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Note to the Editor: There are two more photo links to the article.
Apetibi Ifakemi Fagbenro of Tulsa and Chief Ifaronke Fagbenro Amusan of Dallas, TX are Marching to the area where the victims were killed.
The second Photo Masqurader Wariwo, pouring libation for the three African victims who were killed.
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The following article happened the Sunday after the “Good” Friday murder in April
A n African memorial was held for three Africans,Dannaer Fields, Bobby Clark, and William Allen,
all whom were killed on Good Friday, by two North Americans (white) Jacob England, and Alvin Watts one of killers who claim that he was avenging his father because he was murdered by an African 2 years ago. The African , Parnell Demond Jefferson, who killed Jacob’s father, Carl England was never convicted of murder only burglary cause it ruled by the Judge as self-defense he’s currently serving time in prison for burglary and assault. David Hall and Deon Tucker were injured during the attack.
The Memorial was organized by the Tulsa/Dallas Ancestral Society led by Chief Egunwale Fagbenro Amusan. The evening started with African drumming, and celebration. Afterward, Community activist and religious leaders spoke out against this terrible tragedy that fell upon these North Tulsa residents. There has been a saying that everytime something happens in African Community the people don’t care as weather Blacks are killed by Blacks or Whites. Chief Egunwale makes this remark as he welcomes the people in the community. “We want the community to know that we do care.” “To break this absolute stereotype that we don’t care within our own community, and were always asking for help outside our community.” “This is to show that we do care about our community; and this is proof and it has been proven in the work that we have to do as a collective.” Egunwale points out that healing starts from within it never starts from without. “We want to start a healing within our community that these crimes often happen, were not talking about violent crime of that nature or the nature that these people were taken down,” the Chief said, who is also a Ifa priest or Babalowo, “Father of Secrets” in the Yoruba tradition. He points out that there are crimes of education, crimes of the immediate environment in North Tulsa, crimes in our social activities, crimes that keeps us apart as a collective group of people and that Africans can’t unite. It is criminal that we can’t have a healing ceremony in the Tulsa African community. This is the nature and activities of colonialism which keeps Africans apart and contained in North Tulsa, Philly, Dallas, and all over the world.(The Authors Emphasizes added) “If somebody says what about us, that is a sign of separation, that’s a sign of judgment, cause judgment is an attempt of separating yourself from something or someone else make you look more superior; that is criminal, socially criminal,” Chief Egunwale says. He explained reason why the Tulsa/ Dallas Ancestral Society and the Tulsa community stood there that day, that it is their responsibility utilize death as an opportunity to bring a new form of life. Not to submerge ourselves in misery and pain, because Africans experience it everyday. Trayvon Martin comes to mind, Tobias Mackey who was killed by Officer Matthew Tate in Dallas, TX, Clovonte Reynolds who gunned down by a Houston Police Officer named Rafael Beaez in Arlington, TX. And many more Africans who were killed all over the country it’s doesn’t matter if the perpetrators were African, Mexican, European, or Asian. They are still killers and neocolonialist under the American imperialist system. The message that Chief Egunwale is projecting that Africans in North Tulsa care about their community and they’re creating a new life standard. The new life standard for ourselves and our children in our community. The only thing that keeps together is love, he says. “Everything else is an illusion that keep us conquered, divided, and defeated.” He also emphasized that if there no love in the community, they created a void for love not to exist. The community created that void, that’s what happened to them; that is exactly what happened, there was a void and the that person who killed them filled that void with hate. Egunwale also said, “If love had been there, it would’ve never happened, but there a void and it was filled with hate.” “Now we want to fill this community with love,” he added. “And that is what it’s going to take to for us heal.” He said to the community that was present that anytime a community is trying to heal, they are told to get over it; it’s in the past it’s done with, why do we (Africans) have to ignore their pain. Are we not human? The Ancestral society had proven that day that there is humanity in the North Tulsa community, “The fact your standing here today proves that our humanity is alive,” the Chief said.
