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I’m Tired

As an African American

I am tired of seeing this play out over and over again.

I’m tired of the apologists for police brutality.

I’m tired of African American parents having to have conversations with their children about the dangers of simply being African American.

I’m tired of being told not to get angry about it.

I’m tired of having my patriotism questioned when I do.

I’m tIred of the so called liberals who join in on the hashtags and claim to be outraged but sit in silence on the topic of race and social injustice when they get around each other.

I’m tired

It’s Time for America to Overcome

I have seen many people today, including African Americans, denouncing the protests/riots in Minneapolis, especially the looting of the Target. While I am a proponent of non-violence, it is rather difficult to expect that after centuries of oppression and the senseless killing of our people African Americans are expected to continue to march and sing we shall overcome peacefully.
Will we overcome?
We already have overcome:
Our culture being stripped from us
The loss of our ancestral history.
Slavery
Lynchings
Jim Crow
We are still battling.
Economic injustice
Social injustice, but we have not let it destroy us as a people.
Now is the time for America to overcome its
Racism and Bigotry
Only then will America be the country it gave lip service to when it was founded. One where all people are created equal.
Even Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. understood there was a time when a peaceful, non-violent protest was not always going to bring about the necessary change.

https://timeline.com/by-the-end-of-his-life-martin-luther-king-realized-the-validity-of-violence-4de177a8c87b

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We are African American and we are Extraordinary

Yet another unarmed young man of color hunted and shot down, yet another attempt to cover it up, yet another attempt to silence our voice Ahmaud Arbury was only 24 years old when his life was ended for what appears to be the unspeakable crime of jogging while black.

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The Rise of Domestic Terrorism

White Supremacist group activity is on the rise, and what is the President doing about it? Trump planned to invite Angel Families to his now postponed SOU. While these families have undoubtedly suffered as a voter of color, I am left to wonder what about families like those of Timothy Caughman targeted and killed by James Harris Jackson in an attempt to start a race war.
During his tenure, White supremacists groups’ activity has jumped, and they are “directly responsible” for the majority of extreme killings in America. What is Trump’s plan to protect American citizens of color against this domestic terrorism? Is he going to demand to fund or combat these groups, or he’ll shut down the government? Or does he not care about the ever-increasing rise of white supremacists and, by extension, the safety of American citizens if their skin color is a shade of brown.

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America’s Dirty Little Secret – Trump’s shadow base

How was it that Donald Trump, when all the exit polls showed otherwise, was able to capture the Presidency of the United States?
How is it that Donald Trump, when polls show he has one of the lowest approval ratings of all time, able to keep GOP politicians from revolting against him? Why is it that Donald Trump has made such little effort to expand “his base” and seemingly is unconcerned about it? I’m here to tell you it’s because of America’s dirty little secret. You see, when we watch one of the many “campaign rallies” Trump held before the election and amazingly continues to hold after, at taxpayer cost, we see what many liberals characterize as his base. Low income, poorly educated white males and females. Liberals see a stereotypical person they likely refer to as Billy Bob with a smirk and his wife sporting Make America Great Again hats, spewing hatred and fear against people of color. It’s why Trump continually uses the wall and cherry-picks acts of violence and other criminal activities by immigrants in his speeches.
Why he throws out lines like shithole countries, liberals summarize Billy Bob is so poorly educated that he easily fooled by Trump because Trump appeals to their greatest fear. That they are losing a grip on “their” country, but what Trump and the GOP know is a number of well educated, highly compensated, extremely polished individuals who deep down harbor the very same fears. They are Trump’s shadow base. They have friends who are people of color. They’re children play with your children. They are registered Democrats, and they never say they like Donald Trump. Their social media is likely littered with posts you’ve liked denouncing Trump. But when they get behind that voting curtain and are all alone, they’re pulling the lever for Trump. Why? Because way more than “Billy Bob,” this was their country.
White men of power had a long uninterrupted run of success in this country. They were the majority, ran all the big corporations, and controlled the country’s politics. But then census data projected the US would become ‘minority white’ in 2045. More and more people of color began showing up in the executive lunchroom and on the country club golf courses. Then the unthinkable happened Barack Obama won the Presidency. Not only did he win, but he and his family were also looked at with the highest level of respect around the globe. It wasn’t so much about Obama’s politics. However, it would be naive to dismiss that completely; it looked at a well educated, articulate man of color stand in front of the world as America’s leader. Sure there had been plenty well educated, articulate men and women of color in the spotlight before Obama, but none had ever been President. Obama represented a glimpse into the future of this country. For some, that was a frightening future now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t think the vast majority of white people are arming themselves and storing canned goods to prepare for the coming brown people apocalypse. I’m more hopeful than ever that this country is headed in the right direction, if ever so slowly, concerning race relations. But there are still a few dinosaurs out there who hide in plain sight, fearful of the future. They’re America’s dirty little secret. They’re Trump’s shadow base, and it would be best not to underestimate them again in 2020.

The Alt-Right’s sins against the Lord.

One of the significant aspects of American society is the right to free speech. No matter how hateful and divisive it is. No matter how vile you may take the message to be, it is the right of every individual or group to voice their opinion freely.

This weekend exactly one year after Unite the Right, the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, many of the same white-nationalist, paramilitary, and other right-wing groups are planning to come together again — this time, in Washington, D.C.

