Stop Changing the Narrative, Tell the Truth

Memo to America:

Say it out loud even though others are not saying it, you know it to be the truth:

“The 23 year old person killed early this morning in Austin, Texas is not a bombing suspect. He is a radicalized domestic terrorist either working on his own or along with others who specifically targeted people of color and communities of color.”

America, you and I know you do not, have not nor ever will deal with domestic terrorism the same way you handle foreign terrorism. You, America, do not even view domestic terrorist groups as an equal and or greater threat than foreign terrorist groups. You do not treat them the same because they look just like you. Admit it, own it. We, people of color have been dealing with domestic terrorism since you forcibly brought us here since 1619. Domestic terrorism has been prevalent, running rampant in this Republic since the Reconstruction Era, circa 1865.

America, your problem is you do not see the homegrown weekend warrior milita group as the same threat as you deal with foreign terrorist groups. For the domestic terrorist groups and the lone wolves as you like to aptly named them, you want to analyze, categorize them like you can organize books on a shelf in a library. You think you can study them as if they are laboratory experiments. They are not lab rats. They are living human beings who have chosen to train and weaponize their base to lash out first and deny their behavior later. They even know you will not condem them as harshly as foreign terrorist groups as long as they hold a rifle in one hand, the Bible in the other and have the American flag draped either behind them or on their sleeve – America, you give those lone wolves, those organizations, those milita groups a pass. They know this and they already know your response. You only come down hard on them when they do something in a mass scale that warrants a federal response.

Case in point, the incident the occurred in Charlottesville, over 6,000 people descended into a city, incited violence and even killed someone by running them over with a car. Barely any sizable action taken against those who committed acts of domestic terrorism against other citizens. Fortunately the person who killed someone with their car was caught both by the media there and the local and state law enforcement.

Now, had this been ISIS or ISIL some other foreign terrorist organization who did what was done in Charlottesville, Virginia and now most recently in Austin, Texas – America you would begin arresting and or detaining anyone who matched the profile of the suspected terrorists without any hesitation and no concern for their rights even if they are American citizens. You would not care how many lives would be hurt and who your racial and cultural profiling would impact. As long as you get your brand and or style of justice, to make you look tough, that is all that matters.

No, America, you are not getting a pass on this one any longer. Time for you to own truth and stop spinning the narrative. America, you need to realize that domestic terrorism, created by your own patriotic propaganda and need to project some type of cultural superority over other nation states when you are not even a 1,000 years old (remember their cities in the world who are older than this nation state and from those cities, nation states came into existance – we could stand to learn from those growing pains in that we are still in an infancy state of existance) only further escalates this dyfunctional behavior and pushes us closer to another civil war. America,you actually think your citizens, the world does not know your real story. Trust me, the world see this nation state exactly how it is, not the way you want them to see you. America, we know the truth because we are living here in this with you which is why we hold you task to do better and be better. Not because we enjoy calling you to task. We do it to hold you accountable to the words “we will defend the Constitution and all citizens against all threats, foreign and domestic.” We hold you to both that standard and we have the inalenable right to do so and we surely will make sure the world knows it too and you admit it and own up to it.


A Constitutional Centrist Looking at America Like It Is Crazy

Memo to America:
Can we make this easy for everyone?
You have a “right to bear arms.” Just keep your “weapon” out of any government building, banking institution, hospital, school, college and or university, movie theaters, and or any building where your “weapon” is prohibited. Let’s be honest with each other: there are some places you just do not need to have that “weapon on you at all times.” Now, if we at war or martial law has somehow been enacted that no one knows about, please do let me and the rest of society know.

Now there are places in the world where you can walk around all day carrying “your weapon, using it at any moment to defend yourself, protect your position all day and night.” You are more than welcome to go there, live there and live like that if you choose. Living here, we have to live better than there, doing everything we can to not become like other places in the world.

