….. ouch america pt 2

I was going to avoid this topic about Donald Trump, Charlottesville, and everything that went down over the weekend.  Then today happened. The last time I tragically wrote about Donald Trump was November 10th, two days after he was elected without him even knowing what the three branches of government were. It’s August, and I’m still fascinated by the events of his election.

Today, the President of the United States of America defended Neo-Nazis and White Supremacy in a press conference, a day after he read one of the most ridiculous statements off of a teleprompter to claim that he didn’t defend them in order attempt to somehow salvage how his original statements, which claimed support for these same groups on Saturday. The similar statements from Saturday to now is how he truly feels.

For me, this isn’t surprising. If you’ve ever talked to me about 45, I’ve openly spoke about how racist I think he is. Facts back up my claims too, and it didn’t have anything to do with his ridiculous ass statements he made during his campaign about every race but the Caucasian one. If you’re curious, google “Donald Trump and Central Park 5.” A lot of you told me in my face that “Trump was kidding” or  “He doesn’t mean everything he says, he’s just saying that to get voters.” If you’re reading this and you found yourself saying this, you gotta take the L here. The joke is on you today.

What we saw over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia was embarrassing, and reached loser mentality. White supremacists protesting a Robert E. Lee statue, a man who was a loser war general never seizes to amaze me. Moving from Washington State to the Northern Virginia area for school (again, I might add), I never understood the love for the confederate flag. In this age of not giving children participation trophies, Lee having a statue for losing a war is as big of a participation trophy you can get. You can’t wave a confederate flag then claim you love America, sis. That’s not how this works.

Obviously, I am a black male. I’m disturbed by these “Unite the Right” rallies. I’m also confused too. Why are straight white males upset so much that they want to have this ethnic cleansing? What have minorities done to you? For one day, they should try to be in my shoes. It ain’t all roses and cupcakes here. For a time on Saturday, I laughed at the fact that police supposedly “left” the rally because it got too “rowdy” for them. I’ll keep it in perspective here. A black lives matter protest march gets tear gassed, and police show up in riot gear. These Neo-Nazis and white Supremacists showed up Charlottesville looking to kill. Showing up in armor, and weaponry as a scare tactic, then not being arrested, let alone shot for doing so is wild. Even the dude who killed the young lady protesting was somehow “apprehended.” He was probably also given Burger King too (A Dyllan Roof reference).

People sympathizing with those who claim to be Nazis is the most baffling shit I’ve seen on the internet. The more I listen and watch the news, the more I’m convinced our education system in America has failed us. We were taught in school that Nazis were trash. We literally had to fight a war in the 1940s, you know, a World War over Nazis.

Which links this back to Trump;

Trump has condemned Muslim bombings that weren’t even in the states claiming we need “stronger borders.” He’s talked poorly about Mexicans, claiming they’re bringing in “all of the drugs.” He’s retweeted fake news stories about black people in relation to violence. But when it comes to domestic terrorism here which involves people who follow David Duke, Richard Spencer, etc, it’s both sides to the issue who are in the wrong? Really? Way to show your true colors, Donald.

There are two ways that this can be settled in history. One, a lot of you just stay silent and allow a race war to occur, which will then have you write on facebook and twitter that you’re “praying for peace.” Which is fine. Do whatever you please. The other way is to be vocal and condemn this, while still being able to “pray for peace.” It’s okay to do both. A lot of people think this a political issue. Dude, nah. We can disagree politically. I’ll respect that. But when it comes down to humanity, and the defense of Nazis and White Supremacy….. that’s where you lose me. Don’t be on the wrong side of this one.

Be vocal.

Condemn this.

Before it’s too late.

 

 

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… and you can tell everybody

Colin Kaepernick has been the subject of jokes over the years by the homies and myself for a number of reasons.

  1. In his peak as a quarterback in the NFL, we clowned this dude because we said he  looks like Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants.
  2. He’s always on instagram talking about how the “7torms are coming,” replacing the s with a 7. Dude, no.
  3. His ability to play quarterback has been on the same path like Aubrey Graham’s ability to finally make a quality album. It’s done. Over.

In the midst of the jokes that we’ve had about Kaepernick over the years, I can’t deny that in his absolute peak as a NFL player under Khaki god Jim Harbaugh he was really, really good but polarizing. Some for his ability on the field and his lack of going through progressions which is normal, I guess. Lots of it stemmed from people who couldn’t stand the fact that he wasn’t your “typical” quarterback in the league. People saw this guy as a thug and called him a douchebag because he wouldn’t wear a suit to press conferences, instead going with a sweater and beats by dre because that was comfortable for him.  Continue reading “… and you can tell everybody”

So about the shooting in South Carolina….

I had a blog coming today about it and my thoughts surrounding it.

However, Jon Stewart well…… he covered it all.

I’ll just add this;

This is a serious issue in America. We’re so focused on overseas with ISIS and Al Queda because sadly, we’re too afraid to talk about the issues that have plagued this country for over 100+ years. It breaks my heart to see 9 black people, 9 innocent black people killed in a Church because they were too nice to keep a simple minded, racist little white man out.

This isn’t about mental illness. Don’t feed into the narratives. This was an act of terror. A hate crime.  An act of fear to scare black people not in that community, but possibly across the country. Who knows. It’s a shame that in 2015, the American government is so worried about overseas and their “terrorists,” that they can’t protect the terrorists within this own country.

But that’s it. I’ll get back to the jokes soon. I hope. I promise.

I’m mad.

This isn’t about #ProsperSeason. This isn’t about sports. I just felt like I needed to get this down somewhere, and of course, I have a blog. If you disagree with my feelings, fine.  I could care less. If you agree with it, fine. I’m good with that too.

I’m mad.

Not about sports. Not about my personal life. But this Trayvon Martin thing has me mad.

When I say mad, I mean it as that I want to do something about it. Most people want to riot. But what’s a riot going to solve? Maybe I’m from the old school because my grandparents raised me on some different values so call me old-fashioned, but violence isn’t the answer to solve problems. Violence is how Martin’s life was ended. Violence is how a lot of lives in this country of ours end.

My question is this: When are we as people going to be better to ourselves? When are we going to rise up, and stop the terrorism in our own country?

Most people won’t understand how I’m feeling, and you know what? Fine. I don’t want you to understand it.  But,  just imagine if this situation happened to a family member or a friend. Would you be mad? Would you want to change how us as people are?  Any child of any race could have died that night, and I, personally would still be upset. Wanna know why? It’s a child. A child. We don’t know what happened that night, and I’m not going to assume. It’s possible George Zimmerman was afraid of Martin. It’s possible Martin said something to set him off. We don’t know, and we’ll never know. But you know what happened? A child is dead because of….. violence.

All I’m saying is this: as people, we need to rise up and be better to each other. Enough of the violence. Enough of the hurt and hatred towards each other. This is America. Not Black America. Not White America. Not Asian America. Not Mexican America. Maybe I’m asking for too much from us as American people. But, damn. I’m sick of it. I’m tired of  these types of crimes in America. I’m tired of watching the news and seeing someone dead.

And no, I didn’t write this because Trayvon Martin was a black male. I know how some people think, and that’s sad.  This is about us as people being better. It’s time to stop the violence.

Just, God. I’m asking you this.

Help us. Help us be better as people because this needs to end. Enough is enough. We have to be better.

Amen.

Never Forget.

September 11, 2001 was a change not only in my life, but in everyone’s life.

I know for one, I’ve seen two different types of Americas.

For my first 9 years, I saw an America who was arrogant, didn’t think things through, and didn’t think anything could happen on our soil.

But, that day changed it all.

I’ll never forget it.

I was woken up by my grandma. It was like 7:10 am, and I was about to go to school in a couple of hours.

I honestly thought it was fake, like a video game. I was 4th grade, and I didn’t know better.

But it was real.

And I was like in awe. Then, just sadness for awhile.

I don’t think I slept for a couple of months (Keep in mind, I was in 4th grade).

But, the way America is now.

All together (except for politics, fucking idiots). United. Yeah, we’re arrogant, but we’re more careful, and understanding.

United We Stand.

Never forget 9/11.

Never forget the victims.

– Shaun