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Sadly, the gangs are often the only family youth have known. Often there is no mother, no father,

no hug a thug from the preacher, teacher, artists or politicians—thus many youth

have become cold blooded killers, not by choice but by societal design.

 

 

Street Violence and Spirituality

By Marvin X

"When you kill your brother you kill yourself."Abdul James

 

Black on black violence is a hate crime and should qualify for the death penalty. If a black man kills a white man, it will more than likely be a hate crime, but the killing of a black by a black is nothing—two or three years the killer is back on the street to continue his savagery.

Violence in the hood is causing the complete destabilization of our community, yet it is not totally a criminal or even economic matter but at its root is a spiritual disease in the hearts of mostly young black men and lately women.

Some of the killing is ritual murder for gang membership, including homosexual acts upon the victim followed by murder. Such activity has roots in decadent and demonic spirituality.

Sadly, the gangs are often the only family youth have known. Often there is no mother, no father, no hug a thug from the preacher, teacher, artists or politicians—thus many youth have become cold blooded killers, not by choice but by societal design.

Of course economics plays a role since the dope man is the number one employer of youth in the black community coast to coast. And the drug economy feeds directly into the prison industry where the youth are housed at thirty to fifty thousand dollars per inmate per year, and there are two million currently imprisoned, mostly for drug related crimes, including violence.

The societal costs are staggering in terms of education, family stability, and community progress. But how can we expect young black men to resolve their problems non violently when the American government spends half a trillion dollars annually to spread violence around the world. The youth watch TV now and then; they know what's going on in Iraq and Afghanistan. They know America has troops around the world in its sham terrorism war. They know America is a gang of thieves, liars, and murderers in suits and ties.

The same guns used abroad are used at home in the hoods of black America, and of course black people have gun factories and drug factories, don't we?

But no one can make us kill if we have the mind-set not to kill, if we put on the armor of God and express God consciousness rather than animal consciousness, devil consciousness that makes us desire to take a brother out at the glance of an eye.

We are now doing the job of the KKK. Youth have told me when they get bored they get their guns, get in their cars and ride through the hood killing nigguhs.

We fulfill the Willie Lynch letter or as I say, we are Yacub's children playing with steel: guns and cars. Spiritual consciousness is the only way out of our morass—fa salli lirabbika: so pray to your Lord.

Why are you not angry at the white man, surely he has wronged you worse than your black brother. But you dare not touch the white man in your cowardice and punkism.

You are ready to kill your brother if he looks at your woman, but why you got her out with the crack of her behind showing? We know you angry because daddy was never there, and maybe mama wasn't either. Get over it, accept the pain—it's called growing up. What did Langston Hughes say, "Life ain't been no crystal stair." Ain't been paradise for none of us, not in 400 years.

Embrace your brother with love. There is no other way. This is a thinking man's game. See the film Animal. You must think your way out of this madness.

posted 3 July 2006

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Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All

By Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons knows firsthand that wealth is rooted in much more than the stock  market. True wealth has more to do with what's in your heart than what's in your wallet. Using this knowledge, Simmons became one of America's shrewdest entrepreneurs, achieving a level of success that most investors only dream about. No matter how much material gain he accumulated, he never stopped lending a hand to those less fortunate. In Super Rich, Simmons uses his rare blend of spiritual savvy and street-smart wisdom to offer a new definition of wealth-and share timeless principles for developing an unshakable sense of self that can weather any financial storm. As Simmons says, "Happy can make you money, but money can't make you happy."

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The New Jim Crow

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Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama's political success and Oprah Winfrey's financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today... than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don't know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.—Publishers Weekly

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Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays

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