The Fourth of July raises many troubling questions for those of us in the African-American community. In particular, how can we celebrate a “patriotic” holiday when the police have killed so many of us? How can we celebrate when the War on African-Americans continues unabated on a daily basis? How can we celebrate when the police continue to threaten each and every one of us every day, and few survive even a single day without having to ward off gunfire from the police?
I can’t answer all of these questions, and, frankly, I’m not even going to try. But I do know this: one way to celebrate is to honor your fallen homies this Fourth of July—to honor your friends, family, and loved ones killed by the police. So, without further ado, here are our top five ways of honoring your fallen homies this Fourth of July:
1. Pour Some Liquor Into the Ground (a.k.a., “Pour One Out For Your Homies”)
Popularized by gangsta rappers and other leaders in our community, pouring liquor into the ground is a timeless tradition that helps us remember our fallen homies. Before pouring one out, you should remember a couple of key tips:
- Avoid the cheap stuff. Always use a high quality brand like Colt 45 or Bud Light.
- Pour your liquor into dirt or grass. Pouring on a non-solvent surface, like concrete, could cause a big mess and also may inhibit your homies from having the liquor that they desperately need.
- Try not to pour anything on your shoes. Remember that many of your homies probably died in shoe-related incidents. Don’t compound the problem by ruining your Air Jordans.
- When pouring, be sure to toast your homies by saying something like, “For My Homies”. That way, all of your friends nearby will know to keep a moment of silence and remember the good times we all shared in the past before the police killed our homies.
2. Light Up a Fat One
Whites love lighting up fireworks on the Fourth of July. We, of course, prefer lighting up something else. This Fourth of July go ahead and light up a fat one not only for you, but for each of your fallen homies.
3. Tell a White Person How You Feel
One of the reasons racism continues in AmeriKKKa is the lack of awareness by the white majority. Unfortunately, the corporate media just doesn’t want to discuss racial issues or talk about the problems facing our community.
It’s time for that to change. This Fourth of July find the nearest white person in your vicinity and tell them how you feel. Start the conversation by pulling them aside and saying something like: “Excuse me, sir. We need to have a talk about White Privilege”. When the white responds (most likely with a slight degree of annoyance and befuddlement), proceed to discuss your complaints about modern America, such as why whites oppress our freedom of speech in movie theaters or why police search us without probable cause.
For example, when visiting your local bank, proceed to confront the petite white girl working as a bank teller: “Excuse me, ma’am. We need to have a talk about White Privilege”. When she responds, confront her on the injustice of why you only have $13.26 in your bank account despite the acquittal of Officer Jeronimo Yanez in the Philando Castile incident. Remember not to confront a bank teller while in the process of robbing the bank, as this may reduce your odds of successfully avoiding arrest.
4. Hug a Police Officer
It’s generally a good idea to avoid the police. Moreover, when confronting the police, we normally advocate peacefully engaging in hostile behavior to show them how we feel, such as yelling at them, charging them, or trying to take their firearms. This Fourth of July try something different. Find your nearest police officer, give him a hug, and tell him: “I forgive you for what you did to Philando”. The police officer will almost certainly respond with unconstrained joy as he will finally have Philando’s death off of his conscience.
Sometimes we forget how guilty a police officer must feel for his crimes against African-Americans. Of course, police officers feel guilty because they are guilty. But, as the Honorable Elijah Muhammad has taught us, forgiveness has the power to change relationships for the better. And what I mean by changing relationships is that it will keep that filthy pig off guard for when you finally take your vengeance on him.
5. Don’t Show Up To Work
Many African-Americans with fallen homies have important jobs like working as a community organizer, community activist, or polling worker. One of the best ways to protest the War on African-Americans is to go on strike by simply not showing up to work. This will devastate the economy, particularly if you don’t show up on the Fourth of July.
Happy Independence Day!