White Guilt and the Obsequious Negro – Musings on Dr. Ben Carson

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Google defines the word obsequious as “obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree. Synonyms offered are “servile, ingratiating, sycophantic, fawning, unctuous, oily, oleaginous, groveling, cringing, subservient, submissive, slavish, brown-nosing, bootlicking, smarmy and ass-kissing.

This definition perfectly describes the public persona of Ben Carson with regards to white people. It has been obvious for quite some time that Dr. Carson’s entire existence is an audition for proximity to whiteness, especially after Carson’s “slaves were immigrants” comment.

“That’s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.”

There’s not much beyond derision and ridicule that I can offer as critique of Carson’s ridiculous ahistorical comments, but an interesting conversation can be held about the reasoning behind his cloying need to make such pronouncements. Simply put, Dr. Carson is motivated by a desperate need to be liked by white people. In his search for white acceptance, he has found a need engendered by whiteness that he can fulfill and in meeting that need he has indeed found a modicum of favorable reception.

One of the defining characteristics of whiteness as identity is its implied innocence. This innocence is as mythical as it is false and, therefore it needs to buttressed by a continuous barrage of lies to obscure how utterly bereft this myth is. Whiteness is, of course not innocent. The very idea of a people who would be white is a very evil thing as the idea of being “white” has been the excuse for all manner of atrocities committed by people who would see themselves as white against People of Color. In reality whiteness is guilty.

The myth of white innocence juxtaposed against the reality of white guilt is cause for a great degree of cognitive dissonance and sociological fragility in white identified people which creates a need for People of Color who would speak against their own reality in support of the myth of white innocence.

Ben Carson and other public anti Black Negroes have a quid pro quo relationship with whiteness. His public performance of self-negation is rewarded with recognition, promotion, and ever higher platforms for which to blather his inanities. He knows damn well his happy slaves tripe is falsehood as much as his intended audience. It’s just that they need to hear those lies as much as he needs to tell them.

-Michael Chester

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Old School Video of The Week: Samuelle – “So You Like What You See”

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The year was 1990 when former Club Nouveau member Samuelle released the single, “So You Like What You See,” off his debut and only album entitled, Living In Black Paradise.

“So You Like What You See” was even more popular in later years, and was featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, in 2004. Samuelle continues to perform with Club Nouveau.

Ms. Scripter

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Note To Social Media: Hillary Clinton Lost, Time To Regroup

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hillary-clintonOPINION – November 8th came and went, and the outcome of the Presidential Election shocked a lot of people, with Donald Trump winning the Presidency. I thought Hillary Clinton was going to win and the nation isn’t that silly to elect a failed businessperson who has filed for bankruptcy on numerous occasions. Also, a man who is a blatant sexist, shares xenophobic and racist views, has zero filter with no experience. to run the highest office in the Nation. Well, that proved to be wrong, and now we are faced with a Trump Presidency.

I did become excited that maybe, just maybe my Facebook social media feed would not be flapping their keyboard gums about Hillary Clinton any longer. That proved to be a false narrative; it has got worse.

The shaming of those who stated they didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton has reached a fever pitch. Not only are people crying about the outcome on social media, but the finger pointing has also taken center stage. The blaming of the 3rd party votes like Green Party Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson has now become the number one excuse as to why HRC lost the election. Folks seem to avoid talking about Jill Stein receiving votes, when Barack Obama won, but the key word is because he won and thus the complaints about 3rd party spoilers were muted. Voting for the Libertarian or Green Party is the norm, but HRC got walloped in key states, but that seem to escape one’s dialogue. The fact remains the same 55 plus million voters co-sign to Donald Trump, and that is a glaring statistic.

The fact that is also escaping so many, is that angry white voters didn’t gravitate toward HRC, they went with Trump instead (which includes women). Folks are also not taking into consideration that some Latinos, more than Mitt Romney received (33& Latino men & 26% Latino women) voted for Trump. This was the election of white nationalism, they also weren’t having a woman running the show as President, and they surely embraced Trump’s racial dog whistle politics. Furthermore, angry white voters gravitated toward a candidate that was not part of the establishment (in their mind), and that was only the tip of the iceberg of things to come as far as the results are concerned. There is no coincidence that 64% of white men voted for Trump, and 52% of white women voted for Trump.

