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Black Studies in New York State

2010 Black Studies Survey: NEW YORK
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State of New York

2007 total: 58
2010 total: 68
Total institutions in state: 134
Percent with Black Studies: 50.74%

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Black Studies in New York
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* Adelphi University, African, Black, and Caribbean Studies minor, http://academics.adelphi.edu/artsci/abcs/index.php
* Bard College, Africana Studies Program, http://africana.bard.edu/
* Barnard College, Africana Studies, http://www.barnard.edu/africana/
* City University of New York - Baruch College, Black and Hispanic Studies, http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/wsas/areas_of_study/social_sciences/african_american_studies.htm
* City University of New York - Borough of Manhattan Community College, Ethnic Studies, http://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/ethnic-studies/index.jsp
* City University of New York - Brooklyn College, Africana Studies Department, http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/pub/Department_Details.jsp?div=U&dept_code=01&dept_id=77
* City University of New York - City College, Black Studies Program, http://www1.ccny.cuny.edu/prospective/socialsci/blackstudies/index.cfm
* City University of New York - College of Staten Island, African American Studies, http://www.csi.cuny.edu/catalog/undergraduate/3581.htm
* City University of New York - Graduate Center, Africana Studies concentration (previously listed as African Diaspora in the Americas and the Carribean), http://web.gc.cuny.edu/africanastudies/
* City University of New York - Hostos Community College, Black Studies Unit- Humanities, http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/oaa/hum/afsunit.htm
* City University of New York - Hunter College, (note name change) Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/blpr/
* City University of New York - John Jay College of Criminal Justice, African American Studies, http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/africanamerican/
* City University of New York - Lehman College, African and African-American Studies, http://www.lehman.edu/academics/arts-humanities/african-american-studies/index.php
* City University of New York - Medgar Evers College, Interdisciplinary Studies, http://www.mec.cuny.edu/academic_affairs/libarts_ed_school/ids_dept/ids_home.asp
* City University of New York - New York City College of Technology, African American Studies, http://www.citytech.cuny.edu/academics/deptsites/aastudies/
* City University of New York - Queens College, Africana Studies, http://www.qc.cuny.edu/Academics/Degrees/DSS/AfricanaStudies/Pages/default.aspx
* City University of New York - York College, African American Studies, http://www.york.cuny.edu/academics/departments/social-sciences/programs/copy_of_african-american-studies-ba
* Colgate University, Africana and Latin American Studies Program, http://www.colgate.edu/academics/departments/africanaandlatinamericanstudies
* College of St. Rose, African American Studies minor in American Studies, http://www.strose.edu/academics/schoolofartsandhumanities/americanstudies
* Columbia University, African-American Studies Institute, http://www.iraas.com/
* Cornell University, Africana Studies & Research Center, http://asrc.cornell.edu/
* Daemen College, Black Studies Minor, http://www.daemen.edu/academics/divisionofartssciences/historygovernment/undergraduateprograms/Minors/Pages/BlackStudiesMinor.aspx
* Empire State College, African American Studies concentration (in Cultural Studies), http://www.esc.edu/aos
* Fordham University, African and African American Studies Department, http://www.fordham.edu/academics/programs_at_fordham_/african_and_african_/
* Hamilton College, Africana Studies Department, http://www.hamilton.edu/academics/departments?dept=Africana%20Studies
* Hartwick College, Ethnic Studies minor, http://www.hartwick.edu/x1829.xml
* Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Africana Studies Program, http://www.hws.edu/academics/africana/curriculum.aspx
* Hofstra University, Africana Studies (search for "Africana"), www.hofstra.edu/pdf/2003/ho2003000122.pdf
* Ithaca College, African Diaspora Studies minor, http://www.ithaca.edu/cscre/minors/africandiasporaminor/
* Manhattanville College, African Studies, http://www.mville.edu/AcademicsandResearch/AcademicDepartments/AfricanStudies/Default.aspx
* Nazareth College, Multicultural Studies (search for "Multicultural"), http://www.naz.edu/cas/departments-and-programs
* New York University, Africana Studies, http://africanastudies.as.nyu.edu/page/home
* Niagara University, Africana Studies Program (previously listed as Black Family Studies), http://www.niagara.edu/africana-studies
* Pace University, African and African-American Studies minor, http://web.pace.edu/page.cfm?doc_id=21302
* Sarah Lawrence College, Africana Studies, http://www.slc.edu/undergraduate/study/africana-studies/index.html
* Siena College, Multicultural Studies, http://www.siena.edu/pages/3411.asp
* St. John Fisher College, African American Studies minor, http://www.sjfc.edu/academics/arts-science/departments/afam/
* St. John's University, Africana Studies minor (search for "Africana"), http://www.stjohns.edu/academics/undergraduate/liberalarts/programs/minors
* St. Lawrence University, African American Studies Program (previously listed as United States Cultural and Ethnic Studies), http://www.stlawu.edu/academics/programs/african-american-studies
* State University of New York - Albany, Africana Studies, http://www.albany.edu/africana/
* State University of New York - Binghamton, Africana Studies, http://www.binghamton.edu/bulletin/1998-99/africana.html
* State University of New York - Brockport, African and Afrrican-American Studies Department, http://www.brockport.edu/aas/
* State University of New York - Buffalo, African and African American Studies, http://www.buffalo.edu/departments/details?id=332
* State University of New York - Buffalo State College, African and African American Studies interdisciplinary unit, http://www.buffalostate.edu/africanamericanstudies/
* State University of New York - Cortland, Africana Studies Department (previously listed as African American Studies), http://www2.cortland.edu/departments/africana/
* State University of New York - Fredonia, African American Studies minor, http://www.fredonia.edu/department/interdisciplinary/african_american_studies.asp
* State University of New York - New Paltz, Black Studies, http://bree.newpaltz.edu/blackstudies/index.html
* State University of New York - Oneonta, Africana and Latino Studies, http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/africlat/
* State University of New York - Oswego, African/African-American Studiesprogram, http://www.oswego.edu/academics/colleges_and_departments/departments/interdisciplinary/african-american.html
* State University of New York - Plattsburgh, Africana Studies minor, http://www.plattsburgh.edu/academics/africana/
* State University of New York - Potsdam, Africana Studies program, http://www.potsdam.edu/academics/interdisciplinary/africanastudies/index.cfm
* State University of New York - Purchase, Global Black Studies program, https://www.purchase.edu/coursecatalog/2008-10/AcademicPrograms/LAS/Interdisciplinary/GlobalBlackStudies/default.aspx
* State University of New York - Stony Brook, Africana Studies, http://www.stonybrook.edu/afs/?home
* Syracuse University, African American Studies Department, http://aas.syr.edu/
* Union College, Africana Studies Department, http://www.union.edu/academic_depts/africana_studies/
* University of Rochester, African and African-American Studies Institute, http://www.rochester.edu/college/aas/
* Vassar College, Africana Studies Program, http://africanastudies.vassar.edu/
* Wells College, African American Studies concentration, http://www.wells.edu/academic/american_studies.htm
* Canisius College, African American Experience Program, http://www.canisius.edu/oishei/dierenfield.asp
* City University of New York - Bronx Community College, Africana, Latino & Native American Studies option, https://www.bcc.cuny.edu/DegreePrograms/?page=Display_Degree_Program&curBronxCode=537
* Dominican College, Ethnic Diversity Studies minor, http://www.dc.edu/academics.aspx?id=320
* Marist College, African Diaspora Studies minor, http://www.marist.edu/liberalarts/history/africandiasporaminor.html
* Monroe Community College, African American Studies Program, http://www.monroecc.edu/etsdbs/mccatpub.nsf/56f69934f9a0559685257020006ed4f7/132c63f599ad7a04852572f700577bd4?OpenDocument
* Nassau Community College, Africana Studies Department, http://www.ncc.edu/Academics/AcademicDepartments/AfricanaStudies/
* Onondaga Community College, African-American Studies minor, http://www.sunyocc.edu/academics.aspx?id=1499
* Rochester Institute of Technology, Minority Relations in the United States concentration, http://www.rit.edu/cla/concentrations.php?code=mrl
* State University of New York - Geneseo, Black Studies/Africana Studies, http://www.geneseo.edu/~abs/
* State University of New York - Old Westbury, African American Studies minor, http://www.oldwestbury.edu/dept/history/majors.cfm


