to get my shit together so I could leave the country, in the event of a Trump presidency, that I never thought of what would happen if Trump LOST. And now that he is losing “bigly”, I need to now turn my attention to life beyond November 8th.
As many of you know, I am making moves towards heading to North Carolina. A state that my mom and dad left in search of a better life elsewhere. Back then, it was a scary, dark, ugly, racist, dangerous and often deadly place for black people. Fact. But now, all of that has changed. I remember when we were little, my NYC and NJ cousins…and I…used to poke fun at my NC cousins. They would go out to the fields and pick tobacco for their school clothes and what not. Just like their parents used to do when they were little. Just like OUR parents used to do when THEY were little! As a youngster, I never thought that I would ever move to North Carolina. As much as I loved spending time with my paternal grandmother OR hearing my maternal grandfather’s scary ghost stories, the south always seemed to sloooooooooooooooowww for me. Country. Now, I regret that I didn’t start making these moves sooner. My vote would be worth SO MUCH MORE in North Carolina than in Maryland. But…that’s on me. I guess everything happens in the timeframe that it is supposed to happen. I’d like to believe that, anyway.
I saw an article about how Wisconsin has volunteers that help black people acquire the proper ID, in order to not get stopped from voting when they reach the polling places. Sounds easy enough, right? Well, it’s NOT. THAT is what ***I*** need to be doing. In North Carolina. Where voter suppression is going on RIGHT NOW. Not the Jim Crow North Carolina that my parents fled in the 1950’s, but the 2016 “Hey, look at us! We have good schools, museums, fancy restaurants and an NFL team!” North Carolina. It’s happening in Madison, Wisconsin and it is happening in Mike Pence’s home state of Indiana. Republicans are fighting HARD to keep black folks from voting. This shit has to end. We have to fight back. We have to not only win next month, but we NEED to DESTROY what’s left of the GOP. We need to wipe it out. We need to clear the slate and we need to start all over again. We need fail safes to ensure that when the midterms come around, we are ready to mobilize en mass, to ensure that we don’t lose the gains made from the ’16 race. I need to be a part of that.
I have soooooooooooooo much fun on twitter! UNTIL I start checking out the timelines of some of these Trump supporters. They say that they are not racists. Their tweets say otherwise. They say that they aren’t mysogynitic. Their tweets tell a DIFFERENT story. They insist that their hatred of President Barrack Obama has NOTHING to do with the fact that he is black, yet the memes they post SHOW US that it’s just more white nationalist, Alt-right, paranoid, conspiracy driven bullshit. Don’t even think for a minute that racism is dead. Don’t sleep. THEY are not going to sleep anytime soon. And *I* won’t be going to sleep anytime soon. I am going to attack. But not with my fists. Not with guns. Or knives. Or words. I’m going to work within the system. Because the system works. It’s flawed, yes, that is true. BUT… It’s what we have to work with and we need to work within the guidelines that were set by the founding fathers to make sure that America does NOT fall into the dark, ugly, vile, cesspool that Donald Trump claims we already live in.
The right. Alt-right. Racists. Republicans. GOP, whatever the fuck your want to call their hatin’ asses, NEVER complained about the system while it was working in THEIR favor and they were running roughshod over the American people. Poor people. Black people. Latino people. Let’s go aaaaaaaaaawwwlllll the way back to Native people. But, the minute a black man was elected to the highest office in the land, the sky has fallen and shit has been in shambles ever since. Racist fucking code is spoken as if we are too fucking stupid to read between the lines! HA!!! And here we are. 2016. The black president is going to be followed by a WOMAN president. ANOTHER first. And the right ***AGAIN*** is going. FUCKING. crazy. “Black Democrats vote blue even when their party is working against their best interests!” Yea, well, I guess maybe Trailer Trash Trumpies are doing the same thing. They vote for Republicans who don’t give a flyin’ fuck about THEM. I guess that puts us all in the same boat, huh? I said a few days ago that I would like to think that we have more in common than we know. I would like to think that. And I would like to reach out to the Trumpies (who are gonna be hella salty when DJT gets demolished in the upcoming general election, for trying to run his tired-ass playbook from the primary IN said general election.) Yes, I would like to start on some kind of road to healing but then I remember the racist tweets. The protesters that have been punched and beaten. The angry and treasonous shirts…and bumper stickers and that White Lives Matter rally in Houston and the LIES they constantly tell and I remember: They don’t care about ME. They HATE me. And even though I am not even going to hate them back??? I’m not going to go out of my way to break bread with them. I’d rather get MY people ready for the 2018 midterms.
There’s work to be done.