People are afraid to be wrong and they afraid to be called out. I was reading a blog and the writer said that we (on the left) have to learn “when to be soft and when to be hard.” Seriously? Nobody GAF about your sensitive ego. People speak plainly without niceties because they don’t have the time to baby us. There’s a difference between being direct and being rude. Rude comrades are not comrades. But we can’t be so fragile in our “all knowing egos” that being called out offends us or hurts our feelings.
Everything isn’t about or for everybody and everybody isn’t welcome in every discussion. Sometimes it’s not about you. Sometimes you just have to listen. In my experience, when I’m called out, I deserve it. And if I don’t, I talk it out. But we can’t just say anything to anybody because we’re 50 million “others…” Meaning we belong to several marginalized groups so we get to say whatever to whoever. It doesn’t work that way. Yes familiarity is important. But we can’t know everything by virtue of our identities alone. We really have to get off our high horse.
The left can be self righteous as a group. Call people on it. Call… Them… Out. It’s almost like people don’t want to be on the receiving end of a call out. We all get served. As we should. We all have something to learn and we all overstep our boundaries; no matter how unintentional it may be. Call out culture? I’m here for it. Silence is acquiesce.
My heart hurts for #EricaGarner. She was killed by the state just like Kalief Browder’s mother. These beasts murder our babies, our women and our men without repercussions. They are trying to kill our spirits.
I will not give up. I will not stop demanding that they stop killing us. I will not…(I could not go on. This post was started on December 30, 2017.)
It’s too much. I’m tired. I really can’t understand why we must live this way.
Society does just enough to prevent a revolution. But I think their time is running out. I believe the U.S. government has taken for granted that we, citizens, haven’t risen up in more than 50 years. Occupy Wall Street was something…. But not enough. We need a revolution. Nothing short of it will discontinue this constant injustice, torture of a people… Of all people.
To all of everyone out there struggling….. keep your head up. Times get rough and they get better. The holiday season is horribly stressful. Remember that it’s about family. But remember to surround yourself with people who are good for you emotionally.
There’s never really a good time to be around toxic people. But specifically on the holidays, you should be mindful of your interaction with those that cause you stress… Undue stress. Take care of each other. Love one another. Be safe. But remember that this season is about love not about money.
Most people have the day off tomorrow. Take that time and do something loving. It’s very rare that almost the whole country shuts down. Whether you are religious or not, a day off is a day off. And a day off with people you love is even better.
If you’re posting suicide hotline numbers because holidays are the most stressful & depressing times, please also call your friends & family who, for any circumstance, may be alone today,tomorrow or the next day. And those who are with horrible family members. Reach out. Love them. #peace #Blessings #Love #Family
Today I found out that my cousin wants to go to Africa to help build clinics. Her aunt, my first cousin, called me and asked me for a donation. She said she’d also send the link to me for me to post on Twitter.
I was about to just copy and share. But for some reason, I didn’t. I went back to the website and read. And it said they would build clinics but more importantly “spreadthe gospel.” I was horrified. Because I don’t believe in organized religion and I certainly don’t believe in medicine on exchange for Christianity.
I didn’t share the link. I probably won’t donate. But I’m conflicted. I want to heal Africans. I just don’t want them suffering under Christianity. Is this what it’s come to? Why can’t they heal without conditions? I’m so bothered.
With all of the news surrounding the closing of Rikers Island, we must remain focused and diligent. Closing Rikers is not the end. It’s the beginning. Agitation cannot stop. It’s important to celebrate the small victories but our Campaign cannot stop.
The city projects it will take 10 years to close Rikers. In those 10 years, we must make sure they aren’t filling the jails with poor people who can’t afford bail. We must ensure that they aren’t torturing people with solitary confinement. And we must make sure that those in need of mental health care are aided. The corrections officers must be held accountable. We cannot have 10 more years of the same Rikers pending the opening of new Jails.
While these years ago by, we can’t sit patiently waiting for the city to do the right thing. We must be active in demanding what we want and what the community needs. Bail reform, ending broken window policing and truly ending stop and frisk must be prioritized. Kalief’s law must pass the Senate. We need speedy trials. A person shouldn’t be punished for the government’s inefficiency. Opening new jails was never the goal. There’s more work to do.
If you watched Time: The Kalief Browder Story on Spike TV over the past 6 weeks, your heart must have broken into a million pieces a million times. This kid, and I call him a kid because Kalief was a minor when he was sent to Rikers, believed in the system. He wouldn’t cop a plea to something he didn’t do. He wanted his day in court. A hard fight that he fought with dignity and a strength that is to be applauded. Ultimately, he paid the price for believing with his life. This system is not for us. But Kalief’s death will not be in vein.
“He is the face of Truth and justice.” – said a heartbroken Venida Browder about her son Kalief. And we believe this. We will continue his fight for justice.
Kalief’s brother, Akeem Browder, along with others, had a vision to not only #ShutDownRikers but to also demand services for the community as well as accountability for these officials and we started the Campaign to Shut Down Rikers. If you’re looking to get involved, or would like more information, please contact the Campaign @ shutdownRikersisland.com.