Institutions in New York without Black Studies
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Adirondack Community College, http://www.sunyacc.edu/
Alfred University, http://www.alfred.edu
Broome Community College, http://www.sunybroome.edu/
Cayuga County Community College, http://www.cayuga-cc.edu/
City University of New York - Kingsborough Community College, http://www.kbcc.cuny.edu/
City University of New York - LaGuardia Community College, http://www.lagcc.cuny.edu/
City University of New York - Queensborough Community College, http://www.qcc.cuny.edu/
Clarkson University, http://www.clarkson.edu/
Clinton Community College, http://www.clinton.edu/
College of Mount Saint Vincent, http://www.mountsaintvincent.edu
Columbia-Greene Community College, http://www.sunycgcc.edu/
Concordia College, http://www.concordia-ny.edu/
Corning Community College, http://www.corning-cc.edu/
Dowling College, http://www.dowling.edu
Dutchess Community College, http://www.sunydutchess.edu/
Erie Community College, http://www.ecc.edu/
Finger Lakes Community College, http://www.flcc.edu/
Fulton-Montgomery Community College, http://www.fmcc.suny.edu/
Genesee Community College, http://www.genesee.edu/
Herkimer County Community College, http://www.herkimer.edu/
Hilbert College, http://www.hilbert.edu/
Houghton College, http://www.houghton.edu/
Hudson Valley Community College, https://www.hvcc.edu/
Iona College, http://www.iona.edu/
Jamestown Community College, http://www.sunyjcc.edu/
Jefferson Community College, http://www.sunyjefferson.edu/
Keuka College, http://keuka.edu/
Le Moyne College, http://www.lemoyne.edu/
Long Island University, http://www.liunet.edu/
Manhattan College, http://www.mancol.edu/
Medaille College, http://www.medaille.edu/
Mercy College, https://www.mercy.edu/
Mohawk Valley Community College, http://www.mvcc.edu/
Molloy College, http://www.molloy.edu/
Mount Saint Mary College, http://www.msmc.edu/
New York Institute of Technology, http://www.nyit.edu/
Niagara County Community College, http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/
North Country Community College, http://www.nccc.edu/
Orange County Community College, http://www.sunyorange.edu/
Polytechnic Institute of New York University, http://www.poly.edu/
Pratt Institute, http://www.pratt.edu/
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, http://rpi.edu/
Roberts Wesleyan College, http://www.roberts.edu/
Rockefeller University, http://www.rockefeller.edu/
Rockland Community College, http://www.sunyrockland.edu/
Saint Joseph's College, http://www.sjcny.edu/
Schenectady County Community College, http://www.sunysccc.edu/
Skidmore College, http://cms.skidmore.edu
St. Bonaventure University, http://www.sbu.edu/
St. Thomas Aquinas College, http://www.stac.edu/
State University of New York - Alfred State College of Technology, http://www.alfredstate.edu/
State University of New York - Canton, http://www.canton.edu/
State University of New York - Cobleskill, http://www.cobleskill.edu/
State University of New York - Delhi, http://www.delhi.edu/
State University of New York - Farmingdale, http://www.farmingdale.edu/
State University of New York - Morrisville, http://www.morrisville.edu/
State University of New York Institute of Technology, http://www.sunyit.edu/
Suffolk County Community College, http://www3.sunysuffolk.edu/index.asp
Sullivan County Community College, http://www.sullivan.suny.edu/
The King's College, http://www.tkc.edu/
The New School, http://www.newschool.edu/
The Sage Colleges, http://www.sage.edu/
Tompkins Cortland Community College, http://www.tc3.edu/
Ulster County Community College, http://www.sunyulster.edu/
Utica College, http://www.utica.edu/
Westchester Community College, http://www.sunywcc.edu/

Friday, March 26, 2010


People’s Tribunal: Women of Color and Healthcare

When asked who I am, I'd love to tell a lie,
But truth is I am Black (colored) and a woman, so despised.
When asked why I claim to have minority status in a world filled with people (colored women) just like me,
I bring up politics and big businesses ran by the world "minority."
The power holding majority
And that's where it counts!
Who has all the power?...
The question to which it all amounts.
Who controls our resources, social institutions, and education?
Who controls the government and language in this nation?
The answer: Certainly not I!
I'm not a man. I'm not white, so how could it be me(?)
When our world is governed by the laws of racism and patriarchy.
But what does this all mean?
Well, Patriarchy is a system where men make the rules and women don't matter
Because it's highly unlikely that they'll be allowed to climb the social ladder.
And racism is hatred based on differences between cultures and extreme prejudice
And in a society like this everybody's gotta be sick...
Physically, spiritually, and in every other way,
Which brings us to the topic of the day...
Women of Color and health care in the U.S. of A.

Now, we all know Healthcare is not for people like me…
A woman…of color… plus, I’m poor, you see!
“Our” healthcare system is a tool to keep more of the same:
Classism, Racism, Sexism, Capitalism, Patriarchy, and White-Supremacy
For goodness sake it’s one of the top 3 U.S. most profitable industries!
Now, to make it all clear for those who don’t see
“Our” system perpetuates classism through capitalism, patriarchy through sexism, and white supremacy through racism. Do you feel me?
No?...Well, life goes on…

Forced sterilizations of Latinas, Natives, and Blacks!
There is a history here of these horrid acts
Remember Tuskegee, Tennessee?
Men haven’t been the only “lab rats” since the slaves where freed
Eugenics, Genocide…whatever
These are the acts that embody the “mainstream” sentiment for women of color…
Even in healthcare
And No! It AIN’T fair!
If you don’t know, now you’ve been introduced
Look it up in a library or on youtube

Now back to healthcare and what it includes, and what it should be, and what we should do
Healthcare, for me, means “taking care of health”
Of the individual, the family, the society, and whatever else
The children of the colored shouldn’t be forced to assimilate
We have cultures of our own…Lets learn, accept, and appreciate!

