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Black Versus In Love

Posted in Trending on August 10, 2018 by geniusscribbleink

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“We were never rivals. We were competitors. A rivalry means there is a victor and a vanquished. In this case, there was never either a victor or a vanquished, just competitors. A lot of times I’ve heard people tell what they thought they knew. Well, they don’t know (spit).”-Bill Russell

 

In Quentin Tarantino’s movie “Django Unchained”, the now infamous “Mandingo Fighting” scene that depicted two African-American men enthralled in a bare knuckle brawl to the death while their said slave masters watched on with unbridled joy and pride, was thought to be an over embellishment by the controversial director. Historians felt that slaves were way too valuable back then, so the idea of wanting to sacrifice a slave for the purpose of pure entertainment would be considered logically flawed due to the economical ramification that would soon follow. Albeit this depiction was said to have no historical bearing, I still find myself aligned with the notion that in theory this has always been a general practice as it pertains to the African-American contribution towards the world of entertainment. Often polished off with phrases of “who is better” or “who would win” or “who won the battle”, the practice of putting successful African-Americans up against one another as some sort bravado barometer has always existed and continues to thrive as some sort of additional entertainment bonus to this day. I am not naive when it comes to the world of sports in knowing that the proverbial measuring stick, which is just a fancy way of saying pissing competition, is often how ones’ greatness is truly measured. But not once do I recall hearing or seeing anyone pit Larry Bird against his white contemporaries or poll whether or not Drew Brees is more charitable than Tom Brady. It’s as if it is not enough to be just successful as an African-American, but you also have to destroy the same hued brethren or sister that is in close proximity to your success in order to define what “true success” is. My question is not only why is this a subscribed to practice, but also who is this practice designed to entertain? The crab mentality is described as meaning that “if I can’t have it, neither can you”. When the pinnacle of success is reached by anyone in the African-American culture, there always appears to be some sort of asterisk or critique maligned in accordance with those said achievements. These asterisks and critiques can only be viewed as a tool of divisiveness, as well as a mechanism of degradation at a heighten level. Continuously we see situations where a guy like Kelvin Benjamin who is willing come out and excoriate a guy he once considered a friend of his in Cam Newton, lending soundbytes of animus to the media, but for what purpose?  This only sets up a scene of confrontation with the hopes that we have another Mandingo Fighting scene evolve from it. The same applies to Lebron James and the opening of his I Promise school. The first measured action by the news outlets was to compare both his and Michael Jordan’s charitable contributions, by digging up Michael’s charitable tax returns in order to ask people to choose who was better at doing that as well.  These are the mental traps that will not allow success to be admired and celebrated within the African-American culture; but it also thwarts replication. That is the key word; replication. We lack the template to replicate because we are taught to envy and dismiss success with jealousy, rage and outright hate. So I ask, who does this benefit?  Who does this entertain?  These are the black versus in love, too bad we don’t have verses in loving one another instead of being in competition with one another. We were never rivals; people just tell what they want you to know.

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Finish Them!

