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Do not think. Do

As Yoda would say: Do not think. Do.

As children, we do not look at each other and think.

How are they different than me?

Do they believe in the same god I believe in?

Where were they born?

What is their sexual orientation?

As children, we do.  We see other children and look to interact with them.  We do not think about the unknowns of the child across from us.  We reject the fear that they may be different than us because we do not believe there is an unknown.  We allow our minds to be free, to embrace the unknown and new possibilities. In these possibilities is the growth potential that is essential for the existence of humanity. As we grow, we learn to question the culture, religion, and religion of others. Subsequently, we cease to grow; we stagnant and wither away, unable to or afraid to dream of a better future for humanity.

Yoda had it right. Do not think. Do

2020 Maybe just maybe America is turning that corner

In 2008 I was transfixed to my television screen with tears in my eyes as Barack Obama and his family celebrated his historic victory, becoming the first African American President of the United States of America in Chicago’s Grant Park.

Here was a moment I never believed I would live to see.
Here was a man that looked like me
Here was a family that looked like mine.
Here was a family that was now the FIRST family.

It was a moment that I will always remember. It said to me that maybe just maybe, America has turned a corner. Maybe people of color will finally be afforded the respect that they have always deserved. Maybe America was finally going to live up to the words on which it was founded that all people are created equal. Maybe Doctor Martin Luther King Jr’s dream that we will be judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin was finally on the cusp of becoming a reality.

But then came 2016, and even though, for eight years, President Obama and his entire family were the personifications of grace and dignity, America elected a man who was the polar opposite. A man who campaigned on division and tactically embraced racism. Maybe I thought to myself, America hasn’t turned that corner.

But as miserable as 2020 has been, something special was happening. 2020 saw the rise of the Coalition of the Righteous. A coalition of varying ethnic and religious groups, gender and sexual orientations, young and old, and they were ready to rebuke Donald Trump’s message of racism and bigotry.

Today the hope I had in 2008 is building in my heart again. On Saturday night, I beamed with happiness as I watch Senator Kamala Harris. a woman of color, address our country as the first female Vice President-Elect. It was an emotional moment as I thought to myself, for 400 years, they have tried to silence us, but here Senator Harris stood, and as she spoke, you could almost hear the wind whispering in the background saying:

WE ARE STILL HERE, AND WE ARE EXTRAORDINARY!
SAY IT LOUD I’M BLACK AND I’M PROUD!

REALITY CHECK!

REALITY CHECK!
 
Many believe a Biden victory will set America straight. IT WON’T!
 
Even if Trump is defeated on November 3rd, let us remember it is not the end, but it is just the start of winning true equality in this country.
 
This country’s systematic racism, bigotry, and greed are rooted at the local level and will continue to burn brightly in many who will still be in power. With Trump out of power, it may actually be easier for them as the spotlight won’t shine so brightly on them, and they will do as they have for done 400 years in the protection of the shadows, marginalize black and brown people, LGBT groups, women, the poor, etc.
 
No matter what happens on November 3rd, we must stay vigilant. We must continue to make our voices heard. We must continue to fight until all people in America are truly equal.

The Aliens have decided – We are not Worthy

Alien #1: Are you prepared today with your recommendation on the humans?

Alien #2: I am.

Alien #1: Then this evaluation hearing shall come to order. Please proceed.

Alien #2: Thank you. As you know I have always been an advocate of humans as a species, because of their cognitive ability. When tasked with evaluating them it was my hope that I would find them to be worthy of admission into the Collective of Advanced Planets,  However as I studied them I was dismayed that they have not even identified themselves as one species.

Alien #1: What do you mean?

Alien #2: When faced with their differences they do not draw strength from each other, learn from each other, grow.  Unfortunately, that is not the case. Rather they choose to make it us versus them. Drawing lines along lines of race, ethnicity, gender, language group, religion, age, socioeconomic status, and so on. That combined with their thirst for power and money has led at best to turn their back on and subjugate the weak or at worst kill each other. Undoubtedly this has stunted their development as a species.

Alien #1: Yet they still do not change. Why?

Alien #2: Well I have theorized that the human mind despite all its unique and special characteristics is lazy.

Alien #1 Lazy?

Alien #2: Yes lazy. The human mind prefers to be comfortable. It is more comfortable accepting that which is familiar than that which is different. Even when they come to the realization that their actions are morally wrong and counterproductive; they choose the comfort of turning a blind eye rather than the discomfort of confronting it.  Their nature is to live in the moment at the expense of their future good. One can see that in how they treat their own planet. Coupled that with their creation of and need for a socioeconomic system in which each group strives to climb over the other. I can only surmise that over the course of their history there has been a loss of a great many minds that if not extinguished would have flourished and led to the growth of their species. Regrettably, it is this lack of self-awareness that humans despite many tremendous qualities has proven they are not ready to join us.

Alien #1: Thank you we will enter your recommendation into the record and the human’s admission to the Collective of Advanced Planets has been denied.

Let’s Really Make America Great Reject Hate – Embrace Diversity

We will never move forward as a people until we understand that the powerful who preach hate and division do so as a measure of control. Control to maintain their wealth and power at the expense of the very people they are preaching to.

No matter what you look like. No matter where you’re from. No matter what language you speak. You are a part of the beautiful fabric of diversity that made this country what it is.

Reject intolerance
Reject racism
Reject bigotry

Out of the Darkness
One People, One Love, One America