Land Of The Free

The side by side comparison of Donald Trump and President Barack Obama is a clear indication of how excellent we must be in order to even compete in America as Blacks.  Not only is it that, but it’s a clear indication of just how unaccepted we are as people of color.  A Harvard education is nothing in comparison to being a white man.  An incompetent, insensitive, sexist, racist, narcissistic child with no compassion or education comparable to that of the man who came before him.  This country is full of people who will accept anything just to have a white man in charge.  AMAZING.

It’s not unfair to say that we haven’t come very far in this nation.  Not nearly as far as we had assumed we had.  His election showed us that HOPE for unity is only that……….HOPE.  We really are the America of a Donald Trump.  A true symbol of a white supremist running the free world. His whole idea of leadership is dictatorship through Twitter.  Throwing tantrums when people don’t agree or align with him.  Losing control during television conferences when someone asks him a question that makes him uncomfortable.  Going rouge when challenged by actual laws and regulations. I’m not sure exactly what the people on his team expected.  What exactly did they think was going to happen when he arrived in Washington?  Did they think he would magically turn into a Politician with America’s best interest in mind?

I haven’t quite figured out what to make of the people who support him other than the fact that they are uneducated, unexposed, closed minded racists. These people see something completely different than what rational people see.  They take his blatant disregard for America and hunger for self-achievement and turn it in to the idea that he is doing all of this to make America Great Again.  It’s laughable.  They use his message as motivation and ammunition to reignite the fire under their radical ideas, mobilize their hate groups and disrespect every day citizens for being something other than white, straight and Christian……………in the name of Donald Trump.  This right here is why America can never be great.  This ideology of white superiority in a country that was built on the backs of slaves will always be why we fail.  It’s a taught book of lies written, published and filtered down to the minds of the young in our schools……..to our children………..to their children.  As if they are afraid of the unity and inclusiveness that the truth will perpetuate.  UNBELIEVEABLE.

I’ve been working hard to stay away from politics these days.  It’s all foolishness to me.  Keeps my blood pressure high.  Ignites a fire under me that won’t allow me to be a productive member of society on a day to day.  On one end, it’s filled with distractions that take away from the greater issues like the fact that the president of these here United States is in bed with Russia, inciting war with Korea, taking more vacations on our tax dollars than any other president while they have no lights in Puerto Rico, taking away the benefits of poor children, working to cut healthcare in an already broken system, attempting tax reform so the rich stay rich……….and we still haven’t seen his damn tax returns.  They prove that they would rather run with a lie than to promote truth and facts.  Something I always thought journalists prided themselves on.  If they aren’t on the front line mitigating the tragic lies that show up in our newspapers and newsfeeds, what are they there for?  I can make up my own news then. 

I’m very proud of all who stand against the hypocrisy and lies of the people running this nation.  I’m very proud of the athletes and public figures who are not hiding behind the fear of losing everything in order to voice their opinions and stand for something.  Using their platforms to show the world that they too aren’t far removed from what is going on and that they can be subjected to discrimination and racism just like those of us who don’t have a national stage that we perform on.  At the end of the day we are all one.  The struggle belongs to us all.  That’s why I’m so glad to see people like Colin and LeBron, Steph and Eminem stand up for what they believe in.  A man took a knee for police brutality and yet the media is spinning this whole thing as disrespect to a flag that was never designed to cover US as people of color.  We were only here to help build their dream.  And now that we want to live our own, have equal rights and protections, we are supposed to now respect this said flag?  Why? 

