I became a victim of society's madness and was profiled and discriminated against racism by some police officers. There was propaganda by people filled with opinionated views, and eventually, I was accused by a conflicted jury, judging my life on January 23, 2001. It was a false accusation. They convicted me, and I am currently serving a life sentence in prison. They charged me for murder, but it wasn't too surprising amongst my kind. By 'my kind,' I mean black people who come from poor broken environments, better known as the hood/ghetto - the corrupt jungle of the streets. It's where the colors roam, prisoners don't come home, and death fills the sky. When you grow up in poverty and limited education and career opportunities, crime can become challenging to dodge.
Thus, whether you run the streets with or without intention, every action has a reaction. Most of the actions have dire consequences too. That is when you become a labeled monster. Words like powerful, influential, and God Father of the most notorious blood set in the state become your identity. Thanks, but no thanks.
Even when people find these labels honorable and even glorifying, in all honesty, there is nothing honorary about the stigma that it brings along. Since everybody, including political figures and law enforcement individuals slept through, many injustices took place. Bigotry, poor education system, self-sabotaging, and other toils of life took a toll on the people and created problems for them—dysfunctional but more available systems formed to meet the real needs. The religious powers, community agencies, and family governments on all levels dropped the ball. As a result, I became a victim, part of a plot by the state due to their many excuses and failures. They needed to uphold their obligations and responsibilities towards the African communities and protect them from people they labeled monsters.
Furthermore, pointing fingers at certain groups of individuals or gangs being one makes little to no sense. Gangs have been in existence since before I was born in 73, even before a lot of us were born.
The point I'm trying to explain here is that there is no ethical or justifiable way possible that I or anyone else is to be accused of a crime. I don't even mean to say that anyone can or should be deemed the poster by the OG problems that have been existing since before one's age of existence. Let alone anyone's age of knowledge and accountability.
“Don’t wait until it’s you ….”
The past generation has evolved to some degree, striving to stabilize opportunities gained by sacrifice and hard work. They have put themselves into all those areas that are known to be productive and respectful in society. A society that has not erased the prejudices of the past government and social systems. Sure, they are trying to contain the behavior and conduct of the younger generation. But they are yet to acknowledge their potential to make the right decisions when moving forward. It is for them to progress on the surface. Instead, we are moving backward as a society due to the negligence, adversity, abuse, fear, and shallow pride present in a group of young men and women. They are the people who have not been taught, raised, or supported in any regard. The ground reality is that justice must prevail. It must be guarded and lived with diligence, or it will be/or taken away from the people by force. This intra and inter-conflict between the generations play out in the corrupt jungle of the streets and everyday lives of our youth.
Thus, people in society need to understand and be mindful of how life in the United States of America is leaving some of us with no other option. It has become hard to be optimistic when all you see is the "smart do right children" struggle to eat and find money to go to college. But then, you see the "bad do wrong children" live large for a short while with the only thing offered to them, in the end, which is death or prison. This does not even include the many children that wander through life not knowing what the hell they are supposed to do with their lives daily.
This atrocity plays out in many forms in the ghetto. Violence has a vast audience and many venues like movie theatres, schools, and courthouses. It profiles every street and corner in our urban communities. Internal and external violence has taken a major toll on a whole for decades. Detached logic in solving problems within the ghetto communities is all the same. They were creating pointless programs, building more prisons, locking us up, and throwing away the key. In all actuality, the problems within our communities are greater than the stereotypes. They are being displayed in the media, and their belief that it is their problem and not ours "doesn't work"!
History reveals how society at large possesses the same liabilities as criminals. The disjointed and "me myself and I" belief system of "us against them" always repeats itself. Our great government falls along the same logic, no different. The biggest criminals in our great United States of America represent the red and blue colors too. They steal, rob, extort, kill, and lie or say anything inhuman to get people to join their party, similar to violent gangs. They claim to despise them, but no one speaks about that. They lock up for life. The vile and dangerous individuals in these particular groups' gangs, not to mention whenever there are serious issues or tragedy within the middle and upper-class communities, all hell erupts, but they do their jobs perfectly.
