My Voice – D. Brasher

HAMJAMBO WATU WAZURI! (Swahili for hello my beautiful people) My name is Demetrius Brasher a.k.a. Muhammad The God. I am 49 yrs. young and quickly approaching 50. (11-23-70) I am the second oldest of six children, and the father of two girls, one being deceased. I have one grandson who is my pride and joy. I have been incarcerated for approximately 28 years come December (1 year in the county jail, 27 years in prison). There are 4 life altering events that I will discuss to give you an idea of who I was, who I am, and who I strive to be. When I was thirteen years young, my parents separated. My mom insisted that she needed me to step up since I was the man of the house now. I vowed that I would, but I never anticipated that this responsibility would change the trajectory of my life. With no father figure or positive role model, I was destined for trouble. This was my first life altering event. I began a life of crime that ultimately landed me in prison. I did everything from selling drugs to armed robberies. I used to tell my friends that if I ever went to prison, it would be for murder. Truthfully, I never wanted to kill anyone, I just thought it made me look tough. If I’d only known that I was speaking it into existence, I would’ve never formed those words to come out of my mouth. At the young age of 22, I was charged with 1st Degree Felony Murder (as an aider and abettor),and was sentenced to life in prison even though my codefendant (the shooter) was found not guilty. This was my second life altering event. In the year 2000, during a Black History Month celebration at St Louis Correctional Facility, a woman name Gayle was the guest speaker. After introducing herself and explaining what Black History meant to her, she asked this question. How far back can you’ll trace your history? I began to review my genealogy and could not go beyond my grandparents on either side. She said, I stand before you with African/Native American blood flowing through my veins, and I can trace my roots all the way back to the Native Americans standing on the seashore when Christopher Columbus arrived here in 1492. That was very profound to me. That sparked in me the desire to get to know myself, where I came from, and what my purpose is here on this planet. This was my third life altering event. In the year 2000, i was introduced to a book entitled, ‘As A Man Thinketh’, by James Allen. This book changed my life! My understanding of the power of thought became absolutely clear to me. We are what we think. Our thoughts become our words and our words become our actions and deeds. What we focus on grows. Our reality is manifested through our thinking. We truly do create our conditions. Therefore, we control our destiny’s. My mother named me Demetrius. The streets called me Nutty D. Now the world calls me Muhammad The God. Mpaka Halafu (Swahili for until next time). Respectfully Submitted by Demetrius Brasher A.K.A. Muhammad The God!

HAMJAMBO WATU WAZURI! (Swahili for hello my beautiful people) We just witnessed the most important election in U.S. history. What’s sad about it is the fact that it was more about removing Trump than electing Biden. The truth is, every election is important, but we tend to only focus on who we put in the white house (especially poor people). We must become more educated on how we vote on the state and local level, because that’s where the damage is being done at. There are many positions that are filled by people who don’t have the best interest of the communities they’ve sworn to serve. (District Attorney, Judges, Commissioner, Police Chief, Aldermen, State Representative, Senators, City Council. etc.) We shouldn’t concern ourselves with a political party unless we’re starting our own. We should be putting candidates of our own on the ballet to ensure that our issues are addressed. Politicians for years have procured our vote without fulfilling their promises to us. Politics have been politricks for Black, Brown, and poor Whites for far too long in America. They are more concerned with their party and their own agenda. When you turn on the news, all you hear is, the left, the right, the democrats, the republicans, the liberals, the conservatives, the red, the blue, the donkey, or the elephant. WHAT ABOUT AMERICANS? In my humble opinion, we must start putting ourselves first, and take control of our lives since the government is busy gang banging. Our communities have suffered because of it. We can’t keep depending on someone else to do for us what we can do for ourselves. We have the intelligence. We have the skills. We have the bodies (labor). We have the resources, and we have the finances. But the two things we lack as a whole are unity and organization. Most poor people never get to move out of their communities. Therefore, we must entertain the idea of rebuilding our neighborhoods one block at a time. We can do it! I’ll leave you’ll with this quote; ” DO FOR SELF OR SUFFER THE

CONSEQUENCES”. Respectfully Submitted by Demetrius Brasher A.K.A. Muhammad The God!