Thursday, November 29, 2018

Norman Richmond on Afro-Canadian History

Remembering Garfield Belfon Fourteen Year –Old youth killed by Toronto Police in 1953

Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali





“The police become necessary in human society only at that junction of human society when it is split between those who have and those who ain't got.” -- Omali Yeshitela, Chairman African People's Socialist Party



Before Black Lives Matter Toronto there was the Black Action Defense Committee (BADC). Sherona Hall, Dudley Laws, Charles Roach, and Lennox Farrell founded BADC). These groups were created to deal with the question of police brutally in the Canadian context. 


Little or nothing has recently been written or discussed about the shooting of a 14 year- old Black youth in Toronto in the 1950s. The front page of the Nov. 30, 1953 edition of the Toronto Daily Star could have been written in 2018. The headline reads “Charge P.C. As Boy, 14 Shot Died.” This event took place in the basement of the S.S. White Co. dental building at 250 College Street. The officer had never fired his gun on duty before, told detectives that his gun went off when a pile of packing boxes toppled toward him. The bullet hit Belfon in the neck, killing him almost instantly. Press reports repeatedly said that the police officers' gun went off accidentally. It is noteworthy that the Star reported, “Belfon was the second person killed in four months by police gunfire. George Hurst was shot jumping over a fence in an attempted burglary in the east end. Constable Earl Snyder charged with manslaughter was freed at the preliminary hearing.”

Three other youths were found in the building at the same time as Belfon. Frank Fuzz, George Marshall and Douglas Richardson all were 16 and were charged with shop breaking. Many will know Douglas as Dougie Richardson who went on to become one of Canada’s foremost jazz artists.


Dougie Richardson

The Toronto Star’s Ashante Infantry wrote in Richardson’s 2007 obituary: “A veteran who'd worked with stellar acts such as Freddie Hubbard and the O'Jays, Richardson was best known as co-leader of the award-winning hard bop group Kollage with boyhood pal drummer Archie Alleyne.” It should be remembered that Richardson also worked with the legendary Chicago comedian/actor Bernie Mac.


Dougie’s father Sam Richardson was a legendary Track and Field athlete. At 15, in London’s Commonwealth Games in 1934, he won his gold medal in the long jump with a leap of 23 feet 8 inches (7.21 metres), and silver in the triple jump. I wrote an article about Richardson for the Globe and Mail in 1983. The late Gwen Johnston reflected on this historical event. I wrote: “Gwen Johnston, a co-proprietor of Third World Books and Crafts and Richardson's first cousin, remembers how Toronto's small but enthusiastic black community reacted to Richardson's victory when he returned. Says Johnston: "You couldn't get to him, the crowd was so great at Union Station. The community welcomed their young son home. We had a big reception for him at a place called Belvin Hall, which was on College near Spadina. I'll never forget it."

A historical event took place on February 15th. A Street in downtown Toronto was named Sam Richardson Way. That day also happened to be Richardson’s oldest son Norman Richardson’s 80th birthday.

he killing of Belfon was headline news in the corporate press in Toronto. Nineteen Fifty-Three was a deplorable year for African people in Canada and the people of the world - period. The year of Belfon’s death was also the same year that the immortal James Baldwin’s award winning semi-autobiographical novel Go Tell It on the Mountain was published.

The Cold War was pretty hot. Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes President of the Empire. Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union dies. The Land and Freedom Army so-called Mau Mau were on the move in Kenya. General elections were held in “British Guyana” April 27, 1953. They were the first held under universal suffrage and resulted in a victory for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), which won 18 of the 24 seats in the new House of Assembly. Its leader, Cheddi Jagan, became Prime Minister.

In the US Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed. They were accused of conspiring to commit espionage and passing nuclear weapons secrets to Russian agents. In the United States the first color television sets go on sale, for around $1,175. The New York Yankees defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers who had Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella on their roster. The Yankees were white, on white, in white.

            Bromely Armstrong


Bromely Armstrong came to Canada from Jamaica in 1947. Armstrong remembers the merits and demerits of living in Canada. There were issues with the police when he came here. He talks about this in Bromley Memoirs of Bromley L. Armstrong by Sheldon Taylor. Says Armstrong: “Before the Buddy Evans shooting, some police officers allegedly would abuse and brutalize minorities and First Nation’ peoples. However, in such instances care seemed to have taken by those police officers to ensure that their somewhat racially motivated actions were not fatal. This was not the case with the 1950s Belfonshooting. 

James Belfon was a barber with a business located near Huron and Dundas streets in Toronto. His son Garfield was shot as it is alleged, when he and a number of other youths were caught in the act of breaking and entering a dental warehouse in Toronto.

A Toronto Chapter of Black Lives Matter was organized in 2013. BADC was founded in 1988 in response to the killing of Lester Donaldson a Jamaican born Canadian, which was the last straw in a series of police shootings of Black men in Toronto. B. Denham Jolly came to Toronto for the first time in 1956. Jolly reflected on how the shooting of Buddy Evans, a 24 year old Nova Scotia born man affected Toronto’s Black community.

Evans was shot dead by a police officer in 1978 during a fight at a Toronto disco. This event led to an 11-week inquest and mobilized African Canadians. The government responded by creating a civilian complaints commission pilot project in the 1980s. Jolly tells the story in his award winning memoir, In The Black: My Life.

The African People's Socialist Party has declared February 21th as the Day of the African Martyr. El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) was killed inside the Audubon Ballroom in New York City on February 21, 1965. “The African People’s Socialist Party calls on all African revolutionaries of all countries to raise high, in a revolutionary manner, the heroic memory of all our fallen martyrs, of all those in every city, village, community and country where they fell as evidence of the determination of our people to fight every battle on every front until liberty has been won.”

During this time we should also remember Toronto’s Garfield Belfon and Sandra Bland. Bland was a 28-year-old black woman who was found hanged in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas, on July 13, 2015, three days after being arrested during a traffic stop. 

Many maintain that African people are oppressed wherever we are. Some go so as far saying that black people are the footstools of humanity.

The great Vietnamese leader, Ho Chi Minh wrote this in 1924: “It is well-known that the Black race is the most oppressed and the most exploited of the human family. It is well-known that the spread of capitalism and the discovery of the New World had as an immediate result the rebirth of slavery. What everyone does not perhaps know is that after sixty-five years of so-called emancipation, American Negroes still endure atrocious moral and material sufferings, of which the most cruel and horrible is the custom of lynching.”

Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali is a Toronto Arts Award winner. Richmond is the producer of the weekly radio show Diasporic Music on https://blackpower96.org/ His column Diasporic Music appears monthly in the Burning Spear newspaper. Richmond recently received the Jackie Robinson Fortitude Award from 1st Friday’s.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

White man tells Marvin X, "I'm a proud white racist!"

Breaking News

The BSU Founders of the 1968 student strike at San Francisco State University have asked Marvin X to consider returning to writing The Untold Story of the Black Students and Third World Strike at SFSU. The BSU Strike founders released Marvin a few months ago but on Thanksgiving he got a call from their spokesperson, Bernard Stringer, asking him to resume writing their critical history of the American student revolution. San Francisco State University student strike was the longest in American academic history. It led to the first Black Studies and Ethnic Studies Department on the campus of a major university and college in America. Dr. Nathan Hare was the first chair and coined the terms black and ethnic studies. His retention was a source of contention in the strike.

The consensus is Marvin X is the Chosen One for this project because he was a member of the SFSU Negro Students Association that morphed into the Black Students Union. Marvin X is considered one of the visionary students that laid the ground for the BSU and Black and Ethnic Studies. Marvin has a degree of objectivity since he was underground in Harlem, NY, 1968, participating in the birth of the Black Arts Movement. In 1969, he was fighting to teach at Fresno State University but banned from stepping onto the campus on orders of Gov. Ronald Reagan, who also had Angela Davis removed from UCLA the same time. Gov. Reagan apparently feared Angela's Black Communism and Marvin's Black Islam!

