nnq : twenty-four

by C5Damani (old head of the movement)

“How refreshing to consume words that have meaning and depth. In the great and honored tradition of wisdom literature and if there is anything that could be called instant wisdom, ‘nigga notes & quotes’ fills that void. This book may be the finest book of quotes, anecdotes, sayings and sage bromides any people struggling for human dignity and liberation will ever read.”

Tanomar Akili Muumba
Black Poet Activist (Rest in Power)
when describing “nigga notes & quotes”*

– day twenty-four –

Yesterday, I posted a visual reminder to Trump and others about the true reality that “lynching” presented to Black people in this country after the Civil War. The brutality displayed in yesterday’s pictures truly showcased the barbaric nature of the majority of white America at this time.

“…the collective white community impresses upon black men that being a “bad nigger” increases one’s chances of being a “dead nigger”.

author forgotten

Lynching was a state-sanctioned process where clergy, bankers, doctors, lawyers, police, etc all participated or allowed this maiming, pillaging (for body parts), burning, and extinguishing of a human life. Lynching was a community-ordained event in which white community members would dress in their Sunday’s best, cleaned and pressed, to show up, sometimes in the tens of thousands, to the murdering of a black community member. After the murder, white community members didn’t scurry home, guilt-ridden and sorrowful for what they just cheered on and witnessed, they stood bunched together smiling for the photograph with the black mutilated body that was customary post death and for historical record.

The crime for death by lynching, murder by asphyxiation… smiling at a white women or not answering “yes sir” when called boy or looking eye to eye with a white person or to being out in community after the sun went down or insert non-criminal punishment. Yes. The above “crimes” was worthy of the punishment of death.

“…the function of “white law” is to regulate the behavior of the oppressed so that the system of oppression can operate with little resistance… therefore black people are suppressed by rigid and often overbearing law enforcement measures. “White law” in amerikkka treats black people as if we have a bounty on our heads. Its main function is to quell the will of black people and project an image of authority to remind us that the violation of certain white sanctions/norms will be met with strong disciplinary action.”

author forgotten

Michelle Norris gave a damning, unflinching and the most graphic depiction of what a lynching entailed. The rhetorical evisceration that was promised yesterday on nnq : twenty-three will have to wait as I believe Michelle Norris gives the most accurate account of what a lynching actually was and why using it recklessly, as Trump did, should be spoken against with the appropriate vigor and vim.

*Since most of these quotes were collected prior to 1985 it means some of the authors of these quotes, I have simply forgotten… blame old age! (Ha) When the author is known, I will indicate it. When an author is not indicated, please forgive me and understand. Furthermore, this collection of quotes was first started as a personal endeavor never meant to be shared publicly thus the reason why some authors may not be indicated.

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