Posts Tagged ‘Media’

This morning, I was doing my due diligence as an informed citizen by checking my 10+ news streams to get about half of a story.

Headlines were as followed:
Trump did this.
Trump did that.
Disturbed mentally ill lone wolf White guy kills dozens.
Sportsball.
Famous rich man touched famous rich woman.

Near the “increase your testosterone 100000000% with this one trick” clickbait ad, I saw the 2018 Grammys highlights. I’m almost 31 so I figured what the heck, let’s play the “how many of these artists can I even recognize” game.

The first act was Kendrick Lamar and I was blown away.

Not necessarily by the song lyrics though, but Dave Chapelle’s interjection halfway through the performance:
“I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a Black man being honest in America is being an honest Black man in America”.

Again.

“I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a Black man being honest in America is being an honest Black man in America”.

One more time for the All Lives Matter crowd.

“I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a Black man being honest in America is being an honest Black man in America”.

#TRUTH

Let a Black man speak honestly about his perceptions and treatment and he’s labeled an Anti-American Socialist supporting Communist who wants to rape, murder, and BBQ innocent White children on an alter dedicated to Satan and Malcolm X. Oh and he hates every single cop too.

After reading the article, I committed more scholarly research into the topic by diving into the well of infinite knowledge of the human condition…the comment section.

Shockingly, I didn’t see that many N words thrown around but I did see something that kept echoing:
Why does everything have to be about race?

It’s a valid question.

Why does everything have to be about race?

Well..why does everything have to be about race?

Let’s see..

Immigration to the colonies was about race.

The Native American genocide and Manifest Destiny was about race.

Chattel slavery from the 1500s to the late 1800s was about race.

Independence being declared for White men and White men only was about race.

The Civil War was about race.

Early landownership laws was about race.

Voting was about race.

Black Codes was about race.

Gun laws was about race.

Immigration and bringing me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses (just not the Brown ones from shithole countries) was about race.

Great Depression social program eligibility was about race.

Military interventions or lack thereof was about race.

Medical experimenation was about race.

Segregation was about race.

Redlining housing districts was about race.

Jim Crow was about race.

Criminal justice reform, sentencing recommendations, and capital punishment was about race.

Community policing was about race.

Political power and candidate selection was about race.

Credit approval and bank loans was about race.

Free speech was about race.

A presidential candidate laying out his plan of action and all of its intricacies for some voters while telling the other voters “what in the hell do you have to lose” was about race.

The difference between “receiving handouts” and being a “beneficiary of safety net services” was about race.

The difference between being labeled a crackhead or an opioid addict was about race.

The difference between being sent to county jail or rehabilitating center was about race.

The difference between being a “son of a bitch” and a “very fine person” was about race.

But..

When a Black president says a Black unarmed teenager who stood his ground against a stalker engaging in racial profiling could look like his son, it’s bad somehow because it’s about race?

When Black football players speak out against police brutality and societal inequality in regard to Black and Brown people with no voice, it’s bad somehow because it’s about race?

When Black artists talk about life in America while being Black, its bad somehow because it’s about race?

…………..I digress.

Why does everything have to be about race you ask?

How about, when was anything NOT about race (or would that be using the race card)?

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Newtown, Connecticut; Why I’m not Crying

But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors

-Hosea 10:13

I see beautiful little blond haired girls clinging to their mother’s bosom.  I hear violin music.  I see big protective fathers in their Patagonia fleeces showing understandable fear and emotion.  I hear violin music.  I see religious people holding candles, sending up prayers to their compassionate, Johnny Depp resembling God.  I hear violin music.  I’m glad their God is compassionate because I am not. I’m trying my best to produce tears, to become emotional, to morn, to side with the victims…but I can’t. As much as I want to, I simply cannot cry.  Despite all the violin music, pictures of pretty White children, two-second clips of the one Indian family, and shaken parents, I can’t cry.  I’m not a real religious man, but I do read the bible.  Yesterday, to form some kind of compassion and love, I flipped open the book and stumbled upon this verse in Galatians chapter 6:

A man reaps what he sows.

A man reaps what he sows.  A man reaps what he sows.  A MAN REAPS WHAT HE SOWS.  Let that sink in.

Every day around the world, children die from gun violence.  Everyday around the world, the media purposely silences their cries.  Instead of CNN reporting on the millions of dead children in the Congo, a place where America profits off its rare Earth minerals, we hear of Lindsay Lohan’s latest run in with the law.  Instead of FOX News reporting on the countless youth being murdered in Chicago, a direct result of economic failure and crooked politics, we hear Hannity report on a speech Obama made a decade ago where he used the term “redistribute”.  What does any of this have to do with Newtown, Connecticut? Everything.  People, White American people in particular, don’t you understand that the chickens come home to roost? How many children have Obama and his administration killed with drones this year alone?  I see no candle light vigils for them.  Israel has killed many children in their numerous acts of violence and apartheid in Palestine.  Obama doesn’t tear up, pause, or look down, he stoically says, “Israel has the right to defend itself”.  I saw no candle light vigil for the dead children of Gaza.   Why is it that when American children die, White American children in particular, flags have to be flown at half mast, the news must play all day, laws must be changed and adopted, Google must add a banner, moments of silence must be observed, and pins and ribbons must be worn?  Why do Americans feel their life has more intrinsic value than other people? One cant keep promoting and perpetrating violence in the world and then act surprised when it knocks on the front door.  Americans have eaten the fruit of deception by believing the lie that their children are worth more than other children.  Americans have planted wickedness by ignoring the slaughter of children worldwide…from Gaza to Chicago.  America is now reaping what it sows.  And it’s not pretty.  Its time to change our ways and realize that life is to be respected no matter the person’s race, class, nationality, or religion.  Then, when another mass shooting occurs, then I will cry.

*As a father of a 6 year old, I don’t even want to imagine what the parents are going through, but to refrain from “planting wickedness”, I have to.  My prayers go out to the families.