"YOU PEOPLE"

Got my OWN mic, stage, key, seat & door!

20

(THE LEMONADE) factor.

I didn’t have to ask, WHEN LIFE SLUNG YOU LEMONS,WHAT WAS DEEPLY WITHIN TO CREATE LEMONADE, I got a chance to see it.
As I sit here and think on our friendship and bond, I am made proud over and over and over again.
I got a chance to sit on the sidelines on your journey and witness you kick doors down, unfold your own chair, snatch mics and even while trembling and unsure of the what to say, speak your honest truth as always.
20 years ago as you prepared for a NEW day and began your mourning to get to this morning.
You accepted EVERY LEMON no matter if you had to: grill, broil, boil, sautee, bake, mix, grate, slice, cut, blend and do it all MARY style, all of which is in love, sincerity, compassion and empathy leaving all to marinate on MARY style.
20th year anniversary is China.
You originally said June 9th your daughters were to meet at the table; YOUR TABBLE and share our breakfast, brunch, lunch, entrees, full course meals and deserts that we have conjured up over the past 20 years to make us the women we have become.
Some you have seen up-close and personal.
Some you have witnessed through social media.
Some look and sound unrecognizable.
Yet, you yet claim her.
I asked to see you on the original date because when you set the date, that is when this began to unravel.
When I get something stuck in my head its just there until I execute it.
Not even sure if you were thinking how I was thinking of which I deeply doubt but the season, the atmosphere, the remembrance, the subconscious as well as the conscious; all consumed me and I had to remind you, as a daughter.
WE KNOW!
I don’t want to reflect on 20 years without but 20 years with……..
In 20 years you’ve had all kinds of lemons that looked differently.
In 20 years you’ve had all kinds of lemons that sounded differently.
In 20 years you’ve had all kinds of lemons that felt differently.
In 20 years you’ve had all kinds of lemons that presented itself differently.
In 20 years you’ve had all kinds of lemons that tasted differently.
In 20 years you’ve had all kinds of lemons that showed up differently.
In 20 years you’ve had all kinds of lemons but no matter how they appeared; they were STILL lemons.
Each gift represent many facets, levels, chapters, and seasons to represent not only:
20 years of growth
20 years of transformation
20 years of evolving
20 years of finding your voice
20 years of clarity20 years of embracing and understanding your assignment
20 years of stepping into your calling
BUT YOU BEING STOLEN
The baby just don’t come out, FIRST
The baby is conceived, then medicinal treatment begin (you are prescribed things to do, take and not do and take for a healthy delivery), you go through trimesters.
EVERY encounter wasn’t good but it worked out for your good.
The baby needed exercise. Talking about exercising your faith that can conquer anything?????
I got a chance to witness from the sideline the woman I always knew was within be born.
YOU had to deliver your baby.
In delivering your baby; THE BABY IS BORN AND PAIN IS FORGOTTEN SEEMINGLY.
YOU ARE HOLDING WHAT YOU WERE ALWAYS CARRYING.
Sitting around your table was not only a blessing but therapeutic.
YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A COUNSELOR.
It took me to get involved in the movement for me to see how much our “hood” moms loved, cared for and cherished us.
THEY DID THE THANG and in 2022, we see a country that STILL don’t honor us or see our humanity.
I applaud your open door policy.
You embraced us and listened to our life’s lemons and your straight talk taught us at the table how to create LEMONADE.
No matter what we went through, you equipped us to go back to whatever.
Everyone that sat around your table, didn’t go back to the same lemons.
You taught us how to take our lemons and create dignity.
You taught us how to take our lemons and create womanhood.
You taught us how to take our lemons and create sisterhood.
You taught us how to take our lemons with pride.
You taught us how to take our lemons and juggle them with life and living.
How do you thank someone for that?
Focusing on who you have become and yet are becoming over the past 20 years…….
Thanks for my front row seat.
Thanks for allowing me to be one of your biggest cheerleaders.
Thanks for always having your heart, arms and doors open.
Lemon trees bear fruit all year-round, and the harvest is usually generous.
If we every questioned if the IN ALL THINGS THERE IS A SEASON, WAS A THING, QUESTION NO MORE!
China and lemon aren’t even synonymous but I do thank you for traveling down this road with me……
You have HONEY because on the side of your MOURNING was MORNING, A NEW MA!
YOU have brooches to symbolize what was supposed to break you, kill you, stunt you was the very thing GOD orchestrated and used you to use to empower, educate, elevate and encourage others who walked in your shoes.
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KAMAREON SMITH

THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST COMPASSIONATE

THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST SOFT SPOKEN

THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST LOVING

THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST GIVING

THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DETERMINED

THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST RESILIENT YOUNG PEOPLE I KNOW.

HE IS MY DIFFERENTLY NEED STUDENT AND HE IS A WIZ AT PLAYING VIDEO GAMES.

I TOLD HIM THAT HE IS A MASTER MATHEMATICIAN, HE IS A MASTER LITERARY PERSON, HE IS A MASTER SCIENTISTS AND HE IS A MASTER SOCIALIST. THESE ARE THE NEEDED TOOLS TO PLAY GAMES AND HE LOVES TO DO JUST THAT, PLAY VIDEO GAMES AND HE MASTERS IT.