HRC was a flawed candidate from the onset, with baggage that was so intense that it made a sanitation worker take a keen interest in disposing of it. What made matters worse is that the shenanigans that were on display concerning HRC’s campaign. Media personalities leaking debate questions, and among other things that didn’t sit well with people. What would also be part of HRC’s failed campaigned, was that she selected a boring running mate in Tim Kaine, who until this day was a drastic mistake. HRC’s campaign was designed to fail in the first place, the entitlement to the Presidency rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, and she became an unlikeable figure.

“They are saying they did nothing wrong, which is ridiculous,” said one Clinton surrogate. “She was the wrong messenger and everyone misjudged how pissed working class people were.”

The arrogance of the DNC was on full display because some people who supported her, felt that Clinton was entitled to the Presidency. When one evaluates this election, one would know that it was time for a Republican President to win the election. Eight years of a Democratic one, that goes unanswered is not part of history. More than likely a Republican President, would have won regardless, but someone like Trump winning says a lot about the nation.

So, let’s embrace the loss that HRC received and regroup, and understand that the DNC should start pushing more Progressive, young, new candidates and get rid of the business as usual politicians. Let’s stop blaming one entity and realize HRC lost and there is a lot of blame to go around, and the primary factor is she just wasn’t a great candidate. Time for more progressive candidates, if the DNC doesn’t push this then they are tone deaf, just like Howard Dean who wants to insert himself as the new DNC chair. The old Democrats need to take a seat and fade to Black. No one wants to see guys like Howard Dean, so it’s obvious the tone deafness continues to be the DNC’s mo and this means the Party will continue to lose.

To be honest, I’m am mentally exhausted from hearing about this election and its aftermath. The constant bickering is the worse I’ve seen on social media since I’ve signed up. It’s embarrassing how many voters, can’t understand how HRC lost and continued the blame game, by targeting a small group of Libertarians and Green Party candidates.  Instead of holding the Democratic Party accountable for attempting to co-sign a seriously flawed candidate in the first place. If Hillary Clinton didn’t win, it’s because of various factors and that includes Hillary Clinton herself. So, let’s re-group, push for more progressives candidates, no more centrist ideologies and realize old established Democrats can’t excite a paper bag with their business as usual agenda and need to exit stage left.

-Ms Scripter 

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Are We Over Sharing Personal Information On Facebook?

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OPINION-Many people use Facebook or any other social media outlets for entertainment, keeping in touch with old friends, relatives, co-workers, learning about news, venting (that can be therapeutic), and to promote a business as part of a marketing strategy. I used it for all of these purposes, but as far as venting goes, I utilize it in a way when I update a status I’m mindful that my personal business is not exposed to the “cyber friends” (what you thought they were all your real friends?) to see.

I have read some thought provoking Facebook status updates, where it promotes critical thinking skills and intelligent discourse. Then occasionally I see certain status updates and pictures, that provides information, which quite frankly I don’t want to see. Various information and photos are shared on a personal scale, which causes me to pause at times. When that happens I think to myself; they are overdoing it.

In times in our lives, we all get sick or are go through relationship issues that’s a given. Unfortunately, some friends dedicate their entire Facebook page by informing us minute by minute that their girlfriend, boyfriend, wife, husband or ex is a demon. They get into vivid details about them. I even had someone share a photo of themselves, displaying the results of a beating their boyfriend inflicted on them. My first thought after seeing the photo, is why didn’t they call the police, why display that on social media? I get that we like to vent, but to display the narratives where one’s personal business is out there on a consistent basis, is not enjoyable to read unless there are individuals that like to laugh at those who are going through drama.

Sharing personal information about a spouse can also lead to deadly consequences:

Angie Burke, a neighbor who lives near the deceased family, said Megan Short had posted on Facebook about needing help moving out of her house on Aug. 6 ― the same day police uncovered the grisly scene during a welfare check. A family member had contacted police after Short failed to appear for a lunch date.

The Berks County District Attorney Office said there was a history of “domestic issues” between the married couple, but did not confirm the identity of the suspected shooter. An autopsy of the father is scheduled for Monday afternoon, and the investigation is ongoing.

“This is an apparent tragic domestic incident,” the office said in a statement.

