SONG OF THE WEEK: SOUND OF DA POLICE BY KRS ONE
Just one of those weeks at work where blatant institutionalized racism and it’s impacts on marginalized women seeking protection and support from police services are further victimized those paid by the state to provide safety IS SO DAMN PRESENT. The idea that domestic violence within marginalized communities can be tied to cultural norms and should be left to their own devices rather than laying the same charges they would lay when dealing with a white canadian female who has indicated she has been victim to domestic violence IS RACIST FUCKERY.
“Ya hotshot wanna get props and and be a saviour;
First show a little respect, change your behaviour;
Change your attitude, change your plan
Your laws are minimal;
Cause you won’t even think about lookin’ at the real criminal;
This has got to cease…
Domestic violence is only a chargeable offence when the victim’s status and identity is in conjunction with the white supremacist ideology/foundation within all police services.
Makes me sick.
SONG OF THE MONTH: JOHN COLTRANE - IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD
Focusing more and more on the concept of strengthening ones core through self-care/focus. To strive to make this a staple of sorts in ones life is a battle in of itself, as the world (Dunya) is full of distractions that on the surface are justifiable, but inevitably will fall away as nothing in this life is permanent. When the day comes where our excuses have run out and we have lost what we invested so much in, we will be left with our core.
The question is….how developed is your core….and what are you doing to make sure it will be preserved to help you survive the loss of all these temporary distractions.
There are select moments in ones life that impact your lens on the world (with it’s inequity and oppression) and how you choose to exist within it (not to accept the status quo and to fight to preserve human dignity).
I remember sitting in my room at the age of 10, reading “The Value of Courage: The Story of Jackie Robinson,” and thinking about the mix of fear and strength the forefathers/mothers of marginalized communities have had to juggle to set paths for those of us in the present day (paths that are in their own right steeped in pain as well). While Jackie’s struggle was within the organized sports world, it echoed the macro struggle of Black America (A struggle the continues to this day).
I look forward to watching this film in honour of his life….
“I WON’T LET MYSELF END WHERE I STARTED, I WON’T LET MYSELF FINISH WHERE I BEGAN…”
extremely motivational in the last few weeks.
SONG OF THE DAY: YUNA - LULLABIES
“There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss,contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.” - Malcolm X/ El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz
On our trip to New York, I had the honour to attend at but unfortunately not enter the Audubon Ballroom where Brother Malcolm was assassinated in 1965. He played a fundamental role in my turn to Islam as a way of life, based on how the Faith transformed his. We did Dua (prayer/supplication) for Brother Malcolm ..I thank him for everything he has provided in my journey.
Fastly becoming one of my favourite social/political commentary comedies. Key and Peele letting us all know that the only time racism works in the “Other’s” favour is when a Zombie apocalypse happens…LMAO