Excerpt from my eBook, Affirmations and Essays for Melanoid People by Dr. Maxine Thompson (2016)

“Whether the media forgets, we should never forget. Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Alva Braziel, Delrawn Smalls, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, and on the anniversary of Sandra Bland’s death, everything is the same. Let’s not forget Trayvon Martin, either. Do you recall any convictions for these murder victims? Do you expect to see any convictions for the more recent murder victims, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, which were captured on video and live streamed for the world to see? Or more recently, Charles Kinsey, a behavior therapist, who was shot by police Monday, 7-18-16, with his hands held up in the air?” (July 2016)

Juneteenth.com: “Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863.”

Clarion Cry for Freedom!

By Dr. Maxine Thompson

Juneteenth Poem

June 17, 2017

(In Memory of Philando Castile)

Ever wondered how the ancestors survived
the boat ride from Africa to America?
Smells of everybody’s lives jumbled together
as they lay flanked side by side, in a cesspool
of blood, tears, and stool, dreaming the undreamable.

Deep in the bowels of a slave ship,
where many made their tomb,
a mother’s tears flowed from dried-eyed ducts,
for the suckling babe snatched from her breast,
while hating the enemy whose seed now grew in her womb.

Wait a minute, that’s my old poem, ‘The Middle Passage,’ 1992, regarding crack babies.
Scratch that.
Have things gotten any better in 2017?
Yesterday, I went to Leimert Park for a write-a-thon outing
and stumbled onto a Juneteenth celebration.
Revolutionary poet spouting words about “Police brutality”
Signs saying Stolen Legacy,
Liberation.
Libations.
Mass incarceration.
Sounds of Michael Jackson in the air
Michael Jackson impressionist moonwalking in golden gym shoes
Smells of alcohol mixed with medical marijuana wafting on the wind
Harambee’s Nag Champa Incense
Rivaling smells of smoked Barb-que
Rastafarian dancers singing and performing on the stage
Black men playing chess,

Our hair boasting Afros, Twists, Naturals,
Black to Blonde to Silver dreadlocks,
Dashikis Colors/green/red/black/yellow/brown.
Skin colors, sable browns to ochre to magnolia,
African Drummers
Down-home Blues bumping.
Thin alcoholic woman twerking.
Our melanin belies the years of razor-cut faces, eyes fox-fire red,
Reflecting years of pain,
Men popping fingers.
Here we are, part of the Diaspora,
I love my people.
We love, we care, we die…too soon,
Terrorism is right here on American soil
for Black blood which runs in the street
At the hands of those who are to protect and to serve.
Let us not forget how the killer of Philando Castile has gone free
On Juneteenth.
Where is the justice?
A Mother’s Tears…
Juneteenth…..Freedom.





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Blog: Why are the Homeless Invisible?

By Dr. Maxine Thompson
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In my moment of silence today, I want to write about a woman I see who lives on the streets near my home. About 15 years ago, this woman was beautiful. Maybe she was in her mid-thirties at that time. Statusque. Shiny long black hair. Good looking by anyone’s standards.


However, I knew something was wrong when, one night, she came up to our car at the gas station and asked for money. She was holding a blanket, which supposedly had a baby in it. Of course, there was no baby in the blanket. She was just hustling.


Today, I see this same woman and she could pass for a beat-up 90-year-old woman. All her hair is gone. All her teeth are gone. She is gaunt. She sleeps on the ramp going up into the post office. I see her sitting on the curb, drinking beer in the morning. Sometimes, she is with other friends. I’m assuming they are substance abusers, when they get in a huddle and smoke crack on Friday nights. But, often, she is alone. I see her when she gets on the city bus, reeking of urine. She rides for free. She talks to herself. When she disappears, she is gone to jail. Then, she shows up again, when she is released. To many people, she is invisible.


It brings me to this question. Why are our homeless people invisible? All over the city, I see homeless people. I always say, “But for the grace of God, go I.” Perhaps some of these people used to work and lost their jobs. Rent is extremely high in L.A. People have begun to prop up tents on the sidewalk. I’m sure everyone is not a drug addict like the woman I described.


So what can I do? I understand the city has money to help the homeless. The missions in downtown LA are full. So where is this money going? Maybe it’s too late for the lady I see stumbling around in the street, but some families with small children could use the help. It could change the trajectory of their lives.


I’m just thinking out loud.


Here are some statistics for homelessness in California:


http://streetsteam.org/awareness/causes/?gclid=CKyL0JT-gdQCFQqDfgod2mEGvw


United States:


• In January 2014, there were 578,424 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States
• Of that number, 216,197 are people in families, and 362,163 are individuals
• About 15% of the homeless population (84,291) are considered “chronically homeless” individuals
• About 9% of homeless people (49,933) are veterans
California:
• California hosts a total of 113,952 homeless individuals
o This represents 20% of all homeless people in the United States
• There are approximately 15,179 homeless veterans
Santa Clara County, California:
• In 2013, there were 7,631 homeless individuals in Santa Clara County
• By contrast, in 2015 there were only 6,556, representing a 14% reduction in homelessness in Santa Clara County.
o 4,654 of them were unsheltered
• There are approximately 683 homeless veterans
Did you know that homelessness costs Santa Clara County $520 million a year, an on average cost of $62,473 per chronically homeless person? Other consequences of homelessness





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Blog—The 25th Anniversary of the LA 92 Riots Revisited: (April 29, 1992)

Where Were You?


Dr. Maxine Thompson


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We have moments in our lives that we never forget. For me, I will never forget being caught up in a wall of fire, on the second day of the 1992 Los Angeles riot.


