Long ago all human beings were gods, but they so abused their divinity that Brahma, the chief god, decided to take it away from them and hide it where humans would never find it again.
Where to hide their divinity was now the question. Brahma called together the other gods to help him decide. “Let’s bury it deep in the earth,” said one. Brahma answered, “No that will not do because humans will dig into the earth and find it.”
Another god suggested, “Let’s sink it in the deepest ocean.” But Brahma said, “No, not there, for they will learn to dive into the ocean and they will find it.”
The third god said, “Let’s take it to the top of the highest mountain and hide it there.” Once again Brahma replied, “No that will not do either, because they will eventually climb every mountain and once again find their divinity.”
Then the gods gave up and said, “We do not know where to hide it. It seems that there is no place on earth or in the sea that human beings will not eventually reach.”
Brahma thought about this for a long time and then said, “Here is what we will do. We will hide their divinity deep in the center of their own being, for humans will never think to look for it there.”
All the gods agreed that this was the perfect hiding place, and so the deed was done. Since that time humans have been going up and down the earth, digging, diving, climbing, and exploring, searching for something that already resides within them.
Settin’ off 2014 with some food for thought, listen carefully… On another note, stay tuned for the January mixtape coming soon.
—Words By Invincible
“Drunken Sleuth” was written as a way to creatively call out the many forces conspiring to profit from land grabs, gentrification, displacement, voter disenfranchisement, and political corruption in Detroit. Each verse is loosely based on real stories that took place over the past five years in the city.
Since I wrote this piece many of these situations have grown exponentially worse. Bob Bobb, who was then Emergency Financial Manager of Detroit Public Schools that shut down dozens of schools and threatened to displace the block in verse one, went on to Stockton, California where he filed for that city’s bankruptcy in 2012, stripping away at lifelong city workers’ pensions. One year later, Detroit was forced to file for Bankruptcy, threatening thousands of pensions and city assets including parks, schools and even the art collection.
The plot thickens: the state appointed Emergency Manager (Kevyn Orr) was directly hired on from Jones Day, one of the country’s largest bankruptcy firms and days after coming into his position— hired on his own firm. This firm formerly advised and represented Bank of America and other banks that currently stand to benefit the most from Detroit’s bankruptcy. Kevyn Orr also went on to hire the Manhattan Institute, the think tank that invented Stop and Frisk, to import that method and train Detroit Police in these racial profiling tactics. Speaking of racial profiling, over 50% of Michigan’s Black population is now under State appointed Emergency Managers, meaning that elected officials power has been stripped by the State, and these EMs can make top down decisions without any accountability; bad money all around!
The good news (and there is good news) is that there is a growing movement on the ground doing the tireless work of exposing this madness. You can support this movement by reading the Detroit declaration and signing on in solidarity here: DetroitStateofEmergency.org