A Day of Awareness

INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY MORE TIMELY THAN EVER

By Dinizulu Gene Tinnie

It is a fair guess that most Americans consider slavery to be a thing of the past, officially ended in the US in 1865, although more thoughtful minds among us are keenly aware that “the peculiar institution” of slavery, which defined most of this country’s history, lives on today in many forms, such as the prison system, sharecropping, migrant labor camps, under the cover of the foster care system, and among the millions of workers who are not paid a living wage. 

And perhaps most Americans are vaguely aware of global worker exploitation to produce everything from raw materials and components for our most sophisticated technological gadgets to the cheapest novelties and trinkets possible, but few dare call this system of production by its truthful name of slavery.

It may also be easily forgotten that slavery, as we will recall from the history of the Middle Passage which forcibly brought millions of Africans across the ocean, also includes human trafficking, and the brutal, exploitative practices of that barbaric business, such as extortion of the wages of the survivors who find illegal employment in wealthy nations, not to mention those, often children, sold into sex trafficking.

A Day of Awareness

It is with such concerns in mind that the United Nations, has designated December 2 (a date known in American history as the anniversary of the 1859 hanging of Abolitionist John Brown) as an International Day of awareness to call global attention to the pervasive crimes of slavery in our time.

According to the UN, “The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317[IV] of 2 December 1949).”

The UN further explains:

Slavery is not merely a historical relic. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery. Although modern slavery is not defined in law, it is used as an umbrella term covering practices such as forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking. Essentially, it refers to situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power.

In addition, more than 150 million children are subject to child labour, accounting for almost one in ten children around the world.

Facts and figures:

• An estimated 40.3 million people are in modern slavery, including 24.9 in forced labour and 15.4 million in forced marriages.

• There are 5.4 victims of modern slavery for every 1,000 people in the world.

• 1 in 4 victims of modern slavery are children.

• Out of the 24.9 million people trapped in forced labour, 16 million people are exploited in the private sector such as domestic work, construction or agriculture; 4.8 million people in forced sexual exploitation, and 4 million people in forced labour imposed by state authorities.

• Women and girls are disproportionately affected by forced labour, accounting for 99% of victims in the commercial sex industry, and 58% in other sectors.

(Further information from the UN is available at these links:

On the Homefront

While the International Day is welcomed for calling attention to the many forms and magnitude of modern slavery, it is even more important as an occasion for awareness of actions and solutions, as those who are victimized, directly or indirectly, find ways to address the problem.

For example, in a timely fashion, the regular “Building Bridges” program on independent nonprofit New York radio station WBAI-FM, shares this notice via the Internet:

Farmworker women launch their “Harvest Without Violence” campaign to end sexual violence in Wendy’s fast food supply chain featuring The Coalition of Immokalee [Florida] Workers

Now, amidst the stories that are surfacing about sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape against women, too often low-wage woman workers have been subjected to sexual violence against their person in their workplace, but their voices have oftentimes been eclipsed.  And, we barely think about the workers who are responsible for the bounty of food on our tables. 

So, “Building Bridges” is off to join the formidable farmworker women leaders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (“CIW”) for a major “Harvest without Violence” march.  The CIW Women’s Group traveled to the Big Apple to demand a meeting with Wendy’s Board Chairman and major shareholder Nelson Peltz to share their powerful stories and demand Wendy’s do its part to end sexual violence in the fields. Join the farmworkers in their Boycott Wendy’s march through Midtown Manhattan to Trian Partners, the multi-billion dollar asset management firm founded by Nelson Peltz, the non-executive chairman of The Wendy’s Company, based in New York.  Declare that farmworker women should not have to surrender their dignity for the right to put food on their families’ tables!

 

Year-Round Awareness, Action, and Support

This single example, like the single day dedicated to the Abolition of modern Slavery, serves as a reminder of how many similar situations exist and how many more days of the year there are which demand awareness and resolve by thoughtful citizens everywhere to abolish all forms of modern slavery and ensure social justice, as articulated in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In America, these concerns become increasingly timely as traditional jobs are increasingly lost to automation or shipped overseas, real wages remain flat while living costs increase, graduates enter limited job markets burdened with student loan debt, and the great divide between the wealthiest few and the vast majority continues to widen, aided and abetted by complicit political leadership, all of which threaten us with new, much broader forms of actual slavery by other names.