Posted in Trending with tags on January 3, 2018 by geniusscribbleink

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Resolutions are the off-spring often birthed at the beginning of every New Year we advance into. I find myself not contemplating a new endeavor but more or less trying to exorcise some old demons that have taken refuge inside of my dwellings while living free of room and board.  I mean contrary to what we may believe as being a time of new endeavors, our true fight begins and ends with the restructuring of our foundation by first removing older cinder blocks that have exceeded their usage.  For me I have always been a person with loose ends that need to be tied up. You can ask my wife as I am the person who has the cologne bottles with very little left in them, but instead of throwing them out I tend to hold on to them until they create an excess of clutter atop our bathroom vanity.  For me this resonates not only with my cologne bottles, but it also spills over into other areas of my life. Not that I have a laundry list of incompletes in my life, as I am a person who in many ways is a task master, however we all have those ends on a loaf of bread that remain inside the packaging that we know has some purpose, but we allow it to linger inside the bag until it gets crusty and moldy to the point it ends up being useless. Well funny enough I do eat those ends of the bread, they act as the best means of a hot dog roll as it allows your condiments to not make your bread soggy (waste not want not).  So note that there is a purpose and a place for everything. So in finding a solution to the world’s outer crust issues, I still seek answers for the inner slices of bread in my life. Those inner slices representing the inner me. The inner me that is the dreamer, the creator, the artist and the overall thing that makes me tick as a man. So in lieu of this self-examination or introspective that is “me”, I concluded one thing as my theme for 2018 and that is to finish what I started. Time has always been of the essence, but no matter how many expensive watches you wear to be fashionable, those same watches will hold little to no weight in life when you are fashionably late for your destiny.  What hasn’t worked for you in the past, you should shed for the betterment of tomorrow. Allow no shackles to retain your forward movement. Allow no individual who does not better the advancement of your life, to hold debt markers on the wealth of your ingenuity. The time is now to “Finish Them” and move forward. No longer should you leave your stones of value unturned. Unearth your greatness so that it illuminates the world like a solar system. Let your inner core be the vibrant sun whose gravitational pull can help align all of your planetary completions. Here’s to a new you and a new beginning; but it starts with abandoning those things that never worked in your favor and replacing with the things you want to see in your life moving forward. But first you have to #mortal kombat finish them #2018

Somewhere I Read

Posted in News, Sports, Trending with tags , , , on September 28, 2017 by geniusscribbleink

 

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“All we say to America is be true to what you said on paper.”-Martin Luther King Jr.

 

The conclusion of “The Dream” that was Martin Luther King Jr’s open letter to the American people, has long been echoed through the hallowed hallways of American history. I would think that it would be difficult for anyone with auditory perception to not have heard the ground shaking voice of King, as his words of liberation and accountability always seem to find a way to touch the nerves of our hidden souls. To this very day I get chills when listening to his oratory pontification that forced even his greatest adversaries to not only stand at attention, but in fact it would be the very power of his vocal chords that would strike fear in their foundation to the point that he was of course assassinated in lieu of their fear of his empowerment.  It is the precursor to his death that inspired this blog entry, as I have been noticeably inactive in my writing not due to a lack of motivation, but more to the point that I usually write not for quantity or foot traffic, but I write for change in the hopes that my words can inspire a difference in this world. In our waking life, we are confronted by a plethora of issues causing social unrest at a regurgitated rate, as protest, bigotry, anger, violence and yes racism has engulfed our news cycle at an alarming continuum. If one was to blink, he or she would think this modern-day scorched Earth that is America was capsulated via cryopreservation in the mental temperament of the 1960’s.  Yes indeed history is repeating itself as we continue to search for sound leadership during this crisis, only to find empty rhetoric from a governing body of empty puppets serving under the guidance of a megalomaniac totalitarian.  Who will save us from ourselves this time?  A disturbing question as we dwell in a land of the misinformed, the misled and yes the miseducated.  I find myself searching for sound reasoning as well, as I decided that my best recourse was to revisit the temperament of the historical time frame of the 1960’s, and I found myself pausing at one of Martin Luther King Jr’s speeches. It so happens that this would be his final speech days before he was assassinated. It would dubbed as the “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech.

