Sterling-Martin

Black Panther Full Cast and Synopsis

“Black Panther” follows T'Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as king. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T'Challa’s mettle as king and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.

I am sick of writing this poem
but bring the boy. his new name
his same old body. ordinary, black
dead thing. bring him & we will mourn
until we forget what we are mourning
& isn’t that what being black is about?
not the joy of it, but the feeling
you get when you are looking
at your child, turn your head,
then, poof, no more child.
that feeling. that’s black.
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think: once, a white girl
was kidnapped & that’s the Trojan war.
later, up the block, Troy got shot
& that was Tuesday. are we not worthy
of a city of ash? of 1000 ships
launched because we are missed?
always, something deserves to be burned.
it’s never the right thing now a days.
I demand a war to bring the dead boy back
no matter what his name is this time.
I at least demand a song. a song will do just fine.
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look at what the lord has made.
above Missouri, sweet smoke.
—  Danez Smith, “not an elegy for Mike Brown”
If all the Black Lives Matter post offend/annoy you

I DONT GIVE A FUCK. Let me make this very fucking clear, I DO NOT CARE. If you are tired of seeing these post every where and you would rather people remain silent YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM. I will say his name, i will say hers, I will say theirs.

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For moments when you’re defending Black Lives Matter and low-key racists: 

(1) makes irrelevant references to “rioting/violence”; and/or

(2) have the nerve  to make condescending hypotheticals about how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would feel about modern anger, modern protest blockades, or modern confrontational civil disobedience.

Brigadier General Sterling Alexander Martin Wood and staff, C.S.A.

– Before his appointment to brigadier general, Wood had been a colonel of the 7th Alabama Infantry, C. S. A. Wood is seated on the right in the front row.

Commonly referred to as S.A.M. Wood, was an American lawyer and newspaper editor from Alabama. He served as a Confederate general during the American Civil War until 1863, and resumed practicing law, served as a state legislator, and later taught law.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._A._M._Wood Photo: Credit Alabama Pioneers

First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizens Councillor or the Ku Klux Klanner but the white moderate who is more devoted to order than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says, ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action’; who paternalistically feels that he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time; and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a ‘more convenient season.’ Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection…we who engage in nonviolent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with.
—  Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Note this day people! On Friday, July 8, 2016 is the day I said, “Shit Ends Now!”

I am a Latina with dark skin that has always lived in neighborhoods where the majority of people were Caucasian. Naturally, I have heard a ton of racist comments over the years. I usually just let it slide. I usually ignore it to avoid the argument. I change the subject. I just let it be.

I don’t know why, but seeing this post by Tomi Lahren just made me snap. I thought of all the times I excused racism against me. All the times I just stayed quiet to be cordial. I just can’t do it anymore! I’M DONE BEING NICE! I’M DONE LETTING IT SLIDE! SHIT ENDS NOW!!!!

With that in mind, here are some comments that people have said to my face, many within the past year:

“Why do you bother being smart & getting good grades when you’re just going to end up working in an orange field anyway?”

“You should be the villain for the play. It just looks better that way.”

“Oh, your ethnic is showing.”

“Are you mad over the treatment of immigrants because you’re here illegally?”

“I’m surprised you live here. There’s not a lot of your people in this area.”

“I don’t know if I can trust you on good suggestions. Your people eat pig’s feet.”

“You can’t call me racist. I have black friends.”

I’m done excusing racists!

“He shouldn’t have resisted.”

“He shouldn’t have carried a gun.”

“He shouldn’t have run.”

“He shouldn’t have been wearing a hoodie.”

“He shouldn’t have had a toy gun.”

“He shouldn’t have been selling movies.”

The list of excuses used to justify the murder of black men by police is neverending, but they all have the same meaning at their core:

“He should have been white.”

“In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage.”

A Letter to My Son

On the one-year anniversary of the release of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ second book, “Between the World and Me,” here’s an excerpt that is more timely and pertinent than ever:

There is nothing extreme in this statement. Americans deify democracy in a way that allows for a dim awareness that they have, from time to time, stood in defiance of their God. This defiance is not to be much dwelled upon. Democracy is a forgiving God and America’s heresies—torture, theft, enslavement—are specimens of sin, so common among individuals and nations that none can declare themselves immune. In fact, Americans, in a real sense, have never betrayed their God. When Abraham Lincoln declared, in 1863, that the battle of Gettysburg must ensure “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,” he was not merely being aspirational. At the onset of the Civil War, the United States of America had one of the highest rates of suffrage in the world. The question is not whether Lincoln truly meant “government of the people” but what our country has, throughout its history, taken the political term people to actually mean. In 1863 it did not mean your mother or your grandmother, and it did not mean you and me. As for now, it must be said that the elevation of the belief in being white was not achieved through wine tastings and ice-cream socials, but rather through the pillaging of life, liberty, labor, and land.

Read more here.