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Love Is Love!

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“No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us”, are the powerful words of Micah Bazant, that are linked to the spirit of Marsha P. Johnson.

Illustration of Marsha P. Johnson by @beeillustrates

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Meet The New YOU?

self accountability

Much of what I say will be explained the further (and deeper) you go in this blog post. If you decide to gloss over content and suggested watching/reading, then don’t wonder why you are remaining the same while the world is on fire begging for change around you.

Don’t miss the point of what’s happening. Don’t be imperceptive, indifferent or passive out of laziness and convenience (and conditioned heartlessness). If what is happening isn’t a wake up call that you need to do more, then expect all of this to get worse, because you stayed complacent.

Keep reading, keep going…

Victor Varnado

Have you or anyone you know, or anyone in your social media circles said something similar to the statements below? If so, please click on the links next to each sentence. Your environment desperately needs empathy, education and your personal accountability towards change.

“All Lives Matter.”
(read this, scroll down on that website to see article)

“I don’t see color. Everyone is equal.”
(watch this)

“The Black Lives Matter movement is dividing people.”
(same video as above)

“Black people are making it harder for themselves by looting.”
(see Trevor Noah video and other videos below)

“Why should I help anyone that’s rioting or destroying property?”
(see Trevor Noah video and other videos below)

“The riots and violent protests are messing up the next election!”
(read article, and watch video, and read article)

“How irresponsible to gather and protest during a pandemic.”
(watch the same video)

“If blacks would focus on voting, we wouldn’t have this problem.”
(watch the Christian Cooper video below and this video again)

“Thank goodness everything is fine where I live.”
(see this video)

Trevor Noah has a profound view of looting and explains the context of the protests. Cornel West also mentioned legalized looting (video posted throughout this post), and Bakari Sellers clearly states that the protests are beyond George Floyd and police brutality.

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This is Christian Cooper speaking. He’s the one that Amy Cooper (same last name, not related) tried to harm by using the police as a weapon. If you need more information, you can find it here and a great article here. Turn up the volume when you watch the video. The sound is low. Tap the sound icon at the bottom of the video to raise the volume.

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I want you to watch this video of Trevor Noah in South Africa, visiting his 91 year old grandmother. He’s going to make light of things, but obviously it’s not funny. Jokes are often used as a way to release anguish and optimistically move forward. What you see in South Africa is not much different than how marginalized people live in many parts of the USA currently.

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If for any reason you are still not passionate about using your voice and time and resources to help Black Lives Matter and ending systemic racism. Please think of George Stinney and Kendrick Johnson, and all of the other gruesome injustices that continue day after day. It’s a longer list than anyone can imagine.

In 2013 a 17 year old Georgia boy was killed at school, his body was found in a rolled up gym mat. The evidence was covered up and the case was ruled as an accidental death. There’s school security footage of him walking into the school gym, but no footage of him walking out. Crucial security camera footage is missing. There are even organs mysteriously missing from his dead body (so there couldn’t be a full autopsy report). It appears that two white students killed him, and their father (who’s an FBI agent) covered up the evidence, along with white classmates, school staff, the local crime lab, state and federal officials and five agents of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. You can read about it here and see the Kendrick Johnson video here.

This case is not new, but it shows you how deep social injustice for the black community goes. George Stinney was a 14 year old boy that was sentenced to death in the electric chair for a crime he did not commit. Yes, you read that right. The United States of America executed a child. Who was completely innocent.

George Stinney

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Young people are facing police brutality during the protests. This girl was shot in the face with a rubber bullet by police while she was protesting this week. Video of it here and here and close-up photo of her face here. A lot of the comments under her photo have been buried and deleted, but when I saw first saw that post on Twitter, a large number of people tweeted that if the police did that to her, then it was justified.

If you want more videos of police brutality during the George Floyd protests, you can find over 600 vides (as of June 7, 2020) in this spreadsheet here.

You can also see a video about Black Lives Matter protestors getting set-up posted by Moby here and Joe Rogan mentioning set-ups here.

It’s no surprise that George Stinney and others were innocent. A study stated that half a million (500,000) people currently in jail have NOT committed a crime.

This is a fact, two-thirds (2/3) of people in jail haven’t been convicted of a crime. Most of those people are in jail because they could not pay bail. If you don’t understand how that all works or makes sense, read and listen to the links provided, and do what you can to help.

You can assist organizations like National Bail Out and Prison Policy Initiative read about about it all here.

Here are a few podcasts that could be helpful:

Justice is America

Serial Podcast – Season 3

black lives matter

And please watch this video. Professor Carol Anderson will fill you in on so much. You’ll see why saying BLACK LIVES MATTER is so important, and you’ll understand why systemic racism and police brutality needs to end NOW. This has all gone on long enough.

And these videos too. Listen to Dr. Robin DiAngelo, Professor Angela Davis and Activist Jane Elliott speak and answer questions.

Keep reading, keep going…

This was posted as a link above, but I hope you paid close attention. It covers so much of what I touched on, but in vivid detail. So I’ll post it here again. Listen to Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Dr. Cornel West and Bakari Sellers discuss the nationwide uprising.

Here are ways you can help Black Lives Matter:

Donate to causes that need funding.

Show up to a protests.

Sign petitions.

Say their names.

Show solidarity on social media.

Educate yourself.

Become an antiracist.

Follow black social media content creators.

Support black business owners.

And more.

To be totally transparent, when I say YOU throughout this blog post, I also mean me. The events of this week (the police brutality, people risking their health and life to protest, the riots and set-ups of innocent people, the racist comments everywhere online, as well as the mainstream news’ reinforcement of systematic racism), it all felt like a slap in the face.

I must do more, I must speak up, I must live differently.

Like I said in my blog post last week, “A better world depends on a better collective consciousness. And that depends on each one of us taking responsibility for our part in that collective.”

Please join me. Empathy, education and personal accountability is the route to lasting change.

Black Lives Matter.

Artwork credits:
“Alive” cartoon by artist signed (lower right corner)
“Getting started” cartoon by Victor Varnado
“Self reflection” painting by Paint In Hawaii

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