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Hollow Echo
By Brandon H.

We’ve studied and showed ourselves approved. We’ve checked and balanced and checked our balances on every contingency imaginable within the realm of the ‘Human Theatre.’ This life, is all we’ve got to relate to so, we must have made some of the correct determinations.

Our greatest Black Minds have finally driven home their point. Some of the greatest scholars, theologians, philosophers, writers, scientists, engineers, aviators, builders, philanthropists, physicians, you name it, have been Black and have encouraged our people to embrace our own heritage, because summed up, a man without an identity has a better respect in the graveyard.

Throughout history, our people’s voices have been heard from the lush green lands of Africa, to the rushing shores of the Atlantic where just behind them, our People were first introduced to an agonizing life of existential unimportance, societal indifference and perpetual hatred from a contention they knew nothing of, a punishment inconceivable, clothed in the body of a white man.

Yet our people’s voices rose in song, labors enriching our people, testimonies in the sweetest of African Spirits that reverberate from a full spectrum of family love, even to this day. Yes, we still sing of sweet freedom and inner peace that proves to be the most invaluable of conditions this life has to offer, after all. Yet in all honesty, one only needs to look around the human theatre as it relates to our race even at a glance, to see the apathy that lives arrogantly within our own people.

To be fair, maybe the engines of the luxury cars are too loud for some of our potentially greatest minds to even hear the continual pleading of our ancestors to apply themselves to the genuine changes that still need to be made in the condition of our people.

Maybe it’s the panicked cries of ‘education’ that have drowned out the values of simple common sense mandatory to the progress of our people, that have proven part of the very demon we should attack. And truthfully, since education as evidenced by men like John Henrik Clarke and Marcus Garvey cannot be held as the ‘problem’ today, I’m still at a loss to find excuses for an absent people.

Well getting to the point, even though we have a more direct access right now, to the freedom our ancestors could only dream of, I’m convinced that if they were to even ask in one voice today….’My children, are you ready to return home?’ They would be greeted with a hideously, hollow echo.

© Feb 2007 By Brandon H


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