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The tell tale of the well-meaning racist, in denial.

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 They told me to stay off Facebook; this is what a  typical thread on a dreary Thursday looks like,

 

[insert non-white race here] killed a [insert non-white race here], proving it is not about race. Remember, I will quote that red herring of a statistic, which misleads the argument, stating ,whites are killed by cops more than blacks, even though it has already been proven false, just like black on black  crime.”

 

Then I will continue or maybe end with,

 

“well, they [police in question] are prejudice, flawed-filled humans; not like these thugs and gangstas wanting to be victims.”

 

Okay, John. Let’s go over your answers together and make sure we have your logic clear:

 

-In acknowledging the prejudice in some, it confirms, for you, we are ALL prejudicial by nature. A not so subtle attempt to  excuse your own moral prejudices as normal. The individual  prejudice becomes a reflection of the collective self-righteousness. Basically, you are okay with your own reasoning and prejudice, because you see it in others.

 

-Prejudice is a more proper title for the forbidden “r-word”,  according to the massive 150 year study on Racists in a state of self-denial, titled, ” All Lives Matter, *unless you are the bad guys*, Bootstrap Edition 2016.”  Fun fact: White privilege is considered  hate speech by folks in self denial about their racism.

– You buy into, no pun implied, the  “hero vs.villain” mentality. In not wanting to be the”bad guy”, you prefer the “good guy who made a wrong choice”;  consequently, having a knee jerk response in support of that archetype when presented in media.  I, mean, c’mon…. who wants to be the bad guy? or worst YET, seen as the “bad guy”?

 

– Being more concerned with how you look and sound to others, you waste tremendous amounts of energy on presenting an image rather than actually being what is represented. For example, how can you be for  anti-racism, when your definition of “victim”  changes when he/she does not fit the stereotypes supported by your unethical judgments of what a victim is.

 

-Last but not least,  your obsession of what it looks like, rather than what it is, is more apparent when  you see the mistake  the cop made and give them a pass,  but when you see a young brown or black person make a mistake, they are condemned to death.  Thus, it is not about the crime committed, but about the person who committed the crime.. the person who is judged by what…ah yes; your already prejudicial and flaw filled human perception..You can acknowledge the humanity of the cop in question, but not the thug in question. Another Fun Fact: racists in self denial often frame a thugs humanity in support of their just condemnation as consequence of their  inherited “flawed” nature…regardless if the person is guilty or not…

 

but yes, yes,  yes,

 

shhhhhhh, shhhhhh, calm down,

 

 yes, of course Linda,

 

you are not racist, I mean, what would ever make me think that?

Hate is Universal

Hate See’s no color

Hate  has no limits.

Hate is Hate in any language,

this is beyond a constitutional solution…

My heart with the LGBTQ communities everywhere suffering from the disease of Hatred,

my strength goes to those fighting to find a cure.. 

 

 See the entire story here:  http://gawker.com/human-rights-watch-releases-video-showing-anti-gay-atta-1515624864

The realisations that have contributed, as to why I feel lost in my 20s

“I fear being Judged..proof is in my love for Law or commitment to Acting, along with how I compartmentalized my relationships and interactions in any aspect; thus creating a  complex system upheld off of my Fear of being judged. And to look around and realize my society is an exact mirror of this personal flaw, indicates that institutionalization is based on Fear.”

 

” We judge everything; and not the type of judgment that is like ” hey should I eat the poisonous apple or the healthy one 2 feet away?”, its judgments based off stupid shit, that has no life or death bearing; its like it matters only because we Made the issue. There is no preexisting issue, non-human made, that is the reason for war, racism, rape, murder and the destruction of natural resources…”

I Disagree

This is in response to a post on facebook on an article written by Rahki Kumar; you can read it here:

http://shine.yahoo.com/beauty/open-letter-michelle-obama-beyonce-not-role-model-231900311.html

MY Response:

