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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.

The power of the people

The problem with American politics today
The government is supposed to derive its power from the people’s will, but the people have essentially given up their authority. Having divided itself into two parties, they no longer hold politicians accountable but blindly follow the sound bites of a few who look to obtain power as long as that individual claims represent their party. While simultaneously taking only a casual interest in truly educating itself on the day’s issues instead, the majority of them allow their opinions to be molded by cable news personalities who profit by espousing the viewpoints of the politician on the side of their preferred viewers.
Inform yourself on the issues
Educate yourself on the options
Hold your representatives accountable.
Take control of the government; it is, after all, your government

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.

Impeach Donald Trump – Be careful what you wish for

Impeach Donald Trump.
Liberals smile with glee at the very mention of the I word, but liberals everywhere should be careful what they wish for. Removing Trump from the office will elevate Mike Pence to the Presidency. While you may think Trump’s administration has been nothing less than a circus, a Pence administration will be nothing, if not extremely dangerous to the progress achieved by liberals over the years. Pence will be sane and rational. He will comport himself with decency. He won’t be bogged down in one scandal after another, and with all that going for him, he will be able to methodically push his ultra conservative agenda through congress. Here’s just a sample of what President Pence would bring to the table.
As governor of Indiana, Pence signed the most abortion-restrictive regulations in the nation, banning abortion even in cases where the fetus has a “genetic abnormality” such as Down syndrome and holding doctors legally liable if they had knowingly performed such procedures.
He led the national fight to defund Planned Parenthood and forced so many of its clinics to close in Indiana that he triggered an H.I.V. epidemic in one county.
In 2015 he helped pass one of the nation’s harshest “religious freedom” laws that would have protected businesses who wanted to refuse service to LGBT people if they cited religious objections.
As a congressman, he opposed federal funding that would support treatment for people suffering from H.I.V. and AIDS unless the government simultaneously invested in programs to discourage people from engaging in same-sex relationships.
He is opposed to any restrictions on assault rifles.
He is skeptical of climate change and wrote a letter to then-President Obama threatening to disobey the new regulations on coal mandated by the Clean Power Plan.
President Pence.
Liberals, let’s be careful what we wish for.