How We Can Win – Black History In America, according to Kimberly Jones

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.

New Klux Klan

It is painfully apparent that there is a subculture of law enforcement whose actions and character resemble the 21st Century Edition of the Klu Klux Klan. Thanks to social media, the world is becoming aware of cases where police officers are assaulting and arresting black and brown individuals for little other reason than asserting their power, “failure to comply” or because “they fit the description”. Meanwhile, there are citizens that support this bigotry through ignorance, bitterness, and/or blatant hatred. New Klux Klan

The Perils of Discussing Racism With The Blissfully Ignorant

I try to stay away from asserting my opinion as fact on topics that I have no experience in, and it boggles my mind when others do. With the increase in conversations about race in the last year or so, there have been a lot of polarizing points of view on both sides and, like a lot of people-of-color, I’m exhausted.

Trying to explain systemic racism and its effects to those ignorant of its existence is like debating The Tanakh with Adolf Hitler. The problem isn’t the lack of knowledge on a topic, but rather the unwillingness of some to accept the perspectives of those who actually know and experience it.  The Perils of Discussing Racism With The Blissfully Ignorant

Here’s The Transcript of Sandra Bland’s Arrest

Cop:
Ok, Ma’am. You ok?

Sandra Bland:
I’m waitin’ on you. This is your job. I’m waitin’ on you…

Cop:
You seem very irritated.

SB:
I am. I really am because I feel like what I’m getting a ticket for, I was getting out of your way. You were speeding up, tailing me, so I move over, and you stop me. So, yeah, I am a little irritated, but that doesn’t stop you from giving me a ticket.

Cop:
Are you done? Here’s The Transcript of Sandra Bland’s Arrest