Open Letter from Sinead O’Connor on Trayvon Martin
I would like to extend my very deepest sympathies to the family and other loved ones of murdered teenager, Trayvon Martin. I am very sad today (and am certain the whole of Ireland is) to learn of poor Trayvon’s terrifying ordeal and horrified by the fact his known and named and admitted killer has not been arrested, despite the crime having taken place a month ago. This is a disgrace to the entire human race.
For those out there who believe black people to be less than pure royalty, let me inform you of a little known, but scientifically proven, many times over, FACT. Which after reading, you will hopefully feel both very stupid and very sorry. For you dishonor your own mothers and grandmothers.
EVERY human being on earth, no matter what their culture, creed, skin colour, or nationality, shares one gene traceable back to one African woman. Scientists have named it ‘The Eve Gene’. This means ALL of us, even ridiculously stupid, ignorant, perverted, blaspheming racists are the descendants of one African woman.
One African woman is the mother of all of us. Africa was the first world. You come from there! Your skin may be ‘white’…because you didn’t need it to be black anymore where you lived. But as Curtis Mayfield said, “You’re just the surface of our dark, deep well.” So you’re being morons. And God is having the last laugh at your ignorant expense.
If you hate black people, it’s yourself you hate. And the mother who bore you. If you kill or wish ill on black people, it’s yourself you kill and wish ill on. As well as the mother who bore you.
When you dishonor the utter glory and majesty of black people, you lie. Your heart lies to you and you let it. Despite seeing every day, all your life, how you and your country would be less than wonderfully functioning and inspiring to the world, without the manifold and glorious contributions made by the descendants of African slaves who did not, by the way, actually ask to go to America and leave their future families there to be disrespected for eternity.
What are you doing hating yourself by hating your brothers and sisters who daily show you nothing but inspiration and love, despite having NOTHING, in their own country? Despite having barely a chance of anything, because of racism. Despite being granted no ‘permission’ for proper self-esteem.
These beautiful people continue to believe in and even manifest Jesus Christ better than you do. That alone could stand as the greatest reason your racism is blasphemy, were it not for all the other reasons.
These people you hate and fear ARE the body of Christ, just as we all are. Every child, woman or man. And they know it. Maybe that’s why you can’t bear to look at them. Because you see Jesus Christ and you can’t stand the Light.
Stop this ridiculous and uneducated attitude. You would be dead without black people. Think of all the greatest music ever composed. The greatest songs. The greatest inspirational heroes…Muhammad Ali, Mandela, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, Soujourner Truth, Bob Marley, Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield. So many absolute angels, sent from God.
Without the inspiration of these people many millions of so-called ‘white’ people, including myself would not have had the strength to pay the price of life.
And black youth in America. I’m talking to you here too. I love you. So I don’t mean to sound cross, I’m just being a mother. Why are you killing each other? Why are you hating yourselves? You are the most important people God ever sent to this earth, every man, woman and child among you! Don’t let uneducated people win and take your self-esteem or your esteem for each other, and make you kill each other over guns, drugs, bling, or any other nonsense.
You are now entering YOUR version of a sort of civil rights movement and you’re going to see history being made in what has certainly the profoundest potential to become THE most wonderful country on earth. Because soon ALL ‘isms’ and ‘sits’ will end. including racism, as the people of the earth begin to understand we are all one.
We came from one mother. We are all brothers and sisters. And we CAN get beyond this ILLUSION of separateness. With prayer and love. It CAN change. It WILL change. And YOU guys (young people of all kinds) are the ones who are going to GENTLY change it. And you know where it starts? With MUSIC.
Don’t be guided by rap, Gangsta or otherwise. Sure, enjoy it. Adore it, as I do. But realize this: rap ain’t about your civil or spiritual rights, baby boys and girls. It, along with most music nowadays, is about falsenesses and vanities. Bling, drugs, sex, guns and people-dissing. It’s giving you the message you ain’t ‘good enough’ if you don’t have bling and ting…and money, or if you’re not what it deems ‘sexy’.
This is true of all popular music not, rap alone. I know. It’s tragically true of all popular youth culture the world over.
Poor Curtis Mayfield must be crying all day and night, ALL day and night in heaven, to see what has been so successfully achieved by those who sent guns, drugs, and bling to squash the Civil Rights Movement. Now, you all don’t have to be murdered by racists any more…you’re murdering each other FOR them! And your parents and grandparents are left crying.
Go back to strong black musical guides who left you information in the 60s and 70s when they were living through the civil rights struggle. Curtis Mayfield. The Impressions. Nina Simone, Mahalia Jackson. Sing back the Holy Spirit, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, as those artists did.
Forget bling. Forget “Get Rich Or Die Trying.” That is an evil message. Evil my dears is only live (life) backwards. Turn it the right way up. With music. The messages American black youth are being given through music are not about the spiritual, and therefore strong and conquering but PEACEFUL making of YOUR country into the wonderful place it secretly is and can be. BECAUSE OF YOU, and BY YOU!!
You know not how you are adored, appreciated, valued, loved, cried for, smiled for, prayed for, all over the world. You know not how much inspiration and upliftment of heart you give to millions just by your presence on earth.
