When Police Chief O’Neill announced that police officer Daniel Pantaleo was terminated from the NYPD some thought that should be enough to satisfy Eric Garner’s family and the calls for justice. Why it took five years to come to this decision is simple.
The NYPD never wants to find any of its employees guilty of doing anything wrong on/off the job. When you have any organization that investigates itself alone, there should be no surprise when that organization continuously finds no wrong doing on its part, even and especially when someone’s life has been taken away and unnecessarily so.
For too long police have been used to getting away with murder, literally. For too long they have been paid while under investigation after killing someone unjustly while the blue wall rally’s to cover up for it. The mainstream media (also in cahoots with law enforcement) attack the victim’s character, name and/or reputation as justification for an unnecessary killing of an unarmed man (at least six more officers were involved in Eric Garner’s public lynching) while defending the actions of the police saying we must be calm, we’re not to react, we’re not to react with violence, and wait for the wheels of justice to turn.
Defending our selves is a must every second of every day everywhere in this world. Being vigilant, but also relentless in our pursuit of justice and accountability is an absolute must.
A silver lining to this development is that this murdering officer doesn’t get to collect a pension from our tax paying dollars to live on after having done what he did. The other officers involved should have also been fired. Pantaleo’s firing does send a message but is far from doing anything really substantive in the way of restitution to the Garner family. How do you replace a life taken? You simply can’t. There’s no amount of money that can absolve that heinous sin.
What I’d like to see happen afterward is that Pantaleo be personally sued for Eric Garner’s death and held liable to support Mr Garner’s children and widow for the rest of his life. Would that ever happen? Given the track record of how justice has gone for us in America and around the world most likely not.
For the first time in a long time a good news outcome occurred in the long road to justice for Matthew McCree. Many of us remember in the last 2 years the harrowing story of a young 15 year old Matthew McCree who was fatally stabbed inside a classroom in a public high school in the Bronx.
Since then the school has been shut down. Matthew’s killer Abel Cedeno also stabbed another student Ariane Laboy almost killing him as well as leaving him in a coma for 2 days following the deadly stabbing of his fellow classmate Matthew McCree. Both kids were younger than the then 18 year old Abel Cedeno.
Initially I thought this would be a jury trial but as it turns out, from the outset Cedeno and his scumbag lawyers had waived their right to a jury trial and opted for a judge to rule over the case in the vein hopes that the judge would buy their ridiculous argument of a justified killing in self defense of Cedeno. What I felt and suspected was the truth of the case the judge also saw plain as day. Abel Cedeno while we won’t dispute may or may not have been bullied, was certainly not the daily bullying victim of a 3 years his junior Matthew McCree nor Ariane Laboy.
Abel Cedeno struggled as most LGBT youth do with coming to terms with their sexual identity and being open with that in a high school setting. Did he suffer bullying? I believe absolutely he must have to a certain degree. How much we can never really know other than to hear him tell it or listen to the accounts of fellow classmates and students who knew of all 3 students at Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx. As a former Bronx resident this case hit home.
Growing up in the Boogie down is no walk in the park and I’m sure almost everyone has been subject to bullying at some point in school. How we respond to those events and how the faculty and parents do as well is critical in having those issues resolved without heinous outcomes such as what occurred in this case. That being said the difference here is that the climate of America has lent to this narrative that any “black” or “Afro -American” person (man, woman, or child) is fair game to target for killing and injustice because the legacy of America has allowed it.
The defense attorneys for Abel Cedeno as well as he and his family counted on it in this case. They lied, defamed, slandered, and victim blamed the deceased 15 year old claiming he was a gang member knowing full well he was not while his mother Louna Denis was left to endure the heartache and turmoil and hope against hope and pray that justice would be had for her son Matthew. What happened wasn’t just a tragedy it was preventable. In my opinion the school let all of the students down but like so many inner city schools the kids are an after thought. It’s only when something violent occurs that they decide to change policies and act.
When I was a kid going to school growing up in the Bronx my high school had 3 phases of metal detection before you even got to first period. By my junior year of high school we already had the metal detection plus ID cards for every student that had to be scanned at the time of entry into the building. The scans noted date and time of entry. Why this wasn’t implemented in the Urban Assembly School for Conservation of Wildlife is beyond me considering my high school days were back in the 90’s. It is crystal clear that because of the gross negligence of the school and it’s staff it warranted being shut down following Matthew’s murder.
