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We as a people ain’t going nowhere!

”Go back where you came from.”
“If you don’t love it, leave it.”
Words of those who are the most unpatriotic among us,
words of those who would rather see a country divided against itself than united for the common good of all, words of those who don’t care if America ever truly lives up to the ideas on which it was founded on, words of those who hate, words of those who look to profit from humanity’s natural fear of the unknown, words of those who look to tap into, for personal gain, the innate prejudices that we all harbor with-in just waiting for someone to unleash it.
But they are only words.
We as a people must rebuke these words.
We as a people must come together through our actions to shout down those words.
We as a people must form a coalition of the righteous to defeat the hatred of those words.
We as a people must shout for all to hear:
Your words mean nothing!
Because I am here!
Because this is my country as much as yours!
Because I love my country, and I will continue to fight for the values it was founded on!
Because we as a people ain’t going nowhere!

We Are The Coalition Of The Righteous

GOP politicians are lining up to defend Trump’s racist tweets some going as far as too call them patriotic and informing us that we should just move on from this and get back to the business of governing. 

REALLY? Just move on from it? So now You’re going to tell US what is racist and what isn’t. Is this the same logic you used when you told us Slavery wasn’t racist, segregation wasn’t fine as long as it was separate but “equal”, red lining wasn’t racist. the shooting of unarmed black men of color were justified. 

No we can not simply move on from it.

Now more than ever we have a difficult time ahead of us. But we must shed our fear of it.

Why?

Because we are not here because of the path that lies before us but because of the path that lies behind us. Four hundred years we have endured slavery, racism, sexism, homophobia and the denial of basic human rights and with each step forward we take, with each of our achievement we accomplish it produces fear among those among who still preach hate, who look to divide, do not believe in the brotherhood of all but would rather hold onto the old ways of subjugation and bondage.

But we are rising up now, together as one, race, color, religion, creed, gender and national origin .  We are a coalition of the righteous and we are gathering momentum each and every day. We are going to create a world where color, gender, religious belief and country of origin doesn’t matter. A world without conflicts and killings. A world without borders and boundaries. A world united not divided, ruled by love not hate. A world where anything is possible.

Today we send a message to those who still cling to the past, those who still preach hatred, those who still wish to divide this great nation not on the content of our character but on the the color of our skin. Today we take OUR country back from the racist and bigoted. Today we tremble these amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties from sea to shining sea. Today we remember, this is America where we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and all women regardless of color are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of happiness.

Today we make them remember we are still here

GO BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM? REALLY

GO BACK WHERE YOU CAME FROM

African-Americans have long heard those words of hatred spewed in their direction by racist and bigoted individuals but they are not alone

Italian American immigrants heard it

Irish American immigrants heard it

Polish American immigrants heard it

German American immigrants heard it

Japanese American immigrants heard it

Mexican American immigrants heard it

Immigrants from various Caribbean Islands heard it

Catholics heard it

Jews heard it

Muslims heard it

And many others have heard it

Ellis Island officially opened this week in 1892, and would subsequently process more than 20 million immigrants from around the world, all seeking a better life in America.  Just as our Founding Fathers intended.  Millions of immigrants would travel to America, leaving the only home they ever knew behind. Many times leaving family and loved ones and in some cases risking their lives to experience this new nation and idea. To be a part of a society birthed in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all citizens are created equal, theoretically if not literally. For the Founders, immigration was a mutually beneficial process.  The goal of which was to create a “melting pot,” in which immigrants successfully assimilate and become representative of our national identity, while also proudly retaining key aspects of their ethnic past.  We are all Americans, but in this country we are free to honor the many traditions and customs unique to our ancestral homelands.  It is without question what has made America great. 

This Sunday a President who ran on the slogan of make America great again, but seems to believe that means dividing Americans more than any President ever has and turning his back on diversity, tweeted that a group of four minority congresswomen feuding with Speaker Nancy Pelosi should “go back” to the countries they came from rather than “loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States” how to run the government. Predictably his base ate it up.  Commenting that President Trump is the greatest ever because he’s not afraid to tell it like it is. This group of Trump supporters, the lowest common denominator, haven’t a clue as to what makes this country unique and special among the countries of the rest of the world. America’s greatness has always been rooted in its embrace, sometimes kicking and screaming, of diversity.  As Speaker Pelosi bluntly said recently Ms. Pelosi may have offered the bluntest take on Mr. Trump’s comments when she said his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” “has always been about making America white again.”

The silence of so many Republicans on Trump’s blatant racism, sexism and bigotry dating back to the 1970’s when his real estate company was sued by the Department of Justice for racial discrimination to his administration’s systematic attempt to dismantle much of the gains made as a result of the civil rights and women’s movement is unacceptable at best and morally corrupt at worst. Their silence reminds me of a scene from the movie Star Trek Nemesis, it’s true if you look for it Star Trek always has the answers, when a Romulan commander says: Are you truly prepared to have your hands drenched in blood? He’s not planning to defeat Earth. He’s planning its annihilation. …And his sins will mark us and our children for generations. Trump is not planning to defeat the dreams of our founding fathers as it relates to immigration he’s planning its annihilation. And his sins will mark the Republican Party for generations. 

