I just came back from a meeting regarding the 7 year old sister's poem that had everybody riled up because she spoke "historical truth" in her poem. One of the reasons that we had a meeting was not because of her poem per se, but because of the political and social ramifications behind it. We as African people have for quite some time been blasting ourselves and our children's negative behavior and mentality in regards to the internal physical and psychological destruction that we have been imposing on each other and our communities in terms of gangs, killings and the over all effect of white supremacy upon us. We have spouted with intense emotion the need for truth and knowledge to be taught to our children in terms of who they are and what we are up against as a means of rising up from the death and destruction that is and has been killing us. Our past leaders were killed for presentning truth to us, light to us and a sense of pride and direction. Our activist have been incarcerated and have had their character assasinated by white propaganda that the deaf, dumb and blind among us bought into as a means us shying us away from our own people who were working in and to our benefit...this being something we learned through the exposure of Co-intel-pro and the archives in Washington D.C. 20 and 30 years later. As such, we know the games that were played, the leaders and grass roots revolutionaries who were set up and killed...and in essence, "how the government, aka white supremacy played upon us in every area of our lives to maintain their control and disunity of who we are as a people." This we know from a hindsight of history in this country. Now in the year 2006 with all our understanding, we have allowed the system to play this little sister as if she was Angela Davis or Elaine Brown! We have and are repeating the same [email protected] history of the 60's. How do we allow the media, the school system or the news papers and radio to sit up there and castrate this little sister in front of our faces as if she is the greatest potential Black Panther outlaw there is !!? In other words, instead of embracing, protecting, upholding, honoring her warrior spirit and the truth she has expoused, we have acted and spoken the very same words that our white enemy has spoken as if she was wrong in what she said. We have tried to find excuses and reasons for why and where she should and should not have spoken the truth, when reality dictates that we need it wherever and whenever it is spoken. She has been "hung out" for the slaughter socially and in the media and we are just twiddling our thumbs. We know we should be bombarding that school with phone calls, bombarding our own people for not supporting her and protecting her from what they are attempting to make her go through. We should be doing everything we failed to do in the past because we didn't at that time know any better. What's our excuse now!! Why would we allow "what should be embraced as an inspiration to all of us" and our children to be buried, socially denounced and sacrificed like a sheep gone to slaughter in favor of the death, drugs, [email protected] and community degradation that's currenty inflicted upon our community and lives??? She is a child!! A young and promising Black child !! If we allow this to happen to her, it becomes very easy to see "what will again happen to any Black Adult who may stand up and speak for us, who may decide to be the example we CLAIM we're looking for and that we need. There are times when being black is a shamful thing...THIS IS ONE OF THEM !! WE NEED TO JUST TAKE THOSE [email protected] MIRRORS OFF OUR WALLS AND THROW SOME FLOUR ON OUR FACES AND HEARTS, CAUSE WE HAVE TRULY LOST SOMETHING WITHIN OURSELVES[/SIZE]!!!