|Haitian Parents Protest the
Abuse AT P.S. 34
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Hop artist, J.G., weighs in on the Abuse of Haitian kids at PS 34
Ezili Danto's Note:This
is one of the few times with this Haiti gig that business and pleasure
converges. J.G., the author of the piece below, is not only a collaborator
with the Haitian Lawyers Leadership activist work but a brilliant and
very talented musical client of mines.
This young man's lyrics and beats easily surpass the best that Hip Hop
there on the major labels any day! J.G. is redefining Conscience Rap
songs for a generation lost in Neo-Con soullessness, sell-out compromises
and global corporate oppressions.
J.G.'s music deals exclusively with the plight of disenfranchised communities,
most specifically, that of the Haitian Global Village. His most recent
release, Boomerang Politick, which protests the most recent occupation
of Haiti, is available for
purchase at his website: www.insurgentjg.com and at IMIX Bookstore in
Los Angeles California. Supporting JG's rise is to give voice to Haiti's
new samba forces in da street! Dessalines is rising! Good work J.G.
Kenbe fò, pa lage. Yeah, yeah, babyboy!!! Chapo ba ti frè.
W ap di yo sak pa dous! Sak Amè! Bay yo sel. Wake ‘em zombies
the hell up!
Li led li la.
April 14, 2005
"I knew that I could never again
raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos
without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence
in the world today - my own government.."
---April 4th, 1967 "A Time To Break The Silence"
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
weighs in on the Abuse of Haitian kids at PS 34
April 13, 2005
"They Will Treat
You Like Animals"
The Abuse of Haitian Kids at PS 34
Los Angeles, Cali.
1. vicious or violent person somebody who enjoys treating other
people and animals in a cruel and violent way
2. offensive term an offensive term for a member of a people
considered inferior or not as advanced as your own group
Peace to Encarta the Linguists across North America thank you.
Either the administrators of New York City's Public School 34 aren't
hip to semantics, or their most recent interpretation and application
of the term "savage" is entirely incongruent to the discourse
of White-patriarchal-privilege, and most specifically here, the hastening
assault against the Haitian Global Community by a myriad selection of
American society. For further elaboration, please see the following.
As a seasoned and rather proud cynic, there are few displays of barbarism
that tweak the nerves, bring about a spat of fury, a vitriolic spasm,
and what have you. Forget that last bit of deceit. In reality, all too
often, I do succumb to the sexy red temptress of rage. The latest chapter
of rancor and virulence proliferated by New York Public School 34's
Assistant Principle Nancy Miller and Principle Pauline Shakespeare has
my bowels in fits.
"While all my city is heavy I drop elephant shit
Smeared the face of the fascist priest's pulpit"
______________Zach De La Rocha
New York's cultural cabal stays heavy, dropping fecal matter from the
fuselage of pig despotism, late-night blackface, mayoral-Mussolinism
and the like; Stuka war eagles razing the Black, Brown and Migrant communities
like the Ho Chi Minh trail. For the Haitian Community, Operation Phoenix
leapt through McNamara's porthole of kill-tha-gook and embedded itself
within the psyche of city-commandants. 'Nou tout Viet Cong' We are all
Viet Cong. Savages, in short.
Thirteen fourth grade students on public trial. The jury PS34 populace.
The courtroom school cafeteria. The crime being Haitian.
In response to a classroom conflict involving two students, educational
hack Nancy Miller, as white-cloaked-judge in de facto robe, sentenced
the youths to public humiliation and ethnic degradation. As punishment
for acting in the universal vein of childhood, she sat the children
on the cafeteria floor before the student-jury, forced them to eat their
lunch of rice and chicken with bare hands, subjecting them to a primary-educational-stoning,
equipped with demeaning glances and ridicule per their peers.
According to the "guilty" parties, Miller's articulation was
as such: "In Haiti, they treat you like animals, and I will treat
you the same way here." Yes Ms. Miller, in Haiti, they, 'Blancs
yo' (Whites / foreigners / outsiders, aka UN, U$, France, Canada, USAID,
OAS, CIA, 184, Haitian Elite) do treat us as inferior peoples, acting
as only savages can. We expect no less from you, you studious apprentice.
Only through the lens of a dysfunctional clique of negrophobes could
such a valiant people be "considered inferior." If time travel
were possible, now would be an excellent time to send message to General
Le Clerc and Napoleon Bonaparte. The query: How humiliating was the
serving, guerilla style in 1804?
