Category: Editorial

Memoriam | #JusticeForSabsAndSunny

Two lives cut short by impotent rage.
A killer’s family remains whole while the victim’s is wholly disfigured–
Limbs of a family tree which can never be grafted or revived.
Today marks Sunny & Sabs’ death day.

Two bodies now six feet underground, but one killer asks to be free.
Two bodies: one mother, one daughter, both hacked from the family tree.

A thief of life, wishes to walk among the living, but a community says no:
“Justice must be served for these horrible crimes and the community must be protected from him!”

A robber of family, wants to walk among the good, and the good say:
“I don’t want him to hurt anyone else.”

A murderer, but not on death row, the community speaks out once more and says:
“There isn’t a doubt in my mind that my own life would also be in danger if this sick POS were to be released.”

June 7th marks the day when Sabrina and Sunny were slain in their home.
2000+ have said no to the release of convicted murderer Jacob P. Cayer.

Who will be the next to say, “No.”

Sign the petition against the release of convicted murderer Jacob Cayer:

#JusticeForSabsAndSunny ⚖ #StopAsianHate

On “Black Diaspora of the the 20th Century”

“Blackness” is multivalent concept that has been shaped by cultural and historical events, from colonial trade to desegregation, these global events have shaped African, American, and British societies as we know them today.

The link below highlights the black experience in the 20th century through the lens of literature. Whereas Malcolm X’s autobiography deconstructs the disillusionment of freedom and equality in America, the poetry of Jackie Kay’s the Adoption Papers explores biracial identity, parenthood, and #LGBTQ+ issues, all of which are themes that are included in Octavia Butler’s dystopian science fiction novel. “Parable Of The Sower”. Individually, the texts present the multifaceted nature of blackness, together they highlight systemic challenges people of the African diaspora have faced.

The authors and titles featured in my post Black Diaspora Literature of the 20th Century illustrate core problems during the cultivation of a black identity, using their lived experience, their poetry, and their allegories to tell the story African diaspora. We live in a post-colonial word, but xenophobia is still a real issue that has no borders, but seeks to build walls of false security. As we draw closer to 2020, let us take a look into the past so that we can focus on co-creating a more inclusive future.

In solidarity.

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Michael Ray

Bachelors of English Literature
Humboldt State University.

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