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On White Supremacy

black-white-manAll pedagogy aside, from a cultural, communications, and business pov, and with regard Daryl Scott‘s statement that “White supremacy is not simply an ideology, a condition, or an analytical concept. It is often a movement with real people who would like to oppress you–to dominate you and perhaps even exterminate you,” in my humble opinion, ‘white supremacy’ is a delusional myth of a group of people that discovered gunpowder in China and proceeded to use it against everyone else, including themselves. GUNS are the tools of any type of SUPREMACY. For without GUNS small white people would be overruled by larger African people.

american-genocideLikewise, the killing temperament of people who would dominate other people should, by all means, turn in on the perpetrators, once those with a peaceful and loving temperament become the majority on Earth and see fit to punish the pirates and murderers for CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY. The recent political outcome bears witness to the fact that the Western Empire is tumbling, crumbling, and spiraling down into the abyss. Certainly, there are enough good people being good speakers by following good ethical principles by this late date. Perhaps, we should turn away from teaching HIStory, altogether, and simply teach ETHICS, which could develop good people who practice morality, fairness, justice, kindness, and love.

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We can debate supremacy all we want. It has no basis because, after all, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” However, as Dr. Claude Anderson has insisted “the pursuit of Happiness” really means “the pursuit of Property” for Europeans. Therefore, supremacy might be based on how many acres of land a person or group of people hold.

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Harlan Hollenbeck wrote: Because those who conquer write the history books, and they do so in a way to excuse their atrocities. But the truth and our ancestors’ stories still live inside us!

The fact that most of that acreage in the Americas was stolen from indigenous peoples by European colonialists could indicate that whites are superior. However, the fall of the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman Empires, along with the fall of the Third Reich are good indicators that the fall of this decadent white supremacist conglomerate is predictable and predicated upon the delusional myth of the supremacy of one group over another or others.

 

 

1originalhumanShock Metaphysics Melanin Mandate (#20)
The Fear of Being DNA Deficient and Finding Out You Ain’t’ Sh..!

I woke up this morning to a jaw-dropping comment by “Perfections Paint Wine Sip” on my interview with A.P. Brooks on her nine-year, researched book, SKIN: A Matter of Race https://goo.gl/yQkBtZ. She wrote:

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Amazing conversation and confirmation! So now instead of using videos and visuals and Diop’s Two Cradle Theory to share how the European nature was developed to include how vicious they treated each other to understand why we had no chance and never will I will definitely suggest reading A Matter of Race!!! <—So excited and I will purchase the book too!

That said if we understand that race was a construct to conquer and divide to which gave birth the delusional backwards false concept of white skin supremacy and pseudo-science that are directly responsible for further spiraling the minds of racist whites into a self-created, self-refueling gene altering generational insanity why do we respond to such psychotic behavior as if our skin color is in part or the reason for their psychosis? Isn’t that a glaring neon sign of dysfunctional (PTSS/PTSD behavior?

We do not die while driving black or denied equal justice because we are black! All of the horrors we have experienced for centuries is rooted in and is because of a people with a deeply embedded mind wound caused and created by their own cycled through generations! <—What does my skin color have to do with their inability to accept or deal with other human beings who skin color differs? That is their narrative and reality forced on all other human beings! <–Power is the ability to define reality and to have other people respond to your definition as if it were their own. – Dr. Wade Noble

Marching begging and shouting black lives matter will never change anything because it is the other half of the lie to include it falls on deaf ears polluted by a distorted twisted mind that has no issues with their behaviors or horrific historical actions! So in my view to fight racism and find solutions to our conditions based on our skin color is just a dysfunctional as it bolsters the augment of race rather than the truth which is these people are PSYCHOTIC and have no intention of changing!

Without therapeutic interventions to relieve the racist mind of it distortions that lead to the vilest, barbaric acts on human beings and the planet IN THE HISTORY OF MAN that continues to date we will never live in peace with them! HOW?

We are NOT their therapist and we already have the burden of relieving the effects on our minds as we have been attempting to exist in an unnatural backward hostile environment that was intended to breed dysfunctional behaviors!

IN RESEARCH CORRELATION IS NOT CAUSATION! “Correlation is not causation” means that just because two things correlate does not necessarily mean that one causes the other. <–My skin color did not create the deeply embedded distorted mind wound that racist whites suffer from nor is their inherent barbaric nature caused by my dark skin!