The plot thickens. Principle Pauline Shakespeare, a sister no less-
pause for dramatic effect - a 'fucking' sister exemplified the role
of house-hand, Sanbo, McWhorter, Watts, Powell, Condoskeeza, Cosby,
Blackwell; attempted a cover up, in doing so, efforting to bribe the
gesticulating "savages," rather "animals," with
Shit, you know tha ghetto's got sweet teeth. Miller and Shakespeare
promoted the stereotype to the wrong community. In Haiti, we sharpen
sugar cane stalks to pierce United Nations APV's.
Mucho Kudos to Juan Gonzalez of the 'New York Daily News' for breaking
a story, previously solely known to the listener ship of New York and
East Coast Haitian Radio. I'll go on the offensive here.
Those who are morally outraged and shocked require a crash-course in
Jim Crow history. For extra credit, do rent Jerry Bruckheimer's amateurish,
over-budgeted, over-hyped, vituperative, virulent Hollywood concoction,
Bad Boys II, from your neighborhood dope dealer (Hollyhood Video the
pointy cap, sorcerer type of hood of "lynch a nigga by his toe",
as opposed to "Boys in tha Hood"). Will Smith's gloves are
as white as bleach, lips as red as Porsche during the many scenes in
which Haitian's are demeaned, vilified, dehumanized and slandered with
a belligerence not bettered by Jesse Helms. Or, find a copy of Rockstar's
video-gaming filth, Vice City.
Deconstruct the argumentation of genocide: "I hate those Haitians.
We'll take them out, we'll take these Haitians down," uncannily
similar logic permeating the above shoot-em-up pornography (that's how
Bruckheimer does it, PS2's fo real!). Arsenio and Whoopi cooning to
Middle America circa 1990's with limericks about AIDS and Haitians;
Abner Louima, toilet plunger, need I say more? And the savages are?
That the latest colonization, pillage and genocide of the Haitian People
(presidential kidnapping and coup d'etat, February 29th 2004, 10,000+
murdered since, countless internally and externally exiled, Apartheid
on the rise) be ample ammunition to spark the carbines of dissent is
understood. Yeah, the PS34 investigation ensues, bureaucratic double-speak
tight-lipped replies to independent media intrigues. This drama was
authored centuries past by an ancestor by way of slave-ownership of
school Principal Ms. Pauline, The Shakespeare, William precisely. Moral
outrage is the director's cue.
Appealing to the collective conscience of that class history has proven
have none, is no more than propagating a lineage of perfunctory reforms
increasingly insulting to the victims of injustice. 'Revolution or Reform?
Revolution in the Revolution'? My
peoples Rosa and Regis, where tha hell you at?
JG is of the best-known and most recognizable Independent Hip Hop artists
nationally. His music deals exclusively with the plight of disenfranchised
communities, most specifically, that of the Haitian Global Village.
His most recent release, Boomerang Politick, which protests the most
recent occupation of Haiti, is available for purchase at his website:
www.insurgentjg.com and at IMIX Bookstore in Los Angeles California.
PROTEST THE ABUSE AT P.S. 34
THE HAITIAN COMMUNITY SAYS:
NO TO RACISM!
NO TO DISCRIMINATION!
NO TO THE DENIGRATION OF OUR CHILDREN IN THEIR OWN SCHOOLS!
CALL, WRITE, E-MAIL, & FAX:
Chancellor Joel Klein: Tel: 212-374-0200,
Fax: 212 374 5588,
Regional Superintendent Judith Chin: Tel: 718-281-7528, Email:
JChin@nycboe.net and LOjeda@nycboe.net
* Robert Small - Head of Special Investigation into this PS-34 abuse
* Jennifer Graham - Head of the Response Team for Chancellor Joel Klein
on this PS-34 matter at 212-374-5156
* Local Instructional Superintendent Janet Won at 718-281-3407, and
* PS-34 at 718 465 6818
Your local congressional representative in New York, the media and the
mayor’s office to spread the word and fax this sheet to all Press
The Haitian community will not tolerate human rights abuses in the U.S.
We have suffered ENOUGH!!! Our children will be vindicated only with
a full and public apology, the firing of both Miller and Shakespeare
and the school providing counseling and trauma care to these 8 and 9
year old innocents.
For more Information:
Call 718-464-6068 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMITTEE FOR JUSTICE FOR THE 13 HAITIAN CHILDREN AT PS-34
April 12, 2005
Forwarded by the Haitian Lawyers' Leadership Network
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