This past year has been scary, the number of police killings on black teens have increased. The election has brought the hate and bigotry out of our fellow neighbors. And somehow we have been forced to choose sides.
A few weeks ago you may or may not have heard about the major floods that occurred in Houston. One of our country's most populated cities. If you haven't heard about it, I wouldn't be surprised. Unless you were really in tune with national news, all you heard about was the NBA playoff series. Now this was quite a huge event, 240 billion gallons of rain poured down from the sky in one county. Seven people died and 1200 people had to be rescued. Yet, it was rarely talked about it.
After 9/11, the airport security became stricter and more invasive. It was a response to a growing fear of another Terrorist attack and as a result the TSA and Department of Homeland Security were created. We've spent nearly a trillion dollars on homeland security since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and people are starting to question whether or not they are as beneficial as they claim.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that the war on drugs was perpetrated to imprison educated, enlightened black men. This came as no surprise for those who are aware of the government and it's long history of institutionalized racism. Unfortunately, it didn't ignite a conversation that needed to be had on how to reprimand the enforcers and how to compensate those who fell victim to this system.
Right now, there is a crisis going on in Venezuela. Nearly one person is murdered every 20 minutes. At a whopping 25,000 violent murders per year, Venezuela can be labeled as one of the most chaotic places on earth. With food shortages, hyperinflation, a dire health care system and constant power outages, Venezuela is inhabitable for even the most resourceful citizens. Why?
Imagine you're an employee at a successful retail store. You work there for a few years and the owner acknowledges you as a great employee who deserves a better position. You're hired as an assistant manager. Now you know just as much about running the store as him so he sends you to run the new store. You work like an owner but get paid an hourly rate of $4 above minimum wage. All the profits go to the owner. You do all the work but you make less than .02% of the earning while the owner earns over 75% of it.
Now escalate it to a larger scale where 10% of the population works for 75% of the country's income while the other 90% of the world only earns 25% of that income. Also, take note that the 90% does most of the hard work. The elite wants you believe this is capitalism. An economical system that is supposed to give you your fair share based on how hard you work but I'd like to call it Feudalism. It's is something that’s been going on worldwide for centuries. It’s the hidden system that’s remained in power since the Middle ages and it's even more powerful today than it was back then because you don't know it's still occurring.
We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.
Martin Luther King...
Earlier this month, a young man named Andrew Jones was denied access to his graduation because he violated the school dress code that condemned beards. According to the school, beards disrupts a healthy learning environment and other young men followed the rules so they didn't want to make an exception for him. The fact that they believe that a lack of beard equals clean and neat says something in itself but it's clear that this represented more than a rebellion against the school policy. This young man wasn't banned because he had a beard. He was banned because he wore dreads. He embraced his culture and they didn't want to let him enjoy his moment despite graduating Valedictorian. This is not something that can be reversed. He worked hard all year and didn't receive what was deserved. A chance to celebrate with his peers and walk across that stage. I want to use this incident as an example of how often we are discouraged from embracing our heritage. It is time that we reverse the lack of pride and learn about the strength in our melanin features. Starting with our hair.
When I first started my undergraduate studies under the criminal justice major, I was required to read a book titled, Last Man Standing: The Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt written by Jack Olsen. This book was life changing. It painted a completely different picture of the Black Panthers and what they stood for. Since then I was completely obsessed with the activism of the Black Panthers. To me, they were the epitome of advancement of the colored people.
They knew their rights inside and out.
They were self- educated on the history of Black Americans.
They created programs to feed children breakfast.
They had drug prevention programs for addicts.
They were aggressive and not once did they express an agenda to discriminate against other minorities.
By this blog, you probably have an inkling as to where I stand when it comes to race and politics. Dr. Umar Johnson does an amazing job further expressing my opinion on this issue. I don't trust our government. This country was built on oppression and those who are in power have done a lot to sustain our role as minorities.