A dead man’s dream
by Carl Wendell Hines Jr.
Now that he is safely dead,
Let us praise him.
Build monuments to his glory.
Sing Hosannas to his name.
Dead men make such convenient heroes.
For they cannot rise to challenge the images
That we might fashion from their lives.
It is easier to build monuments
Than to build a better world.
So now that he is safely dead,
We, with eased consciences will
Teach our children that he was a great man,
Knowing that the cause for which he
Lived is still a cause
And the dream for which he died is still a dream.
A dead man’s dream.
The following report is by my young and brilliant niece, Brooklyn!
“The Assassination of Fred Hampton
My book report is about the Assassination of Fred Hampton by Jeffrey Haas. Fred Hampton was born and raised in a suburb in Summit Illinois, U.S., on August 30th 1948. He was an African American and a citizen of the U.S. He attended high school at Proviso East High School (1966). His occupation was an activist. He was also a member and revolutionary, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, and deputy chairman of the national BPP.
According to Mr. Haas and People’s Law Office partners, including Flint Taylor, The Black Panther Party was targeted and members killed by police from Oakland, California to New Haven, Connecticut. The most extreme police action, supported by the FBI, was a carefully planned attack on a Black Panther apartment in Chicago with murder aforethought.
Fred Hampton, the Panthers 21-year-old Illinois Chairman, sedated in advance, asleep in bed with his 8-month pregnant love was shot in the head twice at point blank range. Another Panther, 18, from Peoria was killed and others seriously wounded including the young woman by Hampton’s side. The walls of the apartment looked like a sieve from bullet holes resulting from police gunfire. A civil lawsuit filed in 1970 resulted in a settlement of $1.85 million in 1982.
The Assassination of Fred Hampton is Haas’s personal account of how he and People’s Law Office partners, pursued Hampton’s assassins. They ultimately exposed the conspiracy between FBI agents carrying out FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s secret and deadly Counterintelligence Program and the Chicago Police that led to Hampton’s assassination.
I thought it was interesting that Mr. Hampton was campaigning for social change in hopes to change the world, yet he was beaten, tortured and killed by the police for his willingness to fight for justice. These incidents continue to happen. Not long ago, Rodney King, a black cab driver, was hit repeatedly by three officers after a high-speed chase. He could be seen being beaten by several officers. He was screaming due to the beatings that he was enduring. The beatings resulted in several broken bones.
The information in this book proves that there are some cops that have been abusing black people for a long time but very little is being done about it. Fred Hampton died December 4, 1965 at the age of (21). This was a very tragic event. Similar incidents are still happening today and activist are still campaigning for our rights. This book was written in honor of Fred Hampton. Fred Hampton Jr. is still leading on today.
In conclusion, I believe this is mandatory reading for those who love and believe.”
AND I SAY, LET’S NOT WAIT UNTIL THE DREAMERS ARE DEAD, WE MUST STRIKE WHILE THE IRON IS HOT!