N
   

Donate Email Alert Links Photo Gallery Mumia' Abu-Jamal's Radio Essays Prison Radio

Prison Radio
Mumia' Abu-Jamal's Radio Essays
Photo Gallery
Links/Resources
Mumia Email Update
Donate
Mumia Gear
Radio Programmers
Contact Us

 

 

PLEASE DONATE

 

Mumia Abu-Jamal's Radio Broadcasts

Higher Quality Audio files available info@prisonradio.org

Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal/Prison Radio

"Rosa Parks and the Rest of Us"

  Rec. 11-05-05


1) 3:20 Mp3 radio essay

2) 4:37 Mp3 radio essay

  ROSA & THE REST OF US
=====================
[Col. Writ. 11/2/05] Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal

There is something eerily unsettling about the national outpouring of mourning for the late civil rights pioneer, Rosa Parks. The flood of official faces -- those of politicians, makes me uneasy.

To look at the pinched faces of this parade of rednecks, many of them staunch conservatives, who have made their careers off of scuttling the hopes and dreams of Blacks, give their 'respects' at the bier of Rosa Parks gives a whole new meaning to 'crocodile tears'. Many of them didn’t support civil rights in their youth, ran political campaigns on barely disguised themes that exploited white fears, helped to gerrymander whiter legislative districts, and once in power, pushed for more and more prisons -- but now they march before the body of Rosa Parks, as if they've supported her dreams and goals all of their lives!

It looks like the latest low in photo ops.

Right-wing warriors, who've helped erect and sustain this new era of neo-segregation, 'honoring' a woman who fought their ideas all of her life!

I say neo-segregation simply because while legal barriers have been erased since the old days, segregation *by class* still exists today, and can be seen in any urban elementary, middle, or high school in America. In many of these schools, 'education' is but a prompter for prison, and students learn, if anything at all, how much they are loathed by the society they’re supposed to join if they are lucky enough to graduate.

School districts reflect housing patterns that are often equally as race and class segregated as are schools. Legal barriers may be no more, but barriers remain, as real as steel.

Sociologists teach us that while the Civil Rights Movement led to the development and emergence of a Black middle class, it left millions of others out in the cold, drowning in urban pits where this so-called 'revolution' passed them by. Indeed, while average incomes, home ownership, and educational attainments between whites and Blacks remain largely unchanged since the '60s, a gulf has grown between the Black middle class and the Black poor.

Rosa Parks, perhaps unwittingly, came to symbolize that distance in her later years when she filed suit against the hip-hop group OutKast, for the irreverent references to her in the title and an offhand lyric of a recent song. Their line, ('Awwww, shucks--hush that fuss, everybody git to the back of the bus!'), as well as their very name (OutKast) was a reflection of their alienation, and the growing distance between generation, class, and culture.

There are millions of Black young adults who grew up hearing about a "freedom" that was foreign to their experience. "Civil rights" was a grainy black and white filmstrip that they suffered through in school during February (if they went to school) or saw on TV.

As far as *this* society is concerned, they *are* outcasts.

Growing up in dire poverty, they *know* they aren’t free. For, as writer Zora Neale Hurston wrote, "There is something about poverty that smells like death. Dead dreams dropping off the heart like leaves in a dry season..." That’s what millions of them know. For them, "freedom" and "civil rights" are just words they may've heard from their grandmother. "Rosa Parks" is just a name. The grim and ugly struggle for survival in an era of de-industrialization, has pushed far too many black youth into the drug economy, where the promise of wealth is both hyped and heralded by both the music and movie industries.

A current hip-hop track, based upon the New York-based movie, "Paid in Full", performed by artists Akon and Young Jeezy, have a line that speaks volumes of the different world reflected in the Def Jam single, “Sole Survivor”. A gruff-voiced rapper named Jeezy intones: "At night I can’t sleep/ We livin’ in hell;/ First they give us the work/ then they throw us in jail."

Symbols, even ones as splendid as Rosa Parks, are appropriated by politicians, who ignore her essence. Meanwhile, millions of Black and white youth, dance to a different beat; still at the back of the bus.

Copyright 2005 Mumia Abu-Jamal

 

  

[Check out Mumia's latest: *WE WANT FREEDOM:
A Life in the Black Panther Party*, from South
End Press (http://www.southendpress.org); Ph.
#1-800-533-8478.] 

"When a cause comes along and you know in your bones that it is
just, yet refuse to defend it--at that moment you begin to die.
And I have never seen so many corpses walking around talking about
justice." - Mumia Abu-Jamal

MUMIA'S COLUMNS NEED TO BE PUBLISHED AS BROADLY
AS POSSIBLE TO INSPIRE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT AND
HELP CALL ATTENTION TO HIS CASE.

The campaign to kill Mumia is in full swing and we need you to
**please** contact as many publications and information outlets as
you possibly can to run Mumia's commentaries (on-line and
**especially off-line**)!! The only requirements are that you run
them *unedited*, with every word including copyright information
intact, and send a copy of the publication to Mumia and/or ICFFMAJ.
THANK YOU!!!

Keep updated by reading ACTION ALERTS!!
at http://www.mumia.org, http://www.onamove.com/ and their links.
========================================

To download Mp3's of Mumia's commentaries visit
http://www.prisonradio.org or http://www.fsrn.org
==============================================>

The Power of Truth is Final -- Free Mumia!

PLEASE CONTACT:
International Concerned Family & Friends of MAJ
P.O. Box 19709
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Phone - 215-476-8812/ Fax - 215-476-6180
E-mail - icffmaj@aol.com
AND OFFER YOUR SERVICES!

Send our brotha some LOVE and LIGHT at:
Mumia Abu-Jamal
AM 8335
SCI-Greene
175 Progress Drive
Waynesburg, PA 15370

WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM CAN *NOT* REST!!

Submitted by: Sis. Marpessa

Subscribe: mumiacolumns-subscribe@topica.com
Read: http://topica.com/lists/mumiacolumns/read
Subscribe ICFFMAJ email updates list by e-mailing
icffmaj@aol.com!


For additional information and to order Mumia's new book We Want Freedom,

visit: southendpress.org

Check out Mumia's NEW book:
"Faith of Our Fathers: An Examination of the Spiritual Life of African and African-American People" at www.africanworld.com


The Power of Truth is Final — Free Mumia!

PLEASE CONTACT:
International Concerned Family & Friends of MAJ
P.O. Box 19709
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Phone - 215-476-8812/ Fax - 215-476-6180
E-mail - AND OFFER YOUR SERVICES!

Send our brotha some LOVE and LIGHT at:
Mumia Abu-Jamal
AM 8335
SCI-Greene
175 Progress Drive
Waynesburg, PA 15370

WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM CAN *NOT* REST!!

Submitted by: Sis. Marpessa