Julia & Race
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Dedicated to Julia
By California DeathRow Inmate Floyd Smith
By the times I met Julia through my journalistic work on behalf of a California Death Row Zine Project that was generated from the creative mind of Genius, I had been at least 20 years cured of a life long infection of learned behavior hatred against White people.
The first time I read Julia's handwriting, I couldn't make out a lot, however, I somehow was able to understand what she was saying.
I was allowed to sit in on a phone conference where I heard her voice for the first time, and couldn't make out a word of her German/Netherlands best version of English, yet, I understood what she was saying.
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Out of the blue, one day, our young visionary Piankhibird said:
"You can tell she's not coming from a place of White Guilt, huh?"
" Pure as fuck huh?"
He then said:
"Glad she's on our side because she's coming from a genuine place, and we all need that because they don't make people like her no more."
The more I worked with Julia and got to know her for myself, I realized that Piankhibird was correct about her, and although Julia presents as a white person, her Humanitarianism is raceless.
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Julia is the kind of person that will Google Earth two trees I planted over 20 years ago and print them out and mail them from the Netherlands to San Quentin State Prison, she sent the love and light that I planted in society and sent them as love and light into California Death Row.
I didn't ask her to do that, nor did I expect her to, she did it for the very same reason that I planted those trees in my hood in the first place, and it meant that not only did I understand her, but she also understood me, and yes, every now and then there is a young Brotha that will plant a tree in the hood.
Julia went into my Brain, after reading my blog post The Sound Mind Streamer, and video'ed herself mailing the
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the physical manifestation product to San Quentin State Prison to be broadcast on the SQ Media Center inner prison Television Cable Network where close to 4,000 other inmates could have direct access to what love, care, and service looks like in my head reformatted on DVD, mind you, over 2 years of content without needing to broadcast a re-run, yes, all constructive LGBTQIA+ perspective programming.
If that wasn't incredible enough, Julia walked side by side with me into the "Crowded Closet" of the Black Prison population with 8 Black Gay perspective Zine Issues titled, AZANDE Press. Available at: email@example.com.
Julia, this one is for you for being a true warrior and medium of Humanity.
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Today, in America we have been caught up in the names and statues of white people that have caused Black people great harm, and we forget to tell our young people about the Julia's in history that did not require White Guilt, Protest, Law Changes, or Riots to simply be Human.
Where is the Statue of People like Julia from history, and the Julia's of today?
The following contains a few surface-level issues that we can encourage our youth to engage as deep-seated issues that require all of our attention while we are on the road to allowing our youth to lead all of the us away from the ignorance and horrific damage of racism.
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Telling our young people about U.S. history and slavery can, to them, be viewed as an all-out indictment against all white people, and the white youth in America today.
When we encourage young people to study history for themselves, they will discover that in America, some white people was not only against slavery, but some even protested against it, and some were even killed for fighting back, helping slaves escape, and caring for them as fellow human beings.
Our youth will also discover that Black people also owned slaves, as did some Native American Indian Tribes, and nobody is demanding the Indians to give The Freeman's due share.
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Our youth will also discover that many Muslims bought, sold, castrated, and traded African slaves.
Our youth will discover that to this day, some Africans themselves still benefit from selling slaves.
Our youth may even pose a new question as to why the U.S. Co-Defendants of the institution of slavery is never required responsibility for their share of such horrors?
Black People don't demand Reparations from Christianity, Islam, or fellow Africans that played a critical roll of the the results we see today, as we turn slavery from Business to Race, and wonder why our youth are forced to experience Business today as an ever intense struggle to get on top.
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Our youth will also learn that New Money from Tech worlds, investors, and science innovation etc, did not come from being simply white, or descendants of slave owners.
Our youth will also find out that U.S. Prison Populations are so white, that mass incarceration needs a second look when it comes to systematic attacks on communities that exist below the poverty line, where white privilege is a fallacy.
Our youth may wonder the difference between lesser of most many evils between being killed by a white cop, or an non-white cop, and attempt to rationalize a fake balance of corruption.
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We also need to stop forcing our youth to falsely assume that all black people today are in America as a direct result of American slavery, and moreover, the flat-out lie that all Black Africans at the bottom of those slave ships was Kings and Queens, and heterosexual warriors, it is our youth who are the Kings. Instead of using criminal DNA data-base systems to seek further incarcerative enslavement of Black people, the Act of Reparation's should start by using that information to connect people to who they really are, and where we all come from and get really specific about which Black persons are owed reparations based on bloodline, captain's logs, and the Dr. Gates Magic, and Ancestor dot. com, that's if real unity is required.
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