The judge in this case saw through all of the deceit of the defense and used clear judgement to reach a verdict of guilty on all counts in the case. Abel Cedeno faces a maximum of 25 years in prison for the killing of Matthew McCree. My hope is that he receives the maximum (which is still too light a sentence) given the fact he will see daylight and have the opportunity to be out in society again while Matthew McCree’s life is permanently ended at just 15 years of age.
Just let that sink in. A grown man by legal definition at 18 years of age premeditated bringing a weapon to school to use against anyone he perceived would be a bully to him (due to his sexual orientation) and then seeking provocation, killed a classmate 3 years younger than him and almost killed another 2 years younger.
Why is he not charged with 2nd degree murder? Why is he not charged with premeditated murder when he clearly purchased the weapon prior to the killing and his family acknowledging that they knew he purchased the weapon prior to taking it to school and killing Matthew McCree and critically stabbing Ariane Laboy? The desperation of Cedeno’s defense even went so far as to claim that video evidence existed to bolster the claim of self defense.
That video turned out to be a blurry edited video released to the media who ran with it and put it out for pubic consumption to sway public opinion that the killing was justified. What the low lives didn’t know was that someone else had the full unedited cell phone video showing Abel Cedeno as the aggressor and attacker in the classroom not the elaborate lie they told the media and public that Abel was fighting for his life when he fatally stabbed Matthew and critically stabbed Ariane Laboy.
The outcome of this case as far as the guilty verdict goes brings some sense of closure for Matthew McCree and his mother but that won’t be fully known until sentencing of Abel Cedeno. No matter what he’s sentenced to it will never bring Matthew back. I hope that every day he’s in prison he really thinks about the events and his choices that led up to him being imprisoned and rightfully so.
I hope that Ariane Laboy fully recovers and can give us his account of what happened that day and what he plans to do with his life since he survived Abel’s attack. I hope that uniform policies are adopted to which every single high school nation wide has metal detectors in it and dedicated staff and guidance counseling to deal directly with bullying.
If nothing else this case gives a little glimmer of hope that there is justice to be had for us. I shudder to think though had Abel Cedeno been a Caucasian male from a family with money would this outcome have occurred? Fortunately that isn’t an issue to have to wrestle with in this case.
Hats off to the judge in this case and more importantly to Louna Denis who stayed the course and fought and fought and fought for justice until she got it for her son. This case should have been a national headline and a call to change things in schools across the country. Hopefully it won’t be forgotten in the foreseeable future and things will change for the better.
The one thing I can take away from this case is Accountability was made an example here not an excuse. If only the judicial system could have done the same for Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Oscar Grant, Amidou Diallo and countless others. Our lives have value, meaning, and purpose. God sees us all.
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: The Stand Your Ground Law & It’s Implications
By now everyone in the U.S has probably heard of the Stand Your Ground Law (unless you live under a rock) which was brought to public consciousness with the high profile murder case of George Zimmerman who gunned down 17 year old Trayvon Martin in his father’s neighborhood in Florida back in 2012. George Zimmerman a disgusting excuse for a human-being whose prejudice & racist attitude coupled with the use of the “Stand Your Ground Law” allowed him to basically get away with murdering an African American kid. Make no mistake, a 17 year old is still just a kid. This was a grown man with a hatred of people of color and the desire to become law enforcement who failed to become an officer of the law despite his numerous attempts.
His unhealthy obsession with becoming a police officer drove him to study criminal justice and self defense in particular because he wanted to have a legal means of killing people of color. Despite all the facts of the case America’s stubborn racist mindset and rigged judicial system along with “Lord Voldemort” himself Mark O’Meara convinced a jury that only one person was allowed to use the Stand Your Ground Law when the confrontation occurred between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin.
Due to his death at the hands of George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin was unable to testify that he was stalked, attacked, wrestled to the ground as he fought valiantly for his life and ultimately shot at point blank range by George Zimmerman in the dark of night while rain fell.
Without rehashing all the details of that night the implications are clear. If you are a person of color and in particular an African American male/female child or adult, young or old, your life can be taken (without remedy) by anyone be it an ordinary citizen or a police officer. Open season was declared with the not guilty verdict. How did America allow this to happen? The answer is America has always allowed this to happen. Her soil is saturated and drunken full with the blood and bodies of innumerable African American people while the judicial system regards their lost lives as foot notes not worthy of mention and rightfully taken by anyone who sees fit to do so.