OR we could keep teaching our children that all that is white is right…white supremacy (hint, hint)
That our children should grow to “talk like them”, “walk like them”, “dress like them”, “BE like them”…
Because what they have is good…and how they got it doesn’t matter
“They” the mainstream, white-american “norm”
The myth that even white folks can’t live up to
But what does the myth do anyway/
It tears at our pride and the self-esteem of our youth
And a system that keeps producing sick people like this
Needs to be destroyed, so something better can exist

A healthcare system that cares so little about whether it’s recipients are being fed adequately, clothed, housed, educated, or happy to be alive
Should do like we can’t help but do and DIE, DIE, DIE!
To be honest we don’t have to stop there
Let’s get rid of this whole capitalist, classist, racist, white-supremacist, patriarchal system!
First we must observe, tear down, then rebuild in order to progress
Even if that means saying good bye to old things
And hello to hard-work and stress!
“How could the devil take a brother if he’s close to me?” A Tupac quote
Let’s work from love like Che said revolutionaries do
Saying goodbye to the current system means a step forward towards a healthier YOU
In more ways than one

Let’s stop being afraid of challenging old ways, of hurting feelings, of disagreeing
Let’s stop being afraid to make a stand and start changing the world!

Simone Lockhart
November 11, 2009
Women of Color
Professors Smith/Lewis/Price
Laney College

Simone Lockhart is now an intern at the Academy of Da Corner. She submitted this poem as a writing sample.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

















Thinking Outside the Box: Message to the White Man

We rejected the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad in his classic book Message to the Black Man, so today the white man, yes, the white devil, Yacub’s grafted being, is teaching his people from Message to the Black Man. On the popular AM radio show Coast to Coast Live, recently featured on the TV show Nightline, for years, the white man has been talking about many of the notions Elijah tried to tell us in his book and Supreme Wisdom. At least the hip hop generation has a version of Supreme Wisdom in the Five Percent philosophy so popular with rappers.

We must say that even the blacks, including and especially, the followers of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad may have gotten Supreme Wisdom but they didn’t get it, they didn’t believe it and didn’t try to implement some of his practical do for self teachings that went beyond mythology and capital accumulation but toward nation building.

Eighty years after the birth of the NOI, we should be closer to realizing our national aspirations but talk of Nation Time is far from the lips of nationalists, revolutionary nationalists, Pan Africanists and any others with pretence of nationalism. In fact, nationalism is a dirty word, and even those who espouse any degree of nationalism are considered narrow minded, especially if they don’t give priority to Pan Africanism or the multi-culturals, the last term considered the new word for failed integration by Dr. Julia Hare.

We have gone from Black Studies to Diaspora Studies, since the focus on Black Studies gave priority to the so-called Negro and the white man has no intention to permit his certified Negro scholars to address the critical issues of mis-education, disparities in health care, post-slavery trauma and unresolved grief, economic parity, incarceration and the need for a general amnesty since 80% of inmates are dual diagnosed, i.e., suffer drug abuse and mental illness. And more importantly, would be free if they had proper legal representation during their trials.

But night after night, month after month, a white version of Message to the Black Man is being taught and discussed by white authors, scholars, and scientists, and even common white people give their testimonies to verify the teachings that range from extra-terrestrial
beings on earth and how their space craft enter on a constant basis, abducting humans at will and subjecting them to experiments, including sexual intercourse and giving birth to earth/ET creatures that are and have been a part of earth’s population for trillions of years.

As Elijah taught, the Message to the White Man people claim the only so-called humans who shall remain on earth are the aboriginal Africans, all others must depart the planet because they were only here for a lesson and they have failed to learn it, so their time is up. They shall leave earth for some other planet where they must continue to study civility but they shall not be allowed to live on earth.

Message to the White Man people are to be congratulated for at least getting the truth to their people. After all, very few blacks listen to AM radio, even though Coast to Coast Live is on late nights when blacks are up partying and bullshitting, as the Last Poets taught us.

Authors, scholars, scientists and other experts give one, two, and three hour discussions
On how the US Government has suppressed information about inter space travel, and UFO’s and ET’s being in and out of here for trillions of years, along with man himself.
Of course, such information is beyond western history or even mythology, but is quite familiar to anyone with an iota of Supreme Wisdom. Elijah told us the Aboriginal Asiatic Black man has been here trillions of years, at least since the moon separated from the earth 66 trillion years ago.

As per UFO’s, last year whites in Texas claimed they saw a space ship with dimensions of one mile by a half mile, the exact dimensions of the Mother Ship described in Message to the Black Man.

In the Myth of Yacub, Elijah told you how the white man was created by genetic engineering, by separating the dominant gene from the recessive gene until the humans reached the final color stage of white or colored. Yes, the colored man is the white man. Now tell that to the NAACP and other foolish blacks calling themselves colored to be in harmony with the multi-culturals.

Yet, for ages animals have been cloned, such as the horse into mule and donkey, and we know the whites in their bio-tech labs have cloned animals and humans—of course they will disclose the human cloning to you at the appropriate time. Just as they have kept knowledge of the UFO’s from you because that would reveal your national security was breached and thus the trillion dollar defense budget is a sham or scam as it was revealed on 9/11. Do you really believe some ignorant Arabs could fly airplanes undetected up and down the east coast with the US Air Force unable to attack and destroy them? Well, what might you do if you were told alien beings enter the earth in general and the US in particular on a nightly or daily basis, at will and unobstructed, unable to be prevented by any planes or missiles or devices known to man? You might flick your bick! You might have a panic attack and die. You would certainly not believe you were secured by your government.

For years, Coast to Coast has discussed UFO’s and ET’s. Common people have reported being abducted and taken aboard space crafts for examinations and even sexual intercourse, and some persons claim to have given birth to human/alien beings. In short, there are many ET’s walking our streets appearing in the guise of human beings.

Message to the White Man scholars have totally smashed and destroyed the traditional Western chronology of history and time, just as Message to the Black Man Supreme Wisdom transcended and made obsolete Black Studies, Africana Studies, Pan African Studies, Diaspora Studies, or whatever it is so-called Negroes are certified to teach. As the Message to the White Man scholars noted, knowledge is based on whatever regime is in power. With White Supremacy in power, all knowledge must be approved by the White Supremacy rulers, including politicians, preachers and teachers; they all agree on the validity of information—let us not fail to mention the media witch doctors.

But Western history and this includes Black Studies or more precisely, Flat Studies—Black Studies is a few trillion years behind Supreme Wisdom, for the academic master’s only allow the Blacks, Africans or whatever they are, to pontificate a chronology that is only a few thousand or million years longer than that taught by their master’s. Thus, white history is a fict and most of what is taught as black history. To say our history is mainly American slavery and African civilization is yet a mis-education of the so-called Negro, since it is a fact, not a fict (Dr. Nathan Hare’s fictive theory that everything is a fiction until proven to be a fact) that, as Elijah taught, everywhere we go on the planet earth we find evidence of the Aboriginal Asiatic Black man and woman. Standard research claims we are four million years old, but Elijah debunked this and the Message to the White Man scholars as well.