In reviewing the words from the “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech I came across a segment that I felt was apropos for one of today’s greatest controversy which is the protest by Colin Kaepernick regarding the kneeling during the presentation of the American flag during NFL games due to his belief that blacks and people of color are being oppressed in our country, a and are being victimized by being shot while being unarmed by rogue police officers who in turn receive no consequences for their actions within the judiciary process after said acts were committed.  Just to reiterate this was never about anything other than those things and was never an anti-anthem or an anti-military protest. This was a silent protest that evolved from him first sitting and then opting to kneel out of respect of a former military personnel who convinced him to kneel instead; to which Colin complied. But let us not rehash the entire scenario as it has been completely bludgeon to death. My real subject is not what he’s protesting as much as it is about his right to protest because it was written into the bylaws of this country. It is why I extracted this measure from King’s “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech where he stated the following: “If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions. Maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they hadn’t committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech.  Somewhere I read of the freedom of press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right. And so just as I say, we aren’t going to let dogs or water hoses turn us around, we aren’t going to let any injunction turn us around. We are going on.” I wish I could drop the mic right there and end this blog, but I must conclude my train of thought and lead you back to the proverbial well of reality. We do not live in China nor Russia, in fact Bruce Springsteen’s greatest hit loudly proclaimed our place of origin: “Born In The U.S.A”!  And being that this is our place of birth, there is nothing written in our bylaws that says our neighbors, co-workers, friends, enemies, pastors, politicians, fireman, policeman, religious zealot, racists, paying patron, season ticket holders, social media thug, white supremacist and et al I failed to list, gets to dictate what patriotism is let alone what freedom of speech and assembly should look like. Anyone who believes otherwise I challenge you to read. I challenge you to tell me what your moral meter is! I challenge you to ask yourself why your values should proceed the value of other fellow Americans living under the same inherited rights as you that is protected within the bylaws of this country. But most important who gave you the license to feel that in a land made up of a multitude of race, religions, genders and creeds do you think that there can only be one way?  If this is your train of thought and you believe there is only one way or else, then much like the fictional Siths who deal in only absolutes, you too are not an actual American. You actually want to live in China or Russia where there is one set of rules with no questions asked, because they have committed themselves to this type of logic. Perhaps it is time for you to rethink your location instead of asking fellow American’s to leave because you don’t like them disturbing something you can easily turn off for 30 seconds and reconvene afterwards. I must say the irony of ignorance is abundantly clear, as people are angry proclaiming they are avid patriots for America, but yet they still fail to know the laws which govern the country they are so proud of. Martin Luther King Jr. stated “I read somewhere”; well herein lies our greatest issue, he actually read the laws that govern our land that people are now choosing to ignore. And all the people who are protesting as citizens of these United States of America is asking is “be true to what you said on paper”. #it was written #on the mountaintop

Kaeptain America

Posted in Sports, Trending with tags , , , , , , , on July 24, 2017 by geniusscribbleink

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“Without its ideals — its commitment to the freedom of all men, America is a piece of trash!”-Steve Rogers

 

