Explosions light the night skies. Families huddle together as bombs explode around them. Children lose parents to the violence. Parents lose children to the violence. Husbands lose wives to the violence. Wives lose husbands to the violence. Lives are forever changed. There can be no doubt that those who commit such atrocities, as well as those who look to find good cause or heap praise on them, have hearts that are cold, callous, and filled with hate. As a people, we can only hope that the love the majority of us have for our brother and sister is enough to stand strong in the face of such evil and the darkness it resides in.
Let us pray and send thoughts of love for the citizens of Ukraine
Fifty-six years ago, civil and human rights icon Malcolm X was assassinated. To this day, some like to push the false narrative that all he was about was hate and racism but what he was is a man molded by the inequalities of the times in which he grew up in. He preached the importance of Black empowerment, which even to this day is threatening to some. What many who push this false narrative about him neglect to point is that he was not only a man of courage and conviction but a man who was unafraid to allow his personality to evolve as he was exposed to new things, and after a visit to Mecca he stated that seeing Muslims of “all colors, from blue-eyed blonds to black-skinned Africans,” interacting as equals led him to see Islam as a means by which racial problems could be overcome.
Yes, it’s true that when you look at me, you may see fear, you may see worry, you may see stress, you may even see me cry, but those emotions are part of what it means to be human. And I am, after all, only human. As a human, I am not ashamed of those emotions because I have learned that sometimes it is necessary to shatter the present to build a stronger tomorrow.
They control the narrative to make you believe you should fight among yourselves for crumbs while they dine on steak and lobster. They want you to think that the worker making minimum wage is your enemy when they dare say they should be paid more instead of realizing the true enemy is the corporations who criminally underpay you for your labor. Between 1978 and 2020, CEO pay has skyrocketed 1,322%. CEOs were paid 351 times as much as a typical American worker in 2020. During the same period, the minimum wage increased by 173% and has not risen in a record 11 years. This is no accident because capitalism is designed to elicit the highest profit margin. To obtain that profit margin, employers suppress wages and benefits. At the same time, necessities like rent and food continue to trend upward. Corporations spend billions of dollars to convince the average American they are somehow less of a person if they don’t spend money on high price luxury consumer goods. For the average American, these goods are usually obtained through credit with typically high-interest rates keeping many in a cycle of debt, and to keep their head above water, they are willing to accept substandard wages and fight others like them for the crumbs thrown at them while the big dogs feast on steak and lobster
Some confuse democracy with the freedom to do whatever they want regardless of its impact on society. But democracy is a concept that comes with responsibility and part of that responsibility is to do what is right for the greater good of humanity. Failure to respect that is a failure to understand the true meaning of democracy and will undoubtedly lead to its downfall.
We often believe exactly what we want to believe, confusing ignorance with freedom and knowledge withsubjugation. Yet the truth remains that blindly following someone or something because you want it to be true does not make it true, or as Mr. Spock so eloquently stated; Insufficient facts always invite danger.