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Not Again…

Sorry, but I’m interrupting my planned posts…because while I was checking my emails, I saw a news headline that just floored me. Seriously? AGAIN?!? What in the ever-living hell is wrong with people? WTF is going on???

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/12/2/san-bernardino-shooting-multiple-casualties-feared.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/san-bernardino-shooting_565f4613e4b072e9d1c464e9?261xajor

*HOLDS HEAD IN HANDS*

No. You know what? I’m posting some links below. Just watch, listen, and / or read…open your mind for a bit. Here are some ugly truths that many want to ignore and hide from. If I lose readers and followers, so be it. I’m not one who has ever backed down from calling shit what it is.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ernest-owens/call-it-what-it-is-white-_b_8683636.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/earl-ofari-hutchinson/heres-why-the-alleged-pla_b_8676592.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices&ir=Black%20Voices

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/true-color-blue-lives-matter_565de1f9e4b079b2818beacd

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/before-colorado-shooting-a-long-history-of-violence-against-women/2015/12/01/7f494c86-987b-11e5-8917-653b65c809eb_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_coloshooter-1115pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/11/24/chicago-police-release-video-of-police-shooting.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/muslim-forced-plane-anti-islam-rhetoric-rises-151125200650016.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-w-waters/american-terrorist_b_8641944.html

http://www.cc.com/full-episodes/4byoc2/the-nightly-show-with-larry-wilmore-december-1–2015—texas-textbook-controversy—donald-trump-season-2-ep-02030

Friday Floodwaters…

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*****WARNING: The following content will offend many, due to strong langage. NSFW post commencing.*****

Firstly, I wanted to acknowledge that Senator Clementa C. Pinkney will be laid to rest today. Sharonda Singleton was buried yesterday. Nine funerals being held for nine assassinated people. They were murdered by a complete coward who is a worthless waste of space. If Dylan Roof’s sentence is handed down half as quickly as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s was, I will be incredulous.

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Usually, the Alaska state flag, or one which represents my sports teams, flies high over my house. On the morning of Saturday, 20th June, we raised the American flag, then lowered it to half-mast. It will remain so until the end of the month – I’m making a point to my neighbourhood, and I don’t really give a tin shit if they like it or not. I can’t stand their silly “Don’t Tread On Me” flags and their confederate-decorated hats, jackets, flags and trucks…but hey, free speech is free speech. At least people who wear their hate on their sleeves, literally, will (and do) make themselves known.

This post is about more than just the confederate flag, though. People are discussing it, but it is being used to evade, avoid, and derail the topic of racism and domestic terrorism. This was just the latest in a long string of assassinations that have taken place in this country since it was founded, yet asshats like Bill O’Reilly claim that “racism just isn’t a big problem” and that “there is no such thing as institutional racism.” Fuck off, Bill. You know nothing. You have a cushy fucking job spreading lies and hate, and you aren’t human enough to acknowledge stark reality. How you managed to get hired ANYWHERE after your cocaine-fueled, on-air ranting and raving a decade or so ago, is prime evidence of the existence of institutionalized racism that you SWEAR doesn’t exist.

Sean Hannity is also butthurt about his treasured icon being removed from places such as the Citadel. He thinks that if his precious little blood-stained banner of racism can’t be bought anymore, then rap music should be banned as well. News flash, dickhole: the “rap” music that you complain the most about, is mostly, and mainly, produced by, and consumed by…wait for it…WHITE PEOPLE. Oh, incidentally, Sean, you can still buy your precious emblems of hate, but you won’t need to spend your money. I’m certain that your buddy Turd Nugent will send you some, complete with his autograph.

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When it comes down to it, the flag is only one of many racist emblems that are prevalent in society. Nobody seems to bat an eye over the iron cross – I presume they forgot what it stands for, as well. Thanks, revisionists: your whitewashed, re-writing of history leaves those who lack comprehensive skills swimming in the weeds.

A few people ASSume that I sit and do nothing. In actuality, I have been quietly dropping knowledge whenever and wherever I can, even when my words fall on deaf ears. My treasured online game is the biggest barrier at the moment, as I risk having my account terminated for (rightfully) reporting names of guilds or ‘toons’ that are outright racist: “NigGuards” was one I saw that made my skin crawl, but of course my reporting of it resulted in…nothing.

For some reason, reporting obviously hateful things is the wrong thing to do. People will dog-pile immediately on a person who says, “Hey, that was a racist/sexist/homophobic statement/slur,” with suggestions of “Just ignore it!” “Quit being a baby!” “Quit whining!” “Leave if you can’t handle adult conversations!” That last one makes me laugh, because anyone who spends 5 minutes reading “zone chat” will see that there is little to no ‘adult’ conversation going on – statements about “your mom” are common. I take screenshots and send them in emails, in another vain attempt to draw attention to the ongoing racist, sexist, homophobic shit in online games – but being female apparently means that I’m “oversensitive” and that I should just “deal with it – you’re playing computer games, after all!”

