Expanding Information Illusion
At the same time that the Free Library was 'digitalizing' it's collection, long truck trailers were parked in the freight bays in the back. In between being ordered out of law libraries illegally, I realized that modern day book burning was in process.
Pages of Life
The 1990s were when I entered my thirties and while I hadn't seen the world I had visited and lived in a number of USA states. I had already had in my late twenties serious invitations to work and live in West Africa and the Caribbean islands. I had declined for my own reasons. The pages of my life were filling up with using words as shields and spears.
Due to consistent work in bookselling, book distribution and grassroots information sharing, I knew quite a few people. Small time publishers, writers and distributers networked to outdo each other but also to enable one another to and occasionally unite for the greater good. There were a few of us who were driven by sincere motivation to give a public still untouched by corporate books and other written penetration valuable information for liberation. While the USA society run by White elites condemned the conditions it had created in the African communities (or what remained of these) these forces denied any responsibility. In the arena of information, a huge literacy gap existed. People had a resistance to anyone telling people anything because of the struggle to survive and because of repeated exploitation of the people by institutions which never had their best interests in mind. Bullets were flying.
Play Increased Indoors
As had been the case twenty years prior (early 70s, marking the destruction of the Black Movement for Justice and beginning of the Post Rebellion Era) African so called American and youth of nonWhite heritage turned on each other in aggression and uncounted numbers of us were lost to fatal violence. This was critical in the last years of the 1980s and is not unconnected to the gluttonous rise of all the capitalists and the systematic dismantling of any government concessions hard won by street mobilized actions to hold the state and the big businesses to account. But the impoverished, dark people were held to scrutiny no others were held to. Their future was prison or the grave. The survivors and the fortunate were given jobs ensuring this outcome. Marketing the pain and stigma of being being Black & Brown in America was again a crucial part of the bizarre picture. Crack cocaine had made it's debut. It was the core of some 'war zone' economies, and people who wanted 'to be able to eat' were affected passively or directly by this. It was government endorsed and the cops, courts and companies all increased their profits. We who could, had to swim or be drowned. We all were in the flood, long before Katrina.
11 June 2016
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