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The Revolution Has Begun

“Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of man, that state is obsolete” – Rod Sterling

President Trump has repeatedly claimed that those involved in the Black Lives Matter movement want to strip America of its heritage, wants to abolish police.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  The truth is that the Black Lives Matter movement is the new American revolution and it is being fought not by just people of color but by a coalition of different races and nationalities.  A coalition that looks a lot like America of the 21st century.  A coalition who reject the hatred and racism of the old guard, who have tired of America’s racial and society inequalities and who demand change. 

As with any revolution the goal is not to continue the status quo but to defeat it and replace it with a better system.  The American heritage that those on the wrong side of the revolution fight to maintain includes displaying the confederate battle flag, protecting statues honoring confederate “heroes”, maintaining the names of military bases named after traitors who fired upon and declared war on America.

The police system that they cling to has an unfortunate history, despite the many decent officers who risk their lives every day, of unfairly of targeting and punishing people of color many times with deadly consequences.

It would be foolish to believe that the hearts and minds of those who wish to continue the status quo can be changed as racism and hatred is imbedded in their soul.  It would be equally foolish to believe that a culture and systems that have been developed and nurtured by those same individuals for centuries can be changed from with-in. 

To achieve real change, it is necessary to eliminate the so-called heritage that celebrates America’s racist past.  To educate all Americans of not just the many achievements people of color have contributed to this country’s history but the truth about the oppression that America has perpetrated on people of color for over four hundred years and the advantage of white privilege it has produced.

To achieve real progress the current police and justice systems must be stripped down to the studs, and that does not mean eliminating it as some would have you believe, before it can be build  back up with meaningful reform that ensures that it treats all people equitably.  That is not an attack on police in general, it is a long overdue call for reform that ensures the end of racial profiling and makes their jobs safer

As Frederick Douglass said: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men” After 400 years it is obvious America’s treatment of people of color is beyond repair it is time to eliminated that heritage and build a new one from scratch.  

The revolution has begun and while some may cling to Donald Trump and his agenda of hatred and racism, they are about to find themselves on the wrong side of history

When Will Enough Be Enough? When Will America Realize Black Lives Matter

Revelation 6:10 English Standard Version

10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

This is not a call for vengeance but a call for justice.

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain

When will enough be enough?  When will those who disregard black lives, who despise unity, who weaponize the teachings of the Lord to further their hatred of all things not like them be held accountable for their wicked ways? 

Ahmoud Arbery Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland

How many people of color must be sacrificed before those who counter Black Lives Matter with All Lives Matter acknowledge Black Lives are a part of all lives, yet for 400 years this country has never valued them as such.

Sean Reed, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner

How many more black mothers and fathers must weep in agony and bury their sons or daughters simply because of the color of their skin.

Oscar Grant Michael Brown

How many more times must a father or mother of color have to sit their sons and daughters down and warn them of the inherent dangers they face every day just by walking out the door simply because of the color of their skin.

Walter Scott, Freddie Gray

When will America comes to grips that systematic racism and the brutalization and murder of people of color is real and not something new? That it is not something to be danced around. That it is not a black problem, it is an American problem and it won’t be solved by the protest of people of color alone, but by the realization by those who have never had to worry about it that they must acknowledge it, look it directly in the eye, stand up and declare

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH BLACK LIVES MATTER

Morpheus talks race relations in 2020

I love the Matrix, part one that is, and while parts two and three didn’t quite measure up there are still some great moments in them. One of them is Morpheus’ speech to Zion. I always thought that speech could be used today for so many things and with race relations still playing such a prominent role in America today, with a President who fans the flames of racism, preaches hate and division and with a wink and a nod gives approvals to white supremacists. I wondered how could Morpheus’ speech be re-imagined to address this. I think I did a pretty good job.

They heard it…The N Word

Getting gas today I witnessed a bunch of young men of color casually tossing around the N word. In this summer of racial unrest where so many people of all colors, genders, religions and socioeconomic backgrounds have come together to demand racial equality we as a people still cling to the N word using the excuse that we have redefined it an made it our own. Wrong! It is and always will be a word of hate. I have posted this before and I will continue to periodically post it in hopes that some of my brothers and sisters that use it will take it to heart and eradicate that word from their vocabulary.Pic

White Power? It’s 2020 right and the President is promoting white power

My political views are no secret, but this is not political this is deeply personal

The President of the United States of America just proudly posted a video of Trump supporters screaming White Power.

