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Justin McCain Poetry : Young Black Males - Beaten & Bruised

#Ferguson #MIkeBrown #Youth #BlackAmerica

My work was recently published onto spokenwordpoetry.tumblr.com

lovelyandbrown:

Don’t shoot. We’re watching.

lovelyandbrown:

Don’t shoot.
We’re watching.

nevafeartheunexpected:

acceber74:

notyouraveragesjw:

thunderboltsortofapenny:

theorlandojones:

This is a very serious disease* so I gladly accept the “bucket challenge”

*My heart goes out to all those who struggle with ALS but I am, of course, talking about the disease of apathy.  If (and hopefully when) Michael Brown’s killer is brought to justice and convicted of 1st degree murder, it still won’t prevent this from happening again. We cannot accept this as the status quo. We MUST continue the fight at the ballot box, in the media and by working to create systemic change. I’m not naive to the dirty politics (redistricting, voter ID requirements, etc) that will try to prevent us from our goal. But I refuse to give up hope. My “bullet bucket challenge” is not about pointing fingers and it’s not about being angry. Every shell casing in that bucket represents the life of someone who fought and died in the goal for civil rights and human dignity. As a member of law enforcement (yes I really am a reserve sheriff) I will not stand idly by while others violate civil and human rights under the cover of authority and I will insist that other good cops rise to the same standard as well. As a black man I will demand more from myself and my community. I will not allow outsiders to co-opt our struggle in order to commit violence in our name. I’m challenging my outrage into action so I no longer feel powerless. It’s not about black or white. It’s not about rich or poor. It’s about us vs. them. There are more of us — from all races, genders and identities — then there will ever be of them. And we will be victorious”

"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality"

Join me.

NOT

IN

THE

VICINITY

OF

FUCKING

AROUND

Jeez, I’m the first to say that what’s happening in Ferguson is terrible, that USAmerican society has a hug problem with racism, guns and cops and that these morons should remember they’re not cow-boys in the West. I’m the first to say there needs to be justice for Michael Brown and all black people gunned down by trigger happy cops. 

But Orlando Jones isn’t the only one to have talked about the ASL challenge and twisted it to make it about Ferguson, and this is some plain disrespectful shit here. It’s basically a big fuck you to all the people who struggle with a barely known disease. It’s like “Oh you’re dying and suffering? You want funds to help fighting this disease? Well we’re hurt too so we’re gonna steal the light.” 

They could do anything else, but no, let’s shit on sick people, they have it easy after all, black people are more important than disabled people. 

You do realize that there are disabled black people, right? You do realize that disabled black people are being killed too, right?  That disabled black people are being harassed by cops too, right?  

Or did you think black people with disabilities get a pass on police harassment?

http://thedailybanter.com/2014/08/la-police-shoot-kill-unarmed-mentally-disabled-black-man-ezell-ford/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danziger_Bridge_shootings

http://ourweekly.com/news/2014/aug/12/mentally-ill-man-shot-killed-police/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xifmR0C3Mk

Have a seat. 

BOOM!!!

raw-r-evolution:

This makes me feel better about everything 

raw-r-evolution:

This makes me feel better about everything 

(Source: yorkwhitaker, via nevafeartheunexpected)

Justin McCain Poetry : Young Black Boys - Beaten and Bruised

What saddened me most about the Michael Brown killing, is that this video was recorded weeks before his shooting and the poem itself written much earlier than that.  It brings light to an extremely relevant issue in the minds of most black boys and men in America.  It is a harsh reality that we live with, where I can not find at a group of at least 10 black males who have not felt in some way harassed by police in their lifetime, or that there at times can be such a blatant disregard for their lives by law enforcement.  Further, it saddens me that such lives are valued so much that they are deemed too dangerous to keep them.  I am fearful of raising a child in America.  I worry if I must teach them to always have receipts when leaving the grocery store, because they may be accosted later, or to never throw up a peace sign.  I am fearful that they will not be able to fully enjoy childhood because of this stark reality.  This poem addresses my feelings on these things and more. Lastly, as one of the people tweeting and retweeting away at the sight of Mr. Browns lifeless body on social media, it saddens me to see how this event has been covered and handled by the media, government and local law enforcement.  I pray that peace, love and joy can one day come from this.  But first, there must be change.

