“Put your stones down! It’s not just Florida, dammit!” by Angel Brynner for AOLAB 16FEB2014.

This is getting to me.
For all the wrong reasons.
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I am so tired of the “uproar” over this kind of “A Law let a black kid get killed! wholesale slaughter! they can kill us legally and it not matter!!” mess.
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Everyone is expressing their fear and hurt, their hate and anger as harbingers scream this is the return to form for this country, and all the battles fought by our grandparents and parents were for nothing because “see! they can still kill  black kids, wholesale! Nothing is done about it! Nothing has changed!”
But Don’t you DARE…ascribe to this bullshit rhetoric.
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YOU need to calm down and notice the zeal and relish with which this shit is being shouted. They are mind-fucking you…in an area where the Truth has the most blatant ability to set you free. They are trapping you against the very WALLS of your Salvation, aware that for the most part, this Entire generation is blinded from the realities of not only how far we have COME…but the obviousness of where WE are about to take this.
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Was it racial? OF Course it was. A white racist asshole showing off  the grounds upon which his “manhood” stands for his “fiancé”  gets his props by shooting into a car like a fucking madman after a clatch of black kids went “maaan, fuck you, it’s our music, maaaan~.”
(sound familiar, hippies, metalheads, gothkids?)
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He got away with murder.  BUT… did his racism grow in a world where he saw us beneath him every day of his life like good niggas of yore? Or was he “surrounded” by kids just like that getting “ahead” of him? Some say “Doesn’t matter.” I feel it matters more than you realize.
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Because in truth everything has changed.
Even that they told him “fuck you” and kept blasting their stupid-assed music is indicative of that.
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Are they targeting “our kids”?
Of course they are. But you need to understand that the country that “found” this great land we call America[ nevermind what the people it was stolen from actually called it] had to go out into the great wide open seas not even knowing how to calculate fucking Longitude… after their entire country collapsed due to their kicking out the Moors who had ruled-and graciously- over them for 800 years.
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We are witnessing deep-seated unspoken of historical precedents here. They went from being the Only light during the “Dark Ages” to the mindset that to Bathe was a barbaric reminder of the Moors they’d ousted without learning HOW they cultivated the lands with such finesse. They thought they were stealing a cornucopia, not realizing the work that went into making that horn thrive. & Look at Spain now. It has never truly recovered, even with all its conquests, land-stealing and the like, Spain as a country still struggles not to be a wasteland, even for its own children.
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They hated the rulers not because they were bad to them because they were not. The entire chivalric code Europe is so proud of came due to the Moors. They hated them for the color of their skin, the strength of their spirit, and the depths of knowledge they finessed their lands and lives with. Spaniards were so angry at the Moors-who were so pissed to be run out of the only place that had been home for 800 years that you can’t even imagine- that you HAVE to understand that factored into “slavery” being brought to this country.  This is deep-seated raw, negative energy that factored into the birth of this nation. How did they Know of our capacities to work the land until it was bountiful? We’d done it to the places they’d come from.
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So WHY… are any of you surprised that- as people of all colors are embracing one another and moving forward, a beast such as this knotted around the root of this tree of life that America claims to be for the world would rise up?
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Maybe i’m being a bit too deep for you. Too 12 score and 15years ago about it.
Ok. Let me get pragmatic-
Let me  go “2014” about the whole thing.
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Do you REALLY think… it is just FLORIDA…that is full of fucked-up people who would put this law on the books that clearly favors vigilantes and assholes pointed at whatever community he feels is no longer disposessed enough?
Well.. it’s not. Just. Florida.
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Here’s a map.
stand_ground_states
The dark blue equals states where this insidious stand your ground law is ALSO in effect.  The  light blue is some variant of the same. So to everyone talking about how fucked up FLORIDA is due to those using it as a defense, please make sure the state you’re in doesn’t have the same Asshole law on the books first. Because it means in your state people passed the bullshit too.
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You are not just “marked men” to whatever nut gets mad at the color of your skin in Florida. This is the law of the land in 25 of the United States of America.
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And this is not some “olden days” law the antagonistic abusers of your grandparents pushed through.
The 25 states that HAVE some variant of this have passed it since 2005.
This is something that has happened-& consciously- in the past ten years.
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We live in a country where laws get stopped on the floor due to all the twisted “extra” stuff some nefarious men and woman have made a cottage industry out of padding said laws with. But I really want you to gain concept of this:
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in 2005, Trayvon Martin was about 6 yrs old, unaware he only had 10 years of life to enjoy. 2005 wasTHREE YEARS BEFORE this country elected its first Black president. That is when states STARTED passing these laws into effect.
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That’s right-During somewhat of a renaissance amongst the black middle class as much of the country skidded towards the recession. Do Not think those laws passing are not insidiously connected to disdain over that.
