The Troops Have Come Home In The West
One of the rewarding dimensions of contact with incarcerated people on this earth is the opportunity to exchange experiences. Decades ago, valuable life lessons arrived at my doorstep through letters via post mail. The Prison Nation came knocking. This has been the case through full and static periods of letter writing in ten countries. Below, read DPN#13, Lessons
It is not just the length of time spent inhaling and exhaling which defines elder status. Warrior regalia actually has little to do with accomplishment. It is the seasoned analysis and sensitivity to life in all of it's glory, all of it's gore, too. An unabashed determination to face it all can distinguish the finest women and men.
Mondo we Langa and I never crossed ink and paper paths but I did support him through the years. He and Ed Poindexter once were key members of the National Committee to Combat Fascism and they were the subject of at least one article I have published and are linked as tags. In 1970 they were arrested for the death of a policeman. Known as the Omaha Two, now there is only Ed. Mondo we Langa lived 68 years and 44 years in prison for a crime he said he did not do. His transition was a few months ago, this scholar and eternal activist. Yes, Mondo is now gone. Still, he left an example and a lesson or two.
Here's some of what the man had to say:
“Ed and I have been locked up for more than four decades. In the
summer of 1970, while we were still on the streets of Omaha’s African
community, the National Committee to Combat Fascism Omaha chapter,
which we helped lead, was known to sometimes monitor police behavior in
North Omaha and to sometimes do so while carrying firearms. But African
people in Omaha didn’t fear that our guns were a threat to them. African
people in Omaha understood that if it would come to a time when we would
use our guns, it would be for our own defense or the defense of our
“Today, too many of our young people—in particular, males—are
slaves to guns, slaves to violence, slaves to the idea that their African
lives aren’t worth anything, slaves to the idea that their lives aren’t
28 April 2016
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