Black women take a position in tribute to Sandra Bland who died in police custody
“If I die in police custody, burn everything down, no building is more important than my life…”
“If I die in police custody… make sure I am the last person to die in police custody by any means necessary!”
“If I die in police custody, know that I wanted to live…It wasn’t suicide but murder.”
“If I die in police custody, avenge my death, by any means necessary.”
Video source Facebook: 19 Magazine at the Phoenix Convention Center and I Am the Black Woman Who Interrupted the Netroots Presidential Town Hall, and This Is Why
Calling on our Ancestral Mothers to Guide us, Calling on Dantò
64,000 Missing Black Females in the United States
“If I die in police custody, burn everything down, koupe tèt, boule kay. No building is worth more than my life. No white person’s life or sell-out kneegrow’s life is more important than my life. Koupe tèt, boule kay! If I die in police custody, it won’t be suicide. White supremacy murdered me. It will be because I had tried not to accept their torture and was doing my best to take a few terrorist down with me because they kept me in a cage, wouldn’t let make a phone call, put my bail too high for an ordinary Black woman to pay for switching lanes and would not stop the physical and psychological brutality. It will be self-defense, a human right I own. But there is no justice for the un-assimilated Black women and their children in America. And I mean in the whole American Hemisphere. Like Malcom X says, if I got to give up my life, let it be even-steven. Black mothers are rising! Desalin says NO to white supremacy, torture and tyranny in Haiti, in the US, everywhere and in all its forms. I want to live. I want to live. I want to live FREE. If I die in police custody, say my name, say my name, the one I chose, not the colonial name I was given. Say Ezili Dantò, say my name. Give Ezili Dantò her tongue back.” — Ezili Dantò, HLLN/Free Haiti Movement, July 28, 2015, on the 100th anniversary of the US occupation of Haiti (Watch, Black mothers rising video: If I die in police custody at above; See also, 64,000 Missing Black Females in America. Black women are abused by police at almost the same rate as black men ; 100th Anniversary of the US occupation of Haiti ; If We Must Die by Claude McKay and Rare, (May 30, 1975) Toni Morrison Speech Unearthed, Portland State, Black Studies Center public dialogue. Pt. 2. / #SayHerName, #ICantBreathe #BlackLivesMatter, #sisters, #IfIDieInPoliceCustody #SandraBland.)
Tell the Dominican Republic – Black is powerful
“I do not believe that Sandra Bland hanged herself just a few hours before her sister was set to come and pay the $500 bail it would have taken to get her out of jail. I do not believe Sandra Bland hanged herself two days before taking her dream job at her alma mater. I do not believe Sandra Bland hanged herself. No one with good sense believes that. And I challenge the sense of anyone who is willing to contort themselves into intellectual knots to make such a ridiculous story seem remotely plausible.” — by Brittney Cooper, If I die in police custody: Why Sandra Bland’s death is just the latest evidence that Black America is under attack, July 22, 2015 – No one should end up dead after a routine police stop, but Sandra Bland did. This country has much to answer for.
If We Must Die
BY CLAUDE MCKAY
(September 15, 1889 – 22 May 22, 1948)
If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursèd lot.
If we must die, O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
O kinsmen! we must meet the common foe!
Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!
Twitter: “#IfIDieInPoliceCustody Do not forgive, do not pray. Burn everything down. Finish the revolution. Koupe tèt, boule kay!” —(See, photo essays: The Global War Against Black Women and The Global War Against Black Men.)
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Self-defense is a human right
I Am the Black Woman Who Interrupted the Netroots Presidential Town Hall, and This Is Why By Tia Oso, July 21, 2015
Avatar Haiti, part 1: the Avatar Conspiracy, Broadcast Nov. 18, 2010 (49:48). Holland Radio with Ezili Dantò on Avatar Haiti: Haiti history, resistance, culture, cosmology and some basics on symbolic nature of Vodun. Rele Gede yo! Part 2 on the website..
Rare Toni Morrison Speech Unearthed
Portland State, “Black Studies Center public dialogue. Pt. 2″ May 30, 1975
This speech is an extremely powerful and insightful speech given by Toni Morrison, the legendary artist and intellectual.
