“City of bones.”
Can these bones live? From the book of the prophet Ezekiel 37:3. For several weeks, the city of Philadelphia has been immersed of the remnants of the MOVE bombing, May 13th, 1985. It’s about bones: the bones of babies bombed into oblivion and then likely, easily carried away in suitcases, exhibited in college classes in anthropology.
For years, for decades, they were shocked and bombed away from life, and then they were treated as playthings, trinkets for students. Then, just as easily, they were lost, then found. The remnants of babies, little black girls, just like the babies bombed in a black church by the Klan, bombed for their blackness in cities north and south.
And while the Klan did their dirt in the south, the cops did the same up north, here in the city of brotherly love. What made this possible? Was it dehumanization projected by the city’s corporate media, for MOVE, they argued, was subhuman. So media sounded the alarm, and America answered. 36 years have passed, and still, they play with bones.
From imprisoned nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.
These commentaries are recorded by Prison Radio.