The Women’s March 2017

The women’s March took place on January 21, 2017. The Idea for the March was started by a grandmother in Hawaii and the March was organized by Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez, Bob Bland. The March was organized largely through social media.

The name “Women’s March on Washington” was inspired by the March on Washington by MLK and other Civil Rights leaders during the Civil Rights movement. The March in Washington, D.C was the largest, but women’s marches occurred in all 50 states and in over 30 countries around the world.

It is estimated that about 5 million people participated in the March globally. Some women were marching to protest the presidency of Donald Trump, others marched to protest misogyny and others marched for women’s rights in general. The presidency of Donald Trump, who was heard on TV encouraging sexual assault of women, and the threat to cut funding to Planned Parenthood created an atmosphere, where many women felt and feel their rights are at risk of being violated. The number of participants in the March is said to outnumber those who attended Trump’s inauguration.

 

Seeing such large numbers of people come together to support a common cause was inspiring. Imagine if we could get crowds like this to protest racism and poverty too. The interesting thing is over half of white women, who voted, voted for Trump, while 6% of Black women voted for Trump. Yet, there were many white women at the event. This suggest to me that there is still a way to go if half of white women who voted, put their need to support white supremacy above their rights as a woman.

However, my hope is that this March will be an eye opener to some white women about the importance of intersectionality. If you are going to have unity amongst women of different races, you first have to address the white supremacy that is present.

If more low-income, women of color had been able to participate and have their voices heard, I think it would have been all the more powerful.

 

Notable speakers at the March included Ladonna Harris, President of Americans for Indian Opportunity, America Ferrera, actress, Gloria Steinham, feminist activist, Angela Davis, professor Emeritus and Janet Mock, activist.

Celebrities, such as Michael Moore and Ashley Judd also participated.

 

Nevertheless check out this great video. 

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The Women’s March 2017

It’s Okay to Choke Little Black Boys for Littering?…

 

*Sighs*

It’s the Holidays, most people like to relax and be with their families.  However, while some of you are busy drinking egg nog or watching TV, some people are getting body slammed by a police officer who they called to help because their 7 year old son was choked by a neighbor.

 https://m.youtube.com/watch?ebc=ANyPxKoOfd9z8srMuwGiLozKJL22HLFbf8lusPmuQDRQp-IABv1ElqJFLob3MefJnjtfLLroZqRW&v=IsnHtnp5Vn8

Let’s recap:

1.) In Fort Worth, Texas, a Black mother called the police because she was told (by her daughter) that her neighbor choked her 7 year son for littering.

2.) The Black mother calls the police for help to investigate the allegations of the neighbor choking her 7 year old son.

3.) Police Officer shows up, speaks to neighbor.

4.) Then officer speaks to mother, mother recounts her story. Police Officer asks “why don’t you teach your son not to litter?”

5.) Black mother responds that he doesn’t know what she teachers her son and whether he littered or not that doesn’t give the neighbor the right to choke her son.

6.) Police officer responds,”why not?”

7.) Situation escalates from there. When Black mother’s teen daughter goes to get in between cop and mother (her back is facing away from the cop), he grabs her.

8.) Conclusion: Black mother and daughter (who had called for help) are arrested, neighbor alleged to have choked 7 year old, not arrested.

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Yeah, not much to say. This is America. The sad thing is, there will be people who will blame the mother who called for help. I mean, just look at Fox News affiliate coverage of the video.

 

Fox News Video-  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWaTRUa-TAY&t=191s)

I want you to notice a few things about fox news coverage:

A.) They highlight the shouting and cursing of the Black people, but don’t highlight how the officer clearly asked her “why not?” (After she said he can’t choke my son for littering.) Even though the shouting/cursing didn’t occur until AFTER after the officer said “why not?”