But when it comes to anything within or below the poverty level, it is one less ni**er they have to worry about. I am only saying what it is you're thinking. A word to the wise is necessary; the stupid ones need advice.
Thus, I realize that I am only human. I'm entitled to make mistakes for which I have always taken full responsibility. I am an extra father, an uncle, a friend, and a cousin. My human reality is to survive, provide and protect my family by all means necessary. If that meant I had to sell a drug or two or carry a gun for protection to feed my family, then so be it. I have no problem breaking the rules. You know why? Because I was born into a lawless and racist society. One that supposedly had to uplift our African communities through their campaigns and promises, ignored our neighborhoods and served their own with luxury and comfort. They spoiled them with the tax dollars. They funded all their leisure with extortion through manipulations and targeted confusion by the dixie party.
On December 10, 1999, I was shot 9 times on Newark, New Jersey streets. Death's introduction left a profound impact on my life. My only mission after that experience was to be more aware of my environment with hope. I survived to see another day. To live is mandatory. Although unfortunately, death is inevitable; some of us would love to live forever!
Now, to further investigate the subject of discussion, it is said that we are protected by the 5th, 6th, and 14th amendment rights. The 5th amendment states, "No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise be it an infamous crime, unless on a presentment or an indictment of a grand jury."
6th amendment states that "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his difference."
14th amendment states that "No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
Furthermore, these are the constitutional rights of the United States of America which means they do not apply to us poor folks. Because if that were the case, I would not have been in this situation. I have professed my voice from day one. Now, why should anyone believe me? I was found guilty in the eyes of public opinion way before the jury rendered a verdict. And they say we have constitutional rights? Whatever! Across our great nation, our kids are being swallowed up by street violence. No one is giving them the proper guidance or teachings they desperately deserve.
Figures show that in 2010 alone, 6470 blacks were murdered using a gun. It was significantly greater than the number of white homicide victims, even though Africans accounted for only 13 percent of the United States population.
A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan Law School and Northwestern University School of Law found that nearly half of those falsely convicted for crimes are Africans. Research showed that between January 1989 and March 2012, there were 873 exonerations. Wrongful convictions generally come down to false accusations. 51 mistaken identities, out of which 43 were of official misconduct. 42 here are the top three overturned crimes over the past 23 years.
1) There have been 305 rape cases, according to the national register of exonerations, reversed since 1989.
(2)Between 1989 and 2012, 416 homicide cases have been overturned.
(3)In Assault cases during the time span covered by the survey, 47 violent crimes were overturned.
Our problems are well documented and recognized throughout our African communities. Crimes are being committed upon our youth, by groups and gangs besides our youth, rapidly and without sense.You can point fingers of balance at the gang member if that helps. You can ease your conscious, but these problems are still without any resolutions. History has a record:
For example, on April 29th, 1992, four white Los Angeles police officers were acquitted in the beating of Rodney King. It was much more than unpunished police misconduct, and they were caught on videotape.
On February 4th, 1999, four officers in plain clothes approached Amadou Diallo. He was a 23-year-old unarmed West African immigrant living in the Bronx, New York, apartment building. The officers claimed he fit the description of a rape suspect. When Diallo tried to reach for his identification, the officers fired 41 shots and killed him. All four officers were acquitted.
On November 25, 2006, groom-to-be Sean Bell, a 23-year-old man, died in a hail of 50 bullets. A police officer shot him while he was leaving his bachelor's party at a Queens strip club. Three detectives, who said they thought Bell and two of his friends were going to their car to get a gun, were found not guilty. Four, in this case, had to bid farewell to NYPD, but no one went to prison.
On January 1st, 2009, Oakland rapid transit police officer Johannes Mehserle slewed a 22-year-old Oscar Grant. The officer, while responding to a call of a fight on the train, shot Grant. Oscar was unarmed as he reached into his pocket. Mehserle was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, not second-degree murder.
