What Are You Gonna Do? Vote!!!

So, Trump wins, Barrett gets on the supreme court for the rest of her, probably long life, every sociopolitical advance gets overturned, what are you gonna do? Vote? And when your candidate doesn’t win, what are you gonna do? Vote? And when your candidate doesn’t win, what are you gonna do? Vote? And when your candidate doesn’t win, what are you gonna do? Vote?

The biggest lie is that our power lies in our vote. Our power lies in our actions. Democrats and Republicans yuck it up while y’all beg someone not to kill us.

Don’t Lie On My Ancestors

If you fast forward 40 years, y’all will still be talking about “Our ancestors died so we can vote.” No our ancestors protested and boycotted and hit them pockets. They never thought you would lie on them.

Our ancestors sacrificed their lives for equality. We’re not there yet. What will you tell your grandkids in 40 years? “Things haven’t changed because 100% of Black people didn’t vote….And 100% of Black people need to vote and they need to vote for the Democrats.” ??? Will you be happy when you see things haven’t changed in 40 years?

It’s time to face the fact that our ancestors did not vote to affect change. They disrupted this country. Non-violent protesting does not mean convenient. We must get in the way. We must disrupt things. We must make life uncomfortable. And voting is the most comfortable thing we can do.

“The Revolution Will Not be Supervised” by Da’Shaun Harrison is A Must Read

In reading Da’Shaun Harrison’s “The Revolution Will Not be Supervised,” you can feel the pulse of the movement for Black lives. Particularly this young man’s pulse. By killing leaders, they often kill movements. Harrison, a young and experienced activist, boldly states, as many have in the past, that we don’t need a leader. But then he paints the picture of why through very real experiences of his own.

While reading this article, I was reminded of many things. But one passage in particular made me react.

Organizing is not easy. It is about engaging the communities around you; it places an emphasis on political education; it is about determining and working through the logistics for protests; it is about developing campaigns and programs which target both community members as well as local and state governments.

“The Revolution Will Not Be Supervised” by Da’Shaun Harrison https://link.medium.com/XyT4Ujane9

This is important. As hard as they work, often times, the organizations don’t reach out enough to the community. I want to find a home organization because it has been hard for me to find actions to join from outside of an organization. And I will say, although I have looked for actions, I haven’t really looked too hard for a new organization because I wasn’t mentally ready to be burned out.

Welcoming newbies and sustaining that welcome is important to an organization’s growth as well as the growth of movements. Da’Shaun speaks about the spontaneous uprisings and using them as opportunities for veterans to engage the newbies.

I have noticed that sometimes the more experienced activists can be judgemental, cliquish, dismissive and arrogant in an organization. Bringing in new members only to show them they’ve been committed and there and woke. What’s very impressive and admirable, soon becomes obnoxious.

New people want and need direction. They also can’t commit every waking moment of their life to any movement, which is sometimes expected. Harrison’s voice is inviting. It is welcoming. It is growth. It is the voice I want to hear in the streets or at a meeting. It is the voice of what could be. Let this be our collective sentiment. Our collective voice.

Let’s not burn out our veteran activists. Let this be our collective sentiment. Our collective voice. So many of them have the “same” experience as Da’Shaun. They are there. They are committed and they are to be commended. But we should not take them for granted. The article speaks on physical and mental health issues that have plagued this young man because of his commitment. But Da’Shaun is not unique. I’ve seen it.

Although I have been considered an activist, and I consider myself an activist, I have not committed myself to organizing consistently. Something I must change. But I will work consistently with moderation. I always say the youth will lead the revolution. And I’m excited about this. Their collective efforts, will inspire us. They are inspiring us.✊🏽

This was an awesome article. Please head over to Medium and give it a read, some claps and some shares.

The Case For Reparations

Reparations is being called for from a greater amount of Black people in the U.S. Past and on going discriminations must be set straight. It sounds good.

We are talking about closing the wealth gap. Black People don’t have nearly as much wealth as white people. But I’m for economic justice. Not closing the wealth gap. Which is what these corporations should be serving instead of empty slogans that “show” they understand BLM and corporate “support” that doesn’t lead to better jobs or economic situations. Don’t forget, the wealth gap still means poor Black people. Because there are poor white people. I’m not satisfied with there being any poor Black people. At all. Never will I be.

Being on par with white people in America means…. A little bit of rich Black people…. More middle class Black people… And still vastly more poor Black people than rich Black people. This cannot be our goal.

Reparations is a great start. But overall, even white people aren’t making great strides economically either. The fact that they are doing “Better than Black people” is not much of a statement. Let’s move forward with the greater goal in mind