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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It never ceases to amazing me the amount of people we have in this country who are completely ignorant when it comes to matters of social and racial justice.........among other things. Whether the news, talk radio, random people talking near you or people who are closely knit to you, the opinions that everyone shares are not always aligned with logic. Either way, I have my particular feelings about individuals who decide to have surgery to change their sexual orientation due to my beliefs and background as I’m sure many of us do. However, the choices that they decide to make regarding this matter are far removed from me. Living in the world that we live in today, everything is taboo, sensitive, in need of being fought for and debated beyond a reasonable degree. That too can be because rights and liberties afforded to those who fall in the category of “normal” aren’t written into legislation to make it a given privilege for those who appear outside of the category.