If you have valid “paperwork” to validate your need to keep that “weapon on you at all times due to your work and or valid personal safety concerns that can be confirmed by law enforcement” – then we should be good. One’s “constitutional amendment right” should not ever infringe upon nor violate the overall collective right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” How it has deteriorated down to this point totally blows my mind and we should really be ashamed of ourselves. Our children in cities like Parkland, Florida and Baltimore, Maryland have taken to the streets to protest both for safer schools and better gun control legislation. Rather than deal with the what needs to be done, these same children and their parents are getting death threats from people who cherish having a gun they really may ever need to use for its entended purpose, more than the real issue at hand.

The real issue is does an everyday citizen need to be able to have access to, posses a paramilitary assault weapon equal to and or greater than the weapons that only selectively trained members in law enforcement hold and highly trained members of the active military use in wartime operations – when we are not at war with an outside entity seeking to take away our “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.”

The Second Amendment was written with the magnitude and weight of the time it was written. Just has America had to evolve out from the battle for its own independence, evolve its laws granting the right to vote, remove legalized slavery and grant civil rights protections for all its citizens – it is time for America to evolve in this context. If we do not, we are only going to revert back to an era where what you own will determine both your worth and your rights to exist in this “democratic state.”

This is not the Wild West of the 1860s to early 1900s. We have literally become mentally unhinged and allowed special interests groups on both sides of this “debate” to literally paralyze an entire nation state with fear based rhetoric and conspiracy vitriol that as made real rationale legislation practically impossible to even discuss. America – wake up and snap out if this hypnotic gaze we are being held captive while a select few are making billions off of millions living in video game warfare reality, walking around like the end of the world is only around the corner, the threat is someone they nevet met and only their unholstered weapon will stop the end of days, saving the world. America – this is not a movie, we are not at war with each other and no foreign invasion is on the immediate horizon. We deserve better than this and our children are demanding we do better as the adults we claim to be, the adults we want them to be by what we are teaching them daily by our actions towards each other.

Just a “Constitutional Centrist” speaking up, seeking all the extreme rhetoric, conspiracy theory yelling to stop so we can get down to the real business of “progressive policy thinking and rationale judicial ruling and sound legislative government.”

60 Years Ago – The Little Rock Nine and Where We Are Today

60 years ago…

1,000 101st Airborne Paratroopers, under order by President Dwight D. Eisenhower,  marched nine Black American high school aged children past both the Arkansas National Guard and the vitriol anti segregationist crowd to integrate the public school system. 

Not only do you have to fight to change legislative policy for All – we have to be willing to stand shoulder to shoulder protect the forward march of equality for All and to work change the hearts, mind of people. Sixty years later, the battles to change the hearts and minds of people is ongoing, the battlefield really has not changed that much and this war to stabilize and progressively move this Republic forward towards equality and equal protection under the law has no end in sight. Even with no end, we need to ensure the right hearts and minds win out in this war. 

America claims to be an ocean of equality, diversity and inclusion. Just below the shimmering watery surface, an dark undercurrent of racism, cultural misunderstand and over selective historical propaganda seeks to pull down our society and drown our civilization in the murky depths of anarchy. During this time period, this nation state sought to fix centuries of socioeconomic injustice, racism and work to change the hearts and minds of millions. This change has not been easy. Equally more difficult has been working to achieve equality and justice for All. 

Six decades later, this challenge now more than ever needs positive, inclusive resolution. The vitirol of a segregated society that reared its ugly head during the Civil Rights Movement still resonates with painful clarity sixty years later. The tragic events that occured in Charleston, South Carolina and Charlottesville, Virginia and ongoing protests pointing out the need to both balance their need to exercise their First Amendment rights to peacfully protest the ongoing socioeconomic injustice, police brutality and racism and distractive points to people’s level of patriotism – show that this nation state, after sixty years of progress, still has more work to do to change the hearts and minds of people. We have to keep talking with each other instead of at each other in an effort to better the hearts and minds of people to keep pace with the civil rights legislation reforms and work together to take down the divisive institutions of racism that seek to keep us all from living, working and growing together. We need only look to the horror of displayed hatred shown to the Little Rock Nine sixty years ago. We have to learn from this historical moment as a mental milepost to see what behavior we do not need to revert back to if we wish to peacefully coexist living here together.

