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“Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of man, that state is obsolete” – Rod Sterling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

WE THE PEOPLE

In an episode of Start Trek The original series, as if there is any other Star Trek, Captain Kirk once said as he read from a version of the Declaration of Independence on an alien world:

Look at these three words written larger than the rest, with a special pride never written before or since. Tall words proudly saying We the People, it was not written for the chiefs or the kings or the warriors or the rich and powerful, but for all the people! …They must apply to everyone or they mean nothing

The just completed Democratic National Convention embraced that concept, proudly showcasing the future of America in all its diversity.  Race, Nationality, Gender, Sexual orientation, Religion, and Socio-Economic statues of all types were highlighted at one point or another.  It was a beautiful spectacle to watch especially when you consider what we will probably witness in the upcoming Republican National Convention. The Republican party, which has always lacked the diversity of Democrats, has been hi-jacked by Donald Trump, a man who cannot comprehend the indisputable fact, America is great because of its diversity.  He stokes the fears, racism, bigotry misogyny and homo phobia of those in MAGA hats who would fight to see that they don’t lose “their country”, as if it ever was just their country.  Individuals with no desire to see Americans living in harmony as one people, no desire to be part of the coalition of the righteous that rejects their beliefs and is growing stronger every day.  No desire to see America finally become the nation it was created to be.  A nation in which all people are created equal.  He panders to the rich at the expense of the poor and the middle class, bragging about the stock market and offering large corporations multi million-dollar bail outs while allowing the unemployment benefits for those suffering financially to expire.  To Donald Trump it is We SOME of the People

As Americans how can we ask someone to lead us as a people, one people, when regrettably that person doesn’t have the desire of the capacity to understand the meaning of three simple words. WE THE PEOPLE.

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

Thank You Mr. Lewis

Thank You Mr. Lewis
 
I wanted to take this opportunity on the day we lay John Lewis to rest to say thank you Mr. Lewis Thank You for your life dedicated to causing GOOD TROUBLE to see that America lives up to the words upon which it was created, that all men are created equal.
In 1961 at the tender age of twenty one he was one of the original 13 Freedom Riders. Mr. Lewis was beaten by mobs of racists but that did not deter John Lewis. He would not let the hatred and violence of others stop him from fighting against the evils of segregation.
 
A little over a year before I was born, on March 7, 1965, a twenty five year old John Lewis led the Selma to Montgomery across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a bridge named after a confederate general and KKK grand wizard, on a day that would come to be known as Bloody Sunday because of the brutal attack foisted upon Mr. Lewis and the other marchers. The actions of Mr. Lewis and those protestors led President Johnson to promise to send a voting rights bill to Congress that week, and he issuing an immediate statement “deploring the brutality with which a number of Negro citizens of Alabama were treated” On March 15, the president convened a joint session of Congress, outlined his new voting rights bill, and demanded that they pass it. In a historic presentation carried nationally on live television, making use of the largest media network, Johnson praised the courage of African-American activists. He called Selma “a turning point in man’s unending search for freedom” on a par with the Battle of Appomattox in the American Civil War. Johnson added that his entire Great Society program, not only the voting rights bill, was part of the Civil Rights Movement. He adopted language associated with Dr. King, declaring that “it is not just Negroes, but really it is all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And we shall overcome. The bill was passed that summer and signed by Johnson as the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965. This is widely considered a watershed moment in the Civil Rights movement.
 
In 1988, the year after he was sworn into Congress, Lewis introduced a bill to create a national African American museum in Washington. The bill failed and for 15 years he continued to introduce it with each new congress, but each time it was blocked in the Senate until finally in 2003 President George W. Bush signed the bill to establish the museum, The National Museum of African American History and Culture, held its opening ceremony on September 25, 2016.
 
Today as an African American every time I freely walk in voting booth without the fear of being turned away because of the color of my skin I owe it to the actions of Mr. Lewis.
 
Every time as an African American I travel to the south without having to use a separate bathroom or be turned away from a restaurant because of my skin color I owe it to the actions of John Lewis.
 
Every time as an African American I travel with a white friend in the South we can ride next to each other I owe it to John Lewis.
 
To the day he was taken from us to his eternal life with the Lord Mr. Lewis remained true to the cause, his mission, to give a voice to those who had no voice, to fight for racial equality, to cause as much GOOD TROUBLE that was needed to ensure America never forgets that all men are created equal.
Thank You Mr. Lewis
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