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BUT…This is not our parents slip up, or the generation before them. The very people who voted for Barack turned a blind eye to this law hitting the books in 25 states. THIS…is Our fuck-up. This is what happens when we don’t pay attention to what they’re passing blatantly, or by hiding it in the folds of legalese behind our backs.
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But the Truth of it…the very truth that can set us free…
Is that we didn’t even know to look.
We were not even thinking to look deeply at the halls where this shit goes down today just as it has the entire existence of this country. Damn near Everyone  slept through American Civ and American Govt and we all passed, not knowing a damn thing. And that’s said without even getting into the messed up textbooks that factored into that snooze fest across color-lines.
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Even the celebrities that are decrying this, expressing the wounds many of us feel over this, talking about the terror they have for their kids… are missing prime opportunities to do something unprecedented With their celebrity in regards to this.  Something that the Harry Belafontes and the Ruby Dees  Never had open to them. Can you imagine Eartha Kitt and Nina Simone outfitted with a tool like Facebook when the stands they had to take went down? Do you understand how much of organizing for action is facilitated these days? If  Nike can coordinate a 3am shoe launch slammed with media and teens begging to drop $200 on a new pair of sneakers…surely we can make moves in regards to this “stand your ground law” the likes of which were never possible in the past.
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But I am not talking sit-ins. I’m kind of an urban hippie~ they’re great…but in this situation it’d just be giving them more ways to instill more fears. We don’t have to go old-school. Our parents fought for us to have the right to go New School and not have to go back to sit-ins again. The capacity of this generation of very well-connected “targeted youth” learning to Hit where they are being struck…is Huge.
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Encourage them to learn how to make this system bow the way the media and marketing departments of Multinationals do. It’s just another machine to be learned. Don’t beat them down with stories of how bad it was…show them what was Won and inspire them that THIS- getting these laws repealed…is where they are being asked to come into this fight.
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Instead of inspiring our children to live in fear that frankly a lot of my generation did NOT have to experience thanks to the stuff our parent’s parents went through…
What we MUST do… is empower these socially connected kids who SEE the power the media has “given” to their dollars…to learn how to “Work” this field the way our parents inspired us to work whatever realms we were having the cajones to dive into regardless of the color of our skin.  That was our fight. Go where you want to go~ Do what you want to do. Get in there and turn it how You want to. Walk your walk. Race-blocks be damned
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These kids who are about to be able to vote…can become the manifestation of exactly what so many before us died to give them the opportunity to someday become.
We could have these laws repealed using their very own channels through grassroots organizing in this digitized era in such a short amount of time that it is ridiculous.
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And “they” KNOW it.
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It is why Django Unchained got Oscar nods, and 12 Years a Slave too[both deservedly, by the way for utterly different reasons], and also why The Butler, Mandela and maybe even Fruitvale station did not. There is a compacted vision of us that “they” are hanging on at the seams trying to keep presenting to the world.
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But the world is too busy buying the realities of what people like Oprah and Beyoncé are selling to take that old false presentation as lock, stock and barrel as the world once did regarding our imagined inferiority.
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Which is why you will continue to  see the guerilla-warfare-type tactics used  to keep you enslaved to the pain of the past in relative freedom instead. Because they are losing a war they never thought they’d have to fight.
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Think of it as  The Gainesville play, circa 2014. “If you whip them up in their relative states of servitude until the chains still on them terrify them as they ring in their ears, there will be such a commotion that niggas wont even grasp the concept of the freedoms they technically have.”
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Teach your kids the power of their vote.
In the most applicable way ever so directly on offer as a challenge.

Educate yourselves and  pass that knowledge down to them.

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And instead of woe is me-ing, let’s get the fucking laws Off the fucking books and be done with it. Treat this like the small potatoes the brains of these racists actually are and  be done with it.
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Let this be a shot they will rue the day for letting ring out.
Let all the smug jerks out there, racists  and/or even just cerebrally playing ceremonial white cards in the media crush, along for the ride… let’s teach them to shudder whenever they hear the name Dunn or Zimmerman, upset because he fucked it up for them all.
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And don’t get it twisted. This is an issue that just made a whole bunch of jerky guys who’d Never be “admitted” to the Old Boys Club…get to strut around as though they got a nominal gift bag from a party they Still wouldn’t be welcome at themselves due to the striations of the race issue crossed with classism in this country.
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This was not outside of a steakhouse. This didn’t go down in front of the Plaza.
THIS shit…happened at the equivalent of a quickie-mart.
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Don’t let them fool you regarding the real message of this shit-what the media is really spewing across a white America even I do my thing in on a small scale.
