While I am happy the students of the Parkland Massacre have been so well received, I must admit I feel cheated.
The many calls to action for gun control and reform by the Black community seemed to fall on deaf ears. We organized, marched in the streets, protested on social media, but support was limited to thoughts and prayers. The ability to donate to Black Lives Matter passively through our Amazon purchases is nice, but nothing compared to the large donations of $500,000 each by Oprah, The Clooneys, and countless others. The outpouring of public support, rallying of officials to openly commit to making changes, and then implementing them is unprecedented. BLM never received more than the utterance of three words during opportune moments in the political spotlight where it would only serve to benefit politicians who paid our community dust. Through all of this, the media continues to paint these young activists as the new bastion of civil rights leaders and that leaves an ugly stain on my heart. I am not angry with their success, just curious — Where was the support for Black Americans struggling to make sense of our nation in the aftermath of countless deaths?
In 2013, African-Americans stood by in horror, grief, and rage as George Zimmerman was acquitted of the heinous shooting death of Trayvon Martin. This event prompted the use of #BlackLivesMatter across all social media platforms but the group would not take center stage until the demonstrations surrounding the events of Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson. After countless hashtags to raise awareness about the massacre of unarmed Black citizens that followed, Black Lives Matter has struggled to gain ground in their good fight to unite our community to crush the systems of oppression that guard privileged White Americans. To their detriment and our own, we have been out-organized and the truth of this is laid bare when evaluating the progress high school students with proper support are making. BLM lacks the political representation, wealth, and notable endorsements of other movements which continues to cripple our progress, but there’s room for growth.
This is in no way a means to discredit or detract from past, current, or future actions taken by BLM. This is also not meant to direct any negativity toward the hundreds of students and families affected by the Parkland tragedy. I am simply using them as examples of community efforts seeking change for the sake of comparison. Having visited BLM’s website as recently as Feb. 27th, 2018, it remains out of date with no posts since January 30th. Their ‘Channel Black’ programming initiative hasn’t had new content since 2017. Even the official BLM shop has yet to launch. The three queer black women who formed BLM are not enough and should not be expected to be enough to support the weight of an entire revolution. This is where community involvement comes in. This is where local politicians and leaders are expected to stand in the gap as representatives for their respective communities to rally for political change. While this process is arduous, it’s where we lacked the representation. However, the opportunity to break the wheel has come in the form of mid-term elections.
Time for Change
Politics are an avenue where Black Americans across the country need support. Motivated by the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election, more people of color are running for office in 2018 than in previous years. Although not all represent our values or have our best interests at heart (looking at you Stacey Dash), we owe it to them to do our due diligence and take into consideration that as a culture we are attempting to navigate a system that is not invested in our success. While I anticipate positive results from these mid-term elections, I say this with the utmost affection and respect for my people—We need to do a better job of holding each other accountable. We must be as fervently involved in our communities as our Caucasian counterparts. We have to respect and participate in the political process regardless of whether we believe it is manipulated or that results are pre-determined. 503 Black women are running for federal, state, and local seats in the US government. 285 of them are running in red states. We owe it to ourselves not to fail these or any other person of color candidate that means to truly serve the people.
What do you think we can do as a community to continue marching toward success? Will you be voting this year?
Stacey Dash Runs For Congress: From “Clueless” to Clueless
Somebody put the flash on her! 45 is really out here empowering everybody unqualified to reach for the sky. Stacey Dash is now “testing the waters” to see if her political career will do what her acting career could not.
A number of people online and off have suggested I run for political office. I wanted to see what my online community thinks of this idea as I mull the possibilities. Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/L71fF0NnXR
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) February 9, 2018
In an additional tweet she says, “In response to numerous calls for me to run for office, I am considering a run for Congress. Would love to know what my fans and friends think.” The D2DC Committee graphic doesn’t actually lead to a functioning poll so how Stacey’s “team” is handling the response to her potential campaign is a mystery. Never one to rise above critics, she’s already bumping heads with many in the comments…like RichDollaz.
When you spell "you" correctly you can call me dumb.
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) February 10, 2018
RichDollaz has since deleted his tweet. He isn’t the only one in her warpath. Not booked and not busy, Stacey has the time to watch her mentions like a hawk. Sharing old beefs with the likes of Chelsea Handler, who she still resents for calling her a “black white supremacist”, she goes on to say all her skeletons are hanging in the breeze. Unfortunately, many of us will be watching to ensure this doesn’t go far because we don’t need another celebrity politician with no political experience representing any group of Americans. We’ve all asked Stacey to have a seat before, but never in the political office.
