The month of June is the first month of Summer which is represented by the Fire element on the African Medicine Wheel. This is a time for action, building, movement, but in the true nature of fire it is also a time of tearing down the old to build up the new. Unfortunately, when you blend all of this active energy and hot weather with a lack of living waged jobs, legalized marijuana, and the big push to license concealed weapons; you create a different and sometimes violent energy. But this energy doesn’t have to prevail, the residents of the City of Detroit have an opportunity to build up something new for themselves in the aftermath of the State’s takeover of the City. Unfortunately, we don’t have the leaders in Detroit with any backbone who will step forward and tell the people the truth about what is happening to them and why.
But as the saying goes, the leader that you seek is yourself, so I’ll ask the question, even though no one else will. The United States corporation succeeded from Great Britain to have representation in government, representation elected by the people to serve the majority’s needs and express the desires of the people that elected them (or so they said). Their call was, ”No taxation without representation.” Clearly, the residents of the City of Detroit, who voted for a mayor and city council, have been stripped of their representation, so why are we being taxed? And more importantly, why are we paying to be disrespected and publically humiliated?
And we have seen this trend spreading to other urban centers around the country, and it won’t stop until the people who are being abused take a personal stand. We don’t have to organize or march in protest, we just need to do what makes sense, and in this culture, money talks. So let us speak the language of the day, as eloquently as the forefathers of this country – paupers and thieves that they were, and demand our unalienable rights as human beings. And all of the people and corporations that have been working behind the scenes to further the destruction of the city’s resources, heed this warning…Detroit is a city of spirit, don’t think you’re going to walk in here and take the land to feed your personal greed mongering. There are powerful spirits around this city that have been fed and nourished by the people. Be careful, watch your step, you might look up and find yourself in the Detroit River…head first!
I once saw a picture of an African man, Nigerian, holding a sign that read…”when the people can’t find money for food, they will eat the rich.” Peace!