Toni Morrison is talking to Black folks about very specific things. Listen carefully people. It requires ATTENTION, focus and thought. This is no 6-grade-level New York Times drivel. But real meaty stuff. It is the prescription to mental decolonization. It delineates how to avoid the prison of reacting to the racist and focus on your own planetary mission. Listening once is not enough. Think about STUDYing the lessons imparted…In this remarkable speech, Toni Morrison methodically breaks it down! Culls down, demystify and provides the strategy for facing the “distraction.” Not waste lifetimes staying on the defensive, trying to prove our humanity..Lessons worthy of sharing, again and again. Ms Morrison turns the spotlight on the historic racist, theological racist, an imagination so bleak, a perception so blind= “an intelligence” so crippled as to seriously ask W.E.B. Dubois (in pursuit of some academic study) whether or not Blacks shed tears?..American scholarship perpetuates their racist ignorance…They NEVER study themselves!” Says Ms Morrison here. This resonates. I often say that. Which is why Dr. Marimba Ani’s Yurugu’s study of the profit-over people crew is often quoted. Some quotes culled from this Toni Morrison speech may be found here, at the – The Anti-Intellect Blog:
“I love Latin American Literature and Russian Literature. It never occurred to me that Dostoyevsky was suppose to explain something to me. He’s talking to other Russians about very specific things.” – Toni Morrison, Rare Toni Morrison Speech Unearthed, Portland State, “Black Studies Center public dialogue. Pt. 2″ May 30, 1975
“Do not be confused. You do not waste your energy fighting the fever, you must only fight the disease. The disease is not racism, it is greed and the struggle for power. I urge you to be careful, for there is a deadly prison, the prison that is erected when one spends one’s life fighting phantoms, concentrating on myths and explaining, over and over again, to the conqueror: your language, your lifestyle, your history, your habits. You do not have to do that.” – Toni Morrison, Rare Toni Morrison Speech Unearthed, Portland State, “Black Studies Center public dialogue. Pt. 2″ May 30, 1975
“The function, the very serious function, of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language, so you spend twenty years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly, so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Somebody says you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up. None of that is necessary. There will always be one more thing.” – Toni Morrison, Rare Toni Morrison Speech Unearthed, Portland State, “Black Studies Center public dialogue. Pt. 2″ May 30, 1975
“Racism is the red flag the matador dances before the head of a bull. It’s purpose is only to distract. To keep the bulls mind away from his power and his energy. To keep his mind focused on anything but his own business.” – Toni Morrison, Rare Toni Morrison Speech Unearthed, Portland State, “Black Studies Center public dialogue. Pt. 2″ May 30, 1975
“No one can blame the conqueror for writing history the way he sees it. And certainly not for digesting human events, and discovering their patterns, according to his own point of view. But it must be admitted that conventional history supports and compliments a very grave, and very serious, almost pristine, ignorance.” – Toni Morrison,
“Social Studies, itself, was founded and funded by the Mellons and the Carnegies, and those people who were interested in the deviants who were not like them. It got its first money from those people and they never studied themselves. Urban Studies is the study of Black people. And the approach, vigorously held to, in these studies: Blacks as wards of the state, never as its pioneers.” – Toni Morrison
“The very nature of history is to make large distinctions. It encourages intellect, therefore, to forgo finer ones. Historians must deal with rice in bulk rather than grain by grain. Heavy dependency on the conventions of that discipline lead us to do likewise in human relationships. If such history continues to be the major informer of our sensibilities we will remain functionally unintelligent. Because, after all, it is the ability to make distinctions–and the smaller the distinctions made, the higher the intellect that makes them–by which we judge intellect. We judge intellect in several ways. One of the most important is by the ease with which it can tell the difference between one molecule and another, one cell and another… So it would seem that to continue to see a race of people, any race of people, as one, single, personality is an ignorance of Gothic proportions.” – Toni Morrison
“Educating the conqueror is NOT our business.” – Toni Morrison
“I have a bad habit when I, sometimes, meet people who are incorrigible racists. I like to leave them that way. I never do anything to change their mind. I want them to stay just that way. Ignorant. And I take great, great personal and private pleasure every time I run up against one. It never occurs to me to behave another way so they will not think X, Y, or Z. I want them to stay just like that. Always.” – Toni Morrison
….and much more. There’s a message to the artist. What she says about the media, the rush to integrate with mediocrity, the waiting for a messiah (1975)…This interview is a MUST- Consider listening carefully to Toni Morrison
Forwarded by Ezili’s Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
“History is percentiles. History is the thoughts of great men and the description of eras. Does the enslaved Black girl know that the reason she died in the sea, or smothered in a sixty foot slop pit on a ship named “Jesus”, was because it was her era, or because some great men thought up her destiny as part of a percentage of national growth, or expansion, or pre-industrial revolution, or colonization of a new world? Does she know what part she played in the mind’s of great men?” – Toni Morrison