Quotes on progress

Positivity is as positivity does… negative = subtracting and i’m trying to add something worthwhile to this world… are u with me?

u got a dream? I got one too… i’ll help u and u help me… then let’s call some more… it’s not just the power of 3… it’s the power of MANY … moving forward…

STAGNATION is a disease… and I’m not in it.

A story of spirituality and the search for answers

True Story….

There was once a man who was an enemy to Islam. He had three famous questions that no person could answer. No Islamic scholar in Baghdad could answer his three questions…thus he made fun of Islam in public. He constantly ridiculed Islam and the Muslims. One day a small boy, who`s age was 10, came along and heard the man yelling and screaming at Muslims in the street. He was challenging people openly to answer the three questions.

The boy stood quietly and watched. He then decided that he would challenge the man. He walked up and told the man, “I will accept your challenge”.

The man laughed at the boy and ridiculed the Muslims even more by saying, “A ten year old boy challenges me. Is this all you people have to offer!”

But the boy patiently reiterated his stance. He would challenge the man, and with Allah`s help and guidance, he would put this to an end. The man finally accepted.

The entire city gathered around a small “hill” where open addresses were usually made. The man climbed to the top, and in a loud voice asked his first question.

“What is your God doing right now?”

The small boy thought for a little while and then told the man to climb down the hill and to allow him to go up in order to address the question.

The man says “What? You want me to come down?”

The boy says, “Yes. I need to reply, right?”

The man made his way down and the small boy, age 10, with his little feet made his way up.

This small child`s reply was “Oh Allah Almighty! You be my witness in front of all these people. You have just willed that a Kafir be brought down to a low level, and that a Muslim be brought to a high level!”

The crowd cheered and screamed “Takbir”….”Allah-hu-akbar!!!”

The man was humiliated, but he boldly asked his Second question… “What existed before your God?”

The small child thought and thought.

Then he asked the man to count backwards. “Count from 10 backwards.”

The man counted…”10, 9 ,8 , 7 , 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1,0″

The boy asked, “What comes before 0 ?”

The man: “I don`t know…nothing.”

The boy: “Exactly. Nothing was before Allah, for He is eternal and absolute.”

The crowd cheered again….”Takbir!”….”Allah-hu-akbar!!!!”

The man, now completely frustrated, asked his final question. “In which direction is your Allah facing?”

The boy thought and thought.

He then asked for a candle. A candle was brought to him. The blessed child handed it to the man and asked him to light it.

The man did so and remarked, “What is this supposed to prove?”

The young boy asked, “In which direction is light from the candle going?”

The man responded, “It is going in all directions.”

The boy: “You have answered your own question. Allah`s light (noor) goes in all directions. He is everywhere. There is no where that He cannot be found.

“The crowd cheered again….”Takbir!”….”Allah-hu-akbar!!!”

The man was so impressed and so moved by the boy`s knowledge and spirituality, that he embraced Islam and became a student of the young boy.

So ended the debate

Pour the honey

This is for those who KNOW what I mean
… REMEMBER THIS… The Knowledge which is sweet as honey to YOU, could be a BITTER medicine to someone else.
Though they initially resist, eventually they realize it was good for them, and the only way to heal what ails us.
Keep pouring your honey on the world Poets, Artists, Activists, Dedicated People of all walks of life

Advice to leaders of the world

(originally written Sept 27, 2009)

The powerful man believes he should have whatever he desires. He thinks that because he yields control over physical wealth, he must also be able to control the human heart. It is hard for him to understand that the human heart is controlled by the will of the Spirit. That spirit is connected to God and God alone has power over the hearts of men and women. The tyrant will remove food from the people, trying to control their behavior. When they work for him he again thinks he has won control over their hearts. But this is not true.

Shakespeare says it in best in “Othello,” “every gnave awaits his turn on the master.” This means that when a leader mistreats the people, they will “await” the opportunity to overthrow him.

You can never control the hearts of men and woman. So stop trying. If you want to seek power that endures, then you must protect the people. Protect their needs, protect their hearts and they will fight for you. Leaders can only endure when the people see a brother in him or her. Lead your people as if you are their brother, not their dominator. Lead your people as if you are their equal, not their superior. Lead with compassion and the people will follow.