Not so Stupid

It’s no secret where I stand politically on many of today’s issues or how I feel about the current POTUS. But despite my feelings for the man, I recognize he’s not stupid. He may not have gone to Oxford like Clinton or was editor of the Harvard Law Review like Obama, but you don’t become President being stupid, and he surely knows how to connect to his base. With that said, I wonder if I’m the only one who finds it puzzling that moments after announcing he was declaring a national emergency, he said there is no emergency. It’s almost as if he was giving the courts the ammunition to overrule him. Why? Well, once he gets the funding, that’s it. The issue kind of fades into the background, but if he’s overturned, he gets to hit the 2020 campaign trail riling up his base – see, I tried to protect you, I did everything I could, but those Democrats and liberal justices they stopped me. They left the floodgates open for illegal immigrants to come to this country and rape our women, murder our children, take our jobs. But the fight is not over; vote for me in 2020, and I’ll find a way to overcome these crazy liberals and protect you. Cue the Make America Great chants. If I didn’t despise how he has divided this country, I’d almost call this strategy genius.

Hate = Ugly – Unity = Beauty

There is nothing more ugly than division and hate for each other with the exception of those who promote it for personal gain. One day they will have to stand before the creator and justify the unjustifiable. 

There is nothing more beautiful than unity and compassion for each other. Blessings shall be showered unto those of us who who practice it. For we all God’s children regardless of what we may look like.

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Diversity it’s what makes America great

The 2018 FIFA World Cup has ended with France as the winner. During the Cup, there were bars all over America packed with Americans proudly rooting on their country of national origin. Throughout, Americans proudly celebrate their heritage. For example, Italians proudly represent Italy through their food, among other things. Mexicans do the same with Mexico, and of course, the Irish show their pride on St. Patrick’s day. As with the St. Patrick day parade, all major cities have numerous parades and celebrations throughout the year. There is the West Indian day carnival, Greek Independence Day parade, National Tartan Day Parade, which celebrates Scotland’s day of independence, Chinese New Year festival, and many others in NYC alone. This diversity is really what has made America great, as Martin Luther King Jr. stated.

“individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

Diversity isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of strength. It is America’s signature, people of all cultures rising above their concerns to create, innovate, and overcome obstacles to move this country forward. America is at its best when it seeks diverse points of view and looks for new insights.

Yet today, there is a growing sediment among a segment of America who wants to rebuke this diversity. Their weakness is the desire to surround themselves with people who look and think like them. Afraid to learn about other races and cultures rather content to remain isolated and stoke their prejudices based on a fear of the unknown. As Captain Kirk said

“The prejudices people feel about each other disappear when they get to know each other.” 

This fear of diversity and is counter to the idea of what America was meant to be. At the beginning of America’s Declaration of Independence, these words are written: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” The keyword is All, not some. Not only those from (insert country) or sexual orientation or cultural background, and while this country has often struggled to live up to those words, it has embraced them enough to make it the country it is today. We must continue to move forward with the concept of diversity, not step back and isolate ourselves. Isolation only leads to a society that stifles creativity and innovation and eventually withers away and dies.

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Ignorance breeds Hate

Racism, misogyny, homophobia are not inherent traits of the human DNA. They spring forth from a foundation of ignorance. It is in the best interest of the powerful to ensure that the masses remain ignorant, fighting each for their piece of the crumbs the powerful leave behind. It is not until the masses come to the fairly obvious conclusion that we all part of one collective that humanity will know peace and move forward as a people positively despite our differences.

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They Don’t Really Care About Us

January 21, 2009, and Barack Obama, an African American, took the oath of President of the United States of America, and many declared the end of racism. But after watching the man, despite his grace and dignity, attacked for eight years straight. After watching the man have to prove he was an American. After watching the man who led the charge to discredit his citizenship ride a wave of hate and division to the White House in 2016 and his appointment of Jeff Sessions, who immediately took up the task of rolling back gains made in the battle for racial equality. After seeing case after case of police brutality go unpunished. After seeing people march through Charlottesville chanting racial epithets, it’s apparent racism was never over. It was merely simmering underground, waiting for the right person and the right time to show itself again. Don’t misunderstand as a country, we have made strides, and we are clearly in a better place now, but we still have a long road ahead of us, and there can be no doubt that there is a segment of the population, many who wield power, that really don’t care about us.

I am the victim of police brutality now.

I’m tired of bein’ the victim of hate.

You’re rapin’ me of my pride.

Oh, for God’s sake

I look to heaven to fulfill its prophecy…

Set me free

Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, the Cleveland, Ohio, police officers involved in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014, were not charged.

Daniel Pantaleo, the New York City police officer who held Eric Garner in a chokehold before his death in 2014, was not charged.

Some things in life they just don’t wanna see

But if Martin Luther was livin’

He wouldn’t let this be

On September 22, 2017, Trump called on all NFL owners to “fire” all protesting players. The president also referred to the protesting players as “sons of bitches.”

