melanin is memory.
is the blue weight of the ocean. sewn into the red dusk of sky. living in the amber soil of your body.
it is alive.
leaping and sweeping you. against. into the sun.
your skin was the first astronaut. the first in space.
you touch the sun. everyday. and do not perish.
is the world. before this world.
before the word. slave.
and during the word. slave.
and after the word. slave.
it is the books. written into yourself.
wild math in the pads of your feet.
soft science in your hair.
language down your back. invention in your mouth.
melanin is why you are still alive after. the torching.
it is a second lung. the next heart. and the next heart. and the next.
a never ending. breathing thing.
a ceremony of life. while you are asleep.
a cosmos. in conversation.
melanin is a wisdom that knew.
hate would be the anti-light come to devour. defile.
a wisdom that did not flinch.
a wisdom that is not bothered by such things.
melanin is memory.
The bourgeoisie is fearful of the militancy of the Negro woman, and for good reason. The capitalists know, far better than many progressives seem to know, that once Negro women begin to take action, the militancy of the whole Negro people, and thus of the anti-imperialist coalition, is greatly enhanced….As mother, as Negro, and as worker, the Negro woman fights against the wiping out of the Negro family, against the Jim Crow ghetto existence which destroys the health, morale, and very life of millions of her sisters, brothers, and children. Viewed in this light, it is not accidental that the American bourgeoisie has intensified its oppression, not only of the Negro people in general, but of Negro women in particular. Nothing so exposes the drive to fascization in the nation as the callous attitude which the bourgeoisie displays and cultivates toward Negro women.
Sending light to Chokwe Lumumba, major of Jackson, Mississippi, who transitioned only a few hours ago. He helped start the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and was a dear friend of the city’s Ile. Ashe’
They try to make it appear as if we Africans will not arrive at uniting ourselves even around the question of our identity. ‘Well, you may call some of them Africans, but some call themselves Black, some still call themselves colored.’ That’s fact. They do that. But this is because they’ve been miseducated by a system that seeks to keep us united, and this is the truth.
Obviously, we cannot be all of us so many different things, we must be one thing. Of course, for our party there’s no question, as for the United African movement, we’re Africans; end of discussion.
This struggle is not an easy struggle. The struggle to go from Negro to Black was a difficult struggle. Capitalism did everything to roll it back. Even had us confused, ‘I’m not Black, look at me I’m brown colored.’ Yes. ‘I’m not Black I’ve got Indian blood in me.’ We told them then it is more difficult to go from Negro to Black than it is to go from Black to African.
The capitalist media press, in trying to stop us from going to Africans in America, tried to throw out African Americans. They did it. We saw the whole scene. They want to say African-American; that keeps us exactly where we are. If you’re African American you’re ‘obviously’ not the same like an African-Kenyan. It’s ‘certainly not the same’ like an African-Brazilian. ‘It’s certainty not the same’ like an African-Trinidadian, etc, etc. But once your just African, ain’t no question.
‘You African?’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘Where were you born?’ ‘Trinidad.’ ‘You African?’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘Where were you born?’ ‘Uganda.’ ‘You African?’ ‘Yeah.’ Where were you born?’ ‘Egypt.’ Once you have proper identity, one of your biggest problems is solved. A people must have a clear understanding of their national interests.
The job of American imperialism is to let us think that our national interests is within the confines of American imperialism. That’s why Black-American, African-American; anything but make sure they hold on to America. When the conscious comes to understand that they are Africans born in America, Africans living in America, they’re whole outlook changes completely. America no longer becomes their world. Of course, this is a difficult task because America convinced everyone that she is the world.
The first conscious act in organizing our people is to let them know who they are. If you think you’re an American you will fight to protect the interests of capitalist America. If you know you ain’t no American you’ll fight to destroy every aspect of American capitalism.