Light vs darkness

Turn on a light and darkness is immediately removed. Even the smallest candle changes the darkness. Speak a word of truth, and the same thing happens to ignorance. Ignorance may run and hide, but it cannot run from the change inside itself. Spea…k the truth, even when it seems they do not hear because the light always overpowers darkness.

(originally written Sept 27, 2009)

Revolution Resolution

(originally written Sept 27 2010)

til the smoke rises from the fallen

we cannot call ourselves winners

in the battle…

war torn and screaming in desperation

at the blood flowing between our fingers…

while we try to bandage wounds with no supplies…

only our hands applying pressure

but it’s not nearly enough…

and so we cry tears and let them flow

hoping to flush out the infection before it corrupts

and takes another life…

but each of us is only one…

and how many can one save with only hands

to push through the blood and slime???

 

we cannot call ourselves victors til the clear smoke rises

no longer fueled by active flames…

cause we are already consumed by the fire

Paradise rises from ashes… like the Phoenix

we will find rebirth…

and like Aphrodite rising from the purest liquids of the Earth…

so will we.. someday…

but don’t count yourself out the fight just yet…

cause human hands will be more than just worthless bandages

on wounds…

human hands can lift rocks and crumble them into dust…

facing a massive wall?  then let your tears wash it

and turn it into rust…

and then crumble it inside your fingertips

and let the winds of your laughter blow it away…

 

today is the day… cause We are only human

and only human is always enough

because being human means we are more powerful

than we have ever seemed… or dreamed of…

we fight til the clear smoke rises..

no stopping til the battle is done…

no negotiations or compromises…

The revolution has more than just begun…

it is soon to be WON.

God is what I believe

I believe what God has shown to me

… not in your definitions of His essence…

and not your interpretations of His word

and His will based on

your need to ease your guilty conscience

… or the twisted leaders of past generations

who sought to control thru His teachings

…I BELIEVE IN HIS TRUTH as it is revealed in His Holy Books…

yes, books as in plural… you confused???

i understand

… maybe u should speak to Him about it and find out what i mean

… with Love, Air

(the Rebel)

How a peaceful protest ended with a death threat

This is What Democracy Looks Like

How does a peaceful demonstration of people exercising their right to free speech lead to a death threat?

That is the question being asked right now in New Orleans following demonstrations at Jackson Square Saturday, September 24, 2016. One in a series of protests that have brought raised voices throughout the Crescent City, last weekend’s protest was specifically aimed at the removal of the monument honoring Andrew Jackson.

Supporters of the monument argue that Jackson’s actions that aided in protecting the city during the War of 1812 are reason to retain the monument in its current position of honor. Protestors argue that due to Jackson’s role in the Trail of Tears, which caused the death and suffering of thousands of Native Americans, his monument should be placed in a museum or some other area dedicated to history. Protestors demand that some other monument honoring the city should take the space where’s Jackson’s currently resides, or have the space remain empty. The Jackson monument is one of a group of monuments that protestors want to see removed, such as the statue of Robert E Lee at Lee Circle.

Of all the protests within the past year, some featuring Black Lives Matter initiatives and others such as this one, featuring Take Em Down Nola goals, occurred without incident. Protestors were heard and no arrests made. However, this weekend’s events were met with a small group of counter protestors and David Duke, former governor of Louisiana and a well-known leader within the KKK. Disagreements during the protest led to seven reported arrests and one death threat.

This threat emerged from a Facebook page titled “Battle of New Orleans: The Bicentennial Documentary.” The page posted a photo of one of the organizers from Take Em Down Nola with the following statement “He’s like Charles Manson in that he gives the order and then hides behind the crowd so to not get arrested.” And when on to call him “PUBLIC ENEMY #1.” The page calls for him to be arrested believing his arrest would halt the Black Lives Matter and Take Em Down Nola groups.

Comments from the page’s supporters soon followed. A Paul Turnbaugh wrote, “Don’t arrest shoot the sewer rat ass wipe.” Patrick J Hebert stated, “He needs to be taken on a one way boat ride into the swamp.” Mimi Slipp added, “Right between the eyes.” The page refuses to accept responsibility for potentially placing this man at risk, placing several posts thereafter declaring they don’t support racism. However, the supporters of their page repeated several times their violent wishes for a peaceful protestor, and it was only due to this page’s showcasing of his photo.

