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    #7:
    Seventh Son
    Colin Kaepernick, Yusef Lateef, Willie Dixon

    Prelude:
    It’s nev-er, it’s nev-er, ever the time,
    It’s nev-er, it’s never, never, ever the way
    Never, ever time for free-dom fight-ing

    It’s al-ways, it’s al-ways, always the wrong way
    It’s al-ways, al-ways, al-ways wrong and unwise
    Al-ways wrong and un-wise, to fight for free-dom (REPEAT)

    The Chinese had a saying
    About single sparks igniting prairie fires
    #7’s that spark – for The Fire This Time …

    I.

    “Fool me once …”
    Ah, stupid N-word me, what was I thinking?

    colin-kaepernick-on-time-cover-100316-webHe bulldozed burial grounds, sacred Standing Rock Sioux sites
    He blew up the Macondo Well, killing – his team – 11 workers,
    He dinked and dunked 200 million gallons of crude oil in the
    Gulf, killing tens of millions of mussel, shrimp, crab, fish
    and livelihoods. He spirals bomb trains through towns and cities,
    fireballs exploding, incinerating residents and their homes –
    No wonder freedom-loving “white” folks hate him, threaten his life!

    He game planned playthings like Al-Qaeda and ISIS, propping up
    War profiteers after The Evil Empire collapsed
    He broke huddle in the UN running traps on Iraq, play-faking WMDs
    He called coups in The Congo, Honduras, Ecuador, Venezuela, Libya,
    Everybody blames Clinton for. He twerked and taunted conquered
    countries and assassinated leaders: “We came, we saw, he died!”
    No wonder freedom-loving “white” folks hate him, threaten his life!

    He orders takeout Tuesdays, delivering hot Hellfire Missiles to
    Hospitals …
    He calls audibles smoking Somali babies, charcoalizing children of
    Yemen – paydirt “fighting terror”; He runs PSYOPs from his FOX-box,
    Intentionally grounding
    Bodies by the thousands –
    No wonder freedom-loving “white” folks hate him, threaten his life!

    He runs draw plays on teenage sex workers, trapping police
    Officers … He sends racist texts through his helmet onto police
    officers’ phones …
    He ran Red Lines through Hunters Point and The Mission District
    He called sub-prime loans on quick counts, strip-sacking peoples’
    Homes –
    No wonder freedom-loving “white” folks hate him, threaten his life!

    Yusef Lateef – Photo: © Pier Luigi Balzarini
    Yusef Lateef – Photo: © Pier Luigi Balzarini

    He barks, “Hut-hut-hut-’08-13 trillion-2 Big-2 fail-2-Big-2-Jail – ”
    Smash-mouth bail out of banksters looting our economy; He checked-
    off at the line of scrimmage – bull rushing and crushing Occupy;
    He quarterback sneaked beer in the Rose Garden with po-po, post-Skippy-
    Gate; He play-faked Emanuel AME with “Amazing Grace,” before taking
    Tuesday’s “deep-shots” –
    No wonder freedom-loving “white” folks hate him, threaten his life!

    He motioned right, across formations: thousands of Black New Orleaneans
    trapped on rooftops, waving flags; Then went weak-side: “Brownie’s doin’
    one heckuva job!” His bomb blew up Black girls in their Birmingham
    Sunday School. He shot the Black man running a fade route in the back,
    and planted a throwaway gun at his feet; He picked six Black Lives Matter
    Men from Ferguson for shooting and cremation in cars –
    No wonder freedom-loving “white” folks hate him, threaten his life!

    II.
    Temperature-controlled couches, cognitive dissonant comfort zones,
    land of make believe, where “All Lives Matter” to confederate flag-draped
    crackers, crazy as cuckoo clocks, hooked to IVs of Bud, stuffing pizza holes
    and insatiable Strange Fruit tastes … #7 sat Rosa-like on their 52-inch screens –
    “shock-therapy” Carlos-Smith style,
    Blood-curdling screams of Sioux didn’t do; contorted Cheyenne, Seneca
    faces didn’t do; burning Ashanti, Fulani flesh didn’t do …

