Is it just me? I was both excited by our president’s candor but immediately dejected and shrunken when he said “200 or 300” years… I had just experienced racial profiling 20 or 30 mins before I heard the quote. Slavery and Racism didn’t just up and decide to die after “Emacipation” … Ask the Black Americans who were in elected government positions as the national guard left the South post reconstruction … or the generations of Black men who built Birmingham, and other cities like it, working chain gangs as rented prisoners; serving sentences on trumped up charges… Ask those who were critically ill but turned away from all white hospitals less than 50 years ago… Ask my Grandfather who couldn’t legally vote until after he was an established business man and had fathered my uncle and a few aunts…No slavery still exists… just by a different name my sweet hearts… It hasn’t gone anywhere…The mask of racism has just slipped under the skin instead of over it… and folks are up in arms over our President using a word that isn’t on the FCC sensor list…riddle me this: Why ISN’T that word on the sensor list? Hmmm… maybe because it was used in everything from census records to vaudeville to Mark Twain novels… Don’t be offended that he said the word, be offended by why he had to and why old Dixie is still flying over the South Carolina capital building.
So as usual I stumbled upon an article in CITY LAB that basically highlights the reason I have to focus my thoughts and meditate so incredibly hard every morning before I leave the house…Why, Money (or the lack there of) of course!
A new study, highlighted by the article provides data and figures that display the disparities between stagnating earnings and the “soaring” cost of housing all around the country.
Whilst I read the article, I couldn’t help but wonder how hard it would be to survive as a Single Mother in Los Angeles without my beloved Superpower.
What, you may ask, is this so-called “Superpower”?
Survival… I’m a born survivalist. There isn’t a situation that I have been placed in that I couldn’t find a Houdini like escape from. Much like Superman when exposed to the sun… I have only grown stronger the more exposed I am to adversity. Repeated and unforgiving poverty is just the latest of arch nemesis’ I have had to face.
When I read an article like this I understand that these numbers aren’t what they seem. They aren’t simply statistics. The numbers that erect these figures and tables represent other “Super humans” who, like myself are doing what they have to do to make due with what scraps they are given. Basically we are finding ways to create gourmet meals out of boxed mac-n-cheese every night.
Still, it is startling that these are just a slim sliver in the staggering stack of statistics …(ok, that alliteration cannot be ignored) that show us what America looks like in this seemingly “post-recession” delusional state. America’s ranking in STEM Education an Standard of living are all far lower and our ranking in Infant Mortality, Suicide, Domestic Terrorism, are all up in our more progressive “1st world” peers. What is growing clearer with each quarter of data it that this “top-down system”, in which things get more expensive but working hard pays less and less in comparison, is not sustainable.
Tupac’s words on Kendrick Lamar’s Mortal Man really seem prophetic right now:
” KENDRICK: I always wanted to ask you about a certain situa-, about a metaphor actually, you spoke on the ground. What you mean ‘bout that, what the ground represent?
TUPAC: The ground is gonna open up and swallow the evil. That’s how I see it, my word is bond. I see and the ground is the symbol for the poor people, the poor people is gonna open up this whole world and swallow up the rich people. Cause the rich people gonna be so fat, they gonna be so appetizing, you know what I’m saying, wealthy, appetizing. The poor gonna be so poor and hungry, you know what I’m saying it’s gonna be like… there might be some cannibalism out this mutha, they might eat the rich”.
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe that people in my circumstance (or worse) feel compelled to pull out the hot sauce and sauerkraut just yet, but I do believe he has a point.
The poor are this country’s ground…this country’s foundation. If we can’t afford the basics of life what happens to the foundation? If a future Steve Jobs or Wozniak for that matter has to drop out of school before his breakthrough, not because he’s created the next big thing, but because he can’t afford to pay for the class that will inspire him…what then?
Our numbers are down for a reason…because our people feel beat down. Business 101: Take care of your people and they’ll take care of you. If we empower the average Woman (or Man) and take away his worry about (at the very least) health care and education costs, we can hit the reset button on this country’s…i don’t know… pretty much EVERY FUCKING THING!
If You are still reading this can we PLEASE take over the world? Thanks.
Wow! So you mean to tell me that until 1998 there were no female equivalent “machines and mechanisms” to help protect our sexual anatomy during surgery? That is insane…. What that says to me is that Men have made sure they protect their junk, but to medical professionals (Females included) the clitoris ( the female pleasure and sense organ) can be routinely placed in harm’s way during common procedures like hysterectomies. hmm…Learn something new everyday.
Growing up…I transitioned from an all black private school to an all white public school… My lips were too big and my curly “Ms. Frizzel” hair (as they used to call it) was made fun of all because I actually had a top lip and my hair wasn’t like their long dull straight hair… Now…watching this I am most disturbed by the fact that the women making the video have zero idea that they are culturally appropriating the nuances of beauty that woman of color are taught to dislike about themselves. Until I grew to love who I am, I would straighten my hair and subdue my features… It’s almost like they are saying our beauty traits are a “style” or “fad” and really only attractive, cute, or unique when they rock them… Feel Free to post an opposing view… if you have one…I will counter whatever it is with sunless tanner and pictures of Bo Derek with cornrows…
Check out the article I got the videos from written by my friend Carla Thomas of STYLE & GRACE
They could have struck a bystander…this is just crazy
The police shooting of a Mexican national in Pasco, Washington, has drawn local protests and international outrage—and has raised fears of what one official said could be “another Ferguson.”
Dan Blasdel, the coroner of Franklin County, said the controversy surrounding the shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, a 35-year-old native of Michoacán, Mexico, was enough to warrant a coroner’s inquest, which is when a “jury is presented evidence of the shooting and decides whether the officers were justified in their use of deadly force,” according to the Seattle Times.
That rarely used inquest would then make a recommendation to the county prosecutor.
He added: “We don’t want another Ferguson here in Pasco,” referring to the St. Louis suburb where the officer-related death of teenager Michael Brown sparked weeks of protests and international scrutiny on the small municipality.
Zambrano-Montes’s run-in with police on February 10 occurred after he was throwing rocks at…
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“Ok, soooo the awards are mine? It’s official? Let me drop this single on um right quick”
Sheesh… I’m with EVERYTHING HE SAYS… EVERYTHING…
Poetry at it’s rawest, Kendrick pulled my heart out with this one.
Is it wrong that I’m all smiles over this…?