I NEVER WAS ONE WHO FORCED HIM TO DO THIS, THAT OR THE OTHER AND NOT BECAUSE I DIDN’T THINK HE COULD BUT I KNEW IT WAS AN INSULT TO HIS INTELLIGENCE.

THIS YOUNG LAD IS ONE WHO OVERCAME A PLETHORA OF HEALTH ISSUES SO I ALREADY KNEW HE COULD HANDLE CHALLENGES. HE IS ONE AMAZING STUDENT AND WILL FOREVER BE A STUDENT OF MINE.

HE MAKES ME PROUD TO BE A TEACHER, HE IS AN OVERCOMER AND THE WORLD WILL KNOW HIS NAME.

HE BROUGHT OUT MY PASSION FOR TEACHING

HE BROUGHT OUT MY COMPASSION FOR MY STUDENTS

HE TAUGHT ME THE IMPORANCE OF ADVOCATING

HE TAUGHT ME A GREAT DEAL AND FOR HIM I WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL AND THANKFUL

CONGRATS CHAMP!

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WORK HARD?

So growing up in poverty isn’t enough?

So working minimum wage jobs isn’t enough?

So being legislated poverty wages isn’t enough?

So getting up attending schools lacking in resources isn’t enough?

So employing WHITE TEACHERS a salary under contract but barely come to work isn’t enough?

So parents who are too tired but viewed as failures because they don’t know how to or understand how to advocate for their children, good administration and educators isn’t enough?

So being one of the 6 parents at school board meetings isn’t enough?

So residing in legislated draining communities isn’t enough?

So living next to legislated dilapidated buildings isn’t enough?

So being and taking legislated malnourishment isn’t enough?

So living in legislated public housing filled with asbestos, rodents, rats, and high levels of lead isn’t enough?

So residing in legislated crime ridden communities isn’t enough?

So choosing to not accept legislated death of students like it is the norm isn’t enough?

So to push back and call out profit over people and property isn’t enough?

So to watch our children get legislatively ROBBED of those extra curricular activities, and clubs that give them a boost isn’t enough?

So to see legislated DISTANCE AND DOLLARS be implemented as a ROAD BLOCK for BLACK BRILLIANCE AND COMPETITION as we are turned away from reputable employment, high salaries and high quality “supposedly” education, that isn’t enough?

So calling out and making demands isn’t enough?

So wanting better should not be?

So demanding justice should not be?

So making requests known means nothing?

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THOTS & PREYERS!

   

THOTS & PRYERS, WHAT THEY SAY IS NOT WHAT WE OF FAITH, HUMANITY, COMPASSION, MORALITY, AND GOOD CHARACTER COMMUNITY THINK, BELIEVE AND MEAN.

THEY AREN’T THINKING ABOUT

PRAYING FOR VICTIMS

PRAYING FOR THE VICTIM FAMILIES

PRAYING FOR SAFETY OF PEOPLE

PRAYING FOR UNITY

PRAYING FOR JUSTICE

PRAYING FOR EQUALITY

PRAYING FOR COVERING

PRAYING FOR GOODNESS

PRAYING FOR JUSTICE

PRAYING FOR RIGHT

PRAYING FOR GODLINESS

NO THEY ARE NOT PRAYING FOR THESE THINGS BECAUSE THEY BENEFIT FROM

THEY ARE ONLY MALICIOUSLY THINKING ABOUT PREYING ON THE VULNERABLE

THEY ARE ONLY MALICIOUSLY THINKING ABOUT PREYING ON THE IGNORANT

THEY ARE ONLY MALICIOUSLY THINKING ABOUT PREYING ON THE TRUSTING

THEY ARE ONLY MALICIOUSLY THINKING ABOUT PREYING ON THE FAITHFUL

THEY ARE ONLY MALICIOUSLY THINKING ABOUT PREYING ON THE POOR

THEY ARE ONLY MALICIOUSLY THINKING ABOUT PREYING ON THE VERY PEOPLE THAT EXHIBIT THE CALCULATIVE BEHAVIORS TO ONLY BE CRIMINALIZED FOR FREE LABOR

THERE’S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AY AND EY AND WE ALL KNOW  WHICH THEY ARE ALL ABOUT BECAUSE NOTHING HAS CHANGED BECAUSE THEY BENEFIT AND PROFIT IMMENSELY FROM IT

SO I’M ASKING, WHEN ARE WE GOING TO THROW THESE ANTIQUATED, SORRY, RACIST, HATEFUL AND UNEDUCATED WEAK INFERIOR BOYS OUT OF CONgress?

THEY ALL NEED TO GO

THEY LEGISLATE THIS

THEY ALLOW THIS

THEY SANCTION THIS

THEY SUPPORT THIS

THEY PROFIT FROM THIS AND ENOUGH IS ENOUGH OF THIS.

BUT I’M ASKING WOMEN; WOMEN, WHERE ARE THE WOMEN RISING UP? WHERE IS YOUR REASONING WOMEN OF BEING SILENT? WHERE IS YOUR VOICE OF CLARITY, COMPASSION AND MORALITY AND CONSCIOUSNESS WOMEN?

