The Hypocrisy of Our Nation

I saw this on Facebook last night, and I had to share. Unfortunately, I do not know the original author so I cannot give credit. Yet, it was so powerful and truthful that it had to go beyond my Facebook Page. I hope that you will share this message as well. If I find the author, I will be sure to come back and update this post. 

Let’s talk about hypocrisy. 

If you voted for Trump because of Hillary’s email “problem” but are not upset that the Trump administration is using a private email server and unsecured phones, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe Jesus was a persecuted refugee fleeing Herod, but support the ban on Syrian refugees, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe life begins at conception, but support defunding the countries number one source of prenatal care, planned parenthood, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe the mainstream media lies but believe Trump when he spouts verifiable lies, you are a hypocrite. 

If you dismiss the AP, Reuters or NPR as biased media but accept everything Fox news says, you are a hypocrite. 

If you think all life is sacred, but do not support reasonable gun control, you are a hypocrite. 

If you think children are the future, but support reducing funds for SNAP, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe in education, but dismiss evolution or climate change as hoaxes, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe in the sovereignty of the United States, but support forced incursions on Native American lands, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe that we need to drain the swamp of Washington but support Trump’s cabinet picks, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe in the Constitution, but support indiscriminate detainment and torture, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe our troops lives have worth, but support Trump’s claims to foreign countries natural resources, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe that unborn black babies lives matter, but black lives don’t matter, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe that we deserve life, liberty and happiness, but support taking away healthcare from millions of Americans, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe that the practice of your religion is more important than the practice of no religion or a different religion, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe in equal rights under the law, but don’t support marriage equality and non discrimination for LGBTQ Americans, you are a hypocrite. 

If you are glad that California or New York do not decide national policy for you, but insist on forcing your red state policies on others, you are a hypocrite. 

If you believe in the first amendment, but call people who peacefully protest the President as hooligans, you are a hypocrite. 

If you are an American but think dissent is disrespectful, you are a hypocrite. 

If you think that anything that has happened over the last week is normal or acceptable, then you have not been paying attention.

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Will #BlueLivesMatter for Robert Parker?

I hope all of the people that were bucking hard for #BlueLivesMatter come to the defense of DC police officer, Robert Parker. A black man walking, wearing a hoodie and jeans. Flashback to Trayvon Martin. Since he matched the description of a suspect, he was slammed to the ground. Parker said even though he did not resist arrest and announced that he was a police officer, he was punched and brutalized. #BlackManWalking

Thank God he didn’t have some tea and Skittles, or Parker would have been another murder. Instead, Parker is just the latest victim of police brutality. Another victim of the systematic bias in policing. Another hashtag. If the people that say Blue Lives Matter do not support their brother in blue, then it is apparent what this movement really stands for. Until then… #BlackLivesMatter #RobertParker

You can read more about Officer Robert Parker’s brutal ordeal at FOX 5 DC.

The Affluenza Defense for Police 

Betty Shelby is pleading not guilty because she said the stress of Terence Crutcher caused temporary deafness, resulting in her not knowing that another police officer was going to tase him. What kind of mess is that? Is this going to be the affluenza defense for police officers? Can the families of murder victims use this defense/excuse in their civil suits?

Michael Brown didn’t hear you due to the stress of the situation. Tamir Rice didn’t hear you due to the stress of the situation. Freddie Gray didn’t hear you due to the stress of the situation. Tyre King didn’t hear you due to the stress of the situation. Alfred Olango didn’t hear you due to the stress of the situation. 

The list could go on for days, and unfortunately, there will probably be more by this time next week. This list will continue to grow until we hold people accountable. 

Lecrae Quote

Take a knee…people riot. 

Take a bullet…people quiet.

—Lecrae

#TerenceCrutcher #BlackLivesMatter #StopKillingUs #LoveWillWin

A Prayer of Comfort and Hope–Dr. Alyn E. Waller

It seems that every week we, as a community, are grieving another life lost. I continually say, “I am more than a hashtag.” Yet, it seems that we may be one mile, one block, one step, one breath from becoming the next hashtag. Good people from both sides have lost their lives, and we have shed too many tears to count. Community activists. Church members. Police officers. Leaders. Students. Mothers. Fathers. Daughters. Sons. Christians. Muslims. Black. Brown. Everyone. It seems no one is safe.

As a Christian, I have faith, but sometimes I find myself asking, Lord, help me with my unbelief. Dr. Waller’s prayer provides that answer.

And so, yes, we echo, even with tears in our eyes, pain in our hearts. We echo the words of the great hymn of antiquity, It Is Well with Our Soul. It is well knowing that God has a way of turning it around. It as well knowing the God has a way of using this to galvanize our efforts so that one day we shall stand and truly safe.

