We hear it all the time, everytime something negative happens in society and minorities, along with the poor and downtrodden riot, we hear "Why do they have to destroy things? Why can't they protest peacefully? Don't they realize that their message and pleas are being lost amongst all the violence and destruction?" As if people weren't peacefully expressing their disdain and their issues before the riot began. Now we have a man, Colin Kaepernick, who is potentially sacrificing his pro football career and endorsements doing just that, protesting peacefully, and people still have an issue with it.
This past week marked the 2016 Republican National Convention and boy let me tell you, what a unbelievable show it was. An unbelievble show of a dangerous, racist, nationalist sentiment that has always been in America, but picked this stage to make a grand appearance on a national stage. The vitriol that spewed from the mouths of former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani and Sheriff David Clarke is just a bit of the disgusting legacy that America has decided to put on full view for the world to see.
As much as I don't want to beat a dead horse or repeat myself, I almost feel like there's nothing else that I can or feel like writing about except for what's been going on in America this past week. I want to continue my story about my wayward traveler, and I will at some point, but the fact of the matter is that this week's events have taken a lot out of me as far as my creative palette is concerned. I wanted to paint this week and couldn't even find the desire to get out the canvas and paint.
So I know I've been in the midst of posting a story the last few weeks but in lue of the events that happened in Baton Rouge recently, I've got to take a break from story telling and speak on this a bit. I've spoken about the unnecessary killing of black men before in my posts and even spoke about how my fellow brothers and sisters don't stay diligent enough to organize and see out change in a post I labeled "Lack Of Focus", about a year ago. And one year later, nothing has changed.
So, this post may enrage some people and may be something that others agree with but regardless, it's my opinion. Over the last few years there has been increasing conversation over homosexuality, if it's okay, and whether or not homosexuals should be able to get married. I understand that it's something a lot of people have a personal stake in whether it pertains to their own sexual orientation or their religious views and that's ok.
The other day in the gym as I was working out I struck up a conversation with a guy next to me about workout routines, traveling, and good places to eat around the twin cities. As we were finishing up our sets of the bench press another young man jumped in the conversation and basically started telling us his life story.
I got a chance to watch my favorite movie today, “Do The Right Thing” by Spike Lee. No matter how many times I watch that film, it never gets old. It was one of the first movies that I ever watched that awakened a lot of emotion inside of me that was connected to how I look at the world versus emotion that is brought out of you from an entertainment perspective.
Attention, all you politicians not doing your jobs, Fortune 500 companies taking advantage of the poor and underprivelaged. To you billionaires and millionaires lacing the pockets of political figures so that you can keep hold of your ivory tower while you continue to take from the poor and middle class leaving them down trodden and hopeless.
This day and age every where we turn it seems like we see he worst of people. We see tragedy, deceit, dishonor, and cruelty. People seem to go out of their way to fight and antagonize each other. Folks seem to genuinely despise anyone different from them, anyone with different views, and the last thing they seem to want to do is help their fellow human being.
In my last few posts, I’ve really tried to write about things other than race. I just didn't want myself or my blog to be pinned down as someone or something that revolves around racial issues, but one that tends to cover many different aspects of life. I wanted the blog to speak about many different interests in life and how they all tend to play a role in my every day thinking and how I view the world. But you know what I have discovered?