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I am AnjanaƩ Shadai Crump. NOLA. Poet/Spoken word artist. Activist. I haven't been on tumblr in a few years so please forgive my old posts. I have definitely changed. I'm in the process of starting over and I will definitely be posting again. I also have a book of poetry titled "Tinted Windows" coming out in October.

I really hope you all know this is much deeper than Mike Brown. Than Ferguson. Than Trayvon Martin. As cliche as it sounds and as much as I know a lot of you hate to hear it, this all runs back as deep as slavery. They treated us like animals in a zoo. Now take a second to stop and think about this. When you domesticate and place animals in a zoo, after so long, living their lives in captivity, you cannot release them back into the wild. They will not survive. They don’t have the necessary skills to take care of themselves. They are completely dependent. These animals will die. So what happened to us? They held us like animals in captivity for hundreds of years, then one day they abruptly let us out. Into the wild. Full of predators waiting to make prey of us. Us who didn’t have the necessary skills to survive. We were completely dependent. We are STILL dependent. We are still dying. And yes, as human beings, we do have the ability to learn the necessary skills. However, when a force has existed as the only force, the most powerful force, controlling every square inch of a country, a country literally built from the ground up just for that force and no other, they are naturally bound to maintain that throne of power no matter who new they ALLOW to roam through the empire. The only way to change that is to completely overthrow that empire. Their power is deeply rooted, from day one this was their country. It may be stated as “our” country in textbooks and newspapers and from many many mouths, but take a look at the most powerful families and corporations in America. Come on, how many black ones can you name off the top of your head? NOT involved in the entertainment business I should say.. Who do you think is still running this country? Don’t let the face of Obama, 1 president out of 43 fool you. Like I said in my poem, “My Nigga, My Nigga,” “He may be in charge, but we’re the electrical outlet young nigga. He has to go through us to get his power.” Us being them, white folks. Think about that. And while you do, let me take a second to clarify that this writing is not meant to be some big race war on white people. There is no hatred in my heart. But i will not sugarcoat anything to pacify the sensitive. Now back to the America as I know it.
No matter how high in power some of our black people have risen, it is not as easy as so many people like to say. That’s one of the leading arguments: That black folks have the same opportunities and access as whites do but we simply choose not to utilize them. We choose to drop out. We choose to be criminals. Etc. Etc. However, you must remember the system that produced us. We were not allowed to learn, and once we were, no one wanted to teach us, and once they did, it was not of the same quality as the educations whites have BEEN receiving. They didn’t want us to get jobs, and once laws said they had to hire us, we were not given the same credibility. Meanwhile, we had families to provide for. Mouths to feed. Lights to keep on. So yes, a lot of us had no option but to drop out and hustle. See, we were never given the chance to build our empires, to instill those good qualities and work ethics into our family bloodlines from the beginning. So we were never able to become kings and queens. It was much easier to just be a nigga instead. And that mentality has festered in black communities, and yes, THAT fact is greatly in part our fault. We as a black community have not been united in a long time. Ever since the civil rights movement and what seemed like victory, it is as though we feel there is no longer need to fight. No longer need to stick together. To stand up for and TO ourselves. We are pacified by reality TV and shoes and the newest phones. Why? Because those things make us comfortable. Those things give us a sense of productivity, or success. They take our minds off of important matters. And it isn’t until those matters knock on our doors, that we take action. We must realize that we have to build our own infrastructure before we can successfully address and overcome anyone else’s army. Yes, we weren’t disposed in the best spot, a lot of our men aren’t really men because they were once boys without a father to teach them how to be one because most of our males have fallen to the struggle, the “black struggle”. Poverty. Broken homes. Coming from families who are basically still at that spot we were disposed at all those years ago. Yes. It is a very real thing. I have seen and lived it myself. That is the reason I started this writing with slavery. Not because we’re still looking for restitution from whites, but to show you how it contributes to the black struggle of today. How it factors in with the black culture we now have. The stereotypes. The things being used to counter or even justify crimes like the one on Mike Brown. I want to acknowledge the fact that yes, we as a black community do have a long way to go, we do still have issues, yes a lot of our men are in jails or graves, they are killing way too freely, too engulfed in the hustle. The struggle. But I also want to acknowledge that this struggle, was not one we introduced to ourselves. That is where white folks like to get quiet. And the fact that some of us blacks do nothing about this struggle today is where a lot of us black folks like to get quiet. Do you see? We all have faults. Yes, we are all Americans, but we all come from very different backgrounds. Some of us really need to understand our history. That is including you, white folks. Not just the innovative victorious parts you like to preach about in textbooks, but the cruel ones. Maybe you wouldn’t be so quick to judge others, not just blacks. And black folks, we need to stop simply pointing fingers. Saying, “It’s the white man’s fault” won’t change the fact that the white man will always be around, meaning we will always be in struggle if that’s the case and if we close the case there. We must come together. We must also stop disowning our troubled brothers and sisters and learn better ways to help them, to uplift them, to show them better than they were taught, and most importantly to teach our youth better. TEACH them. Dropping them off at school is obviously not enough. We must get out there. We must get involved. What happened to it takes a community to raise a child? What happened to the times we all knew the whole neighborhood? When every grandma on the block could tell a kid right from wrong? Now we let TV raise them. We allow this ineffective culture to consume them. We think its cute when our little boys are dressed to kill and have all the little girls at school, but shake our heads when those same boys spend all their money on Jordan’s and get our young daughters pregnant and disappear.. But that is a whole ‘nother argument for a whole ‘nother writing. The main point of this one was to show and bring awareness to the fact that this is much deeper than the recent Mike Brown tragedy. And we must not let it end there. We have to use this unity to tackle all of our issues, starting from the very source. Ourselves. And white folks, I truly hope you are having just as many conversations on how to fix your own issues. Maybe just then can we live as one.

-Anjanae Crump

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