conspiracy

Can I Get a Witness

We’re brothers of a different kind but of the same mind, un-blind.
They say we are public enemies, the epitome of what they don’t like.
Until you hear us, “Don’t Believe the Hype”…
The system hates that we are not spineless, won’t drink the Clorox
Un-torn, not mindless.
Considered rebels, the reasons are several. Number one: they can’t keep
us down, we’re on a level.
We won’t be like them and their kin, I’m choosing to move the masses to
action from my pen.
So when they hear me, they fear me: alarmed. These words I speak are
“Louder Than a Bomb”.
Thinking I’m organizing a radical mix, trying to wipe me out like
the party started in 66’.
I’m not Newton, Cleaver, Seale, Garvey, Nat, Martin, Malcolm or Mandela.
But the attitude I posses is quite stellar.
That’s why they label us gang-bangers, thugs, hooligans and racist.
Weary of the movement, they can’t face this…
They can salt us down, lie on us and spread their propaganda about our cause.
Still we remain, they cannot contain “A Rebel Without a Pause”…

Inspired by Public Enemy “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back”

– Thomas D. Payne

I Am Mike Brown

This young lady is Payne’s cousin-in-law. She is full of fire and Konscious thoughts. She popped up on this blog sharing her feelings with us in rhyme. A true embodiment of her name, we introduce you to Sassy. We hope you will enjoy her insight and perspective from a woman’s view. Peace and Blessings, Isis Rain…

I am Mike Brown

I would have never known how treacherous the world could really be, till they shot down Mike Brown that could have been you, that could have been me, so I don’t feel protected by no means free.

Although I have a name, I’m just a number. Stuck in this ever failing system that is not built to protect us, instead it’s there quietly awaiting to get us caught up, so we won’t have enough money to put up a fuss.

I’m so scared as the tears constantly fall; I’m caught up in a system that wants me to fall.

I am frightened to death to raise my hand, fearing the retribution of the gunman’s plan.
I feel like a prisoner in my own house, I work too dang hard to keep a closed mouth.

What kind of system fails all the tests? A murdering system that could really care less.
Does not matter if you are right or if you are wrong, we deserve to live and carry on.

God I pray as I do each day, I hope my good hasn’t gone astray.
I’m tired of no action, we need to make rush, can’t let this system keep killing us.
I’m crying for justice I want satisfaction; lighten my burdens by bringing the action.

Don’t want to be a victim of circumstance caught up in a system that has no plan.

– Sassy

Get Down

In a letter my homegirl wrote me, she made the statement that she believes it is “hunting season on Black Men” and I agree with that. We are being ostracized and dehumanized daily by the media and sadly, by our own actions. There is a solution that can be enacted to diffuse these acts of genocide.

The first thing they teach a student in the police academy is when you are being fired upon, get down on the ground or crouch behind something. Make yourself as small of a target as possible. This action greatly decreases your chances of being shot. So, since we as Black men are being “hunted”, we must make ourselves as small as a target as possible. How can this be done without looking weak? Through knowledge and education.

We must empower ourselves through the knowledge of self and of life. This will in turn strengthen our spirits and our minds. We will no longer feel as if we are inferior or of a lesser value than our counterparts. This will allow us to instill great morals and principals back into our essence and communities; thus elevating our self-esteem, confidence and morale. It will alter how we look at our selves and life.

An educated man is a respected man. Once we are able to climb to the same level of education as our counterparts, we won’t look to them as being superior or “smarter”. We will carry a higher image of ourselves, which will motivate us to want better for ourselves and the people in our community. Education and knowledge enlightens the mind. Right now, we are blindly walking in to the “cross hairs” of those hunting us.

Remember, before they can begin to hunt us, they have to make us look worthy of being hunted. The more despicable and malevolent they make us look, the easier it is to hunt us. The crazier and more ignorant we act, the easier it becomes for them to pick us off.  We must strive to make ourselves look less repulsive so we can look less “killable”.

Let us carry ourselves with dignity and respect. Let us walk a higher path than what we are currently on. We need to stop walking right in the line of fire. Get Down!!!

– Jah Soul

No Answers

Why, can we put a man on the moon and make the guilty pay, but we can’t stop world hunger

or find a cure for AIDS?

Why are we always in a cross about this thing called religion, are we not searching for the same thing

whether Muslim, Jew or Christian?

Why has the country been at war for the past fourteen years, over a presidents lie, people die

while their loved ones shed tears.

Why are people now getting upset about the economy?  Is it because big business and

corporations are now losing money?

Why does it cost more to incarcerate and less to educate me, but you won’t help me go to college

instead, you’d rather lock me up and throw away the key?

Why does America want other governments to fold, becoming democracies, when these

people have lived this way for centuries before the United States was a country?

Why didn’t the government fix the levees they predicted would fail if New Orleans got hit

by a storm like Katrina, now these folks have no home, no city or can’t get paid by

insurance or help by FEMA?

Why are Blacks underrepresented in the social landscape, over represented in the courts,

minorities in the business professions but a majority in entertainment and sports?

Why does it feel we are not rising out of our plight but sinking deeper, can I be my brothers

keeper instead of his reaper?

Why when the rich prosper, the laws in effect are all good; but when they lose money, laws

change, affecting the trailer parks and the hood?

Why when Sri Lanka got hit by the tsunami, we sent over a hundred mil in aid, but on the

home front, we can’t find the money to help our elders pay for medical aid?

Why was it so easy to find Sadaam, the leader of a whole country, but couldn’t discover

Bin Laden in almost forever who only commands a small army?

Why when I write lines like this, pointing out Black and White issues, they call me a bigot?

What? No one loves the truth anymore? Why can’t I just be a realist?

– Thomas D. Payne