Poetic Rebels, by Abdul Olugbala Shakur and Joka Heshima Jinsal
Updated: Jun 1, 2021
Neither myself nor Brotha Joka Heshima Jinsai consider ourselves to be poets, nor do we proclaim to be mistake free, we have both made mistakes in our life-time, it was our mistakes that helped us to become servants of the oppressed, but our commitment to serve our People and all oppressed People has facilitated the full restoration of our sense of Humanity and Justice. We both have over 40 years of service in the New Afrikan/Black Liberation Movement/Struggle, and being in prison does not automatically negate our sense of Humanity, especially when one is active in serving and protecting the oppressed, which is a testament to our capacity to embrace our Humanity! Brotha Joka Heshima Jinsai served 19 years in Solitary Confinement/Isolation, and I served 32 years in Solitary Confinement/Isolation. A place that was/is designed to break our spirits, destroy our minds, and sabotage all our outside connections, especially our families and Loved-ones, and this is a Government-Sanctioned inhumanity! We are survivors not because we have successfully maintained our sanity, to the contrary, we are survivors because we refused to capitulate our sense of Humanity to the man-made trappings and culture of self-destructive behavior; I tell People, one cannot engage in socially deviant behavior, such as: Racism, Fascism, Sexism, Oppression, Selling Drugs, Harming Innocent People, Torturing Prisoners, just to name a few, and claim to have their sense of Humanity. We as Humans do not define Humanity, nor can Humanity be confined by the laws of a copyright, or dictated to by the evils of man. Humanity defines who we are as individuals as well as the Human race. Humanity/Humanitarian are words that are often thrown around indiscriminately, and the recipients of this accolade, accept this Honor without remonstration, believing they are deserving of such an Honor. People, you may be wondering what does the above have to do with poetry, or the act of writing poetry. We as New Afrikan Revolutionaries use words as armed weapons in the service of Humanity, making no proclamation of self-perfection, we are just as equally subjected to the temptations of the flesh and materialistic world that which we live, but as Humanity’s Soldiers honed from the concrete and steel that attempts to break our spirits, we, while in Solitary Confinement found solace in the knowledge that Humanity and the mercy of the spirit above did not abandon us, but grace us with the strength to endure and resist the forces that have pledged to dehumanize our spirit. Our poetry is a narrative of our battle to serve Humanity and the People, it’s our declaration to serve as Martyrs in the name of Humanity, I ask of you, to open up your spirit and take a walk with us on a journey where resistance is our Coat of Arms, and we wear it with a sense of gratitude for those who have paved the way so that we can resist and proclaim our inherent HUMANITY!!!!