In my ode to the narrative voiceovers that use to accompany the heroic escapades of my comic book/cartoon heroes from my youth; I state the following:  “The last time we found our often ostracized, afro-centric textured hair hero (hero to some villain to others) he was enthralled in a treacherous battle versus the Hypocritical Avenging Obstructers who released a toxic nerve gas that was used to force him to stand on demand, rendering him with the inability to utilize his super gravitational kneeling powers.  What will come of our too black acting, lighter melano hero/villain?  Will he ever go back to being the crouching tiger he once was? Or will he succumb to the Hypocritical Avenging Obstructers who say that: “freedom is for some men, as long as it coincides with our ideals!”  Tune in for the captivating conclusion of Kaeptain America’s “Damn, Can’t A Brother Just Kneel Anymore?  Well who needs to tune in for next week when I can answer that question today, hell no you cannot kneel. But you can straight cold-cock a female and skull drag her like a venison carcass. Or if you are skilled enough, you can snuff a DJ for playing your least favorite song while wearing a half-shirt that shows off your ab rollers’ greatest achievement. And hey, let us not forget that you can go to an off-site training facility in Federal Prison and still come out and be celebrated and rewarded with a financial windfall because you visited a few animal shelters and talked to the kiddies.  Yes violence is no longer the deterrent from gainful employment the same way peaceful protesting is. So in essence you could basically shoot someone and keep your job if you run a 40 yard dash in 4 seconds flat, but if you run a 40 yard dash in 4 seconds flat and ask that people not shoot anyone, then you are setting a horrible precedence?  In fact let’s forget all of that nonsense for a second and just concentrate for a moment on the Hypocritical Avenging Obstructers. Yes the H.A.O. may be the true embodiment of Luciferication (yes a made up word), especially when the members of the H.A.O. who look like you (key in Michael Vick, key in Ray Lewis) decide to sit in judgment of the said actions of the hero/villain Kaeptain America (Colin Kaepernick) and advise him on conformity and behavior, when their checkered pasts are so checkered that they have to utilize a chess board in order to navigate through their obstructive complexities.  And for a less sophisticated analysis and irresponsible rhetoric by said the journalist who stated that Kaeptain America suffers from Stockholm Syndrome (key in Jason Whitlock) because he was raised by Caucasian parents (Colin Kaepernick is bi-racial last I checked, so either way he was going to be co-parented by a Caucasian and an African-American) which suddenly makes him a puppet for causes because he’s basically has to be told to be black because its unfathomable to think that he could have ever endured racism in a way that 100% pure blacks can. Let me the bearer of bad news for the idiots who prescribe to that notion. Being that I assisted in raising two beautiful bi-racial children, let me state emphatically that they face a far different type of racism than most, having difficulties at times of knowing where their place is, especially when they have to endure friends who don’t know they are half African-American and proceed to have bigoted conversations in their presence because they are unaware that one of their parents has a tan, simply because their skin is “passable” and show no traces of African-American heritage.  It is so easy to claim that your fist is in the air because you say your black and the hue matches the narrative, but when I look at Kaeptain America I see a young man whether you agree or disagree with his causes, who stands up to be counted instead of sitting in the comfort for safety. And because of that I applaud him tenfold. The minute you stand for something is the minute you lose your seat; therefore leaving you exposed and vulnerable to the watchful eyes of a seated audience.  I don’t know if Kaeptain America should be considered a hero or a martyr, but what I can say is that he is no criminal nor is he a villain at large. If anything he is a true American through and through. “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. This statement does not contain any asterisks. It didn’t state that if your hair is textured, or if you decide something is not for you that it suddenly makes you not an American. In fact it emphatically speaks out against inequality, stating that your creator created you in an individual brilliance to that of your own. So in the case of Kaeptain America, he was created in his own brilliance; and he was given instruction by the very country he resides in to seek out his individuality because he has life, he has the liberty to do so as long as it makes him happy. Anything less than that is trash, even a comic book hero knew that, so why doesn’t everyone else?  #freedom of all men

 

 

Our Future Is In The (Race) Cards

Posted in News, Trending with tags , , , , , on February 28, 2017 by geniusscribbleink

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“I’m not like a poker player. I’m not into bluff. My way is to look someone in the eye and tell them the way I’m intending to go. My cards are always on the table.”- Tori Amos
 

