Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Too Angry to Write

I'm starting to get back into the groove again. I was so disappointed after the election, it was hard for me to write.  Actually I was more than disappointed. Anger, fear, anxiety, uncertainty were swarming through my body. Then I dived into the news and social media to keep tabs on what was going on. It actually made me more stressed out because some of the stuff I read were fake stories. Some were used to incite and feed on people's fear. And seeing how people were so fearful was hard to take in.

As I stated in my last post, hatred and injustice are nothing new in this country. I've never seen so much homelessness in Oakland. That's because gentrification is pushing people out of their homes. Child sex trafficking is another problem. Of course people are doing work to better relations between African Americans and the police. Lord knows the last thing we need is a federal government ran by white supremacists. They can call themselves "alt-right" all they want. Those people are white supremacists.

I hope we can come together and work together.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

I'm Not Surprised Trump Won


How did America allow a racist, sexist, misogynistic, egotistical, short-tempered, politically inexperienced, reality star come to power? Easy. See below




If you're surprised that Trump won you've been living in a bubble. Wake up and see what kind of conditions and issues people are facing. 

It's unfortunate that liberals and independents who would normally vote Democratic either didn't vote or cast a protest vote. The point they tried to prove is going to cost people healthcare. Muslims and Latinos are scared. People overseas are scared. The Senate, House and Supreme Court will be dominated by conservatives. The country will be run by one political ideology. That's not good no matter which side you're on. But a few people who had power in this election wanted to prove a point. How unfortunate that all of the work and progress Obama put into helping Americans may be undone because people have a point to prove or weren't motivated. 

This election was not about politics, but power. White, male, Christian, heterosexual power that Trump supporters believe will make America great again. Donald Trump is going to be America's wakeup call. I just pray it's not too startling. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

A Deeper Meaning Behind the Beyonce and Dixie Chicks Country Music Awards Performance



While fighting some bug so I can salvage the fun weekend I have planned, I caught Beyonce and the Dixie Chick's "Daddy Lessons" performance on the CMAs. They killed it! But they also sent a message. The message was, "We all belong on this stage." 

The Dixie Chicks were on top of the music industry. Then in 2003 they got the (cowboy) boot and  from the country music scene after member Natalie Maines told a London crowd she was ashamed of then Pres. George W. Bush. I remember after that people would say to watch your words so you don't get "Dixie Chicked." Country music conservative fans labeled them unpatriotic and you didn't hear much from them after that. This CMA appearance was their first after a 10-year hiatus.
They returned to the stage with a lethal weapon, Queen Bey, who also has faced criticism for speaking out. In Bey's case she has spoken against police brutality. 

Some country music fans didn't want her on the show because they think she's racist, hates, cops, yadda, yadda, yadda--all that foolishness. And of course we've been fooled to think that Black artists have no place in country because it's white music. 

WRONG! 

Black folks played a major role in the creation of country music. Just like other art forms we created, white folks ran with it and blocked us out of the industry. There's a great article here that tells the story. 

A group of liberal women, attacked for their views, performed at the 50th Country Music Awards. The Dixie Chicks deserved to be up there despite their political views. Beyonce was letting folks know that country music has Black roots. They all deserved to be on the stage. They deserve a place in country music. I hope their performance inspires other women and people of color to give country a try. 

Okay now back to me battling this bug. I need some whiskey in my tea! 

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