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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN IN URBAN AMERICA: INCLUDING DETROIT
October 24, 2012
8:32 pm
zion
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THE CORNUCOPIA
BY FREELANCE JOURNALIST/RECORDING ARTIST ZION ANTONI
Spending one weekend in
Delaware, among my rounds I visited a
Nanticoke Indian 
heritage Museum. Humble in appearance, bordered by two
large rooms divided by a deluxe sign in book, and lobby, filled with this Native
American tribe’s relics, and elements of lineage.  On business with Family, I learned of
business, land history and demographic, and the politics of the reservations
thereof.  In my native American studies,
I understand, fundamentally that all native Americans, as African Americans
originate from the eastern hemisphere. 
The east, where culture is the defining principle, the cream of
society.  In one cubicle of the museum I
stopped and saw a model scene, as to where, it was a fairly 19th  or 18th century depiction of
an Indian village. Chief, elders, Brave’s engaged in rites of passage, squaw’s
in development of womanhood, beauty and traditional practice.  I saw streams circle the village’s borders,
and the village’s meat; host of cattle, spiritual ceremonies. The village’s
bread, wheat, and husked corn. Standing there in admiration  I summed up, this scene, of this moment in
time as a standard fundamental maintenance, of society, community, culture, a
people. Though this  societal standard I socially, politically,
and culturally rally for, I am realistic. I acknowledge realities of history,
economy, criminology and sociology.  I
speak of our urban
America. Our urban America is and was no utopia. I ask for a call to struggling Families,
Religious institutions, the grassroots, scholars, community advocates, urban
studies departments,  schools and other
resources to re iterate the cornucopia; the breadbasket.  A rally for our communities to refute the
bread that exploits us, stereotypes us, degrades us, leaves us in lack, and
profits off of us via industrial method. This cornucopia, this bread, this harvest must
come from within, to feed, nurture, and educate the community.  Fundamental enrichment is, cultivation.  A drill, past our current social ills to
apprehend deeper roots. I’m   willing to drill past our cemented
communities, as phrased by Artist Sylvester Johnson, our “Concrete reservations”
to find fortune; to cultivate a cornucopia to feed, us. Systems, Industries, institutions, have only
provided, to leave us, to perpetuate lack.   I state a clarion call for you, to re invest
in your future, dig for the cornucopia for the next generation.  The cornucopia will feed. Urban
America...eat to live.
 
Consciously yours,
 
Z.A
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