On my day off, I decided to take a quick ride up to Flint being its close proximity to my own town. In the past, I’ve heard numerous folk tales about Flint being the murder capital behind Detroit or the fact that Flint is rarely spoken about in the media for anything positive, so a road trip was necessary to observe what all the media hype was about .
Arriving in Flint, the first thing that I observed other than the gigantic water tower, is the massive buildings within the downtown area . There are cobblestone streets , two massive rival university campuses and even a Farmer’s Market . There’s two communal structures for the residents (YMCA and YWCA) which express the need for racial eradication and then the aesthetically pleasing Flint River with numerous buttresses and Aqueducts that admonish the beautification of the area . Even as I pull over at the nearest BP gas station , I am the only black guy to be pumping my gas while surrounded by twelve delighted Caucasian men..
Then it hit me…I’m not actually in Flint…I’m in Flint-to-be.
Cases of Bottled water stand ready for disbursement outside a Flint, MI Church
See as I decided to drive six miles south to the beginning of Flint and the old excavated site where the General Motors plant used to be , off of Lippincourt Boulevard and Atherton Road , there is a very different Flint ; the real Flint . Abandoned homes, liquor-guns-pawn shops all in unison like a church choir . Speaking of churches , they’ve now become the refugee station, where bottled water is simultaneously dropped off and received to gracious inhabitants who seemingly weren’t even in existence of my mind frame until I departed from the shadows of Downtown Flint.
These discarded negroes…many satisfactory in appearance , affably retrieving bottles of Aquafina and Dasani as rations in order to fulfill their daily or weekly quota for survival ; it begins to snow outside. The further deep into Flint that I traveled , the more I observed something so familiarly similar to most desecrated neighborhoods that I’ve visited ; nothingness.
It is blatantly obvious that after Center Road and the beginning of Lippincourt Boulevard , that something of precedence commenced . As a matter of fact , since 1999 , when the layoff of 77,000 workers was initiated by General Motors , this something began to transpire …
Similar to Chicago, Baltimore, Ferguson, and New Orleans, a negro Auschwitz existed . A land mass that not only existed for temporary investment but to be vacated for permanent and historical gentrification along with genetic annihilation. These new negroes… Ultimately were The offspring of proud fathers and mothers who broke their backs aimlessly in order to provide a level of financial sustainability in a city’s whose intent was to provide an interim fix to an indefinite mindset; they never saw it coming . And like often times throughout history , the same individuals whom strip humanity from the alleged miscreants, are the same ones to innocently creep back and apply a level of mental salve to ease the traumatic pain…
Seven miles north, I converse with a Caucasian resident who states that “homes must be improved for the sake of Flint’s preservation– this is an investment that I won’t be denied “. He’s right , he won’t be denied . Perhaps this reluctant catastrophic water event was not only planned but awaited upon , because the city was becoming way to dirty; it required an ethnic cleansing …
Speaking of…next week is the anniversary of Slobodan Milosevic’s trial in The Hague for war crimes against humanity . Maybe that’s why there’s limited press in Flint … Because if we were to charge folk with war crimes in this city as well as this country, then The Hague’s jail cells would be overcrowded with the same proprietors who caused overcrowded within Flint’s jail cells during its initial decline…
Look here, Uncle Ben. We all are aware you was selected to be that house nigger servant candidate to run in the primaries for President of these so-called United States. But, seriously, this is a reality check that you clearly aren’t prepared for. Uncle Ben, you really believe that all the bullshit that you was spewing out your mouth wasn’t going to get fact-checked, scrutinized, researched and investigated? You may have those backwards ass Christian devils fooled on most of the bullshit you were talking about, but the average citizen with some kind of a brain knew you are full of rhinoceros feces.
I do get the point that all politicians lie, flub about their backgrounds, exaggerate their past, or divert the truth about themselves. I mean one of our greatest hypocritical, habitual professional liars is former Secretary Hillary Clinton. She smoothed through denials about her personal e-mail history at a Congressional hearing, under oath, for eleven hours straight without even breaking a sweat! And here’s your punk ass crying at the media being “too hard” on your just because they found some contradictions to shit that you said in the past.
Truthfully, it isn’t the lying that bothers me at all. It is what you are lying about and the reason behind those lies. Even Donald Trump outwardly questioned why the hell would anyone running for President would actually brag about once being a thug from the streets? Brother, you are from the hard streets of Detroit that made it out successfully to become a famous neurosurgeon who happens to be Black. That in itself is worthy of bragging rights and encouragement for those trying to make it out the hood that it is possible.
What we do not need is you bragging about how much of a hooligan, a troubled thug that you were when none of that shit is even true. Everyone that knew you back in the day stated you never been in any fights, you never caused any trouble, and especially you never tried to stab someone. It is ridiculous to even brag about how “hood” you used to be. But the thing that bothered me is this façade of the past is purely to appease those white evangelicals who loves a story about a black savage converted to white Jesus, and forever be a servant to white supremacy. And this is the whole reason behind these lies. Even the tale where your sell-out, Uncle Tom, spit shoe-shining, tap dancing ass tried to save white people by hiding during the Detroit riots of ’68 after MLK got assassinated was a flat out lie.
What’s messed up about this tall-tale (when the probable truth was you were at home hiding in a closet scared) is that you are basically stating by any means necessary you are willing to defend and protect white supremacy, even during the time of Black revolution. You openly admitted where you prefer to stand, and even that is a lie because you are a punk, emasculated sell-out that will quiver when under pressure. This has been proven by your disjointed reaction towards the media’s questioning.
