I’ve been watching the RNC on television and although its had its moments of hilarity, that stolen paragraph in Melania Trumps speech from of all people Michelle Obama gave me life on Twitter, overall the basic theme is hate…hate everyone and everything.
I really have tried to understand the republican point of view (because believe it or not I m basically conservative but I’m just not inhumane as a lot of conservatives appear to be) but all I get is anger and hate. I feel the last few years the country, under Obama, is moving successfully out of the recession we were in and I think we would be further along in that process if prejudice and hate were not part of the GOP agenda. Listening to the speakers of the RNC the hate is in overdrive. A lot of journalist claim fear is driving the hate but I think hate and prejudice is fear is only the excuse. Those people in that audience screaming Obama is a Muslim or Hillary is lucifer are not in any fear they are hateful.
The Republicans have gone batshit crazy and it is on full display at their convention.
Everyday we seem to be hit with a new hostile attack on our freedoms and our peace. Our souls need to breathe. Our souls need to take a moment to breathe and find peace. Let not the tragedies of this world and the hatefulness of others diminish our goodness, our fight for justice, and our need for a peaceful existence.
I watch MSNBC from the time I wake, throughout the day, and before I go to sleep at night. No matter what I’m watching I always flip to MSNBC to see if anything in the world has changed. Most often the shit that led the news in the morning is the same shit ending the news at night but I have to check…just in case.
This morning, although I’m on vacation my routines is not much different. I flip on to MSNBC to see the son of Atlon Sterling was on air asking for peace during this trying time. This 15yo boy has now been given the role to preach to the black community on how to demonstrate against the system killing black folks. It left a bad taste in my mouth.
Then I hop onto my phone to the Huffington Post and come across this article about slain Dallas police officer Lorne Ahrens (original article here) and his connections to white supremacist groups. Have any of you heard about that? Please read the link
Not a peep uttered on MSNBC. I doubt CNN or FOX news picked it up because it does not fit their narrative that cops are good and black men are always bad.
I’m sure MSNBC and other news groups are saying they are not reporting on this out of respect for the family. Yet, this is exactly what black communities are dealing with when they wake up in the morning and it the sidewalk…white supremacist dressed as cops. So tell me why I shouldn’t be angry that not only is this man in a uniform but he is also now a hero with a sitting President and former at a memorial service for him? How does that work?
When a black man is shot the media goes all the way back to the ‘cruise to America’ to find dirt on him.
News Report: We did some discovery on the victim and his great great great grandfather’s cousin started a riot on the ship . He was very disruptive, caused a commotion and two white men were killed. The victim by association is not all that innocent. End Report
When that baby fell into the gorilla pit the ‘media’ dug up the father’s criminal record. WTF did that have to do with that baby falling into a gorilla pit but yet every news station reported it. But a white supremacist cop dead from a black shooter only gets respect and no reporting on his views that affect the black community at large.
They dug up Trayvon Martin’s school records and Facebook posts to discredit him and yet this cop gets a nice pass for his affiliations? His white supremacist tattoos were totally unnoticed by all the ‘good cops’ on the force? I’m sure he kept his racism in check and didn’t let it come into play in his work <insert massive eye roll here>
Must be nice to get that kind of respect from the media?
“I’m tired of praying. We’ve been praying and we still get gunned down”
“These people will cry about a lion getting killed but won’t blink when a boy is gunned down in a park”
“Tell me what have we ever done to them?”
“Can we live?
“Do you read the comments? They hate us. They really hate us.”
I do read the comments and the commentaries from the likes of filth like Joe Walsh and Fox News. I read them when I know I shouldn’t, when I know that my heart will grow angry and my head will cloud with hate. I keep telling myself I am better than them. I am. We are.
And yet we have a right to be angry. When a lion gets more sympathy than Tamir Rice we should be angry. We are not hateful. We are not burning people’s homes down or terrorizing their children and yet they keep telling us we deserve their hate because we want equality.
We shouldn’t have to keep explaining to people what inequality means when there is clear evidence all over the internet of the two Americas. We shouldn’t have to explain that racism is real when Joe Walsh, an ex-congressman, can spew hate and call out the real Americans to destroy us. Note that he was on CNN the very same night spewing his hate after he basically threatened the President of the United States. Funny how Ted Nugent and he get away with that all the time.
Terrorist aren’t born they are made.
Terrorist aren’t born they are made.
Let America be America Again Who said the free? Not me? Surely not me? The millions on relief today? The millions shot down when we strike? The millions who have nothing for our pay? For all the dreams we’ve dreamed And all the songs we’ve sung And all the hopes we’ve held And all the flags we’ve hung, The millions who have nothing for our pay– Except the dream that’s almost dead today.O, let America be America again– The land that never has been yet– And yet must be–the land where every man is free. The land that’s mine–the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME– Who made America, Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain, Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain, Must bring back our mighty dream again.
Sure, call me any ugly name you choose– The steel of freedom does not stain. From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives, We must take back our land again, America!
O, yes, I say it plain, America never was America to me, And yet I swear this oath– America will be!
Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death, The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies, We, the people, must redeem The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers. The mountains and the endless plain– All, all the stretch of these great green states– And make America again!
We’ve asked, we begged, we marched, we assimilated, we fought wars, we went to colleges, we invested in this country…but we didn’t invest in ourselves. We haven’t collectively built wealth in our communities and now its time to disinvest because it is the only thing America understands…
It is time for us to disinvest.
It is time to support our banks. Support our businesses. Support our communities.
We have consistently come together to support each other during these times of slaughter…yes, I said slaughter. We cry together and we march together but we have not collectively taken our money out of this system that is corrupted against us.
Marching is part of the equation, a small part. Taking back our money and investing it in our businesses, our schools, and our communities is the bigger part of the equation. This message has been on repeat since Malcolm. To get America’s attention and demand change in this system set up to destroy us at will we have to exercise our economic power…and that is one thing we do have even if we don’t recognize it.
We can’t deny our own resilience, our strength, and our humanity. We are not weak or lazy, dumb or malicious. We can’t allow others to shape or change any of that which makes us great but first we have to see it in ourselves. Second we have to STOP TRYING TO APPEASE OUR OPPRESSORS. We don’t need anyone to love us…we need to love ourselves, we need to fight for ourselves and we need to support one another.
We are on our way. Our voices are just as loud as they were in the 60’s. Our resolve grows stronger everyday. We are not letting the narrative be changed. We are not forgiving and praying for others strength…we are showing our strength.
I believe in the brotherhood of man, all men, but I don’t believe in brotherhood with anybody who doesn’t want brotherhood with me. I believe in treating people right, but I’m not going to waste my time trying to treat somebody right who doesn’t know how to return the treatment.
I just don’t know what else to say. Even the governor of MN says if the driver had been white he would still be alive. I’m so tired yet I’m so angry. My tears flowed hard and heavy when I saw the 15yo son of Alton Sterling break down on television. My heart broke when I listened to Philando Castile’s 4yo daughter comfort her mama after watching her daddy gunned down FOR NO DAMN REASON!
Stop telling us these punk ass cops feared for their lives when a black man is running away from them with hands up while a white man can POINT a gun at a cop and still live!
Stop telling us All Lives Matter when it is clear that the lives of black people matter less than a lion or a gorilla in your mind.
Stop telling us we are racist because we ask for the same damn privileges of freedom you enjoy all your damn life.
Stop telling us Black Lives Matter is a fucking hate group when it has never threatened people nor did the Black Panthers but yet the KKK has slaughtered black people since its existence and they still exist and our presidential nominee gives them a pass.
Choke on your Independence Day. We want Freedom too