Burke said that last month, she posted a story to her Facebook wall about emotional abuse. Short commented on the link, Burke said, writing that it was the reason why she was leaving her marriage.

In this case, this does not indicate victim blaming, but some things shouldn’t be shared on social media. Don’t be surprised the victim was Facebook friends, with her husband’s siblings, friends, etc. and they went and told him what Burke was about to do. When the husband found out the news that Burke was leaving him, he decided like most abusers do, that his wife wasn’t going to leave him alive.

Regarding those who get sick (hey it happens), what bothered me one time, was an old high school friend who was suffering from cancer. Some relative, or friend decided to take a picture of my old high school buddy in the hospital and post it. The image showed my friend in a comatose state with a tube down his throat. I was so upset, that someone that callous would do that to a person, but this is the world we live in, that everything seems to have to be shared on social media. This friend later passed away the day the picture was shared, and that is the lasting image I would have of him. I wouldn’t be surprised that my friend was already deceased in that picture. It was tasteless to display such an image on social media, but again people share everything and think it is appropriate.

Are we going to be a society, where if someone gets shot, they are going to update their status to let their friends know they been shot instead of calling an ambulance? Better yet, someone stating they are bleeding out and giving final shout outs via Facebook Live as they wait to literally see the light? We overshare one’s personal information way too much, but there are things that we do share that is important to the topic of social justice.

One of the features that Facebook gave us is the live feature, which allows up to post videos like it’s live CNN coverage. Some cases, where Facebook Live is used has helped folks see what Black people go through when interacting with police. One example is the death of Philando Castille who was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop, and afterward, Castille’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds used the Facebook Live feed feature, to invite us into the aftermath.

If what’s being often shared isn’t conducive to my environment, I often unfollowed a lot of individuals because of it. I can no longer subject myself to the negativity and the over-sharing of personal information unless it involves social issues and even in that aspect I take that information in small doses. I also enjoy feel good moments where family or friends are out and about and just enjoying life. Not everyone wants to see images or read an overabundance of personal information that is like reading a soap opera unless that is something that is entertaining to those who are subjected to it. I don’t go on social media for that reason, and prefer my newsfeed to reflect my characteristics; I wouldn’t have it any other way.

-Ms Scripter

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Black Women Aren’t Safe Rejecting Black Men Advances…

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Man Shoots At DoorNEW YORK-A narrative slowly becoming viral is about a few Black women who were out at the Bee Hive Lounge in Brooklyn has made its way on social media. To obtained a grasp of the theme, it is related to a lot of incidents concerning Black women, who reject a Black man’s advances and are subsequently assaulted and even killed for simply saying they aren’t interested. Before I get to the story, recently before this incident there was another incident where a Black woman rejected a Black man in Philadelphia on July 1, 2016, which resulted in violence. It was caught on tape, but in this case, luckily no one got hurt:

The incident began 2:30 p.m. Thursday inside the Rite Aid at 1334 Windrim Ave., police said. A woman told police she was approached by the suspect who attempted to start a conversation with her.

When woman told the suspect that she wasn’t interested, police said, the man followed her around the store as she shopped. He then followed the victim out of the store when she left.

She entered the Safe Haven shelter, located a few blocks south of the store, where cameras recorded the suspect drawing a handgun from his right pocket and firing three times into the doors.

Some men appear to have trouble with rejection. I don’t think they realize that not everyone wants their entitled self-serving ass and that one needs to stop acting like little boys when their feelings get hurt, by rejection.

Now, here is what allegedly happened recently at the Bee Hive Lounge in Brooklyn, in the words of the victim with some editing:

Last night (July 1, 2016), my home girls and I decided to go this bar on Atlantic Avenue. We honestly did not want to go here in the first place but it was in the neighborhood. So as we are sitting down smoking hookah and talking. These rachet a** dudes kept coming over to us trying to talk to us. We politely told the men “We are not interested” they kept on harassing us until one of my home girls was like “stop touching me” home boy got upset and sucka punched her right in the eye. After that the people he came with started swinging on us and in the middle of it all I got punched in the nose by one of the other guys!!!!!! Please do not go to this ghetto spot unless you looking to get punched in the face. Oh and the owner was useless. He was useless because after I called the cops. He closed his gates down and was more concerned about his business than making sure us ladies were okay. This tells me that he probably condone men punching women in the face. I cannot fathom enough how hurt I am for both my friends and myself. We were just trying to have a good time and we got into it with some ghetto people just because we were not trying to talk to them. Some of these dudes now a days are cowards and rather hit their sisters before they hit another man. The guy who punched my friend in the face knew exactly what we was doing and the same thing goes for his friend that punched me. Our black men got to do better because any of us could of been their sister, mother or aunt. Ladies protect yourself when you are out and about because this could happen to you. All because you do not want to talk to a man. Please share this and spread the word. This place needs to get shut down.