B.) They show the mugshots of the mother and daughter and highlight the mother’s traffic tickets, but don’t highlight the neighbor (who was the one who was alleged to have choked the 7 year old for littering in the first place)

  • All of this from Fox News is a subtle way to dehumanize, objectify and criticize the Black woman and daughter, even though, if we’re going just by the video, the Black woman and daughter were clearly the victims. So this is what Fox News does and has always done.
  • Fox News doesn’t really care about the people who were victimized, they are just trying to make money

Conclusion: This is the type of thing that makes you want to leave the country. I vacillate between wanting to build empathy/relationships and forge unity between races/groups and part of me just wants to say “to hell with it.” It’s been 150 years since slavery and we’re still not seen as equal citizens, why waste my time?

I don’t know.

P.S.

When you get into situations like this, just know that they want you, as a Black person, to get riled up and start cursing. They are looking for any old reason to pin the blame on you (even if there is none). So, even if your anger is completely justified, maintaining composure is important to the best of your ability. Don’t let them play that game with you.

Final Thoughts:

I don’t know what the full solution is to this, but I do know one thing. As is tradition, people are denying that racism has anything to do with this. I have a simple fix, give the  police officer an Implicit Bias for Race test and let’s look at the results, Then we’ll know at least whether he has a bias or not.

Another quick fix, every officer needs to receive racial justice training before becoming an officer, period.

Take-Aways.

1.) My role will be to educate as many Black people as I can, so we can arm ourselves with knowledge to intellectually, socially and economically challenge this structural racism. Education is key.

2.) If I didn’t know any better, I might very well go insane because of this racism, but I try to cope by writing and I remind myself that not all white people (including cops) are evil like this police officer in the video. I have to remind myself that, or I’d go crazy. I just wish some people would extend that same courtesy to Black people. We know good and well how some people lump us together. It’s not fair.

Hmmm…

It’s Okay to Choke Little Black Boys for Littering?…

Diary of a Mad White Man

Dear World,

I am a White Man in America and let me tell you, white men in America ARE OPPRESSED! Thank God for Donald Trump because now we ,white men, who are in danger of extinction might actually have a chance of survival.

Every day I wake up in my 4 bedroom home and look out onto the clean, paved roads of my suburban neighborhood and wonder…”why is my life so hard?” Everywhere I look, I see white men being oppressed.

Why just the other day, I went to Starbucks and put in a coffee order and it took the Black barista  A WHOLE FIVE MINUTES…FIVE WHOLE MINUTES, to make my coffee order. I was so angry, I nearly spit in her face! I tried to keep my cool, but I just couldn’t contain myself. When my coffee order was finally ready, I grabbed it, then turned and yelled “We WON, TRUMP IS PRESIDENT, you %$&^#!!!” How dare this Black woman oppress me by not making my coffee order as fast as I want??

 

Did I mention that minorities are taking over our jobs. I mean it’s not like white men out earn pretty much every other group in the United States, it’s not like there is a wealth gap or anything. No, the Blacks and Mexicans are taking over all the jobs…

When I told this to my housekeeper, Maria, she got all upset…she even implied that I was being racist or something. How could she say this to me? I told her three times, that she wasn’t like the others, I mean she’s like part of our family, just because MOST Mexicans are taking our jobs, doesn’t mean I can’t still like her, as our housekeeper!

Besides, every time we white men do something, it’s always seen as racist. I’m the least racist person out there. You know who’s really racist…minorities…especially Black people. I mean, what’s up with that affirmative action? Every where I look, I see unqualified minorities in good jobs and good schools. It’s not like white people ever get affirmative action. I mean sure, I may have gotten into college because my Daddy went there, but it’s not like the legacy policy is affirmative action, it’s not like it benefits white men more than anyone else, it’s an equal thing! On the other hand, White men don’t get priority in hiring, we didn’t benefit from affirmative action policies in the housing market, it’s not like Black people were ever banned from buying houses or living in certain neighborhoods. It’s not like a white person earns more than a Black person with the same level of education!

It’s all nonsense! Black people need to pull themselves up by the boot straps, just like us white men did!

I mean look at Donald Trump…sure, he bankrupted a few of his companies, sure he doesn’t have any political experience, sure he doesn’t have any graduate degrees, sure he had a  multi-million dollar loan from his father to start his company…what did Obama ever do? All he did was go to Harvard and Columbia and then become a state senator and congressmen…. And Remember Reverend Wright! It’s not like Trump would be associated with someone who was a neo-nazi or a Racist or anything like that!

