The Brouhaha Over Colin Kaepernick’s Nike Ad

 

Trump’s ‘Deplorables’ as Hillary Clinton so aptly named them, are indeed, ‘deplorable’.

Nike shoes burned, defaced over Colin Kaepernick’s ‘Just Do It’ ad

Kaepernick’s attorney Mark Geragos announced the endorsement deal on Twitter, calling Kaepernick an “All American Icon.” Kaepernick also posted a Nike ad featuring his face and wrote: “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. (Hashtag) JustDoIt”

About 33 percent of Americans say they are more likely to view a brand favorably if it supports the right for protesters to kneel during the anthem, but they’re outweighed by the 38 percent who said they’re less likely to view the brand in a positive light.

Yet those views can depend on demographics, with the research company finding that Trump voters are most likely to object to brands who support anthem-kneelers. About seven out of 10 Trump voters said they’d spend less money with a brand that supports the issue.

On the other hand, Nike may not be targeting Trump supporters, given that fashion and athletic brands tend to target younger and more diverse demographics.

I worked in corporate strategy at Nike for years. Nike’s most loyal and lucrative core consumer? Black youth. Not the Trump supporter cutting his socks with pruning shears. #NikeBoycott? The company is laughing its way to the bank.
— Fonda Lee (@FondaJLee) September 4, 2018

Now I generally don’t go in for brand names, but even I am going to purchase a Nike t-shirt even if this is just a publicity stunt, but then I am no Trump supporter who will soon not be able to purchase a can of beans, much less Nike ANYTHING! When Trump finishes with his base, they will be lucky to have any teeth left in which to bite into an apple, not that they will be able to afford an apple or an Apple product, much less a Nike product. They will not have food stamps, medical coverage or a roof over their heads. All they will have is Trump’s assurance that they are being patriotic because of their blatant racism, prejudice, bigotry and hatred aimed at people who happen to have melanin in their skin. But he will not care when they must find a box and locate a bridge underneath which they must then place said box. Someone, hand them an empty Nike box because maybe then, they can keep at least one sock-less foot dry.

It is quite laughable that a draft-dodging, racist misogynist like Donald Trump, can stand somewhere and drone on and on about what patriotism means and who is disrespecting U.S. military troops when he received five deferments from the military draft during the Vietnam War, including one medical exemption for a problem with his heels. He certainly does not seem to have a problem with his heels now seeing as it has been estimated that Trump has spent 25% of his time in office playing golf and the other 75% on Twitter tweeting about who is badmouthing him and disrespecting him by not taking his tantrums seriously thanks in part to a self-inflated ego.

Trump’s supporters’ fashion statements all tend to lean to confederate flags, sheets, hoods and guns and so Nike should do well since Nike does not produce what Trump’s supporters need in order to promote racism, hatred, bigotry and prejudice. And as this brouhaha blows over, any decrease in value of Nike stock, will only be temporary and the company is very much aware of this and so there is no nail-biting taking place at Nike. Nike, in fact, expected these events.

Kaepernick’s football career may very well be over, but since his Nike endorsement isn’t, he will not have to worry about sitting underneath a bridge next to a Trump supporter who will be underneath a bridge living in a box or a tent thanks to Trump’s economic policies that have negatively impacted his base while at the same time, handed billions to his corporate cronies. Since racism, bigotry and prejudice trump’s logic and reality in the eyes of Trump’s supporters, the hardships that are coming down the pike they will inevitably face will hit them hard. But maybe they will fall softly, cushioned as they are by the cloud of racism, bigotry and prejudice that surrounds them. I think they shall regret burning their Nike sneakers since “The Farmer’s Almanac” predicts a most seriously cold winter and the Nike corporate brand will continue to be sported by golf pros, NFL pros, NBA pros and of course, everyday, average people like myself.