So, the Bee Hive Lounge in no way shape or form is safe for Black women. Clearly, the owner is incompetent when it comes down to safety. No one should patrognize a business establishment like that, where women are beaten up for saying no to advances by men. Every night that I pass by that lounge in the safe arms of a vehicle, I see cops sometimes parked in the vicinity. Clearly, this lounge has a problem, where they can’t control the behavior of their customers. Maybe a lawsuit will set the wheels in motion to force the owner to focus on safey. Men like this clearly believes that violence, is the answer because their crusty ass can’t accept rejection and the manager who does nothing is the co-signer. This type of behavior has become an epidemic, where I suggest any Black women who lives in an open carry state and can obtain a hand gun should get their gun permits to protect themselves from the likes of these individuals.

Before I get complaints, that not all Black men are behaving like this (no one said this is appointed to all Black men), white men are just suspectible with the form of entitlement. Take Jaguars linebacker for instance who threw a violent tantrum because he couldn’t get a woman’s phone number:

According to a police report, Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta was flirting with a woman at a bar before allegedly shoving her face and throwing her into a glass window because she refused to give him her number.

With that being said, I’m focused on my interest, which is Black women. Who is teaching these little boys on how to treat women? Behavior like this is learned in the home, and it’s starting to get so bad it’s an everyday occurrence. Why would any woman with sense talk to a man, who has a violent outburst, when they can’t get their way? Apparently, men that fit that profile have participated in domestic violence in the past and if one accepts his advances, may become the next victim.

Men need to learn to control their emotions if a woman doesn’t want to be bothered with entertaining one’s attempt at trying to “holla” at them; just leave us alone. It’s becoming so bad; it is downright dangerous for a Black woman to be out in about, without the protection of other men, to keep the savages at bay. We shouldn’t have to live in fear, when going out in public because little boys don’t understand how to react in a grown up manner to the words “I’m not interested”.

-Ms Scripter

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How Many Times Are You Going To Post That Old Celebrity Death News?

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OPINION- Seriously, how many times will folks on Facebook (since Twitter knows better) are we going to post a celebrities’ passing continually when they died years ago?

One day I was reading my timeline and who pops up? The late legendary rapper of the Beastie Boys Adam Yauch with the comments, “damn man rest in peace, this is sad another legend has left us”. [Pause] In no way, am I’m making a humorous attempt at mocking one’s passing, but how many times is Yauch going to die? For the record, Adam Yauch passed away on May 4th, 2012. Yes, that’s a 12, not a 16.

I was thinking maybe the news about Yauch’s passing was just one Facebook friend, posting the error, but it felt like it went viral. That’s because it wasn’t just one Facebook friend, it was a dozen posting the same article, reporting it like it was breaking news. That news is a good five years late, but who’s counting right?

Then the unthinkable happen. I see an article posted that the late great Lena Horne has passed away. Then the comments were, “damn we losing all our Black entertainers, first Prince now Ms. Horne!” Okay, enough already! Ms. Horne passed away on May 9, 2010. Then it made me think, that these articles are circulating again because we are in the same month that they passed away. That’s fine, but do we check the date before posting on our timelines? Furthermore, how does one not know these legends have left us in the physical years ago?

I don’t know what’s next, someone reporting breaking news that Whitney and Michael passed away. A simple check of the date of the article before posting will suffice so that the person who posted it does not come across as unknowledgeable. Instead, one is getting that Kermit The Frog side-eye from one’s Facebook friends and many of them thinking one must live in a cave to not know what’s going on in the world. Trust me, a lot of your Facebook friends are shaking their heads and won’t even privately tell you that the breaking news you thought was breaking, was rehashed old news. They are more than likely, talking about you behind your back, laughing at your mishap.