I do not fully agree with this article; ironically as she is pointing out an image that beyonce is promoting is not to be looked up to, she is boiling down a person she has never met to the stereotype. I agree, the first woman could have picked someone else; but, funny enough, and in some ways sad enough, beyonce has the most class and the most clothes on than the “other” successful r&b diva’s. To boot, the fact a woman who flaunts her sexuality is still ostracized still shows that a woman must be of low intelligence and a “slut” if she is very sexual; and thus must promote the cycle of sexism, which was well in place before beyonce ever got famous. and also immortalizing woman who are the complete opposite does not undue the distorted view of woman. beyonce is a role model to those who look up to her; I blame the lack of understanding of how one works in the entertainment business, the culture of the american people, and the denial of the american people that sexism has become a staple in the exchange of interpersonal relationships. Do not discount har far one female individual has come because she does not fit the view of what a woman should be, for in fact that is the exact problem to begin with.

What’s your response?

Just another Coincidence?

As I read many articles about the incident of the recently deaceased Thomas kelly, many question began to flood my mind; when will proper legislation,state or federal, be fully enforced to protect the rights of victims of police burtality? when will a good lawyer stop the loopholes these suspended police find to avoid any jail time or serious reprucussions? as in the case of Thomas Kelly, when will the mental health institution take more advanced efforts to provide consistent and agressive policies that will ensure the patients are safe and taking required medication? Why is it, is social commentary and public opinion, when a “white” man dies it is police brutality, but when it is a person of color or young person of color, the people of the affected community react, its playing the race card?

If one has not heard yet, Thomas kelly was a schizophrenic homless man who was beaten and stunned by the police; it is alleged that because of the injusries sustain from the incident he died in the hospital after being taken off life support. his behavior was common of most schizophrenics trying to live within the dilapiting american mental healt institution. and although he has support from his family, his case still represents a very common and sad reality for people suffereing from emntal illness. what makes this case, or moreso the suspected verdict for these cops, so interesting is that not only is their actual footage from the orange county transit system

(although, ironically, the footage obtained is not in its entierty and is owned by the fullerton police. deja-vu anyone?)1

1.http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/08/videotape-shows-parts-of-deadly-fullerton-police-incident-da-says.html ““The camera at the bus depot was controlled by Fullerton police. It shows certain things but [does] not completely show everything” that happened”

Quote of the day: Human Observation

” The more violent porn becomes, it not only mainstreams the Desensitization of Humans being treated less than human, it provides a subtle outlet for the murderous and violent tendecies that reside within all of us; all the whille gaining pleasure from either activity.”

” So why did you move here all the way from California?” INTRO TO A bay area guide to surving NYC

Oh, Gaia.

As a recently displaced artist from the lovely Bay Area to the infamous NYC, the blog title, as stated above, has been the most consistent and annoying question I have been asked since I moved to NYC. As a response to the understandable question is always garnered, I feel my California pride is partially to blame for the impulsive reaction. (esp. since I cannot keep where I am from to myself; Oakland is the greatest place.period.)

THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE PERFECT TO ACTUALLY ENACT SOME FROM OF URBAN REVOLUTION.

I mean, for us real new yorkers, change is not something we are very fond of; but the change to bring back the new york I had visited and have come to love, is not that hard to get support for.So, why did i come here? other than to look cool and be all ” I’m a California activist, who is an aspiring NYC writer (minus the Carrie Bradshaw, because I’m not a skinny white female who writes about unimportant things; sorry, but if i get compared to sex and the city one more time; i mean the show is entertaining, but that never was and never real reflect the real new york nor the dating scene for 90% of the middle to poor class people of color. )

I want to bring back the local love; the natives of this city who have been pushed out or moved to Florida; to save a crumbling school system that is blatantly robbing kids. to show the world that if it can work here, it damn sure can work anywhere; to visit all the beautiful monuments and hole in the wall places that only NYC has; and to finally put a national spotlight and spark a revolution right under NYPD (and the superiors who are actually more part of the problem than your average truancy police) ass for just being… having a history of being racist fucks! NYC I will always love you; For the culture shock and hustle has taught me so many things and the growth that I have undergone could only happen here.. but its time for a change.. time to bring you back ( minus the racism and before wall st. market crash of course. 🙂 )

until next type…..