In that, regard isn’t it about time we dealt with this matter in truth as it is healing for the mind wounds we have incurred by forced and brutal interaction with a people who are extremely hostile and psychotic.
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After reflecting on “Perfections Paint Wine Sip” comment and my last two interviews with A.P. Brooks (https://goo.gl/yQkBtZ) and Dr. Jacqueline Battalora’s, Birth of a White Supremacist Nation (https://goo.gl/HAzcD2), I began looking at the history of the Eurasian from the time they emerged out of the caves.

They have been forced by nature to learn how to do only two things well. 1) divide and conquer and 2) preserve “whiteness”. I use quotation marks for whiteness because the term “white” as it relates to race and a group of people didn’t come into existence and law until 1681 before the founding constitution of America.

Nonetheless, every melanated person born in the US has never known the true North. We have individually and collectively always had to respond to Eurasians color sickness known as racism. It is thanks, in part, to Dr. Francis Cress Welsing’s work in the ISIS Papers (http://amzn.to/2gzWn3b) and how she discovered they developed what was known as #ReactionFormation and #PsychologicalProjection.

Reaction Formation is the tendency of a repressed wish or feeling to be expressed at a conscious level in a contrasting form. When you want something or want to BE something so bad, which in their case is to have color and be able to create color (procreate) that you consciously begin to despise and hate a group of people (the majority) to the detriment of your own good.

Psychological Projection is a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against their own unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others. As Psychological Projection relates to race, it is called White Fragility (https://goo.gl/57lHOq). This is how and why “whites” scream “white lives matter”, deny “white” privilege exists, despise affirmative action, and actually have the nerve to say, we are racist towards them; LMBAO, SMDH!

Just think about the genetic deficiencies in their non-melanated skin? Realize that they have never invented or created ANYTHING original because they were never chosen first by Nature to walk the Earth!

One of the Philippe Matthews Show’s experts, Dr. Louann Brizendine (https://goo.gl/R4J8Ss) sent this email to a few days after her appearance on the show:

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I think you will deeply appreciate this:
“…each of us can trace our mitochondrial DNA lineage to a single human female who existed in Africa about two hundred thousand years ago. She is the common mother of our species. We do not know what she looked like, although her closest modern-day relatives are women of the San tribe from Botswana or Namibia.”…pg 338 THE GENE by S. Mukherjee 2016 especially read Part Five, the chapter called “So, We’s the Same” p329-351

Happy Sunday my friend,
Dr B
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The fact that they have attempted to erase a history of a people who first populated the planet. The fact that they are barbaric in nature because they have a genetic fear of annihilation. They want to matter so badly. They want to belong and be accepted by Melanated people, but they don’t and never will so it creates epigenetic hate (https://goo.gl/R4J8Ss) that is PROJECTED outward onto anyone who is not like them.

Their DNA is deficient and relies on Melanin to survive. They are grossly afraid that the world will see them for who they really are, so they are compelled to purchase arsenals of guns out of fear that once Melanated Americans figure out that they are not powerful, never built or created anything; we would be justified in executing them on sight. This is their inherent, internal fear. When you live below your genetic potential, you must create a narcissistic, center of the universe or god complex (https://goo.gl/yQkBtZ).

Long after they left the caves, when you look at the history of Europe, you will begin to see how these barbaric minds/brains began to shape and form this conquer all mentality. They simply want to exist as a dominant race even though they are a minority in the world.

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Imagine living with that type of fear? You have to live and work around the very people you continually oppress and hope they won’t turn around and kill you when they wake up to your shallow veil of oppression. Once melanated people realize “whites” genetic fear, racism, and oppression of any kind can no longer control or influence us, melanated Americans will be forced to respond to racism. This is why protesting for the sake of protesting does not work. You are fighting an effect with another effect. You are trying to put a bandage on a symptom and not able to see or cure the cause. You can’t fight or conquer something you don’t understand or can’t see. Racism lurks in the shadows of the #CognitiveDissonace mind (https://goo.gl/bIqpoR).

Learn how to raise your frequency to see beyond the veil of racism. Racism is merely an effect of a DNA deficient species that is a mutation from the ice age, an insecure people who will never be able to be Melanated or produce Melanated offspring. Particularly “whites” (men) of America who must have guns to feel safe and protected from the fear of insurrection or another #BeaconsRebellion or #NatTurner rebellion (https://goo.gl/9XRKT7).