WOMEN; HOW LONG WILL WE SEE THEM HUNT OUR , CRIMINALIZE OUR, HARM OUR CHILDREN?

DID WE WOMEN NOT BIRTH THESE BABIES WOMEN?

WOMEN; WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE WOMEN? WHERE ARE THE STRONG WOMEN? BLACK WOMEN IS WHO I’M ADDRESSING; ONLY!

THIS IS THE TIME OUT THINKING THAT WHITE WOMEN WILL UNIFY FOR OUR CAUSE AND GREATER GOOD LIKE WE DO THEM AND THEIRS.

WHITE WOMEN DON’THAVE OUR BACKS

WHITE WOMEN DON’T CARE ABOUT US

WHITE WOMEN ARE CHAMILLIONS

WHITE WOMEN CAN CARE LESS ABOUT US AND OURS

WHITE WOMEN STAY ON THE SIDE OF WHITE INFERIORITY

THIS IS THE SEASON OF THE BLACK WOMEN UNITING FOR JUSTICE, GOOD, FAITH, HOPE; WE MUST RISE UP AND SNATCH BACK OUR:

POWER

DIGNITY

QUAILITY

HUMANITY

MORALITY

SANITY

PEACE

RESPECT

VISIBILITY

OUR PLACE IN A COUNTRY THAT IS BUILT BECAUSE OF US BIRTHING PRODUCTION.

VOTING WON’T AND DON’T CUT IT.

BLACK WOMEN HAVE ALWAYS GIVEN IT, MODELED IT, BEEN IT, SAID IT, EXUDED IT AND UNDERSTOOD IT.

BLACK WOMEN; WE HAVE FOR THE PAST 400 PLUS YEARS DID EXACTLY WHAT AMERICA ASKED, TOLD AND DEMANDED AND IN ALL OF IT THANKLESSNESS AND UNGRATEFULNESS CAN KILL US AND OURS

OUR CHILDREN

BLACK WOMEN

BLACK WOMEN

RISE UP

RISE UP!

 

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Traumatic Pshycological Disorder and a 18 Year Old Hispanic Young Man

Not justifying the Texas massacre but I kinda understand.

I learned of a phrase when speaking about immigrant children called TRAUMATIC PSYCHOLOGICAL INJURY.

As I began to ponder this and reflect on my children and my students; does it not apply to our poor Black residents who reside in a community once coined CANCER ALLY?

How long are we going to allow “researchers” to collect data and stats and no significant amount of change occurs?

I feel it is TRAUMATIC PSYCHOLOGICAL INJURY to know that the every single law, rule, code, legislation, policy and mandate allow malpractice, maltreatment and are all clearly permissible.

I feel it is TRAUMATIC PSYCHOLOGICAL INJURY to be LEGISLATED ignorance, and a slow and timely demise because of detachment and disengagement.

I feel it is TRAUMATIC PSYCHOLOGICAL INJURY to know that a FEDERAL organization such as the EPA AND ACE know these malpractices, maltreatment are legislated and treat us like OUR BLACK LIVES DO NOT MATTER AND THAT WE ARE INVISIBLE.

Each system overlap and intertwine.

As a mom of children and an educator as well; we have literally seen our GOVERNMENT spend more money with communities OUTSIDE of our country than within the very communities suffering the most and uphold it without fail. This is one of the most toxic and hazardous places ever for ANY minority of which speaks to the deep seated racist actions, beliefs and ways all behind rules, codes, mandates, policies and legislation.

I hold you the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, STATE GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT accountable and responsible for the premature death of our loved ones that is generational and intergenerational along with willful, known, and intentional legislation.

This young man was 18 years of ate (THAT THEY MANAGED TO KNOW HOW TO KILL BUT APPREHENDED THE BUFFALO SHOOTER).

Let’s go back to when he was 12, 13, and 14.

What happened or was happening in America?

What happened to his people?

What was they saying about those attempting to cross the boarder?

What was happening to the Hispanic families?

Weren’t they being treated immorally?

Weren’t they being treated inhumanely?

Weren’t they being treated disrespectfully?

Weren’t they being treated unjustly?

Weren’t the babies and children violently snatched from the loving arms of their mothers, fathers and families?

Weren’t the children sexually molested?

Weren’t the children undernourished?

Weren’t the children put in cages?

Did we not think that they would grow up emotionally, psychologically and bruised inwardly?

Did we not think that they would grow up with disdain towards a country that their parents work hard, and long but painted as moochers of a country the elevate?

Did we not think that they would grow up with disdain towards a country that disrespects them?

Did we not think that they would grow up with disdain towards a country that does not acknowledge them?

Did we not think that they would grow up with disdain towards a country that view them as ignorant, lazy and other sorry adjectives?

Hispanics are seen as, spoken about, framed as some lazy people and that speak to the entitlement and inferiority of the most incompetent people on earth, AMERICA who are the most ineffective, and irrational people.