With all the Little Rock Nine did and stood for, we cannot let all they accomplished to be in vain.  


Freedom of Speech (Yes, We Have It so Long as We Do Not Tell the Truth)

“You’re not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.” – Malcolm X

Amazing how much people value the Second Amendment right to “Bear Arms” than the First Amendment right of “Freedom of Speech.” Since when the number bullets you hold in a gun give you more rights than your one vote, your one voice speaking out and or against discrimination, inequality, injustice and racism. Freedom of Speech and the rights spelled under it are listed as the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. By all accounts, it is the cornerstone in which this Republic’s democracy began and sought to operate.

In a democracy, the people, not those in positions of power control and determine the direction of how this Republic functions for the good of All. The inalienable right to speak and protest peacefully and purposefully ties directly with the other cable cords of Liberty, Justice. Under tyrannical rule and or monarchy rule, the right to speak openly about injustice, lack of true liberty is considered an attack against the ruling estate. Such an attack cannot be allowed to stand nor take power becuase by its sheer strength of its power, weight of the masses behind it, such a movement would eventually push the ruling monarch, suppressive government out. Democracy, by its very existence, demands the right of all citizens to have the right to express themselves and to peacefully protest.

By no means is this an Elysium society. As many may want to believe that what is written in ink both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States is an iron clad agreement, honor binding us all to play nice together, the words alone do not make it so.  There exist this false illusion that freedom and liberty means the lack of rule of law and the need to work vigiliantly to protect the rights of all citizens against discrimination, injustice, institutions of corruption and all forms of racism (be it overt racism as to the supression of others due to the color of their skin, their faith, their ethnic background or be it covert racism as to the suppression of people based upon gender, sexual orientation socioeconomic status). Every institution created by man’s hands must be held in check against any forms of corruption, suppression of equal rights under the protection of just laws and any suppressive entities of injustice must be held accountable and stopped. 

For the many bright success stories, this Republic has historical dark truths forced into hiding behind corners because for many, the truth hurts. The truth of how this Republic was created, developed and maintained only wants to be measured by its historical success while not dealing with the historical and painful brutality it took to make this ‘Republic of Freedom, Liberty, Justice for All.’  Amazing how ‘america’ wants us all to be ‘Americans’ when it comes down to being uniform in a mindset where the flag is upheld over everything else but no one wants to talk about the millions of bloody enslaved souls and millions of native population souls killed in the stealing of their land in the effort to make this nation state as great as we claim it to be. Perhaps that is why Betsy Ross when creating the flag of this Republic made the red line to represent the blood spilled, the white for the bones broken and the stars to mean for the millions of suppressed souls killed over this Republic’s barely six hundred year existence since the first landings took place starting in 1619. Amazing how ‘america’ wants to talk about being great again rolling back to the socioeconomic state of the Jim Crow Era of government but does not wish to engage in the conversation of real time reality of ongoing socioeconomic injustice and the rising oligarchy caste system of the ‘have and have nots’ we are slowly evolving into which runs totally counter to all democratic ideals this Republic was allegedly create to exist as an independent nation state.

Amazing how Freedom of Speech only is seen in a positive light for sporting events. The same passionate zeal to have the right to waive a flag does not seem to apply for the right to speak against the discrimination, injustice, racism and suppression of the truth. Strange, I thought this was a democratic state where Liberty, Justice prevailed not where Idolatry, Propaganda reigned. It appears still that you ‘america’ want to exist as two different states. One state of utopia where on paper, everything is equal, just under the laws written. The reality exist as a freedom its citizens enjoy is based on your place in the socioeconomic status caste system built on the principles of capitalism not justice.

