Stranger Than Fiction: Hypocrisy
So let’s recap. In a country where patriotism and rebellion are celebrated on an annual basis. You know the reason we celebrate Independence Day?
The legend of the Boston Tea Party, etc. – you remember where the oppressed rose up against tyranny and fought for their rights; a land mass where the “war on drugs” and the “war on terror” are metaphors for a war on people of color. A system where the new Black Holocaust is children without father figures, women without moral/spiritual/financial support and having a Department of Corrections’ number can leave you jobless.
A systematic revival where according to the Education Department, the gap between Black and White children continues to persist despite the No Child Left Behind law being signed in 2002. Oh, and you mean the same “Republic” in which we all pledge allegiance and yet doesn’t support the rights of all its citizens.
The same “Democracy” that when provoked, attacked or receives resistance from those that object to their polices unleashes its military might on the opposition for implementation. The self-same one with the loopholes in its law that keeps slavery alive (The 13th Amendment states, – “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist with the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction”) and fuels the Prison Industrial Complex. It’s the one that leaves its citizens disenfranchised with mortgage discrimination.
However, the same people who read these words shrug as though the above circumstances are non-existent. They think, Nah, the people of Baltimore have no right to be upset, and from the droppings of a bat’s wing or lizard’s tail ignite a cauldron of anger, destruction or hysteria. A city, like many others, where residents go out and vote and are encouraged to choose from a list of candidates that don’t have their best interests at heart; the lesser of two (2) evils; sounds logical. Where at a young age, they’re told to work hard and persevere, and with any luck, you’ll get your opportunity to have the American Dream. Yeah, well tell that sh*t to the folks that’re one paycheck away from poverty; who reside off Despair Drive and Hopeless Highway; where interactions with law enforcement are met with harassment and profiling.
How da f*ck you gonna tell people to practice non-violence and preach peace when you’re the same muthaf*cka that’ll punch a person in their d*ck suckas for bullying you. Where’s the negotiation in that? Y’all need to GTFOH with that hypocrisy. #Shotsfired