My name is Charley Hughes, also known as Bilal Abdul-Salam Bey. I am a inmate at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility here in Hutchinson, Kansas. This piece is called “The Constitution of the Black Man,” and it is about the constitution.
“The Constitution of the Black Man.”
Number one: he must be spiritual and fo-and focused more on that which is universal in religious ideology, rather than the political beliefs that separate us.
Number two: Black men must have a social, political, economical, and historical base of knowledge. Social, able to interact with Black people and understand why we do the things we do, drugs, pimp, gang bang, et cetera. Political, understanding the importance of people’s relations with each other.
Economical, understand the worth of money as well as create jobs in the environment, banks, stores, schools, et cetera. Historical, must have knowledge of the past and learn and grow from it.
Number three: with that base of knowledge, he must be able to produce for his nation, civilization, culture, family, and himself. That is, make something real.
Number four: you must be a worker. You must look for ways to actively work for yourself.
Number five: Black man must be organized, systematic, efficient, and diligent.
Number six: Black man must be in character and principle self-disciplined, stout, energetic, and unwieldy.
Number seven: you must be analytic and inquisitive.
Number eight: Black man must be creatively aggressive. Access your universal sense and dare the impossible if it is possible.
Number nine: Black men must be committed to Black liberation, local, national, and international.
Number ten: you must at all times act in accordance with truth, justice, equality, righteousness, humility, foresight, courtesy, compassion, love/honor, and integrity.
Once again, this is Charlie Hughes also known as Bilal Abdul-Salam Bey. I am a inmate at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility, P.O. Box 1568. Hutchinson, Kansas. 67504.
Thank you for your time, effort, and energy.
(Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.