And for those people who suggest that Trump’s supporters are just fighting back against the status quo; those who have ignored them for decades and refused to listen to their pleas for good paying jobs to feed their families and so forth and so on, other groups are faring much worse, but they have yet to take to the streets in an attempt to terrorize innocent people. Have the Indians, indigenous to this land acted in the manner of Trump’s supporters? Indeed, they have not and yet their plight is a millions times worse than the poorest Trump supporter’s. And what about the poor Black children who are living in squalor in projects or in bedbug ridden homeless shelters? Their parents have not taken to the streets in an attempt to terrorize others. I get seriously tired of excuses being made for people who support Trump because their support of him is based solely on the fact that he emboldens them to act out on their belief that they are ‘white supremacists’. People who are down and out and who wish to fight back against those who they think made them so, would not incorporate racism, hatred and bigotry while doing so, they would include everyone who is also down and out thanks to the very same ‘elites’ who are responsible for the massive wealth inequality we are experiencing. There is no group that is going to be left out of the next Depression, looming over the horizon.

Burning and defacing products is not going to bring lost jobs back. Hating people because of the color of their skin is not going to bring jobs back. Hailing Donald Trump as your savior will not make him your savior because the only thing Trump is out to save is his status in the corporate world and that of his cronies and Trump supporters, you are not in that world and you never will be. Trump could give a rat’s ass about you and your families, but because you are blind to everything beyond your feral racism, prejudice and hatred, you cannot see what is right before your very eyes, but one thing you will do and that is to feel the cold when it bites your ass because no matter how hot it is right now, winter IS coming and so are more budget cuts to social programs that would have helped your racist ass!

White People Are Cowards

 

Everyone knew that slavery was evil. Everyone knew that Jim Crow was evil. Everyone knew that lynching was evil. Everyone knows that any kind of injustice or inequality is evil. These things persist because most white people don’t actively fight to eradicate them.

And most white people don’t actively fight to eradicate inequality and injustice because they usually benefit in some small way. The Southern economy was built on evil slavery. Jim Crow laws maintained a national order with white people firmly planted atop the social hierarchy. Systematic injustice keeps black people in their place, but it also comforts white people to know that the big black bogeymen are being kept behind bars.

Inequality and racism exist not because of evil but because the unaffected majority put their interests above all others, and their inaction allows inequality to flourish. That is why I believe that silence in the presence of injustice is as bad as injustice itself. White people who are quiet about racism might not plant the seed, but their silence is sunlight.

Many of those people don’t speak out because they fear alienation more than they hate racism.

A CBS survey revealed that most Americans disagree with Trump’s “both sides” equivocation regarding the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., last year. According to a CNN/ORC poll, a majority of Americans opposed the white-nationalist-inspired travel ban. Two-thirds of Americans say that separating children from their parents at the border is unacceptable, according to a CBS poll.

Still, most white people won’t do shit.

The crisis at the border is the latest addition to a long list of instances when white people have chosen silence over what is right. Most of the white people who supported civil and voting rights still did not march, boycott or sit in. The white people who shed tears over police videos won’t attend a Black Lives Matter meeting.

Cowards. All of them. Read more here!

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“Cowards. All of them!” That is exactly what you are! Cowards! Yet you will drone on and on about the rights of animals to not to be slaughtered for human consumption. You will drone on and on about the need for legalization of weed. You will drone on and on about the horrors of opioid addiction. You will drone on and on about the need for stiffer gun control laws. You will drone on and on about suicide prevention after some famous rich white asshole like Anthony Bourdain kills himself. You will drone on and on about how the mental health field has failed white mass murdering males, but when it comes to systemic racism, mass incarceration of mostly Black people, a school-to-prison pipeline made up of Black children, gentrification, mass homelessness, income inequality and the list is endless, there is nothing but the sound of crickets chirping. You don’t do a goddamn thing about what is front and center and what has been front and center since Africans were rowed to the shores of this shithole because you are ALL cowards; down to the very last one of you!

You don’t say a goddamn thing when those who look like you sit somewhere swilling alcohol and who gets started on “niggers this and niggers that.” You don’t say a damn word against that shit. You simply smile and either continue listening or move along. But you don’t call that shit out! You’re too much of a goddamn coward to do so! And yet, you will state how you are not racist and how you are not like ‘those’ people who march down the street in white sheets and hoods. What makes you better than they are? What the fuck have you done about  them? You know who they are! You are kin to them! You are friends with them. You know who the racist cops are. You sit at barbecues with them; at parties. But do you do anything about the fact that you know they are racist? Do you do anything about the fact that you know they have told you that they intend to “kill them a nigger just because they know they can get away with it?” Hell no! And you won’t because you are a coward!