BSU Strike Founders are confronted with a most difficult problem in assigning Marvin X to write their history: No one has been able to control his pen. Often, he is unable to control his pen. Attorney John Burris, whose career began with the Melvin Black Human Rights Conference, 1979, produced by Marvin X at the Oakland Auditorium, says, "Marvin X says some wild things in his books!"

He informed BSU Strike leaders he will not have anyone looking over his shoulder as he writes. The Founders are locked in the central committee paradigm so if a memorandum of understanding can be agreed upon by all parties, we may be able to produce the product: a people's narrative of black revolutionary student struggle on white colleges and universities in America.

Marvin's vision is perhaps larger than the BSU Founders who are primarily concerned with a truthful narrative of their strike. Marvin's desire is to incorporate the student struggle with the Black Arts Movement and the Black Power or National Liberation Movement, with the focus on Black students struggle nationally and internationally. Although underground, Marvin X attended the student strike at Sir George Williams University, Montreal, Canada, 1968. He arrived in Mexico City a few months after the student massacre. Repression was so brutal that when the parents arrived at the University to check on their children, the parents disappeared.

While exiled in Mexico City, Marvin was among many young revolutionaries from throughout the Americas who were given refuge by Mexico. I appreciate Mexico for giving refuge to all of us young men and women (my wife B. Hall, aka Hasani, enjoyed exile with me), although mostly young men from Dominican Republic, Cuba, Columbia, Venezuela, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala.

El Muhajir means migrant, refugee, pilgrim traveler. There is no way I cannot appreciate the desperation of those refugees at the borders of America seeking entry. Why doesn't the American "fake media" show us the conditions from which the migrants flee? Show us the dirt floor huts, some with electricity, most without. Show us the people in villages washing dishes, bathing, urinating and drinking from steams and rivers. Show us the people who are forced into drug cartel gangs to survive, especially their families, especially police and military men.

And do not overstay your visa in Mexico. Don't get stopped by the policia, mucho problemas. Yo creo no! In contrast, most of the illegals in the USA are visa violators, not those who slipped across the border. Of course the supreme irony and contradiction is both Democrats and Republicans benefit from migrant neo slave labor.

In Mexico City my contact was revolutionary artist Elizabeth Catlett Mora, a Black Communist from Washington, DC., who married Mexican muralist Poncho Mora. Communist Betty Mora had a maid, and after I shared an apartment with sister Beverley, associate from the Lafayette Theatre, partner of a Venezuelan revolutionary artist, we also had a live-in maid for $30.00 per month US.




Academy of da Corner Lakeshore Oakland Ca

Today, Sunday, 11/25/18, a white man walked by Marvin X's Academy of da Corner, Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, and said proudly and loudly, "I'm a proud racist, yes, I'm a white nationalist!" Marvin X replied, "I ain't mad at you, I'm a proud black nationalist!" Whites standing near his book stand were aghast! An oriental woman came over to say to the poet, "Did I hear what I think I heard him say?" Marvin said, "Yes. And I appreciate his honesty! Tell me what you are rather than be phony." We should be grateful President Trump acknowledged he is a white nationalist. I want the white man to enjoy the last days of his whiteness then report to Gitmo for long term recovery and reeducation, though the Big Book of AA speaks of those who are constitutionally unable to recover from addictions, and I add white supremacy as the most cunning and vile addiction in the modern world.


Marvin X Fan Club, Berkeley Flea Market
photo Kamau Amen Ra (RIP)


Marvin X at Academy of da Corner, 14th and Broadway, downtown Oakland
photo Adam Turner

True, white supremacists turned Africans and other colonized peoples into Europeans in black, brown and yellow faces. Dr. Hare calls us Black Anglo Saxons. Fanon wrote Black Skins, White Masks. In Mexico they say, "Coffee con leche!" In the Caribbean they say, "Black mon, white heart!" A few days ago on Lakeshore at the Academy, a young man said, "The black man is a white man dipped in chocolate!"

So let the white man stay white and let me stay black. I'm not trying to be white. To paraphrase Sly Stone, I thank God for lettin' me be myself again! Yes, after 400 years! My family is at least four generations from being niggas in consciousness. I am so thankful.



Reception in Harlem, New York for Marvin X at the home of Rashidah Ismaili. Marvin X was in New York to participate in memorial services for Amiri Baraka and Jayne Cortez at New York University, 2014

Believe it or not, I am not against interracial marriage or dating. I think every black person who desire a white person should fulfill their heart's desire, rather than be with a black person only to abuse them for not being of their desire for a white mate in black face. Don't destroy a black person because they are not white. Get with a real white man or woman so that you can be truly happy.


Marvin often recalls what Martin Luther King, Jr., said in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, "I'd rather be with the KKK than phony white liberals...." Did not a poll find that a high percentage of Millennials reveal they hold similar racist views except on sexual matters?  "We hate niggers but we love their good black pussy and dicks!" Bay Area poet Paradise Jah Love has a classic poem They Love Everything About You but You!"

Marvin X told the oriental woman, "While teaching English at the University of Nevada, Reno, 1979, I was interviewed by a reporter from the Reno Gazette who informed me from the outset he was a Red Neck. I didn't give a damn, hell, I'm a Black Neck! But I felt sorry for my big, tall white student who didn't know the difference between to, too and two!"

Marvin X on Tour
Now booking coast to coast


Marvin X reading at University of Chicago Sun Ra Conference, 2015
photo Burrell Sunrise

December 4
San Francisco State University, Davey D's Hip Hop Class, 4pm
December 5
Reading at the Beat Museum, with other anti-capitalist poets from anthology by same name, Columbus and Broadway, North Beach, San Francisco
December 15
Reading from Notes of Artistic Freedom Fighter Marvin X, Charles Wright Museum, Detroit, Michigan
Saturday, 2-4pm.

January 2019
Brothers Network brings Marvin X to Philly for reading and book signing. Musical genius Elliott Bey will
provide sounds to accompany his beloved Master Teacher.
TBA
February 2019
BAMFEST Oakland, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga Producer
Marvin X, BAM Co-founder
Senior Consultant

In Concert: Marvin X reading from his dramatic works
TBA
Salaam, Huey Newton, Salaam
Woman on Cell Phone
Fictional interview with President Obama
Driving Miss Libby
Parable of a Real Woman
Parable of the Heart
Parable of Black Man and Block Man
Parable of the Parrot
Parable of the Rat
Parable of Joy and Happiness
Note: Marvin X will exhibit his archives as a founding member of the National Black Arts Movement, the most
radical literary and artistic movement in American history.

Late 2019
Austin, Texas
Marvin X reading, accompanied by the Sun Ra Arkestra on the 400th Anniversary of Africans arriving in the Americas as captured Africans in the American Slave System (Ed Howard term, Oakland).

Now booking for lecture/dramatic readings coast to coast at colleges, conferences, festivals, workshops

Contact Marvin X:
send letter of invitation to:
jmarvinx@yahoo.com
www.blackbirdpressnews.blogspot.com

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Brothers at Marvin X's Academy of da Corner, Lakeshore Ave., Oakland 11/24/18

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2018

Brothers rapping at Academy of da Corner, Lakeshore Ave., Oakland 11/24/18


This Saturday was sunny, clear sky after rain that cleansed the air of smoke from Camp Fire. Paradise destroyed. Pray for Paradise. No masks necessary today. Brothers gathered for the Saturday session at Academy of da Corner, Lakeshore Ave., Oakland.

