Here’s a Chance to Make a Change in the Most Convenient Way Possible:

The latest additions to the murder list at the hands of law enforcement, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, have prompted yet another series of protests occurring all around the country (and outside of the country).  Here’s a wonderful alternative to hitting the streets marching or hitting your knees praying. The people of today are starting to recognize the impact that boycotting has on companies and organizations who have yet to make a public statement against the injustices of Black folk in the United States. We’ve seen what boycotting buses in Montgomery led to in 1956… we can do the same for brutalized and slain in 2016, starting July 15th.

Do not spend your dollars with people who do not value your lives! boycott

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What Do We Do Now? Trayvon, Us and the Pledge

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I started writing this post immediately after the Zimmerman verdict. I decided to step away from it in order to cool my emotions and write logically and analytically. Bill O’Reilly fucked that up. Don Lemon fucked that up.  The Supreme Court and the disintegration of VRA fucked that up. Moral Mondays in NC fucked that up. However, I’ve come back to the post with my head clear (as can be). Let’s read on:

George Zimmerman will not be held responsible for his actions. While Black folk shouldn’t be surprised, surely we tried to retain a bit of hope that the times would reflect change in this country and justice, whatever that looks like, would be served. Not so.

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The Bigger Picture

I’m feeling some sort of way lately. The passing of my grandfather and the failing health of the beloved Nelson Mandela have dampened my spirit a bit. Not to mention what’s going on in this awful country…

Recently, we’ve been inundated with reminders of just how fucked up American society really is, like the Paula Deen controversy, the Zimmerman trial and the SCOTUS ruling on the VRA, just to name a few. And while there is so many instances that point to never-ending racism, classism, immigration problems, a failing education system and privacy issues, many of us, no matter the color, remain in deep denial and go about our daily lives as if this doesn’t or will not at some point affect us.

Perhaps that is what rubs me sore the most. The apathy of it all. A “what can we do about it” mentality. The “I’ve got other things to worry about” mindset.

Sure, Paula has been the sacrificial lamb for her supremacist beliefs (you do know she’s not the only one with these beliefs, right??). But if we use her to confront the ingrained ignorance of racism instead of Whites defending her and Blacks attacking her, we’d make so much more headway socially, collectively weeding out the ignorant and reprogramming their thinking.

Which brings me to Georgie-boy. If he only took the time to educate himself (or to be educated) on racial profiling instead of assuming that every Black boy is a criminal, he wouldn’t be trial for murdering one. Spilled milk…

The Justices of the Supreme Court has made it easier for non-white votes to not count, although this country is quickly being made up of many people of color. There should be some serious outrage over this, but I guess there aren’t enough angry White women to make a fuss so…

There is a point, in which we have to start thinking ahead, like really far ahead in our decision-making. Are we going to continue to allow old supremacist mindsets and old slavery-rooted attitudes lead the plans we place for future generations? Or will we recognize that times are changing, accept that all of our ancestors came here on boats (whether voluntarily or forcefully) and plant the mental seeds necessary to promote real, innovative growth?

Think of it this way: we can get mad at all of the “shiny” distractions such as the Paula Deens of the world or the criminalizing Black boys for how they wear their pants and, like many of us do, we can even continue to ignore the issues altogether. But we gain nothing, NOTHING, from it. Until we gather some unity that crosses the color lines, and really fight for equality for ALL, we will continue to ride this hamster wheel we call America.

I’ll end this with a quote I just love and that rings so true: “We are drowning in information, while we starve for knowledge.”

Wake up.

“White Like Me” Documentary Trailer

Say what you like about Tim Wise, I’m a staunch supporter.

Tim is one of the few Whites who actually acknowledges that there are indeed benefits of White privilege and is rather transparent about the advantages afforded to him through the color of his skin.

Does he profit from racial inequality? Perhaps. And if that is found to be true, he’s in good company; the US prison/justice system, the US school system and housing market are just few of the beneficiaries of racial inequality.

However, he serves as the antithesis of these beneficiaries. Instead of promoting the belief that racism is no longer a concern or denying the problem even exists in today’s society, he lends his White voice and his White face to what many people of color who have stated for the longest:  that this is simply not true.

I commend anyone at the forefront of the fight against racism and racial inequality, no matter the color.  Tim understands what alot of people don’t: that not only does it make the lives of people of color more difficult, it effects your lives as well.  Hopefully the full length documentary can help shed light on how and hopefully it will spark some change…