I haven’t forgotten about you MLK…
“I contend that the cry of “Black Power” is, at bottom, a reaction to the reluctance of white power to make the kind of changes necessary to make justice a reality for the Negro. I think that we’ve got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard. And, what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the economic plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years.”
— Dr Martin Luther King Jr. on 60 Minutes Interview, 1966
For your consideration..
Sometimes I can think, ponder on strong words. Words that could influence the very thought of your–mine understanding of daily moments. The quiet moments when stationing yourself in the routine of life. Like going to work, reading an online blog or drinking tea before your shift begins. Things of that nature that requires the action of quiet thoughts. I meant by using the term “strong words” is what could happen if an insult you deemed was directed towards you. This invasive word that now took root within you; nurturing from negative thoughts and fearful posturing. The significance you give it, consequently giving it more power—hence the prior adjective “strong.”
I rather discuss how such words would detail a person’s soul in remembering a hated time to which the sub-conscious would dread. Or maybe such information was directed with careful plotting—scheming of destroying such a person in completing their daily activities with the camaraderie of burden. For this exercise let’s just look at the conclusion of such affliction. Examples of such vocabulary: “Bitch, Slut, Asshole, Stupid, Worthless are usually the suspected terms that would cause such a burden to be included in your rational thought process. Beginning of a sick mind.
You get the idea I think?
The words I trust that will always have a long impression are the racial terminology that invokes such hatred, fear and remembrance of an atrocious time in history. I always presume history is an everlasting circle of complex themes—evil to salvation, good to downfall. It creates a hole in society but always fills itself back up to again just to become a hole once more in later time. These “strong words” such as “Nigger, Faggot, Wetback, and others.
So much more, so much wickedness in such vocabulary.
As I mention before the power to give such heinous language is always from the so-call victim. Now by no means am I suggesting that someone who fights against the one who lowers themselves to use such terms is a victim. Never, ever would I say that. I endorse sticking up for oneself but at the same time diminish the power of the so-call aggressor. The little soul who behaves like a coward.
I believe James Baldwin touch on such a subject, a lot more eloquently then I did. From the video above “Who is the Nigger?” please give time to observe and ponder on its theme. I will leave my words..
Peace be with you..
Building, not tearing down.
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