push past protester privilege.
everyone who commits a crime protests something.
justice’s “just us.”
ignoring them po’ black folk.
“society” not “social” justice.
blind justice morphs into blood red eyed cerberus.
the bitch now eats her young.
Korrupt Kops Kuff kolored kids.
as we criminalize our children,
we, as a nation, fall to our knees.
from this prostrate position, we pray unheard.
god does not listen to killers of the future.
A 32-year reign of engineered, single-seat black representation on Charlottesville’s City Council crashed to a screeching halt on Sunday with the early morning release of results in Charlottesville’s Democratic Firehouse Primary. In their wake, racial turmoil and long overdue electoral reform increasingly are likely.
Colette Blount, assumed successor to the “black crown” on Charlottesville’s all Democrat and historically white City Council, has lost her electoral bid, reportedly finishing fifth in a field of seven candidates. Only the top three vote getters can appear on the November general election ballot where the finalized Democrat slate is predestined for victory.
Blount’s defeat puts Charlottesville’s primarily white Democrat committee and the city’s black community at odds, threatening an uneasy alliance that has existed between the two entities since the early 1980s.
Charles Barbour was Charlottesville’s first black City Councilor. Elected in 1970, he served two terms. In 1978, black Democrat, James Hicks, was defeated in his attempt to follow Barbour leaving a two-year period of no black representation on Charlottesville’s City Council. Although Hicks would have been victorious running solely in either of the city’s two black precincts, Firehouse (Tonsler) and Lane (Carver), Charlottesville’s at-large voting scheme effectively nullified Hicks’s precinct victories when votes from white areas of the city were tallied.
During the ensuing years, seeking a fairer environment within which to compete, the Charlottesville NAACP called for ward-based elections to replace the city’s racially exclusive at-large system. Led by the late Virginia Carrington , the NAACP relentlessly petitioned then mayor, Frank Buck , to move the city from at-large elections (which had been dismantled by the United States Department of Justice in many other Southern cities during the 1960s and 1970s) to ward-based elections.
Buck and his predominantly white Democrat council cohorts reluctantly agreed to place the issue of moving toward ward-based elections on the November 1981 ballot as an advisory referendum. The measure passed in 6 of the city’s 8 precincts, with overwhelming support in the city’s two historically black precincts, Firehouse and Rose Hill (Carver). But there was a significant under-vote on the measure, as the Charlottesville Democratic Committee did not place the referendum on their sample ballot—knowing well that omission would yield greatly diminished voter participation. When Carrington and the NAACP pressed Mayor Buck to act on the referendum’s results, he rejected the obvious call for change, disingenuously claiming that the vote was “not decisive enough.”
Six months later, in May 1982, Buck put the same advisory referendum back onto the ballot—this time, a ballot on which Buck himself was a candidate for reelection to the City Council. He and other establishment Democrats actively campaigned against the referendum. Concurrently, Charlottesville’s white Democrats also colluded to divide the NAACP’s support for wards by offering perks to strategically recruited members of the city’s black community in what later was termed a “system of patronage.” Under this proposal the Charlottesville Democrats “guaranteed” in perpetuity one black seat on the five-member council in exchange for voting “cooperation” from the elected black Democrat in issues of importance to (white) Party leadership.
Following Buck’s backroom deal, the second ballot referendum was defeated in six of the city’s eight precincts: a mirror opposite of the previous ballot result. The NAACP membership split over the outcome, and the organization was substantially weakened. Buck, meanwhile, was victorious in maintaining lock-fisted, white control of the Charlottesville Democratic Committee.
From the deal’s inception through today, there has been an uninterrupted succession of one, and only one sitting black Democrat at a time on Charlottesville’s City Council:
Engineered succession of black Charlottesville City Councilors
|E.G. Hall||1980-1988 (two terms)|
|Alvin Edwards||1988-1996 (two terms)|
|Maurice Cox||1996-2004 (two terms)|
|Kendra Hamilton||2004-2008 (one term)|
|Holly Edwards||2008-2012 (one term)|
In addition, the Charlottesville Democratic Committee never has run a 2nd black candidate while one currently was serving, fearing that a powerful black voting-bloc would emerge to challenge the white Democrat establishment.
