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When a Black Man Kills Another Black Man
by Kamau Tebogo Zulu Damali (Raynell D. Morgan),
Nov. 11, 2006

When a Black man kills another Black man,

A father and mother lose a son, a brother and sister lose a brother,
A wife loses a husband, a son and daughter lose a father,
An uncle and aunt lose a nephew, a nephew and niece lose an uncle,
A grandfather and grandmother lose a grandson,
A community of Afrikan people lose a comrade,
A young Black mother must raise children alone.

When a Black man kills another Black man,

Willie Lynch turns cartwheels in his grave.
Grand Wizards of the KKK open bottles of champagne.
Private prison owners light up cigars,
And U.S. Congress men and women pass tougher laws on crime
to keep Afrikans trapped behind bars.
Uncle Sam pats himself on the back
in celebration of the Black on Black assassination,
and fifty new prisons are built to further
the devastation of a battered nation.

When a Black man kills another Black man,

Screams from heart-broken Afrikan women surge,
A rainstorm of tears from impoverished Afrikan children emerge,
The grave of liberator comrade little Jonathan Jackson is disturbed,
And the sacrifices of Jemmy (Stono rebellion - 9-9-1739), Nat Turner
(8-21-1831), Harriet Tubman burn in the furnace of ungratefulness.

When a Black man Kills another Black man,

The struggle for liberation is pushed back 500 years,
An entire generation is chilled.
The hopes and dreams of an oppressed
and wronged people are killed.

When a Black man kills another Black man,

He Kills Himself... He Kills Himself... He Kills Himself

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 Raynell D. Morgan directly by writing to him at the address listed above. The following link offers tips for writing to prisoners:


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