by Kimya Banks
“For the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. They may allow us temporarily to beat him at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change.” Audre Lorde
For as long as Africans have been in the land known as the United States of AmeriKKKa, the Black Petty Bourgeoisie has pushed the right to vote, changing legislation and gaining representation in government bodies as a means of gaining equality and freedom. Huey P. Newton, in his autobiography, stated that “too much money had already been put into legal actions. There were enough laws on the books to permit Black people to deal with all their problems but the laws were not enforced. Therefore, trying to get more laws was only a meaningless diversion from the real issues.”
As Assata Shakur said, “Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.” Proving we are upstanding, good and moral citizens won’t free us.
Participation in the electoral process of a system that has for centuries denied the humanity of the indigenous, African and colonized people and denial of our pain, ignoring our agency WILL NOT grant us liberation.
Only through revolution will indigenous, African and colonized people be able to determine for ourselves what society looks like and how it will function.
Participating in the electoral process is settling for a seat at the table where we are offered our oppressors’ crumbs. Fuck a seat! Fuck a crumb! I want my whole motherfucking table!
The only way to get the table is through revolution! Revolution is not going to be easy and mild like dropping a ballot in a box, however it is the only way to dismantle the system and create something new.
I forgot who said it, but I unite with it: it is easier to run a revolution than a government.
Mao Zedong said a revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.
If you want self agency and determination, if you want dictatorship over your body, labor, land and resources, join the revolution today at blackhammer.org/sign-up today!!