These musical guides will give you self-esteem. When you have self-esteem you can achieve anything. You can stand in the street as many did yesterday and change your country peacefully and with song. Chant down Babylon as the Rastas say. Rastafari will also give you self- esteem. Investigate it.
You will notice, my beautiful sons and daughters, when you study, as you must, footage of all civil rights gatherings, how singing and music and sound and voice and the Holy Spirit were all employed and were so much a part of the energy which moved things along. Just as running was in the South African gatherings I saw on tv in my own childhood, which inspired me to survive my own horrors.
What you listen to musically and whether or not you employ the Holy Spirit’s highest will for your life is what’s gonna make you transcend all you’re having to suffer (the worst of which is low self-esteem…or esteem based upon material ‘success’ or ‘sexiness’ as a result of being the descendants of people who didn’t ask to be stolen and leave you where you are. Delete bling. Get conscious with your music. Demand conscious music from your artists. Go back to the artists who left you proper guidance.
This is some serious stuff and we (all manner of musical artists) are too silent on matters of enormous spiritual importance. Lemme ask you…JayZ and Eminem et al…Why was it always that black people only worked in the post rooms of record companies, which was always in the basement? Why was it that as each floor went up the skins got paler till it was fuckin ghosts at the top? And all us artists.. even me.. said nothing? Those buildings (record companies) always struck me as being a microcosm or painting of America, racially speaking. Christ almighty…if it’s like that in the music business, how is anything ever going to change?
We, musical artists are too silent on important stuff. And it is our job to be the gatekeepers of truth. ALL the people of this earth must come together eventually and see that we are one. ALL artists must stand up. Black, white, yellow, green, pink, fucking polka dot.. and be a light in these times.
The world is going to shift massively this year.. spiritually speaking. Musical artists are to be a massive part of that shift. Get up, letls all of us. And light Jah fire.. and BE lights.
Where’s the fire gone from music? Where is the love? The oneness? The knowing that music CAN and WILL move things in the right spiritual direction without hatred or violence? We must box clever. Sing the devil to sleep at your feet. Thats what Curtis teaches. He is the master of ALL musical masters. Forget, forget, forget and forget again bling and guns and drugs and the worship of fame and money. Itls time to wake up. We KNOW the power of music. Why aren’t we using it to change anything important?
Musicians all over the world should now gently demand this child’s killer be arrested immediately and the family of Trayvon Martin be immediately apologized to upon bended knee. Frankly, I myself would like an apology! America is a country I love and adore. What this man has done is un-American in the most horrific extreme.
Him not being arrested is extremely embarrassing and does absolutely NOT paint the true picture of of a country and a people who for the 90% majority are the kindest, most loving, intelligent, and wonderful people you could know.
Please.. ALL Americans should deplore this crime. As should ALL people of ALL nations. And deplore the fact this man has not been arrested. All Irish people should do the same. And I ask that we here in Ireland should express through our American embassy that we would like to see this man arrested this very minute. Because racism is not acceptable. Nor is vigilantism. And this was very clearly in no way at all a case of self-defense.
I leave you with some lyrics of Curtis Mayfield which I feel are appropriate for this situation. I am certain Curtis would have wanted to contribute to the discussion on the issue of Trayvon’s murder and the condition of young black people in America today.. so here goes.. the song is called “This Is My Country”…from the album of the same name.
Lyrics – This Is My Country
Some people think we don’t have the right
to say it’s my country
before they give in
they’d rather fuss and fight
than say its my country
I’ve paid three hundred years or more
of slave-driving sweat and welts on my back
This is my country
Too many have died in protecting my pride
for me to go second class
We’ve survived a hard blow and I want you to know
that you must face us at last
And I know you will give consideration
shall we perish unjust or live equal as a nation?
This is my country.
via Sinead O’Connor
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The NRA (gun lobby) is the primary reason for this law. They paid well to get it in action.
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From the foremost expert on race relations in America, Tim Wise:
Trayvon Martin, White Denial and the Unacceptable Burden of Blackness in America
“George Zimmerman must be held accountable for his actions, and hopefully he will be. Innocent until proven guilty of course, there is a process for determining matters of formal legal responsibility, and may that process now move forward to a just conclusion. But beyond the matter of legal guilt or innocence, beyond that which can be addressed in a court of law — one way or the other — there is a bigger issue here, and it is one that cannot be resolved by a jury, be it Grand or otherwise, nor by judges or prosecutors. It is the none-too-minor matter of the monster we as a nation have created, not only apparently in the heart of George Zimmerman, but in the minds of millions: individuals far too quick to rationalize any injustice so long as the victim has a black face; persons for whom no act of racially-biased misconduct qualifies as racist; persons who have allowed their own fears, anxieties and occasionally even hatreds to numb them, to inure them to the pain and suffering of the so-called other.”
Yes, there’s a war going on right here in this country against anyone who is the “other.” When all these “other” people arise and fight back on the war against us, the terrorism that has gone on against blacks for the past 400 years and the other issues we face, we will come to find out the REAL war was never about the “other.” The “other” was a scapegoat to divert our attention away from the real “other” which is the 1%.
It was always about the 1% vs. the 99%. By pitting racists against the “others,” the 1% kept the focus off of them as they made slaves of us all with usury, poisoning our food, water, land, oceans, giving us peanuts while they milked us dry. Racism was always about economics. It still is.