Music by Jimmy Smith fired up the community, people danced. Randy said he just sat in his car listening to the Smith blasting the Hammond B3 organ. One young lady did a pole dance. When Master Teacher Marvin X changed the music to Oldies But Goodies, Randy demanded he switch the music back to Jimmy Smith. Then Davey D arrived, Academy of da Corner manhood trainee. D wanted to know if there had been any crooning going on. Marvin told him he just missed us crooning to Oldies but Goodies, i.e., Al Young, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, et al. D was asked to identity the Hammond B3 music. He went into a long lecture on how he's had to get familiar with all genres of ethnic music, including regional Mexican music for his DJ gigs. Randy said, "Are you through now?" D never answered the question if he knew Jimmy Smith was on the organ. 

Gene Hazzard engaged Randy in a long conversation on Oakland politics. Gene is Oakland's inimitable whistle blower on City politicians who violate ethic laws, exposing such perennial corrupt businessmen as Paul Tagami who has secured numerable City properties and projects for little or nothing, such as Frank Ogawa Plaza, Fox Theatre and the Oakland Army Base. 

Gene told Randy and us that Mayoral candidate Cat Brooks should go for the city council next time. The mayor has no power under the city charter. Marvin X concurred with Gene. He informed Cat after she lost the election to incumbent Libby Schaaf, she might get on the city council. He told her, "Ras Baraka tried three times before he won as Mayor of Newark, recently reelected in a landslide." 
--Marvin X
Academy of da Corner Lakeshore
Oakland CA
11/24/18
Marvin X on Tour


Marvin X reading at University of Chicago Sun Ra Conference, 2015
photo Burrell Sunrise

December 4
San Francisco State University, Davey D's Hip Hop Class, 4pm
December 5
Reading at the Beat Museum, with other anti-capitalist poets from anthology by same name, Columbus and Broadway, North Beach, San Francisco
December 15
Reading from Notes of Artistic Freedom Fighter Marvin X, Charles Wright Museum, Detroit, Michigan
Saturday, 2-4pm.

January 2019
Brothers Network brings Marvin X to Philly for reading and book signing. Musical genius Elliott Bey will
provide sounds to accompany his beloved Master Teacher.
TBA
February 2019
BAMFEST Oakland, Dr. Ayodele Nzinga Producer
Marvin X, BAM Co-founder
Senior Consultant

In Concert: Marvin X reading from his dramatic works
TBA
Salaam, Huey Newton, Salaam
Woman on Cell Phone
Fictional interview with President Obama
Driving Miss Libby
Parable of a Real Woman
Parable of the Heart
Parable of Black Man and Block Man
Parable of the Parrot
Parable of the Rat
Parable of Joy and Happiness
Note: Marvin X will exhibit his archives as a founding member of the National Black Arts Movement, the most
radical literary and artistic movement in American history.

Late 2019
Austin, Texas
Marvin X reading, accompanied by the Sun Ra Arkestra on the 400th Anniversary of Africans arriving in the Americas as captured Africans in the American Slave System (Ed Howard term, Oakland).

Now booking for lecture/dramatic readings

Contact Marvin X:
send letter of invitation to:
jmarvinx@yahoo.com
www.blackbirdpressnews.blogspot.com




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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Monti Hall interviews Marvin X for MSW project

SOWK 506: 2018-19
Assignment 3: Life History Interview
Monti Hall
November 18, 2018
Professor Alice Cepeda


Marvin X and Monti Hall
Academy of da Corner, Lakeshore
Oakland CA







Introduction


Some people dropped out of the rat race many years ago and never reentered the so called ordinary. One such person is Marvin X (née Marvin Ellis Jackmon, born May 29,1944 ), 74-year-old African American male poet, playwright, essayist,  educator, publisher, entrepreneur, director, and lecturer.

This paper will examine Marvin’s life and work based on two personal interviews (conducted November 4, 2018 and November 17, 2018). It will focus on Marvin’s experience as a child and adult and how they influence his current beliefs and behaviors. A large focus of Marvin’s interviews related to race due to his experiences growing up and the influence of the black power movement on his ideology. Marvin X encouraged the use of his name to help promote his books. While discussing Marvin X’s life history and development, this paper will explore multiple theories, including: Conflict Theory; Critical Race Theory; Intersectionality; and Social Learning Theory. With an aging population it is important for the social worker to be able to understand these various theories.  Being able to identify intersectionality issues can be important in dealing with diverse groups, such as a Native American woman in looking for a job, as an example.  Each theory will be explained and the experiences and viewpoints of Marvin X will be incorporated.

Narrative

Some of Marvin X’s earliest memories are of  sitting and watching his parents put together a newspaper they published in Fresno, California during the 1950s. The Fresno Voice was the only Black newspaper in the area at the time. Marvin X was born in Fowler CA, nine miles south of Fresno in the central valley of California. Back then many African Americans worked in grape vineyards and cotton fields throughout the valley.

His parents were, “woke and conscious of Black Nationalism in the Marcus Garvey way” (X, personal communication, November 17, 2018).  He shares one personal story about his dog.  The family moved back and forth from Fresno to Oakland. On one of these moves from Oakland to Fresno, his dog ran away upon arrival in Fresno. He wrote about his dog in the Aunt Elsie's Children Section of the Oakland Tribune..  Marvin has not had a dog since then for fear it might run away.

The family lived on the west side of Fresno in an all black community.  “Whether they were the principal or postman, if they were black, they lived in the projects” (X, personal communication, November 17, 2018).  Fresno was an agricultural town and Marvin X worked the fields, as did his great grandfather, grandparents, mother, uncles and most black people cutting grapes picking and  chopping cotton.  He remembers this as his earliest hustle.

When living in Oakland, his family resided in West Oakland on 7th Street, where they operated a florist shop across from the Lincoln Theatre, a black theatre.  According to Marvin X, Oakland was Harlem of the West coast.  Segregated communities were the ordinary during the 1940s and 1950s. California had economic barriers along with other racial boundaries. Marvin X uses the example of offering only houses within these boundaries for sale to people of color. This practice is illegal now and called Red Lining.  His mother sold many homes to people of color in west Fresno.  Marvin X witnessed this firsthand during his teen years at his mother’s real estate office.

While the Brown Vs. The Board of Education Supreme Court decision called for integrated schools, it is still a segregated society.  The schools were community based and busing out of an area was still almost 20 years away in Fresno. Marvin attended all black schools including graduating from Edison High School. For decades this school produced most black graduates in Fresno. 

In 1967, under the influence of Elijah Muhammad, Marvin became a Black Muslim and has published since then under the names El Muhajir and Marvin X. His recent books include Land of My Daughters: Poems, Wish I Could Tell You the Truth: Essays, et al. Marvin X would go on to say that Elijah Muhammad was the most influential person in his life.

Marvin attended Oakland’s Merritt College where he encountered fellow students who became Black Panther Party co-founders Bobby Seale and Huey Newton. They extended his black nationalism.

Marvin’s first play, Flowers for the Trashman, was produced by the Drama department at San Francisco State University, 1965.  He dropped out to establish his own Black Arts West Theatre in the Fillmore, 1966, along with playwright Ed Bullins. Months later Marvin co-founded the political/cultural center called Black House with Eldridge Cleaver, 1967.

Marvin introduced Eldridge Cleaver to Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.  Eldridge immediately joined the Black Panther Party.  Huey Newton said, “Marvin X was my teacher, many of our comrades came from his Black Arts Theatre: Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver, Emory Douglas and Samuel Napier.” Eldridge Cleaver remained a close friend of Marvin X until his death.

