Who are these people
Who kill fathers sons daughters
What God do they serve
What ghost in the night
Is there money enough
To satisfy this beast
Who devours all in its path
The children of the poor are not safe
Even children of the rich
This monster is vile
His teeth a wicked bite
Snatching you like Godzilla
When you came home preaching freedom
But there are those who cry freedom
But mean slavery of yesterday
There are those who pray in the mosque
Then murder in the street
who crush the spirit
Who silence the poets
The singers of freedom
Who deny the humanity of women
What God is this
Who empowers these devils with lust
Worse than the cobra’s sting
What now in that sacred land
Shall your sons take the mantle
Shall the children cower in fear
Or will they stand
face the guns bombs
Paid by the Mighty Beast
Who shouts democracy
But means slavery
Who allows dictators to crush opposition
To be president for life.
He discards his general uniform
To dawn the suit and tie of Shaitan
To claim the persona of the puppet
Who smiles in tears
Choking from strings hanging from his neck.
Ya, Bhutto, you tried
To bring a better day
But demons must play out their drama
Their dance in the night
They will never put down their butcher knives
Never turn into Buddha heads.
More must be sacrificed
The judges and lawyers are not enough
The soldiers must accept flowers from the people
Not slaughter them in the streets
There are not jails enough to confine freedom
The torture chambers may fill to overflow
But freedom must rise at the end of the day.
Ya, Bhutto, your last word was the magic word: Allah.
Surely we are from Allah
And to Him we return.
Plato, Part Two: Youth Make History On The Streets Of Oakland
Oakland youth have been much maligned lately for their violent behavior, low test scores and high drop out rate. But they made history recently when four of them gathered around Oakland’s street corner philosopher Plato, aka Marvin X. He gave them each a copy of the Oakland Post newspaper containing an article he wrote on condom use in prison and how it affects the wider community when former inmates are released, driving up the HIV/AIDS infection rate, especially among black women. Plato thought the youth would take the paper and continue down the street, but instead they stood around reading. Plato was shocked at the sight before his eyes: four youth standing on the corner reading a newspaper. What is wrong with this picture, he wondered to himself—actually, it was a beautiful sight, even though he wanted them to leave so he could return to selling his books, but after reading the article they remained nearly an hour to discuss it with the street teacher. This picture of them belies everything said about them: that they have no desire to learn because it is acting white. Perhaps their interest was held because the article related to them, to their lifestyle and culture. And maybe if the educational system would focus on teaching with a cultural sensitive approach, the drop out rate would decline. Johnny can and will read if you give him something worth reading, i.e., that can hold his attention in a world full of distractions.
Dr. Marvin X will facilitate the next session of the Pan African Mental Health Peer Group to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy (he authored a book by the same title), on Saturday, January 12, 4-6pm at the Berkeley Black Repertory Group Theatre, 3201 Adeline Street, Berkeley, one block south of the Ashby BART station.
Call 510-355-6339 for more information. Visit his blog: www.marvinxwrites.blogspot.com, or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org