A Letter to The Queen:
My Dear Afeni Shakur
First off I want to thank Afeni Shakur for her contributions and sacrifices, in the 60's+70's. I was one of the kids that benefited from the free Breakfast's & Lunches. I was also one of the kids that was a part of the self defense classes at Dewitt Clinton H.S. in the Bronx. I also marched in some of the picket lines in the 60's at 8-9-10 yrs old, so I saw first hand how dedicated, and necessary your cause was. Hind site being 20/20 let's not look back on your much needed history, and poke at it. I joined a gang called the Black Spades in 1970 in the Bronx, which was birthed in the likeness of the Black Panther's, and we were very inexperienced in social, educational, and political affairs. But we were determined to fight for the cause, and I've been fighting ever since. I tried to apologize to my mother after I became a man, and started owning up to my responsibility for my short comings. And she stopped me, and she said "you have nothing to apologize for; you did what you had to do to survive".
... and I would like to extend the same courtesy to you my Queen... Afeni, you do not have to explain yourself to any of us for any turns, and decisions you've made over the years, you did what you had to do to survive, and I LOVE YOU for it. I LOVE YOU for all your history and your strength in times when it would've been easy to say, "the odds are against us”, retreat! But you stood tall in the storm, not knowing what was coming, and raised 2 / many strong kids in the process. But most of all I LOVE YOU for surviving, because you're living proof that, if we stand for something, we won't fall for anything, and if we're knocked down we have the courage to get back up, and keep fighting. You're living proof that education, knowledge, and direction are key essentials to the positive outcome of adversity.
So look around my Queen most of these Black, and Latino Athletes, Actors, Singers, Rappers, College graduates, like president Obama, Doctors, Lawyers, owe you a debt of Thanks, for you sacrificed your health and welfare, so that the inequality, and the unfair conditions we lived with at that time improved. And your son Tupac, spoke out about the injustices, and unfair conditions that our kids have to live with today. And he too sacrificed his life for the cause, and I will make sure my/our grandchildren will continue speak out about the inequalities, and injustices that effect us as a people, until this country cleans up it's act.
So I / we Thank You my Queen, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You...
The Struggle Continues, and to God be the glory