People can point to the “holocaust” it’s survivors and the descendants of survivors with empathy and remembrance along with monetary compensation for them to help with their recovery from those concentration camps. Under former President Obama, America gave $12 million dollars to “Jewish” holocaust survivors and/or their descendants. What do people point to when it comes to the innumerable number of African/Afro – American lives lost to slavery, rape, murder, public lynching, Jim Crow, & convict leasing programs not to mention the mass incarceration of Afro-Americans brought on by the Clinton era? Nothing…not a peep.
“Stand Your Ground” is just another legal affront to African American people and should be stricken from the law books. One should not be afforded the protections of Stand Your Ground” when initiating a conflict and then claiming self defense to justify murder. Do you notice when a person of color tries to use “Stand Your Ground” that defense isn’t allowed? What are we to do? As it stands we’re currently damned if we do, double damned if we don’t. Perhaps with backs to the wall the answer is (if there is no legal recourse or protection for African-American people) to arm yourselves anyway. Personally, I think it better to have a chance at self defense than no defense at all. Fuck a system that doesn’t give a shit whether you live or die so long as money can be made off your talents, your labor, your physical body, your life, your property, and your intellect. This onslaught can’t go on unchecked and unchallenged.
What I know from experience is that it’s only when you stand up for yourself that people respect you. What incentive is there to change anything if the people affected aren’t willing to fight for the change?
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: America 2017: What’s Changed? What’s Changing?
If you ask this question to most people you come across I’d like to think they’d reply “Well a lot”. In my humble opinion not much has changed. This country’s history is a rich, flawed and abhorrent one from the past till now. Have there been many victories? Yes. Have there been many losses? Yes.
Victory: America elects first Black President of the United States
Loss: America follows by electing Donald Trump his successor.
Victory: Muhummad Ali refuses to be drafted for Vietnam & pays heavy price for his refusal yet ultimately becomes the social conscience blueprint of the modern day professional athlete thinking outside of sports & celebrity to impact others not just his own bottom line. He is immortalized in the minds, hearts, and memory of the historians because of the stance he took at the peak of his celebrity and prime of his professional fighting career. He served jail time and later returned after 3 years in prison to fight and reclaim his rightful title as Heavyweight Champ of the world which was stripped from him for his refusal to be drafted.
Loss: NFL chooses to blackball Colin Kaepernick for exercising his right to protest the killing of unarmed Black people in America at the hands of law enforcement. He chooses to simply kneel in protest of the flag that fails to live up to the simple tenets it’s supposed to represent in the constitution of the United States of America.
NFL owners and their PR spin teams headed by their very own versions of an “Olivia Pope” will say he’s not signed on with any team as a free agent due to poor performance on the field even though his career stats speak to the opposite of that assessment. We all know it’s because he chose to take a knee in protest is the real reason no team will sign him. It’s a loss for the NFL not so much for Kaepernick. Sure for now he’s out of a job in the NFL but that’s not the be all end all.
All the NFL has done is show that what Kaepernick’s stance is for has validity that literally threatens the status quo. If not, he’d be employed. The owners have told us all by his non hiring that his message, his protest, which is to bring light to something we’ve been harping about long before Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, and on and on. The fact that those who say they hate Kaepernick’s form of protest or that they revere cloth more than human life tells you who’s who. Who’s a true American patriot and who’s an “American” in name only, not principle.
They’d rather hide behind fake patriotism and straw man arguments than acknowledge that racism, bigotry, hatred, prejudice, and injustice reign supreme in America. That all of the aforementioned are engrained if not entrenched in the psyche and make up of the American fabric that history has born out. The guilt and the lack of accountability weighs heavy on the collective American conscience. If not there wouldn’t be so much avoidance to say what the reason for Kaepernick’s protest is for in the first place. He’s successfully created a discourse on American and world society at large but especially here in the “Greatest Nation on Earth”.
I once heard a sick freestyle from an amateur MC who said he’d spit on the American flag or any humanitarian fallacy claiming things they didn’t actually live up to. Kaepernick didn’t burn the flag, spit on it, curse it, or desecrate it, he simply said I’ll kneel until you live up to your credo and people address this ever present issue of the killing of black men, women, & children unarmed at the hands of the police. For that he’s been vilified and blackballed. It’s a worthy price to pay and I believe he knew that going in when he decided to first make his protest known.
No matter what happens going forward he’s forever an icon and town crier if not whistleblower, a modern day socially conscious activist pro athlete who thought beyond himself and his celebrity or wealth. Make the flag your argument if you want and ignore the principles behind what the flag is supposed to represent but do so at your own peril. If a house be hollow with sand for its foundation how will it stand even against the smallest of floods?