The cases mentioned above are prime examples of how the police officers believe they are above the law. And we have observed this throughout our communities about the paramilitary installation police departments. The same laws which they claim to uphold and protect themselves. Poor people get the short end of the stick all the time. While the rich & famous quickly sweep their crimes & issues under the rug. Money makes the world go around! We are a commodity to most of these folks. Africans & Hispanics make up 90% of the prison population. This is an undeniable reason our youth, in many cases, are moving without needed aim and guidance.
To teach the importance of life to our youth, we must learn & understand how far we have come as people before truly pinpointing where we must go as a society. Extraordinary lives were sacrificed for black folks, resulting in our "freedom."
50 years of adverse suffering: a lot of great people put themselves on the front line. A lot have died because of social progression. The bombing of a Baptist church in Birmingham that put four young black girls in an early grave is one of the many examples.
A sniper gunned down an NAACP field organizer named Medgar Evers in front of his house in Jackson, Mississippi. Just like the assassinations of a United States president in a Dallas motorcade.
It's courageous how African high school demonstrators faced down police fire hoses that targeted the massive voting rallies tagged by the student nonviolent coordinating committee. Thousands marched to the National Mall in Washington DC to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of racial equality. There are so many unsung heroes you never hear about. Such as Amazie Moore and Aaron Henry, Rev Lee, and Vernon Dahmer, who made up the strength and power of Mississippi before the freedom riders came. They were on the front lines, bearing the brunt of the white citizens, Ku Klux Klan, and other hate groups. This is a list of people who stood for African people's rights, civil rights leaders, and whoever made contributions led and paved the way for us.
In summary, a quote from the late great Huey P. Newton; "The Black Panther Party was born in a period of stress. African people were moving away from the philosophy of non-violence toward sterner actions. We dare to believe that we could offer the community a permanent political vehicle. One that would serve their needs and advocate their interests. We have met many foes; we have seen many enemies. We have experienced slander, kidnapping, gagging, jail, and murder. We know now more than ever before that the will of the people is stronger than the technology and repression of those against the interests of the people. Therefore, we know we can and will continue serving and educating the people."
Thanks for giving a “Monster” a voice! P.S Please, do not confuse nor misconstrue my approach or intentions in attempting to enlighten the blind minds of our youth. As the man I am, I am responsible for paying homage to the living and those we've lost in historical struggles and times. I thought it would be important to set the record straight for all they know it all. The critics are going to do what they do best, criticize. However, I can care less about my adversarial opinions or frivolous attempts to assassinate my character. I refuse to sit back any longer and allow weak minds to attempt to dictate and stop me from speaking out for those with no voice. Or have a voice, but choose to keep silent. Especially since it is my name that has been misused, misrepresented, skillfully exploited, and used for personal gain. In vain period no one speaks for… The duke 8/2/2013
Thank you for your time…
What is the inspiration behind what you do? Standing up for justice.
SM- Why is this so valuable to you? And why now? Our time is now, and it is important to establish justice and demonstrate that it can be done while we are doing it.
SM- What's new about this that separates it from the rest? It's not new; it is just something we need to publicize ourselves before the mainstream media manipulates for ratings.
SM- Who was a part of this project that contributed to its success? King David Allen and Sahara Red, United we stand. Many people are watching, but only some are ready to help.
SM- How does this benefit the people? It benefits all those who feel alone and tired from trying to establish their justice, whether it's an over a sentence or a wrongful conviction. It's taking a major toll going through a system set to clock numbers and careers.
SM- What message are you hoping to get across to the people by doing what you do? The message is, "Unity is what makes a community; without unity, you just have blocks."
SM- What are some other things people can expect from you in the near future? A new book publishing titled "Royal Bloodlines," a movie and streaming app BBU 7 and more, we are already planning for 2023.
SM- Finally, what audience are you hoping to touch? The young people that look up to the old and see the trend of family separations and confusion lose sense. They must see that connecting with the right people goes a long way over just being with the trend we have to stand with the truth to get true results.