I have had many thoughts regarding the events of the last few weeks, from the incident occuring 10 minutes from where I grew up, to the unrest that has followed, and so on. What saddens me most, however, is that my opinion on this matter had begun to form months before, with the creation of this video. We had no idea that we were creating something that would be so relevant today. With this in mind, we present the perspective of many young black male in modern day America.

Justin McCain Poetry Presents : 

Young Black Males: Beaten and Bruised 

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Justin McCain Poetry - "Young Black Males: Beaten & Bruised"

A friend to the CLEFnotes Justin McCain has brought his specialty craft of poetry to Neoclef.com in light of the unfortunate events that have placed Ferguson, Missouri.

Within this new piece, “Beaten and Brusied,” McCain’s poetry goes beyond the boundaris of the Mike Brown incident and sheds light on the names that have suffored the same unfortunate fate prior to August 9. Among those honored with Brown are Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Kimani Gray and more.

In a message from Justin himself:

“For everyone familiar with Ferguson and how close it is to home, this is my response. If you can, please tweet or post this, as it is our way of communication our thoughts to the world at large.”

View the piece in it’s entirety above.

In response to the death of Mr. Michael Brown, #JustinMcCainPoetry will be releasing a new video this evening. Stay tuned family … “beaten & bruised” #poetry #spokenword #poem #writing #mikebrown

vandalyzm:

So…not blocking the roads so people can go home you say? Cause of course web the ones doing that. Got it. 📝

He must not know how Twitter works, we see things long before main stream news sources, but #sleep

I honestly don't want to start any drama but........

lovelyandbrown:

danceawaythe-tears:

The definition of racism is

n. noun
  1. The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.

  2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

Based on that definition, can’t a black person be racist towards a white…

That’s a Webster’s definition. Have you never thought to look somewhere that addresses the sociological underpinnings attached to the theory of racism?

WE have to know better.
Do your homework.

"Look at your life, look at the joy you give,
Look at the world, look at what’s left to live”

journalisticjoe:

soulrevision:

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Every Tuesday night at 9pm EST there is an excellent twitter chat called #HipHopEd . Last night’s topic was, ‘What Is Hip Hop’s Role In The School To Prison Pipeline?’ I used this time to breakdown the connection between hip hop and private prisons, which fuel the School To Prison Pipeline.

While hip hop is not solely and directly responsible for the School To Prison Pipeline, it definitely plays a role as those who control what we listen to and see invest in private prisons.

CCA is the Corrections Corporation of America, they are the oldest & largest private prison company in the United States. Not only have they capitalized on the failed war on drugs by housing drug offenders, they also found a way to bring in new revenue by incarcerating undocumented immigrants.

GEO is the second largest private prison company in the U.S. and has facilities in the UK, Australia and south Africa.

When we dig into the financials, investments & shareholders of media conglomerates and private prisons, we begin to see some familiar names. Vanguard is one name that comes up frequently as their hands dip in both media interests AND private prisons. Not only is Vanguard the largest shareholder in CCA, they are also the largest shareholder in GEO. When you hold as much stock as Vanguard, it is easy to assume, and rightfully so, that there is enough power to decide what we see and hear on the radio and tv. 

*I know you all are sticklers for wording, so let me say that filling the radio stations with music that glamorizes criminal lifestyles and drug use is only ONE of MANY ways to help fill prisons when crime rates are down & companies like CCA are requiring 90% occupancy*

As always, please don’t take anything that I blog on here for fact. These are my truths as I have researched for myself, now I urge you to do the same. I have posted some links to help get you started. Let’s continue to learn and educate ourselves and others so we can work collectively to dismantle the the prison industrial complex!

