraq, and Afghanistan
And Ahmadinejad say they coming for Iran
They only love the rich, and how they loathe the poor
If I say any more they might be at my door
Who the fuck is that staring in my window
Doing that surveillance on Mister Michael Render
I’m dropping off the grid before they pump the lead
I leave you with four words: I’m glad Reagan dead
Dr. Amos N. Wilson (via disciplesofmalcolm)
Yes. Also see use of word “illegals” and how that plays out. See, too, the assumed criminality of Black, Brown, Golden, Red…. All assumed degenerate, always assumed criminal—all bearing the brunt of the criminal mind plagued by pale projection.
I AM GOING TO MAKE LEARNING THIS THE OBJECT OF MY LIFE.
I always lose it at Cota Rica.
I ALREADY KNOW THIS BY HEART
United States, Canada,
Haiti, Jamaica, Peru;
Greenland, El Salvador too.
Puerto Rico, Columbia,
Honduras, Guyana, and still;
and Ecuador, Chile, Brazil.
Costa Rica, Belize,
Bahamas, Tobago, San Juan;
French Guiana, Barbados, and Guam.
Norway, and Sweden,
and Iceland, and Finland,
and Germany now one piece;
Italy, Turkey, and Greece.
Ireland, Russia, Oman;
Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia,
Cyprus, Iraq, and Iran.
There’s Syria, Lebanon,
both Yemens, Kuwait, and Bahrain,
the Netherlands, Luxembourg,
Belgium, and Portugal,
France, England, Denmark, and Spain.
Thailand, Nepal, and Bhutan;
then Bangladesh, Asia,
and China, Korea, Japan.
and Tibet, Indonesia,
the Philippine Islands, Taiwan;
Sri Lanka, New Guinea,
Sumatra, New Zealand,
then Borneo, and Vietnam.
Zimbabwe, Djibouti, Botswana;
Guinea, Algeria, Ghana.
and Malawi, Togo,
The Spanish Sahara is gone;
Chad, and Liberia,
Egypt, Benin, and Gabon.
Kenya, and Mali,
Sierra Leone, and Algier;
Cameroon, Congo, Zaire.
Rwanda, Mahore[?], and Cayman;
Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi,
Malta, and Palestine,
Fiji, Australia, Sudan!
reblogging for the lyrics.
SING THIS PLEASE DONNIE?!
Holy damnI’ll just leave this link here…
This quote is from her essay I’m Not A Feminist (And There Is No But). She identifies as a womanist (which has similarities to and differences from feminism) and spoke about how utterly WHITE women’s studies is in most schools. Heh…don’t I know it?
Tokenism isn’t true inclusion nor does it make the perspectives expressed in mainstream feminism truly intersectional.
I have not forgotten Trayvon Martin. Jordan Davis. Aiyana Jones. Kathryn Johnston. Amadou Diallo. Sean Bell. Fred Hampton. Emmet Till. Medgar Evers. Rodney King. Latasha Harlins. Abner Louima. Patrick Dorismond. Ousmane Zongo. Timothy Stansbury. Chris Dorner. Chris Wright. Brandon McClelland. Tobie Tolan. Oscar Grant. Tobias Mackey. Xavion Collins. James Craig Anderson. Ramarley Graham.
Or any of the other victims of racism/white supremacy.
What more appropriate use for crowdfunding than for a bunch of terrified techies living in Oakland to hire their own private police force?
WHITE PEOPLE, JUST MOVE THE FUCK OUT OF THESE AREAS INSTEAD OF DESTROYING THESE COMMUNITIES BECAUSE YOU’RE SCARED OF BROWN PEOPLE..
JAMES BROWN & The FAMOUS FLAMES - Tami Show 1964. (His famous response to learning that The young Rolling Stones had been been given top billing, as headliners. Mick Jagger and the gang later described watching from the wings, jaws on the floor, studying, terrified.)
Footwork To Begin And End All Footwork.
The Godfather. The rest are his students.
I realized this when I did an internship with a music club. I felt frustrated because the only way I could manage to get to the club once a week and drive to sister venues every few weekends was because my parents paid for my gas and metro fees. And I noticed that most of my fellow interns were white kids from well-off families. That’s when I realized only well-off people can make it in the music industry.
Shiiiiit even as an intern at a non-profit the only reason I could do it was because they reimbursed my metro fare every week, my ResLife job LET me take 20 hours a week to intern, and the university accepted my request to take more than 18 credits so I could stay on track with my degree. That struggle was no fucking joke.
The people who make it, make it because they have a solid, economically stable foundation (generally laid by their parents and their parent’s parents). It left me wondering how many wealthy activists in the non-profit community in DC take the spotlight because they have time to, while the folks who really should be organizing are hulled up in shitty jobs just to get by.