Both white and black traditional scholars have been exposed for the pitiful teachers of Miller Lite White Supremacy knowledge. Message to the White Man scholars have essentially validated Elijah’s Supreme Wisdom which should have been the foundation of Black Studies, but the so-called Negroes were so smart they outsmarted themselves.
When I taught Black Studies at Fresno State University, 1969, one of my texts was Message to the Black Man. My journalism students were required to read Muhammad Speaks newspaper.

But of course, in order to be certified by the White Supremacy powers, so-called Negro professors could not nor would not teach from Message to the Black Man and/or Supreme Wisdom. Elijah’s teachings were considered poppycock, while we now see it is Western and Black Studies that is poppycock. As my junior colleague Ptah Allah El (Tracy Mitchell) says, “Black Studies when to college and never came home.” Yes, forty years later we are now considering the original mission of Black Studies: to uplift the community and to teach an alternative pedagogy than the white supremacy curriculum.
Black Studies or whatever names its called to satisfy the white colonial masters, is either going to jump out of the box of “the earth is flat” studies or follow the Message to the White Man scholars and approach the philosophy of Supreme Wisdom, whether they like it or not, whether they believe it or not, for with each passing moment it is approaching actual fact rather than fict!

Take for example, the concern with the coming end of the world, 2012. Even our youth are living in fear the end of the world is only two years away. But Elijah taught us the Aboriginal Black man’s history is written every twenty-five thousand years, a cycle of time based on the distance around the earth. Thus, 2012 is a new era or time cycle, an era of Divine or God consciousness rather than the previous cycle of animal or human consciousness. All thinking other than Divine, all behavior other than Divine, shall be prevented. All those not on the Divine plane shall get up outta here—don’t matter where they go. The innocent shall be removed as well. They were told in the Bible they would be destroyed for lack of knowledge, so ignorance shall be no excuse. Flat Studies shall get you nowhere but outta here. The party’s over, and you gotta go somewhere, for sure, you gotta get outta here!

The philosopher, mystic, poet, musician, Sun Ra, tried to tell you we were originally from somewhere else—and this is contrary to the Message to the White Man people, because as I noted above, they claim we are the aboriginals of earth, but we know the Message to the White Man people are just getting a grip on what’s really going on in the universe. But Sun Ra taught when our people sang Swing Low Sweet Chariot; they were speaking of space ships, for what kind of chariot can swing low? And for sure, no Africans flying airplanes have landed to make even a symbolic gesture to return us to Africa. We have yet to see Nigerian Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Egyptian Airlines or Air Jamaica land with the express purpose of swingin low to take us home. Only thing we know is that a young Nigerian brother boarded a plane without a passport to arrive here on Xmas day to blow us up!

It should be clear as we enter the new age of the next 25,000 year cycle, the old wisdom is exhausted, obsolete and must be abandoned, and that a new body of knowledge is required, new thinking and most of all, new acting, as we enter the post-black, post 9/11 and post-2012. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot!
--Marvin X
3/24/10

Thursday, March 18, 2010

From the Archives


Boston: Askia Toure Steals Show From Marvin X

Marvin X’s East coast book tour took him to Boston this past Saturday. He was greeted by comrades from the Black Arts Movement, poet Askia Toure and playwright Ed Bullins. Prior to the book signing at the African America Masters Art Gallery in Jamaica Plain, the trio did two radio interviews. On Sister Soul’s show, Marvin X astounded the sister with his reading of What If and the essay Language from his latest collection Beyond Religion, Toward Spirituality. She was only the first interviewer to be left breathless after his reading.

Ed Bullins and Askia also addressed the radio audience on the history and nature of the Black Arts Movement, stressing the importance of it in the literary, political and academic radicalization of America, then the trio departed for another interview in Quincey, an affluent suburb of Boston. Marvin X again left the interviewer , sister Victoria, literally breathless and unable to speak. The air was charged with the holy ghost.

Then it was Askia’s turn at the mike. The elder statesman of BAM was not to be out done by his junior comrade from the West coast. Askia spit out one of the most powerful free style poems in the history of BAM. The energy in the room was as if a bomb had been exploded. Everyone was shocked at Askia’s free style, delivered in his well known grandiose manner. Even Askia appeared shocked at himself, as he was a few years ago at Atlanta’s Spelman’s college when he read his poem on Venus And Serena, causing the audience of mostly women to explode with deafening applause.

Later that evening at the African American Gallery, a facility supported by UMASS, professor Tony Van de Meer introduced the poets and they continued the momentum begun that morning, in harmony with the gathering storm outside. The audience included high school and university students, professors, activists and community folks who defied the storm to attend.

Marvin X will appear in Hartford, Conn. on Friday, April 20, 6pm, 265 Oxford Street, hosted by novelist Dana Rondel.

He will appear in Brooklyn at Sista’s Place on Friday, April 27, 6:30pm. On April 28 he will sign books at the Umoja Gallery in Washington DC, 2015 Bunker Hill Road, NE.

Harlem residents can catch him on May 19 at the Malcolm X Writers Panel, along with Amiri Baraka, Kevin Powell and others, Schomburg Library, 3-6pm.

For more information, contact events@suninleo.com/718-574-6331

Tuesday, March 16, 2010



Parable of the Baby Carriage

There was a young couple arguing on the street, downtown Oakland. Two young girls were with them, one in a baby carriage and the other tagging along in silent terror. As they crossed the street, an old white woman was shouting at the young man to stop talking so disrespectfully to the woman who appeared to be his wife or partner, she was obviously the mother of the children, but it is not clear he was the father, more than likely he was the father of maybe one child, but we don't know for sure.

The man turned around to tell the old white lady to stay out of his business, that he was talking to "his woman," and she needed to get out of his mix. The old white man was persistent: she continued telling him not to be so disrespectful with his speech.

After crossing the street, she went her way as the couple continued fussing and cussing at each other, with the children along for the roller coaster ride they appeared accustomed.

At one point the man tried to take off with the baby in the carriage, but the woman snatched the baby out the carriage and grabbed her other little girl by the hand, leaving the man standing with the empty carriage.

Now that she had herself and the children safely in hand, we thought she would go her way. But she immediately got on her cell phone and called him. He had gone down into the BART station with the baby carriage.

On the phone, she begged him to bring back the carriage because she had her baby's Pampers in it. She told him she wished he would quit tripping and acting stupid because she didn't have time to play, she had to pick up her son at school in a little while. She told him she couldn't understand why he was tripping and that if he came over more often he could call the shots. For now, would he please bring the carriage with the Pampers so she could go handle her business.

Though she begged and pleaded, the man never returned with the carriage. He didn't know that not only were the baby Pampers in the carriage, but her little money was stashed there as well--or maybe he did, maybe that's why he took the carriage.

She walked up the street, baby in one arm, holding the hand of the little girl. She knew she couldn't waste much time with her "man" because she had to pick up her son from school, and if she were late again, the school had warned her they were going to call Child Protective Services who might take her son.

She disappeared up the street, torn between getting her money out the carriage and getting her son from school. We don't know if she ever caught up with "baby daddy" or her "man."

