All Of Me.

You don’t see the world through my eyes.

So how could you expect to find my place in this world? 

You could only do so through eyes of your own. 

Which would make that observation,

a projection of your perspective,

on to me.

 Which would make me more of the person that you 

want me to be, 

and less of the person that I am.

And, most of all,

Would make me unfaithful to the side of myself,

that you cannot see.

The side I have to face

every night before I sleep.

And so that place in the world, 

in which you believe I fit, 

would actually be fit for a part of you

Instead of for all of me. 


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My biggest hope for the next generation is that there is no singular life path that they are pressured to conform to. No more predetermined rules, you make your own. No right or wrong way to live. No reason to pursue the life ahead of you, other than your undivided devotion to yourself and your vision.

They will be told:

 “Write your own ticket. You know what you’re passionate about, so go after it, be smart, and stay vigilant.”

The best part about your ticket is that nobody knows what it looks like other than you. Until your ticket is shared, and until the ticket is expressed through your own self, nobody has a clue what your ticket looks like. Only you can either choose or write your ticket, because this ticket is meant only for you, and lives only as long as all of you does.

Instead of being told that their passion isn’t worth pursuing or considering because it doesn’t make enough money, or doesn’t provide enough jobs. That philosophy is a product of the capitalist society that we will undermine. As long as you have passion, be smart, and stay vigilant – trust in yourself to follow your vision. Trust that in following the path that was carved for you, by you, fruits will be reaped from your labor. There is a job and a career that is meant for you – that you have the potential to consistently excel in. You must find it for yourself.

Once you do, don’t ever let anybody put a glass ceiling on your vision for your life.

It’s not worth it.

Word,

Starr

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Ain’t Scared Of Your Jails

 While we are fighting battles that are less blatant, and less apparent to the
uncritical eye, they are still battles that address an injustice that has been embedded in our culture. Modern day movements such as Black Lives Matter aim to address those injustices that are subliminal, because although they could pass as ignorable, they are just as problematic as those issues that were fought by the students in Nashville, Tennessee in the early 1960s.

The message of the Black Lives Matter movement is partially directed toward 453548876.jpgthe prison industrial complex, and the cycle it creates within impoverished and mrginalized communities that happen to be predominantly Black. We address the mistreatment endured by these people, the classification as second-class citizen, and the removal of these voices and visuals from society; this is what we are trying to combat. We are trying to de-stigmatize brown and black bodies.

Two important elements that I witnessed in the documentaries were both the preparation for violent resistance that came with training of students, and establishing an organized plan. Also the relentlessness, the idea that even if one group of us are arrested, we have another wave of students on deck to show that this movement was thoughtful and persistent.  Those methods of preparedness and laser-point focus on a particular outcome is what we can use as a model for our movement.o-SITIN-PROTESTS-570.jpg

We will start by addressing some elements within our society, and then bring light to those provisions within our constitution that allows retardation of our movement. because policy change depends on social change for any real implementation of said policy. Any element of society that has created the dominant voice of a common understanding that is dissatisfactory to a member of the citizenry, that element should be addressed. “Create a crisis so that the federal government could be compelled to enforce federal law,” which was the rationale for the Freedom Ride, and could arguably serve as the platform for the Black Lives Matter protests and rallies. The Governor later stated that it is out of his ability protect people who are “not going to do what [the police] say; who are not going to obey the police,” without recognizing it is not within the citizen’s expectations to obey the police; at least, certainly not to the degree of which the police are expected to protect the citizens. This idea is well understood, now this brings us to questioning who we, as a society, truly regard as citizens. This leads up to demilitarization of the police serving as one of the major principles of the BLM movement. “We wanted something for ourselves and for our children,” and what they wanted has become to be regarded as fact; we’ve almost forgotten that it was once fought for in the same way we are fighting for justices that seem like a far cry.

I noticed that the students are often called “agitators,” and Gov. Patterson Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 11.27.21 PM.pngsays “I think when they learn that when they go somewhere to crate a riot that there’s not someone to stand between them and the other crowd, they’ll stay home.” This statement is basically a testimony to the idea of silencing a movement when it is widely criticized, or seen as a disturbance or agitation to white life, and that, although someone should, nobody is going to stand between your movement and white agitation. “You can’t guarantee the safety of a fool, and these people are just fools,” Gov. Patterson continued to say, and this 1960s philosophy is clearly embedded in the responses toward the Black Lives Matter movement; I remembered all of the instances of BLM protestors being called “hoodlums,” and “thugs.” This philosophy is directed toward both the Black lives that were taken or jeopardized, and the lives of protestors within BLM movement and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

As I continued to watch, the foundation upon which we currently stand begun to unfold, because as Diane Nash stated, “if the Freedom Ride had Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 11.34.28 PM.pngbeen stopped because of violence… the impression
n would have been given that once a movement starts all you have to do to stop it is massive attack.” It is understood by those within the current Black Lives Matter movement that we cannot be stopped by any massive threat, and I once inquired where we extracted this courage, and it is from those who have come before us. We have not created this movement; we are simply continuing the one that has been created to save our lives.

In both the cases of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin, similar symbols in the Black community as ignition of the peak of their respective movements, the men who committed the murders were found not guilty, which was a devastating result, but the verdicts were not the outcome of these incidences. Instead, “the [final] outcome would be decided by how we in fact channel the energy,” of those verdicts, and the resistance to our movements.

Watch the documentary,

it’s only about an hour long,

and pretty informative.

 Ain’t Scared of Your Jails

Word,

Starr.

What Is So Important About Demonstration?

Demonstration has a way of responding to the call for help exuded by those who are unable to convene for their own liberty and justice.

 We are continuing the efforts of those who granted us the right to vote, the right to understand what equal representation in the workplace looks like, and the right to have integrated public facilities. To those who have given us these rights that were once seen as privileges, we must honor their efforts by continuing them to full fruition. But I think it is okay to recognize when we have not fully reached our goal, and to remind society that “in too many places and in too many ways [the color line is still being drawn].” Some of the declarations made in the Program of the March on Washington Monument could still be protested by us, as they have not been addressed in their entirety. Such as “legislation to enforce the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments,” and arguably, “colored and minority group representation on all administrative agencies,” because we are still not given adequate representation when one or two people of our skin color are entrusted with the welfare of our entire race, or socioeconomic status. In this case, the overall goal to allow these groups “recognition of their democratic right to participate in formulating policies,” is not met, as we still have provisions for voting such as the I.D. requirement, or even just a gap between the poor community and their access to a political voice.

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            I loved the quote from the Why Should We March? section of the Negro March on Washington Movement, wherein Randolph states that “a community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person [in society] can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess.”

This statement rings with both truth and irony, because America, to my understanding, as the poster child for democracy, has never truly granted this ability to the lowest of society. I think this is the most important thing to note, and the most prominent reason for why we should continue to demonstrate in the name of justice. I’ve heard people say, in an effort to silence me or just in general, that DSCN8742-Trayvon demo-a.jpg“protest, rallying, or anything that you do won’t bring Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, or Freddie Gray back to life, so why bother?” It is because the murders of these innocent Black lives have “summoned us to mass action that is orderly and lawful, but aggressive and militant, for justice, equality, and freedom.”

            Just as we must continue to convene for those who are incarcerated for unjust reasons without proper representation. So, as were those of the Southern Negro Youth Conference, we have been called upon by these instances of injustice to “achieve the full blessings of true democracy for ourselves, our people, and our nation!”

And, this is why we march.

Word, 

Starr.