One of the movers and shakers of the Black Arts Movement (BAM) Marvin X has published 30 books, including essays, poetry, and his autobiography Somethin’ Proper. Important books include Fly to Allah, poems, Beyond Religion, toward Spirituality, essays on consciousness, and How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy, a manual based on the 12 step Recovery model.

Marvin received his MA in English/Creative writing from San Francisco State University, 1975. He has taught at San Francisco State University, Fresno State University, UC Berkeley and San Diego, Mills College, Merritt and Laney Colleges in Oakland, University of Nevada, Reno.  He lectures coast to coast at such colleges and universities as University of Arkansas, University of Houston, Morehouse and Spelman, Atlanta, University of Virginia, Howard University, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, University of Massachusetts.  According to Marvin X, his lectures often  end with him being, “usually escorted out, snatched the mike or arrested” (X, personal communication, November 17, 2018). His style fires up a crowd.

His latest book is the Wisdom of Plato Negro, parables/fables, Black Bird Press, Berkeley. He currently teaches at his Academy of da Corner, 14th and Broadway, downtown Oakland. This interview took place at his alternate location on Lakeshore Drive near Lake Merritt in Oakland. On this day a representative of the Nation of Islam along with a college student were hanging around Marvin X’s Academy. It is recommended that each visitor bring his own chair, but there are donated ones available.  The Master Teacher provided me a seat at the table. Class was in session as others stopped by and lingered talking.

His most popular publication is a booklet named Mythology of Pussy and Dick. This publication explores the power of women and tells men they cannot own women as chattel property.  Marvin X poses this as fundamental to manhood and womanhood training. Ishmael Reed says, “Marvin X is Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland."

Theoretical Analysis

There are a few key theories related to Marvin X’s life and development: conflict theory, critical race theory, intersectionality, and social learning theory. While none of these theories applies perfectly to Marvin X’s life, taken together they offer a holistic analysis of Marvin X’s lifetime development.

Conflict Theory

Marvin X belief that the world is in constant conflict fits Conflict Theory.  There is much conflict within the world of Marvin X and race matters are at the forefront. This is a continuous and often contentious issue that has dominated the poet's life since his earliest memories. Marvin believes that anything short of separating the races is unacceptable. White people or as he calls them white devils, cannot help themselves with being evil. White people are inherently seeking power over people of color.  This is the same as some groups holding power over others, which is a pillar of conflict theory.  It starts with economic power, people are needed as labor, always have been.

Struggle against the oppressor is a common theme in Marvin X’s life and writings.  Marvin X tells the story of how he was ordered removed from the campus of California State University, Fresno, 1969.  He was invited and hired to lecture in the Black Studies Department the Black Student Union. His four classes with seventy students was approved by the administration of Fresno State until Governor Ronald Reagan demanded his contract  voided by the Board of  Trustees of California State Colleges. Governor Regan considered Marvin X too radical when it was discovered he had refused to fight in Vietnam.  Student protests  started and the Fresno Superior issued a restraining order that forbid Marvin X from stepping on the campus. When FSU refused to pay his salary, the California Professors Union donated his salary. He continued his classes across the street from the college/now university, at the Christian Student Center and gave final grades to his seventy students. Student protests continued with the burning down  of the computer center by one of his star students who was sentenced to the California Youth Authority. Students from throughout California, calling themselves the United Black Students of California, mainly from Los Angeles colleges and universities supported his fight to teach at FSU and his draft trial in San Francisco Federal Court. This was one major conflict  that Marvin X experienced throughout his life. Power being exerted over people without power.

Marvin X was violently attacked by his girlfriend 3 or 4 years ago.  This incident lead to Marvin X losing eyesight in his left eye.  He explained that this was a continuation of domestic violence.  Marvin X was upset that the District Attorney decided not to press charges due to his own prior acts. This was just another example of Law Enforcement not being fair to him in the criminal justice system.

The 1948 Arab – Israeli war between Israel and five of its Arab neighbors stands out as a significant event for Marvin X.  At the age of 4 years old, Marvin still vividly remembers watching refugees streaming across the borders fleeing the Israelis.  This conflict served as an instrumental influence on Marvin X’s worldview that he maintains to this day.  He believes strongly that the Israelis are white devil and the source of the conflict.  They are suppressing and oppressing the Palestinian people, in Marvin X’s view.  This is compounded by the United States being the primary backer of the Israeli government.  Nothing short of complete cut off of American aid and support would satisfy Marvin X with his all or nothing attitude.

This leads to one of the flaws of conflict theory as it relates to Marvin X. Minority groups in conflict theory are defined in economic terms. Less weight is given for color of one’s skin. Conflict theory also doesn’t do much with issues related to identity and sexual orientation. Minority groups whether race/ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation are almost always economically defined. Conflict theory doesn't often explain very well why people work together and cooperate. Most people go to work not just because their bosses force them to, but because there's a mutually beneficial relationship between workers and their employers - or even (for the lucky few) because they obtain some intrinsic enjoyment from the work they do.

Critical Race Theory

There are six fundamental propositions in Critical Race Theory as laid out by the influential Derrick Bell.  Many call Derrick Bell the founder of Critical Race Theory. This theory believes that the Civil Rights Movement did not go far enough because racism is embedded in the fiber of American life. According to the New York Times obituary Derrick Bell saw Critical Race Theory as “a body of legal scholarship that explored how racism is embedded in laws and legal institutions, even many of those intended to redress past injustices” (Bernstein, 2011)  The six fundamental propositions are: (1) There is endemic racism; (2) Race is a social construction; (3) Differential racialization; (4) Interest convergence/materialist determinism; (5) Voices of Color; (6) Antiessentialism/intersectionality.

Critical Race Theory is closest to Marvin X’s lifetime experiences. He lives in a world that is defined by race with the struggle ongoing. Racism is the norm in society according to the theory.
This paper will explore a few of them. First number one, followed by two and four. Intersectionality will crossover into an additional theory explanation.

Strengths in propositions one, two and four.

Proposition 1 states there is endemic racism.  Racism is embedded in the fabric of our society, it is the normal.  There is nothing unusual about racism. The current system of whites over people of color provides the framework for important societal functions. Whites will do whatever it takes to maintain the status quo. Marvin X speaks openly about being addicted to crack, which be says was brought into black neighborhoods by the CIA in 1984. Crack became his total desire, “Fuck teaching, fuck religion” (X, personal communication, November 17, 2018).  The crack epidemic hit the black community hard, by design, according to Marvin X. The courts were full, new prisons were built and law enforcement prospers financially to this day.

Proposition 2 is Racial construction. According to this proposition, race is not biologically based; it is invented and manufactured. The American system has taken racism to an industrial level being the root of conflict. Marvin X has a fable where a black bird sits in his cage with the door open. The white master does not worry about the black bird flying away. Other birds of all types would fly in and encourage the black bird to fly away to freedom. The black bird was happy in his cage. One day there was a fire and the house was burning down. The white master fled and left the black bird. The black bird just sat in his cage waiting for his white master to return. As the fire spread the black bird refused to fly away. Just then another bird flew through the fire and yelled at the black bird to fly away. The black bird said he loved his cage. The other bird said you want to die, come with me my brother. The black bird flew away and yelled bye master as he flew past his master (X, 1972). This is an example of the black man being conditioned to stay enslaved by white power.

