I remember when they used to play Round ‘em up—bang-bang, baby;
I remember when they used to chase Schoolboys—beat ‘em up, lock ‘em up I remember Geronimo’s wife, Sandra Pratt, aka Red
Found faraway in a gutter, gunshot wounds to the head—dead
Melvin X, BSA leader of Fred-Bunchy and John ilk
Found faraway from home in bloody PJs, not silk
I remember when your parents weren’t woke— high on Pepsi-cola and Coke—happy dancing
on ice, coronating The Drone Ranger’s regime... What did they think he was doing in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq when 4am doors were being kicked from hinges and spotless homes sprayed crimson?
I remember when your parents were drunk on: “Yes, we can and bottle Jim Jones Juice for regime Change you can believe in!” Did they remember the Phoenix program rising from forts named after slavers, spawning assassins and death squads infesting Africa, Asia and Latin America?
I remember to rejoice each day you—young warriors—
attend University Of The Streets—matriculate Revolution U.
I remember to remind you that when you shout, “Say his/her name!” for our onesies; Remember the wedding parties in
Palestine and Yemen; hospitals in Afghanistan; soccer fields
in Somalia and Syria; libraries in Libya and Oman and say
Scores of their names...
I remember to remind you: Attend class struggle shoulder to shoulder, side by side with warehousing, bus-driving brothers
and sisters; farm-working, nursing sisters and brothers in places
we pronounce incorrectly.
I remember to remind you: Minor in foreign language—the1% train together in English; swap strategy, tactics in fluent French, Russian, Chinese, Farsi, Arabic, German, Spanish, Hebrew for plundering the Toilers...
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BAR’s poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner is an accomplished performing artist. You can find much more of his work at http://upsurgejazz.com .
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