ALL the Hispanics do is work

ALL the Hispanics do is overproduce

ALL the Hispanics do is hard labor even what African Americans will not do

Yet, somehow AMERICA have the audacity to question where did all of this rage that pushed this young man to the edge came, I can believe it.

It came from AMERICA!

We already know that when we say AMERICA we are solely referring to WHITES because all else are hyphenated.

AMERICA breed anger

AMERICA breed disdain

AMERICA breed greed

AMERICA breed terrors

AMERICA breed disdain

AMERICA breed division

AMERICA breed violence

AMERICA you do this because it’s you to the core and this have ALWAYS been you because you feel entitled to have what you want, go where you want, do what you want and treat people in any manner you want and it has ALWAYS been OK.

No, it’s NOT OK!

We’ve ALLOWED you to dothse things for so long and chucked it all up as:

It’s ALWAYS been like this/that

It’s ALWAYS been this way

It’s ALWAYS been what they do

It’s ALWAYS been who they are

It’s ALWAYS been said that no one can change anything or you

O REALLY? Maybe if we start returning what AMERICA do to everybody else it’ll change.

It’s in our docileness

It’s in our forgiving nature towards THEM

It’s in our turning of the cheeks

It’s in our respectability

It’s in our acceptance

It’s in our religious standing

It’s in our morality

It’s in our humanity

It’s in our dignity

It’s in our belief

It’s in our faith

It’s in our hope that the malpractice and maltreatment perpetuates on our lives.

They are killing us, hurting us, hunting us and harming us emotionally, psychologically, financially, socially, physically and morally.

ENOUGH HAVE ALREADY BEEN ENOUGH but it won’t end until we UNIFY.

PART of ME want to say FUCK THOSE HISPANIC CHILDREN, COMMUNITY, PARENTS because they don’t FUCK WITH US BLACKS; they say they are WHITE.

They side with the WHITE people BLACK folks have not did them maliciously.

Other minorities have not did them maliciously; BLACKS have not gone into their community and massacred their loved ones and friends.

NEVER have BLACK people did that BUT YET BLACK people are hated by everybody.

It’s umjust and unwarranted.

It’s immoral and their loss because we are ALL OF THAT and we know this and we sling that BLACK MAGIC DUST everywhere we go.

So, I’m asking PLEASE Let us not act brand new, let us not act like we don’t understand where, how and why this young man mind snapped.

We are all 1 event, meme, article, story, news feature, memory and thought away from snapping, blowing our top or going the fuck off the very deep end. Isn’t it about time? We’ve been taking this legislated malpractice and maltreatment for the past 400 plus years from AMERICA.

We’ve been emotionless, hardcore and cold inwardly while smiling on the outside.

THIS IS THE SEASON OF OUR SNAPPAGE.

My heart goes out to this broken and bruised young man, his family and those innocent babies and teachers.

My soul hurts for the young moan and his family.

Whatever issue he had with his grandmother; I don’t know and we don’t kno BUT WHAT I DO KNOW IS THIS: that honor, closeness and reverence the minority communities had of our elders have left.

45 got great enjoyment in violently tearing them apart.

45 hated the love of these mothers and fathers towards their young.

45 hated it. You know why? It looked unfamiliar, it sounded unfamiliar and it felt unfamiliar to him.

It was something he never hard, experienced or felt……

The unconditional love of a mother, father and family while not having anything, THAT INFURIATED HIM.

So these, poor HISPANIC mothers and poor BLACK mothers loved while having nothing and he wanted to create as much hurt as he felt all of his life.

45 got great enjoyment in watching them: cry, beg, plea, wail, and be helpless for their children that he snatched from their arms and lives.

BUT YET we want to act like we don’t understand what this young gentleman snapped about?

O, HE SNAPPED BECASUSE OF AMERICA, WHITE AMERICA!

To say what I said about the Hispanic community because they don’t FUCK with us BLACKS sounds heartless, cold and immoral but this is our SEASON of showing them just how long we have had their and AMERICA’S BACK SINCE FOREVER.

Yes, we know that we live in a country where gun violence is our NORMALCY.

Yes, we know we live in a country where OUR profession doesn’t shield us from these legislated, known, willful and purposeful immoral, illegal and unjust treatment with the gun violence.

Yes, we know we live in a country where we lose our students quicker than we graduate them all by design.

Yes, we know we live in a country that refuse to acknowledge our humanity.

Yes, we know we live in a country that believe that our lives do not matter.

Yes, we know we live in a country that they spend more money on dumb active shooter drills while choosing not to educate the active shooter at those impressionable ages and stages.

Yes, we know we live in a country that has gladly and swiftly taken away the arts, clubs, actives and recess so that our children can learn to interact with people through play.

Yes, we know we live in a country that assures the safety of white teachers by putting in metal detectors, cops, security and other prison resembling things in our inner city schools but not in PWS because they don’t want them to think that they are going to prison because school should be fun??????

Yes, we know we live in a country where they spend major money for us teachers to learn about spread out or group together but yet our we can’t or our students can’t be seen holding hands, showing compassion, empathy, care or concern towards their peer.

YOU SEE, UNTIL THEY START CARING ABOUT OUR BLACK CHILDREN THAT ARE GUNNED DOWN DAILY AND BY DESIGN; IT WILL CONTINUE.