P.S. (part 2 is really for us Californians who are going to try and survive the concrete jungle>)

The Social Museum

We are all on Display. We bare our faults, thoughts, love-life, daily activities on Facebook status and Tweets. Majority of us still have a Myspace. I often wondered, if  another species from another planet were to come and visit us, what would they think about our technology? our dependence on Social media? if one were to create a museum of social media and Cultural relations, would we really be proud of what would represent us? just random thoughts for today…

My Top Ten Revelations while Taking a Social Media Course

As I attempt to catch up on the classwork, this part of the assignment was quite simple to complete. Here are the ten things I learned while taking a social media class in journalism:

1. I learned that internet only gives the illusion of making it easier to get accurate and honest information.

2. I am more dependent on Google search than I would like to admit.

3. I Have learned the definition of an RSS feed.

4. I  was introduced to the blogosphere and my criticism on blogs have lessened over the course. It’s not the blogs that are terrible; usually the authors.

5. I value traditional news and reading the newspaper much more before I took this course.

6. I did not know that the internet age could be broken up into generations; nor have I notice the change since it happen so quickly.

7. I did not know what could be categorized as Social Media until i took this course.

8. I did not know Obama used Facebook nor other forms of social media to gather votes or the perspective of the american people on political agendas. This is a good example of how social media really engrained itself in our everyday use and reception of information on issues that affect our everyday lives.

9. The Tea Party movement with using blogs was single handily the best social-political media weapon I’ve seen this year.

10. I am more social media savvy than I was before; keeping up with the trends of technology are always the best defense for journalists to still be relevant to their readers.

The Writers Basement: Artists and a Cafe

THIS IS A SPECIAL EDITION FEATURE!!! HERE IS PART ONE! ENJOY!

  

The UnConventional Advocate Journalist

 

Name: Toussaint Du Bois. aka liberation poet

Age: 26

Profession:  Aspiring Architect/ Revolutionist/Writer

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        This interview actually came about from a discussion we were having, one of the many political discussions, and  felt he was a great candidate to interview; especially because he volunteers at the Commerator of The Black Panther Party in Berkeley, Ca. He writes and edits for their Newsprint.

Me: so, the basic boring stuff; age? where were you born?  

  Toussaint: Septemeber 7th, 1984; Detroit, Michigan

MeWould you considery ourself to be  traditional Journalist?

  Toussaint: well, to be honest I wouldn’t consider myself a journalist at all. 
Me: well that would conclude this interview. *laughs* well, okay to me, i consider you a journalist because of the work you do at the Commerator. you write for their newspaper right?
Toussaint: correct. well actually, I have been working there for the past 6 months and I really am proud of what I have accomplished so far. what I mainly do for the newspaper, however is mainly cover stories that affect out community and support the cause the Black Panther Party supports and some of my interest as well.
Me: so how do you gather the information for your stories?
Toussaint: I look to other journals. cite resources and references, Interviews with various people, for instance, the guy you met here, Melvin dickson or Elaine Brown.
Me: so why don’t you consider yourself a journalist?
Toussaint: well, a traditional journalist, no; I did’nt go to school for it so I don’t consider myself a hardcore journalist.
Me: So, for clarification purposes, i consider you to be a journalist because you perform a public service for you community; a moral that most journalist have failed to strictly uphold. through social media,You inform and uplift your community through your writing and bringing under-reported strories of struggle to light. speaking of social media, how do you think the various tools of sociai just media can be used to promote your message?
Toussaint: well with the current state of society and media, i say it doesnt; present the facts and the story will reveal itself. The mainstream media filters and spins the news and facts. They also don’t cover stories that are of dire importance to the consciousness of our communities; for example the Georgia prison strike or the death of Raheem Brown. both were not reported in the mainstream news, and much of the public are unaware of these incidents even occurring.
Me: so if you could use the tools, how would you use them?
Toussaint: well, in the positive aspect, social media makes it so easy to assemble and reach a mass amount of people. Its like centralized access; like the event page on Facebook. hundreds of people can view that within a day. its amazing.
Me: with the progression of such modern technology, where do you see the future of newspaper?the Commerator newspaper?
Toussaint: for the commerator, we are entering a monthly division phase—- also we use the newspaper as an organizing tool; i think the newspaper is dynamic in creating enthusiasm and passion for anything one wants to write about.