Freedom is a faraway vessel rarely boarded, inaccessible by way of shallows. The sea is unforgiving. Waves crash upon the shore, cracking like an overseer's whip, striking fear-- generational paralyzation. No one plunges deep. Instead, they stand on edges, live in bones that hesitate, never making headway.
"Struggle" typifies a thousand branches Sprawling from a tree Each limb an "Ism" Born of the same seed. Structural heirloom A tree bequeathed Inherited, enabled, enriched By roots of racism. "Ism" is a plague Purge or be ruined Uproot Plant anew!
Here in the dungeon Amid condemned men The weather of life Is often inclement The winds of misery Blow relentlessly Fortunate is he Who dares to transcend Rising above it all Fortunate is he Who can spread his wings And find friendship beyond the walls
Featured in OVERTHROWING CAPITALISM Vol. 2: Beyond Endless War, Racist Police, Sexist Elites
Starve The Beast (revisited)
Plantation toil, penitentiary moil, Where slavery ends The Prison Industrial Complex begins Stomach history 1863 to the 21st century Wanton misery, no mystery, Statistics quite frightening Fraught with disparity
African Americans constitute 12% of the nation----- 50% of the prison population That's mass incarceration Modern day enslavement Black lives on a platter Served up Consumed.
Forever strange fruit Courtrooms abound with Black youth Legal lynching ensues The gavel is a noose Freedom dismissed American justice amiss School to prison pipeline Lucrative slave ship.
Dred Scott was the genesis The aftermath stupendous Millions of lost souls Prison, probation, parole, Hollowed Criminalized A dream deferred A holocaust unrecognized.
A better world is possible Prison abolition is logical Proceed logically Think beyond the bounds of White supremacy Decolonize Decarcerate Starve the beast!