YOU SEE, UNTILE THEY GET RID OF THESE “TERRIFIED” TEACHERS FROM WITHIN OUR INNER CITY SCHOOLS OF WHICH IS PROOF NONE OF THOSE THINGS WILL SAVE THEM BUT IT WILL MESS WITH OUR CHILDREN OF COLOR MENTAL STATE; IT WILL COTINUE.

AMERICA KNOWS THIS!

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5th Grade Commencement

If I were to speak to you all today, I would through many many emotions.

Today is bittersweet because we always know after these things, the people who start with us don’t finish with us but could they? YOU BET THEY CAN AND SHOULD.

I want you to sit back and reflect on all you have been through, endured and made happen during a pandemic.

I want you to sit back and reflect on all you have been through during loss.

I want you to sit back and reflect on all you have been through during terminal illness.

I want you to sit back and reflect on all you have been through during consistent inconsistences.

YOU showed up.

YOU remained true.

YOU did your part.

YOU championed everything

I got the distinct pleasure of being placed with Dr. Jackson, Dr. Hammock and Dr. Butler/ Dr. Brown.

I started out as not wanting to bond, love on or help no one and just do my job and that was to be with ONE student Kamareon Smith but you know we TRUE educators can’t do that, it is not in our DNA or culture.

WE HAVE EXTENDED FAMILY.

We always have and always will.

YOU will forever remain special to me, I always talked to my children about each of you along with my husband of who we lost due to COVID while I was teaching you all. So, you are suck with me.

I got a chance to witness you grow, learn, be chameleons, and master life and living during a pandemic.  You were methodical, compassionate, giving, and loving as you attempted to make sense to the climate of this racist joint called America.  You took on responsibilities you shouldn’t have but in our culture we do what we have to do for the sake of the family.

PROUD is an understatement. YOU made clearly understand my assignment, calling and ministry.

My goal was to make sure your spirit, soul and life was protected in that racist building and I did it to the best of my ability.

 You accomplished a great deal in the face of a recession, pandemic, uncertainty and any other obstacles, hurdles or hardship meant to break you but you remained steadfast and strong as you know we do.

I can care less about grades, GPA, stats, percentages or rank because they were CREATED to give us a false sense of what success is and achievement is. BEING BLACK, IMPOVERISHED AND AMERICAN speaks to what is within us. WHITE INFERIORITY created those roadblocks because they know they can’t handle, compete or beat us and our minds and our muscles so they created POLICIES, RULES, CODES, MANDATES, LEGISLATION and other things to halt us.

 I loved our deep conversations because it was the questions you asked that showed me just how brilliant, educated, analytical and progressive you are.

When you asked WHY, I knew your wheels were turning and I would encourage you to research, dig deeper and think critically and THAT you did.

YOU have applied everything you have learned on the streets inside the classroom; YOU ARE AUTHENTIC SURVIVORS.

This day does not culminate ONLY academia but life and living.

You have taken losses, failures, hurts, failure and pain and OWNED THEM and didn’t allow them to stop you from matriculating up the education ladder and THAT speaks to what’s inside each and every one of you.

I celebrate this chapter with you although I couldn’t be there with you because of Rogers, I know I could’ve come it because she chose to violate my First Amendment Right’ FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY” but I didn’t have the energy to deal with white racism on your special day.

I figured Thyme Henderson would give the graduation address because I knew she would be the one to speak to her class…….lol

It would have made sense for someone from your class to speak into your life, to elevate your heads and to project their vision upon your life as a 5th grade class but I guess that was left for white kids to do it to their peers and not you all but you could’ve.

YOU ARE ALL GREAT SUCCESS STORIES AND CHAMPIONS TO ME.

Your BLACK teachers believe in you, have a different set of expectations from you and demand nothing but excellence from you because remember, we are BLACK FIRST before we are PROFESSIONALS in this country and our duty is to be revolutionary.

Living in our zip codes is hard work, shows what’s within and have nothing to do with a school and everything to do with being Black in America.

You taught us what survival is.

You taught us what resilience is.

You taught us what dedication is.

You taught us what strength is.

You taught us what growth is.

You taught us what determination is.

You taught us what optimism is.

You taught us what laughter is.

You taught us what flexibility is.

You taught us what possibility is.

You taught us what endurance is.

You taught us what true leaderships is.

You taught us what character is.

You taught us what acceptance is.

You taught us what loyalty is.

You taught us what compassion is.

You taught us what understanding is.

You taught us what encouragement is.

You taught us what inspiration is.

You taught us what confidence is.

You taught us what reliability was.

You taught us what curiosity was.

BUT MAINLY YOU TAUGHT US WHAT WE ARE MADE OF BY HOW WE TREAT, LOVE ON AND PROTECT EACH OF YOU.