Proposition 4 is Interest convergence/materialist determinism. This proposition expresses that working-class whites benefit from racism psychically (feel good about themselves because at least they aren’t black), and elite whites are advantaged materially (economic exploitation of an underclass), so a large segment of society (all whites) benefit from the current racial order.
While in class at Academy of  da corner, we observed a middle-aged white male approach the table. He had his teenage daughter by his side. She was dressed in soccer attire and he was wearing athletic gear. Marvin X encouraged the man to check out a variety of books. The girl was hovering around a copy of Mythology of Pussy. At least he’s trying,  was the attitude Marvin X exhibited, (X, personal communication, November 17, 2018). Marvin X then offered a small collection of books for $20.00 and the man handed over his credit card.  He pulled the card out of his pocket as he did not have his wallet which supported his statement that he had no cash on him.  Marvin X has a smart phone application that allows him to take donations from plastic.  The application was not working but Marvin X kept trying. The man stated that he needed to pick up something from the pharmacy a few steps away.  He left his card and headed to the pharmacy.  After a few minutes he returned for his card and his books. There was a look of disappoint on both the man and the teenager's face.  This is an example of the white bourgeoisie attempting to feel superior to the man of color. Like, "Nigger, why can't you get your shit together?"

A glaring weakness in Critical Race Theory is that it says that blacks, African Americans, will never fare well in America. By declaring that the Civil Rights Movement does not go far enough leaves little room for compromise on big issues dealing with race. And while slavery is over, a racist society continues to exert dominion over black men and their maleness in ways more subtle but hardly less castrating than during slavery.

Intersectionality

While Intersectionality is the sixth fundamental proposition of Critical Race Theory, it is also its own stand-alone theory.  Critical Race Theory accepts the intersectionality of oppressions of all types. This suggests that a primary focus will distort the effects of other forms of exclusion.  Intersectionality is a crucial tenet in Critical Race Theory because it shows the different types of oppression which are faced by people of color.   There are many different types of discrimination, including things like discrimination based on sex, gender, culture, race and other factors. We can often consider these things in isolation. But what happens when someone experiences multiple forms of discrimination at the same time? What happens when we have overlapping areas of discrimination? One of the things that can happen is that we can have individuals in our society that have characteristics that can result in them facing discrimination in multiple different areas. For example, we can view one of Marvin X’s daughters, Amira, a female who is of African American origin, and who attended Yale undergrad (Giambrone, 2012) and Stanford Law. She attended school in a particular part of our country that may cause her to be discriminated against in three different areas. So, if we were to draw her circles of discrimination, what would her overlap look like? She may have one overlap based on her sexual gender. She may have one overlap based on her racial or cultural identification, and she may have another circle based on her education. Right in the center, we have this level of extreme overlap. Now, why is it important to consider this intersection of these three different areas? It's important because at this intersection is multiple different categories of potential discrimination or oppression that may compound an interplay in this one individual, and really significantly put her at a disadvantage within society. In order to understand the level of disadvantage that she has, we really need to understand all three of these factors. The theory of intersectionality really states just that. It focuses on the point in which these multiple different areas of potential discrimination overlap with one another, and exist alongside one another.

We really need to understand when all of these things coexist, because if we don't consider all of them at the same time, we really don't get to fully understand the situation. So, in this individual, if we just consider the fact that she likes Buddhist teachings, in a culture or society that really doesn't appreciate that, and we miss the fact that the society also doesn't appreciate the fact that she's female, or discriminates against African Americans, we may not fully understand the level of discrimination that she faces. And the same situation would result if we only considered the fact that she was female in a sexist society, or that she was African American in a racist society. So, this theory of intersectionality really asks us to consider all of the different levels of discrimination. While the theory was originally coined in 1989 by Crenshaw as a feminist theory to explain the oppression of women, it has since really expanded. People use it to explain oppression and discrimination in all of society.

A flaw with Intersectionality is the declining significance of race in dealing with economic advancement. There are new opportunities for Blacks as barriers to employment are reduced. Some remain and we must stay vigilant in the fight against discrimination of all types. William Julius Wilson pointed this out in his book, The Truly Disadvantaged (Wilson, 2012). Barriers are falling and people are more aware of discrimination.

Social Learning Theory

The thought to include Social Learning Theory came from a fellow student and allows the paper to track Marvin X’s education directly. Social Learning Theory is a theory of social behavior and learning that believes new behaviors can be acquired by observing and learning from others. It offers a better explanation of learning than behaviorism. Experience is a great teacher, but we learn by seeing the world.  We learn from watching others successes and failures. Social Learning Theory goes further and lays out human development. This theory explains how the cycle of family violence repeats itself. The child who sees his father beat his mother has a high percentage without intervention to beat his wife (Social Learning Theory | Sociology | Chegg Tutors, 2016). This theory draws heavily from the work of Albert Bandura’s in the 1960s.  Whit whom do we learn from and in what environment is a question that has plagued American education. Derrick Bell once wrote, “In light of the often-violent struggle that resulted from the Supreme Court’s 1954 desegregation decision, Brown v. Board of Education, things might have worked out better if the court had instead ordered that both races be provided with truly equivalent schools” (Bernstein, 2011).

When Marvin X was in high school, he had a white female English teacher.  At some point Marvin X let her know that his goal in life was to be a writer. She offered the advice that in order to be a great writer, you have to read.  Now she did not tell him what to read, just to read and read some more.  Reading the classics including Shakespeare became Marvin X’s obsession. This led to a greater appreciation of written works.   He was turned onto James Baldwin’s writing by a fellow student, a Hispanic brother He introduced Marvin X to Giovanni’s Room (Baldwin, 2001). While the subject matter was not of interest, the style inspired Marvin X to read other Baldwin writings, especially Notes of A Native Son,The Five Next Time, Go Tell it on the Mountain and The Amen Corner. In 1968 he interviewed Baldwin at his New York apartment.

Attending segregated schools had a lifelong impact on Marvin X. With a gift for writing and  public speaking, it was evident from an early age that Marvin X was going to do big things. It was said according to Marvin X, that he spoke just like his father, a businessman, social activist, both parents were members of the NAACP.  According to Oakland Post Newspaper Publisher, Paul Cobb, Marvin's father attending Garveyite meetings at Paul's grandfather's house in West Oakland.

The influence of having all blacks, including teachers and administration of the schools, was very influential on Marvin X.  His parents were very conscious from his early childhood that finding a good school for their children  was important. He attended different schools in the first three grades, including McFeely and Prescott in West Oakland, Lincoln and Columbia in Fresno. He ended up at for a short time at St. Patrick’s, a black catholic elementary school in West Oakland.

Because of Red Lining, the school boundaries only included black communities. All black teachers who received respect within the black community had a positive impact on Marvin X’s life. Marvin X’s entire life was segregated, “Nigguhs just did not go across town, no signs, just the way it was.” (X, personal communication, November 17, 2018). Learning in an all black scenario forged a desire for self-reliance and mistrust of anyone white. This can be compared to the experience of current and recent immigrants to the United States.  As stated by Williams, “The results are consistent with findings suggesting that discrimination is negatively associated with adult well-being” (Williams, 2014).  The hatred of white people was developed and nurtured in this environment.

A  weaknesses is that the theory downplays the biological aspects of human behavior.  Furthermore, the theory does not explain why many people observe behavior but do not engage in the behavior (e.g. everyone who grows up in a violent home do not continue the cycle). A further weakness of Social Learning Theory is when it comes to the child’s accountability for his own actions. Putting the focus on how setting influences behavior places more weight on the people and the community that the child is part of, and not enough weight on how the child handles and processes new information. It neglects the child’s accountability and may not go too far in stating that society directs how the individual behaves and acts.

Personal Reflection

This interview helped me to understand the anger and perpetual conflict that rages within Marvin X.  Having grown up with many advances in society and desegregation, it takes effort to relate to the life experiences of Marvin X.  Segregated schools and shopping always appeared to be things from old black and white videos. Marvin X’s life is very unique and intriguing.  A couple of hours did not do him justice so a second interview was scheduled. We focused again on his adolescence and early adulthood periods.  This plays into something a friend of his says, “Communicating and reading Marvin X must be treated like a buffet, i.e.,you have to pace yourself with a little bit of Marvin X at a time.” He can be overwhelming. His students speak of "The Wild Crazy Ride of the Marvin X Experience!"