And yet, you wonder why Black people are still subjected to this shit in the year 2018. Fuck if you do wonder. You know why. Nothing has changed. What the fuck has changed? Not a goddamn thing! Just because you are not marching in a hood and a white sheet, just because you have not shot a Black person to death, just because you did not call a Black person, “a nigger,” just because you merely stood by and watched a Black person being followed around in a store because of their skin color, doesn’t make you any better than the one who marched in a hood, shot a Black person to death, called a Black person, “a nigger,” and followed a Black person around in the store just for being Black. You stood by and ALLOWED all of those things to happen because you are a goddamn coward! Scared too shitless to do a damn thing because the perception of you by other ‘whites’ would be changed and oh how horrible that would be. I guess, to you, it would be more horrible than killing a person because of their skin color, calling the cops on a person because of their skin color, denying a person a loan because of their skin color and the list is endless. Coward that you are, you’ve got to look out for number one and that’s your own cowardly hide because ‘white privilege’ allows you to take the coward’s way out! White privilege allows you to pretend to remain blind to what is going down because what can you do if your nephew is a cop and has told you that he intends to kill the next ‘nigger’ he pulls over, no matter what. You may not pull the trigger, but you are just as guilty as he is. Don’t delude yourself. You’re no better than he is. Your silence helped to pull that trigger and you are complicit in murder and no amount of “Hail Marys” is going to absolve you of that. No check you write to charity is going to right that wrong, you fucking coward! Black people cannot beat back this shit alone and you know that because you write the rules. You enforce the rules you write and that is why we are getting our asses kicked and you know this. But somehow, you think, that if we march down the goddamn street enough times, we will make a difference. Hell if we will because we have your silence to thank for the fact that we are still marching thanks to the fact of your being a fucking coward! Good people have died because of your reluctance to stand up to what you know is wrong. I can’t make you do it! And I know you won’t but at the same time, I want you to know that I know what a goddamn coward you are and will always be!

You’re all cowards who won’t do shit! Fuck you!

 

 

Whites Call The KKKops On Black People ‘Just Because’ And You Say, “I’m Not Racist!” Really??!!

 

Into the Oval Office struts Donald J. Trump, dripping bigotry, racism and hatred towards anyone not of his ‘orange-white’ complexion and whites go bat shit nuts and head over heels in displaying outlandishly racist acts and with no apologies since they apparently, had to keep that shit in check until someone just like them descended to the presidency.

A white woman called police on two Black men who entered a Starbucks and who requested to used the restroom and when told they had to order something, they sat down and the barista proceeded to call 911  to state that two Black men were”sitting down while Black” and here comes the police who promptly arrested them. They were charged with, “sitting while Black,” but because of all the hoopla, they were released. You see it turns out that many ‘white’ people came forward to announce that they too, had strolled inside a Starbucks, failed to order something, used the restroom, sat down and never had the police called on them. Go figure!

A white female graduate student at Yale called the police on a Black student who fell asleep in the common area of a dorm, sparking a nationwide conversation about race after videos of the incident went viral. After the white woman called the police on the Black student, the police promptly arrive, questioned the Black student for over 15 minutes, asks to see her ID which states that she too, is a student at Yale. The 911 call in this instance was for being guilty of “Sleeping while Black.”

On April 29,  a white woman reportedly called police on a few black people who, she said, were using a charcoal grill in an area where it was banned, and the police promptly arrive for the case of guilty for “BBQing while Black.” Does anyone really believe that if the folks using a charcoal grill had been white, that the police would have been called? Or actually showed up?

White woman calls police on a Black real-estate investor who was taking pictures of a house he was interested in buying. The police promptly arrive for the 911 call of guilty for “Taking pictures while Black.”