In many ways, it is a good thing that these groups are permitted to use their first amendment right to hold these rallies as it sheds light on the vile, dangerous and disgusting message of division and hate they preach. A spotlight for the rest of America to witness and be repulsed by, hopefully forcing them to admit there is cancer in America that needs to be removed. Discussions about race and social inequalities can not be swept under the rug any longer but must be confronted head-on if we are ever going to move forward as a nation.

These rallies also shine a light on the sins of those individuals who preach hate. The majority of them call themselves Christians but deny the undeniable; we are all one created in the image of our Lord.

27 So God created mankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. – Genesis 1:27

They presuppose that they are greater than the Lord they claim to worship. That they have the right to determine which of the Lord’s children are worthy and which are not. A direct rejection of the Lord’s commandment to us. As is written in John 13:34:

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another

The Lord created each of us in His image. He loves each of us unconditionally. He does not play favorites based on the color of our skin or our religious beliefs.

26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise. – Galatians 3:26-29

Since the beginning, it has been the Lord’s desire for us to live together in peace and unity.

1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! – Psalms 133:1

And He warned us to avoid those who would speak differently!

17. Now I make one more appeal, my dear brothers and sisters. Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them. 18. Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words, they deceive innocent people. – Romans 16:17-18

So this weekend, let us stand at a distance, watch and expose to the world those with malice in their hearts, sinners against the Lord.

Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. – Ephesians 5:11

But as with all things with the Lord, reject their beliefs but be prepared to forgive those among them who repent their sins and ask for help in finding their way back onto the path of spirituality.

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. – Galatians 6:1 

The Black Lives Matter Debate

I have grown tired of the endless back and forth. I have grown tired of having to defend my right to shine a spotlight on the killing of Men of Color without also having to prove I’m not anti-police. I have grown tired of specific segments of society telling me to stay quiet, not protest, not interrupt their day-to-day activities, turn the other cheek, and move forward. Yet here I am again today watching the news, and there it is predictable as can be, individuals like Sean Hannity and Rudy Giuliani using the tragic events of Dallas to denounce Black Lives Matter. I am again going through my social media feed and seeing an increase in the number of individuals posting the hashtag All Lives Matter. While all lives matter, we need to be honest and real about why the hashtag All Lives Matter became a counter-response to Black Lives Matter.
First, by saying Black Lives Matter, you do not state that other lives matter less or don’t matter at all. It never was. Black Lives Matter calls attention to an inherent problem, and that is the senseless killing of Men of Color by those charged with protecting the public. Now let me be clear because there are those out there who would jump on that statement and call me anti-police, which could not be further from the truth. To be a police officer, to know each day you risk your life so society can be a safer place takes a special person. However, there are always bad apples in any group, and even if it’s only 1% of the nation’s police force, the spotlight must shine on that 1% until that 1% is stripped of their power. Those who blame the senseless killing of five police officers on Black Lives Matter either don’t get it or don’t want to get it. They are the real race-baiters. No person of color who says Black Lives Matter wants to see any officer of the law killed. Communities of color did not celebrate the death of five good men; we mourned it. As we grieve, however, we cannot let individuals like Sean Hannity and Rudy Giuliani take a tragic event like Dallas and, through the power of the media, attempt to silence our voices against police brutality. It is not about getting over it and moving forward. It’s about this country no longer pretending that there are not very real issues that need to be addressed. It’s about people no longer using the lame excuse that you are anti-police by calling for the end of police brutality. It’s about finally having a brutally honest conversation about race relations in this country. Understanding that while All Lives Matter countering Black Lives Matter with All Lives Matter is like bursting into a cancer fundraiser and saying, hey, Heart disease is a problem too, you know. It’s true, but it is missing the point.

They’re still trying to change the narrative

Today I saw an article in The Daily Caller which stated that:
According to several Be On Look Out (BOLO) alerts sent from several law enforcement agencies and exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller, some members of the “#blacklivesmatter and #fyf911 are calling for the murder of more police officers.
It is important to note that while this report was not an editorial, and I have no reason not to believe the authenticity of the BOLO alerts, Tucker Carlson, a libertarian conservative, founded the Daily Caller. With all due respect to Tucker Carlson and some other conservative individuals and organizations, there can be no denying that there has been an ongoing attempt from some on the right to discredit the Black Lives Matter movement. Which, to be honest, is not a centralized movement with anyone voice to call it lead but more of a battle cry for people of all colors to stand up against the discrimination and brutality directed toward people of color. The intent of those who link it to groups or individuals who are not concerned with justice but preach violence is evident, discredit the movement as a whole and marginalize those who support it.
When Sarah Palin calls supporters of the movement dogs, President Obama won’t call off. When Donald Trump says, supporters of the movement are looking for trouble. When radical groups who preach violence are lumped in with the entire movement as if to indicate they are the movement, it is reminiscent of what some tried to do to civil rights leaders in the 60s, which was an attempt to shut down a movement and to avoid a meaningful discussion about race relations in this country.  What is true is that the overwhelming majority of the Black Lives Matter movement has never been about violence and has never been about hatred toward police but instead has always been about equality and justice. We cannot let those who would not see us all live together as brother and sister, those who profit from division rather than unity, those who instead move backward than forward in time define the narrative. The narrative can only be defined by the actions of the majority, people of all races and religions, who stand for equality and justice for all. So on this 9/11, let us stand as one and remember and honor those we lost 14 years ago. Let us pray that the few who preach violence are unsuccessful in their attempts to rally the nut jobs because even one life lost is one life too many. Let our voices be heard as one that we no longer tolerate racism and hate. On this 9/11, let us show the world that we are one.