Concerning nonviolence, it is criminal to teach a man not to defend himself when he is the constant victim of brutal attacks. -Malcolm X
I TOO SING AMERICA…
I am the darker brother,
Listen, Black America…
I’m more MALCOLM than MARTIN
same color, different hues.
AIN’T THAT AMERICA…
They killed both brothers;
albeit different views.
The Jim Crow defiant
couldn’t silence me.
Ghandi was a bigot,
Malcolm had a little more faith,
y’all better stop dreaming and stay woke.
I don’t want no pie in the sky,
the all-seeing eye won’t seal my fate;
the only God they trust is inscribed Federal Notes.
Thee American Dream is a hoax,
they still don’t want me to vote;
my neighborhood consists of liquor store – traphouse – storefront church,
I guess hope is the new dope.
Why they wanna sell me inebriate dreams of tomorrow,
while they live their dreams today
and I succumb to sorrow?
Explain to me why is it so easy for society to witness injustice everyday,
yet equal rights and justice are always coming on the morrow?
I wonder how people that look like me
are considered to be the minority
yet somehow we comprise the incarcerated majority?
I wonder why MLK day is the only public holiday dedicated to a minority?
Why we don’t dedicate holidays to the El-Hajj Malik’s and Fannie Lou’s of society?
Why do they extract brothers like Mumia and Dr. York from society?
I have a dream… and I pray I live to see the day when Sundiata, Mutulu, and Jamil Abdullah are paid retributions and returned to society.
I have a dream… that one day Assata, Kathleen, and Angela will be awarded for their contributions to society.
I have a dream… that one day names like Herman Wallace, Fred Hampton, and Mark Clark will resonate with society.
I have a dream… that women like Afeni, Mary Johnson Lowe, and Ruby Bridges are celebrated for their contributions to society.
Why is Malcolm hated?
Why is Martin celebrated?
Why is the alpha Black Male castrated?
Where would we be if Harriet never made it?
–@StevieStreets #publicholiday #poem | More Malcolm than Martin