Once again, it only takes a minute, check the date before killing off celebrities, over and over again. Stop being lazy and just posting this grim reaper like news, without being cognizant enough to know that it might be news that is ancient. I dread in a few years that I have to see an article that states, Prince passed away. That would only mean, that I need some to start deleting folks from my friend’s list, rather expeditiously.

-Ms Scripter

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Trump & Clinton: It was All Good Just A Week Ago…

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OPINION-Last Friday night (3/11/16) was a great night for people who aren’t Donald Trump fans. For those who aren’t aware, that Trump decided to hold a rally in Chicago. When I first heard the Donald was going to Chicago my first thought was, he must be crazy.

I couldn’t believe Trump will hold a rally where the home of the late Fred Hampton – the Black Panther icon, was brutally murdered by Chicago Police. The same Chicago that is the home to one of the most corrupted police departments in the United States that has the historic history of terrorizing Blacks and Latinos. The same Chicago where politicians like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and one of the most corrupt Attorney Generals in Anita Alvarez rule over their oppress constituents. Is Trump going to show up in Chicago? Really?

Well then before Trump could show his orange face to the podium to begin his hate speech once again, a crowd of protestors from all angles and ethnicities weren’t having it. Scuffles broke out between supporters and protestors and Trump cowardly used the police department as a blanket to state he was cancelling his appearance. Trump told Don Lemon of CNN that the police didn’t think it was a good idea for him to make an appearance. Gee Donald, you think?

Other Presidential nominees (Cruz and Rubio) came out and suggested that Trump’s speeches have evoked violence at all of Trump’s rallies. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton decided to go a different route, and told the media that the protestors should take a page out of the people who lost loved ones after the Charleston Church massacre, last year:

“The families of those victims came together and melted hearts in the statehouse and the Confederate flag came down,” Clinton said. “That should be the model we strive for to overcome painful divisions in our country.”

Let me get this straight and decode this language. Clinton is telling the north to be a good obedient negro like the south and turn the other cheek, and inherit the “we shall overcome” philosophy that the people in Charleston demonstrated after a despicable racist massacred a group of Black church goers. I guess another crazy one running for office, think we were going to let that slide. The backlash Clinton received for that comment was swift and all over social media. Of course, that statement wasn’t scaled back, and I know Clinton heard and read the backlash.

Clinton isn’t going to backtrack because I believe she has 0 respect for Black people just by her actions, but one continues to vote for her nevertheless and cape for her like she is a superhero. Where was Clinton’s comments after a Black man was punched, by that white Trump supporter as he was being escorted out by police, before the Chicago rally? Where was Clinton’s comment about families coming together when that white man pushed the Black woman at another one of Trump rallies? Hillary Clinton waited for when Chicago clearly was not having it, to decide to tell protestors that we should come together. One has to understand the code words and style Clinton is using, and she isn’t no better than Trump. Hillary Clinton is a sophisticated racist to me, and one’s actions speak volumes.

Before the comment about the Trump protestors, Hillary Clinton also praised the late Nancy Reagan for bringing AIDS awareness to the forefront (yes you heard it correctly):

“It may be hard for your viewers to remember how difficult it was for people to talk about H.I.V./AIDS back in the 1980s,” Mrs. Clinton, who was attending Mrs. Reagan’s funeral in Simi Valley, Calif., told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “And because of both President and Mrs. Reagan – in particular, Mrs. Reagan – we started a national conversation, when before nobody would talk about it. Nobody wanted anything to do with it.”

Clinton had to hurry up and do a verbal moonwalk to address her statement, about the Reagans and AIDS:

“While the Reagans were strong advocates for stem cell research and finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, I misspoke about their record on H.I.V. and AIDS,” she said in a statement about two hours after her interview had been shown on MSNBC. “For that, I’m sorry.”

Clinton’s apology was quick because she knows she upset so many people (the LBGT community) with that misinformation that she attempted to pass on as truth. To make sure Clinton was in the clear, she apologized twice. When Clinton was asked to apologize for that “super-predator” comment concerning Black men by a protestor, we still are waiting to hear it. Do Black people see the kind of respect she has for us? Clinton has none, because the South gave her 90% of the Black vote, so she is chilling. Let that sink in…

Clinton got caught attempting to re-write history again. This time, against her rival Senator Bernie Sanders when she was discussing her fight for health care reform:

During an event in St. Louis, Missouri, Clinton accused the senator from Vermont of being soft on healthcare reform before he made a single-payer system one of his main campaign promises.