As the burden of assenting to demands of the Party became unbearable for solicited black men, fewer and fewer appeared interested in carrying the mantle of Charlottesville’s token black councilor. With a dearth of available men, the city’s Democrat machine then began recruiting women for the black seat. Unlike their male predecessors, both Kendra Hamilton and Holly Edwards each served only a single term, adding complexity to Democrats’ recruitment efforts and their ongoing racial manipulation scheme. Today, finding any black candidate willing to capitulate to the city’s Democrat Party bosses has become a near impossibility. In the absence of a willing mark, Party leaders appear intentionally to have let the “bargain” lapse.
When Colette Blount emerged as the only black Democrat candidate in the 2011 election cycle, nerves began to jitter. The establishment wing of the party—headed by Jim Nix and Tom Vandever—worried that Blount would be independent of Party dictates since she had aligned herself with Mayor Dave Norris’s interests and did not seek counsel and blessing from these elders. Of particular concern was Blount’s pro-Norris-plan position on the community water supply, which was diametrically opposed to that of Nix and Vandever, et al.
Blount’s candidacy received its death-blow when establishment Democrats, Kay Slaughter (former Mayor) andKristen Szakos (current councilor) endorsed only two candidates, Kathy Galvin and Satyendra Huja, for the threeopen seats council seats, thus backstabbing their reputedly ideologically aligned co-candidate, Paul Beyer. Establishment Democrats needed to secure only two seats to maintain their control of council (Huja and Galvin along with incumbent Szakos will form a majority bloc), thus Beyer was rendered superfluous.
While these racially motivated non-endorsements were the unofficial abrogation of Beyer’s campaign, they represented the eradication of Blount’s. Although refusing to directly challenge the black candidate’s legitimacy, through calculated omission, Szakos and Slaughter secretly signaled the acceptability of establishment Democrats’ deprecation of Colette Blount in their ballot rankings.
The Democrats’ neoteric implementation of Instant Runoff Voting (IRV)—which allowed every voter to vote for every candidate, through a ranking system—also was a culprit in Blount’s electoral demise. In previous primary elections, most Democrats knew that it was in the Party’s best interest for the chosen black candidate to be the top vote getter, and thus, the designee typically received the most votes. IRV changed the voting dynamic drastically. As every voter now voted for every candidate through a ranked ballot, the black candidate was now one-of-many votes on every ballot instead of one-of-a-select-few votes on (nearly) every ballot; mechanically and fundamentally, IRV undermined Blount’s chances. Since casting a vote for Blount inherently was a function of every ballot, there was no overriding imperative to rank her highly. In fact, many Democrats, angry with Norris and his slate , ranked Blount in the bottom half of their ballots, ultimately placing her fifth in a field of seven candidates.
White Charlottesville Democrats received the Slaughter/Szakos directive loud and clear—as demonstrated by their voting patterns—and resultingly, both Blount and Beyer were sacrificed at the altar of Democrat machine politics.
But the racial hangover from the Democratic Firehouse Primary does not end with Colette Blount’s repudiation. An intra-party challenge from Llezelle Dugger and Pam Melampy for Paul Garrett’s long held Clerk of Court seat saw Garrett, who is black, ejected from the position he’s occupied since his initial appointment to the post over 30-years ago—a date not coincidental to the inception of the Charlottesville Democrats’ 32-year-old compromise with the city’s black community. Garrett’s ouster will heap gasoline onto an already raging fire of racial discontent within Charlottesville’s Democrat Party.
Major electoral changes are possible and necessary in the aftermath of the Charlottesville Democrats disastrous firehouse primary. Non-partisan elections, implementation of ward or district-based elections, and a move toward a directly elected mayor openly are being discussed by Democrats who most recently had not considered such remedies necessary or even palatable.
