Respect Panthers on Wheels


Leroy - Posted on 12 April 2012

Author: 
Leroy Moore

 

 

Roll out the red carpet

Here comes the Queen

Regaining her thrown

Wait! Wait! Wait!

The pack turned on her

 

Black Panthers going gray

The human & animal Kingdom eating their elders

Malcolm Samuel, Brad Loma, Kiilu Nyasha, Queen, Mama Khandi,

Black Panthers in their golden years

Living, Fighting & yes dying alone

 

Panthers roaming the streets in wheelchairs

Looking for their brothers and sisters

Caught up in police sweeps

Snatched up by homeland security

Left to die in prisons and shelters

 

Look how we treat our seniors

Queen Mama Khandi stripped by the state

Like X, state barged in splitting up Khandi’s family

Son placed in foster care

Incarcerated because she is an activist

 

Came back home to find eviction notion

Section eight and disability income revoked

Same story for Malcolm Samuel in Berkeley

Sitting in his wheelchair on the avenue easy target for police

Died in prison from lack of medical care

 

Their stories I will continue to share

On CD, Brother Malcolm Speaks

Tore up wheelchair, slept in doorways

Talked about his days as a tailor for the Panthers

From homemade black suits to sweat shop salvation army’s rags

 

Where is the file on Brother Brad Lomax

Brought the Black Panthers into the disability movement

Only a few knows about his work

His file is under secrecy

The Black community building for its own

Racism and capitalism ate away Lomax’s goal

Today the Oakland disabled Black community still searching for its own

 

Brad Lomax left out of two histories

Panthers are in every city

Let the film role capturing the beautiful revolution of Kiilu Nyasha

We all are getting older pass this poem to someone younger

On the wheels of steel respect the panthers in your community

 

 

By Leroy F. Moore

PNN RADIO

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