If you cannot even handle the media, how the hell are you going to deal with leaders of foreign land? How the hell are you going to deal with issues within our own nation when shit hits the fan? You ass is going to punk out. All that fake gangsta tales of the past, your fake offer to West Point to suggest you was trill enough to be a Commander and Chief one day, all the fake tales about you willing to protect your cracker-ass “Massa’s” will not save you from getting exposed.
This shit truly pisses me off.
Note: I personally dislike attacking another Black man, especially one who earned his success through the struggle that he had to endure trying to survive in Detroit, but his candidacy and the possibility of being the GOP nominee for the general election is problematic for our people. Granted, our people do have skepticism about President Obama, some of it truly justifiable (many of it ludicrous when putting in actual context and circumstance with understanding how local and federal government branches work).
We should be very careful who is going to be our next POTUS. Ben Carson is Black by color only. He is not nor ever willing to consider fighting for our causes. His lies showcases a disgusting stereotype about our people, our Black men, are nothing but savages and only Jesus will convert them.
So, in a nutshell, FUCK YOU, Uncle Ben Carson. You as the face of this primary election, in both Republican and Democratic, is a disgrace for our people.
The news spread around town like a 5 alarm fire. Finally, the man named as John Hartfield had been caught and would be given a public execution for the crime of having a relationship with a white woman.
actual postcard souvenir from the lynching of John Hartfield
The newspaper ran the headline “John Hartfield will be lynched by Ellsville mob at 5’clock this afternoon.” Excluded from the article was any cry for a trial or due diligence… just that Mr. Hartfield would be turned over to the citizens and burned alive. The post carried the details of the execution as if it were a party invitation. The Governor at the time, said he was powerless to do anything because white folks were flocking in by the thousands to attend the public murder…men, women and children. It was a family event.
A real Pick-a-nigga spectacle.
The people were told that John Hatfield had raped this woman, because what white woman in her right mind would lie with a Black man willingly?
After John was hung by the neck, riddled with bullets, burned alive, and then had his lifeless body drug by horse in the street for people to spit on and throw things at… the Black people of the town cowered in fear and terror for their own lives.
John Hartsfield’s best friend, Kirkland, who was also implicated by association, barely missed the same fate as his friend. He got his family the hell out of town on the first thing smoking as soon as word got out that his friend and his white lady love had been discovered. Kirkland, begged Hartsfield not to go back to town.. to forget that white woman..death wasn’t worth it.
But what John didn’t know is that love don’t conquer all. He went back. The moment he was captured, beaten and taken to jail …the realization sunk in. The newspapers, in their glee, reported “Negro jerky and sullen as burning hour approaches“.
Many Black people left and never returned to that town. The ones that stayed lived under terror the likes that has never been experienced by any American captured by al-Qaeda.
The last survivor of the fateful occurrence, Ms. Mamie Kirkland (the daughter of Hartfield’s best friend), was recently interviewed about the terror and horror of that time and particularly that day. To read about it is one thing.. but to hear the testimony from someone who remembers the terror exacted upon Black Americans by fellow white Americans is chilling to the core.
Slavery and the resulting terror attacks will forever stain the consciousness of this country… and it should. It is also fair warning about what humans are capable of doing to each other just because of a skin color or religion.
We remind you of these real events to prevent us from falling back into old ways, to keep our guard up and to raise the bar on our human expectation.
We will always love Kanye for taking a stand for Black people during Katrina…. Ten years later we see how prolific this moment was …
The powers that be tend to underestimate the power and influence of the Hip Hop nation. With just seven words, Kanye, “a rapper”, was able to make President Bush get on a plane and actually “Go help” (or at least look like he was helping) the Black people of New Orleans.
Even though FEMA dropped the ball and many Black folk remain displaced even 10 years later, it is ONLY because of Kanye that it is even in the public conversation.
The natives of HipHoplandia have always been a restless bunch. From “Fight The Power” to “Fuck Da Police” to George Bush Doesn’t Care About Black People”, the native sons and daughters of Hip Hop are the ones who will eventually determine the landscape of how the WORLD thinks and responds. Watch.
On May 11, 2015, George Zimmerman suffered facial injuries from flying glass while being shot at by Matthew Apperson, shattering the passenger side window of his vehicle. Apparently he had crossed paths with the shooter previously in a road rage incident eight months ago (no charges were filed).
When this news broke, I’m sure plenty of people smirked, shook their head in disgust and thought to themselves that karma had finally caught up with George Zimmerman for being acquitted in the murder of Trayvon Martin.
I disagree. I don’t think this was karma. This is just another milestone in the life cycle of a thug.
George Zimmerman is about that Thug Life folks. He is the perfect example of a thug: he gets into fights with police, beats on his wife and holds her hostage, punches his father-in-law, points shotguns at his girlfriend, gets into road rage incidents, get arrested, make bail, and shoots unarmed teenagers just cause they’re getting their ass kicked in a fair fight. Oh, and get shot at.
Now you can’t fault George Zimmerman. He is only doing what comes naturally to him. I blame the justice system and the victims who fail to have him prosecuted. These arrests are not gonna stop him from doing what he do. If anything, it will empower him to do more.
There are only two ways to stop a thug: death and jail time. Mr. Matthew Apperson failed in that regard, but the second option was presented multiple times since 2005. Do these folks in the Florida justice system realize that he is a thug? He has no pity, or remorse. And he absolutely will not stop until he is dead or in jail for an extended period of time.
The town of Lake Mary has failed its citizens by not removing this menace to society off the street. It will continue until one of the aforementioned things happen. If people would look at him as a thug and not some guy with anger issues, he wouldn’t be on the streets terrorizing whoever he crossed paths with.