    III.
    #7 came Black like Baldwin, Nina, Robeson, “Detroit Red,” Oscar Brown-
    Angela yellow; overpowering “white” master “race” and melanin mad black-
    Black, super-Black to the 37th power “race” schemes.
    He came shaming silly putty minds molded into weapons by oppressors
    Laughing their way to Swiss banks!
    He came with 7-step drops, breaking Buddha routes off 7 branches from
    The Tree of Life …

    Willie Dixon
    Willie Dixon

    IV.
    #7’s good man, though he lied saying, “Black Lives Matter”
    under capitalism and then, God-like, on the 7th day he rested.
    Taking a knee during money-worshipping, war-profiteers’
    saber-rattling song – and all hell broke loose – warheads
    Exploded with outrage, FOX-box flamethrowers took aim –
    bloggers loaded bazookas with big lies, half-truths;
    sports show snipers framed him in career-killing crosshairs …

    V.
    #7 came like Miles after blessing The Music: 7-steps from heaven –
    7 circles in the universe; 7 wonders of the world; scaling 7-story mountains
    for 7 pillars of wisdom; #7 came training third eye, crown, throat chakras in
    incantation in The Age of Austerity.
    #7’s a good man – unlike #7 where Allegheny and Monongahela make
    Ohio – Goodman, Chaney, Schwerner-synthesis, torching Troll Patrols –
    Trumpen proletarians defending Boeing’s song, Raytheon’s rag …

    VI.
    #7’s quarterback/center, core-connecting spirit, stiffened spine –
    7-pointed Astrologer’s Star sending 7 rays of Cali sun
    Cutting through head-fixing fog, “looking off” safeties of slavery:
    Refocusing third eyes on the prize; stepping the struggle up sevenfold!
    #7’s one of Mama Harriet’s children, chased by 300-pound men between
    commercials and war propaganda like horseback crackers and bloodhounds
    Chased Mama Harriet’s elusive energy field …

    On Sept. 23, Colin Kaepernick attended the Castlemont High football game in East Oakland, telling the team, “You stood for me. So I had to come out and stand with y’all.” During the national anthem, the team lay on their backs with their hands in the air while Kaepernick kneeled beside them. On the sideline for this photo, Kaepernick wore a Castlemont hoodie; in the locker room, he wore a Muhammad Ali shirt. – Photo: @ CastlemontFB
    On Sept. 23, Colin Kaepernick attended the Castlemont High football game in East Oakland, telling the team, “You stood for me. So I had to come out and stand with y’all.” During the national anthem, the team lay on their backs with their hands in the air while Kaepernick kneeled beside them. On the sideline for this photo, Kaepernick wore a Castlemont hoodie; in the locker room, he wore a Muhammad Ali shirt. – Photo: @ CastlemontFB

    VII.
    Now, everybody’s talkin’ ‘bout The Seventh Son
    In the N-F-L he’s the noble one
    Yes, he’s the one, he’s the one
    The one they call The Seventh Son

    He can tell the truth and throw a pass
    Raise consciousness sittin’ on his ass
    Study video of the latest police killin’
    Call racists out when others ain’t willin’
    Yes, he’s the one, he’s the one
    The one they call The Seventh Son

    He can speak truth that sounds so sane
    Even detox a FOX-poisoned brain
    He can back movements, lift the fight
    Strike some serious blows at the right
    Yes, he’s the one, he’s the one
    The one they call The Seventh Son

    He can air the crimes of a racist cop
    Radicalize talk in the barbershop
    Out the profiling they call the “beat”
    Grab ears of brothers in the street
    Yes, he’s the one, he’s the one
    The one they call The Seventh Son

    A breath of fresh air from the Bay
    Amplifying what we’ve got to say
    Hustlers pushin’ “get out the vote”
    He took a knee, rocked the boat
    Yes, he’s the one, he’s the one
    The one they call The Seventh Son

    Poet’s note: This poem was inspired by Colin Kaepernick’s stand, great Jazz saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Yusef Lateef’s “#7” and great Chicago bassist, composer and producer Willie Dixon’s “Seventh Son.”

    Raymond Nat Turner © 2016 All Rights Reserved. Raymond Nat Turner is an acclaimed poet and performance artist. Find more of his work at http://ursurgejazz.com and contact him at upsurgejazz@gmail.com.

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