With this deeper look and understanding of the racist minds of “whites” in America and the world at large, you can look at most of them and honestly say: #youaintshit!

HASH:
#FracisCressWelsing, #ReactionFormation, #NatTurner, #PsychologicalProjection, #IsisPapers, #MentalSlavery, #divideandconquer, #dnadeficient, #youaintshit, #CognitiveDissonace, #PTSS, #BeaconsRebellion, #PsychologicalProjection

RELATED:
– Saint Xavier University Students Challenge Institutionalized White Supremacy https://goo.gl/fV7W9V
– Birth of a White Supremacist Nation with Dr. Jacqueline Battalora https://goo.gl/HAzcD2
– Dr. Louann Brizendine on the Male HATE Brain https://goo.gl/R4J8Ss

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The Myth of White Ownership

Herein is a discussion with my good friend Dinizulu Gene Tinnie on the validity of the claims of Her Highness Divine: Empress Wendy Farica Washitaw (1927-2014), the late reigning empress of the Washitaw de Dugdahmoundyah Empire and leader of the Emperial Washitaw de Dugdahmoundyah Nation. SHE WAS THE LEGAL HEIR to the Maison Rouge land grant that was skillfully willed to her great-great-great-grandfather Henry Turner, son of the Marquis de Maison Rougethe child of French Nobility was rescued by Baron Philip de Bastrop at the beginning of the unrest culmination with the French Revolution.

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Her Highness Divine: Empress Wendy Farica Washitaw

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Washitaw Land

 

Dear Gene,

Have you heard about this? Washitaw Nation Comes Under Investigation
Dear JC,
So, whatever happened to objective reporting?  (I have always had a kind of mixed respect for the SLPC, for its fine work on the on hand, but with what has always struck me as a self-aggrandizing motive.  They have established themselves as a recognized force identifying, monitoring,and exposing hate groups and actions.  It seems that the strength of their work, and the respect it has earned, has been rooted in their scientific, objective, and unbiased presentation of the data they have collected, or at least so it seemed from what encounters I have had with their work over the years.  The openly snide and lurid tone of this report is a definite departure from that perception.)  By American law, regardless of how much or how little respect for it that even the defendants caught up in its snares may have, still declares all defendants to be innocent until actually proven guilty “beyond the shadow of a doubt” in a court of law, and therefore need to be respected as such in public discourse (such as journalism), not least in order to protect potential jurors from allegations of having prejudicial views fueled by negative news reporting, like this.
That said, I only have the most casual and passing knowledge of the Washitaw nation, and have heard of the Empress and come across some of her pronouncements and political positions, only enough to know that she and her organization are linked to the Moorish Science Temple, founded by Noble Drew Ali, whole members have “-El” appended to their surnames.  (It, like the Nation if Islam, the Coptic Church, and other such organizations originated in the Garvey movement.)  I have had interesting conversations with some of the more doctrinaire members who actually contend that we (Africans/Moors) have been in these lands since before the continents separated, and who deny that the Middle Passage ever existed, as if millions of Black people, having been through what we have endured, could be duped by a hoax of such proportions, but I still consider myself as one who has more to learn than to question.)
I will share this with folks who definitely do have more knowledge of the Washitaw Nation (and other such organizations) who I am sure can shed some light on these proceedings.
I look forward to learning and sharing more of what I can find out.
Best all ways,
DGT
Gene,

I appreciate your observation of the slanted journalism here. The snide remarks of this reporter are in line with the malaise of so many white people who believe that all people of color of full of criminal tendencies, which, in fact, is mere projection in the Freudian sense of their own criminal minds that caused them to commit genocide all over this planet.
I spoke with an old friend Denise Wilson-El this week who spent lots of time with the Empress even traveling with her to the UN Conference on Indigenous Peoples in Geneva, Switzerland. She has fond memories of the Empress but regretted that documents proving the origin of the Muurs, here in this land were not copied and circulated before government renegades ramshacked the Empress’ home and destroyed the evidence.
The term “The devil never sleeps” certainly applies here. These white devils know the truth and are bent on our people never awakening to it. However, truth is the only constant and all is coming to light.
I will await the response of some of your colleagues.
Yours in the struggle
Mamayah El Molina Bey
aka Joan Cartwright
JC,

One of the folks I reached out to, wouldn’t you know, is Denise Wilson-El’s son, Guy Forchion, who is the executive director of the Virginia Key Beach Park Trust, asking him if his Mom might have some insights on this state of affairs as described in the article.  The other is Jeanette Stephens-El, aka Raining Deer, who, by the way, has a new book out called “On Eagles’ Wings: Prayers for the President” (whomever [s]he might be, going forward), and is looking for venues in which to present it in SoFla (or SoFlo in ASALH newspeak) before the election, so all ideas and insights are welcome. 

