I wrote and posted two statuses to Facebook earlier, and then mused, “these are my thoughts, I should blog about it”.
Here is the first post:
And another day, another hashtag
And the second post:
Taking a break by scrolling FB…and there is no break. Diatribes, think pieces and thought pieces about the ‘latest hashtag’ Mr. Terence Crutcher who was more than a hashtag – all, ALL valid commentary from the OP’s.
And then there is news mixed in about brangelina. Listen, I don’t give one good hot diggity about their love life. I’ve been entertained by some of their work, and appreciate the humanitarian efforts I’ve seen from them, but their love life ain’t changing mine so…
No, not really caring about their news today.
What I do care about is praying and hoping that my Black husband and Black sons and Black fathers and Black brothers and Black nephews and Black nieces and Black sisters and Black mothers and Black uncles and Black aunts and Black cousins and Black friends make it home safely today. And every day.
I care about Black today. And every day. Oh yeah, and I agree with these two pics below.
I copied all pics from other posts that I saw; I don’t know who to credit because it wasn’t listed anywhere. However, the point is that the pictures reflect my thoughts perfectly. It’s ok to bash Colin Kapernick, QB for the San Francisco 49ers because he refuses to stand for the National Anthem during the football games. Calling him unpatriotic and directing vitriolic commentary towards him and others like him is just fine. Because this is America, where we can say what we want, as long as what we want is the freedom to bash others who don’t agree with us, right? And America is the land of the free, as long as we’re the right type: white, straight, male, Christian, employed, educated, married with children…have I missed any?
I am beyond frustrated. We have yet another clear homicide by a police officer. Yes, I believe that our service people do a tremendous job: teachers/educators, policemen, firemen, paramedics, first responders, and the like; they are often overworked, underpaid and there are many heroes amongst this group. Yet there is a definite issue that we cannot ignore. Police officers need additional training. Academies need additional programs. Organizations need more funding. None of that matters if our mindset remains the same.
People of color matter. Immigrants matter. Homeless, uneducated, LGBTIQ, single, disabled – we’re all here, and we all matter. You cannot, should not, better not in my presence, say that tired trope of “All Lives Matter” without acknowledging that indeed ALL LIVES MATTER; Black Lives Matter, Immigrant Lives Matter, Homeless Lives Matter, LGBTIQ Lives Matter, Single Lives Matter, Disables Lives Matter, Uneducated Lives Matter, Ethnic Lives Matter, Nationalities Matter, Race Matters, Gender Matters, Age Matters…People Matter.
When you ignore and are willfully ignorant about people who don’t look like, talk like, think like or act like you, then you are part of the problem. Period.