#MNR: I RIDES AND DIES FOR MINE
“War is hell.”
William Tecumseh Sherman
“So proud to be just who I am. So proud to say that I’m me. I’M BLACK!”
Styles P. & Marsha Ambrosius
Happy 69th heavenly birthday Shareon. You are the greatest. You always will be.
Shareon D. (Warren) Smith 10.17.54-7.17.17
My beloved Eagles took their first L of the season. It was a nasty game. We gave the Jets the ball 4 times. The NFL turnover chart says it is damn near mathematically impossible to win a game finishing -4 in the turnover department. C’est la vie. We deserve that L. We played like shit. Oh well. On to the next one. Those nuclear-powered Dolphins are coming to the Linc.
“So much trouble in the world, nigga. Can’t nobody feel your pain.”
Big Syke (RIP)
The last thing I want to do is seem inconsiderate from an analytic standpoint in such a time as this. I live in the New York megalopolis, Benjamin County, New Jerusalem to be exact. I work in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. I live amongst and work with Jewish folk. I’m certain there are plenty of Palestinians in the areas I maneuver through. Pardon me, I don’t make it a habit to ask Muslims what nation they’re from, so I can’t be completely sure. I do know that New York is the world’s melting pot, so my assumption almost certainly has validity. Ok, ok Thompson. Get to the damn point. I will. I remain neutral in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. I stand steadfast in saying that it’s fucked up when civilians are made victims of war. I can’t give Hamas a pass. I am not a fan of terrorist groups, irrespective of nation and/or ethnicity. In the same breath, I can’t give Israel a pass for the wrongs they’ve committed against Palestinians either. Mistruths and propaganda are dispersed freely. One thing I’ve learned from studying war is that rules are subject to change and goal posts are regularly moved. The British thought the Natives and French were wrong for jumping from out of trees and bushes and sneak attacking the red coats while they formed ornate lines and tried to look cute before beginning combat. Fuck a rule. It’s all about who gets who first. It’s fucked up when civilians are massacred. But we can’t act like the other side hasn’t done horrible things to their civilian counterparts. I’m not one to drink the Kool-Aid and bandwagon ride. I’m politically staying out of this one. That’s that.
This eternal war is over land that both sides feel is rightfully theirs. I’ve done my research. The Palestinians were pushed off most of that land into the Gaza Strip and portions of the West Bank. Ain’t no fucking way they can be wrong in my eyes for fighting for what they feel is rightfully theirs. Sell that to someone else. And, for the record, I’m not a fan of the blockade, either. Some have likened Gaza to Alcatraz because of the blockade. But hey...none of that is my business.
My prayers are with my coworker Ty. He has a cousin who’s a member of the Israeli army. I have a lot of love for Ty. My first cousin (brother) Reggie did tours in Afghanistan. I was scared for his life every single time I thought about him being over there. I know how Ty is feeling. I told him to his face that I’m not about choosing sides, but I am about showing love to my folk. I wish the best for Ty’s cousin on the strength of Ty.
I have my own fish to fry right here in Murrica.
Fuck it. I’m a keep rapping for a taste.
The sweat off my back and the blood I’ve shed on this land is my deed to ownership of this country. This is my shit. Despite everything you’ve done to me since 1619, I’m still standing. Tall as ever. I repeat: this is MY shit. Any comment I make and any scrutiny I have is in earnest and is the motherfucking truth. I’m more than entitled to feel how I feel and to speak how I speak. I’m not some petulant, excuse making sucker ass nigga who sits on his ass and complains about all the fuckery I think is happening. No. I am an intelligent Black child, well learned, supremely sagacious and devoid of bullshit. Not nann MF can tell me any type of different, you heard?
Salute to my young brother Tory Dro, who [a few years ago] helped me reaffirm what I was taught from day one by Archie G. Warren Sr. I’m not a bigot, xenophobe, homophobe or anything that promotes the inequality, pain and suffering of another group of people. But I am 100%, unapologetically Black on both sides. I love my people in a special way. We have been oppressed for centuries. I’m not here to bitch and complain. I’m not here to beg any type of handout. I do believe that we deserve some form of reparation. 40 acres and a Cadillac seems unlikely. Six years of free university education is fair in my book. It’s just food for thought. But back to the sermon: I am here to uplift and promote an absolute Black agenda. I’m not against anyone but I am absolutely for my people. I’m not attaching any other ethnic group. This is a Black thing. I don’t mind working with other groups of people to collectively be better humans, but my economic and cultural agenda is for us. We spend the most of any ethnicity, yet we own the least. We have a lot of work to do. We need to take a W.E.B. Du Bois approach. Shit, most of us need to read The Souls of Black Folks. But I’m ten toes down for my people. I rides and dies for mine.
Ty Monday Thompson
In conclusion, I don’t pick sides when Black America isn’t involved. Ain’t none of my damn business. But I do tend to root for the underdog. Discern as you feel. I’m out this bitch. Water.
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