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by Kamau Tebogo Zulu Damali (Raynell D. Morgan),
Sept. 23, 2006

Why 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?

Why 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?

Why 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, classist society?

Why 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, far
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?

Why 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 old proclaim?

Why 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?

Why 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?

Why 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?

Why 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?

Why 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?

Why 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?

Why 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?

We must ask ourselves: WHY? WHY? WHY?

Raynell D. Morgan (aka Kamau Tebogo Zulu Damali)
WSPF Delta Unit 221
1101 Morrison Drive
PO Box 9900
Boscobel, WI 53805

Kamau 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. Kamau 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 truth."

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:


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