His life is full of conflict and turmoil. An example is from a recent poem posted on his blog www.blackbirdpressnews.blogspot.com

“We want reparations for every ounce of white blood in North American Americans
rape blood not love blood
vicious rapist white man blood, 1619 blood,
good ship Jesus
Pilgrim
John Hawkins Amazing Grace blood....”

This sums up Marvin X’s beginning point of healing in making right for the past in both social issues and economic as well.  Not much room for compromise when it comes to repaying blacks for the sins of the white power structure.

My expectations were of someone with fire and brimstone coming out of his mouth. It appeared Marvin X has mellowed out with age or I just caught him on mellow days. With a beard, belly, and warm face, he orchestrates his life. He was that friendly man down the street who was smiling and happy most of the time. He had a magnetism that attracted people of all races, nationalities and genders. While his body of work is full of fervor, in person Marvin X was old school with some high levels of machismo bordering on #metoo violations. Many women still reacted in a positive manner when Marvin X whistled and cat called them. He even told the story of one of his students who connected with a woman was checking out books  at his

When Marvin X was asked if he had a chance to live life over again, would you it the same? His reply was that life is a privilege. “How many niggas have time to write a book. I have lived a privileged life. Blessed not to have to work” (X, personal communication, November 17, 2018). He seemed very content with his legacy. He seems at peace with all around him and encourages those around him to practice peace and love, not hate.

Conclusion

Many things can be learned in a variety of environments. Marvin X’s Academy on da Corner is a prime example of alternative learning.  There should be a way of accrediting such important street philosophers.  The diversity of the different groups represented offer a real free speech zone, as Marvin X likes to call his Academy of da Corner.

This interview demonstrated the importance of the social worker to apply multiple theories to their clients.  There is no cookie cutter method of dealing with all clients, treating them as individuals is crucial. Applying the various applicable theories is a great place to start.



References

Baldwin, J. (2001). Giovanni's Room. NY: Penguin.
Bernstein, F. (2011, October 6). Derrick Bell, Law Professor and Rights Advocate, Dies at 80. The New York Times.
Giambrone, A. (2012, Sep 6). Yale sees increase in freshman class diversity. Yale Daily News. Retrieved from https://yaledailynews.com/blog/2012/09/06/yale-sees-increase-in-freshman-class-diversity/
M, D. (2008). How to Recover from the Addiction to White Supremacy (A Pan African 12-Step Model for a Mental Health Peer Group). Oakland: Black Bird Press.
Social Learning Theory | Sociology | Chegg Tutors (2016). [Motion Picture]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftm3Ohm65zs
Williams, J. (2014). Pathways to Pain: Racial Discrimination and Relationships. Journal of Black Psychology.
Wilson, W. (2012). The Truly Disadvantaged. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
X, M. (1972). Black Bird. Oakland: Black Bird Press.



Saturday, November 17, 2018

Marvin X's Academy of da Corner, Lakeshore Ave., Oakland 11/17/18

Marvin X's Academy of da Corner, Lakeshore, is rapidly becoming the hottest intellectual gathering spot in Oakland for inter-generational and ecumenical discussion. By early afternoon on Saturdays, men and women gather for a free flowing discussion on any topic of interest. Chairs have been donated so people can sit in a semi-circle behind the Master Teacher's table  of conscious literature, including his own writings, the works of Drs. Nathan and Julia Hare, and other black classical conscious writings. As newcomers arrive, Marvin announces, "This is a sacred space for all points of view. Jesus is on my right (referring to a Christian brother). On the right of Jesus is Muhammad. Next to Muhammad is Buddha, newt to him is Scientology. On my left is Hebrew, to his left is Rasta. No killing allowed in this sacred space. All are free to express their minds. When women arrive, they are welcome to participate in the conversation." The participants nod in agreement  Marvin X is the facilitator. Sometimes there is conversation on both sides of his book table, mostly when customers arrive who know each other. Marvin does not try to dominate the conversation as if he is Mr. Know it All. People come by and drop a donation in the jar, maybe for some person who got a book for free. Others drop a donation into the jar on a regular basis as well as donate conscious books.

A white woman said she passed  by in her car and seeing the stand, parked and came to see what was happening as the book stand was unusual for Oakland, although Marvin has operated Academy of da Corner for years at 14th and Broadway, downtown Oakland. Marvin told the woman his Academy is East coast style vending of conscious literature, more often seen on the streets of Harlem, Brooklyn, Newark, Philly and elsewhere. When on tour, Marvin X sets up shop in all these locations.

On Lakeshore, Academy of da Corner is morphing into a regular discussion of spirituality as opposed to religiosity in the usual dogmatic manner. Brothers and sisters talk in a civilized manner, perhaps because of the calm manner of the host that remains so lately because brothers bring their music, jazz in particular, that no doubt soothes the wild beast of dogmatism and sectarianism. Today the music was Jimmy Smith, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. The teacher did not object when a brother from Los Angeles put on some rap music, Harbor City Krip rap.

In the days ahead, we shall see how the Lakeshore Academy addresses critical issues. A white man passed and after seeing the anti-trump poster, told the group that President Trump had lowered the employment rate of North American Africans. Responding to the man, Marvin said, "That's the last thing we need is a job. We came here 400 years ago to do a job."

At the entrance of the Trader Joe's parking lot, a homeless man spilled his shopping cart. When people tried to be negative with the man picking up his belongings, Marvin said, "They can talk about the man if they, but most people are only a paycheck away from pushing a shopping cart."

During today's conversation, Marvin X interviewed for the second time by his nephew for a grad school project to obtain his MSW.

On November 27, Marvin X will speak at his alma mater, San Francisco State University, in Davey D's Hip Hop Class. On December 5, he will read at the Beat Museum, along with poets in an anti-capitalist anthology. The reading is from 7-9pm. The Beat Museum is located in San Francisco's North Beach, Columbus and Broadway.

Marvin X also found time to meet with his book design editor, Adam Turner, for a final proof reading of his forthcoming essays. The poet is scheduled to read from Notes  of Artistic Freedom Fighter Marvin X, December 15, Charles Wright Museum, Detroit, MI.









Marvin X is now available for booking coast to coast. Send letter of invitation to jmarvinx@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Oh, Ancestors Speak to Me! Digame Por favor

Oh, Ancestors Speak to Me




"Marvin, this is a Beautiful Poem. I saw myself in it and others that I know in it."