Freedom of Speech only applies when we are not dealing with discussing discrimination, economic disparity, police brutality and racism. When we talk about those matters both in historical and real time socioeconomic  impact, suddenly we are viewed as ‘unpatriotic.’ Quite the contrary, we have been the most patriotic of any race of people since this nation state was created. Our patriotism truly comes from being the heart, soul, blood, sweat and tears poured out from our every souls. We have endured all levels of oppression against us since being forcibly brought here against our will, our own true existence as a free people stripped away, culture and our language taken away from our own established civilizations and made to assimilate into this world, your language and abide by the laws of this Republic you established. In the midst of all that we have been forcibly made to endure just to exist, to live, to survive as a people in this land – we still fought for change, liberty and justice here on this domestic soil and fight for the freedom of other people on foreign lands when we did not have the same right, liberties those who we sought to free had immediately upon coming to this Republic  and still seek to remain here to hold this Republic to its “democratic ideals of liberty, justice for all.’ Yet seemingly when we exercise our First Amendment right for “Freedom of Speech” we are called to task, told ‘this is not the right place for it,’ ‘this is not the appropriate venue to discuss it,’ and my personal favorite that angers me to no end ‘how dare you stand up to protest against the flag and the national anthem!’ To that I reply ‘where was your opposition against me being forcibly removed from my native land to be brought here against my will, locked into institutionalized slavery and made to fight for the very rights you say I had the inalienable rights so listed in both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States in which I as a naturalized born citizen have been so granted equal, just protection under its laws?’ Where have you been standing up against the oppressive racism and socioeconomic brutality we have endured for over the past five hundred years that sought to make a nation state off of the backs of institutionalized slave trade which built this Republic on the blood, bones and backs of suppressed people? Do you think we do not have the inalienable right to stand up against brutality, injustice here but then you can call for us to rise up and fight against similar if not the same brutality, injustice thousands of miles away on foreign lands? Sorry ‘america’ – that logic we cannot and will not follow and ‘that dog will not hunt’ anymore.
Memo to ‘america:’ You cannot have it both ways and claim you are right, we are wrong. You cannot uphold some air of an elitist, patriotic demand while suppressing the truth being told by the very people most affected by the systems of oppression you put in place to create the disparities, racist institutions which allowed this Republic to be built on the backs, bones and spilled blood of those oppressed. If anything we have a greater stake for this Republic to be a better representation and right to hold this Republic to a higher standard of Liberty, Justice for All. Understand ‘america’ we will no longer stand for nor continue to exist in this dual state existence. We are fully aware of who you really are ‘america,’ what you did to get to this point and who you have mistreated, underrepresented and marginalized out of this Republic to get to this point. We will no longer stand for this dual society. We will no longer allow you to silence our voices, our calls for justice and peaceful protest for equality and justice to go unheard, unrecognized and issues go unresolved. We will and shall fight to take our power and this nation state back.

The Second Jim Crow Era 

So they are issuing Presidential pardons to people who deliberately break the law, who disregard the ruling of the judiciary and the Constitutional rights of citizens solely based on economic, racial lines. Notice that this ‘honorable law enforcement officer in Arizona’ only pursued, arrested allegedly undocumented people of color who lacked economic resources to leave. Yes, the Second Jim Crow Era has begun and we are in for the fight of our lives. For this to be “a nation of laws” it is becoming more apparent that is more a socioeconomic caste system.

You see America you may believe, think you are existing as an evolving democracy. In harsh truth, America, you are devolving into a new oligarchy. In a democracy,  a nation of laws exist to provide, promote and protect a society where all can prosper under the rule of laws whereas life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness can be maintained. In an oligarchy,  economics, not equality reigns, rules over the land. Society and its movements are strictly controlled by those who have dominance over the economics of its society. In an oligarchy – the few control the many and they answer to no one. In an oligarchy – law enforcement does not protect and serve society as a whole. It does the bidding of the few to keep the many oppressed, going after those who cannot fight back nor resist the attack because they lack the economic resources to defend themselves against unlawful search and seizure. 

