It kills me to see Black people holding up signs and it hurts even more when I see Black children forced to do the same. One of the reasons this happens is because deep down inside we know that all the Marching and Holding up signs that the adults have been doing has done nothing for us. It’s painful to say but all we have gotten in return is more innocent dead black bodies so we think that by having our children hold up signs maybe we can reach our oppressors; maybe they will see our suffering and show us some pity, maybe they really won’t shoot. We are always looking for pity from Whites. When is it going to be enough? Our Ancestors civilized this world and gave it life. Why should we look for mercy from White People? Everything we have ever needed to survive is in us. No other race of people responds to the murder of one of their own by holding up a sign and you damn sure don’t see their children doing that. Now I’m not going to sit here as if I have all the answers but we need to realize we are not dealing with peaceful people. The time for being Non-violent is long gone. Black children of the future should not have to wake up and deal with the same Racism and Oppression that we live with today.
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No matter how much we may talk about kindness, 
no matter how much we may practice it elsewhere, 
as long as we demand that living, feeling individuals 
be harmed and killed for our pleasure
as long as we choose violence over compassion
then we do not live a good or just life. 
Far greater than the sum of our good acts 
is the trail of blood, suffering and death 
we willfully and needlessly leave behind us.” 
- Ashley Capps

I would not look upon anger as something foreign to me that I have to fight. I have to deal with my anger with care, with love, with tenderness, with nonviolence. A further sign of health is that we don’t become undone by fear and trembling, but we take it as a message that it’s time to stop struggling and look directly at what’s threatening us.
—  Pema Chodron

I’m going to say this crystal clear, any action Palestinians take whether it be nonviolent or violent against Israel will be an act of self-defense. EVERY ACTION TAKEN BY PALESTINIANS AGAINST ISRAEL IS AN ACT OF SELF-DEFENSE. The oppressed have the right to use whatever means necessary to liberate themselves! 

Mahatma Gandhi is a man who is widely praised and remembered for his mission for freedom and Liberation. His influence on Martin Luther King Jr. is often spoken about in mainstream education but what they never tell you is that Gandhi DID NOT LIKE nor RESPECT BLACK PEOPLE. He believed that Indians and their white oppressors were superior to Blacks. In fact, the word Mahatma means “Great Soul” so I am even reluctant to call him that. He is quoted several times referring to Africans as “Kaffirs”; a word that is equivalent to the “N” word. He believed that Africans were uncivilized savages BY NATURE and needed to be saved. Doesn’t that sound familiar? Gandhi described us as troublesome, very dirty, and living like animals.  He had a serious problem with Africans living among his people and wanted the two to be segregated. In 1904, he would to protest the placing of Africans in his city saying, “Ours is one continued struggle sought to be inflicted upon us by the Europeans, who desire to degrade us to the level of the raw Kaffir. Why, of all places in Johannesburg, the Indian Location should be chosen for dumping down all the Kaffirs of the town passes my comprehension.” He believed it was the greatest form of disrespect for White people to consider Indians the same as Black People. It is very important that we see through some of the illusions that are thrown our way. Black people Stop praising Gandhi. If he was still here, he would not be praising you.

 Written by @KingKwajo

Why It’s Unethical To Eat Animals

Picture: Best girlfriends Kayli and Maybelle at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.

"In any discussion concerning the ethics of eating animals, it’s important to begin by considering a frequently overlooked distinction: that harming and killing animals from necessity is not morally equivalent to harming and killing animals for pleasure. Just as shooting someone in self-defense is not commensurate with shooting someone to satisfy a sadistic urge— killing animals for food when we have no other choice for survival is not morally equivalent to killing animals when we have plentiful alternatives. Violence committed to save a life is never analogous to violence committed for pleasure or profit.”

How do you deal with the perverted, disease-bearing, voracious bastard who wants to cast his image over all things, eat from every plate at every table, police the world with racist shibboleths and a dying doctrine of marketplaces peopled by monopolies, top-heavy bureaus, and scum-swilling pigs to gun down any who would object?

The concept of nonviolent protest, whatever political forms it may take, presumes two things about the imperialist establishment that are so obviously historically unrealistic, so logically unsound that the espousal of any purely nonviolent anti-establishment moan reduces one automatically to the absurd, and any strong espousal of the purely nonviolent anti-establishment policy reduces one automatically to a corpse.