“Where was he when I was trying to get healthcare in ’93 and ’94?” she asked a crowd of supporters.

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I guess Clinton forgot there was a picture of Sanders standing right behind her, during her speech on healthcare reform in the 90’s. Clinton seems to enjoy fibbing and getting caught while doing it. The internet can be a gift and curse and in this case, it worked in Sanders favor, just not in Clinton’s.

Now, let’s get back to Trump. He has to worry about watching his back (since one protestor tried to get to him in St. Louis). Trump is attempting to use the protestors as a means to rile up his fan based, and he has even said he will start pressing charges against demonstrators. Trump also hinted that he may pay the legal fees, of the white man who suckered punch the Black man at one of his rallies. Trump is like the Grand Wizard at a Klan rally, attempting to launch a race war.

“I love the old days, you know what they used to do to (protestors) like that when they get out of line? They’d be carried away on a stretcher folks.” – Donald Trump

I guess Trump means like they did to protestors in Kent State in 1970? Unfortunately, for Trump, not all states are having the Klan convention continue to go unchecked. Someone could eventually get seriously hurt; the conversation should be when will Trump get arrested for his inflammatory comments. If Trump’s speeches lead to severe violence as he appears to kick up his rhetoric a notch at each rally, who should shoulder the blame? Yes, there is such thing as free speech, but words have consequences.

Last week, wasn’t an excellent one for both Clinton and Trump. Trump has to watch his back going forward; the Secret Service may be around, but that doesn’t mean Trump is comfortable. Trump claimed he would have punched that protestor if he got near him, but from what I saw on the video, he looked like a scared puppy hiding behind the Secret Service to me. Whether Trump wants to admit it or not, Chicago shook him up, and I hope other cities will model what Chicago did when he enters their turf. As for Clinton her true colors were revealed a long time ago (she will say anything to get elected), and now she is on an apology tour (she just not apologizing to Black people). Oh boy, everything was all good just a week ago…

-Ms Scripture

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Political Endorsements Are Insignificant To Me

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OPINION – When I turned on the local or cable news, not a moment goes by when I’m subjected to cheerleading from other politicians endorsing a candidate for office. In this state of the political game as we head into “Super Tuesday” for the Presidential primaries, candidates believe that key endorsements are one of the components to victory.

Back when I didn’t have the political knowledge, I would rely on seeing endorsements from figures that I was familiar with to guide me when it was my time to vote. I used to take endorsements seriously and trusted the politician that was co-signing for the candidate. Better yet, if the politician was of a particular allegiance like a Democrat or an Independent, then they automatically will receive my vote. I didn’t bother to check out Green Party Candidates, or even check out Republican candidates. It didn’t matter if the politician that was running for office didn’t share my ideology; I was listening to endorsements from people I knew. Of course, that style would change a few years later when I took the time to do some investigative work and read more.

Endorsements mean nothing to me anymore, in fact, when I see another political figure endorse a candidate my thought process is what did the candidate promise them. Some politicians that love to support other candidates, either get a promise that they will be in a cabinet post if elected, or some extra funding in their districts (which never seems to reach their current community), or some other private incentive at the voter’s expense.

When I check my Facebook page, I have to read my representative, in my district Hakeem Jefferies every morning like clockwork, praising Hillary Clinton for President. The constant ass kissing is so blatant I want to regurgitate. When asked about why she should even get my vote and what has she done for Black people, all I hear is crickets. Every chance I get I respond to Jefferies Facebook post with a sarcastic condensing tone that I’m surprised the handlers on his professional page haven’t banned me yet.

Recently representative and civil rights icon John Lewis endorsed Hillary Clinton. During the initial endorsement speech Lewis couldn’t wait to take a shot at Sanders. Lewis implied that he didn’t see Sanders during the civil rights movement. I mean how could he, I still find it difficult to locate Waldo in the finding Where’s Waldo book series, so how could Lewis see Sanders during that time? I think Lewis was attempting to inform Blacks to vote for Hillary because Sanders record on civil rights is shady. I mean there isn’t a hidden agenda from Lewis, he is one of our Black icons. Lewis wouldn’t just endorse without being promised anything, right?

