Protesting Safely

COVID-19 cases are spiking again in at least 23 states, so it is very important to be safe while protesting. The below graph was shared by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, encouraging people to protest safely during a pandemic and also protecting themselves from being arrests wrongfully. It is very important to get tested after a protest (most states are encouraging protesters to do so, some are doing it from free). I order to see change and moving our society forward, we need all protesters to be well and healthy.

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Is it Game Over for the President?

People have all by now saw what Trump did on June 1st in D.C. when he clear a crowd of peaceful protesters in the park so he can have his photo op. This moment was a defining moment for his re-election, so many retired generals have since spoke out against this disgusting move that he did. Not only just retired generals but people who were in his administration as well, and some religious leaders who also have criticizes his move.

The American people all saw who Trump truly is, and that even made some Republican Senators hesitate in supporting him, Mitt Romney already said he is definitely not voting for Trump. All American people understand that Trump is a danger to our constitution and our progress moving forward in eradicating racial injustices. Well, we all saw that right? We all understand this? Well, except for his base and supports who can’t see any further than their nose. His base that still thinks that systemic racism does not exist. Hi base that still believes that it is okay to be racist and say all racial slurs out loud and proudly. His base that will probably start boycotting NFL and NASCAR due to their recent statements about racial injustices. But, remember they are the minority here, and most of Americans are now on the right side of history. That just leaves Trump and his base on the wrong side of history stuck in the confederate times praising racist confederate leaders.

Recent CNN polls show Trump trailing former VP Joe Biden 14 points, and that made Trump go crazy and even tried to sue CNN, and they told him ‘Nice try Mr. President.’ So, Trump decided to hold a rally in Tulsa (The site of the worst race war in history) on June 19th (Juneteenth). Also, the state of Oklahoma are seeing a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases. That is why, Trump had the great idea of making everyone who register to attend the rally to sign a wavier, basically saying that if someone gets COVID then they can’t sue the campaign as they are not responsible for that. So, that in itself should be a warning sign to many undecided voters, or swing voters, or whatever they call them.

Now really lets go back to the tilt of this post, is is game over for Trump? That question is hard to answer and there is not clear answer for it because there is so many moving parts and policies that can take place between now and November. There is also the issues of voting like the issue that happened in Georgia, we also have to keep in mind that in 2016 many in the black community did not go vote, because simply both candidate at the time did not tackle any issues that the community was demanding them to care about. But, if everything goes smoothly as it did in 2012 and 2008 maybe we have a good shot in removing this racist businessman from the presidency. My only concern is what will Biden do? Will he actually be a good leader that unites the nation and help solve systemic racism and injustices? What about the Senate, will it be the same or will Democrats win some states so they can gain control and be pressured by voters to pass laws swiftly? Or will we be still stuck with Mitch McConnell and his mob stacking up papers and bills on his desk collecting dust and reaching the ceiling of the office?

Anti-Racist Books to Read and Educate Yourself

Description: This book addresses the way that African American social progress has been stymied by white opposition throughout history, from the Jim Crow laws to the War on Drugs and even the response to Barack Obama’s election. It offers a fresh perspective that history books didn’t teach us.

Description: Guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to “model minorities” in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

Description: Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science with his own personal story of awakening to antiracism. This is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond the awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a just and equitable society.

Description: Claudia Rankine’s bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV-everywhere, all the time

Description: Raised by a single mother in an impoverished neighborhood in Los Angeles, Patrisse Khan-Cullors experienced firsthand the prejudice and persecution Black Americans endure at the hands of law enforcement. For Patrisse, the most vulnerable people in the country are Black people. Deliberately and ruthlessly targeted by a criminal justice system serving a white privilege agenda, Black people are subjected to unjustifiable racial profiling and police brutality.

Description: Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides.

The Changing is Coming

The murder of George Floyd has shook this country to its core and uncover all the ugliness of this rigged system. We all know about racism in this country, many of us have either witnessed or experienced racism in their lives, others choose to ignore that racism exists. White privilege is real and it plagues our society and so people refuse to acknowledge that they have that privilege. Let me explain that, it means when you are white and you get pulled over by police you never ever have the idea that maybe this is the last moments of your life. For a black person, it could be a death sentence. When you are white and want to protest to have a hair cut, you can freely storm a capital building with an AR-15 and police officers only watch you and do nothing. Then we have people say, “they are practicing their first and second amendment” or “they are very good people.” But when you are black or protesting among black people you get tear gassed for holding a sign peacefully. When you are black and speaking against police brutality the president will call you a “thug” and will tear gas you to take a picture holding a bible. Do you understand what white privilege is? 

This country has been suffering from racism for over 400 years and this racism has been embedded in the system and the core of this country. Unfortunately, we don’t teach our youth in school about black history and black heroes. In high school there was only one class that was offered in my high school that was called “Race in the 21st Century” that was the only class that taught me and opened my eyes about race. History books that are used in schools only praise white leaders and presidents, I learned so much more about Stalin and Hitler than I learned about W.E.B Du Bois. This is just one example of how our system is failing in teaching youth about race and leaders of color. So, the change is now this is the chance to change not only police protocol but also education. Be sure to vote not only for president but pay attention to local elections, make sure you research the candidates and see what they support and look at their work history. Make sure you sign petitions and donate if you can. And most importantly make your voice heard in any way you can and in any way it is fit for you. I encourage everyone to talk to their family and friends and make them uncomfortable about this topic because they should challenge their views and have conversations with them. Read and research about black history and black leaders, educate yourself and educate others because the change has to come from within first.

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