--Marvin X

3/16/10

A story from Plato Negro's classroom, 14th and Broadway, downtown Oakland.



Parable of the Man

With the Gun in Hand

Once there was a man with a gun in his hand; he came to a land and made the native people slaves. The natives had lived on the land since the world began, but now they were slaves. "And," said the man who came to the land, "they shall be slaves 'til they are in their graves."

The land was ripe with everything: diamonds and gold, wealth untold--the land was fit for Kings and Queens. But the man with the gun in his hand wanted everything.

The natives did not know he had no soul, they even called him "brother." Even though the man with the gun in his hand had lynched their fathers and raped their mothers, they still called him "brother."

"Do you call a snake your brother?" one native asked another. "But I have a dream!" said the other, "even this snake is my brother."

"You are a fool," said the first, "you see this snake crawling all over the earth!"

So the man with the gun in his hand not only had the natives working for nothing, but he also had them fighting instead of uniting, while he stood in the corner laughing.

Time passed. The man who came to the land grew fat. "Look, he is a pig!" one native said. The next day this native was dead.

"Look, he is a pig," said another, and the next day they found him dead. No, the man with the gun in his hand didn't like being called a pig. Yes, he knew he was wrong for taking their land and working them down to the bone, but he was a pig doing his gig, so he went right on.

Now out in the bush a native said, "My brothers, the time has come! The time has come to seize our land from the man with the gun in his hand. The time has come. I know you are blind, deaf and dumb, but I have been raised from among you to show you the way. I have studied the nature of the man with the gun in his hand; he has the nature of a devil; his history is full of evil--surely he is a devil!

But do not fear, he is not so powerful. It is we, the people, who are really powerful. We know God helps those who help themselves, so let us rise up and do for self!

Unite! Stop fighting each other, stop fighting your friends for your enemy. Brothers, we are all victims of this beast. What can you lose, you are already on the bottom? Wake up! Stand on your feet. The time has come to stop being food for the pig to eat!"

--Marvin X

Parable of the Man with the Gun in His Hand was first published in Black World Magazine, June 1970. It later appeared in Woman, Man's Best Friend by El Muhajir/Marvin X, Al Kitab Sudan Press, 1973.

www.marvinxoneducation.blogspot.com

Monday, March 15, 2010





Plato Negro on the Cell Phone


We have come to the death of speech. The era of high spiritual consciousness shall make speech unnecessary because we shall be keen enough to read thoughts up close and from afar. We shall understand as we understood not so long ago the glance of an eye from mama when we were misbehaving.
There was no mistaking what mama's eyes were saying to us: straighten up and fly right or face the consequences.In the old days, lovers and friends of long time could communicate without speech: they could read each others minds. This is also true when those of high consciousness have met for a short time.


It all has to do with the Oneness of being, the One Mind that propels the universe, the universe of thought and the resultant action.Speech is thus a kind of laziness and redundancy since we already know what we are thinking. And how often have we called someone thousands of miles away to hear them say they were just thinking about us or they had just mentioned our name in conversation. Or, they knew we were sick or someone was dead.
So how strange it is that we think the cell phone is an invention of high technology when it is, in fact, already obsolete in the era of spiritual consciousness. Furthermore, 90% of phone conversation is of no importance whatsoever. It is similar to when man discovered the wheel, surely many wheels were rolled down the hill for fun and entertainment.
The cell phone is such a device, and has become dangerous to our health. The Los Angeles train wreak happened because the conductor was text messaging. So we have new technology taking us backward into danger and death, rather than forward into life more abundantly.People are so overjoyed with the new technology they cannot eat without it, cannot have sex without their cell phone in hand. What is more important, reaching a climax or talking to another girlfriend or boyfriend or business partner?
Not only should the cell phone be banned while driving, but while eating and making love. Unless you are President Obama, that shit you talking about ain't hardly important. Aristotle said long ago that there were very few things in life really important.

And the last thing a woman needed was a cell phone. She walks talking, sits talking, sleeps talking, eats talking, screws talking, on the toilet talking, in the bathtub talking. She will be in her coffin talking on the cell phone.

Sister




Yeah, these nigguhs is here at my funeral. Yeah, that bitch is here. Now you know I don't like that bitch. I should get out this casket and beat her motherfuckin ass. How dare she come to my funeral after I caught her and my man fucking. They can fuck forever now cause I'm outta here.Yeah, I'm gone baby girl. But did you hear that other bitch sing that song I don't like? Yeah, how dat hoe gon sing a song I don't even like at my funeral. I should get out this casket and whip her ass too.

These nigguhs is too much for me. I'm so glad I'm outta here. And my man sittin there cryin crocodile tears. You know he gon be at one of his other bitches house tonight. She gon be feelin all sorry for him. I should send my spirit over her house and bust up they shit. Know what I mean. I should just command my spirit over her place and fuck it up.

Now bout this heaven shit, Girl. We go see when I get there. Better be some fine nigguhs up in heaven or I'm goin down to hell. I am not gonna be where no mud duck lookin nigguhs is. And I gotta be there for eternity. Hell to the naw. Cause I know I'm cute. Did you see what I had on at my wake last night. Yeah, was I cute, girlfriend? I told dem funeral people don't be makin me look like no damn ghost wit all dat gray ass makeup. Have me lookin cute leavin here.

Well, girl they bout to close the casket. I'm so sorry you couldn't make it but everybody got up and said they little piece. They didn't stop nobody from saying what they thought about me, but you know it was all lies. Nigguhs oughta stop lyin like that. Half them nigguhs hated my guts.You shoulda seen that hoe came dressed like mother Hubbard, crying all over my casket, bout to knock me ova. I started to raise up and slap dat bitch, but I kept my cool. I just kept lookin up at the ceiling.

Girl you take care. I hope they got some damn cigaretts in heaven, and they better have some Hennessey, I swear, or I'm going straight to hell.Let me get off dis phone. Later, girl.

The cell phone is a new addiction and thus detox and recovery are in order. Go sit somewhere and listen to the inner self, don't be afraid, let self talk with self! You do have a self, right?Most importantly, the cell phone may be a danger to our health, causing brain damage from radiation. In Europe, pregnant women are banned from using the cell phone. And with the I-phone and U-phone, Black Berry and Red Berry, the multi-uses include greater radiation. So keep talking, Mr. and Mrs. Negro, African, Aboriginal.But let's talk without talking.

The time has arrived to use the mind God gave you, as my mother said to me so eloquently and repeatedly, although it took at least fifty years to sink in. May you rest in peace, Mom! If you don't use it, she said, you will lose it!So let the Divine Mind flow through us and between us. Instead of medicating on drugs, why not use and exercise our minds to the highest level. Try the silent mode rather than the incessant talking loud but saying nothing as ancestor James Brown told us.

Sometimes talking is a way of avoiding the other person because they never get the chance to speak. And this is the intent of the person dominating the conversation. Thus, constant talking is a devious attempt to block truth. The truth is often in the silence, or what you don't say.Now some of those who are unable to shut up suffer a nervous condition and are in need of theraply and medication.

