In this day and age, words like that are likely to get you shot and killed.
But haven’t they always? People died and will continue to die to fight for what they think is right.
And I will tell you this.
I am not afraid to die, anymore.
But I don’t wanna get shot dead by some crazy ass cracker from the clearly inept Department of Homeland Security who mistakes my right to free speech as a call to pick up guns and start looting a K-Mart for a television I have no interest in watching anymore.
So, let me be clear.
This revolution does not require guns for you to protect yourself and this revolution does not need bombs to blow some shit up. You might need a baseball bat, but that's your decision to make, not mine.
This revolution only requires thoughts, words and actions.
It has been said that if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. And it has also been said that doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result, is the definition of insanity.
So let me address those two issues: how to affect change and how to achieve some clarity.
You need to sit yourself down and think about what you’re doing in this world and you need to come up with some opinions that are truly your own. Turn off the CNN, the NPR, close down this browser, turn off the Clear Channel, put down the New York Times and think.
Think for yourself, for once, about what you want your country to be.
Think for yourself, for once, what you really believe in.
Think for yourself, for once, what matters for the future.
And after you’ve done that, please come back – and let’s see if we agree.
Now that you’ve decided what you want to do, you need to get off your ass and put yourself into motion. This is what I’ve been thinking about that I’d like to share.
There are thousands dead in the South. There are millions of people without homes. There is loss and devastation like I have never seen in this country. And our government and the citizens who put those fools in office are equally to blame.
Democracy’s finger does not just point towards Washington. It points at each and every one of us that has a right to vote and how we chose to cast that vote – if and when we do.
But it is not just the South in which things are difficult and challenging.
Things are very getting very hard for a lot of folks – in your block, in your neighborhoods, in your towns and in your cities .There is a crisis in healthcare, there are people who cannot read, our brothers and sisters are hooked on methamphetamines, our children are strung out on Ritalin and Gameboy and our political, religious and media leadership lie to us each and every day.
This revolution does not require you to believe in Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Jehovah, or an unnamed God.
The revolution can not be purchased at Urban Outfitters or at Target.
The revolution will not be accessorized or customized and does not require for you to be tranquilized.
This revolution does not lend itself to one particular political party.
This revolution is not just my idea or one bitch’s idea – or one group’s decision.
This revolution is you and what you chose to do to in this world.
Buying someone else’s philosophy or purchasing someone else’s shit will not make you a better person, or change your life, or make a difference in the lives of people who are lost, afraid, weak, lonely, isolated, strung-out, addicted, powerless and dying from thirst in the middle of a flood.
This revolution will offer you no answer what will happen to you when you die.
Because no one knows what happens when your mind shuts off and your body grows cold.
The revolution will be based on what’s real -- in this life – right now -- and not in the next. Salvation is not the goal of this revolution. Salvaging what is good, what is right, what is just and what is promised to us in our Constitution is the goal of this revolution.
The revolution started when folks said hell no to taxation without representation, the revolution started when Harriett Tubman rescued her brothers and sisters from slavery, the revolution started when Helen Keller communicated to a world she could neither see nor hear, the revolution started when the first blogger said “that’s bullshit” and exposed some lies.
The revolution started years ago, continues today and will go on as long as folks think for themselves and act in accordance to their principles.
The revolution is the revelation that accumulation and soulful stagnation results only in frustration and aggravation.
The revolution is now.
So what are you gonna do about it?Posted September 2, 2005 11:15 AM
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