Into an Irish bar walks four strangers; two black men, an Italian man and a German man. Strangely enough there is no punchline, they actually walked into an Irish bar and sat together. How do I know this you ask?  Well it’s simple, I was one of the four that actually walked into the Irish bar. And if we are going to be clairvoyant, I actually broke the stereotypical chronology as it relates to black people and our punctuality because I actually arrived first, followed by our second group member who happened to also be black, leaving both of us to await our Irish and Italian friends who in fact were very late. Of course this denounces any and all stigmas moving forward within our immediate circle, especially being that we all dined on classic America cuisines of burgers, french-fries, pizza and beer. So to recap, no one did an ode to Michael Diamond and yelled “stick em up” nor did any of us let two (guns shots) fly. In fact no one even grabbed the piano player and punched him senselessly in the face like he stole something. The only real criminal moment was a classic “Welcome to NYC!” given to our brethren from Philadelphia who quickly found out that it is probably cheaper to try to purchase the remains of Johnny Cochran than it is to purchase a glass of Johnny Walker Blue in the middle of Manhattan ($51.00 ouch). So I know the question of the hour is what does any of this have to do with poker and more importantly why did the Beastie Boys have a little horsey in the first damn place? Yes all of these are valid and poignant questions indeed, so maybe I should elaborate a tad bit further. The four men (including me) that I mentioned previously were actually strangers for the most part meeting each other for the first time after befriending one another on a basketball blog (Alan Hahn’s Knicks Fix) over mutual, shared (insane as well) passion for the New York Knicks. Well one could conclude that we are adjoined by a lack of sensibility as it pertains to the Knicks, but hey get your own blog this is a no judgment zone no matter how pathetic and troubled our fandom is as this Knicks life is not for the faint at heart. But in any or event, what started off as casual basketball rhetoric among a group of men, turned into a wonderful brotherhood that has since expanded well beyond our interest in just the Knickerbockers. We debate all types of topics from the likes of politics, music and sports. We also empathize with the struggles that we all face as human beings as well. But if there is one thing that is never debated it is our laughter and our genuine enjoyment of one another’s company.  Now this is not meant to be a mushy Hallmark moment so Tito does not have to run and get me some damn tissues. This is more of an emphatic statement that character far outweighs color. As I set my focus in on the future at hand, I revisit my blog posts of the past and to be honest I was beginning to tire in having to focus in on race as a subject matter way too often. In fact I started writing less about that subject, as well as current events, as our divisiveness had become so prevalent and nauseating to the point that I declared in my husky mimicking of a phraseology coined by Christopher Wallace that “you don’t hear me though”.  I stress often how powerful education is and how moving towards a healing process requires dialogue and truth. But unfortunately what we are getting is more dysfunctional, hyperbolic rhetoric that tends to feed the nature of disruption and discourse. You are either part of a solution or you are part of the problem they say, well I will go a step further in stating that you are the problem if you are not attempting to find a solution. I was troubled in watching how things unfolded in the Charles Oakley incident in Madison Square Garden. I will never claim to ever understand what transpired between both he and James Dolan and frankly it is none of my business. But in a world of video and live television, the aftermath to place right inside our living rooms whether we wanted it to or not. But for me the real aftermath or nuclear mushroom cloud that truly occurred was what took place after the incident was all over. To place this egregious incident under the guile of racism is one of the most irresponsible things I have ever seen, as it is the crying of wolves which in turn dilutes the true treachery that was endured by African-American ancestry in this country some 400 years plus. Charles Oakley was not Nat Turner, in fact he wasn’t even Nat King Cole. He is a man who had past indiscretions and this is one that was now added to his lengthy dossier. Same applies to James Dolan, who is not David Duke in disguise, he’s just an unattached billionaire who never had to learn any social skills because he could buy his social skills as well as his friends. Perfect storm of ignorance? Yes. Slave owner whooping Toby? Bull shit. This is what is wrong with America today and why we have a person in office who campaigned on utilizing the race card to his advantage and we are now seeing other groups pulling out that same card like it’s a Black Amex (not sure if that’s politically correct anymore) to push their agendas as well. Is race a relevant subject? Yes. But is everything always racially motivated? No. Hence why my blog started out about four men, all from different backgrounds, different religions, different regions and different age groups and we somehow managed to befriend each other and see character over color. And my question is why we were able to get along so well as strangers and never have race become an issue?  And why is it that people in this country allow others to deliver race as vehicle and then decide to become a passenger in that same car knowing damn well that it is heading towards an inevitable crash that will end with fatalities?  This is the irresponsible way we as Americans are now portraying our lives. Nowadays everyone is a victim of oppression and destitute when in fact a majority of our problems are ones that are self-inflicted. We all have a choice to either do something or do nothing, but we cannot ever choose to be victims of circumstances that we can indeed have full control over. It’s time to put your cards face down on the table and stop bluffing with the race card or what I describe as the actual trump card that is often utilized as a last second hoorah to salvage a losing hand. In this case, there are no winners at the round-table when racism becomes a bluff and you decide slide all of your chips to the middle of the table on a terrible gamble. This is one bet we all cannot afford to lose. #one lonely beastie I be #knicks o.g.

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Amerikkka’s Nightmare: The Bi-Racial Child

Posted in Trending with tags , , , , on September 23, 2016 by geniusscribbleink

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“Men do not love those who remind them of their sins unless they have a mind to repent—and the mulatto child’s face is a standing accusation against him who is master and father to the child.”-Frederick Douglas (My Bondage and My Freedom)

Frederick Douglass stated:  “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”, thus providing us with the notion that there is still hope in this world and it starts with that of our youth. I for one believe that what we are witnessing in this modern-day calamity is a product of a crossroad or pinnacle that we have reached in this country that is ushering in that of a new generation as opposed to that of an old guard that has for centuries on end found itself atop a food chain or class system that has provided a certain level of comfort and assured legacy. Let me preference that the white versus black narrative is an old standby answer that is preached to that of the feeble-minded. Civil Rights was achieved through what I deem as the hands of many, all made up of different hues and different backgrounds. This alone is why my blog title can exist and it further highlights the premise that African-Americans and Caucasian-Americans can exist as well as cohabitate, as we are seeing what I deem as Amerikkka’s (not to be confused with America) Nightmare finally coming to fruition.

