What We REALLY Lost On Tuesday

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Tuesday night sucked… hard. The progressive movement suffered a number of losses but none more important that our loss of faith in the Democratic party as a whole.

I’m finished begging the Democratic party or anybody else to pay attention to issues that matter to me and people who look like me. I’m not going to concede in fear of Trump; if he wins it’s our own damn fault for ignoring the cries of the 99% and divesting from education, industry, and infrastructure for far too long… My generation is a casualty of trickle down economics, austerity, shitty foreign trade policy, a 15 year war, regressive racism, and the continued misguided political decisions of our predecessors…We have every right to be angry about the condition of world we are to inherit. I refuse to reward negative behavior and give up the rights my grandparents so viciously fought for me to have.

If my Grandfather were alive I know who he’d vote for…

If King were alive I know who he’d vote for …

I’m not a sell out. I’m not a sore loser whose pride is blocking a vote for Hillary…

I’m honoring my ancestors legacy by standing tall in principle surrounded by those stooped over in huddled pragmatism.

I am not easily knocked down… There is just too much on the line to be disillusioned by the expected voter and information¬† suppression accompanied by election fraud. Those of us who know that 4 more years of the same could end in unspeakable tragedy for so many understand that we have to ride this thing until the wheels fall off.¬† I am still on board with Bernie Sanders and if the stars align I’ll be in Philly this July channeling my Ancestors, and the millions of people who just want a fair shot at a decent life. Yes, Tuesday was disappointing but if we pull this off wouldn’t it make for a great read for future generations who will reflect bewildered by our society’s prolonged lack of empathy. I can’t wait till all of this feels like a lifetime ago but until then keep calm and Bern on.

 

200 years ago? Try 20 minutes.

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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.

OH LORD JESUS! THE PRESIDENT WORE A TAN SUIT! (THE DAY THE INTERNET FAILED )

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By LAUREN CROOM

I have to admit, I did do a double take when I saw the P.O.T.U.S step to the podium for today’s press conference. I was actually refreshed by the change of pace in suit color choice, but I was far more focused on his words than his tailors handywork. However,  it appears the rest of cyberspace wasn’t so interested in the update on impending war.

I can’t begin to express the inner turmoil I experienced scrolling through my Facebook timeline and Twitter feed. In some cases, wit prevailed over my militant side, and I chuckled a bit at the playful diggs some tossed about. On the other hand, the overwhelming focus on something so trivial and frankly, pretty normal, drove me to think maybe the criticism was more intense for the very reason our President is ALWAYS over criticized; his beautiful (now Martha’s Vinyard bronzed) tan….

Smh… Either way it’s sad that supposedly legitimate news outlets are now covering the press conference with this spin.

Check out this piece on the ordeal in The Daily Banter for an in depth analysis of our countries lack of in depth analysis… and a pretty awesome picture of plaid….