I live in the 44th unlike some who don’t live in their districts. Thank you to those who offered their support.
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) February 26, 2018
Four Page Letters, Lies, and Red Tape
A potentially fabricated memo that Republicans sought to use to exonerate Trump may have only added to the fires that light the way to his indictment.
Bay-beeee, Trump’s impeachment is unavoidable! U.S. Representative Devin Nunes thought a four-page memo was going to shake the table, dismantling the foundations of the FBI and eroding the Russian investigation in the process. In his ignorance, Nunes let on that Carter Page, an investment banker and political analyst who served as a foreign policy advisor during Trump’s 2016 campaign, was under intense scrutiny regarding involvement with the Russian government that predates Trump’s inauguration. If the information and associated data regarding Page are accurate, there’s a lot more tea on the way.
Here’s what we know so far:
- Page has a history of working with Russian corporations/investment entities, having served as the VP in Merrill Lynch’s Moscow office and Gazprom, an energy company.
- His ties to Gazprom led him to create his own investment fund with a mid-level exec from the same company that strangely held only one employee — himself.
- Angry that his dissertation was rejected several times prior to acceptance and flopped as a standalone book, he blamed anti-Russian and Anti-American bias as contributing factors for his failure.
- He lost a job due to pro-Russian rhetoric that cluttered his Twitter feed with “edgy Putinist resentment” and sympathized with Putin’s criticism of the state of the U.S.
Things begin to get very peculiar when you examine the timeline of several of his trips abroad between 2013 and 2017. Praised as a successful American economist in Russian state television, he was recruited by intelligence operatives in Russia who thought him “enthusiastic, but an idiot.” His contacts and rapport with Russian officials made him a prime candidate for a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant. This means that physical surveillance, as well as electronic surveillance measures, were implemented to collect details regarding potential acts of espionage. Lasting only 90 days, this warrant was in effect in 2014 and was renewed several times with requests extending into 2016 as he was serving on 45’s Presidential campaign. In January 2017, a leaked contract intelligence dossier containing communications between the Kremlin and Trump mention Page repeatedly. Later in the year, Page would be called before the Intelligence Committee only to plead the fifth to avoid self-incrimination.
Unfair and Unbalanced News
With the release of the unverified Nunes memo, you would think ties to a potential traitor would discredit the data therein but it seems the memo was not presented without redaction. There is even speculation that the information within has been purposefully doctored to accomplish a singular goal — paint Trump as the victim and halt the collusion investigation. Immediately following the release of the memo, Trump was questioned about the possibility of firing the current FBI Director Christopher Wray, to which he replied “Well, you’ll have to figure that out.” as he sped off to Mar-a-Lago. Should he decide to resign, Trump would be able to install a temporary appointee which would hinder Mueller’s investigation. However, Trump’s meddling with the FBI may work against him. Should he terminate the employment of the FBI director while in the midst of an ongoing investigation where he is the target of interest, it may count as obstruction of justice. Dems are currently waiting in the wings to see how this plays out and Republicans are decrying their leadership in a last-ditch effort to save their seats. Rumor has it articles could be filed as early as march so, *in my Maxine Water’s voice*, “Get ready for impeachment!”
Big Things Poppin’: Lance-Bottoms includes T.I. and Killer Mike on her Transition Team
Recently, Keisha Lance-Bottoms, Atlanta’s newly elected mayor, announced her transition team. Typical transition teams include business and community leaders, and true to form, Mayor Lance-Bottoms’ transition team includes CEOs from such companies as Leapfrog, Delta, and MailChimp.
Her transition team also has two surprising entries – T.I. and Killer Mike. Clifford ‘T.I.’ Harris is most notably known for his award-winning rap career and being a prolific adulterer. Killer Mike of the Run the Jewels organization is recently known for his unwavering support of Bernie Sanders during his Presidential campaign, even against the two female Black Lives Matter activists who interrupted Sanders that he describes as “two black girls yell[ing] and scream[ing].” The Black women were not yelling or screaming and Sander’s response was dismissive at best.
Nonetheless, Mayor Lance-Bottoms has included these two men, who in my humble opinion, have cultural views that are homophobic, sexist, and hotep-adjacent, on her transition team in what I assume is her attempt to connect to the young, Black “woke” community of Atlanta.
What do you think about Mayor Lance-Bottom’s appointment of T.I. and Killer Mike to her transition team?
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