The echo of gunshots filled the air. And the young man’s lifeless body fell to the ground.
The cries of I can’t breathe filled the air. And the young man’s lifeless body fell to the ground.
The howls of disbelief filled the courtroom. And the defendant walked free once more.
The sound of silence filled the halls of the city, state, and nation’s capitals. And those in power did nothing yet again.
For centuries, our lives have been devalued by those who see only the color of our skin.
Have we not helped build this nation? Have we not fought for this nation? Have we not shown time after time our love for this nation? Have we not been every bit the American that you believe yourself to be?
Because of your hatred, your racism we must scream for the world to hear that Black Lives Matter because, for 400 years, you have demonstrated that to you it doesn’t. It isn’t a logical mentality, but it is true.
“A smile or a tear has no nationality; joy and sorrow speak alike to all nations, and they, above all the confusion of tongues, proclaim the brotherhood of man. – Frederick Douglass.”
On September 10th, the Kansas City Chiefs prepared to defend their NFL title against the Houston Texans. Before the game, the players in a sign of unity decided on their own to stand together and lock arms in support of Black Lives Matter. It was a moving tribute and one that you would expect would be universally applauded by a so-called enlightened society. Yet as the cameras rolled a nation heard boos emanating from the crowd.
Sad yes, unexpected no. There remains a segment of America that does not or wants to relate to the tears shed when a person of color’s life is needlessly taken, or the sorrow when yet another incomprehensible acquittal is met with indifference. To that segment of America, the tears and sorrow are not theirs and as such have little importance.
It is only when the tears and sorrow turn to anger do they see it but make no mistake they do not see the reason for the anger, they see only how it impacts them. Their level of comfort interrupted by those they label as troublemakers’ anarchist.
“The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.” – Frederick Douglass.
Those who booed the moment of unity are a relic of America’s past. A time when segregation was the rule of the day. When the desire to learn about other races, cultures and religions was deemed unnecessary. When the pain of one group was looked at as their pain and not America’s pain. In 2020 the Coalition of the Righteous, a group of all races and nationalities coming together to rebuke this thinking is starting to change this mindset. However, this mindset still simmers beneath the American surface and is stoked by President Trump. His agenda is one of fear, hate, and racism. Designed to keep Americans divided. To ensure that they fear and hate each other to such a degree that they will never look to understand each other. To never appreciate the pain and sorrow one group feels when faced with racial and social injustice.
“the prejudices people feel about each other disappear when they get to know each other.” – Captain Kirk, Start Trek
On September 10th they booed a show of unity, they are the past and one day the future of America will boo them for their booing.
On September 4, 2020 President Donald Trump directed federal agencies Friday to end diversity training programs, calling them “Divisive, anti-American propaganda a sickness that cannot be allowed to continue.” This decision comes amid a nationwide reckoning on racial injustice that Trump has adamantly opposed.
There is a reason Trump disparages those who would educate America on issues of racial injustice. Why he looks to paint those who do so as radical left wing unamerican extremist. It is so he can easily mislead a segment of American society, to continue to tap into their ignorance and hate, to ensure that his lying and use of misinformation is seen as truth.
Because Trump knows that:
Misinformation leads to ignorance
Ignorance leads to fear
Fear leads to isolation
Isolation leads to mistrust
Mistrust leads to intolerance
Intolerance leads to hate
Hate leads to division
And division ensures we that we as Americans never band together as one but continue to fight each other over the crumbs he and his kind continue to toss us. It is to ensure we remain victims to ensure their way of life.
Matthew 12:25 New King James Version
But Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. –
According to the Department of Homeland Security White supremacist present the gravest terror threat to the United States of America. White Supremacists are a group of ignorant people who believe that white people are superior to everyone else, especially blacks. They feel that America is “their” country and that the rise economically, socially, and politically of people of color is a clear and present danger to what they believe is the true face of America. These people have always been a part of the fabric of America spewing their hate but over the last four years they have become emboldened once again. Emboldened by a President who spews the same hate, and with a wink and a smile tacitly approves of their actions. He does this not only because he himself is a racist, but to maintain power for himself by using their hate and belief that he is the last line of defense to keeping the face of America white.
But you know the truth? America has no face. America has many faces.
The Democratic National Convention offered us all a look at the present and future of America. How refreshing it was to see so many faces. White, Black, Latino and Asian; Men and Women; Straight and Gay; Young and Old, Progressives and Moderates. You can agree or disagree with their politics, but you can’t deny that everyone watching could personally identify with someone who spoke at that convention and that’s what makes America great.
We are a country of many different races, ethnicities, beliefs, religions, sexualities, economic levels and social beliefs, an incredible mosaic woven together to form very fabric of America. It was the founding fathers who imagined this America when they declared independence from British rule proudly stating:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal
At the time it was more of an ideal than something that was practiced, there was still the sins of slavery and the displacement of Native Americans from their home land, but it was an ideal this nation was founded on never the less. Today there are still those who believe America was at its greatest when segregation was the rule of day, when opportunities for women in the workplace were far and few between, when being gay was meet with societal shame. That America is no more. America is changing, not fast-enough, but it is changing. Evolving beyond its past prejudices. We are now the majority; we are the coalition of the righteous. It is why domestic terrorism is on the rise, it is why a segment of society willingly turn a blind eye to Trump’s corruption, lies, and cling to his mantra of hate and division and a time when the majority of Americans are coming together to reject it.
They arm themselves with automatic weapons and brazenly walk through our communities. They are afraid of the new America, unwilling to open themselves up to anyone or anything that is different from themselves and what they believe to be right. This is their last stand and they know it. However, the momentum is against them, the new America is here, and it is has many faces.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal
It is after all the ideal that America was founded on.
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
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.
I originally posted this two years ago but considering where the Trump administration has taken this country it was worth a repost.
America today seems to be more divided than ever. Hate for anything that is different from you is at an all-time high. The current administration stokes this fire with a message of division. The exact opposite of what has made this country great, the contributions of so many from so many different races and cultures It is done so they can enrich themselves and maintain their power. They are skilled at tapping into your inner prejudices and making you believe they are on your side, but the truth is the only side they are on is their own. As always, this situation can best be summed up from the lessons Star Trek continues to teach us.
1. Why the current president strategy of division among people so he may maintain his power is flawed.
The prejudices people feel about each other disappear when they get to know each other. – Captain Kirk
2. How unity and not division is stronger for all of us
I am pleased to see that we have differences. May we together become greater than the sum of both of us. -Surak of Vulcan
3. Why our current President view of himself is flawed
Believing oneself to be perfect is often the sign of a delusional mind. -Data, to Borg Queen
4. The strategy of our current President believes in maintaining power
Evil does seek to maintain power by suppressing the truth, or by misleading the innocent. -Spock and McCoy
5. How many of the innocent who voted for our current feel today
After a time, you may find that “having” is not so pleasing a thing, after all, as “wanting.” It is not logical, but it is often true. -Spock
6. Why the thinking of many who defend the current president simply because he has an (R) after his name or are afraid of losing votes from his base is wrong
You cannot explain away a wantonly immoral act because you think it is connected to some higher purpose. – Captain Picard
7. What the president walk-back of his statements in Russia showed us about him
It would seem that evil retreats when forcibly confronted -Yarnek of Excalbia,
8. Why we must act as a people not as republicans or democrats
Without followers, evil cannot spread. -Spock
9. Why we must act now both republicans, democrats, and independents
Act, and you shall have dinner; wait, and you shall be dinner. -Gowron, Klingon proverb