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 The father with the imprisoned sons blamed America's drug culture, but I say it

is the culture of America in general that steals our children, but the sad truth

is that we only half heartedly prepare them for the battlefield

 

 

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Love and War: Poems  / In the Crazy House Called America / Woman: Man's Best Friend Beyond Religion Toward Spirituality

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Black Reconstruction #7

By Marvin X

A brother came to the group who'd spent 23 years in the USAF, decorated during Vietnam, later worked for the California Department of Corrections, but after all this outstanding service, discovered he was nothing but a nigguh, which he essentially defined as a cog, a worthless human being, trash to be discarded at the whim of his master. Upon discovering he was nothing but a nigguh, he wanted to kill, to take his 9 m pistol and hurt somebody, but instead he wrote a book and the book saved his life and saved him from destroying somebody else, probably the real nigguh called master. I quoted him the line from Baraka's Dutchman, "If Bessie Smith had killed some white people, she wouldn't have needed to sing the blues."

The topic turned to children and education. How and when will we educate our children like the Jews and Chinese educate theirs. Even when our children attend the best Eurocentric schools, they are cultural aliens in need of a foundation in an Afrocentric view of life. Dr. Hare noted that the old school house model is an obvious failure, that teachers need to go home with students to educate parents. I've long maintained parents are in dire need of education, more so than the students because so many parents are so ignorant they undo any knowledge the child gains during his/her school day.

A father was upset because his son questioned his need to remain in a class he'd already mastered, but the child was told to remain quiet, thus denying the child's attempt to think. Of course, we know American education is not designed for thinkers, but to create individuals who will become cogs in the wheel of capitalism and imperialism, to become niggers as the man discovered above, and we must know niggers can be white and black, even Asian and Latin, the hip hop generation has taught us.

A brother talked about his two sons in prison, both for drug related crimes, including a homicide. He told how crushing this was for him, especially since his sons had been raised as middle class blacks, were well educated and had knowledge of Islam, but had chosen the criminal life. He mentioned how many times he had worked to get his sons out of the criminal justice system, how close he was to them, and that he would fight to free them if they returned to prison a million times, but it was stressing him out and he had come to the conclusion to let go and let God.

As he talked, I said nothing, but I thought about the fact that I've lost two sons: one physically dead to suicide and the other spiritually dead due to messianic religiosity and hypocrisy. The father with the imprisoned sons blamed America's drug culture, but I say it is the culture of America in general that steals our children, but the sad truth is that we only half heartedly prepare them for the battlefield, as one brother noted how he was told at the age of eleven how to behave if stopped by the police, but the police are only one aspect of life in the hood. 

How many children lose their lives because they refuse to do what Jesus said: that sometimes it is better to give up your coat and your cloak. The truth is that we live in a war zone but do not put on the armor of God, rather we send our children into the streets butt naked, then wonder why they come home molested, if they make it home at all.

Black Reconstruction is a weekly mental health group session, facilitated by Dr. Nathan Hare, clinical psychologist and founder of black studies in America. The session is co-facilitated by Suzzette Celese, MSW. Black Reconstruction is hosted by Recovery Theatre, 133 Golden Gate Avenue, between Leavenworth and Jones, San Francisco. The group meets on Wednesdays, 6-7:30PM and his free. Call 510-798-9155 for more information

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The Death of Emmett Till by Bob Dylan  /  The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll  /  Only a Pawn in Their Game

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Thanks America for Slavery

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Africa Makes Some Noise—Documentary on contemporary music from Africa

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 Eldridge Cleaver: My Friend the Devil

A Memoir by Marvin X

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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