You may ask yourself whether or not I am concluding that there are two Americas? The answer to that is yes. Post-Civil Rights, we find a new America that is working to become inclusive and tolerant in its young sixty-two years of existence as opposed to that of its predecessor, the Pre-Civil Rights Amerikkka which lasted some four hundred plus years that was baptized in slavery, white supremacy and intolerance. What we seldom highlight is how young Civil Rights is. To believe that this “America” version is going to be suddenly balanced and the void of social injustices is the thought process to that of the naïve thinker. The parents of my generation are in their 60’s, which means we have leftovers from the Pre-Civil Rights Amerikkka that is a product of slavery, white supremacy and intolerance, who are still effecting the social climate of this Post-Civil Rights America. This impedes and retards true social change, as we have an old guard’s mind set in a newfangled world that is accepting of ideologies that were once thought of as being blasphemous. Among those unaccepted ideologies was the idea of bi-racial children existing in the forefront of America culture. We saw for two centuries the refuted denial of Thomas Jefferson fathering children with Sally Hemings who was a slave woman at his Monticello dwellings, only to find out circa 1998 by way of DNA testing done by Dr. Eugene Foster that Thomas Jefferson did in fact father six of her children. Of course this claim was pushed to be refuted again by the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society, further showing the lengths by which people are willing to go in order to preserve the idea that these said acts could not have happened, especially when a founding father is involved that happens to be of Caucasian decent.  So to state that it was shameful to have a bi-racial child or children Pre-Civil Rights Amerikkka is probably not laying enough emphasis on the magnitude of this so-called social discretion during this era. I liken this to a common phrase that states that this is in fact Pre-Civil Rights Amerikkka’s “dirty little secret”. But much like every secret, what is done in the dark is assured to be exposed into the light at some point in time. What was once an Amerikkka that refuted the notion that African-Americans and Caucasian-American’s could coexist, now finds a Post-Civil Rights America that finds themselves existing for the most part in unison, but most importantly they are cohabitating in unison. I will take it a step further in stating that not only has this Post-Civil Rights America seen cohabitation between that of the African-American and Caucasian American, we have come to find that at least three products of that cohabitation are effecting the social climate in a way yet to be seen. Barack Obama, Jesse Williams and Colin Kaepernick, all products of interracial relationships and all are impacting America in a way that has become a nightmare for those leftovers from the preexisting Amerikkka that wish to hold on to their archaic ideas and belief systems. What was once the “dirty little secret” is now America’s greatest gift in providing a soundtrack to Rodney King’s declaration of “Can we all get along?” What I find amazing is the fact that when we do get along the children that are born as a result of these relationships turn out to be some of the most intelligent and most beautiful people on the planet. From Bob Marley and Alicia Keys to Lenny Kravitz and Grant Hill, all have uniquely impacted the world in a way like no other. This is the secret that the old Amerikkka does not want you to see. They do not want to see the races intermingle because it will spell out their annihilation and imminent doom.  This is their worst nightmare coming true. The bi-racial child. Amerikkka’s true nemesis. #shout out to my nephew who is beautiful and bi-racial

No I(dolatry) in Kaepernick

Posted in News, Sports, Trending with tags on August 30, 2016 by geniusscribbleink

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“Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.”-1 Corinthians 10:14

 