White store employees at Nordstrom Rack called the police on Black teenagers after falsely accusing them of shoplifting. The police promptly arrive and conclude that no crime had been committed. Nordstrom Rack President Geevy Thomas met with the teenagers and their families on Tuesday, the company said in a statement.  This is the case of guilty of “Shopping while Black.”

Someone ‘white’ called the police last month on a black firefighter who was participating in a safety inspection in Oakland, California. Someone(white) else filmed him and asked him to produce identification. Kevin Moore was one of a number of firefighters carrying out legally mandated exterior inspections to determine if vegetation posed an extra risk to homes in the event of a wildfire, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Working in an upscale area of the Oakland hills, Moore was in uniform and carrying a clipboard and a radio, with his station’s fire truck parked nearby. Based on a ‘white’ resident’s call to 911, a dispatcher called Moore’s fire station to inquire as to whether or not he was indeed, a firefighter. This is the case of guilty for “Doing your job while Black.” And yet this man said that he does not look at race when he goes to a fire, he’ll rescue your white ass even if you’ve called the damn cops on him. Whites questioned this man, filmed him and called the cops on him for doing his goddamn job!

White woman dubbed, “Permit Patty” is alleged to have called the police on an 8-year old Black child for selling water without a ‘permit’. I wonder if she would have called  the police on little white children for selling lemonade without a ‘permit’. Actually, no I don’t because she wouldn’t have. “Permit Patty” now admits that she only bluff-called the police but if she had called the police, the police would have responded to the complaint of “Selling water while Black.”

There you have it Black folks. We cannot sit in Starbucks, that’s a crime. We cannot attend college, that’s a crime. We cannot barbecue, that’s a crime. We cannot go shopping, that’s a crime. We cannot take pictures of houses we’d like to buy, that’s a crime. We cannot do our job of inspecting for safety issues as it relates to fire hazards because, that’s a crime. We cannot sell water even while little white children sell lemonade all over the place because when we sell stuff, that’s a crime.

No wonder millions of Black people are locked up inside ‘For Profit Prisons’ since there’s not a goddamn thing we can do that won’t get us locked up. And let us not forget that Trayvon Martin was walking home from a convenience store and so since he was “Walking while Black, he was murdered. And just recently, Antwon Rose was “Running while Black” and he got himself shot in the back by the cops and now he is dead and buried. Never forget Freddie Gray, who was “Talking while Black” and that got him chased by the cops who then broke his spine. Tamir Rice was playing in a park and the police were called and he was shot dead for “Playing in a park while Black.” And we must never forget 7-year old Aiyana Stanley-Jones, who was shot while asleep in her home. This was the case of “Guilty for sleeping while Black.” This child was shot by a cop and charges were dropped against the ‘white’ cop who shot her dead. Our lives are meaningless to dead white filth. Never forget that! But then, maybe we have since the only thing we do about this is to continue to print protest signs and march down the street right up to the door of Klan headquarters because make no mistake, no matter what building you enter, be it a doctor’s office, a courthouse, a department store, a grocery store, a restaurant or a farmer’s market, you have entered Klan headquarters for if whites are not actively participating in Klan rallies, they know who are and they are kin to many of them, but do they denounce that shit? Hell no! And they won’t. They are just like them.

And now the Supreme Court has delivered another triumph to that bigot in the White House, a Muslim travel ban at the same time that Central and South American migrant children are being separated from their parents and the parents deported. However, those of us who are descendants of slaves, have no dog in that fight since not one of those groups has ever spoken up on our behalf. We go it alone and they must as well. Why any of them would want to come here completely mystifies me for they must not read the news.

Yet we hear from the ‘whites’ all the time that we are being purposefully divided by ‘their elites’. ‘Their elites’ look just like them and so who the hell is doing the dividing? Take a look in the mirror because as a Black person, if I call the cops on you, what is going to happen? Nothing or if they do come out, they’d probably arrest me for wasting their time on a bullshit 911 call. Black people are busy getting arrested for just breathing and so when do we have time to fight for some screaming migrant children who are separated from their parents or for some Muslims who, despite all hell, want to come to this fucked up shithole? We are too busy answering questions from the police as to why we are sitting up in Starbucks. We are too busy answering questions from the police as to why we are having a barbecue. We are too busy answering questions from the police as to why we are exhausted and taking a nap in a common area of a college dorm we’re paying tuition at. We are too busy getting falsely accused of shoplifting and being confronted by the police only to be told that there was no reason for the police to be called in the first place. We are too busy getting shot dead for running. We are too busy getting shot dead while sleeping. And ‘whites’ are the reason why, even if we did have the desire to help out another group, whites refuse to get up off our ass long enough for us to help anyone else because if we are not answering questions barked at us by racist cops, we are attending funerals for those who were shot dead by racist cops.

