Mumia's "Great Un-Washed" To Profane July 4th
Join the "great un-washed" as they scream profanities at puzzled tourists and vexed Philadelphia natives. The body odor even more pronounced as the summer heat beats down upon the concrete on the mostly New York crowd. People a couple of hours away from Philadelphia and the place where Officer Faulkner was killed by Mumia, but whose ideology ensures their blinders to the truth stay firmly in place.
Of course, there will have to be some kind of meeting in order for them to get the cabal of self-appointed activists, to get their story straight. Considering half of them probably weren't even alive when Faulkner was killed and they are ripe for the myths.
Who will be the killer of Officer Faulkner this year? Kenneth Freeman, Arnold Beverly, maybe Mumia's brother. Anybody but the savior will do.
T-shirts and books will be sold. Old men and women, still burnt about the dissolution of the Soviet Union will be hawking newspapers full of dry, Marxist platitudes, and Mumia's picture for marketing sake.
Oh, how I don't miss those days. The sweltering, stinking heat and the grim reality that most of the people who were around us Mumia people hated us or were at best ambivalent. Rare was the protest when an actual Philadelphian offered us much more than the 1 fingered salute. The City of Philadelphia, nearly 50% African-American, could care less about the Jamalophiles or their hero. They know, probably better than most that at the end of the day, these white suburbanites will hit the road back to the suburbs, the plight of black Philadelphians unchanged, unnoticed, as the vitrolic from the amplified profanity, with it's unintelligible, staccato rhythm and contortion of the word "motherfucker" in ways never imagined.
I will be thinking of the children of MOVE, dragged out to another demonstration, told what to say and when to say it, as they dream of doing things like normal kids would be doing, BBQ's in the backyard and firecrackers lighting up the night. But what to a slave is the fourth of July.
For freedom and those who fought and to continue to fight for it.