just another repost and today’s rant
It is about 6am Saturday morning and while I have been checking my email and other social media, accounts I am listening to pundits talk about the President’s press conference.
This has been a rough few weeks moving into a month. The Voter Rights Act was essentially torn apart by SCOTUS stripping out Section4. I have gone over things in my mind repeatedly not being able to write about it and crying and wondering what was the true intent of that decision looking for positive outcomes and there are many but there are few players willing to make the best thing happen, which is Universal Voter Rights. we all know that conservatives don’t want everyone voting … redistricting packing and cracking interferes with the rights of minorities, rural folks, poor and low income … legally mind you. Then Women in Texas, South Carolina among others started to say NO to lawmakers…mostly men, wanting to control our bodies along with a few women who need to be schooled on what a rape kit is for and maybe told to move into the 21st Century period and then #justice4Trayvon marches began and juror B37 spoke and started something. It is obvious our voices need to get loud louder and loudest for those have no longer have one.
As I watched, listened to President Obama walk into to what usually is the President’s Carney briefing the room looked empty and enough for the President to comment as well as the so-called 2-minute rule was given … or not as reporters stated. I am a biased person, do not get me wrong there are things I do not agree with our President and it should be that way because we are not lemmings we as any race have different attitudes about life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The fact is a lot of people needed to hear PBO come to the mic and talk race but what we all heard was not just comments from the President about race or to respect the Trayvon Martin family their wishes for calm. It was a respect for the judicial system as well as a question for Americans about a possible way of looking at the laws that face us today. I am not quoting or trying to quote the President because everyone who heard watched that historic press conference would take and remember what he or she want. While each and every station on the airwaves does just that same thing it is only responsible thing for each and every one of us to listen to what the President said by playing the original tape and refrain yes I say refrain from using TV hosts, pundits and journo to tell you what he said and how to feel. It was an important moment because the stand your ground laws while supposedly absent in the Trayvon Martin case was possibly used by the jury to determine the fate of a young black man who just turned 17 …shot and killed by a so called would be cop. I ask anyone truly interested to compare what was said in the courtroom on day 1 to the juror instructions given by the judge. I say this as fact because of the history of George Zimmerman’s efforts to want to become a cop. I called BS on the verdict and I still feel that there is truly something wrong when a child is killed, the parents were not contacted immediately, and what happened to the cell phone? The police decided on their own that it was self-defense, only one guy requested expected an investigation felt there was a need to surveyed the neighborhood but that did not happen either while the evidence was not just withheld or tossed it was tainted no one is jailed
The fact is, what happened to Oscar grant, Trayvon Martin, Sean Belle, Jordan Davis as well as so many invisible people of colour, is unacceptable. While folks say oh well, black and brown folks are able to use the castle doctrine or the stand your ground law … common sense says reports tell us this is true after hearing what happened to a woman set to serve 20yrs for a warning shot, proves stand your ground has failed and the first question is … who is it really for. I ask how many more people (people of colour) have to die to see a law that is not being interpreted correctly or applied by those who believe in the extreme side of States Rights. We all know ALEC is involved and it would be in all our best interests to consider what future ALEC should play in the lives of Americans. I happen to believe Marissa Alexander was hoping that the police would come to her house and save her from an abusive husband but the system failed her. Reports are that Ms. Alexander will have a new trial but after 3 yrs in she will not be let go for the holidays I felt helpless upset angry and overwhelmed by all the things happening and unable to rant rave or shout now it’s time for each of us to ask question what our own States are doing about or using the castle doctrine and more specifically how our police interpret it .
I come from a long line of mixed family on both sides – this is fact. I know that without some complicit or secret relationships from a group of folks willing to take risks for love or whatever; I would not be here – this is another fact. I have children and I still believe in a woman’s right to choose, I am straight but I believe you should not be punished for loving whom you do and this is slowly melting away yet the fight to turn back the clock on civil, voter, human, reproductive rights is in full effect. Race will always matter … it is the person who chooses to be open to receive or reject that counts
Be there be aware and join us in the fight for equality
Yes, we folks of colour are not a monolithic group …thank goodness, yet there are situations experiences ….a move toward that ole’ separate but equal doctrine
President Obama expressed and described a treatment that … during his spontaneous press conference specified African Americans but Black and Brown young males are targeted profiled and harassed according to what that officer either learned was trained or had experience. I am not going to say my children or their friends are saints because there have been some lost souls we have had to pray for corrections for unacceptable arrests harassments and victims of violence. I have had good bad and ugly interactions with the police, my children and their friends have had them with local police for walking, sagging pants or the BMW, dad’s caddy or a benz or sports car that couldn’t possibly be theirs. My subsequent call my rant my rave at the department and a long history of other family members experiencing situations like the President Obama described yet, I also would like to inform America that girls and women of colour experience the good bad and the ugly of being brown black as well.