“Holiday Thoughts” by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Posted on December 11, 2012


(a passage from the book Death Blossoms)
In each year’s wintery season comes the great festival in the West alleged to celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth some two thousand years ago. To many, however, it is a time of utter hypocrisy. To those many millions mired in poverty, it is a time of bitter cold, a time of no respite from the hours spent huddled in windswept alleys. It is, they say,”the season to be jolly”, but for far too many it is a season of need, an hour of aching loneliness.

The faceless millions sing of cheer and charity, but I, who sit among the hopeless and the living dead, among those who populate your prisons and dungeons of death, see neither cheer nor charity, but rather falseness, gaudiness, and empty flash. The only things not empty are the tills of the merchants, because for most, Christmas is celebrated not in remembrance of Christ, but to fill the coffers. Who remembers that the carols are sung in praise of a prisoner, Indeed; a death row prisoner destined to face crucifixion? What mean cheer and charity to those who face more modern methods of execution?

(MUMIA ABU JAMAL is a former Black Panther and MOVE member serving a life sentence for the murder of a Philadelphia policeman, a crime many believe he did not commit)

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