Let me say that again the President of the United States of America just proudly posted a video of Trump supporters screaming White Power.

My United States of America!

The country my ancestors, despite being marginalized, terrorized and killed simply because of the color of their skin, have defended in war and without their contributions this country would not be nearly what it is today.

This should convince every person and I mean every single person of color to register and vote for Biden as well as any member of the GOP party who enable him and it’s now it’s at the point if you’re not a person of color and you tell me you support him or you remain silent on the issue I have to assume you too are racist.

Too many people of color have suffered
Too many people of color have been unjustly treated
Too many people of color have been terrorized and KILLED by people screaming those same words!

SILENCE IS NOT AN OPTION!

Looters and rioters are criminals masquerading as protesters

I have said the Derek Chauvin’s of the world are not police officers, they are murderers masquerading as police officers.

The same can be said about the looter and rioters, doing this for their own gain, they are not protestors they are criminals masquerading as protesters.

Media coverage, some outlets more than others, have focused more on these criminals as opposed to the legitimate protesters, a coalition of the righteous, who are engaging in legitimate acts civil disobedience all around the country.

Part of this is calculated, especially on some networks. Yes, by focusing on the criminal acts it leads to higher ratings, but it also says to certain groups watching – See this is why we must maintain control. Why we must dominate the streets. Look at what we will descend into if we don’t.

It changes the narrative from the root cause of the protests to that of the looting. This gives those who wish would ignore the economic and social injustices that precipitated this unrest the cover they are looking for to do just that, ignore it.

It also provides them with the ammunition they crave to keep us as a people divided. To stop what they fear, the coming together of white, black and brown. The coalition of the righteous.

Progressive activist DaShanne Stokes once said:
“The more we’re thrown into conflict with each other through engineered distrust, the less able we are to unite against those responsible.”

The economic and social foundation of this society is built on the marginalization of and economic and social oppression of the poor in general and people of color specifically and it won’t be until America is made to comes to the realization that it seriously take on the problem of the systematic racism that has permeated this country for four hundred years it will always run the risk of exploding as it has this week

 

Where racial injustice is so inherent…

A society where racial injustice is so inherent its very existence is denied by many.

Where it is frowned upon to even discuss it for fear of making some feel uncomfortable.

Where the oppressed are expected to work for change with-in a system built to subjugate them. Is a society that must be made uncomfortable by those that are oppressed.

It is a society that must be forced to deal with the deep-seated problem that is a scar on its very existence.

Until that day the injustice perpetuated on the oppressed may ebb and flow but it will never truly cast out of that society’s very heart, forever lurking around the next corner.

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What I Don’t Like

I don’t like:
Seeing people getting hurt
Seeing innocent business owners watched their life’s work destroyed
Seeing a movement being marred by the actions of those who loot and riot only to enrich themselves or push the narrative in a negative direction for their own depraved political gain

I also don’t like
Open season on African-Americans
Killers who mar the good name of most police officers by masquerading as them
Racism
Bigotry

But what I don’t like most of all is a President who does not speak to America but instead hides behind twitter using the tragedy of George Floyd and the subsequent unrest it has sparked to post tweets designed to spread division hate & racism. Tweets designed to motivate his base to harken back to a time when they felt America was Great. A time when “vicious” dogs were unleashed on protesters of racial inequality. Tweets designed to try and keep him in power so he can continue to “loot” this country of its morality and enrich himself.

They Don’t Really Care About Us

He did it knowing he was being filmed but he didn’t care because he didn’t think the black man under his knee was a man but an animal.

Three accessories to murder masquerading as police officers watched and not once did one of them think I should stop this because they didn’t think the black man who couldn’t breath was a man but an animal.

They met the protesters with tear gas, mace and rubber bullets because they didn’t think they were men and women but animals.

They didn’t charge him with 1st degree murder because they don’t believe the life he took was that of a man but of an animal.

Wait…I’m wrong because a dog is an animal and they care more about a dog’s life than the lives of African Americans.

Because they don’t really care about us.