Who Will Speak For You?

Speak up now before it’s too late. Who will be left to speak up for you? #Think #Speak #BeTheChange #EngageTheEnraged

Keep Your Peace

Our country is in a contentious time—socially, economically, and politically. This never-ending election season seems to be the nastiest cycle of all time. Hopefully, this is a fluke and not the new norm. This spirit of “making America great again” and “being with her” has added to the divisiveness within our country. I wonder how long it will take our country to heal. You have to look no further than social media to see the hate that is still present in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

So what should we do to protect ourselves? How do we keep our sanity? Let’s take the Dalai Lama’s advice, “Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” No matter how much the trolls poke and prod with their slanderous statements and callous comments, just walk away. Stop following them. Block them. Don’t feed into their ignorance by responding. You may even need a social media vacation. Do what works for you. Just remember that your peace of mind is greater than any person in this world.

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.