[Pause] Maybe I’m missing something, but what has Clinton done for Black people, besides calling Black men/boys “super predators”? Better yet, where was Hillary’s outrage as her husband ensured many Black families were destroyed during the signing of the Crime Bill? Why should I listen to Lewis, Jefferies, Representative Clyburn, The Latino Caucus and others, when they come out and endorse Hillary Clinton?

Sorry, there is too much information out there for me to vote blindly for candidates because someone told me too and like a sucker I should follow. We are in the new age of social media, where I don’t have an excuse to be politically ignorant and vote for a candidate just because of name recognition, endorsements, or because someone told me too and if I don’t Trump will be President (folks like that are attempting to force one to vote out of fear). I rather think for myself independently than to rely on voting for someone based on endorsements.

Lastly, to all the other politicians that endorse other candidates and expect one to fall in line, guess what? I’m just not that type of voter, and if a lot of voters were to do their independent research, they would realize that these key endorsements aren’t worth anything because it’s not to the benefit of the electorate, but the benefit of those who are doing the endorsing.

Happy Super Tuesday!

-Ms Scripter

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My Top Five Reasons I Think Former Cop Peter Liang Got Convicted

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OPINION-The jury has reached a verdict and has convicted rookie NYPD officer Peter Liang of fatally shooting Akai Gurley in a Brooklyn Housing Project (Pink Houses). Liang was found guilty of 2nd-degree manslaughter and official misconduct. When I heard the conviction, I wasn’t at all moved or surprised. I was happy that the family of Akai Gurley can now say they know what justice feels like for once. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same to the families of Rekia Boyd, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and the list goes on and on where I would name a 1,000 unarmed plus Black people killed by police and not receive a hint of justice.

I thought about the case against Liang and my thoughts ran on several reasons, why he was convicted in the first place.

  1. Peter Liang is an Asian American. Let’s be completely honest, if the police officer involved in the killing of an unarmed Black person were white, they would have more than likely been acquitted.  We have heard countless shootings of unarmed Black people and not a single conviction when the officers are white. Does Eric Garner and Tamir Rice ring a bell? These killings were caught on video, for the world to see and the families still didn’t receive justice. The justice system is designed to protect those who are not of color and therefore, this verdict means absolutely nothing to me. Impress me, with a few convictions of white officers for a change.
  2. Peter Liang didn’t pass probation, and, therefore, the union wasn’t going to back him, like they would do other officers. You notice how quiet the rhetoric has been from NYPD Union Representative Pat Lynch? Sure Lynch released a statement, but he wasn’t [Suge Knight voice] all in the videos in support of Liang like he was running for political office. Lynch soft style of support for Liang was deafening. If Liang had been a veteran officer then maybe the support would have been more visible and loud, like Lynch and his cronies always show in spite of the glaring evidence against officers that they are representing.
  3. District Attorney Thompson did something most DA’s have refused to do in a case where a police officer kills an unarmed Black person. Thompson received an indictment from the very beginning. Everyone knows that a DA can indict a “ham sandwich”, and Thompson made it clear he didn’t want a special prosecutor to take over this case; he can convict a police officer of breaking the law on his own. I knew that Thompson wasn’t the one to mess around with when it comes down to convicting police officers, unlike his predecessor Charles Hynes. I voted for Thompson because I felt that he would show some integrity more so than the rest of the DA’s in the five boroughs that have purposely thrown cases for police. Unfortunately for Liang, he didn’t have Hynes to bail him out. Thompson’s team made a compelling case for a conviction and gave me a reason to be very proud that he received my vote and will continue to get my vote.
  4. Liang showed a total disregard for human life when he failed to provide first aid to a dying Gurley. Instead of performing CPR, Liang had the nerve to say he felt unqualified in carrying out CPR at the time of the killing. Didn’t he just graduate from the police academy? It’s a requirement that a police officer passes first aid training. What also topped it off was Liang arguing with his partner, as Gurley lay dying and didn’t lift up a finger to assist him. These instances more than likely rubbed juries the wrong way because he was flat out lying and that was a classic case of police misconduct. Manslaughter in the 2nd degree is the right call because a cop shouldn’t have his gun out, finger on the trigger while he is conducting a patrol. Liang was reckless, and it showed. Even though Liang claimed he didn’t have his finger on the trigger, so I guess a ghost must have pulled it while he was patrolling. The dishonesty in Liang’s testimony and his lack of compassion for the dying Gurley sealed his fate.
  5. I bet you some of the folks on that jury are tired of all these police shootings, and no one is being held accountable. Like I have stated previously, it’s up to the D.A. to force an indictment of a police officer. Once that is secured a jury trial will ensue, to see if they are guilty or innocent, it never reaches that far because police officers are rarely indicted. Juries know a regular civilian that discharges their weapon, recklessly will be going to jail. Therefore, cops in this country need to stop acting like they are above the law.