PARENTS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS; TAKE A BOW BECAUSE IT WAS A GROUP EFFORT TO GET THESE BABIES TO THIS DAY. YOU DID YOUR PART, YOU MADE YOUR DEMANDS AND EXPECTATIONS KNOWN AND OUR BABIES DELIVERED. YOU EVEN BECAME A TEACHER WHEN WE WERE ON REMOTE LEARNING BUT WHAT IS NEW, YOU TAUGHT FROM BIRTH TO AGE 5. YEAH, THAT WAS YOU! YOU WERE ALSO OUR ESSENTIAL WORKERS SO YOU JUGGLED MORE AS YOU WERE ALREADY JUGGLING LIFE AS AMERICA KEPT US THE WORKING POOR.

Thank you for allowing me to always teach you our history, tell you what is in your DNA and hold you accountable although I wasn’t your “real” teacher. YES I WAS!!!!!!

No matter your losses, you came back stronger, brighter and more ready than before and for this, you have given me much needed strength and direction on where I need to be heading.

I am extremely proud of each and every one of you and remember these words right here……..

RISE UP AND UNITE YOUNG PEOPLE

LOVE YOU ALL, MRS. CARADINE!

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NO LUNCHEON? DA FUX!

AS WE KNOW, THIS IS GRADUATION SEASON, PROM SEASON, MARRIAGE SEASON AND BIRTH SEASON. EACH OF THESE SEASONS BRINGS WITH IT JOY AND PAIN FOR OUR INNER CITY CHILDREN.

THEY LOSE LOVED ONES LIKE WATER COMING OUT OF A FACET. THERE LOVED ONES ARE HERE TODAY AND GONE TODAY WITH NO ADVANCE NOTICE OR PREPARATION.

AFTER THEY HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE, THEY GET NO DOWN TIME, NO COUNSELING, NO GRIEVING AND IF AND WHEN THEY DO; IT IS CRIMINALIZED AND THEY ARE TREATED LIKE THEY SHOULD KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THE STAGES OF GRIEF WHEN THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW THAT IT IS OK TO GRIEVE, HURT, AND EXPRESS THEIR PAIN IN A HEALTHY MANNER.

THE LAST PERSON THEY SAW THE NIGHT BEFORE (LAW ENFORCEMENT) IS THE FIRST PERSON THEY SEE THE NEXT MORNING OF WHICH IS TRIGGERING BUT THEY DON’T KNOW THAT IT IS OR WHAT IT IS.

THIS 5TH GRADE GRADUATING CLASS AND I MET WHEN THEY WERE 2ND GRADERS AND I SAW THEM MATURE, ELEVATE, MASTER AND BE CONSISTENT.

DURING A PANDEMIC THEY SHOWED UP.

DURING THE CORONAVIRUS THEY SHOWED UP.

DURING THE DEATH OF ROCKS IN THEIR FAMILIES THEY SHOWED UP.

DURING ILLNESS THEY SHOWED UP.

IF THIS DAMN SCHOOL IS ABOUT ANYTHING, IT SURE IS ABOUT ATTENDANCE.

THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT OUR CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH.

THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT OUR CHILDREN’S SPIRITUAL HEALTH.

THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT OUR CHILDREN’S EMOTIONAL HEALTH.

THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT OUR CHILDREN’S PSYCOLOGICAL HEALTH.

THEY DO CARE BOUT CRIMINALIZING OUR CHILDREN.

THEY DO CARE ABOUT PUSHING OUR CHILDREN INTO JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM.

THEY DO CARE ABOUT PAINTING OUR CHLDREN AS IMMORAL, UNJSUT, RUDE, DISRESPECTFUL AND EVERY OTHER NEGATIVE DESCRIPTOR AND ALL THEY ARE IS DEALING WITH POVERTY, HUNGER, HOMELESSNESS, HURT, HARM AND DANGER.

NOW, AS WE HEAD INTO THEIR GRADUATION, ADMINISTRATION DECIDED NOT TO GIVE THEM A LUNCHEON. I DON’T CARE ABOUT THE REASONING BEHIND THIS IMMORAL AND UNJUST DECISION BUT I DO KNOW THESE ARE THE SAME CHILDREN THAT ASSURED THESE PEOPLE NOTES, BILLS, AND OBLIGATIONS WERE PAID ON TIME. THESE ARE THE SAME CHILDREN THAT ASSURED THEIR ADMINISTRATORS CHILDREN WON’T MISS A BEAT, WON’T BE WITHOUT, WON’T NOT HAVE WHAT THEY WANT AND NEED AS THEY PICK UP THE TAB BUT THEY WON’T GIVE THEM A LUNCHEON?

I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THEY HAD ENVERYTHING THEY NEEDED (BOYS SUITS AND TIES AND GIRLS DRESSED AND WHATEVER ELSE) ADMINISTRATION SAID THEY WOULD HANDLE IT, IF THEY HANDLE THIS YEAR LIKE THEY DID LAST YEAR, I WILL BE SICK. LAST YEAR, THE 5TH GRADERS LOOKED LIKE WERE GOING TO SCHOOL AND SOME UNCLEAN. YOU SEE IN OUR CULTURE, WE SHOW UP AND SHOW OUT FOR GRADUATION. DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT TOOK FOR A BLACK MOTHER TO SEE HER BLACK SON AND BLACK DAUGHTER TO GO ACROSS THE STAGE AND MAKE HER PROUD? NO, BECAUSE WHTIES DON’T HAVE THAT SAME WORRY, FRET, ANXIETY AND FEAR OF LOSING THEIR CHILDREN EVERY SINGLE DAMN DAY AT THE SAME LEVEL WE DO.