Silence is probably their best therapy and medication. For sure, there is an apparent disorder in the personality that is preventing them from reaching higher consciousness, i.e., to speak without speaking, to hear without listening, to see without looking.

By the way, I cut off my cell phone service. ESP me!
--Marvin X
Marvin X is one of the most prolific writers in America, if not the world. The Last Poets say he writes a book a month. Indeed, his memoir on his friend Eldridge Cleaver was written in three week while he was on a national book tour last year. Known as the USAs Rumi, Plato Negro and Jeremiah, Ishmael Reed says, "If you want to learn about motivation and inspiration, don't spend all that money attending workshops and seminars, just go stand at 14th and Broadway, downtown Oakland, and watch Marvin X at work. He's Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland."

Zionism and National Insanity






























Zionism And National Insanity


Recent events in Israel such as the planned building of 1,600 housing units in Arab East Jerusalem, lead us to the conclusion the Zionists are headed down a national suicide path that will surely take America, if not the world, with them. What makes their suicide a foregone conclusion is the fact they are surrounded by nations with populations more suicidal than they. The Saudi Arabian brand of Islam promoted by Al Queda is a return to Ya'am Jahiliyah or the days of ignorance before the advent of Islam in 632 AD. The Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Hezbollah are just as determined as the Jewish Zionists to execute their fanatical and dogmatic vision of the world, or in particular, the Middle East. It is a dance of death for all peoples, with no hope in sight. The more the Muslims seem ready to conclude a deal with for some semblance of a Palestinian state, the more the Zionists expand their colonial occupation of Arab land.
The recent son of a Hamas leader who confessed being a snitch for the Zionists, said he agreed to snitch after he saw nothing shall happen regarding Palestine as long as the two sides maintain their dogmatic religiosity or archaic mythology. There can be no forward movement with such backward notions of history of aboriginal ownership based on mythology and religiosity, e.g., the Chosen people of God poppycock. At least the Arabs come from the reality that they were brazenly removed from their homeland. How does one make peace with someone who has seized your homeland and relegated you to refugee camps within and outside your original space, especially when the occupation is based on injuries inflicted by someone else (Hitler)? Why should Arabs suffer for what Nazis did to the Jews?
The Arabs say they shall fight to the death to reclaim their land, with Hamas fighting for every inch of land taken, no matter how long it takes. It took 200 years before Saladin removed the last Crusaders!
What is amazing is that the Zionists have a nuclear arsenal and the greatest army in the Middle East, if not the world--at least until Hezbollah fought them to a standstill in Lebanon (a feat greater than the combined Arab armies in several wars against the Zionists)--yet all we hear is the need for security. What more security do you need? You have bombs, planes, tanks, soldiers, bio-chemical weapons of mass destruction, what more security do you need? Would tightening the grip on the Arab concentration camps suffice, i.e., will the Wall you are building satisfy your security needs, or a checkpoint on every block, every mile?
No matter the intractable positions on both sides, we are nearing a conclusion on this matter, yes, in spite of the duplicity of all concerned, the Zionists, their American sycophants, and the quisling Muslim governments in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Gulf States. Also, we cannot ignore the critical role of Iran in this drama, with their support of Hamas and Hezbollah for matters of their mythological dreams.

We have a prescription for full blown Armageddon. Let the fundamental Christians rejoice along with the 12vers in Iran who joyfully and anxiously await the return of the 12th Imam or Mahdi, while the Christians savor the return of their Messiah with the destruction of Jerusalem, or with a more dramatic total destruction of the Middle East. And so we now await the final Holocaust to usher in the new era of peace in the world.

--Marvin X
3/15/10

Sunday, March 14, 2010







Music Preview:
Language of Love
by Marvin X and
Rashidah Sabreen








Language of Love is the title of a forthcoming CD by Black Arts Movement poet Marvin X with Rashidah Sabreen's lyrics and vocals. Of Marvin X, Bob Holman of New York's Bowery Poetry Club says, "He's the USA's Rumi. He's got the humor of Pietri, the politics of Baraka and the spiritual Muslim grounding that is totally new in English--the ecstasy of Hafiz, the wisdom of Saadi...."

Of Rashidah Sabreen, Marvin X says, "Her original lyrics and vocals can stand on their own, but together we compliment each other in a synthesis of creative expression that is new and fresh. You will be shocked and pleased to hear how our poetry and lyrics support and strengthen each other to produce a powerful message of love and understanding in a time of chaos and failed relationships."

Marvin X is West coast, Rashidah originally from Philadelphia, yes, in the tradition of Jill Scott and India Iree.



Don't be surprised to see a video of Language of Love with choreography by Linda Johnson and Raynetta Rayzetta. For many years, Rashidah danced with Linda Johnson's company. Raynetta is the supreme translator of Marvin X's poetry into movement, interpreting his every word, every syllable. The CD should be released in a few weeks. A Black Bird Production, Berkeley.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Marvin X as Plato Negro




Marvin X
at the
Malcolm X
Jazz Fesitval
Oakland









On Marvin X as Plato Negro




Dr. Nathan Hare,
chief advisor to
Plato Negro





Dr. Rodney D. Coates,
Senior Advisor to
Plato Negro











Ishamel Reed called Marvin X Plato: "If you want to learn about motivation and inspiration, don't spend all that money going to workshops and seminars, just go stand at 14th and Broadway, downtown Oakland and watch Marvin X at work. He's Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland."


Ishmael to Marvin X:



You ought to start something called "Peripatetic Universities." Greek philosophers like Scorates pioneered walk around place to place schools. It's time for an off campus intellectual movement ( like the Enlightenment which was begun off campus;Voltaire, for an example, was playwright.) On -campus academics- some of the prominent ones-at Harvard and Yale, and Think Tank intellectuals John McWhorter and Shelby Steele are no different from the French Vichy intellectuals and academics under Hitler.Only 8% of poor people go to college. This shouldn't be the end of their intellectual careers.

A Peripatetic University would work this way. Leaflets would be passed out in black
neighborhoods announcing a site of a Peripatetic lecture. These could be held in parks
and elsewhere.


--Ishmael
From: Nathan Hare

To: Marvin X
Hey, Dr. M, Plato Negro, since I don’t know that much about poetry you could be cursing me out here, but move to the top of the class for giving me serious thought. Or is fictive thought not serious? I’m afraid “fictive” is truly going to carry more weight now than “factive,” because they’ve turned “factive” into a pharmaceutical drug, which takes it off the streets.
Speaking of which, why do you call your street academy the “University of Poetry?” You know neither one of us never got along with no university. And that’s a fact, or is it a fict? When is a fact not a fict, Professor? Both of them are four letter words.
Besides, I suspect that Plato never got along with any university either, but settled for an “academy.” ( Li’l Joe could probably run down some real good history on the oppressive rise of the “university”). Anyway, I can see your University of Poetry Academy, the Poetry School of Poetry Schools sprouting up all over the hood (something like the Academy of the Arts University, the Art School of Arts Schools downtown and around San Francisco already) bypassing a whole lot of white tape and tricknocracy that is certain to confront any claim to a “university,” let alone a University Negro.
And nobody wants a Negro University anymore (now called “Black” or “historically black”, i.e.,“HBCU”). Got to have a Spanish or a romance language ring, like “Plato Negro,” or “Africana.” Or maybe it should be the University of Poetries Academy, the Poetry School of Poetries Schools, which could include negroes and poetries beyond the white man’s grasp, and blacks and people of color, high tech coloreds, and Africans, or at least Africanas and all the afrocentrics and egocentrics and eccentrics; so as to get ahead of the white man’s fictive arts and tricknocracy, including his poetocracy, and avoid the “university” wall the Day of Action says just might be tumbling down. Soon there will be black days of action coming ‘round the mountain. So run and tell that.
--Nathan Hare
http://www.blackthinktank.com/ 415-929-0204




Dr. Hare to Dr. Rodney Coates




Rodney, I don’t disagree with that, if I understand it. I’m afraid I missed those other “fronts,” coming into this conversation as I did at the “fictive” point. It would hardly behoove me to denigrate all persons in the university – if I read you correctly – anymore than I would all who remain on this larger plantation called America, in any modicum of peace and tranquility.