The first Jim Crow Era in America was about who was welding the most command and control over the economic structure of this Republic. That command and control them wove itself into command and control of how communities would exist, how people should exist living together. The socioeconomic caste system was constructed to keep the wealthy from ever to have to engage nor deal with the working class. The weathy would only be responsible of ten percent of all taxable matters of the State, reaping ninety percent of all rewards. The working class would basically be responsible for ninety percent of all taxable matters of the State, only yielding ten percent of the reward. Of course the working class would be so busy trying to battle itself internally just to climb up the steps of a ladder constantly being pushed off the wall by the elite at the top, the teaming masses would both attack itself for the ladder falling back but be angry at anyone who got on the ladder first. The masses would be more angry at who dared to climb onto the ladder first, not who was kicking the ladder off. 

Today, the Second Jim Crow Era has begun. The first one failed to keep the many oppressed by the ruling racist  law of the corrupt few.  The corrupt few lost command and control only when the many people realized this socioeconomic caste system not only seeks to keep us economically suppressed but suppressed from obtaining true equality and justice for all. The Second Jim Crow Era seeks to both reinstate that socioeconomic caste system and impose the laws need to ensure this Second Jim Crow Era remains in place. In this Second Jim Crow Era, an oligarchy not a democracy will rule over the land. The needs of the few will override the issues of the many. The issues of the many span, touch all hues of skin but the few know this as a fact. They know this because they want the many dependent on them for everything. The few will cleave to this quest, this thirst for command, control so desperately they will even strike down those who even look like them but do not fall in their economic tax bracket just to keep their command and control over the society.

The Second Jim Crow Era will utilize the same tools to keep the many both divided, suppressed. Since economics, not equality, will dominate in an oligarchy – the few will look to have an over militarized local law enforcement to maintain both authority over the many and keep the many separated. In an oligarchy, the laws of the land always favors the ruling elite and subjugates the many. Justice only exist to keep the elite separated from the working class. You will never see law enforcement assaulting or harassing the elite. The elite gives the law enforcement power to rule as viceroys over the communities they serve. As long as the viceroys keep order over the many, which will keep the many both at bay and at a far distance from the ruling class, the elite care nothing for what tactics law enforcement uses to maintain law and order. 

Remember in an oligarchy law and order only protects the economic power base. Law and order in an oligarchy only cares for the protection of those who give them their power. Constitutional law, equal protection under the law does not apply. In an oligarchy the rule of law only favors those who are economically able to pay for both their protection from the masses and their existence at the upper ranks of the economic elite. The Second Jim Crow Era will impose this economic oppression across the entire Republic to ensure those within the ranks of the many will never take time to realize their challenges are no different than another person within their midst. The many, will be too busy fighting each other, complaining that the ladders were kicked down back into the masses not seeing their plight is the same. The many will be so distracted into being angry with each other, they will be too busy to see it was the elite at the top who kicked the ladders away stopping the many from ascending to a better place. 

The first Jim Crow Era stopped the Civil Rights Movement with the pacification of integration. We fell for it because we thought if we lived next to those who oppressed us, bought the same clothes, dined at the same restaurant we would be considered equal and have equality. The real battle for the Civil Rights Movement was for both equal protection under the law and the same economic rights by the law. It had nothing to do with assimilation but we chose pacification for the end of an unresolved conflict since 1619. We do not want to admit the level of barbaric, cruel, suppressive treatment known as legalized institutional slavery and destruction genocide of the existing native population in the creation of this Republic since 1619. We do not want to admit the Civil War was about economic class warfare and the sanctioning of imposing a socioeconomic caste system meant to keep the few wealthy elite in power over the working many so the elite would not have to be held accountable for responsibility to better this Republic for the good of all rather support only their selfish needs. 

Now, here we all stand at the beginning of the Second Jim Crow Era. We stand here at a sociological edge of the cliff with two choices. One, we build bridges to fix the pain of the past to go forward together. Two, we turn against each other, fight each other to allow the ruling elite to have their oligarchy dominion over the many and let the Second Jim Crow Era begin.

The choice is ours alone to make. Now the issue is, which one are we willing to fight and work for?