I DO NOT CARE HOW RUDE, DISRESPECTFUL, UNDESERVING, BAD, OR INCOMPLIANT THESE BABIES WERE OR ANY OTHER LAME ASS EXCUSE AS TO WHTY THEY WOULD NOT HAVE A LUNCHEON.

THESE BABIES LIVE IN A COUNTRY WHERE THEY LITERALLY LEGISLATED THE ROOT CAUSE OF THOSE ACTIONS.

THESE BABIES LIVE IN A COUNTRY THAT LEGISLATES THEM SHIT.

THESE BABIES LIVE IN A COUNTY WHERE NO MATTER HOW AMERICA DISHED THE BAD, AND UGLY

THESE BABIES LIVE IN A COUNTY THAT NO MATTER HOW AMERICA LEGISLATES THEM MALTREATMENT AND MALPRACTICE; THEY DIDN’T FAIL

THESE BABIES NO MATTER HOW AMERICA DISAPPOINTED, STRIPPED AND ROBBED THEM; THEY REMAINED STEADFAST

AMERICA ASSURE THEM POVERTY

AMERICA ASSURE THEM OPPRESSION

AMERICA ASSURE THEM LACK

AMERICA ASSURE THEM SLAVE WAGE

AMERICA ASSURE THEM LITTLE NUTRITIONAL VALUE

NO MATTER HOW AMERICA SEE THEM AS INFERIOR, THEY SHOW UP, THEY PRODUCE, THEY COMPLAINM NOT, THEY HAVE A JOYOUS SPIRIT, THEIR PARENTS MAKE SURE THEY SHOW UP, HAVE WHAT THEY NEED, BE RESPECTFUL, DO THEIR WORK AND WHAT’S ASKED AND EXPECTED OF THEM

BUT A LUNCHEON WAS DENIED THEM?

YEP, THE KARENS ARE IN THE DAMN BUILDING FOR SURE!

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HEAD COVERING!

LIKE YOU…….

THEY WANT TO LOOK LIKE YOU

THEY WANT TO EMULATE YOU

THEY WANT TO BE JUST LIKE YOU

THEY WANT TO MIRROR YOU

THEY WANT TO SHINE LIKE YOU

THEY WANT THEIR HAIR LIKE YOURS

THEY ENVY YOU

YOU DON’T KNOW THAT AND I NEED YOU TO KNOW THAT

YOU MUST LEARN TO LOVE AND APPRECIATE YOU, NATURALLY

YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY AND YOU THINK A CERTAIN LOOK IS OK BUT I WANT YOU TO LOVE AND APPRECIATE YOU AND WHAT MAKES YOU THE SPECIAL YOU, YOU ARE.

YOU ARE MULTI AND POLI.

YOU ARE UNIQUE.

YOU ARE GIFTED.

YOU ARE TALENTED.

YOU ARE FLAWLESS.

YOU ARE BRILLIANT.

YOU ARE ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING.

YOU CAN DO ANYTHING AND BE ANYTHING.

WHEN YOU DARE TO ATTEMPT IT, EXCELLENCE UPROOTS

 YOU ARE PHENOMENAL

YOU MAKE ME PROUD TO SHARE YOUR GENDER AND COLOR AND HAIR TEXTURE.

YOU SHINE YOUR LIGHT BRIGHT LITTLE LADY.

YOU HOLD YOUR HEAD UP HIGH LITTLE LADY.

I GOT YOU AND I GOT TAMEKA BUT I COULDN’T SHAKE YOU, I HAD TO WRITE A LOVE LETTER TO YOU.

YOU ARE MINE.

I SHARE YOU NOW.

YOU ARE AMAZING LITTLE GIRL.

YOU ARE BOLD.

YOU ARE RESILIENT.

YOU ARE FIERCE.

YOU ARE CARING.

YOU ARE DEFIANT.

YOU ARE EMPOWERED.

YOU ARE EMPOWERING.

YOU ARE GENUNINE.

YOU ARE HAPPY.

YOU ARE FILLED WITH JOY.

YOU ARE INTUTITIVE.

YOU ARE SOULFUL.

YOU ARE KIND

YOU ARE LOVABLE.

YOU ARE LOVING.

YOU ARE LOVELY.

YOU ARE MOTIVATED.

YOU ARE NICE.

YOU ARE AN OPPORTUNIST.

YOU PRIDEFUL.

YOU ARE QUEENSHIP.

YOU ARE RIPE.

YOU ARE SOPHISTICATED.

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

YOU ARE TALENTED.

YOU ARE UNDERESTIMATED.

YOU ARE VICTORIOUS.

YOU ARE WORTHY.

YOU ARE XTRA SPECIAL.

YOU ARE YOUTHFUL.

YOU ARE THE FUTURE AND YOUR VILLAGE GOT YOU!

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THE LYRICS IS THE ISSUE NOW?