October 31, 2017, Papa John’s CEO and founder slammed the NFL, blaming the league’s “poor leadership” on the pizza chain’s sales slump. “We are totally disappointed that the NFL and its leadership did not resolve the ongoing situation

Beat me, hate me

You can never break me

1967 – World champion boxer Muhammad Ali used his worldwide star power to stand against the Vietnam War by refusing to enlist in the military.

1968 – After winning gold in the 200-meter sprint at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Tommie Smith raised his fist in the air alongside his teammate and bronze medalist, John Carlos. As Smith explained to ABC Sports announcer Howard Cosell, “My raised right hand stood for the power in black America. Carlos’ raised left hand stood for the unity of black America. Together they formed an arch of unity and power.”

2014 – NBA teams broke dress code rules to protest police brutality, wearing “I Can’t Breathe” shirts during warm-ups. The shirts referenced the last words of Eric Garner before he died at the hands of a police officer in Staten Island.

Beat me, bash me

You can never trash me

Hit me, kick me

You can never get me

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 3 1963- Fire hoses and police dogs were used here today to disperse Negro students protesting racial segregation.

Selma, Ala., March 7, 1965 – Alabama state troopers and volunteer officers of the Dallas County sheriff’s office tore through a column of Negro demonstrators with tear gas, nightsticks, and whips here today to enforce Gov. George C. Wallace’s order against a protest march from Selma to Montgomery. At least 17 African-Americans were hospitalized with injuries, and about 40 more were given emergency treatment for minor injuries and tear gas effects.

Tell me what has become of my rights

Am I invisible because you ignore me?

Your proclamation promised me free liberty, now

I’m tired of bein’ the victim of shame.

When these are the institutions that govern us when black life is disposable, when black bodies are guilty before, and after being proven innocent when there is no recourse for injustice or even a belief that injustice has been done when these institutions actively work to push inequality, we are dealing with something much more dangerous than a personal beef with blackness. – Mychal Denzel Smith, the New York Times bestselling author of Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching

The 2016 election was also marked by low turnout, with tens of millions of eligible voters choosing not to participate at all. Yet, there has been relatively little discussion about the millions of people eligible to vote but could not do so because they faced an array of newly-enacted barriers to the ballot box. Their systematic disenfranchisement was intentional and politically motivated. In the years leading up to 2016, Republican governors and state legislatures implemented new laws restricting when, where, and how people could vote — laws that disproportionately harmed students, the poor, and people of color. In several instances, lawmakers pushing such policies explicitly said that their goal was to suppress voters who favor the Democratic Party.

All I wanna say is that

They don’t really care about us.

All I wanna say is that.

They don’t really care about us.

While most of the examples in this post were of African Americans, all people of color suffer from racism and discrimination, While those in the LGBT community also deal with discrimination every day. It’s November, election season; if you’re not registered, go out and get registered. Protest and calls for equality are friendly but only when our voices are heard at the voting booths can we really make a difference to those who really don’t care about us

Lyrics in italics from Michael Jackson’s They Don’t Really Care About Us.

What team are you on

There can be no doubt that we are a country divided. Sadly, much of this division is not based on an ideology by the people on what is best for the people of this country but rather what letter follows your name, (R) or (D). We have become more concerned with ensuring our “team” wins rather than educating ourselves on the issues and their impact. This mentality has led to blind allegiance to those in power. We have ceded the very government we so proudly hold dear to a few hundred individuals who profit on our ignorance. Our desire to have our “team” win means the power does not even need to hide their deception; they do it right in front of us; for us, it was once said, “The eyes are useless when the mind is blind.” The more the masses allow their minds to be blinded, the easier it is to manipulate them. They follow their “team,” nodding in agreement with whatever decisions it makes. This thinking removes any sense of accountability from those in power; as Albert Einstein commented, “Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” For any democracy to effectively govern for citizens’ good, it represents those citizens must become informed about issues that can improve their lives. In many countries around the world, the government has taken away the will of its people. We seemingly have made the conscious decision to surrender it to a small percentage of the rich and powerful depending on what letter they have behind their name. We can not continue to allow our government to be dependent on political ignorance and blind allegiance, for it will undoubtedly lead to our downfall as one of the most significant experiments ever endeavored – a government of the people, by the people, for the people.

The birth of division is often followed by the death of society.

When a society willfully lets itself be divided by anyone whose primary agenda is to pit the masses against each other so that they may bolster their own personal wealth and power it can not be surprised to see unrest among the masses. It can not be surprised to see the very foundation on which it was built begin to crumble. It can not be surprised when it begins to fail from within. For the good of society as a whole the masses must put aside their differences and work together to reject what makes them different and embrace how their diversity has made them stronger. They do this only through a willingness to by listen to and learn about each other. It is only then that the masses will be able to stand up to those looking to divide, those who would see society crumble as long they themselves benefit and say no we will not stand idly by and let you destroy us. We are one, bonded by the spirit of humanity.

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