Sadly, I face the same demeaning attitudes that all women face, in general, when we choose to speak out about the prevalent, online racist and/or sexual harassment that occurs on a daily basis . Much of this harassment comes from ‘GiRLs’ – for those of you who aren’t in the know, a ‘GiRL’ is a ‘Guy in Real Life.’ They are boy-men who choose to play female characters online, yet play those characters in offensive, sexist, misogynistic ways…I feel sorry for the daughters of those boy-men. At any rate, ‘GiRLs’ portray women in pretty much the same way many whites choose to use horrible, racist stereotypes when portraying the way they believe any non-white person behaves. People wouldn’t walk into a tavern and yell “Yo yo yo, where are my n’wahs at?” – but that’s what is said. That is how white, male gamers see, and portray, non-white characters. I have always been, and always will be, myself…then again, I’m not a basement-dwelling troglodyte, so being me is pretty gawddamned awesome, if I do say so myself.

I like maritime flags, having lived on a few boats in my life. I learned semaphore at home, in school, and with the GSA. Knowing how to communicate effectively, even without speaking a word, is incredibly valuable – so I’m going to learn sign-language, next. I know the alphabet and a few basics: “Thank you” is the most important one, IMHO.

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Well, I guess this wasn’t as horribly long as I thought it would be, and I didn’t lob half as many F-bombs as I thought. I suppose that I digressed too far whilst editing, which tends to happen. With that, I’ll close with a few pertinent links, a couple of videos, and a song. Enjoy this final Friday in June, and have a great weekend.

Yes, You’re a Racist: And a Traitor

Challenging White Supremacy

The Bigger Problem With That Flag

The Nightly Show: Panel – History of the Confederate Flag

Jessica Williams Hires ‘Helper Whitey’ During ‘Daily Show’ Flag Bit

 

What Is Empowerment?

During my recent stay in Alaska, I was reading about a fairly new ‘movement’ in the U.S.A. I’m not certain if it is exclusive to this part of the world, but it was a recent topic on a blog I lurk on from time to time. It seems to be a topic that some people have issues with, because the comments section virtually exploded the minute the post was published! I was fascinated with the topic and the reactions to it, so I’ve been doing a little bit of research on this subject: Black Women’s Empowerment, or BWE.

What is BWE? From what I gather, it is a 21st-Century era, ‘neo-women’s liberation movement’ started by and for Black women/Women of Color (WoC) in an effort to move forward in this country and defy the skewed statistics thrown around about the ‘black community’. One way to accomplish this is by placing first focus on personal growth and achievements: health, education, political activity, and community involvement.

The health targets include: Learning about proper diet and exercise, not just settling for cramming greasy, fatty ‘comfort’ or ‘soul’ food down our throats. Learning how to cook with fresh, healthy ingredients. Keeping up with regular physical, dental, and eye checkups. Doing regular breast exams at home. Exploring ‘alternative’ medicines and practices, such as yoga, Tai Chi, chiropractic visits, and even acupuncture and meditation.

Education is crucial, because knowledge is power. However, the U.S.A. has a miserable education system which is nothing more than a propaganda machine geared towards making people into malleable, unquestioning soldiers. If you ask any typical American what they learned in high school history, for example, you will most likely receive this pat answer: “Well, the Pilgrims came over from Europe to escape religious persecution, and like, they almost died but Indians saved them, and then, like, the Indians went away and left the lands to the Pilgrims, and then there was a Revolutionary War so we could, like, gain our independence from the British Empire and we got free, and then there was, like, a Civil War but nobody knows why because, like, it wasn’t about slavery, and slavery wasn’t really bad because, like, Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves so, like, everybody was happy.” There was far, FAR more than that to the history of this country – and others, but I digress! The BWE encourages WoC to further their education beyond high school and above the vocational/technical training that we’re supposed to settle for; instead, we’re encouraged to reach for 4-year college (and higher) degrees – then bring those degrees and that education back to our communities and use them to benefit the next generation. Nothing wrong with that, right? But wait, there’s more…

Political activity: This is self-explanatory. The political structure is one of the constructs utilized to exert power over people and their living situations, and white men and been at the top of that particular chain for some time, with white women sharing the benefits of that imbalanced system. Other groups have melded together to gain their own political sway: gays, Latinos, Native Americans, Jews, etc. – dark-skinned WoC need to become more involved in politics and create our own group separate from men, because male politics have always had a separate agenda from women’s politics – simple as that. We need to get together and raise our voices and be heard. We have just as much of a right to be treated like human beings as every other human being does; until these divisive social constructs are dismantled and studied, it will take a lot of action on our part to start eliminating things that are harmful to us. That action has to start in the communities we live in, wherever they may be.

Community involvement should be easy, but uniting people from diverse backgrounds is nearly always a bumpy road! Yes, WoC come from diverse backgrounds, just like anybody and everybody else – you’re an idiot if you think that we all look, act, or think alike! At any rate, communities should generally focus on things that we all want: affordable housing in a nice neighborhood, free from crime so our children can play safely. Since the police don’t give a shit about crime in our communities, and church officials claim to take action, but do nothing but weep and moan at memorial services, we need to take action on our own against crime. Nobody else is going to do it for us, so we have to be determined and vigilant about what to do. It won’t be easy.