So save that ‘divided’  talk nonsense and go eat shit! You’ll find plenty of it because this here country is nothing but a shithole from one end to the other!

 

 

 

Just What I Have Been Saying All Along!

 

I usually read Margaret Kimberley’s blog over on Black Agenda Report and her latest is right on point. It is exactly what I have been saying for quite some time and in no uncertain terms. Although Ms. Kimberley does not use colorful words like I do, she manages to get her point across.

“We know that the country was and is deeply racist and that we live in an environment that literally endangers our lives. We are never safe, regardless of who occupies the white house. We also know that white people who would never consider themselves racists are in fact just that, and that we must be on guard against them. Perhaps there should be investigative reporting about their ability to compartmentalize and the pretense that allows them to feel superior despite their own foibles.”

This bears repeating:

“We know that white people who would never consider themselves racists are in fact just that, and that we must be on guard against them.”

Sure, you’ve met the white woman who has stood beside you as you protested over the fact that yet another unarmed Black man, woman or child was killed by white cops for selling untaxed cigarettes, playing with a toy gun in a park, failing to use the right turn signal and you were told by that white woman that that just wasn’t right. But did you also know that one of her best friends is married to one of the most racist cops, you’ll ever meet? No, she won’t tell you that, but she will stand there, in fake innocence and move her lips to form words that suggest she is outraged by a cop killing a nigger. She is faking her protest of the murder. And faking it she is because she is part of the problem for if not, why has she not spoken up about the fact of a cop’s racist attitude to those who could get him taken off the force? It is because she is racist; that cop is what she is.

But of course, you’ve met the guy in the company lunchroom that spouts off all the time about how many Black friends he has. Truth be told, he has far more white supremacist friends and when they get together, those two Black ‘friends’ that he claims to have are niggers all day and night because you see, he is what they are and they are what he is; there is no difference.

And surely, you have heard white people speak out against ‘white guilt’. They ask, “Why should they have ‘white guilt’ over something that occurred before they were born?” Oh, that is just too easy to answer. You don’t have ‘white guilt’ and the reason you don’t have ‘white guilt’ is because you are just as racist as your long dead ancestors; the same ancestors that whipped, shackled, raped and killed my ancestors just because they could. You are no different because if you were, we would not be dealing with the very same racism, prejudice, Jim Crow, bigotry and slavery that is still in play today. Don’t tell me that slavery is no longer practiced in America because I can and will call you, “A liar!” Over two million Black men and women are sitting inside FOR PROFIT PRISONS for having done no more than have a dime bag of weed on their person when some racist cop rolled up on them and the white man that was buying the weed from them was allowed to go on his merry way.

If you whites of today were any different from those that spawned your ass, gentrification would not be rearing its ugly head in cities that used to house mostly Black folks in them. Whenever you feel ‘discommoded’, the first thing you do is move whomever is in your way out of your way to make you have a better day and so if you were not racist, you’d think twice about displacing people who have been in their homes for decades but because you’ve now chosen to live there, their rents have exploded and they are no longer able to reside in the area, thus enabling your sorry ass to come in and take over and make it ‘yuppy’ or ‘preppy’. And yet, you have the nerve to scream that you should not be hearing about ‘white guilt’. You don’t hear about ‘white guilt’ because such as you are, you have no such qualms in the first damn place. You aren’t wired to feel guilty about a goddamn thing because your white privilege renders you incapable of feeling guilt. You are just as privileged as your ancestors were who crossed oceans to enslave those who did not look like them and to this very day, the same applies.

