Thursday, July 5, 2012

God's Culture

Peace Y’all,

Today is the day after Independence Day, a National holiday in the USA. But this build could go for ALL the national holidays in this country…. I get Sooooooo tired of seeing folks on the social networks belly aching and cutting a damn fool about how Black people have no business celebrating the him/devil’s holiday. That level of foolishness is based on a miniscule amount of information and a tremendous amount of ignorance. And when I hear these people I just know that it is because of something they heard from another rather than something they drew up on their own…. Easily led in the wrong direction hard to be led in the right direction. Either your ignorant or unemployed.

Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, New years Day, Presidents Day, Flag Day and a whole bunch of other National Holidays are ALL applicable to the citizens and residents of this country.

Contrary to what you have been fed; I am a citizen of the United States. I was born here, as were 10 generations of my ancestors. I pay taxes here. This is where my addresses are, this is where I earn my gold and more than likely this is where I will die and be buried. I already have my cemetery plot. I am a damn citizen regardless to how I came to be here. I am subject to all the rules and regulations of this country. And more than likely you are too.

Folks act like they don’t want to pledge allegiance to this country. Really? What country do you want to pledge allegiance to? Most folks saying that bullshit have never been out of the country. I have traveled all over this planet. The US is a wonderful country. Seriously. Think about this…. No matter how poor folks are in the US, they still have cable. In other countries poverty looks like what it is... Shack living drinking dirty water with no food and no access to it. Rampant disease and flies without energy to wipe them off their faces. Homeless people eat better than poor folks of other countries. There is a level of courtesy that people in the US are used to that doesn’t exist in other countries. The words, “Excuse me” are a concept that doesn’t exist in other countries. And even in many ‘developed’ countries, they lose water, heat, electricity at certain hours of the day. Nope. I like… dare say… LOVE the good old US of A. I don’t want to live anywhere else. Each time I leave the US I am happy to return. Hell, I break out into a happy dance when I see the sign welcoming me back to the delight of the customs agents right before they strip search me and x-ray my colon. For some reason when I come back from ‘brown’ countries, they just don’t want to believe that I am from here.

Fourth of July celebrates independence of the United States from England. Black folks, some of them free, existed in this country at that time. And Black folks died in the Revolutionary war. It doesn’t matter whether we were enslaved or not, we will still have been affected by the English throne had we remained a ward of that country. Because there are many locales still shaking off the shackles of English occupation and colonialism like Hong Kong, Ireland, India, just to name a few.

Memorial Day is a day to honor the dead of all our nation’s wars. Black people served and still serve in the military. Black folks died and are still dying in this nation’s conflicts. So we have every right to celebrate that holiday. Veteran’s Day too. BTW the Father was a veteran. So was my biologic father as well as many of my relatives. So were yours. Had I not had a physical deformity, I would be a service person. When these same veterans die folks expect there to be a flag draped over their coffins, but when the holiday comes they talk shit.

I can’t see why anyone would refuse to celebrate Labor Day unless you don’t have a job. Most folks work and it’s a day to relax and get paid to not work. I like it. Thanksgiving is a tricky holiday. Yes him/devil did the Native Americans dirty. But they do that to everybody. It’s part of the dues all ethnicities and nationalities pay to be considered Americans. Ask Black folks. Ask Italians and Irish. Ask Middle Eastern folks, Muslims and Asians. Him/devil is just that way.

Columbus Day is to Italians what MLK Day is to Black folks. Either way, I’m off and paid for each of those days. You see the trend.

When it comes to Christmas I see the point. I don’t celebrate that holiday as it is… Meaning, I don’t put up a tree and buy gifts for people other than my mother. But I do appreciate the energy of people at this time of year. I accept ALL fruitcakes (you can do some things with them jokers) and I share that time with my family because that is the only time they will all come together under 1 roof. And regardless of their allegiance to the mystery god, they are still my people and I love them.

I don’t think anyone has a problem with New Years. It’s a good drinking and party holiday and for some reason that appeals to people of all levels of KOS. SMH. I usually bring it in sleeping. That’s what I do best and consistently.

But let’s take this to the Math… The fourth of July is a set holiday; like Christmas. It always falls on the same date. So 7/4 reads God’s Culture to me. So instead of being salty about being part of the wilderness of North America, you celebrate the culture of the Gods and our chosen way of life. Let’s be real, I don’t expect to see a lot of him/devils at Original people’s celebrations. You may see 1, but you won’t see a bunch. Original people just have never learned to relax in their presence and 8:14 will come through. And I ain’t mad about that. You have the ability to shape your reality to what you want. Make your celebrations match what is going on in your mental.

And if that still doesn’t suit you, go to work. More than likely you will get paid time and a half for the pleasure and you will celebrate on payday. Now stop hating on bullshit.