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White men are laughing, making snarky comments about killing black kids and it not even being murder one, about getting and not taking their chances.
Even cerebral, funny gringos camped out in places where they are just as marked for being  utterly expendable due to the color of their skin- Mexico, anyone?- are enjoying the one-offs “technically allowed” by the futility of us decrying the situation.
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And then when called on it, they get a side-bar feather for “having the balls to make the joke from their old boys…who’d be less welcome at the country club  than us…because at least with “us”…we might be bringing “entertainer monies” to the bar…seeing as though we all look alike or something lol.
But that’s the thing that makes it funny.
My generation? The seventies and eighties babies who grew up actually kind of identifying with the Cosby Show on levels that certain sectors of America blanche at the thought of… know that aspect of the beast very well. Many of us went to work in places where they tried to make it about race with our “tokened” selves…but it eventually fell flat and showed itself to be about what it had always been about anyway. Jealousy and wariness of the auspices of  possible entitlement.
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And let me be clear. There are MANY people of every race who are disgusted by the ruling.
Many.
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…& I thank GOD for that. I thank God for the true goodness still present in many regardless of the color of their skin. I even thank the low-grade morality that bubbles up in the USA  from time to time, when we collectively get” Wrong is Wrong” about stuff.
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But don’t you ever fail to recognize how it is being marketed to those who need the crutch of racial inferiority to explain why They failed to get where they once dreamed of going.
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But I have to add another layer to that too.
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We are technically not even alone in this fight. Because another reason they have lost the war already is because they disrespected their own offspring quietly as much as they did us, and gave those kids nowhere else to turn.
There are deeper reasons so many are “identifying.”
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Right now, we live in a country where 80% of that abrasive, horrible music the car of those kids got shot into for…is bought by the SONS of men like the jerk who pulled the trigger. In the absence of leadership in the realm of manhood that was supposed to be provided by their fathers…they’ve turned to the men who ALSO made it without their dads. And it Is my “brother”-
The Rapper.
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(And I don’t say that as a buyer of rap. I say it as a full-on rock chick…
who has my own shall we say militancy on the subject of rock N roll… which was Built by yet Another set of white guys looking for semblances of  leadership and virtuosity in a wasteland of father figures…unfortunately to the decimation of the livelihoods of those that inspired them, and the memory of them “wanting to be black men” themselves, as Keith Richards plainly put it…but that’s another post.)
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Rappers have been building out the general mindset of men in this country for a WHILE, in true Griot fashion, whether they are given credit for it or not. That’s been the case for a good 15-20 years now. Understand the implications of that. There’s a group of 10 to 40 year olds who didn’t learn how to maneuver their ways through manhood on the knee of some “Father Knows Best” guy in a Mr. Rogers sweater, sucking on a pipe, demanding his pot roast.
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No…They turned to the other group of guys who survived and  by hell or high water found every way they could to thrive…for inspiration, advice and dare I say it sonic-balls to step out into a world they felt Just as dispossessed by due to the failings of their fathers. Music showed them there was not the difference they’d been told there was around the dinner table because here were these black guys from the hood somehow peering into the  bat-shit crazy stupidities these white boys were facing down Every single DAY out in suburbia, if their parents had even gotten the “chance” to flee to, fiscally.
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But THAT…from this vantage point…makes for a very special sort of powder-keg.  It’s the button that pushed Obama into office once it was spoken directly to in both directions. The inspirers and the inspired.  We just need to learn how to do it at the local level and the state level like we have shown- together- that we were about at the executive level.
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THAT means We can fix this mess by turning up and demanding this be changed across the board. Don’t cry me a river.
Campaign to remove the laws from the books. Show me the fucking money.
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Yes! You’re being called on!
But not to cry… If you graduated from high school after 1972 you have Nothing to bemoan in relation to those who died before you for all this.
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But you-
NOW-
you’re being called on to learn how to use the force
that is within you on the grounds of being 18 and born in this Great-assed  country that IS America, regardless of the color of your skin.
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Mothers, don’t fear.  Don’t be shocked into teaching your children to have a fear that God didn’t make you have due to what your forefathers did for you. Teach your children to vote. Up their participation in this fight.
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Show your kids that this has happened due to US sleeping through American Govt in high school on the heels of a cultural revolution in our country, apologize…and show them tangible ways to make Whatever the racist intent is with the mess be technically the Moot point it already is spiritually.
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And that…concludes my Sunday broadcast.
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Also Known As: Everybody put your fucking stones DOWN, put your fucking voter registration cards IN the fucking mailbox, & get to the polls instead.
Better Known As: It’s NOT JUST FUCKING FLORIDA,DAMMIT
…said with Love.
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Sincerely,
AB
[written from one of those states shadowed by the stand your ground law]
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