Niggers do a lot of shootin’
Niggers shoot off at the mouth
Niggers shoot pool, niggers shoot craps
Niggers cut around the corner and shoot down the street
Niggers shoot sharp glances at white women
Niggers shoot dope into their arm
Niggers shoot guns and rifles on New Year’s Eve
A new year that is coming in
The white police will do more shooting at them
Where are niggers when the revolution needs some shots!?
Yeah, you know. Niggers are somewhere shootin’ the shit
Niggers are scared of revolution?…
The Last Poets, Niggas Are Scared of Revolution
Saturday saw a powerful, moving night for the people as the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee (MXCC) hosted its 19th annual tribute to Black freedom fighters and their families!
This year’s tribute was anchored by some powerful queens articulating and bringing the honor and the commitment.
Dequi Sadiki, the organization’s chair, clearly put in some huge efforts to make the gathering happen. It should also be appreciated that she spearheaded the Sekou Odinga Defense Committee, and on November 25th, that incredible freedom fighter walked out of a New York state prison on parole, right into her arms, because she did some incredible work to make that happen!
The long tall and powerful young poet Liz Peterson did a moving poetic challenge to black youth daring them to find themselves and the power of their beauty like the warriors saluted at the event did when they were young once upon a time.
Amina Baraka, a self-proclaimed artist for the working class, pulled the cross-section of dozens of freedom fighters from across the generations who were in the house on stage with her, sharing the gravity of her 50 year commitment to struggle, as she delivered her revamped working class classic Song For The Masses.
But the warrior queen who set the room on the fully on fire was the incredible Iyaluua Ferguson! Sundiata Acoli, recently recommended for parole after serving his 41st year in prison, had this to say about Ferguson.
“Today we give a special honor to Sister Iyaluua, a leader in our struggle, who saw a glaring lack of financial support for our freedom fighters and proposed the brilliant idea of holding annual dinners to honor Black Liberation Army political prisoners and their families.
“To date, the MXCC marches on and the family dinner, the gift that truly keeps on giving, and for that I and the other political prisoners and prisoners of war are eternally indebted to the incomparable Sister Iyaluua for leading the way.
“We thank you.”
Sandra Coleman, who had Ferguson as her fifth teacher and Herman Ferguson as her assistant principal 50 years ago said that their encouragement was key to her surviving the heroin epidemic that would later claim many of her classmates.
Now in her 80s, the retired school teacher, the former editor of Nation Time newspaper, the writer of the deftly crafted The Reluctant Warrior, the memoir of her late husband, Herman Ferguson, Mama Iyaluua went all in!
In a very deliberate, tactful and nearly academic way, Ferguson saluted all of the protest of young people going on in the streets all around the country on police brutality.
“Black Lives do matter, I guess,” she said with a stealth cynicism after doing so.
But then she asked a question.
“But what if those young people had signs with a different slogan?”
She then cited her appreciation for New Afrikan scholar Akinyele Umoja’s recent book on decades of black armed self-defense traditions against Klan terror in Mississippi. After outlining its courageous content and describing her affection for its tenor and character, she then asked another question.
“Now what if all those people out there in the streets had signs that said something else like the title of his book ‘We Will Shoot Back!’”
The wall to wall radical audience roared with room-shaking approval!
Then she asked an even more incendiary rhetorical question to follow up on that one
“And what if, out of a segment of those young people, some of them were actually organized and prepared to do so?”
The roam roared with approval again.
“That is one of the main reasons why we are here,” said Zayid Muhammad, their press officer.
“We are not just supporting them in their predicament. We are supporting them in their stance, and in doing so affirming our right to use arms when and where necessary in our fight for justice.
“We are also trying to straighten that out on our streets where the place and use of armed violence is now totally backwards.
“Our kids on the streets are armed to the teeth in ways inconceivable years ago, but they are using those arms on each other, and the Michael Browns and Eric Garners can occur in broad daylight right in front of our faces with no consequences from them.
“’I mean ‘where are niggas,’ pardon my rawness, ‘when the people need some shots,’ say those Last Poets lyrics.”
She explained that in light of the shooting deaths of the two police officers, she thought twice about making these remarks, but concluded plainly that what happened to them had nothing to do with the legitimate protest taking place in the streets. She then went on to quote Malcolm on being nonviolent with those who are nonviolent with us.
The full gravity of the seriousness of the evening came to bear, however, when she had her great grandchildren do a partial roll call of the political prisoners and the time they already served. Only two were under 20 years. The majority were over 30 years and a good portion were over 40 years! The room almost froze with an emotional chill when they got to Hugo Pinell and Ruchell Magee, the surviving Soledad Brothers, both who have now been in prison for 51 years! 51 years!…