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Opioid emergency in America means more black and brown people are going to prison. – @OgbeniAyotunde

Kamala Harris

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Sacrificial Lamb

A friend in Nigeria was surprised that African Americans are not out in the streets rioting and causing all kinds of havoc and mayhem in the aftermath of the George Zimmerman not guilty verdict. I told him the thought never crossed my mind as I witnessed the growth of the African American community in one generation
Sitting in a Starbucks writing this article I just so happen to be listening in on a conversation between two caucasian gentlemen about the Trayvon Martin case and another surprise at how the verdict did not result in a race riot. “I mean where are the riots” one asked the other to which he answered ” They have just been peaceful protests” he went on to correct his friend that Al Sharpton did not call for riots in the streets as his friend had implied.
I have also been offered the opinion that Chicago averages over 21 gun murders monthly and that there is some kind of political gain for President Barack Obama because Al Sharpton is not out in the streets of Chicago everyday protesting the murder rate. Seems to me this gentleman is trying to pick what battles Al Sharpton should fight.
The killing of young African Americans is not a new dimension in their playbook. The practice is as old as the slave trade. In the last 2 decades there have been one too many Trayvon Martin, Christopher Wallace and Tupac Shakur.
You ask why the bounty on the blood of young African Americans? Simple, the last form of control they have is the gun. Religion, drugs, prison, police, disease, colonization all failed. So to keep guns you need to have gun laws validated with the blood of the one you fear. The keepers of these laws is the NRA. You make laws against those you feel threatened by and you kill those you fear.
Back to why I did not expect violence from the African American community. It is in the African tradition not to fight violence with violence The Rodney King Beat down by LAPD already proved to the world that African Americans are not the aggressors but victims of this system.
The African American community grew stronger and wiser from the Rodney King experience by raising a generation of thinkers totally contradicting the image projected of the young violent black man. Yet they continue to inflict unjust violence on them.
Ogbeni Ayotunde


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Freedom Park Lagos Nigeria

Freedom Park Lagos Nigeria by Jujufilms
Freedom Park Lagos Nigeria, a photo by Jujufilms on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Theo Lawson, an architect and visionary from Lagos, Nigeria had a vision to transform the colonial prison on Broad Street, Lagos to a symbol of freedom. This prison was used by the British colonial masters to torture, imprison and hang in the gallows those that opposed colonial rule of Nigeria including Herbert Macaulay, Chief Cbafemi Awolowo, Chief Michael Imodu, Sir Adeyemo Alakija & more. It takes someone like Tunde Fashola, Gov. of Lagos state a man I have come to respect not for what i have heard but have been privileged to experience to create this symbol of Freedom in the heart of Lagos.

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We live in a wo…

We live in a world where the poor are becoming victims of the rich.

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The American Corporate Industrial Complex

Then you have the corporate industrial complex designed for young black women. They capture their soul. They easly trade their family for the privilege of been a part of their world. See Condoleezza Rice in Augusta. They trumpet woman power now the queen becomes the king. 

Checked her with my bishop. 3 white lawyers later. Ain’t nothing changed since Fanta stabbed Kunta in the front. Damn if you ain’t locked up they got your queen. So go hard black man.

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The American Prison Industrial Complex

News flash American jails and prisons are overpopulated with young and old black men.