--Jerry Varnado, San Francisco State University Strike leader, 1968

Oh, Ancestors Speak to Me
Digame
Digame
Digame
por favor
speak to me
my legs cannot move if you do not speak
your voice is the spirit in my walk in my soul
I cannot move without your direction
digame
digame por favor
you guided me then departed
I am here alone in this wilderness
shall I be ashamed alone
can I walk without trembling
you stood so long
I thought forever you would hold my hand
strengthen my knees
you taught me don't get weak
stand tall
stay solid don't bend
solid
you told me in prison
Allah loves a soldier
hates cowards
Allah loves warriors
hates cowards
stay solid
don't bend

Oh Batin
speak
digame
Ali Sharif Bey
speak Islam
Sunni Shia Ahmaddia Sufi
Nation of Islam
speak
polytheism  Islam
Tell me
black stone rejected
corner stone
we black stone
rejected despised
socalled Negro
tool fool of the world
black stone
corner stone
yes Paradise Jahlove teach
they love everything about you but you
Lou Rawls say
what did you do to be
so black and blue
crucified on the cross and lynching tree of America, world
Ancestor Rev. James Cone
we love you
liberation theology supreme
a love supreme
a love supreme
Rev. James Cone
Jesus socalled Negro
crucified daily
can't drink coffee Starbucks
can't breathe
we here for you
can't breathe
can't talk walk
we hear
speak ancestors
digame
por favor
digame
speak from shanties tent cities speak
speak Mexico city dirt floor huts
speak Belize flying roaches
no black flag
let roaches live
digame Jamaica
digame Trinidad
digame Venezuela
speak
tin roof huts
speak poor but happy
speak Mexico
Speak Belize Honduras
speak Afro-Columbia
speak Tenderloin San Francisco
my home
cardboard box home Crack fiend
love in cardboard box
smoke crack
crack ho recite fatiha in Arabic
give head cardboard box love
homeless love
Oh, Tenderloin
I claim every alley doorway hindu hilton hotel
what alley I do not know
what doorway
what bus stop BART station line to line
tell me of cold winter nights East Bay Terminal
There with my brothers
Edward
Nadar
Squirrel
Muslims on the bottom
Supreme wisdom Muslims
on the bottom
I got it but didn't get it
Supreme Wisdom
How can I escapeTenderloin
dope fiends of every kind
good lovin' ho's
she married her ho' at Glide Church
put dat ho' on the street same night
took me home to smoke crack
no man in her house before me
lesbian pimp ho' bitch
no man in her house before me good pimpin' ass bitch

I live on bottom of the world
sea to sea
country to country
religion to religion
politics to politics
ideology to ideology
no matter Left Right

Digame
speak to me
I stand on shoulders
walk on feet
dream dreams you dreamed
No original thoughts beyond thoughts of freedom
I shall not betray you
sacred dreams not lost in madness of globalism
we are not PC diaper baby snow flakes
suffering micro aggression
stand tall
we endured FOI officials in Chicago
Supreme Captain Raymond Sharieff
National Secretary John Ali
Captain Elijah Muhamad
baddest niggas in the world
except when I got home to SF and Guru Alonzo Batin
said I was a punk motherfucker to confess to niggas worse than I could ever b
Batin said I was a punk bitch ass nigga for confessing to rats snakes vipers cobras
Batin gave manhood training
Black Arts West/Black House San Francisco
teach  Batin
Criminal Muslim supreme
Heroin addict
Imam in prison
addict/iman big yard
true believer
can't pimp Batin
call him hypocrite Muslim
think for self Muslim
gangster Muslim
true to the game
game true to you
Batin
stand on your shoulders
devoured your bean soup
wheat bread butter honey
Whiting fish
all night long science
marijuana science marijuana
Speak Batin
Speak Ali Sheriff Bey
Speak Aaron Ali
Master Teacher linguistics
Speak Brother Edward
raised us from  dead at San Francisco State University
UC Berkeley San Jose State University
Speak Brother Edward blessed us with supreme wisdom when we were deaf dumb blind playing bid whist in cafeteria at San Francisco State University.
Digame
Digame
Digame!
--Marvin X
5/4/18

Marvin X Parable of Poets and Kings







Poets write to keep from killing, homicide or suicide, two sides of the coin of death. Most often, poets kill when they can't express themselves with words. If and when poets are political, when they refuse to write poems for the king and queen and defy court patronage, and persist in critiquing contradictions of the royal court, the king and queen has no use for them and they may be forced to flee their homeland or suffer prison or death even since no kingdoms based on lies can allow poets to speak the truth.

We have written about the symbiotic relationship between poets and politicians, although this symbiosis can become dysfunctional when the poet transcends the narrative of the royal regime, especially those king/queen for life regimes that forbid opposition. See Parable of the Parrot, Parable of Trinkets and Gadgets, Parable of Black Man and Block Man by Marvin X.

The poet who speaks only truth cannot be tolerated by any regime based on lies. Wicked regimes only love poets and artists who perform as pharaoh's magicians, sycophants willing to promote the royal narrative for kibbles and bits, crumbs from Pharaoh's table. The recalcitrant poets who are determined to be obstinate and incorrigible must be silenced or disposed permanently.

The wicked regimes become relentless in their effort to silence any narrative that contradicts the official one. Poet, writers, journalists, singers, actors, must not transcend the royal regime's propaganda machine. To do so is often called treason or sedition at the very least, which means saying anything not in agreement with the royal order.

Do not speak of the king in the negative, even if and when he is negative. When the poet cannot submit to the royal order, the symbiotic relationship is no longer tenable and must be severed for the good of the kingdom. The poet becomes a banned person. No one must speak with him, no one must read his books. He is a danger to society and to himself since he refuses to submit to the rules and regulations, policies and precepts of the royal order. He is labeled agitator, opposition, revolutionary, thus a danger to the security of the state, even his books are dangerous and fictional characters must be rounded up and incarcerated for crimes against the state. I am thinking of the Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiongo. In Native Son, the lawyer said, "Every glance of the eye is a threat; his very presence is a crime against the state." He was not speaking of an artist but the oppressed man, Bigger Thomas. But in the manner of Ngugi, was not only his characters but Richard Wright himself was a danger to society and died in mysterious circumstances in Paris?

And them came James Baldwin deposing Richard Wright of the Black literary heavyweight championship. And Baldwin did great until The Fire Next Time when he got the bright idea to interview the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Pharaoh said enough! Shut the fuck up, we don't care if you gay or straight, shut the fuck up. Baldwin wouldn't shut up. I was blessed to interview him in his apartment across from Central Park, New York, a cold December, 1968: he had no heat in his apartment. Among other things, he said to me, "How dare they talk about the Prince of Peace while they bomb the hell out of  Vietnam! Your condition proves they don't believe in Jesus, Prince of Peace. Just look at your condition. It's a miracle for a black father to raise a son in these conditions and I applaud the fathers who are able to do so. Nothing else happened here except us, nothing else happened. It's a wonder we all haven't gone stark raving mad!"

--Marvin X
11/7/18
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Ancestor poems by Marvin X; Comment by Omolade R. Roddy

Comment on Marvin X  Ancestors Poem 
by Omolade R. Roddy
amen...?

o.k, amen 

whoa....heavy

o.k, so for a second I was getting all caught up w/ the the language ....the words.... and I couldn't seem to get over this wal that was anging strong around my consciousness

deflectin' what you were trying to say (or what you were sayin' and I was tryin' not to get)... becuz' of whatever was comin' up for me around seeing and hearing the word "ancestors" being wrapped in this cloak of "motherfuckers...whores" et al....

so I was skimming through it all.....pickin' up pieces and depth here and there. 

you have always been pretty heavy, so I was like..

"ok, here we go, ummm, I know.. he's gonna go there and I don't if i'm able or if I know if I can allow myself to go that deep."

then I had to consciously stop....and make myself read it all over again..

this time, line by line...

savoring it like quinine or some other bitter tonic. 

and then actually,when I allowed myself to be and really sit w/ the discomfort of it... (as silly as that sounds) ...

