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Ring the Alarm – I Am Not Going Back.

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I am a heterosexual, black woman, who has never served a day in the military.  I have two uncles who served, one in the Army and one in the Air Force.  At the age of 20, my uncle died as a scouter in the Vietnam War.  A 6’5” scouter died in battle.  Why was he a scouter is something I cannot answer, but I know this to be true, I was not a fan of seeing any of my college students deciding to go to the military.  I don’t want to see them die.  And in some cases, come back alive and they cannot figure out how to adjust to life.

I will not serve, but I respect those who do.  Yet, this is not a conversation about serving.  This is a conversation about equal rights and acknowledging our brothers and sisters.

You may have sat back and observed the travel ban and thought, that has nothing to do with me.  So, you didn’t care too much.

You may have sat back and heard all of the talking about building the wall.  And in fact, the House budget that passed on July 27, 2017, placed a down payment of $1.6 billion on the wall.  You may have thought, “well, I am an American, and it doesn’t apply to me.”  In fact, you may secretly agree because then you think that Americans could use those construction jobs that have largely been replaced with cheaper labor.

So, you are now sitting back again when you see the tweets about Transgenders being banned from serving in the military.  You may think that it doesn’t apply to you either.

Well, let me tell you what does apply to you – The Department of Justice feels that it is okay to discriminate against transgenders on the job.  The DOJ wants to role back any law that would go against strong Voting ID laws.  They want to suppress votes.  They do not want to prosecute cops who wrongly shoot unarmed black men.  Oh, and that NRA television ad that said it was okay to “protect” America with pointing guns to protest groups like Black Lives Matter and the Women’s March will not be investigated.  We have a complete and utter racist at the helm of the DOJ who is actually doing his job.  Yet, you think it is okay to sit back.

On a sunny afternoon on July 28, 2017, we have our president who made the decision to champion police brutality in the face of the Australian who just died for calling the cops for help.  Black and Brown people are arrested at a much higher rate than any other group of people even though we are the minority, and our president wants the DOJ to role back laws that protect anyone who interacts with the police.  So, if you have an encounter with an officer, that officer is the judge and jury – and the federal government supports that. Yet, again, you think this has nothing to do with you yet.

Let us learn from history.  Hitler did not come to the Jews first.  He came from groups that he thought were commonly despised.  He went after the gypsies.  He went after gays and lesbians.  He went after people of color.  The Jews were the last group because there was no one else left to stand up for them.

Trump is not Hitler, but Trump will make America Great Again.  We know what decade that America was great – pre 1954 (the year Brown v. Board of Education passed that integrated public schools).  How was your demographic of people before 1954?  My demographic of people lived in a segregated town.  They were in the back of the bus.  They didn’t go to the movies.  They refused to go to the back of the diner for food.  I could go on, but I will not.

 

I will not sit by and let my brother and sister lose today.  I know that going after 15,000 people is small for them, and it may be small for you.  But, this is only the beginning.  Oh, and I am not going back to 1953.

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LeBron James Opened an $8 Million School?!

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LeBron James just opened an $8 million public school called I Promise, where kids will have access to free bikes, free meals, free uniforms, free transportation within 2 miles, and much more! The school is for at-risk students in Akron, Ohio who are usually overlooked.

Twitter loved this news. A few even called for LeBron to replace Betsy Devos, the current Secretary of Education.

While many celebrated the opening of this school, many also rightfully noted that no one person should have access to that much money or be in control of the lives of that many students. This led to many discussing socialism and what this type of school could look like if not funded by a private citizen.

 

What are your thoughts on the school? This is overall a great thing, but do you think celebrities, or any rich person, should be able to hoard enough money to do this on their own?

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Huffington Post’s ‘Black Voices’ Gets Called Out For Having White Writers

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Lara Witt—editor of the feminist publication, Wear Your Voice Magazine—pointed out on Twitter that majority of the writers for the Huffington Post’s Black Voices editorial are…white.

The editor for Black Voices, Taryn Finley, is a Black woman, a Delta, and a Howard University graduate. How is it that the company felt comfortable enough hiring what seems like a token Black person to run the site, but did not feel the need to pay other Black writers to be a contributor? Black Voices claims to be sharing “our news” and “our voices,” but this cannot be true when it is non-Black people who are writing the stories. No matter how much Taryn edits for them, the stories are still not ours.

We have seen time and time again how white people will slap the word “Black” on a source of entertainment and feel justified in keeping their voices centered in that space. We’ve seen it with Viacom through BET and now we see it through Black Voices, which is owned and, apparently, operated by white people. If Huffington Post wants to fix this, they need to hire Black writers. There is nothing else to it.

 

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A Black President Before A Black Photographer: Vogue, This Ain’t It

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126 years and Vogue has never had a black cover photographer… The United States of America and all of its racism elected a Black president before Vogue allowed a Black photographer to shoot for their cover.

I’m not sure if this is even something we should celebrate. Congratulations to Beyoncé for getting on the cover of the September issue of US Vogue and reportedly having “unprecedented access” to create whatever she wants apparently. But had it not been for this, when would Vogue have decided it was time for a Black photographer?

The United States of America and all of its racism elected a black president before Vogue allowed a black photographer for their cover. Click To Tweet

Come to find out this may be Anna Wintour’s last cover as CEO, according to Huffington Post. Beyoncé has hired Tyler Mitchell, a 23-year-old from Atlanta, GA. He will be the first Black photographer to shoot a cover in Vogue’s 126-year history. The photographer and filmmaker has worked with several known brands from Mercedes Benz to Marc Jacobs and Givenchy. This is an amazing opportunity for Mitchell and I’m confident that he will shake the f*ck out of the table in September.

To learn that he will be the first is a proud and sad moment for me. When first hearing the news and the details, I was ecstatic and wanted to know what Bey would be cooking up for the girls this fall, but then I sat in my bed and read some of the titles again and “first Black” and “126 years” kept coming up. I sent a quick text to Taryn Myers—an editor and writer for KingofReads.com—and told her how I felt. It didn’t come to her at first, but the wheels started to turn and she shared something important: “Vogue has been one of the primary messengers about what beauty, wealth, fashion and culture is right?” So to know that they’ve been pushing what is beauty for many years, even in this supposedly “progressive” state we’re in now, and we’re just now getting a Black photographer cover in 2018 speaks volumes.

“The First Black” I expect when we’re talking about government, since America has been ran and founded by white men. I shouldn’t be surprised since most of the publications are ran by those who are for Black and Brown people when capitalism calls them to it. These companies don’t truly care about us because and I don’t think they all of the sudden got it or it hit them. The beautiful Beverly Ann Johnson was the first Black woman to appear on the cover of Vogue in 1974 and even she probably wasn’t allowed to hire a Black photographer.

Nonetheless, Beyoncé and Tyler will create some Black magic for the September cover and Vogue will think that they have done something “progressive” to help them sleep in their white sheets at night not realizing that given tardiness is about as damaging as white sheets with two holes in it.

 

 

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