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: Is The NFL Black-Balling Kaepernick?
The above title question is a rhetorical one. The answer in short is 1000% yes, the NFL is “black-balling” Kaepernick. Let me start by saying it’s not that we all should feel sorry for Kaepernick because his former employer the NFL no longer deems him worthy to represent or earn a living under the “shield”. It’s the optics and the not so subtle message being sent to all the remaining gainfully employed players within the league.
This is America… the land of opportunity… so long as you play by the unwritten rules. While we can’t say that the NFL owners got together in secret to collude against the hiring of Colin Kaepernick, say the way Rockefeller & his peers did on a subway car decades upon decades ago to create a tacit system of control and concentrated power among the elites, the effect is no less chilling or real. By the very fact that Kaepernick who is in his youthful athletic prime hasn’t been offered a job to continue his career in the NFL to date speaks volumes.
When owners are willing to on the surface say let’s “talk” to Kaepernick but no job ensues team after team while career losers who have proven less than Kaepernick are offered jobs even out of retirement speaks volumes. Why is it that no team wanted Jay Cutler until Tannehill got injured in practice and he’d already agreed to a commentator job that he signs a $10 million 1 year deal, but Kaepernick remains unsigned.
Can we really doubt that had Kaepernick not taken a stand last season and become the face of protest for the murder of unarmed black citizens male/female at the hands of police around the country that he would be employed today? And let’s look at what he did. He didn’t shoot anybody, he didn’t drive drunk and kill anybody, he didn’t as far as we know, fail any drug tests, or commit domestic violence. He simply took a knee. He took a fucking knee during the national anthem to say “America you aren’t living up to what you’re supposed to stand for and until you do I feel it appropriate to take a knee.”
America for the youth and those who have forgotten is supposed to stand for “Freedom” and the right to protest, to have an opinion, to express it without fear of reprisal for expressing dissent. If this isn’t the case then there should be no hateful tweets or objection to the tyranny that is Kim Jong Un in North Korea. It is this basic concept that distinguishes America and it’s greatness from the non free world and dictatorships around the globe.
This country was founded on dissent and often VIOLENT dissent. Civil war is not a peaceful action. War by its literal definition is devoid of peace until a victor is declared and America fought for its independence through protest and dissent. I wonder if the same people who wrote to the NFL that they’d no longer buy season tickets even know about the founding principles of the very country that gives them the opportunity and privilege to work, live and pursue happiness within.
Protest by its very nature is not intended to make others who don’t agree with the protest comfortable. It’s designed to open eyes, to create discourse, and bring the very issues that are causing protest in the first place to the forefront to be heard. After all it’s always going to be the squeaky wheel that gets the grease. If we’re willing to suffer in silence we’ll never be heard. The dummies who drape themselves in the flag so long as only their interests are cared for, are not true patriots and should first pull their heads from their nether regions long enough to read the history of the country whose flag they worship blindly without respect for, or understanding of the symbolic meaning of the flag. They hate Kaepernick because he took a knee. They throw up a straw man argument to distract from the issue he’s raising. Forget about the military and veterans for a second. They are important but they died for the very rights Kaepernick and many other pioneers exercise in this great nation.
I’ll make it even more plain. I’d like to think pretty much everyone loves Superman. If Superman was running around saying he’s a hero and only serving the public good but was robbing banks on the side or killing unarmed citizens while saying “hey I’m Superman the law doesn’t apply to me because of my stature and powers” what would we say? Would we as a people protest him? Would we look at each other and say but that’s Superman, you’re disrespecting Superman? Or would we say Superman has to live up to the standards and ideals he claims he stands for?
The NFL is a hypocritical organization. It’s blanketing itself in its own perceived self-righteousness by punishing Kaepernick for exercising the power of his platform and his right to dissent. Shannon Sharpe hit the proverbial nail on the head with his commentary earlier today about what’s happening to Colin Kaepernick. The NFL is rewarding others with the opportunity to earn money from it who’ve done far worse repeatedly. I’ll borrow the phrase from Skip Bayless what does the “eye test” tell you? If we’re being 100% real, every person with a brain can see plain as day what this whole situation is and it has nothing to do with performance or productivity regardless of the apologist pundits out there. If that were the case every starter or backup who has career stats the same or worse than Kaepernick shouldn’t be employed. I end with this, Blaine Gabbert has a job in the NFL. Is Blaine a better QB than Colin Kaepernick?
