A lot has happened over the last few weeks/months that have caused an uproar in the U.S. I could go in on a myriad of topics as to why, but I’ll just leave you with this video from writer/activist Kimberly Jones.
Those ignorant of history are bound to repeat it. So let’s learn why things are the way they are, why people are reacting in the ways that they are, and let’s start dismantling and rebuilding the systems that fly against the ever-quoted ideals of the “land of the free”, where all men are created equal.
I learned early on in life that we live in two different Americas: one for whites, and the other for people of color. Most white people are only aware of the one they live in, whereas everyone else has to maneuver in both to survive.
We constantly have to analyze and adjust our demeanor and behavior in order to avoid being profiled, labeled, criminalized or murdered just for possessing melanin. What I wear, how I speak, where I go; nothing I do is spontaneous. When you’re black (and a product of the inner city), you don’t make it to 30 being careless. Yet, even when you do everything “right”, you could still die. … The Tale Of Two Americas
The water serving the citizens of Flint, MI has been poisoning them for nearly two years, and Michigan government officials have known for nearly as long. How is it that Governor Rick Snyder and his crew of idiots are not in jail yet?… 21st Century Genocide: Flint, Michigan
Yvette Smith called the police with the hope that they could “serve and protect” her from a dispute between two men that she felt was getting out of hand. Yet, within two seconds of her opening the door to the officers answering the call, the unarmed mother is shot and killed by one of them.
The officers say she was armed and ignored their commands. These claims were corroborated by their supervising officer. Yet, dash-cam footage disproved them all.
It would be easy to call “racism” in this case, as the victim was black and the officer is white. However, as we saw with the Zachary Hammond case, there is a larger issue at hand: the overall lack of accountability in police departments that allow officers to avoid the consequences of their actions. … Who Is Policing The Police?
Social justice activist Shaun King spent the greater part of this week being vilified by conservative media and their minions based on haphazard evidence that suggested he is a white man pretending to be African-American. However, anyone with common sense could read the context clues of his writings and see that (1) his biological father is black, (2) the circumstances are complicated, (3) he didn’t want to talk it out of respect for his mother, and (4) it is none of our business. Of course, these outlets were relentless, pulling out “family members” and birth certificates to support their attacks.
Eventually King was pushed into posting this piece explaining his lineage, why he didn’t want to talk about it, and the true motivations behind the “investigation” against him. A part of me wanted him to remain silent, throwing the middle finger to their desperate attempts to disqualify his life’s work. However, another part of me is glad he eloquently dismantled each one of their thinly-veiled arguments. … You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Color
One of the most misunderstood topics on planet earth is the concept of privilege. People who don’t fall into the 1% seem to glance over the various privileges that we are afforded based on factors such as gender, sexual orientation, level of education, and of course, race.