Thank you for reminding me about the UN Conference on Indigenous Peoples.  That is not where I last heard news of the Empress, but I believe she was at another event, possibly the webcast following the unveiling of “The Ark of Return” Permanent Memorial to the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade on the UN Headquarters Visitors Plaza last year.

As you know, one (of many!) of the disturbing phenomena in this land of (selective) opportunity, where the questionable bourgeois-driven concept of “ragged individualism” has taken root, is that “people without a place” (or who at least perceive themselves as being without a place on earth) find fertile ground here to take ownership, a la Columbus, of anything they think they can claim and control access to.  This is often land, of course, but also any necessary goods and services, which they make available at a price (which they set, of course), holding the needy hostage, and, of late, this tendency has spread to include “intellectual properties” (including such absurd madness as Monsanto claiming exclusive patents of GMO agricultural products with which they hope to replace the natural food supply), and even, to get to the point of where all this is leading, rightful and worthy political causes, particularly those which are not already “taken.”  Thus we find self-appointed authorities on “Indian Tribes” and their history, and even more ignobly, supposed non-profit “Foundations” trading quite profitably in “Indian Artifacts” that supposedly benefit the Tribes, but a reading of the fine print reveals that Indian Poverty is big business, and therefore needs to be kept going.

Such, it has long been my suspicion, is the Southern Law & Poverty Center, which focuses supposedly on much of the injustice that is visited upon the African American community and on identifying, cataloguing, and monitoring “hate groups,” but not without an agenda of carving out a market niche in the oppression business for themselves.  Moreover, in the spirit of non-hateful, non-pathological paranoia — by which generations of Ancestors wisely survived to give life to us and our progeny — it is not difficult to read into that organization, at least on the part of some elements within it, an agenda to use African Americans as a front for seeking out and identifying anti-Jewish, or anti-other-ethnic hate groups.

America was built from its foundations on “slick,” questionable, and outright criminal business practices (and we have a Constitution written to protect them), so, as you point out, there is much Freudian psychosis and collective guilt in the land, accounting for the ever-so-self righteous posturing of the most criminal minds in seeking to “root out crime.”  Specifically, as Malcolm X, as sharp and astute observer of the society which brought so much havoc to his own family as there ever was, once stated, “White people are artful at making the criminal look like the victim and the victim look like the criminal.”  I mean, we are in a country in which for most of its history, holding “slaves” — imprisoned forced laborers who could be violated and exploited at will and denied all human rights with impunity — was NOT considered a crime, whereas escaping from such pathological barbarity WAS a crime, punished in the most barbaric ways, as would be any act of being free and brave long after slavery had supposedly ended.

White supremacy equates equality with oppression.  What is the whole point of being white if all you are going to have is the same rights and opportunities as everyone else, if there are no exclusive neighborhoods, job opportunities, healthcare, etc.  The late brilliant South African author Jordan K. Ngubane (whose novel, modeled on the traditional Zulu umlando, or epic format, entitled “Ushaaba: The Hurtle to Blood River” is a most enlightened work) very incisively dissected the Apartheid system and its motivations, and the radical distinctions between White and Black concepts of law and value systems,  In the latter case, he wisely observed that for the invasive White settlers — people without a place — a thing had value because they possessed it ant other people did not.  It mattered not whether there was the intrinsic or natural value attached to whatever it was, only that exclusivity was established, usually by inflating the price and controlling the distribution of money. 

So how does such a society, particularly when slavery was being openly upheld and enforced as a legal institution, view something like Maroon communities, daring to survive without either being dependent on or giving profit to the parasite class?  Of course that class would see this as nothing less than a “threat to national security,” as would be any uncontrolled or uncontained Native American presence.  Should these Maroons go so far as to not only survive but to acquire some of the things (the parasites only live in a world of things – to have, to do, to be – which reduces everything to commodities) that are supposedly exclusively reserved for themselves, then insane mode is switched on, and literally anything goes, as we would see in Tulsa and Rosewood.

