Hello. My name is brother Khalfani Malik Khaldun, Indiana political prisoner. I am calling from Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. This is a piece called “From Organizational Street Combatant to Revolutionary Servant of the People,” by Khalfani Malik Khaldun.
A diamond became beautiful after going through a continuous process so that it shines and adored by all the world. When we come out of our mother’s womb, at this moment, we represent the purest form of life’s existence. We develop personality and character based on what our parents instill inside of us early in life. If we are exposed to affluence, our journey into young adulthood life will be easy.
However, those of us born into unavoidable conditions of poverty learn early what real struggle is all about. Growing up in economically oppressive conditions, it’s like the molding and shaping of that diamond. Privilege breeds individualism, arrogance, selfishness; and poverty and oppression breeds a deep resistance to it and those subjected to the oppression.
Historically, all conscious movements have declared that the change agents will come from the oppressed communities inside this country. Everyone who has sacrificed their lives and resources to bring about change in our society developed this passion for service, coming out of conditions of oppression, or was simply tired of inequality and sick of good human beings suffering oppression.
As a youth living in poverty, I rebelled against it, joining a street organization and engaging in criminal lifestyles. My conditioning being a poor young black man and thrown into the system molded me into the new man I am today. Now I am sincerely a revolutionary servant of the oppressed people.
Being a servant is a call to duty, to aid and serve those who need me. Sometimes this duty calls for me to help people who are the worst forms of life. This work is truly a labor of love. This is not the work of the weak at heart. As revolutionaries, we know we can’t serve or help everybody. Yet we seek to serve by saving and helping one soul at a time.
I am an example of that change, and it is possible if you want it. I am no longer a threat to society or a menace to the world. I am a servant of the people. Collectively, we can change this world, and without brotherhood and unity, we can easily be infiltrated by the oppressor’s wrath. It won’t be easy, [inaudible].
Power to the people. Your servant and brother, brother Khalfani Malik Khaldun.
These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.