 

WHEN BLACKS WERE MAKING SONGS ABOUT BEING YOUNG GIFTED AND BLACK AND BEING EMPOWERING TO OUR FUTURE.

WHITE AMERICA TOOK CONTROL OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.

WHITE AMERICA STOPPED IT.

WHITE AMERICA BOUGHT THEM OUT.

WHITE AMERICA REPLACED THE SONGS THAT UPLFITED, ENCOURGED, UNIFIED, INSTRUCTED, DIRECTED AND EMPOWERED US WITH SONGS THAT DEMEAN, DEGRADE, AND DEHUMANIZED US.

WE WENT FROM KNOWING WHO WERE WERE, BEING PROUD OF WHO WE WERE, UNDERSTANDING OUR CULTURE TO THE ENEMY ASSURING OUR FUTURE THAT THEY DON’T HAVE THE SAME LOVE OF LEARNING, READING, CHANGING AND UNIFYING AMONGST US.

WHITE AMERICA KNEW THE POWER OF MUSIC FOR US AFRICAN AMERICANS.

WHITE FOLKS SWOOPED DOWN AND PAID POOR BLACK LYRACISTS HEFTY MONEY AND PENNED HEFTY CHECKS FOR THEM TO CONTINUE SPEAKING DEATH, DARKNESS AND DESPAIR TO OUR FUTURE.

YET, SOMEHOW YOUNG THUG IS TO BLAME DUE TO HIS LYRICS?

I SWEAR THIS COUNTRY IS ONE BIG ASS CRIME SCENE, A DAMN LIAR AND JOKE.

 

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white people do activities to compete

We do activities to release

We do activities to shield our lack, hurt, harm and poverty and for enjoyment master it

there is nothing inferior, lazy and all the other things for the past 400 plus years that America has shoved down the throats and lives of the world when it comes to Black people

NOT A SINGLE THING

We use our minds because they use d their pens

We used our minds because they used parchment paper

We used our minds because they used policies

We use dour minds because they used control tactics

We used our minds because they used legislation

We used our minds because they used terror

We used our minds because they used violence

We used our minds because they used lies

We used our minds because they used immorality

We used our minds because they used murder

We used our minds because they were and always have been inferior

We used our minds because they said no

We used our minds because they intentionally legislated low wages

We used our minds because they used distance

We used our minds because they attached money to every single thing they stripped, defunded and rejected us.

There is absolutely nothing minute about Black people

There is absolutely nothing mediocre about Black people

There is absolutely nothing inferior about Black people

There is absolutely nothing small about Black people

There is absolutely nothing weak about Black people

There is absolutely nothing lackadaisical about Black people

All we have done in this country is build it, make it shine, produce excellence

In the poorest community, there is nothing but excellence

It has to be; look at what America knowingly, intentionally, willfully, purposefully, legislatively and nastily will us and we find it within us to STILL get up with innate:

Hope

Faith

Encouragement

Joy

The thought process of overcoming one day

What I appreciate about this younger generation, they aint about that life.

They see American for what we have always known it to be, now don’t get it twisted; we have been WOKE when it comes to Black people in this country.  We know exactly what this country is about, we know what it has ALWAYS been; we live it, we see it, we hear it, and we understand it clearly.

We vote, we execute our civic responsibility, we understand our role in this country, we understand what is on parchment paper but always have done the total opposite when it come to BLACK people. Whites have always came up with ways where we couldn’t where we couldn’t, where we couldn’t, where we couldn’t

They have always studied us and controlled the narrative.

White people would not be where they are without us.

White people would not have what they have without us.

White people would not enjoy life and living had it not been for us.

They are some of the most weak, spineless, inept, ineffective, incompetent people on earth.

We have never wanted ill, spoken ill collectively them hurt, harmed or in danger because that is not in us.

We understand that there is too much to go around. There is no way we have communities in the richest country looking like we are in the 3rd world.

We know we should not be the working poor.

We know we qualify for a lot of jobs that they make sure we don’t get

WE UNDERSTAND IT AND GET IT.

BUT TODAY, these young people is not about that life.

They are the seeds and they are rising up, speaking out and making demands.

They got a chance to see an America that we have always seen and known.

This is the unafraid generation

This is the no hold your tonge generation

This is the bold generation

This is the generation white folks created; they said they are people, it is healthy for them to throw shit (I guess), it is healthy to express their emotions, its healthy for them to release their feelings.

This is the generation we couldn’t discipline, ya know the way Black folks know discipline to be.

They are not bound

They are not shackled

They are not chained

They are not, not, not, not, not, not, not…

This is the free generation

This is the liberated generation

They understand that they are NOT going back

This is the generation we have been waiting on and now they have children and their children

ALL THEY NEED TO DO IS LISTEN TO THIER ELDERS AND THE WISE ONES BEAUSE WILL LEAD THEM TO LIBERATING US.

WHITE FOLKS SAID YOU CAN

WHITE FOLKS SAID YOU ARE

BE THE CAN

BE THE ARE

RISE UP YOUNG FOLKS

RISE UP YOUTHS

RISE UP YUNGUNS

RISE UP BLACK FUTURE

 

 

 

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