For most people lets face it MLK Jr. Day has become a day in which not a lot of emphasis is really put on celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.
It’s a day where the kids get to be home from school relishing a 3 day weekend of binging on junk food, watching TV, playing video games, and/or going to the movies while the mainstream media plays either an excerpt or the entire “I have a Dream” speech (depending on the network) in remembrance of Dr. King.
Most people say a few words about how great the “I have a Dream” speech is and was and what the dream speech means today. As a black man living in NYC modern day I see that the dream still hasn’t been realized and I’m not sure that it ever will be just based on the past few years happenings.
As a black man living in a “post MLK Jr. America” I keep thinking about the lack of leadership we have in the black community today. At the same time I wonder why is it that America so readily celebrates MLK Jr. but acts as if Malcolm X never existed or shouldn’t be in the same breath as MLK Jr. Personally I believe we should be celebrating both of these iconic black leaders not just one.
We can agree that both of these great men were critical to the mindset of waking up the world to the plight of black people living the daily grind and constant uphill battle facing us as a nation and people living in a country that practices the opposite of what it preaches. From slavery, to segregation, to Jim Crow, to Civil Rights Era, to modern day slavery reincarnated as the American Prison Industrial Complex the reality is America still is what it always was.
The reason why MLK Jr. is celebrated is because he was the less threatening of the two leaders within the black community. The belief that passive nonviolence would eventually overcome the atrocities we face continually, while being told to wait for justice that almost never comes, was more appealing than a man waking up to the reality of his plight in a system that is designed around his oppression, suppression, theft of his property, ignorance of his/her rights & labor being supplied without the commensurate compensation if at all.
Malcolm X’s “By any means necessary” meant there would be active resistance when necessary in the defense and protection of one’s life, family and/or property. History has shown that nothing has ever been achieved through just passivity alone. It takes action, it takes being willing to die for the rights and freedoms this country is supposed to afford all it’s citizens even if that fight is against fellow citizens who refuse to acknowledge that not just they, but all of human beings deserve the same respect and rights afforded to some.
Tell us what’s really changed since the days of MLK Jr. and Malcolm X with regards to the plight of black people living in America today.
We watched in horror as a cowardly low life cop wannabe reject got away with the murder of a 17 year old Trayvon Martin using a law that only afforded the killer (Zimmerman) the application of the law of stand your ground. The victim’s last screams for help were stolen as was his young life and claimed by his killer George Zimmerman to bolster claims of self defense. No weight was given to the fact that Zimmerman was in fact the aggressor or that Trayvon Martin also had a right to stand his ground. The only problem was there no video evidence to show us what exactly happened and the knowledge of the law and the media vilification of a 17 year old allowed a murderer to go free recast as the actual victim. This is some America.
We watched in horror as the news media showed the bullet riddled body of a young 18 year old Michael Brown Jr. laying dead in the street of Ferguson, MO for at least several hours. The officer responsible for his killing able to lie and give an account of what he said led to him shooting an unarmed teenager as many times as he did when he was in no threat of danger to himself. Eyewitnesses were dismissed as confused or mistaken as to what actually happened and with no video to show the public of his tragic last moments, both the judicial systems refusal to indict an officer and the power of the blue wall protecting their own once again meant there would be no justice.
We watched as another officer shot a 12 year old Tamir Rice to death literally in 2 seconds based off some asshole calling the police acting as if a child playing with a toy gun was a grown man walking around brandishing a real gun. We watched as Freddie Gray’s spine was severed at the hands of the police in Baltimore before he was loaded into the back of a police van. They claimed he had a weapon when he was arrested and was arrested for simply running when he saw those who would ultimately take his life.
The fact that he ran was used as justification for his arrest and subsequent death. They can claim he broke his neck inside that van all they want but the video showing his arrest clearly shows he was unable to stand up on his own two feet let alone walk as he was dragged in obvious agony to the back of a police van before he was loaded inside.
The accounts of the officers as far as what transpired after he was inside the van we can take with a grain of salt. Cops lie and routinely lie especially when it comes to their accounts of what happens when they interact with the public at large. The prosecutor Mosby never had a chance to get justice for Freddie Gray because there is no independent prosecutor to prosecute police officers when they run afoul of the law themselves.
They are above the law and every time they kill a citizen of the U.S in unjustifiable cold blood and they aren’t prosecuted and found guilty, reinforces the idea that the police are above the law. They not only get paid leave after they kill, they get to go home spend time with their families, and whine about how unfair their treatment is by the media and anyone questioning them. Meanwhile they continue to have jobs afterward and probably get promoted.
