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.
Now we’re stuck with these Klansmen for four years. Even if said fascist authoritarian gets removed (either by impeachment or the 25th amendment), we’re still stuck with his VP and the House Speaker, both of whom are just as verifiably nuts but are experienced politicians. It’s only a few days into the dark ages, so buckle up. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.
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