In a city long dominated by white Democrats who have refused to equitably share the power of governance, their corrupt patronage “solution” to Charlottesville’s black “problem” eventually had to fall under its own encumbrance. And now it has. Sadly, it took 32 years. But finally, and thankfully, Charlottesville’s racially engineered political chickens have come home to roost.
9:32 AM EST, Friday, January, 27, 2012
Charlottesville General District Court, 16th Judicial District of Virginia
The Honorable Judge D, presiding.
He asks, “Why naked?”
She answers, “Your honor…”
It’s always dark in the beginning.
Four, she felt solar plexus’ pain when Venus’ children submerged Margot in darkness. All, summer in a, day she (who knew the sun) traced the lutescent, Helios lines clinging to the shut door’s edge. Remembering.
He came to me comforting.
Dissociative identity disorder describes a condition in which a person displays multiple distinct identities, each with her own pattern of perceiving and interacting with her environment.
This is an emotional pathology. She is an emotional pathway.
She is sometimes I. She is sometimes you. She is sometimes Maya Angelou.
Good morning, heartache.
Staring at the ceiling’s brown clusters reminded her of an uneventful but riveting third grade class trip to Hayden Planetarium. She mentally recited the planets, then the constellations to relieve her embarrassment at exposing “that place.”
Does beginning at a relationship’s sunset ever conclude at another’s dawn?
What about beginning with a “routine” pap smear at student health?
Stirrups are tools of devil shame.
Sing unto me that secret song
Of kisses with futures blended
Stretching into happily ever after.
Repeat our part
When we were new,
And you brushed my closed, third eye
With your chapped lips
Seeing and opening my poetess soul.
Sing unto me that secret song.
My inner brown sugar momma ignites.
You, sassy girl! He looked married… guilty… and handsome! He did this before, but you were special. Borrowed, stolen, broken. Partners in crime. You are now abandoned, a criminal, alone. You, sorrow’s girl…
Soul shouts, “Cry girl!”
“Miss, you seem to have contracted-”
Brown clusters blur, constellation names flee, tears burn.
My love’s gone. My love’s remnants cling. My love stains. My closet’s full. My cleanliness’ chased away. My shame envelopes. My regret of tasting the lush passion fruit bruises.
A lavender stationery square bordered with forget-me-not… She composes.
Eros, I know I said last time would be the last time. But, I need to tell you something important to us.
A lavender stationery square torn and discarded.
Sing unto me that secret song
Girl meets another girl’s boy.
It ached, how silent the cerebral monologue became when I recognized my ruination. I heard the blood throb in my ears, teaching me I could not die of shame or even faint from the weight of the grit of my vaginal and spiritual dirt.
A fling becomes a life long commitment, a death gift flung between Ramona’s web of pretending strangers.
An 8 X 11 piece of college ruled notebook paper… She composes.
Eros, I can’t find the words to tell you how much and how specifically you continue to hurt me.
A college ruled notebook paper folded and discarded.
Sing unto me that secret song
We never shared
A song making miracle believers,
A song of fields
Beyond our extremes
Where love encrusts molecules
And is sighed in by all
Till everyone falls drunk with
Purity tinged with passion.
A song we didn’t know how to write
As we did everything but right.
Sing unto me that secret song.
Prescription, cold sweat, clutched and clutched again in her right, coat pocket. Two a day for seven days. Two and seven, twenty-seven. She thinks about Jimi dying in England and Janis dying in an unknown place, both, at twenty seven. Shaken, she remembers today is her eighteenth birthday. Her first day as a woman; her first day as a scarlet woman. So much for rising phenomenally.
A crumpled drugstore receipt…She composes.
Eros, You make me hate myself for loving you. Wasted love. I wish I could take it back! You are a killer of women! You are a killer of spirit! You.
A drugstore receipt masticated and digested.
How do I forgive myself for ever letting someone so vile fill me? How do I look into my eyes without repulsion? How do I begin?
Years and valleys later.
Good night, sweetheart.
”A woman is like a tea bag. She does not know what is in her until placed in boiling water.”
When the mean scarlet of my psychosis met the cool cerulean of the authorities, I boiled.