Time Warner Cable Holdings: http://bit.ly/1qXjzJu

CCA Holdings: http://bit.ly/1mnlhMA

GEO Holdings: http://bit.ly/1oE9JJd

Letter sent by CCA soliciting states to keep prisons 90% full: http://huff.to/1qXiv8p

GEO website: http://www.geogroup.com/

CCA website (take a look at their board of directors, you’ll find a familiar name on there): http://www.correctionscorp.com/

- soulrevision

Kim stays dropping knowledge! If you’re on twitter I suggest you follow her. You WILL learn something new and informative everyday

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Ten Keys to Happiness By Deepak Chopra

After coming across this article today, I can say I agree with most of it.  See below family

1. Listen to your body’s wisdom, which expresses itself through signals of comfort and discomfort.When choosing a certain behavior, ask your body, “How do you feel about this?” If your body sends a signal of physical or emotional distress, watch out. If your body sends a signal of comfort and eagerness, proceed.

2. Live in the present, for it is the only moment you have. Keep your attention on what is here and now; look for the fullness in every moment. Accept what comes to you totally and completely so that you can appreciate it, learn from it, and then let it go. The present is as it should be. It reflects infinite laws of Nature that have brought you this exact thought, this exact physical response. This moment is as it is because the universe is as it is. Don’t struggle against the infinite scheme of things; instead, be at one with it.

3. Take time to be silent, to meditate, to quiet the internal dialogue. In moments of silence, realize that you are recontacting your source of pure awareness. Pay attention to your inner life so that you can be guided by intuition rather than externally imposed interpretations of what is or isn’t good for you.

4. Relinquish your need for external approval. You alone are the judge of your worth, and your goal is to discover infinite worth in yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks. There is great freedom in this realization.

5. When you find yourself reacting with anger or opposition to any person or circumstance, realize that you are only struggling with yourself. Putting up resistance is the response of defenses created by old hurts. When you relinquish this anger, you will be healing yourself and cooperating with the flow of the universe.

6. Know that the world “out there” reflects your reality “in here.” The people you react to moststrongly, whether with love or hate, are projections of your inner world. What you most hate is what you most deny in yourself. What you most love is what you most wish for in yourself. Use the mirror of relationships to guide your evolution. The goal is total self-knowledge. When you achieve that,what you most want will automatically be there, and what you most dislike will disappear.

7. Shed the burden of judgment – you will feel much lighter. Judgment imposes right and wrong on situations that just are. Everything can be understood and forgiven, but when you judge, you cut off understanding and shut down the process of learning to love. In judging others, you reflect your lack of self-acceptance. Remember that every person you forgive adds to your self-love.

8. Don’t contaminate your body with toxins, either through food, drink, or toxic emotions. Your body is more than a life-support system. It is the vehicle that will carry you on the journey of your evolution. The health of every cell directly contributes to your state of well being, because every cell is a point of awareness within the field of awareness that is you.

9. Replace fear-motivated behavior with love-motivated behavior. Fear is the product of memory,which dwells in the past. Remembering what hurt us before, we direct our energies toward making certain that an old hurt will not repeat itself. But trying to impose the past on the present will never wipe out the threat of being hurt. That happens only when you find the security of your own being,which is love. Motivated by the truth inside you, you can face any threat because your inner strength is invulnerable to fear.

10. Understand that the physical world is just a mirror of a deeper intelligence. Intelligence is the invisible organizer of all matter and energy, and since a portion of this intelligence resides in you, you share in the organizing power of the cosmos. Because you are inseparably linked to everything, you cannot afford to foul the planet’s air and water. But at a deeper level, you cannot afford to live with a toxic mind, because every thought makes an impression on the whole field of intelligence. Living in balance and purity is the highest good for you and the Earth.

Peace Of Mind | Lauryn Hill

"Your life’s work begins when your great joy meets the world’s great hunger" - Kate Bornstein

"Yea Ima be the first one"