I’m a little pissed at #BlackLivesMatter

So I’m going to jump right into it. I am not PLEASED AT ALL with the recent tactics of the orgnization Black Lives Matter.  While I do agree that more “forward” tactics are needed, rushing stages and being outright rude is not the way.

You know how I like my list to keep my thoughts organized so here goes…

  1. Why is this only being done to the democratic candidates?? Why have they NOT interupted Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Ben Carson etc etc
  2. Have they done ANYYYY research on Bernie Sanders?? Like at all! Please check his resume before you decide to rush him on stage! “While attending the University of Chicago, he was active in the Civil Rights Movement, and a student organizer for the Congress of Racial Equality and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committeee of the actions he took was the coordination of sit-in protests against segregated campus housing, for which he was arrested. Sanders also participated in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”
  3. As much as I dislike Hilary Clinton, she had such great points when talking to the Black Lives Matter Activist in an adult like conversation. She said “You cannot change peoples hearts” This is so true! You barging on stage and yelling is not going to make deep seated racist people change their ways.

 

Yes there has to be change in our communities. But we have to have a plan and this hunty isn’t working for me….

 

I am A BLACK Woman, So Hear Me Roar!!

I just finished another semester of grad school. My last professor was a Caribbean man. In my class there were five women. 2 Black (1 was me), 1 white and 2 Africans. Almost immediately I noticed his “preference” for the women from Africa. This didn’t bother me because I know I work hard and teachers always have favorites. But during class discussions and even presentations, I noticed his short and sometimes sarcastic remarks towards me and the other Black woman. With our online discussions he sometimes seemed surprised that my responses were as intelligent as they were. And that’s saying something because I really didn’t try that hard, so just imagine if I actually put work into it lol It bothered me, I was taking it personal.   I thought it was an attack against me as a person.  But my other classmate summed it up for me the last day of class.  She said “It’s because we’re regular black, we’re from this country so we’re dumb to him”.

It all made sense.

“The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman.  The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman.  The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.”

This was spoken by Malcolm X in 1962. Sadly it is still relevant.  For a while now when I hear white women discuss women’s issues I got the feeling we (black women) weren’t included in that protest.

And then I heard Patricia Arquette’s speech at the Oscars and got that same feeling. But only when I saw her interview backstage did I know for sure her speech wasn’t intended for women of color. “It’s time for all the women in America and all the men that love women, and all the gay people, and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.”

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Now I don’t think she meant any harm. She just wasn’t thinking about black women or lesbians for that matter either. But that’s just the problem! We are NEVER thought about or considered within this feminist movement.

The fact that she believes that WOC can just put their “little race problems” to the side and pick up the women’s equality issue is just sad. As a person of color AND woman, we are carrying double the load.

The struggle of the Black Woman in America just cannot be compared. Maybe I’m bias because I know this struggle first hand.

MEEEEE

Protest and Murdered Cops

I was upset but not surprised to hear about the death of the cops in NYC. I was hoping that this would not happen and am truly saddened that it has. However this shifting of blame is NOT the answer. People are blaming the NY Mayor for supporting the “I can’t breathe” protest. That is a reach if I have ever seen one!! Maybe people need some helpful background on the purpose of the protest.

Eric Garner was murdered. On video. By Police. And nobody will go to jail because of it. There won’t even be a trial!!

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Now let’s assume that the man who killed those 2 cops had not taken the cowardly way out and committed suicide. I am willing to bet my life 10 times over that he would have been persecuted to the FULLEST extent of the law (As he should be).
All of these protests are for people being held accountable for their actions. If someone has killed somebody, there should at least be a trial for it (regardless of occupation). There is a message in all of this mess and it is very clear.

If you are not a cop, your life is not as valuable. Period. I’m not even going to get into if you’re not a cop AND a minority.

Right now is not the time for blame. The peaceful protestors should not have to shoulder the guilt of the actions of one psycho who decided to take the law into his own hands.

RIP to the two cops who lost their lives.
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“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”

-Mahatma Gandhi