From "An Open Letter to a Writer"
July 5, 2015
Since we talked back in May, our world has made good progress in collapsing. When I was much younger, my spirit would have trembled. Now it laughs, because one can laugh freely if one is Roman Catholic and not Christian, if one is faithful trickster. Thus, I smirk when African-descended people "forgive" a Satanic thug in Charleston for murdering their relatives and friends in church --- a church associated with Denmark Vesey. We deserve nothing better than to celebrate July 16, 1822 in 2015 by recalling that Christian black folk are insanely good. They trash the sacrificial intentions of black revolutionaries and walk into the genocide of salvation. We no longer laugh to keep from crying. We laugh to keep from killing.
I remember the moral disengagement hatred demands and maintain some distance from it. As I mentioned to one of our fellow-writers, I write to prevent my becoming a serial killer. Killing people rarely resolves the systemic problems which encage us. I write to assassinate time.
Stay well and stay strong in this eternal battle we have to fight.
Jerry W. Ward, Jr.