We watched as police officers murdered Eric Garner on video and no one was punished for his death even though there was clear video evidence of wrong doing. No indictments. How does that work?
We watched as a police officer Michael Slager murdered Walter Scott on video unbeknownst to the officer who then planted a taser on or next to Scott’s body after he shot him to death to claim Scott went for his taser so he had to shoot him. Without that video from a bystander we would only have heard the officers account and the public as well as the judicial system would have believed the officer. As for the victim Walter Scott, his account wouldn’t be believed even if he had lived to tell it without video corroborating it.
We watched as the killer of Jordan Davis (Michael Dunn) got convicted not for his murder but for the attempted murder of his three surviving friends. How crazy is that? Even the ballistics showed Michael Dunn a liar and was not in any imminent threat of grave bodily harm from the teenagers he met and exchanged words with over loud music. They were all unarmed young black teenagers and tragically one of them lost his life and received no justice. Save for his friends surviving, Michael Dunn would be free today just like George Zimmerman.
We watched in horror as the news reports came out about the historical Black Church Massacre in South Carolina where Dylan Roof murdered nine congregation members including the pastor of the church after sitting among them for over an hour. His motivations were clear and that he was able to not only walk away alive after committing the heinous acts he did but was rewarded with Burger King tells us everything we need to know about America. I’ve yet to hear of a case in which a black suspect is wanted for killing that many people and is taken first of all ALIVE, and secondly to Burger King to eat afterwards courtesy of law enforcement. Roof’s conviction and death penalty sentence is one glimmer of hope for an ocean of black victims still waiting for justice.
We witnessed all these things while America watched it’s first Black President at the end of his second and final term in office. I can’t even recall a memorable speech the outgoing president made with all these killings of unarmed black people by fellow citizens and/or police alike. The only one that comes immediately to mind is the president saying if he had a son he would look like Trayvon Martin. It’s that kind of Duh moment that just leaves one shaking his/her head like What? As January 20th rapidly approaches and America ushers in the Trump Era I think it sufficient to say we have very far to go if we’ll ever see dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. realized. I don’t think I’ll live to see it come to fruition in my life time.
😛 In the aftermath of one of the most shocking outcomes in a general election (the likes of which hasn’t been seen in our lifetime) the new president that “America” selected to represent the nation is Donald Trump. Many believe that the country and the pundits as well as national polls all had it wrong all along. It was the media and common sense red, white & blue believing citizens who were all out of touch with the “Law & Order” candidate in Trump and the massive number of “Americans” who voted for him. Trump a “mogul” who’s incendiary rhetoric and vitriol not to mention racist comments only helped to heighten sensitivities and further divide the nation politically, racially, and socio – economically.
I’m not going rehash every controversial statement president elect Trump has made over the past few years but it speaks the truth about what America has become versus what it’s supposed to represent. I’m finding parallels between the history accurately depicted and spoken of in the documentary 13th and how we as a nation came to select Trump as the “suitable” or “acceptable” representation for the highest position in the land. To me the election came down to race and gender bias. An appeal to the white majority to come out in droves in defense of their position in the country as it currently stands is what led to Trump’s victory over Hillary.
The day after the election I went to work still in disbelief like much of the rest of the country that didn’t vote for Trump. It was interesting though that after taking stock of the situation I was at peace. The fact that I wasn’t screaming or crying over the election or depressed was a shock to some who were like how come you’re okay and we’re not? Was I happy Trump was now president? No. Did his election make me feel any worse or better about the nation as a whole? No. Life goes on and all that really happened is another mask has been “Donned” (pun intended) to push the agenda of the elite. Donald Trump is a return to more of the same from yester – years past.
It’s too early to understand fully what Trump’s real approach to all the aspects of being the president will entail. There is no cohesive and clear vision of how to live up to his campaign rhetoric of “Make America Great Again”. For most minorities that statement has little if anything to do with our being uplifted and more to do with going backwards to where things were really only good for once again the top 1%. White America said there’s no way we’re going to allow the world to see America led by a woman when we have men and the history of the presidency being held only by men. I think too many bought into the idea that just because America has seen it’s first black President that it was so progressive as to think it would entertain a woman in that same position.
In the future months to come I expect that president Trump will undoubtedly repeal the Affordable Care Act and increase the privatization of the prison industrial complex. Let’s see how he intends to live up to building a “Wall” that Mexico is supposed to pay for and how exactly he’s going to bring back jobs to America.