Kamau Tebogo Zulu Damali (Raynell D. Morgan),
Sept. 23, 2006
are there so many young Black men killing each other, and why aren't
we as a community working together to put an end to this destruction?
are so many of our children/youth dropping out of school? Is it
because the school system is corrupt and designed to fail Black
children, or is it that we have failed them as parents?
are there so many hungry and homeless people living in Amerikkka
... the richest country in the world? Is this the way God wanted
it, or is it the result of a racist, Kapitalistic, dog-eat-dog,
is there a liquor store on every corner in the Alkebulanian (Black/Afrikan)
community and a library or educational bookstore/facility on every
corner in the European (White/Amerikan) community; or downtown somewhere,
away from the Alkebulanian community? Is it because Uncle Sam wants
the European community to advance and the Alkebulanian community
to deteriorate? Or is it just the consequence of pure demographics?
is it that there are more Black men in prison than in college? Is
it because we believe that prison is for us due to years of indoctrination
by the Amerikkkan public school system, or is it something genetically
wrong with our ability to learn as the racist anthropologists of
is it that 45 to 55% of the Black community held Kaptive in prison
throughout Amerikkka? Is it because we are irresponsible as a community,
or is it a cold, calculated plot by the government to re-enslave
us? Or is it both?
is it that 43% of Black women in Amerikkka, from age 18 to 24, are
infected with HIV/AIDS? Is this anexaggeration, or is it the result
of sick Black men engaging in sick activities with other men in
prison and on the streets, and returning to our sisters, masquerading
as real men?
is the Black man so bitter, spiteful, and disrespectful towards
the Black woman, when it is she who loves us more than anything,
and who supported
and took care of us whilst the whole world showed us nothing but
disdain? Is it because we hate ourselves and do not know how much
of a blessing the Black
Woman is for us?
are we so passive when it comes to fighting for our rights and our
freedom? And why aren't we carrying the torch that was lit by those
who bled and went to
prison for us? Is it because we believe we are free when in fact
we are not? Or is it that we are just flat out scared to make sacrifices
for the betterment of our community and for future generations?
are we still asleep, when the opportunity to wake up is readily
available? Is it because we like being asleep or is it that we honestly
do not know, or do not
believe, that we are asleep?
is it that a great percentage of young Black males carry pistols
and sell drugs? Is it because they think it is cool, or because
they think it is the only way that a Black man can make it in Amerikkka?
is it that we will risk our lives in Iraq and other countries, for
a country that cares nothing about us, but that we refuse to risk
our lives for the liberation,
upkeep, betterment and reconstruction of our community, a community
that has been decimated by drugs, poverty and fratricide? Is it
because we don't see each other as a people and have been trained
to believe that it's necessary to tend to our own back yard first?
must ask ourselves: WHY? WHY? WHY?
D. Morgan (aka Kamau
Tebogo Zulu Damali)
WSPF Delta Unit 221
1101 Morrison Drive
PO Box 9900
Boscobel, WI 53805
Tebogo Zulu Damali is housed in Wisconsin's sole supermax, the Wisconsin
Secure Program Facility. He describes himself as a self-educated
man who has been learning Swahili and dreams of receiving a college
degree if ever released. He recently completed a book entitled,
Prison Letters, and is working on a second, called Poetic Revolution.
T. Z. Damali is helping his wife-to-be plan
the founding of a nonprofit organization for underprivileged children
in Washington, D.C. Most of his writings "revolve around the
Black experience and the importance of breaking chains and taking
back our communities - to give our youth and future generations
a hopeful future [...] It's incumbent upon us to participate in
the uplifting of our people, and since at the moment our only tool
is the pen, we've used this to reach the people and to get out the
You may contact Kamau T. Z. Damali directly by writing to him at the
address listed above. The following link offers tips for writing to prisoners: