A poem of the Black-American experience.
cramped on ships
stung by whips
prayers pressed through lips
never see home again
a new land filled with hateful men
your skin already condemned
your body does not belong to you
forget everything you ever knew
all of the others are hurting too
bodies for sale
are you strong or frail
they took all the healthy males
english beaten into your mind
our bondage was designed
on our suffering, they dined
can we escape
families forever reshaped
one hundred years pass.
another hundred years pass. …
The quarantine protests that are happening here in America have two things in common: They’re overwhelmingly white and full of misinformation.
Wisconsin, Washington state, Utah, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado, and Minnesota have been littered with protests over the past few days. The messages of the demonstrations range from business owners who want their businesses to open so they can make money, people angry at the state government for “overstepping”, and general anti-vaxxer rhetoric against a COVID-19 vaccine/cure.
Everyone is upset right now. I don’t know of a single person that’s not pissed off at the state that America is right now. We’re angry at the Trump and his administration, we’re mad at capitalists that want to reopen the country before it is safe, and we’re mad at the inaction and inefficiencies of Washington. …
Americans all across the U.S. are protesting for their state governments to re-open all businesses that were closed because of the threat COVID-19 presents.
Let me say that again:
Americans are protesting against being instructed to stay home because they believe their rights are being violated. What rights? Apparently, the protesters want the right to get infected and die during a pandemic.
The protestors quarrel should be and is with the federal government for not efficiently providing relief funds to the millions of people that need it. People are scared that they won’t be able to provide for their families and rightfully so- this is a scary-ass time. However, a pandemic is a pandemic. The Coronavirus does not care about the economy. …
Coronavirus. The virus that’s sweeping the globe, shutting down city after city and country after country wherever it shows up. K-12 schools are being canceled indefinitely, and college courses are all moving to the online option. Everyone is being told to stay home, businesses everywhere are taking a massive profit loss, and millions are uncertain of their future post-quarantine. The death toll of Coronavirus has now surpassed 7,500 people. The number of people infected jumps higher every single day with no slowing in sight, now up to a whopping 248,683 infected persons. …
The services ‘provided’ by black people via enslavement have always been an integral part of the progression of white societies around the globe. Black people being held as slaves is what made America as prosperous as it is today. Two hundred fifty years of free labor will do that. These services, however, move past the manual labors of carpentry, building, and masonry.
Slaves were intimately involved in the lives of their masters and their master’s families. It is peculiar that enslaved black people were always seen as lesser than white masters, yet, played such an essential role in their personal lives. …
There is this idea in white supremacist circles that white people are being ‘forced’ to mesh with non-white cultures. This is resulting in the shrinking of the ‘purely white’ population of white people. These are a collection of memes made about the topic for better understanding the point of the movement.
You know what sounds like a good idea for black history month? Going to a Trump rally.
My dad was the one who initially suggested that we go. I wasn’t interested at first, but going presented a unique opportunity. You see, like many leftists and liberals — I stay in a very “left” bubble. The social media I follow, the news that I watch, and the political pundits whose work I follow are all left-leaning. That is very much by choice.
I don’t feel the need to hear the white supremacist talking points Fox and Breitbart are spouting, BUT it means I don’t have direct insight into what the other side is thinking. I am well aware of the rhetoric of the right, but seeing firsthand isn’t something I have experience with. …
On February 13, 2020, Michael Bloomberg issued an ‘apology’ for “Stop-and-Frisk” saying:
“There is one aspect of approach that I deeply regret, the abuse of police practice called stop and frisk. I defended it, looking back, for too long because I didn’t understand then the unintended pain it was causing to young black and brown families and their kids. I should have acted sooner and faster to stop it. I didn’t, and for that I apologize.”
Deeply regret, huh? I deeply regret eating an entire container of Breyer’s Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream for dinner last night. I deeply regret not studying hard as I should have for my biology quiz last week. …
It is going to take multiple waves of different solutions to eradicate the problem of white supremacy in America. We can have laws that remedy the effects of white supremacy all day, but changing the social outlook as well is what is going to have a permanent impact on generations to come. The question that remains is, are we as Americans willing to put in the mental and emotional work it takes to rid white supremacist ideology from our society?
The ahistorical, whitewashed, revisionist history Americans are taught in our K-12 education system is quite frankly abhorrent. …
As I was mindlessly scrolling through Twitter, I came across this tweet from PageSix:
I didn’t think anything of it. She’s on vacation on a beach in a bikini… what was the news?
Then, I made the mistake of reading through the replies.