I’m a prior service member and today still serve my country in one form or the other.  I have always been proud to do so.  But I’m not a fool.  I know exactly how people look at me from day to day and just because I have a sense of patriotism does not mean that I respect this flag.  I do not.  I do not respect a flag flown over a nation that continues to oppress us because we are darker in skin and our origin is different from those who feel superior to us.  I do not respect a flag flown over a nation that can kill my people in the street and refuse to hold others accountable due to made up stereotypes and perceived fear that has been created when pertaining to Blacks in this country.  I do not respect a flag flown over a nation that incarcerates my people at a rate much higher than any other nation in the world.  I do not respect a flag flown over a nation that filters guns and drugs into our communities to cultivate violence and criminality with no resources to get out of the mess that was made.  I do not respect a flag flown over a nation where education is not equal in our communities so that our children have as fair of a chance at life as their counterparts.  I do not under any circumstances respect a flag flown over a nation that cannot respect our first amendment right to silently protest without threatening to stifle that right through denigration of character, loss of job and threats of retribution.  Why is it okay for the KKK to show up at a rally with weapons and torches but a knee Kaepernick is not allowed to take……………..silently……………because of police brutality? I will not ever get it.  Not ever.

I have never protested during the national anthem because most of the times that I was ever in a room where I had to stand, I was in uniform.  Though many years ago, I stood because that’s what we did.  I wasn’t really as awake as I am now.  I didn’t educate myself to the extent in which I do now.  However, even if I would have been as knowledgeable as I am now, I’m not really sure how I would have handled it as a young adult in the military.  It really is personal choice.  But today, this person that I am today………..in honor of all lives lost due to hate and racism, I would not stand.  My love for the fact that I was born in the free world does not take away from my disappointment in the way people of color are treated.  I’ve faced it in every capacity of my life and fear the same for my children.  That’s just me being real.  So to educate those who don’t research, I’m just going to leave the third stanza of the national anthem here for you:

“And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

So I’ll close with this…………..we are a nation in peril with many decision to make. And when standing up to defend this constitution and all it is intended to govern, what is it that you want to be defending?  If you don’t see many representations of what that is, what is it that you plan to do in order to help us get there as a nation?  I’ll wait…………

Until Next Time Lovies

Myss B

Politics: Only In America

Politics: Only In America

I often hate to discuss the political climate of America because it pisses me off.  Every single bit of it.  Even the eight years before the last 100 + days because they gave President Obama hell for being Black.  Nothing was ever good enough or done well enough or sharp enough and no matter how great it was, they found ways to discredit him as an individual by questioning his academic accomplishments, nationality, citizenship and competency as a whole.  Anyway……………..here I go!

Dictatorship On The Hill

Dictatorship On The Hill


We live in a world full of people who are driven by their prejudices.  They thrive off of them and allow themselves to be full of hate.  They discriminate based on half-truths and fallacies so that they can justify why they hate.  It’s sad because those things are then filtered down to those they touch on a day to day basis but even sadder, they raise their kids to believe the same things.  As the days continue to pass in this Trump Presidency, I am seeing people.  Not that I didn’t see them before but they feel entirely justified in pretending that Alt-Facts are real facts and there doesn’t appear to be any reasoning with most of them or talking them out of their foolishness.

Trump: What's The Fallout

Trump: What's The Fallout

I was riding in this morning listening to Sirius XM Progressive (127) because in my loaner car they don’t have Urban View (126).  I wish I knew the answer to why that was……..but either way, Stephanie Miller was a good second choice.  Her and her staff had me cracking up because they were going in on this president elect.  They kind of sound a bit like me and others I know when it comes to never accepting or admitting that they live in a country where Donald Trump is the president.  He’ll never be my president.  I’ll never accept that.  And as much as I want to attribute it to those who treat my current nation’s leader so badly, it’s really because he doesn’t deserve the title. 

Rocking Your 2016 Vote!

Rocking Your 2016 Vote!

This election stuff is killing me.  I’ve been taking my time with it and filtering the amount of foolishness I take in at any given time, but lately, it’s just been hard to avoid.  I want to be as informed as anyone else who pays too much in taxes, has a decent enough idea of how politics plays a role in how they live day to day in their communities and just downright hates the corruption that we see in those we entrust our governing to.  But in 2016………………there are just some things going on around me that don’t make a whole lot of sense at all and probably shouldn’t be happening if we were as progressive as we thought we were.