It was sometime in the afternoon on April 30, 1992, and I was on the west side of town, trying to get home, when I could hardly find a street without flames engulfing it. Unlike the Watts riot of 1965, this time the rebellion had morphed beyond South Central. I was somewhere around Olympic Blvd. I remember driving around and around before I found a street that was not on fire. I did fear for my life that day.


In hindsight, I should have called in to work that morning and taken the day off. After all, on that previous evening, I had just dodged a bullet. On April 29, 1992, as I’d driven home, heading South up Normandie Blvd., I passed the flash point of the riot, Florence and Normandie. However, the burning and looting had not started yet. I may have heard the verdict of the Rodney King trial on the radio, and was angry, but, after a day of dealing with abused and neglected children who looked like me (Black), I was too tired to really think about what that meant.


I do recall noticing an eerie silence, though, as if it were the calm before the storm. I watched numerous black and white LAPD police cars pulling out of the area, as they zoomed past my car, heading in the opposite direction north on Normandie. I now wonder if it was by design. Leave the city unprotected to burn.


By the time, I made it home in Inglewood, the news on TV began reporting the start of the riot. Pandemonium reigned. White citizens were being attacked in their cars. All races were looting. Graffiti on walls were part of the hue and cry. Signs were being held up in an outcry over the injustice of the verdicts for murdered 15-year-old Latasha Harlin and the beaten victim, Rodney King. I smelled smoke and saw flames surrounding my neighborhood all night long. Billows of black clouds rose to the sky. Overhead, I heard helicopters clattering, and later, police sirens screaming throughout the night.


As an older woman now, I’m trying to analyze what I was thinking that made me go out in the field as a Children’s services worker for Los Angeles County, the next day, in the middle of an uprising. I think because I grew up in Detroit, I was fearless at that age. I did not believe things were that bad. I was never afraid of my people and I felt I would be safe. But, on the down side, there was something more insidious going on. Because no one ever protected me as a Black woman, there were no authority figures in sight to say don’t risk going out. I later found out the administration sent out a memo for the white female and male social workers not to go out into the field and to stay off work. (This is just one of many injustices we endured on the plantation.)


But, looking back, I’m glad I went out that day. I am now able to bear witness to what has happened to my people, as the descendants of slaves. I was there.


Although this is National Small Business Week, many of those small Black businesses that burnt up during the ‘92 riots never came back. My neighbor, who had a small mom and pops pharmacy, lost their family business. Ironically, the government gave money to the surrounding Korean storeowners to rebuild.


As African Americans, we own a little more than one per cent of the gross national product in America, although our ancestors helped build this country with free labor. (This has not changed much since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States, was passed on December 6th, 1865.) We have outliers like celebrities and athletes, but the data says the average middle-classed family is worth $1700 after the family car and the couch. After the 2008 recession, we, as African Americans, lost most of our wealth through losing our home ownership.


The banks were bailed out by former President Obama, yet they won’t give loans to Black people for businesses or homes. The Small Business Administration (SBA) was given billions of dollars from the Obama administration, yet Blacks only received a little over 2% of those government-backed business loans. (Who says the recession is over for Blacks?) The unemployment rate for Black males in some cities is as high as 50%. Police are still killing unarmed Black men, boys, and women, at an alarming rate.


Unfortunately, this is the perfect storm for another uprising. But, instead of “the fire next time,” we must start back building our communities ourselves. We want our reparations and we are demanding them now, but in the meantime, we will have to build on a grass roots level, as we did after slavery. Through the church. Through the block clubs. Through the sororities. Through the fraternities. Through the Black Chambers of Commerce. Through the Black Business Expos, such as the one we had this weekend, on 4-29-17, Black Writers on Tour, Founded by Dr. Rosie Milligan. Through any networks of Black people who can pool together our resources, by any means necessary. We can also demand some of these government contracts, in many different arenas, but in one particular area, there is money slotted for the homeless, (which is becoming a big problem in our communities). Yet, somehow, the money never gets beyond the politicians’ pockets.


So let’s Sankofa. Sankofa literally means to go back and get what was taken. That’s why we must look back to be able to move forward. Let’s not just be a consumer block, whom everyone advertises to for us to spend our money, but let’s fight back with true economic power this time. Keep our money in our community!

About the author: Dr. Maxine Thompson, a former social worker of 23 years, is a novelist, poet, columnist, blogger, short story writer, ebook publisher, book reviewer, an editor, ghostwriter, Internet Radio Show Host, and a Literary Agent. She is the author of The Ebony Tree, Hostage of Lies, LA Blues, LA Blues 2, LA Blues3, A Place Called Home (A Short Story Collection), The Hush Hush Secrets of Writing Fiction That Sell, a contributor to bestselling anthologies Secret Lovers, All in The Family, and Never Knew Love Like This Before, (Also a Kindle Bestseller).


She is also an ebook author of The Hush Hush Secrets of Writing Fiction That Sell I and II, The Hush Hush Secrets of Making Money as a Writer, The Hush Hush Secrets of Creating a Life You Love, Affirmations and Essays for Melanoid People, a contributor to bestselling anthologies Secret Lovers, All in The Family, and Never Knew Love Like This Before, (Also a Kindle Bestseller). Proverbs for the People, and Editor/Contributor to anthology, Saturday Morning.

Her novels, The Ebony Tree, (Received a $200 Pen Award in 1997), Hostage of Lies, (Voted a Best Book of 2009), LA Blues, (2011), and LA Blues II, (2012), which were featured in Black Expressions’ Catalogue in August 2012. LA Blues 3 was published in August 2013.

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