.:Guest Post:.I am Oscar Grant.

During the aftermath of the Murderer Mehserle’s sentencing, I asked Our brother @KhairiAkili to write a few paragraphs regarding the outcome. These are his thoughts, and I agree with them 178%.

I am a bullet-riddled message to The People about the value of their lives. I am worth less than a dead dog or the thigh of a high paid athlete. I am the complete opposite of the “man” on the other side of the trigger. At least to them. Ask Mumia. I went from son, to father, to statistic, and my murderer walked. Not on the merit of faulty evidence, conflicting stories, or a shadow of a doubt but for the simple fact that the person sent to judge him is his comrade. They go to war together. So even though The People are outraged, we all knew this was coming. We knew upon seeing the execution of Oscar Grant that there would be no justice. There has never been justice for us. Even when the murder was uploaded to youtube quicker than news of it got back to the precinct, we knew he would walk. And yes, two years with time served in protective custody and probation for a public execution is a fucking vacation. Yet instead of organizing to get real justice, we continue to feign surprise, tweet til we feel better, until the next time our outrage is required. We have become the most reactionary people on the planet. Why?

Why is Mehserle’s sentencing a complete surprise to some and not as important as the latest Tyler Perry movie to others? Where is our leadership? Simply, they are afraid. Fear is the only reasoning behind our “scholars’” silence in the midst of echoing gunshots aimed at our children. Can’t talk with a gun in your mouth eh? Nor when it’s filled with the system’s dick. These cowards are whoring themselves out for a title and then being held hostage by it while our people are being killed and sent to prison concentration camps in record numbers for record profits. That is America’s new cash cow and these treasonously fainthearted agents would rather be pets than cattle. Their goal of reform from within is an excuse. Point blank. It is an excuse to keep from fighting. It is an excuse to not potentially become a Fred Hampton, Malcolm X or Martin Luther King, Jr. To die for the people in the pursuit of freedom. But why is that a concern when anyone can become an Oscar Grant, Aiyana Jones, or Sean Bell? That is the message that Mehserle was sending and that judge reconfirmed. Oscar Grant could be anyone and nothing can save you. Your money, degrees and Gucci are not bulletproof.

What do we do now? With our so-called leaders distracted by the comforts their title has afforded them, it is up to every man and women to protect themselves and their children. Every state sponsored gunshot should have been a call to action. If we plan to survive we first need to recognize that we are at war. Next we need to be able to provide our families with food, clothing, shelter and defense for and by ourselves. I’m not advocating armed struggle…yet. We haven’t even exhausted nonviolent means of combat. In a capitalistic society, money is a weapon and we are constantly arming our enemy. Buy in your community from people that are in your community, reinvest in your community and by all means, defend your investment. So when the system sends it’s couriers to us, we will have a message of our own from them.

12 thoughts on “.:Guest Post:.I am Oscar Grant.

  1. I want to thank you for asking me to write this and giving me a forum to share my thoughts, gain feedback and discuss with the people. Honored my brother

  2. I want to thank you for asking me to write this and giving me a forum to share my thoughts, gain feedback and discuss with the people. Honored my brother

  3. Uhuru! I appreciate this piece. I think its important to note that many of our real leaders were assassinated or imprisoned by the U.S. government’s counterinsurgent war against African people. Part of that counterinsurgent war included the establishment of neocolonialism — the same white power, but with a different face that looked like ours. It murdered or imprisoned our leaders then decided what leaders that wanted us to have. So Martin, Malcolm, Fred Hampton and others are killed and we’re given Jesse, Al and other negroes. We’re given black mayors like Wilson Goode in Philadelphia who dropped a bomb on the black community there. We’re given Obama.

    So when we look at the crop of leaders put before us, our people must see that they betray us at every turn because they are compradors who weren’t really there to serve us anyway. Even the negro “intellectuals” who make a living off of SOUNDING intelligent speaking of our plight in abstract, but refusing to so much as bust a grape to carry out any real work toward changing our reality.

    The important thing here must be a call to get organized. When it comes down to it, there can only be an Oscar Grant or Aiyana Jones, etc. if we remain unorganized. African people gotta get organized in our own interests, and it can’t be under the leadership of that created class of house negroes who function as the establishment approved leadership today. The African working class — who can’t meet its interests as a class short of freedom for our whole people — has to lead.