I have often sought a hollow comfort in something I once heard Arthur Miller say on the radio, when asked why he wasn’t teaching at a university, and he replied that “a revolutionary cannot teach.” But the comfort not only was hollow, it was empty and somehow sad.

I was just telling one of my former students, who wrote the other night that I had been her favorite professor at Howard -- as happily so many do – and I went on to tell her about the emotional devastation leaving Howard had been for me, that I had thought I would be at Howard forever, and how if I could have stayed there till now I would have taught just about everybody worthwhile and the world wouldn’t have been quite the same again.
It was at the highest administrative levels, always with pressure from outside political, corporate and police instigation, that I confronted the balance of my academic oppression. Colleagues I could abide, even when we differed politically. Indeed in every instance when I was brought up for a hearing by administrators before committees they handpicked the committees (colleagues in some fashion), who might have been expected to support the administration, instead supported and voted for me; but the administrators fired me anyway.
The same thing when I was trying to get back into universities all over this country, focusing on black studies from 1981 to 1988, whenever I would get past the politics of persons on the hiring committees (which admittedly could sometimes be a trip), always some high level administrator would step into block my hiring; and that was the case all over this land.
In any event, whatever I have done outside the university setting could have been done so much better within it, for more than reason, if only I could have stayed for a while. Right now I must spend my days devoted to the task of self-employment in a dwindling and outrageous health insurance market (on which a black people’s psychologist’s clients invariably depend for all practical purposes), especially given my history at universities, which follows and weighs in on me in many subtle and complex ways, so that I hardly have time to do anything else, even if I had somebody to stand on the left and the right of me.
So the struggle continues, and ironically it looks like something may be brewing out there, and predictably, and I just hope I’m still around to see it when the morning comes. But I’ll tell everybody inside and outside the university, like Joe Louis’s old trainer, Jack Blackburn, said to Joe Louis in the corner when he was losing to Billy Conn and would go out the next round and knock him out: “You got to knock him out to win, and I can’t keep coming back up these steps if you don’t take the man out.” What are you waiting on, Rodney… Marvin…et.al… ad infinitum, ibid., op cit…passim…etc…?
Nathan Hare, A.B., M.A., 3/5ths MSJ, Ph.D., Ph.D.


From: Coates, Rodney D.


TO: Dr. Nathan Hare




Nate: We be’s talking on several fronts..and it is on several fronts that we continually must make it…there is never only one solution, style, or method of approach..but we must continually use all means necessary to effect our liberation……and yes…I have worked from within and also from without the university….we can ill afford to not make use of all of our resources…in fact the problem…as I see it is that we have declared our bases…and have failed to link these bases to an effective strategy to maximize our resources…revolution dictates that there are always infiltrators that work within the system…..while there are those within the community..and there are even those outside of the community…being held within institutions directly aimed to destroy them…(Mumia, et al)…the problem has always been that we only view the reality within those limited spheres..and not adequately see how to link past the boundaries of those spaces…thus …few have done what Cox… Du Bois or Clark or even Derrick Bell …have done within the academe..to use these resources to train, entertain, and maintain scholars both within and outside of the academe..few have done what Malcolm X…Nate and Julia…Marvin X..Lil Joe..and Marva Collins have done outside of the academe..to link those trapped in the walls of the ghetto..in the belly of the beast…to help the family survive…and few have done what Mumia…Stanley Tookie Williams.. and other institutionalized brothers and sisters that have shined the light, directed the path, and have demonstrated that manhood…true manhood is not dictated by ones fate, or ones hate, or ones place but one’s reality that they define, and mandate… ..we be what we be…we work from where we work..to make this a better place to be…real…


From an institutionalized brother…


--Rodney D. Coates, Professor

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Parable of the Fire
There was a pile of weeds in the backyard. They were an eyesore to the neighborhood. People complained until the man in the white house decided to burn them down. He lighted the pile of weeds and they began to burn. Then a wind came and started blowing the embers into the field nearby. The man saw he could have a problem if he didn't do something quickly, so he grabbed the water hose and began sprinkling water on the pile of weeds.

He put water on the top of the pile and the flames seemed to subside. He continued pouring water on the top of the pile until he thought the fire was out, since he didn't see anymore flames. He went inside and went to sleep. While he was asleep the smoldering fire underneath began to burn again until the flames could be seen by neighbors who called the fire department. They rushed to the scene. When the man heard the fire trucks he got up and ran outside to see the pile of weeds flaming high with embers going up into the night sky.

The firemen put out the fire and told the man to get out of the way so they could finish the job he had half done. He did as told and the firemen extinguished the fire, including the smoldering weeds on the bottom.The firemen told him to never forget the fire underneath that can smolder for days and flame up periodically, depending on the wind. Just because you put water on the top, don't think the fire is out. Remember the smoldering flames underneath that must be suppressed.


2/19/10


Comment
The condition of the American economic and financial crisis is analogous to the Parable of the Fire. The fire took place in the back yard of the White House. The President was the man trying to put the fire out. He applied the socalled conservative voodoo trickle down theory to the fire, starting at the top as the President did with his bailout of the banks, insurance companies and corporations. While the trickle down theory did assuage the meltdown, the crucial factor was not at the top but the fire smoldering underneath.

But being so smart he outsmarted himself, the President proclaimed a victory over the crisis, even though the fire underneath was yet burning with unemployment, mortgage debt, homelessness and growing anger among the people since many were also starving for they were without money for basic survival.

The President even continued sleeping without addressing the issue at hand, jobs, jobs, jobs, rather he focused on health insurance that even if passed would be unaffordable since people are unemployed. Like the man putting out the fire, his energy was misplaced though well meaning.The neighbors who called the fire department are all those who were for him initially and even those who were against him.

The fire is causing a symbiotic unity among the people that will likely cause his removal from the White House. Yes, dissatisfaction brings about a change, real change. It appears the President will be evicted from the White House after his first term. The winds are gathering to sweep him from office. The winds of war are yet blowing in the East, costing him trillions of dollars.

There are even little fires in the fields nearby caused by the embers blowing in the wind. The global financial system is yet burning. Greece is on fire and other nations are no out of danger. There is the fire of the drug war on the President's border.