I found it to be really beautiful...

a marvinx-esque like beautiful, but beautiful.
nonetheless.

thanks baba

--Omolade R. Roddy
--------------------

Ancestors
Marvin X
Ancestors
Who are the real motherfuckers
who fucked our fathers and mothers
kidnapped Motherland Africa  to good ship jesus
door of no return
sea of blood bones
sharks and wail
imagine stench piss feces period blood
starvation suicide ocean revolution
we land in the Carolinas
enjoy 
five hundred years
duty free labor
sent by ancestor kings and queens
who sold us to the ghost
Baraka teaches us
ancestors we call you in the name of nigguhs
black nigguhs in the hoods of america
not pseudo black kemetic niggas fakes and frauds
scared to see the new royal children imperial kings and queens of the realm
too blind by the sun of Ra to find a bone at the Pyramid
you are horrified garbage at the door of King Tut's pyramid
coca cola bottoms condoms
remains of grave robbing tourists
The Misri people (aka, Egyptians) told Sun Ra and his Arkestra
this is not our land
this is your land
your creations
yet North American Africans search in vain for their lost identity
year after year
when the whole earth is ours
Africa
Arabia
Asia
Americas
Europe
black man's land

Gullahland America Africa Carolinas
Senagalease rice Africans in American slave system
hear talk on how rice came to America
rice plantations in Africa
see Gullah basket weave 
enjoy Gullahland land
Africa in Mississippi Alabama Georgia
Can't leave out New Orleans Africa
Harlem Africa Brooklyn Southside Chicago Detroit St. Louis Los Angeles Oakland San Francisco 
take claim to the land and forever hold your tongues
dig the pyramids of Louisiana for Moorish mounds
Seminoles of Florida Maroon Nation Africans Native Americans
Gullahs  Geeches up and down the coast
All Gullahs ain't Geeches
All Geeches ain't Gullahs
Emancipation Reconstruction
North American African Nation
decreed all land from South Carolina to Florida
fucked by the motherfucker
king and queen motherfucker and son of bitch
male rape child rape mother rape
allowed by king and queen
ancestors all guilty and charged
Sun Ra said they got to pay
Africa got to pay like the white man devil
yeah, Africa pay
you got the gold diamonds precious metals everywhere
pay
stop paying europe and pay the negro
the motherfucker you made with the red flag
guiding him to the shore through the door of no return
that bitch warrior you allowed to be raped in front of his women and children
that whore who kept us alive while sexing the master
who wanted all the women men and children
greedy bastard
and talk of clean english
fuck the english language
fuck every word of it
and fuck you too 
you speak it 
and love it
and seek to purify it with you fake asses
claiming ancestor holiness
let the ancestors be cursed for their iniquities
and debaucheries
the selling of souls in the centuries of time
yet you call them holy
call Mississippi holy
call Alabama Georgia Louisiana Carolina's holy ground
the marsh swamp bayous rivers creeks
holy trees of strange fruit and blood wine
call the ancestors from the woods and forests
call them from the pine trees and moss wood swamps
call them from the rice canefields cotton
from plantation and city of death in the family
Clara said she wanted to put her head in the oven
in the detroit of her time
Elijah was drunk as a coot she said
when Master Fard came selling red silk
the same red we followed to the shore
when the king sold us to the ghost, Baraka said
he told us about the railroad in the bottom of ocean
filled with bones
ancestor bones who resisted and wailed cried and shitted
not only tongues but vile moans shouts screams to the motherfucker
the son of a bitch ancestor
who pitted tribe against tribe warrior against warrior
man against woman for trinkets and barrels of rum
and we yet praise them
in our abject ignorance
we praise the culture of madness and gold
madness and diamonds
madness and chopped hands clitoris legs
and there is no end even today
the kings and queens are alive and well
working overtime to feed themselves full
as we whore and rape each other into the night of the full moon
where the silence is aloud and heard the world over
the silence of hunger and disease
silence of ignorance and demands to be king for life
to never end the terror
to never avenge the righteous
to continue the plunder until the new kingdom comes
and the wicked are reduced to dust
and the motherfucker receives his fucking
Amen.
--Marvin X
4.17.09


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2018



Oh, Ancestors Speak to Me! Digame Por favor

Oh, Ancestors Speak to Me




"Marvin, this is a Beautiful Poem. I saw myself in it and others that I know in it."


--Jerry Varnado, San Francisco State University Strike leader, 1968

Oh, Ancestors Speak to Me
Digame
Digame
Digame
por favor
speak to me
my legs cannot move if you do not speak
your voice is the spirit in my walk in my soul
I cannot move without your direction
digame
digame por favor
you guided me then departed
I am here alone in this wilderness
shall I be ashamed alone
can I walk without trembling
you stood so long
I thought forever you would hold my hand
strengthen my knees
you taught me don't get weak
stand tall
stay solid don't bend
solid
you told me in prison
Allah loves a soldier
hates cowards
Allah loves warriors
hates cowards
stay solid
don't bend

Oh Batin
speak
digame
Ali Sharif Bey
speak Islam
Sunni Shia Ahmaddia Sufi
Nation of Islam
speak
polytheism  Islam
Tell me
black stone rejected
corner stone
we black stone
rejected despised
socalled Negro
tool fool of the world
black stone
corner stone
yes Paradise Jahlove teach
they love everything about you but you
Lou Rawls say
what did you do to be
so black and blue
crucified on the cross and lynching tree of America, world
Ancestor Rev. James Cone
we love you
liberation theology supreme
a love supreme
a love supreme
Rev. James Cone
Jesus socalled Negro
crucified daily
can't drink coffee Starbucks
can't breathe
we here for you
can't breathe
can't talk walk
we hear
speak ancestors
digame
por favor
digame
speak from shanties tent cities speak
speak Mexico city dirt floor huts
speak Belize flying roaches
no black flag
let roaches live
digame Jamaica
digame Trinidad
digame Venezuela
speak
tin roof huts
speak poor but happy
speak Mexico
Speak Belize Honduras
speak Afro-Columbia
speak Tenderloin San Francisco
my home
cardboard box home Crack fiend
love in cardboard box
smoke crack
crack ho recite fatiha in Arabic
give head cardboard box love
homeless love
Oh, Tenderloin
I claim every alley doorway hindu hilton hotel
what alley I do not know
what doorway
what bus stop BART station line to line
tell me of cold winter nights East Bay Terminal
There with my brothers
Edward
Nadar
Squirrel
Muslims on the bottom
Supreme wisdom Muslims
on the bottom
I got it but didn't get it
Supreme Wisdom
How can I escapeTenderloin
dope fiends of every kind
good lovin' ho's
she married her ho' at Glide Church
put dat ho' on the street same night
took me home to smoke crack
no man in her house before me
lesbian pimp ho' bitch
no man in her house before me good pimpin' ass bitch

I live on bottom of the world
sea to sea
country to country
religion to religion
politics to politics
ideology to ideology
no matter Left Right

Digame
speak to me
I stand on shoulders
walk on feet
dream dreams you dreamed
No original thoughts beyond thoughts of freedom
I shall not betray you
sacred dreams not lost in madness of globalism
we are not PC diaper baby snow flakes
suffering micro aggression
stand tall
we endured FOI officials in Chicago
Supreme Captain Raymond Sharieff
National Secretary John Ali
Captain Elijah Muhamad
baddest niggas in the world
except when I got home to SF and Guru Alonzo Batin
said I was a punk motherfucker to confess to niggas worse than I could ever b
Batin said I was a punk bitch ass nigga for confessing to rats snakes vipers cobras
Batin gave manhood training
Black Arts West/Black House San Francisco
teach  Batin
Criminal Muslim supreme
Heroin addict
Imam in prison
addict/iman big yard
true believer
can't pimp Batin
call him hypocrite Muslim
think for self Muslim
gangster Muslim
true to the game
game true to you
Batin
stand on your shoulders
devoured your bean soup
wheat bread butter honey
Whiting fish
all night long science
marijuana science marijuana
Speak Batin
Speak Ali Sheriff Bey
Speak Aaron Ali
Master Teacher linguistics
Speak Brother Edward
raised us from  dead at San Francisco State University
UC Berkeley San Jose State University
Speak Brother Edward blessed us with supreme wisdom when we were deaf dumb blind playing bid whist in cafeteria at San Francisco State University.
Digame
Digame
Digame!
--Marvin X
5/4/18


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