White men have it the hardest, it’s not like most federal employees are white men, it’s not like most of the Congress is white men, it’s not like most fortune 500 CEO’s are white men, it’s not like most University Presidents are white men, it’s not like most Professors, at the doctoral level, are white men! We just had 8 years of a Black President, sure every other President in American history has been a white male, save one, so what!!

White men get nothing! Black people and other minorities are taking over!

When I came home from work the other day, the first thing I did was drink a nice, cold beer, then I sat in front of the computer and went to my favorite white supremacist news website. I don’t trust any other media, so I only read one. I believe every tweet, every stat and every word written. These are the real truth tellers. I sipped my beer and scrolled through post after post, all written by oppressed white men just like me! This is our only safe space!

Speaking of safe spaces, Black men are stealing our women! I’m getting sick of going outside and seeing Black men with our white women. Why can’t they just stick to playing basketball and keep their hands off of our delicate,  white flowers! Just last week, I caught a text between my white girlfriend and a black coworker and I nearly went berserk! I snatched the phone and texted him back, “My girl would rather kill herself than be with you! Trump won, you $&##%@!”

I felt satisfied for standing up for myself. The worst thing that could ever happen would be if my girl slept with a Black man…It’s not like the guy was Lexington Steele or anything…not that I watch that kind of stuff!! Any way, we must continue to keep the white race pure. I mean, it’s not like white men ever slept with women of color, it’s not like entire ethnic groups in Brazil, the Caribbean, the U.S and across the Continent of Africa only exist because of white men miscegenation with colored women….no way, no how!

Well, it’s almost time for supper. We’re having meatloaf, so I must go.

Sincerely,

Bigot McSmallDick III.

 

 

 

Diary of a Mad White Man

Hamilton Electors: No Trump For President

 

A group of electoral college voters have decided that because Trump didn’t win the popular vote and because, in good conscious, they can’t allow  a lunatic Trump to become president, to cast a protest vote for a third party, republican candidate. They call themselves Hamilton voters because they are following the tradition of Alexander Hamilton, who is considered one of the founding fathers of the United States.

 

Some have even started fundraising to raise money for their cause and there is a change.org petition.

 

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What do you all think?

Check out this  video about the Hamilton Electors:

 

Hamilton Electors: No Trump For President

Genocide in Myanmar: Rohingyas

 

 

The reality facing the Rohingyas, a Muslim confessional ethnic group living in Rakhine province in western Myanmar, is the threat of genocide. Ever since Burma became independent in 1948 they have been targeted whenever ambitious (or desperate) politicians need to deflect attention from other matters. Both government officials and party leaders have called for their expulsion from their homeland, and the main opposition ignores their plight. The build up to the elections in late 2015 witnessed the final destruction of their civic rights in Myanmar (completing a process that began with the 1947 Constitution) and increasingly they are detained in what are now permanent internal refugee camps, where they are denied food, work and medical care.

If the regime fails to rein in the persecution of the Rohingyas (which only sustained international pressure will achieve) we will see a repeat of the by now familiar refugee crises, as the Rohingyas flee oppression. Moreover it is almost inevitable that there will be further inter-communal violence, aimed at forcing the remaining Rohingyas either to run away or succumb to mass murder.

 

 

read more: http://www.alternet.org/books/theyre-under-threat-genocide-and-nobody-paying-attention

The treatment of people who identify as Rohingya is a human rights violation, I do not understand why it is that the national community continues to allow these things to happen. You would think preventing this type of atrocity, genocide and just general human rights violation would be a priority. I don’t get it. If we can’t live in a humane world, then what kind of world do we have.

The Early Warning project lists Myanmar as number 1 country at risk for atrocity/genocide.

P.S Why is it that the American Media would rather report on the lies of the Trump campaign than actual news?

Read more about this here and here

How to Help:

  1. Spread the word
  2. Write your senators/ reps
  3. Support Amnesty International
  4. Donate money to organizations supporting Rohingya

 

Genocide in Myanmar: Rohingyas