    This system, and the sellout negro traitor class that aligns its interests with it, is in real crisis. In the midst of that we see a movement gaining strength and definition. The Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations (whose rally I saw you at the other day) is evidence of this. This coalition that brings together broad sectors of genuine leaders and organizations of our people including the likes of Pam Africa, Diop Olugbala, Mumia Abu Jamal, Omali Yeshitela and others is evidence of genuine leaders taking the lead as the false leaders we’ve been handed fall into crisis along with this system.

    The thing is our people MUST GET ORGANIZED. We must be in organization. As individuals we are but easy targets. As an organized force, we are able to exercise power.

    Again, I appreciate this article and this forum. I believe that this ability to have our own forums to speak in our own interests is critical, particularly today as we have to engage in this war of ideas with our oppressors for the minds of our people.

    Today is our day. Let’s get organized! Let’s win!

    1. @BingaDzim
      Uhuru! I find no areas of disagreement within your post. You spoke directly to some points that I either just touched or left out. The replacing of our fallen or imprisoned leadership with state sanctioned puppets was a power move that many of us have still yet to grasp. I must admit, the idea of Obama was genius. Evil genius but genius nonetheless, and many of us fell for the okie doke. But I also see alot of people beginning to see through the illusion. This is the time for educating and organizing! We know there is a change of tactics up their sleeve, we have to get to people before they get caught by the sleight of hand trick.
      Oscar Grant, Aiyana Jones and others are casualties of war and moreso it is our fault. We allowed the enemy to enter our camp and kill one of our own with no repercussions. As long as that is the case, they will continue to send their enforcers/messengers of death/foot soldiers into our camp. We must Rise as One. We must have no fear.

      I appreciate the feedback and the wisdom.
      Power to The People!
      Uhuru!

  4. Uhuru! I appreciate this piece. I think its important to note that many of our real leaders were assassinated or imprisoned by the U.S. government’s counterinsurgent war against African people. Part of that counterinsurgent war included the establishment of neocolonialism — the same white power, but with a different face that looked like ours. It murdered or imprisoned our leaders then decided what leaders that wanted us to have. So Martin, Malcolm, Fred Hampton and others are killed and we’re given Jesse, Al and other negroes. We’re given black mayors like Wilson Goode in Philadelphia who dropped a bomb on the black community there. We’re given Obama.

    So when we look at the crop of leaders put before us, our people must see that they betray us at every turn because they are compradors who weren’t really there to serve us anyway. Even the negro “intellectuals” who make a living off of SOUNDING intelligent speaking of our plight in abstract, but refusing to so much as bust a grape to carry out any real work toward changing our reality.

    The important thing here must be a call to get organized. When it comes down to it, there can only be an Oscar Grant or Aiyana Jones, etc. if we remain unorganized. African people gotta get organized in our own interests, and it can’t be under the leadership of that created class of house negroes who function as the establishment approved leadership today. The African working class — who can’t meet its interests as a class short of freedom for our whole people — has to lead.

    This system, and the sellout negro traitor class that aligns its interests with it, is in real crisis. In the midst of that we see a movement gaining strength and definition. The Black is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations (whose rally I saw you at the other day) is evidence of this. This coalition that brings together broad sectors of genuine leaders and organizations of our people including the likes of Pam Africa, Diop Olugbala, Mumia Abu Jamal, Omali Yeshitela and others is evidence of genuine leaders taking the lead as the false leaders we’ve been handed fall into crisis along with this system.

    The thing is our people MUST GET ORGANIZED. We must be in organization. As individuals we are but easy targets. As an organized force, we are able to exercise power.

    Again, I appreciate this article and this forum. I believe that this ability to have our own forums to speak in our own interests is critical, particularly today as we have to engage in this war of ideas with our oppressors for the minds of our people.

    Today is our day. Let’s get organized! Let’s win!

    1. @BingaDzim
      Uhuru! I find no areas of disagreement within your post. You spoke directly to some points that I either just touched or left out. The replacing of our fallen or imprisoned leadership with state sanctioned puppets was a power move that many of us have still yet to grasp. I must admit, the idea of Obama was genius. Evil genius but genius nonetheless, and many of us fell for the okie doke. But I also see alot of people beginning to see through the illusion. This is the time for educating and organizing! We know there is a change of tactics up their sleeve, we have to get to people before they get caught by the sleight of hand trick.
      Oscar Grant, Aiyana Jones and others are casualties of war and moreso it is our fault. We allowed the enemy to enter our camp and kill one of our own with no repercussions. As long as that is the case, they will continue to send their enforcers/messengers of death/foot soldiers into our camp. We must Rise as One. We must have no fear.

      I appreciate the feedback and the wisdom.
      Power to The People!
      Uhuru!

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