Seven thousand murders in the last few years. Even inside the border there is fire in the cities, with thousands murdered in the inner cities, yet we hear nothing from the sleeping President. He promises to address the problem of education, housing and employment with the avowed enemies of his country before addressing the smoldering fire of discontent in his backyard.

We wonder does he hear the cries of the people or is the siren of the fire truck so deafening that it drowns out the voices of those suffering on the bottom of the pile of weeds.

--Marvin X

2/20/10


Plato Negro on Suicide


"My life and death are all for Allah."

Your body is the Temple of God. Will you destroy God's Temple? By what right, since you did not give yourself life and breath?

How can one comprehend the need or desire for self-destruction? Is it brought on by a conviction that life is hopeless, that there is no possibility of over coming the obstacles in ones path? Does it occur when one is overwhelmed, seeing no way out, no exit, from the dread of life?

Since life is finite, why not go now rather than later, thus applying a quick fix to alleviate the pain and suffering of the diminished mind that has convinced itself it cannot overcome, cannot transcend?

And then there are acts of shame that bring about suicide, a broken love life, death of a lover, a failed business, the sudden end to a promising career. There are no end of reasons to make the cowardly action of self-destruction. We cannot imagine that a sane or normal person would perform such action, anymore than we can imagine a sane or normal person would commit homicide. And yet suicide and homicide happen with such frequency we want to call them normal and sane acts of a society claiming to not be abnormal.

Yet something tells us such actions are not normal but emanate from depraved minds--as if such minds exist in a vacuum, disconnected from the greater society, aberrations they are called. To come away from denial would be too great of an indictment of society, how can it admit it is the guilty party for the self-destruction of its citizens?

But we know self annihilation occurs when hope and dreams are not realized, when people who are oppressed and exploited see no way out. Even the oppressor comes to realize his bestiality, that he has too long robbed the people, and if this is not a self discovery, it may be because he has been discovered or exposed, which can cause the same pain, shame, and horror experienced by the oppressed. Short of suicide is the Sado-masochists who want to experience the pain they have inflicted on others. And when masochism does not suffice, suicide is the ultimate and final solution.

We wonder at the cause of unhappiness and dread in man, but we also know materialism is the great possibility bar none. Things, contrary to the consumer driven capitalist society, cannot replace love. But things become the addiction to the illusion, leading us to the precipice of dread and nothingness, pushing us headlong into the chasm of self-annihilation.

Only by embracing spiritual consciousness and social activism can we avoid the chasm of dread and nothingness, emanating from the delusion of materialism that ultimately takes us down the road to suicide or its cowardly opposite, homicide, though homicide is often merely a disguise for suicide. The brother put himself in a situation where another brother or the police could take his life since he was too cowardly to take his own life.
--Marvin X
Yuba City Jail
10/6/08

from The Wisdom of Plato Negro: A Hustler's Guide to the Game Called Life, by Marvin X, Black Bird Press, Berkeley, 2010. Publication date, late 2010. Read it online at http://www.blackbirdpressnews.blogspot.com/

In 2002, Marvin X lost his son to suicide at 39 years old. His son suffered mani-depression, a situational disorder caused by oppression, occording to Dr. Franz Fanon and Dr. Nathan Hare. His son was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley in Arabic and Near Eastern Studies. He studied in Egypt and Damascus, Syria, and did graduate study at Harvard. Peace be upon him, Abdul El Muhajir (Darrel Jackmon).
Please, no sympathy emails. Nothing can replace the loss of a child, but I am thankful for my remaining children and grand children. Just pray for all the parents and family members who've lost children to suicide and homicide in this Crazy House Called America. Thank you.
As-Salaam-Alaikum. MX

Parable of the Man Who Wanted to Die





There was a man who wanted to die. Life was so bad for him that he just didn't want to live anymore--he dreamed about dying all the time. If he were dead, he thought, he'd be free at last, free at last! He wanted to die for his country, even though he really didn't have a country--he wanted to die for his so called country, the country that had enslaved him and his brothers around the earth.


Since he wanted to die so bad, the ruler of the country said to him, "Come here, boy, I want you to go kill your brother--here is a dollar--hurry, go across the street and kill your brother for me. Here is the gun and plenty bullets, if you need anymore, just let me know. Oh, here, don't forget your dollar. Now don't worry, if you die you'll go to heaven where you can eat pie in the sky."


"Thank you," said the man who wanted to die, and he hurried across the street to his brother's house. He knocked on his brother's door. Who is it, his brother said.


It is I, said the dying man. I have come to kill you--please open the door.


You must be a fool, said the brother. Get away from my door, if you have come to kill me. Anyway, why do you want to kill me, I'm your brother, I haven't done anything to you. Why do you want to kill me?


Because I have to eat. I need the money I'll get for killing you.


Well, said the brother, I'm sorry you're so desperate, but if you come into my house, I'm going to kill you first, since you are tyring to kill me. But look, brother, I do not want to kill you. We should get together and kill the man who sent you. I know why he sent you, because I won't let him in my house anymore. I will no longer buy what he has to sell, so he is angry. Yes, brother, we should get together and kill the man who sent you. Why fight me, your brother, for your enemy?


But he gave me an order, so I must kill you. If you kill me, I don't mind dying. I ain't doing nothing anyway.


Well, said the brother, if you want to die, die for something, don't die for nothing. Die for the people--do not die for the enemy of the people. To die for the enemy of the people is lighter than a feather. But you must not think of dying, enough of our people have died already. You must think of living, not dying, think of living. You want to go to heaven? Brother, heaven is a condition of life not death--death is a slave's way to heaven. We are men, brother, not slaves.

Put your gun down and come into my house--we must get an understanding so that we can fight the real enemy.


The dying man put down his gun and went into his brother's house. When he came out, he was ready to fight the real enemy--he was ready to live!


--Marvin X

Black World Magazine, June, 1970. Also published in Woman, Man's Best Friend, by El Muhajir/Marvin X, Al Kitab Sudan Press, 1973.

Friday, March 12, 2010







Parable of the Basket

A wise street brother suggested Plato Negro place a basket on his table at his open classroom downtown Oakland. The basket, according to the wise brother, would be for donations people might want to make to his cause of education by giving out books and other literature, also by facilitating conversation by providing a free speech zone and safety zone wherein people could gather to share their pain, suffering, trauma and unresolved grief. Persons included street people, youth, intellectuals and politicos who came by on their way to City Hall across the street.


The basket was immediately filled with dollars, fives and tens. When people asked Plato Negro for a dollar or two to buy a hamburger, Plato told them to reach into the basket and get what they needed.


A lady came by who said she needed two dollars to get on the BART train so she could pick up her check. The basket became a micro-ATM machine for the poor, the hungry or those who wished to help people in need. They could make a generous donation.


Many who took from the basket would return a few days or even weeks later with a donation, even though they were not required to do so.


The basket became the poor people's petty cash fund. Plato Negro thanked the wise brother who suggested the idea. And the people appreciated having a place where their small needs could be met.


--Marvin X


Yuba City Jail


10/6/08