Now let’s see what presiding Judge Denny Chun, who is a Korean-American, in this case, will do when he hands down Liang’s sentence. I just want to read stories of justice like this when cops fail to uphold the law and kill unarmed civilians, with emphasis on Black bodies. We need to stop treating police officers like they are holier-than-thou to be convicted of a crime against people they swore to serve and protect, and that goes for officers of all races.

-Ms Scripter

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Jada Pinkett-Smith On Possibly Boycotting The Oscars Should Be Considered

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The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar®

The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar®

OPINION-The Oscar nominations came in last week, and once again all over social media, people are upset that Blacks who contributed to the film industry every year are notably absent from any of the nominations. Despite the fact that I am not surprised the “Oscar Black Snub Part Infinite” has taken place yet again, it is time to think about a few things on what can we do about it.

Jada Pinkett, who posted a response to the absence of people of color in the list of nominees went to social media and voiced her concerns:

At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? People can only treat us in the way in which we allow.

With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment,

J.

Jada’s question is something that I can support without a doubt with a clear and concise answer. Instead of Black people running to social media every year with the same #OscarsSoWhite hashtag to complain about Black people being snubbed. How about initiating a boycott of the Oscars altogether? We tend to say as fans, that we aren’t going to watch the Oscars, which is fine, but it’s time for Black people in Hollywood to boycott since the Academy continues to ignore them. The Academy has been racially bias for quite some time, and they aren’t about to change. The only time Black people receive any Oscar recognition as a form of nominations, or an awards is when we play stereotypical characters that make whites feel comfortable. You know the characters like the maids, crooked cops, slaves, the overall pernicious Black person, etc.

The Oscars, refuse to recognize any Black characters or movies that are uplifting. That was evident with this year’s nomination. Characters that aren’t negative get ignored every time and we all know why. It’s as if the Academy is saying, “We can’t have these positive characters receive accolades for their imagery that may be uplifting to Blacks.” The Academy ensures the images of Black people are that of a slave and the hired help get the recognition more than any other film depicted in Hollywood. Everything that the Academy does is all by design.

One of the things we have to understand is that we should stop trying to receive white validation. I know in my heart, the movie Selma should have won last year in an array of categories, and I don’t need white people to tell me that. Having whites say that a film deserves an award should never be sought after because one does not need their stamp of approval. The way whites who control Hollywood gives one a strong indication, they don’t care about the hard work many Black people in the film industry has contributed to making a prominent movie. Now it’s time to show whites in Hollywood one does not care about them, as well.

Since the Academy diversity is notably absent, it’s time for Black people to be absent from the Oscars. They love to ensure that the Oscars are white, so make it entirely white, by not showing up. One of the things I don’t want to see is a Black presenter issuing out awards. There is no need to be there since they think Blacks should be invisible in the first place, so we should complete their wish. Also, not one Black person should be in the audience. Once the cameraman (who’s probably white) pans their camera to the audience who are clapping, it shouldn’t be a Black face in that auditorium. Keep the audience milky white, without a hint of chocolate milk.

Lastly, Chris Rock should decline (at the last minute), to host the awards show. Sure, I would love to hear Rock’s monolog, as I know he is going to make fun of the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscars. Unfortunately, the only clear message that would be sent is for Rock to decline to host and the Academy obtains a white host who completes the whiteness all the way down to the janitor.

If Black people in Hollywood boycott the Oscars, and show up for other award shows that are catered to us, the better off we will be. White people in the Academy do not care about Blacks, so show them that you don’t care about them, as well, by staying home.

-Ms Scripter

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