Another asylum’s tomb. Sweaty back to a padded wall. Trying not to kill.
Star gazing with medically glazed, half-closed eye lids, I trace the constellation phantasms arcing the blank, beige ceiling.
Brooding drool, mine, shames. Saliva baptism, mine, breaks.
I forget him. Laudnum selective memory grays then swallows his oil portrait.
I obliterate our secret song. The Holst’s engulfing, lullaby Venus’ hushed notes embitter then diminish.
Now, I hear my voice, fervently whispering my hatred of her: the bitch, the controller, the lazy.
Her. Her. Her.
The cop, the psych nurse, my mamma.
She is the cruelest thing.
A soft, still response, ”So are you.”
Finally found, gasping at the answer I want to deny but know its truth. Truth, finally found.
The soft, still voice continues, ”And, you are loved.”
A moment of silence. Tears of gratitude for and fathoming of a limitless grace I had not known.
I am never the same.
The naked lady’s dawn
i know why the caged bird sings.
it sings for me, mother-f…
my very educated mother just served us nuts.
embracing her drills,
she revolves around a tent city in a public park.
there, she finds her moon in the seventh house, jupiter aligned with mars. there, she reminds her community to love and to dare.
then, darkness permeates.
“occupy ousted: cops take naked lady.”
some call her anarchist, fat, indecent, molester, media whore, crazy, obscene, trash, con, meaningless.
she is naked.
some call her angel, the light, baby, big momma, prophetess, aunty, love, an unscripted moment, by her name.
she is naked.
sagging, stripping, rippling, undulating, reincarnating hottentot venus of willendorf.
she stands naked in high heeled, coal, mary janes and pink, floral head wrap.
she spans her catalytic butterfly wings spurring a madagascar typhoon.
she carries the world’s grievances on her tongue.
she refuses the media’s artificial suns.
she walks in beauty like the night.
she is naked.
smiling her naked grin!
“You know your honor…”
William Hazlitt shared, “A gentle word, a kind look, a good natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.”
belly laughing her naked story!
“You know your honor…”
Maya Angelou bragged, “My life has been one great big joke, a dance that’s walked, a song that’s spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.”
dancing her naked hula!
“You know your honor…”
Emma Goldman insisted, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.”
bellowing her naked, honorable truth
We shall feel like a no one. We are known.
We shall feel used up and ugly. We are boundless and beautiful.
We shall feel alone. We are beloved.
Rising, we dawn, naked.
Why make this so hard on yourself?
Why so in your face?
Why so radical?
Why so loud?
“All nonsense questions are unanswerable.”
Rising, she dawns.
She is you.
She is I.
“The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
We are collecting writing for The Children’s Encyclopedia of Justice, an anthology of essays, stories, and poems dealing with justice and written by youth around the world. The anthology will be published late January 2013.
Proceeds from the contest and anthology will go to Charlottesville, Virginia’s prisoner re-entry support program, Achievers and Believers, to fund youth outreach.
Each quarter, we will award a Popular Writing $150 USD Award, Editor’s Pick $150 USD Award, Reader Appreciation $50 USD Award, and Referral Appreciation Award $25 USD Award.
In order to win the Popular Writing Award, your piece must garner the most “likes” by the quarter’s end.
In order to win the Editor’s Pick Award, your piece must exhibit exceptional style, structure, narrative, content, and language choice.
In order to win the Reader Appreciation Award, you must receive the most votes as the most valued comment submitter by the site’s featured writers.
In order to win the Referral Appreciation Award, you must receive the most mentions as the referral source by submitting authors by the quarter’s end. You may not refer yourself.
This quarter ends May 1, 2012.
You mail your submission according to our guidelines. We add the best to this blog. Our readers vote by clicking the “like” tab. We include the most popular and editor picks in the anthology.
1. Writers must be under the age of 18 at time of submission.
2. The writing topic is “justice.”
3. Poems must have less than 36 lines. Other pieces must be under 1501 words including title.
4. Entries must be in English or include an English translation.
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