eat your face off!!! 👹
I just read a disturbing article by a shrink about the possible lasting effects of being separated from their parents… the children… in cages. Immigrants, looking to escape horrors that we can’t even imagine. Many people on the right want to talk about the problems in Chicago, on Chicago’s South Side, specifically. But these people have never been to Chicago. They don’t know Chicago.
They talk about the people who are crossing the border like “Oh. They shouldn’t cross illegally. Blah blah blah…” not even knowing what these people are running from. They don’t know why these people are leaving Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua or points in Mexico. What do these people know? These people who are on the right? They know JACK. fucking. SHIT. They know what Fox News tells them. And what does Fox News know? They know HATE. Laura Ingraham. A fucking Nazi. Tucker Carlson. A racist piece of shit. Sean Hannity. A paranoid conspiracy theorist. I can go on. And on and on.
But, I won’t.
I am very happy and grateful that so many attorneys are rushing to the border to volunteer to represent the families that have been torn apart by the Nazi regime that currently occupies The White House. One thing that you will never hear me say is “Most white people are racist.” I don’t believe that. Not at all. Yes. There are MANY white people who are racist. Yes. Many, many, MANY white people are COMPLETELY oblivious as to what WE (people of color) go through on a daily basis. Clueless as to how *different* our existence is from their existence. That’s just cultural differences. We share American culture, yes. But, our CULTURES are not a *shared* culture. Meaning, our experiences, historically, are not THEIR experiences. Even though we may come from the same place, geographically. Even though we may have roots in the same place, historically. Even if we TODAY live in the same gated community and are of the same socioeconomic tier, WE ARE NOT THE SAME. That’s a fact.
But that doesn’t mean that we retreat to our respective corners and isolate ourselves. Our “better natures” would have us reaching out and learning from each other. To learn ABOUT each other, so that we can better UNDERSTAND each other, so that it’s *easier* to live together. It’s better to share experiences and makes it much easier for us to GROW TOGETHER, as a community. Communal living. Commune. Communicate.
I hope I’m making sense.
See, when we make no attempt, there’s no hope. The right wing in America makes NO ATTEMPT and therefore, they are a lost cause. Hatred is in their hearts. Hatred for liberals, gays, Latinos, blacks, transgender, hipsters, women, Muslims, whoever is not THEM. Period. They loathe people who mingle with other people. People who are EDUCATED. People who have EXPERIENCE. If you have made moves to better yourself by going to school or learning a trade or traveling abroad to see other places and help other people by SHARING your experiences, they will call you “elitist.” Of course, if you are for equality, they will label you a “liberal.” If you combat their rhetorical diarrhea with facts and figures, they will call you a “libtard” or a purveyor of “fake news” and if you voice your outrage about ANYTHING they hold sacred: Their Cheeto Messiah, the weak speaker of the house or the caging of immigrant children, they will call you a “snowflake.” It’s always the same shit. Different debate. As those of you who follow me on twitter know, I do not even engage them. Their foolery earns them a block and if I’m feeling feisty, I may screenshot their profile or stupid ass tweet and talk shit about them for a minute, before moving on to the next one. But, I don’t debate them. Ever. It may make me sound like a condescending asshole, but it’s hard to debate someone who is *clearly* beneath you.
That’s a fact. It’s not because I am a college grad or grew up in a decent neighborhood with TWO parents who had their heads screwed on right, who made sure that we didn’t grow up to be stupid muthafuckers (although, I still am prone to make stupid decisions, from time to time.) Nah. It’s because I am better than they are because I remain OPEN to LEARNING. I read. Not as voracious a reader as I used to be, but, I still read. I have a pretty extensive library of books that I’ve accumulated over the years. THAT I’VE READ. I ask a LOT of questions. I seek knowledge, wherever I go. About whatever it is that has my attention, at the time. I *like* knowing things. I LOVE “knowing things.” I knew that I wasn’t 100% on board with Hillary Clinton, for many reasons. NONE of those reasons had to do with the fact that she was a woman, though. I had my reasons. BUT, I knew that given the choices of who she was running against, that Hillary was the LOGICAL choice for president. I’m not trying to relive the election. Just punctuating this paragraph with a “I was right and THEY were WRONG.” That’s it. End of paragraph.
Closing this one out, I just want to say that I hold a LOT of anger and resentment about a LOT of things, right now. But, I try to not let that shit make me an angry or resentful person. I have always fought to rise above whatever it is that is dragging on me at the time. People. Job shit. Transportation woes. Whatever. LOL!!!!! I think back on the last 25… 30 years of my life and I get angry and then, I flip the channel, in my mind and my seething hatred turns to laughter as I recall “the good times.” I am always grateful to my folks. I reminisce about my grandparents and fondly recall hanging out at my GREAT grandparents house, as well. They were our connection to those early days of “freedom.” The first generation of my peeps that weren’t born as property. I didn’t realize how big of a thing that was back in the mid 1970’s. I just loved their stories. Strawberry and tobacco. And I still smile and laugh at my great grandma’s love of “wrasslin!” LOL!!!!!
When I wonder how I came out to be so god damn weird, I don’t have to look any further than a 100+ year old woman who would get excited over Andre The Giant and Sergeant Slaughter, LMAO!!!!!
Okay. It’s 11. And I’m going to be up at 4.
I’m out. ✌🏾