In a democracy, the rights of the people to publicly protest are a necessary component of any healthy system. It is the means by which the people retain their power over the leaders whose decisions directly impact their daily lives. As I write this, I am reminded that even in a country full of people who declare their loyalty to the process of democracy, there are some who do not see any issue with making such threats. Even the Facebook page “Battle of New Orleans” suggesting that a peaceful protestor should be arrested is rife with the stuff that diminishes the democratic process.

New Orleans and many other cities have seen several protests and in an increasingly frequent manner. As these protests on the front lines and behind the scenes continue, the question on many minds is: at what point will the political leaders respond justly to the needs of the people? Will the leaders of New Orleans offer Quess Moore protection from those who have threatened his life? Will the city finally remove those monuments as they agreed to a year ago? Will the money sent to this city finally be allocated for neglected neighborhoods such as New Orleans East, Mid City, the 9th Ward, the 7th Ward and Uptown? Will the city support the parent’s demands for a decent and stable education system? Will the city support higher wages for its very necessary service industry? And if not, will the city consider the expansion of its financial development beyond tourism into other industries so that the people of New Orleans can truly thrive?

Tonight, these are the questions the people of New Orleans want answered.

 

 

My Reply to the “All Lives Matter” People

Here’s what I hear when a white person says “All Lives Matter” and when they say “more white people are killed by cops”

I hear you saying you don’t give a damn about white people. I hear you, the white person, saying that you don’t give a damn about your own life.

Because if you really believe that being white is a disadvantage, why aren’t you going after police harder than any black person right now? Because that’s not the reason you are saying this. You don’t feel disadvantaged by being white. You just don’t want to hear any one else trying to protect themselves and others that look like them.

If you really feel that there’s an issue with police violence, you’d be out there with everyone protesting and demanding change and justice. There are MANY white protesters who’ve gladly joined forces with the Black Lives Matter movement because they want to see an end to the issue. I’ve seen them at every protest in New Orleans.

But… you … are … not one of them. Because you don’t actually give a damn about police violence. You’re just mad that black and brown people care enough to stand up for rights. It shines a spotlight on your own complacency in the presence of a nation that allows officers to get away with murder.

So ”sorry but I’m damn sure NOT sorry” not even a little bit.

Per capita statistics are always more accurate because they show a true image of inequity. If an issue truly impacts every one equally, per capita, which are per person statistics would show equal or nearly equal numbers.

So let’s compare: 13% of the US population are black men and women, from 0  to 99. Yet, 40% of UNARMED and non violent citizens killed by cops are black, and most of these victims of police violence are between the ages of 15 to 25.

Meanwhile, 32% of unarmed and nonviolent victims of police violence are white, both male and female included and account for approximately 60% of the overall US population.

Making every black person far more likely per interaction with police to be killed than white counterparts.

But even if we put these very telling statistics aside, if you really feel that white Americans are being killed unjustly…

Why are you mad at protestors?

The protestors are not the ones keeping justice from white victims. The protestors are not the one killing white victims while serving as police.

If you are actually aware that police are killing people, if you are actually aware that an unarmed and nonviolent person can be killed by a policeman and the officer gets away with murder… if you really see this is a problem, then WHY would you ever in life, be mad at someone who is trying to end this issue?

I don’t care if you see the issue as more prevalent or not for black and brown citizens.

Because I can’t convince of something you refuse to see.

But by your very statement about white deaths by officers, you admit that you see an issue,

so my questions for you are:

  1. Are you going to join us and tell the Supreme Court to investigate these murders by cop?
  2. Are you going to tell the Supreme Court to REVISIT the decision made in 1985 that gives officers the right to kill and get away with it, as long as they claim they felt “their life was in danger?”

Tennessee v. Garner was a case regarding the use of force against UNARMED civilians and the decision reads:

“This case requires us to determine the constitutionality of the use of deadly force to prevent the escape of an apparently unarmed suspected felon. We conclude that such force may not be used unless it is necessary to prevent the escape and the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others.”

View the case info HERE

It doesn’t say what constitutes a “significant threat.” It just leaves it up to the officer, who we hope is a normal functioning adult and not some undiagnosed psychopath looking for a chance to live this Grand Theft Auto dreams.

If you’re really outraged then take a stand against this. But don’t get mad at any group that has identified the issue and is doing something to protect lives.

Black Lives Matter has never said that you don’t matter. Black Lives Matter has said police must be held accountable for their actions.