Actress Q’orianka Kilcher stated:  “I love the power of celebrity because you can give voice to the voiceless.”  I guess the real question at hand is, who exactly are these voiceless people? I mean I have a strong voice that can carom off a wall like a set of Bose speakers, so I guess that would make me not a voiceless person or does that make me merely a person who is just extremely loud at times? So does that eliminate me from being included in the so-called voiceless people of the world?  I mean we all have the ability to say what we want, to be what we want and to act as we want as it is our God-given right and by all accounts our said freedom and our way of life according to the mantra of the country we reside in. Freedom, justice and equality, you cannot beat the power that resonates in a statement so bold, so forward and so fair. Certainly this proclamation in itself is not voiceless as it speaks of a way of life we are afforded by claiming residency in these here United States of America. So my question remains vehement in soliciting answers as to who could be voiceless living under the pretenses of a country who eats apple pie while standing on the trifecta pillars of freedom, justice and equality. It almost would appear blasphemous that such an absurdity of being “voiceless” could exist in today’s society. We live in an era of the communicator, where at the mere click of a single button you can get a message across the world having to never leave the comfort of your favorite arm-chair. We are living in a technologically savvy world that allows one to view the entire planet in a microscopic fashion, so much that even if you live in an encapsulated environment/own little bubble, you can be just as informed and as aware of any atrocities or grandeur that is occurring in any place at any given moment. In saying this, one would think that there is no realistic reason to be the void of apathy. If you can see it or read it then you are indeed informed. In surmising the notion that we are in fact “informed” and we in a nutshell have an “eye in the sky” watching over the vast world we dwell upon, then I am still asking: “Why are there still voiceless people in this world”?  Maybe (just maybe) I am approaching this the wrong way.  Maybe my angle is too forward and less provocative, so I am going to approach this in and entirely different manner. If no one is voiceless and these same individuals live in a free, just and equal society, then the real question is “Why is there no one listening to them?” If we are indeed a society of values and standards and we are said to believe in being patriotic in our prideful display as Americans, then why are there voiceless people here. Our pledge states:  “One nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all”. Then I ask my fellow Americans, when a section of Americans are not receiving these same liberties and justice stated in our national pledge, then what is this saying about who we are at our very core if this is not indeed righted? Racism tends to be the cheapest way to expense off the debt of the non-humanitarian. Lines are often drawn in the sand whenever a person of color is outspoken regarding the integrity of America, often having their entire history from their financials to their family lineage exploited in the media for dissection and ridicule. Yet when those same exact proclamations are pronounced by those who lack the melanin hue in their skin, often results in them being praised as being “patriotic” or “saying it like it is”. The newsflash is not a really a newsflash in these particular cases. Americans are just more enamored with race idolatry as opposed to being enamored with acting like a humanitarian who is trying to align themselves with the words of God. Samuel Johnson once stated that “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” The Enlightenment Thinkers often viewed patriotism as being similar to faith but in strong opposition of one another. Here we have a young man of mixed racial lineage with his biological father being African-American and his biological mother being Caucasian, who was in turn adopted by a Caucasian family with a German surname of Kaepernick. He is the quintessential melting pot that is America and is living the true “American Dream” as not only being raised by an ethnic village, but he also has obtained incredible wealth in the process. His crux you ask? He had an opinion and decided to voice that to America under the guile of being free in his seeking of justice and equality for those he believe are not getting what this country asks that we pledge our commitment to as citizens every day. Why is this considered criminal?  Why is Colin Kaepernick suddenly less patriotic and considered cantankerous because he is making the choice as a free person and as an American to speak out against what he is considered an injustice? Most importantly is how dare someone try to own the definition of patriotism while reprobating Colin Kaepernick in the process. These acts are indeed synonymous with that of the scoundrel. Idolatry is defined as the: “immoderate attachment or devotion to something”. Immoderate is described as being excessive or extreme. Colin Kapernick is obsessed with helping people, while his opposition is obsessed with campaigning against him for his supposed lack of respect for an anthem and a flag. Colin Kaepernick has spoken openly that his stance was also about military personnel that are not being taken care of by its own government as well. Whether one agrees or disagrees with his stance, it is their inalienable right to do so, but no one owns the term patriot and no one owns America. There’s no idolatry in Kapernick, but how much idolatry is in you?  #humanitarian