This is what I am reading in the snide sarcasm and cheap shots that this article about the Washitaw Nation by the SLPC has produced (in such stark contradiction to its prominent logo of balanced scales. Supposedly of justice).  The resentment is palpable, responsibility is cast to the wind, and the pretense of law becomes nothing more than a propaganda weapon against a group of people who have escaped outside control and ownership.

All of the above, of course, just forms Chapter 26,473 of the indictment against the invaders, which can barely keep up with the continuous production of evidence.  But that is all “their problem.”  Our issue is of another nature and importance.  We do not like to hear things like “No crime is ever committed without some participation on the part of the victim,” any more than we want to hear that in an auto accident where one driver is clearly at fault that the other had some degree of voluntary participation, perhaps by not being sufficiently observant and defensive, perhaps even by being in the wrong place for the wrong reasons.  That kind of stuff gets too abstract and philosophical and messes up our feelings of righteousness and lets our guilty-as-sin adversaries off the hook a bit, and we don’t need to hear that.

Yet, we, and especially those who comprise the Global Elite of Descendants of Middle Passage Survivors, like the Descendants of Trail of Tears and Genocide Survivors – those whom “History has forced, obligated, challenged, and blessed to be Truth knowers, Truth keepers, and Truth tellers,” are nobody and nothing if we are not a people who is committed to “keepin’ it real” even when everybody all around us is going nuts, and calling that a normal state, questioning our right to be alive.  We, who are formed of an intelligence honed and refined and polished and kept alive and vibrant over countless millennia of serious village palavers beneath the sacred iroko tree, during which self-determination was not even a word or a term because there was no alternative to it, we who have the responsibility to honor all those Ancestors and all those generations Yet Unborn who are alive within us, depending on our every action to make the world right for them, we may “Wear the Mask” and do much of what it takes to survive, but we have to be responsible and accountable.

We cannot, as we negotiate the delicate path from where we are to where we need to be through a yard full of rabid dogs, cannot relax our guard, cannot consider any one(s) of us to be disposable, cannot make silly compromises with demonic forces.  We have to be very astute and wise in what we, as Maroons, in hostile territory, with limited resources, do to maintain our freedom and sanity.

It is on THOSE standards that we have to weigh the actual decisions and actions taken by the leadership and the body of the Washitaw Nation.  We have inherited wisdom.  We have divination systems and proven ways to seek and receive Ancestral Guidance.  We have to evaluate the validity of strategies, the costs vs. the benefits, the reasons why we do the things we do, because we have always known to focus on the actions, not the persons (“Hate the deed, not the doer.”  “You don’t have to be a horrible person to do horrible things,” etc.) 

This is less about judging the allegations being made against the Washitaw Nation regarding past actions than about formulating a strategy for dealing with those allegations that serves our future – the future of ALL of us. For this reason, this case will bear close watching and a strong infusion of knowledge (light rather than heat) for us to fully be responsible players in the fate of our people going forward.

DGT

 

Power-less

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[Photo: Michael Paul]

POWER-LESS

Big bad man, where can you be?
I’m locked inside. It snowed, you see.
I’ve no machine to stop the snow,
So, when it falls, inside I go.

Inside? You mean you run away?
From little flakes, you ran, today?
Oh, yes, I’m strong, all winter long
Until the chill turns into snow.

Then, with a flash, I dive inside.
Imagine how it hurts my pride.
The Stock Exchange can’t see me, now.
Dow Jones would think I am a cow.

But what about the little men
You push all year? What of them?
Shhhhh, don’t you say I ran away
To those I bullied, yesterday.

My big machines and mighty dollar
Make little men jump and holler.
Well, can’t your Diner’s Club card
Stop the sky from snowing hard?

It can’t, you see, because snow is free
And credit cards won’t do the job.
A gun, I’m sure, would stop the stuff
Plug up the sky. Point, shoot and puff.

I tried a gun. Just made it rain
And, then, last year, it snowed, again.
You’ve one more chance to kill that snow.
Use propaganda. That’ll make it go!

Yeah, maybe that would do something.
With no more snow, I could still be king.
Big bad man, I pulled your leg.
You can’t stop snow with words that beg.

I must admit, it is a blow.
Ha! Even you can’t stop the snow.
You’re beat, big man, by tiny flakes
They stop your show with no breaks,
The same way you do little men
With big machines and your money, friend.
Big bad man, snow is just for you
So, you could feel empty-handed, too.

Power-less ©1979 Joan Cartwright