It would be wonderful to shop at a nice farmer’s market where fresh fruits and vegetables can be obtained. Get rid of the strip malls filled with ‘convenience stores’ and fast-food chains and focus on commercial and residential land-purchase opportunities; growing our own food to sell locally, building a sustainable plan and following through. We need to own our own businesses, yes – but we need to support those businesses as well! If people would rather go to Wal-Mart and Target for things, and not support your local mom-and-pop down the road, well…who can you blame for buying shoddy products made in China? You can let your money talk, you know! I, for one, have ‘gone natural’ with my hair by growing dreadlocks, and it feels good – no more buying fake hair from some Korean with a shitty attitude! I buy my own natural, hair-product-making ingredients from New Seasons, but I would gladly buy them from a sister if there were any close by! I’m digressing, though…

Yes, things like this require money and time – but I’d rather try to come up with solutions to problems, not bitch and moan incessantly about what’s wrong! Talking is fine, but sooner or later action needs to be taken, and that’s one of the main issues I see…people would rather talk about things but leave the hard work of problem-solving to others. At any rate, this BWE ‘movement’ seems to suggest the things I’ve mentioned above, and seems to be something that a lot of people would want to get behind, but there is one relatively small aspect of it which has been blown completely out of proportion, much like the burning of bras seem to be what people remember about the women’s liberation movement. This is the thing that has me furrowing my brow in confusion at some times, and laughing my ass off at others, over the comments I’ve seen in cyberspace about it.

See, part of the human condition is the desire (dare I say need?) for companionship. We are all social creatures, even those of us who aren’t afraid of our own company, so being in a relationship with another person can be a rewarding, fulfilling experience. Due to this country’s shameful history, however, relationships with our fellow humanoids can be quite strained – especially the relationship between the pale-skinned people of the ‘caucasian persuasion’ and the dark-skinned people brought here to be their slaves, and who were treated worse than animals for quite some time. Divisions created during the worst event in this country’s history exist prevalently to this day, no matter how many people try to claim otherwise. Slavery’s legacy of hatred and despair cannot be denied. At any rate, part of that legacy, which is a direct descendant of segregation and laws banning ‘miscegnation’ (inter-racial relationships, or IRRs) has many WoC refusing to date or marry any man who doesn’t share her skin tone. Part of the BWE advice seems to be, ‘expand your horizons, ladies – waiting for that perfect man is silly! Go out and find him if you want; if his skin is a different color and/or he’s from a different culture, then who cares – if he treats you right and is good for you, then he’s the one!’ Again, this is a TINY, INFINITESIMAL part of BWE, but from the comments I’ve seen, you’d think it was the only thing that BWE is about. Part of this perception seems to do with the small percentage of BWE advocates who go out of their way to trash brothas, and I don’t agree with that sort of behavior at all. I also can’t stand brothas who trash sistas with vile words and horrid stereotypes – it’s as if they buy into the worst racist bullshite that white people spew about us! Those men have their own ‘movement’, labeled as Black Men Venting, or BMV – they are the other side of the self-hating coin. They bitch and moan about the worst aspects of sistas and verbally attack them any chance they get. These same brothas have a hypocritical stance, much like anyone who makes excuses to justify questionable behavior, because they appear to have no problem dating white women with the negative aspects that they claim are exclusive to sistas – but, that will be a topic for another day. Meanwhile, the angry BWE members bitch and moan about the BMV. Both groups have completely turned their backs on each other and insist that they are worthless and a waste of time, yet they seem to spend a huge amount of time and energy bitching about and at each other – it’s insane!

At any rate, it seems that what many people don’t like about the angry BWE boils down to two things: for one, they advocate WoC not hold out for their ‘king’ to get over his vanilla fantasy, because it won’t happen. A brotha who isn’t with a sista basically doesn’t want to be with one. Period. The world isn’t over because of that! Besides, why worry about who is with who? Worry about your OWN self – that’s the only life you have control over! Secondly, and this might be the most important thing; the BWE ‘movement’ does what brothas have been doing for years, but in reverse: airing their ‘dirty laundry’, so to speak! For years now, brothas have been turning their eyes away from sistas and using the pettiest, most pathetic excuses do to so – so finally, a lot of women have become fed up with it and are giving the gander what he’s given the goose! It’s been brewing for some time, from what I can see. Personally, I find it childish and tiresome: people who are bitter and bent out of shape about things, and can’t learn, grown, and move forward from bad experiences in their lives, really aren’t good relationship material for ANYONE!

Do you know what is really empowering? Being yourself! If you happen to find someone out there who loves you for you, just the way you are, then that’s a bonus to treasure every day of your life…it’s grand!

On a side note, I’d say that this young lady is very much empowered and could care less about what a few ignorant, miserable, hate-filled people say about her hair – she’s a gold medal Olympian, and nobody can take that away from her! Way to go, Gabby! You ROCK…

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/olympics-2012/london-olympics-2012-gymnastics-champion-gabby-douglas-overcomes-adversity-home-snag-gold-medals-article-1.1128493

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