Soap Box Chronicles: Stand For Something

Soap Box Chronicles: Stand For Something

I have not addressed racial issues for several months on the blog because it was starting to become so repetitive and mundane to me if that makes sense.  Saying the same things over and over again.  Yelling the same slogans and asking the same questions.  Questioning people who aren’t Black about their intentions and thought processes when it comes to racism and racial injustices in this country.  Of course to no avail………..answers that made sense weren’t received.  So I did what everyone else does after they’ve yelled for a couple of weeks.  I stopped. 

We Are Magic And We Are Real

We Are Magic And We Are Real

I’m going to preface this by saying that writings like these come from my admiration of Black America.  I strongly love and support my community as a Black Woman because that’s the only thing I know.  I want the best for us just like any other ethnic group would want the best for theirs.  That doesn’t mean I am racist because I’m far from it. What I am is aware of the world I live in and the world my son is growing up in and I would be a fool if I wasn’t.  You are a fool if you aren’t.  What I hope to achieve by the words that I put out into the universe when it comes to race relations is just to make EVERYONE more aware of where we stand.  I want to increase the fire that is lying dormant inside of all my people because we forget The Struggle is still a struggle sometimes.  I live in a nice neighborhood, have a good job, drive a nice car, and have several degrees……….but it doesn’t exempt me from being discriminated against or talked about or overlooked.  Even when my white or other counterparts have achieved less than what I have achieved.  I will always ensure that I speak my mind on these issues and do whatever it is I can do to make others want to get out here and do the same.  Things won’t change if we aren’t moving towards the goals that will facilitate the change.  We have to start there first.

Roots: Why I Didn't Watch

Roots: Why I Didn't Watch

There are probably countless slave movies out there that have been made and regardless to the content or story line, it’s all the same to me.  It’s the story of oppressed people who were enslaved, beaten, abused, disregarded, terrorized, held back, threatened, minimized, separated from their families, experimented on, raped……..the list goes on and on.  Considering that slaves weren’t even considered people, I’m sure some of the other things that were done to them aren’t even spoken of because unless you are an extreme white supremist  or person who detests people of color, even you would flinch at the thought of what those things were.  For these reasons and quite a few others, I chose not to watch the remake of Roots. I watched the first one enough times to satisfy even the hungriest historic craving soul.  Don’t get me wrong, I think that the millennials really should have paid attention because at times they are so far removed in their minds from the history of Blacks in this country that they behave as though slavery didn’t end just 151 years ago. 

Colorism: Perspective On Dark Girls

Colorism: Perspective On Dark Girls

The documentaries for Dark and Light Girls both debuted over a year ago and when they did, I was only able to get around to watching Light Girls.  I much as my heart ached during both specials, truth is, I’m really neither of the two and fit comfortably somewhere in the middle.  When I was growing up and even now as an adult, I am questioned about my blackness.  People want to know if I am mixed with something due to my skin tone and hair because everyone seems to have a hard time believing that you can be black with what they consider “decent” hair and not actually be all one ethnicity.  That probably annoyed me more than it offended me for a long time.......until it started to anger me as I become more aware.  It's almost as if they insinuated that my looks mattered because I wasn't just a Black girl.  Like mostly all of us, I have many things in my bloodline but identify as African American when I check the block.  Without a doubt, I will always be proud of that.

To Motivate And Promote Pride. Is That A Crime?

To Motivate And Promote Pride.  Is That A Crime?

Coolest Guy We Know, President of The United States, Guy We Will Miss Terribly…………..he's been giving commencement speeches at a few schools over the last few weeks but the one I adored the most was the one he gave at Howard University.  One thing I will say is that though I haven’t heard it all, the sound bites I did hear gave me great pleasure because it enraged many white people as usual!  He was completely authentic and real with a bunch of young Black Americans who are going out into the world and representing not just themselves and their families, but educated Black people as a whole.  There will be a journey for each of them regardless to how easy or hard that journey will be so he made sure that they were clear to remember something very significant.........that they should celebrate their blackness.  Period.