Chief Ifaronke Amusan says the we come to stand up to the fact that life continues on, “We come today welcome you to an activity that we consider very very important in the healing process,” she said. She also says that if we don’t celebrate the lives of these people then we have lost part of our heritage. This is a heritage that made us stand strong. The Chief said that we welcome the community with open arms and we want us to heal. “It is time that we go through the healing process, it is time that we do not put off our healing; cause we have been trying to heal for 500 years.” She said that we have to take on our healing, we will stand strong for those who have lost their lives here. “ So we say Iba se (give honor) to Deaner Fields, Iba se to William Allen, Iba se to Bobby Clark,” Chief Ifaronke Amusan says as she gives an understanding of Yoruba tradition when dealing loss of loved ones. She teaches that even though their bodies are laid to the ground, as Alaagba, Chief Egunwale is pouring is spirits libation to the ground (Gin) so that the spirits of those who were killed will be venerated. And that so their spirits will continue to live in their hearts, in the African communities lives, and in their memories. Then the community participated in calling out their own ancestors name.
Brother Avery, honored his presence with his saxophone playing amazing, but the way he played that music moved everyone that were listening which came to a roaring applause when he ended. Brother Avery was a resident North Tulsa, so this he was affected by this tragedy that on “Good” Friday. He played in honor of them so that they would live on.
Minster Alvin Muhammad told the crowd that he concluded a meeting with Jesse Jackson and he made statement that the game is not over. Just because these men were arrested for murder the war is not yet over, we can’t rely on the national media to make changes in the North Tulsa community, it takes the people in the community cause the workers are the leaders that can make change in the African community. He emphasized that it does not matter whether your red, brown, or yellow or Jew or religion it takes all them to let this State know that we are concern about protecting our community protection. The Minister said “That in the red State of Oklahoma, hate crime is misdemeanor.” So they can take you and lynch and do whatever they want to you in Oklahoma it is considered a misdemeanor.
Brother Author Farrakhan came to speak and that there’s no way that we can come together without hostility, as he makes a reference to Jesus and Qur’an, “There is definitely a spiritual movement connected to the freedom movement of our Ancestor who slain on these shores 400 years, “ he said. “Based on what taken place in Florida, what taken place on Forest earlier, and today is Sunday, there’s a movement taken place where they think where no movement can come from,” referring to the community in North Tulsa. “So were not dead and rigamarotis has not set in,” Brother Farrakhan said.
Brother Farrakhan makes an analogy, as in how North Tulsa can help each other, he compared what he called snitching when the a person turned the suspects who killed the three Africans as oppose to snitching he called it stitching. A stitch he referred to is done the needle and thread, and your clothes are falling apart you sew them up together and you tighten them up. When they see see their community being destroyed, when they see their loved ones being destroyed, then they use their energy to make sure that the destruction not continue. He also added that were the “cops” were not to allow anybody to destroy our community.
Other community activist discussed things that going in Tulsa as well as all over country like the city budget cuts, school closing, police terrorism, mortgage closures and sub prime loans that has been targeting the African community. This is the parasitic relationship that has been going in the African community. They expressed how to stop beef and horizontal violence in the African community. Some have said we have to go back to old days where the people used look after one another in the community. These stories like this are not only told in Tulsa, but they are being told how African people looked after each other all over the country.
After the speakers, there was an African “masquerade;” in the Yoruba tradition in any special event or tragedy or injustice an masquerade or an Ancestor(Egungun in the Yoruba language) comes out. The Masquerade is not just entertainment, it’s an Ancestor coming back to Earth which it is. An outfit or mask is worn to hide the person behind, it this way the Ancestor speaks through vessel or person. That ancestor brought comfort and exposed the corruption that was going on in North Tulsa African community like parasitic Arab and Korean merchants. This particular Masquerader name was Wariwo, who the the protector of the communities in Africa and the diaspora. As matter of fact Wariwo means “community protector.” The highlight of the vigil and march was that he gave comfort to the mother of one of the victims William Allen. This how it should be in the African community. Not some civil or Black Cultural showbiz, we will let the familes know we fight this injustice whether were marching, defending the Black community or in form of a African Masquerade! This how it’s done back home in Africa.
