By Uhuru B. Rowe (June 18, 2015)
Why do I feel alone, abandoned,
forgotten, and disconnected from my
people as I sit in my prison cell?
As I look out of my cell door, why do
I see ten New Afrikan (Black) prisoners
for every individual white prisoner?
Why are Virgina prisoners forced to serve
85 Percent of our numerical de facto life
sentences with no hope of release?
And why, if we are serving, on average,
more time on our sentences than prisoners
in most other states, have we not
organized our peaceful Free Virginia Movement?
Why is funding consistently cut
from the budget of inner-city (urban)
school districts while funding for jails
and prisons remain at an all time high?
Why did the federal government abolish
Pell Grants for prisoners, effectively
perpetuating our ignorance and recidivism?
Why is it that 150 years after the
passage of the Thirteenth Amendment,
New Afrikans have become neo-slaves
on neo-slave prison plantations?
Why is it so easy for racist cops
to execute our unarmed New Afrikan
brothers and sisters in cold blood with
Why is it so esay for New Frikans
to hate and ill other New Afrikans in
the midst of the national #Black Lives
Why do America refuse to even
consider the idea of giving reparations
to New Afrikans even though it is
responsible for the genocidal deaths of
over 50 million Black people?
Even as New Afrikans experience
genocide from all angles, why is it so
dificult for us to unify in uncompromising
love to take full control of our destiny,
and, thus, ensure our survival as a
people and as a nation?
Why don’t New Afrikans spend more
of our money with New Afrikan-owned
Why don’t we teach our New Afrikan
youth how to be owners and producers,
instead of workers and consumers?
Why don’t all New Afrikan celebrities
and professional sports athletes come
together and found a national
New Afrikan-owned bank that can
rival some of America’s largest banks?
Why don’t record companies
agressivley market concious hip hop
instead of gangster/trap rap which
glorifies sexism, drugs, prison/gang/
thug culture, and Black-on-Black violence?
Why is it that in a so-called color
blind society, nine New Afrikans were
shot to death by a white racist in a
historically Black church in Charleston,
When will the time come when we
as a New Afrikan people will have
progressed to the point where we can
stop asking “Why”?
Uhuru B. Rowe #1131545
Buckingham Correctional Center
P.O. Box 430
Dillwyn, Virginia 23936