Revolution? Iâ€™m Not Scared
If you think that catchy slogans, buttons with logos and mindless chatter filled with despair and anguish is the Revolution; you are indeed mistaken. I believe that Revolution begins with self reflection. The power of knowing that only you can control your destiny. Black people have been singing a song of Revolution since the inception of this country and it has yet to happen in totalityâ€¦If Reparations is attained-great. But what if itâ€™s not? What if they continue to laugh in our faces as all the other peoples on this earth pass us by? What are you going to do, break out the guns? If that is what you mean by Revolution, I assure you, that wonâ€™t work.
In response to the article by St. Louis Red â€œTucker Scared of Revolution?â€? which was prompted by my article â€œReparations: Are We Ready?â€? First, my sole purpose for writing the piece on Reparations was to do the exact opposite of what is being said and done in the commentary: focus on other people.
However, I appreciate the comments, it lets me know that Black people are thinking- thatâ€™s good. I in no way meant to totally reduce the fight for Reparations to checks, I simply pointed out the obvious; that our ancestors may have very well been ready, but our current condition in Black communities warrants some serious questioning. I know very well what happened to our ancestors and I am well aware of what is happening today. My article called for self-reflection, if you will notice, unlike most, it focused on us rather than on someone else. We know what happened in this country. We know what they did. Now letâ€™s look at what we are doing to keep them from denying what we claim to be rightfully ours. Now, letâ€™s move on to the word that caught my attentionâ€”Revolution.
Not only am I not afraid of a Revolution, but I totally embrace it. However, the Revolution that I embrace is the one that puts theory into practice. The Revolution of change. The revolution of results. The Revolution that commands will and power. The Revolution of human evolution and undisputed intellect. I am uncertain what St. Louis Redâ€™s idea of a so-called Revolution is, but if you think that catchy slogans, buttons with logos and mindless chatter filled with despair and anguish is the Revolution; you are indeed mistaken. I believe that Revolution begins with self reflection. The power of knowing that only you can control your destiny. Black people have been singing a song of Revolution since the inception of this country and it has yet to happen in totality.
history, our ancestors were intellectually isolated from the knowledge that was necessary to defeat their enemy. We donâ€™t have that problem now. And now itâ€™s time to wake up and realize it and do something about it. We know that historically the white man enslaved us, tortured us, and robbed us of our African-ness. So now what? If Reparations is attained-great. But what if itâ€™s not? What if they continue to laugh in our faces as all the other peoples on this earth pass us by? What then Mr. Red? What are you going to do, break out the guns? If that is what you mean by Revolution, I assure you, that wonâ€™t work.
Some pseudo-revolutionaries are sitting around talking about the white man did this, or the white man wonâ€™t do that. I suppose these â€œrevolutionariesâ€? are also sitting around playing military mind games waiting for some white supremacist ambush to rush through their front door. Well, hereâ€™s a newsflash. Weâ€™ve already been ambushed. And now our minds are the reflection of that ambush- so we need to clean them up.
The enemy of our Revolution is the leading war strategist right now because he knows how to subliminally control minds, social conditions, economic conditions, and in some cases the global population. So while he sits at the top of the pole determining whether or not we will actually be granted Reparations or anything of the like, we sit at the bottom of the pole bickering about what Reparations is and when the â€œRevolutionâ€? is coming. He is planning, watching, learning, exploring, teaching, and strategically planning our demise. And why? Because he knows we are too busy with trying to survive. My hopes and my aspirations for my people are generational, not momentary, because I love them, I cry for them and with them, and I understand all our pains and frustrations. So with that, the bickering can cease-and the fight for Reparations should continue, but you be sure that in the mean time you have a Plan B.
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