Hail Patriarchy

Father’s Day is a time for black America and our first black president Barack Obama to tell black men to man up, start marrying their women and stop killing each other.   […]  So why won’t Obama address the nation and tell black men to start being fathers, getting married before they have babies, and to be a parent to the babies they have? This would be a great way to demonstrate that black lives truly matter.
[…]  When will Obama and Democrats demand black fathers be part of the black family equation? Better yet, if Hillary Clinton believes in feminism, why doesn’t she tell young black women to respect themselves more, focus on graduating high school, delay sex until marriage, and use birth control so their lives and their future children’s will matter?

from: Where are the Black Fathers ? by Crystal Wright

 

Spending Down Ideals

Education as universal solvent:
philosopher’s stone of beneficent thought.
(A perennial excuse for state involvement
and dangerous myth: that goodwill can be taught.)

Well-meaning intentions… more theory to burn.
A faulty assumption; debt for the debtor:
humanity’s limitless hunger to learn
while taxpayer dollars pass through the shredder.

Let’s smoke up a page from the liberal libretto
while strolling the grounds in our brief intermission;
Philanthropy’s dead in the streets of the ghetto
(another unfortunate juxtaposition).

When such benign fables are dropped in the ‘hood,
applied to armed thugs with their trousers sagging
little progress is made toward collective good –
amidst feral aggression and narco-bragging.

Thus raised without love, no family, no father
devoid of compassion, unformed and unmanned,
they’re numb to your efforts, which barely bother
such thugs with a rock or a gun in their hand.

thugz
IMAGE: ambrosekane.com

Spending Down Ideals

Education as universal solvent:
philosopher’s stone of beneficent thought.
(A perennial excuse for state involvement
and dangerous myth: that goodwill can be taught.)

Well-meaning intentions… more theory to burn.
A faulty assumption; debt for the debtor:
humanity’s limitless hunger to learn
while taxpayer dollars pass through the shredder.

Let’s smoke up a page from the liberal libretto
while strolling the grounds in our brief intermission;
Philanthropy’s dead in the streets of the ghetto
(another unfortunate juxtaposition).

When such benign fables are dropped in the ‘hood,
applied to armed thugs with their trousers sagging
little progress is made toward collective good –
amidst feral aggression and narco-bragging.

Thus raised without love, no family, no father
devoid of compassion, unformed and unmanned,
they’re numb to your efforts, which barely bother
such thugs with a rock or a gun in their hand.

thugz
IMAGE: ambrosekane.com