Murders is a reminder of the Tulsa wars on the Africans in 1921
The murder of Dannaer Fields, Bobby Clark, and William Allen, murders brought back old scars 91 years ago, just as Jacob England killed these Africans to avenge his father who murdered by an African two years earlier, the same reason it happened in 1921 when a Black man was accused of attacking and white women in an elevator, this incident would cause the worst violence upon African people in history since the first terrorist attack on US soil. Many Africans died, hundreds of homes were destroyed which left Africans homeless. This attack brought on the National Guards where Africans were sent to concentration camps “Tent Cities on Greenwood and Archer.” The Africans did go out without resisting, these Africans were WWI veterans who fought against North American “White Nationalist” the KKK, and White WWI veterans. Things have not changed since then 91 years later. They now come in form of the Police and now so-called “Neighborhood Watchmen” who killed Travon Martin by George Zimmerman. And since then these White militants are rising up all over country, the ones who were once underground are now revealing themselves to the media preparing the inevitable. Some Africans are now being prepared to “stand their ground” as well against White Nationalist and American attacker. We need more Africans to organize and defend the African community against these invaders.
. For years we’ve been ignored and been told to get over murders of African people and move on cause it only affect those that close to the victim but not as a whole. A poll on Yahoo said that a majority of whites felt that the media was showing too much coverage of Travon Martin and let the Justice do it’s job. Some blogged and that Travon was a thug he shouldn’t have been in the White community where his father lived. In the Uhuru Movement we have a saying “Touch One, Touch All!” This effects us and the African community will continue to fight for justice and Self-Determination. For 200 years Europeans have created an idea called White Supremacy and racism to prove that their nation was more superior than any other nation. This justified the so-called civilization and the conquest Africa and other non-white nations, these Europeans had no resources no skills so they had to use force and invade Africa take all her resources which includes human labor. Even the most progressive of whites feel uncomfortable when the story is told how America gained it’s wealth. Even the writer of this article has been called a liar and a racist when he himself have pointed it out. President Obama says were living in a post racial society. I read a statement where it said America has showed it’s maturity now that they have elected a Black president. Yet the issue of “race” has never been resolved, this is truly a contradiction. In the face violence that we as African face with the Police and White nationalist, they’re telling not to do anything and go on with our lives. Some of them such as the media will allow the promotion of criminalization of Africans and refuse to investigate the truth. Therefore we must follow the tenets of the article What is the Campaign for Community Self-Defense based on Revolutionary National Democratic Program http://uhurunews.com/story?resource_name=what-is-the-campaign-for-african-community-self-defense. It’s is time that we defend our communities learn self defense including the use of rifles and guns within the “colonial” law of course. We need to stand and defend all African culture and spirituality even if don’t agree with it. In conclusion we have serious dialogue on Self Determination Independence in lifetime.
Al Sharpton said that he coming or was planning to be here, when those killers were caught he did an about face “Justice has been served.” No leadership, healing or guidance came from the real leader s came from the African working class themselves. InPDUM has taught Africans that there is no justice for us in America. Self-Determination begins controlling our own communities keeping the police and the White Nationalist out! Serve justice on our own terms. We must finally discuss the pros and cons and how we move forward to gain state power. At the same time we respect those who want to work within the American colonial system, reform the laws such as civil rights; cause we have figure out how to work together when we finally control Africa and other states under control by Africans or states being decolonized. Let’s start to organize work toward this effort to gain our Freedom. For 14 years we have had our Tulsa/Dallas Ancestral Society memorial celebration Greenwood Ave May 26-27, there was poetry, African Drumming, and of course dancing. It was the biggest event of the year honoring those who died in the Tulsa 1921 massacre, let’s not forget those fought and made a sacrifice to defend their economy from the white attacks. Of course do it all under GOD truly!
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