STAY WOKE!


Well, here I am again trying to initiate another endeavor that I hope to continue. I don't spend the whole lot of time dealing with my craft which I believe is writing and creating. It's just not something I always have the energy to do. Between having a 9-to-5 job and dealing with my personal issues, sometimes my "white people problems" get in the way of actually doing something constructive. So, I'm hoping that in this so-called "new year", I can actually get to doing things that are more substantially creative and hopefully lucrative.

Now that I got my pseudo-counseling out of the way, I would be remiss if I did not mention the landscape within which we live today in the year of our Lord 2017. In the next couple of weeks we will begin the era of Trump. We're going to embark on something I believe will be a strange and treacherous ride. We're already dealing with some of the most egregious cabinet appointments you will see since Jim Crow. Extreme far-right individuals are being placed in positions of power much to the dismay of the most disenfranchised in this country. It’s been a quirky and tumultuous couple of months since the election and it doesn't seem to be getting much better. There is a most palpable sense of dread hanging over this country. Maybe this is how most white people felt when Barack Obama was elected more than eight years ago. But I can't imagine that it's for the same reasons us minorities feel at this moment.

I cannot recall any instance where Pres. Obama was out-right vocal as to his disdain for a certain segment of this country. I cannot remember an instance where Pres. Obama singled out an ethnic minority of this country and resorted to name-calling and fear-mongering to make his point. It seems to me that there has never really been a moment during his presidency where he mocked and victimized, verbally, those he has physical differences with. This new president-elect has done all of these things, in spades, and it seems that he's been given a pass by those in power. It seems to me that the moral compass of this country has shifted in a direction that I think will take more than four years to fix, if ever.

I find that a lot of pundits and those who give a damn about this type of thing attempt to make light of the situation. They say things like, "this is going to be a funny and hilarious four years." And maybe it will be. But as we giggle and make light of his most obvious flaws both socially and perhaps intellectually, those that surround him may do irreparable damage to the civil fabric of this country. The people that will comprise his support team may unravel a large portion of the civil rights advances we've made over the last 40 to 50 years. It's a frightening concept to believe that a large majority of the dominant society of this country could look the other way as supremacists wreak havoc on the weakest segments of our nation.

For all the comedy that may come out of this presidency, I am not at all optimistic about what the future holds for my children. If the trend in this supremacist ideology, as fashionable as it seems these days, continues, we could be in for something more dire and insidious. If we don't stop for a moment, and between the moments of levity we may find in this newly elected president's term, and really pay attention to the details, we could wake up one day in a country that we don't recognize at all.

Stay woke people!


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