Waves were received.
Recent mountain mist.
With a tide that resides
By a kiss of our moon,
Caressing the shore.
"I tend to be cynical about a lot of things, but Maya Angelou is somebody that no matter how much I pick her apart, she still has integrity. She was a victim of incest and rape, and she worked as a stripper. And now she’s a literary icon and Nobel Laureate. It goes to show that life is cumulative, and you can’t devalue any type of experience."
"Every human spirit must embody itself in the course of the centuries."
In Tulsa, Oklahoma’s “Black Wallstreet” on the evening of May 31 1921, a race riot erupts.
“During one of the worst race riots in American history, Tulsa, Oklahoma became the first U.S. city to be bombed from the air… Mostly Blacks were killed… . Tulsa Blacks were so successful that their business district was called ‘The Negro’s Wall Street.’ Envy bred hatred of the Blacks… . A White female elevator operator accused Dick Rowland, a 19–year–old Black who worked at a shoeshine stand, of attacking her… . The Tulsa Tribune ran a sensational account of the incident the next day, and a white lynch mob soon gathered at the jail. Armed Blacks, seeking to protect Rowland, also showed up… . Whites invaded the Black district, burning, looting and killing … the police commandeered private planes and dropped dynamite. Eventually … martial law [was] declared. The police arrested more than 4,000 Blacks and interned them in three camps. All Blacks were forced to carry green ID cards” (Irving Wallace et al., Significa, 1983).(via Your History Online VII)
"The nights carnage left some 3,000 African Americans dead, and over 600 successful businesses lost. Among these were 21 churches, 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores and two movie theaters, plus a hospital, a bank, a post office, libraries, schools, law offices, a half dozen private airplanes and even a bus system."
This event serves as one of the first records of Black Americans being placed in detention camps and also of “pass laws.” Similiar laws would be duplicated in South Africa under the Apartheid regime a few years later.
Learn more about Black Wallstreet here: "A Black Holocaust in America."
Salad fingers linger as dressing drips down the back side of a rhyme
In between being flushed in the face with scents of garlic and liquor
Dribbling off the table from lasts nights suspected meal left before touching.
Waiting for moments not yet hatched in the mind of adolescents
Stuck wondering what might asunder in a blunder yet to be made.
Waiting, watching, wishing a touch consoles moles behind ears
As wax coats inner workings of my mind. Slowly loosening a grip
That’s never been let go. Clinching like fists, muscles contract until only sand remains
In the brain. Remnants telling a story of before without interpretation of now,
Nor bias of disillusion from a conclusion so clear all who listen can hear.
Not behind doors or curtains but in plain sight of segments in a circle on an angle
Congruent to the radius of pie. Never ending, only transitions
Transform to adaptability of what was heard in words once spoken,
But now read.
"For a while longer I must intoxicate myself on magic perfumes in order to fathom the secrets that lie hidden in the abysses of the unconscious."
Bobby Seale and Reis Tijerina flanked by Brown Berets at Defremery Park Oakland, CA
Taken from “Black Panthers: 1968” by Howard L. Bingham