Healing After the Dream Slayers

With the morning’s blue sky lightly sprinkled with a tinge of orange at the horizon, the sun lights the atmosphere as if it were painted by Picasso with splashes of a van Gogh work. “The Starry Night” blossoms into a new and glorious day. Earth’s troposphere is so comforting, like the days of my youth in the security of hearing the familiar rustlings of my sister in the next room. The smell of breakfast filling the whole house and music on the radio harmoniously speaks to my soul, reassurance that I’m in a safe place. The cold darkness of outer space that exists 50 miles beyond Earth’s blue paradise parallels the 21st-century iteration of the “Dream Slayers.”

Three-Fifths Magazine illuminates generational Dreams unfulfilled yet suspended by hope, Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream, Dreams of the Indigenous, along with young first-generation sons and daughters of Latinx immigrants(The Dreamers). We desire to motivate spectators to become courageous justice seekers by enriching communication and dialog that keep society from decaying into the chaotic anarchy of tribalism unrestrained.

Living in cultural tropospheric comfort, trusting that leaders responsibly follow the same ethics and morality required of us prove fruitless because life outside of perceived stability lies the machiavellian darkness of the Dream Slayers.  They say to obey the rules. In a binary system, one may question, “what rules?” Statistics show that for every calculable metric of economic, social, justice, and health/wellness spheres, the marginalized communities of color (BIPOC) population lags behind whites in disproportionate percentages. 

Political affiliations do, in many cases, act as a cover to keep specific power structures in place in America. Either in overt Racism and Oppression of BIPOC, or by exploiting these communities for electoral purposes. It’s time to establish new pathways toward ending perpetual cycles of injustice. 

In 1963 Dr. King exposed the Dream Slayers who say, “let’s take our time,” or let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” or “when the time is right.”  

“I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice.” 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the Letter from the Birmingham Jail

We must start racing and no longer staggering clumsily toward justice. Four hundred years is enough of perennially witnessing the Advancement to Backlash cycle. Dismantling systems that work contrary to BIPOC’s full participation in America’s Dream is paramount.  

 ‘A Dream Deferred is a Dream Denied!’

Langston Hughes

Three-Fifths speaks through voices of the marginalized and those allied with these communities who realize that this is not only a racial concern but a human concern. 

Psalm 126: 1

When the LORD brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”  

Finally, healing the Dream is an everyday process that begins with you.

Seven steps to Healing The Dream:

  1. Bring the Voice of Clarity to your day. Start it with an arise and shine time with the creator, itemize your day to finish the various task at hand.
  2. To overwhelm any nefarious activity, register and get out to vote in overwhelming numbers (even in a midterm). 
  3. Hold politicians and political parties accountable.
  4. Take authority over your health. Go to the Doctor, exercise. 
  5. Get involved with your schools; don’t allow your history to be evaporated.
  6. Read, Including Three-Fifths Magazine, educate yourself; don’t allow others to tell you what to think. 
  7. When it hurts, say Ouch. Never let them take your voice and when they get tired of hearing about racism, keep speaking up as long as it exist.

By Kevin Robinson Founder/Editor-Publisher of Three-Fifths Magazine

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