We cannot give up. We cannot give in. Let us fight the good fight knowing that one day we will be able to stand together safely united. Share this video as a reminder that it will be well. #LoveWillWin

What Does a “Bad Dude” Look Like? #TerenceCrutcher

I am constantly amazed about the police shootings that occur throughout this country–black, brown, yellow, green, orange, purple, and white. Every time, I think I have seen it all, another hashtag is created, and I am left sitting here shaking my head. My heart heavy. My soul just a bit more empty. Wondering what more can I say. Thinking how much more can I give. Saying what else can I do. Then, I stop my pity party and remember this is not about me. It’s about us, our community, and our next generations.

(Warning graphic content in the video)

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Can somebody please tell me, what does a “bad dude” look like? In the video below, one of the helicopter police officer (yet to be identified) can obviously tell from way up in the clouds that Terence Crutcher is a bad dude. Really??? Get the heck out of here with the stupid ish. Was it because Mr. Crutcher was black? Was it because Mr. Crutcher was big? Was it because Mr. Crutcher was a man? Or was it the perfect trifecta, Mr. Crutcher was big, black man. If that is not some classic stereotypical profiling, I don’t know what is. I wish the bad officers out there would let me know what a bad dude is so that I can give a heads up to my brothers, my cousins, my father, my uncles, my nephews, and my godson. Better yet, let me know what a bad one, bad girl, etc. looks like so I know how to protect myself.

So now I know that I cannot:

  • Have my car stall on the road #TerenceCrutcher
  • Ask why I was pulled over #SandraBland
  • Reach for my identification #PhilandoCastile
  • Try to reach for a child in my house #AiyanaStanleyJones
  • Be the victim of a botched raid #KathrynJohnston
  • Walk to get some tea and Skittles #TrayvonMartin
  • Leave from a party #RekiaBoyd
  • Do my job #CharlesKinsey
  • Worship in church #CharlestonNine

The list can go on and on. Did all of the people look bad? No. Were they all bad? No. So somebody please tell me. What does a bad dude look like?

The Success of Malcolm: The Death of a Dream

This was an interesting post about the recent events, racial movements such as Black Lives Matter, and equality. I would love to hear your thoughts.

I’ve been having a hard time with the recent Dallas shooting of 12 police officers, almost entirely because the progressive people who I have on my Facebook friends list, who make a point of acknowledging that the terrorists attacks in Turkey or Sudan are just as worthy of sympathy as the ones in France or Belgium, are noticeably silent about it. My guess is because they interpret Martin Luther King’s quote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” as applicable only to the dominant group. Of course, there are far more victims of police shootings than officers being shot, but when violence is carried out in the name of a progressive movement, and to be clear that is exactly what happened, then a good, hard look is required.

Read the entire article at The Success of Malcolm: The Death of a Dream

More Than a Hashtag #PhilandoCastile

Unfortunately, Facebook has already pulled the live video of Philando Castile’s murder. While many people are still raw and emotional over the death of Alton Sterling, we now have to process the death of Philando Castile. Our men are more than hashtags. They were men with families. Both MURDERED in front of their children by people who have pledged to protect us.

I pray that all people will unite together like they did for Harambe. I cannot understand how a gorilla receives more love than a person. Although Alton and Philando were treated no better than a wild animal, let us remember them as fine Black men taken from their communities. Stolen from their families. Their full potential never realized.

Let us never become complacent. Let this never become the norm. Each day, fight for your community so that we will live in a nation where hashtags like #AltonSterling, #PhilandoCastile, and #BlackLivesMatter are no longer necessary.

Read the article for more information at CBS Minnesota.

Independence Day

Today is the great day known as Independence Day. Many are celebrating with their family and friends. They may be having a cookout in their backyard, enjoying a local parade, going to the shore, or enjoying a local concert. This great day of celebrating will end with a grandiose display of fireworks set to a mix of contemporary music and patriotic tunes that make us proud to be an American. We sit back, smile, and reflect. Wow…it’s so great that we are independent and free. Whoa hold up…

I’m not sure about you, but I don’t think that all of us are so independent and free. Many people are still fighting for equality. We are still fighting to live in a nation where privilege is not limited to only white, cis men. We are fighting for equal sentencing where someone’s daddy is not worried that he won’t have steak for six months. We are fighting to have less regulation over women. Why do guns get a better deal than my body? We are fighting against police brutality—Michael Brown, Rekia Boyd, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, Freddie Gray, Mya Hall, Jonathan Sanders, and Sandra Bland should never be forgotten. We are fighting to keep families together instead of building walls and deporting anyone with melanin. How do you plan to make America great again? Do you plan on pushing everyone out based on the one drop rule?

As we continue in this year, let’s continue our fight for equality for all. Fight hate and discrimination with your words and actions. And as always…march to the beat of your drum.