I have so much to say, but I just can’t seem to form the words to properly express my thoughts; for me that means take it to the pen and paper, or in this case the fingers and keys. For the first time in my life, I’m completely appalled and speechless about the current state of America. And maybe that’s because I was in middle and high school when Bush was elected; I cared but because I hate politics and government (always have – I’m a socialist), it wasn’t a subject I studied or focused on much. But then at 19, here comes President elect Barack Obama with all this talk of progressive change which sparked hope in me… in many of us. What I didn’t consider were all the ways the media would blame him for everything that went wrong in the country. I didn’t predict that the right-wing, survival of the fittest type thinkers would hate him so much that they’d do whatever to switch the political party back in their favor – sadly in the hands of Donald Trump this go around. Continue reading Let’s Make America Great… Not Again
Being black in America, a crime in itself, has become excruciatingly painful in recent years for myself and many others. We live in a world where people have become desensitized to the effects of scrolling their timeline on social media to see a black man unequivocally, undeservingly lose his life to the hands of those who are meant to serve and protect. It doesn’t just stop there; black women are not exempt from the obvious perception from certain individuals that black lives don’t matter. When people feel the need to justify the threat they feel from the black lives matter movement, all lives matter is the first resort.
Of course all lives matter. Who doesn’t want justice for all as stated in our pledge? However, to say that justice for all is what actually takes place would be a lie. I don’t expect everyone to understand what we mean when we say black lives matter. Not everyone has to explain to their children that they have to avoid being perceived a certain way in order to not become a stereotype. Not everyone will understand that even when you explain to your children to be a certain way/avoid certain situations (those careless things teenagers and young adults do with their friends can often lead young black people caught up in the justice system for life), you still worry about them being at the wrong place at the wrong time or caught up in a stereotypical situation with the law. Black men suffer mass incarceration with longer sentences for pettier crimes while other races often plead insanity or receive lesser sentences for more serious crimes.
To know that we are viewed as a threat because we act or carry ourselves in a way that is often misunderstood truly scares me. Not only does it scare me but it makes me mad. I feel like an underdog in the worl but until we can come together, support each other, and build a lasting economy together it is impossible to make a change. So yes all lives do matter, but right now I’m only seeing black families mourn the loss of their loved ones at the hand of police officers these days. All lives matter, but unfortunately those same black families are usually seen mourning again months later as the police officer goes home to his family to watch that exact family on the news. Sometimes even he goes to back to his job.
I don’t get mad when people don’t understand what black lives matter means; they simply don’t understand what it means to be black in America. In a perfect world for many, simply stating they are not racist and never discriminating against black people coupled with the extinction of slavery, would be enough; but in this world it’s not. Just because slavery is no longer a factor, it does not mean black people are treated any more justly today. It’s ok if not everyone believes in the magic, but we won’t let it be denied. #blacklivesmatter
Is the government shutting down or nah?? I’m far from a political person. I hate politics to be honest, but I know when it’s time to wake up and pay attention. We’re supposedly four hours away from the first government shut down since 1995 (which lasted 21 days) and it doesn’t look like Congress is any closer to coming to a consensus. I did a news check and if this shut down happens to last for 3-4 weeks or more, things could really get ugly for us. Social security checks could eventually come to a halt and lesser government jobs like park rangers may temporarily be out of work. *blank stare*
All this is a result of Republicans wanting anti-Obamacare amendments included in the new bill, while the Democrats are against it, but that’s a whole other story in itself. So should I be concerned about my state job in parks & rec?? What are your thoughts on the latest government antics?? Oh did I mention there might be a hold on bank loans and obtaining a passport too? We’ll be affected in many small yet significant ways if they don’t get it together soon smh.