The first presumption is mercy. It presumes the possible existence of mercy on the part of a breed whose heart is as cold as the snows. It presumes existence of a restraint mechanism that in other breeds and other animals precludes the harming of one’s kind unless placed under the most extreme compulsion of self-preservation. But history shows no justification for so wild a presupposition. I refer you to Leopold II’s Congo, the Indian wars of the last century, the Union of South Africa, Sharpsville, the Philippines at the turn of the century. I refer you to Germany during the depression and war years. I refer you to Vietnam! Just a cursory reading of history and just a glance about me now would show-that I could expect more mercy from a pack of Bengal Tigers. Any claims that nonviolent, purely nonviolent political agitation has served to force back the legions of capitalist expansion are false. The theory of nonviolence is a false idea. The Hindus failed because of this moral aspect in their characters precluding any large-scale organized violence. The forms of slavery merely changed for them. Of what value is quasi-political control if the capitalists are allowed to hold on to the people’s whole means of subsistence?! And in the case of India and foreign capitalists, have any of the people’s needs been met? Do they still have race riots, do they still sleep in the streets? These people were betrayed by false leaders with false ideals. Compare India with China. They were both supposedly liberated at the same time, India may have had a year or more of what is loosely termed “political self-determination”. China’s problems in the late forties were ten times more severe, but today there is no one hungry in China. For the first time its population is united and organized under a government as decentralized and representative as a huge modern industrial based society can be. China, land of the coolie, slave labor, open-door policies, floor mat of the West-they’re vying for first place in every important economic sector today. Remember the 1839 Opium War, the Boxer Rebellion. A trial of combat with China today would be Russian roulette with a fully loaded .45 automatic, self-destruction, suicide.

All the third world political movements that are forcing the retreat of colonialism have learned to deal with the expeditionary armies of colonialism. There is no case of successful liberation without violence. How could you neutralize an army without violence?

The people of the U.S. are held in the throes of a form of colonialism. Control of their subsistence and nearly every aspect of the circumstances surrounding their existence has passed into the hands of a clearly distinct and alienated oligarchy. If today’s young revolutionary vanguard are not merely entertaining themselves with a new kind of “Chicken,” a political form of bumper tag, if they seriously intend to step out front and take the monster to task, they should understand from the outset that the monster is merciless.

Pure nonviolence as a political idea, then, is absurd: Politics is violence. It may serve out purpose to claim nonviolence, but we must never delude ourselves into thinking that we can seize power from a position of weakness, with half measures, polite programs, righteous indignation, loud entreaties.

— 

George Jackson on nonviolence.

Taken from his book “Soledad Brother: The Prison Writings of George Jackson.” (pages 223-225)

Flowers are the new Bullet Proof Vest

The Trayvon Martin Memorial Hoody is an homage to Trayvon’s hoody (which he was wearing the night of the fatal shooting) and has appliquéd fabric patches in the shape of a vest.

Whether picking yellow wildflowers in a field, sending a bouquet of red roses to a beau, or giving white lilies to express condolences, flowers often express what words cannot. Apliiq chose a classic, beige linen floral, known as ‘Glambloom’ for the Trayvon Martin Memorial hoody as a symbol of nonviolence, peace and benevolence. The vintage appearance of the floral print fabric stitched onto a contrasting black hoody, becomes a bold talking point - with an inherent message worth sharing - keep peace close to the chest.

Ethan Lipsitz, Apliiq’s CEO explains, “We are purposefully transforming the visual appearance of the hoody, switching it’s context and imbuing it with meaning. The vest applique patch utilizes subtractive design principles. We hope the floral vest can one day replace the bullet-proof vest, it symbolizes non-violence and tolerance.”

Apliiq will donate 20% of revenue from the Trayvon Martin Memorial Hoody from Apliiq.com to the Non-Violence Project USA, whose objective is “to become the world’s foremost organization for violence prevention education - creating a meeting place for the next generation of leaders. The mission is to inspire, motivate and engage young people in positive action.”

A Philadelphia School’s Big Bet on Nonviolence

Last year when American Paradigm Schools took over Philadelphia’s infamous, failing John Paul Jones Middle School, they did something a lot of people would find inconceivable. The school was known as “Jones Jail” for its reputation of violence and disorder, and because the building physically resembled a youth correctional facility. Situated in the Kensington section of the city, it drew students from the heart of a desperately poor hub of injection drug users and street level prostitution where gun violence rates are off the charts. But rather than beef up the already heavy security to ensure safety and restore order, American Paradigm stripped it away. During renovations, they removed the metal detectors and barred windows.

The police predicted chaos. But instead, new numbers seem to show that in a single year, the number of serious incidents fell by 90%.

Read more. [Image: Dan Loh/AP]

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