The Indians indigenous to America, dying like they are, are a direct result of the fact that you feel no ‘white guilt’. The Black people in America, who were steered by whites to take out subprime mortgage loans even though they qualified for prime mortgage loans and lost their homes, are a direct result of the fact that you feel no ‘white guilt’. The Maoris of New Zealand, who, to this very day, have no political representation whatsoever and suffer mass incarceration, are a direct result of the fact that you feel no ‘white guilt’. The Aborigines of Australia, who were pushed off their land and who are still treated with contempt to this very day by those who stole their land, are a direct result of the fact that you feel no ‘white guilt’. And what do all of these groups have in common? What was stolen from them by YOUR ancestors is still stolen from them today. They were fucked up by the likes of you and they still are. It began with your ancestors and continues with you! And so how in hell are you any different from those who spawned you? You’re not! But you should have “no white guilt,” you say? When have you ever? You’re never guilty of a goddamn thing; benevolent, kind and humanitarian as you claim to be. And we all know that’s a lot of rot! So, spout your nonsense to someone who may stupidly believe it, but I’m certainly not buying what you’re selling. No one is asking something of you that you are incapable of to begin with. All that these people wanted from you was for you to leave them the hell alone in the first goddamn place and if not that, at least stop making life so hard for them now, even after your ancestors fucked them up! But you can’t even do that!

And lastly, there’s not a goddamn thing supremacy like about any of you! That is the biggest lie of all! How can a race of people who collectively engage in genocide, racism, pedophilia, molestation, annihilation, confiscation of the land of others, slavery, war, gentrification, mass imprisonment of certain ethnic groups and the list is endless ever get anywhere near the word, “supremacy?” You cannot! But you’re brazen creatures, you are, with the balls of bulls and in this instance, I would not take that as a compliment because the last thing I’d ever do is compliment the likes of you! And as for the Black folks out there who consort with whites, I can only shake my head over your willful ignorance, stupidity and insanity in crawling into bed with an enemy so evil and so vile, hell would vomit them back up!

Trump To Dead Soldiers Widow, “He Knew What He Was Signing Up For When He Enlisted.”

 

Donald Trump speaks the truth AGAIN and AGAIN the fallout is unbelievable!

President Trump told the widow of one of the soldiers killed in Niger that he “knew what he was getting into,” said U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Miami), who said she was in the car where the phone call was received.

Army Sgt. La David Johnson was purportedly in Niger advising local troops on how to counter Boko Haram and al Qaeda when he and three other American soldiers were leaving a meeting whereupon they were shot dead. So much for their role as ‘advisers’. Now, we are not focusing on exactly why the government of Niger is in need of America’s military to advise them on how to handle their own business, issues or problems that’s got nothing whatsoever to do with America. We are to focus on what Donald Trump is alleged to have said to a widow about her dead husband.

Black-assed, dead Army Sgt. La David Johnson had no business in Niger in the first place. What happens in Niger is Niger’s business and yet, Sgt. Johnson was in Niger minding Niger’s business and in the process, got himself shot dead. Is America at war with Niger? Has anyone in Niger sent a missile to America? Has a ‘terrorist’ from Niger escaped Niger’s officials, boarded a plane, landed in America and promptly shot up hundreds of people as was the case with the ‘white’ terrorist that did exactly that in Las Vegas a few weeks ago? Uh…that would be a resounding “NO!”

So, yes indeed, Sgt. Johnson got exactly what he signed on the dotted line for. He signed on the dotted line to KILL OR BE KILLED and so no one should be surprised at all that Sgt. Johnson was killed. He had a gun, did he not? He was taught how to use that gun, was he not? And so whose fault is it that the other guy got the upper hand on Sgt. Johnson? It was Sgt. Johnson’s fault. No one told him to have eyes in the back of his head? No one told him that everyone he meets is presumably an enemy? So, keep your head low and your gun ready? Too bad, so sad, shit happens, right? Right!

Now, let’s all get bent-out-of-shape because Donald Trump told Sgt. Johnson’s widow that he “knew what he was getting into,” because Sgt. Johnson’s widow did not know did she? Of course she did! Did she think that Sgt. Johnson’s checks were issued on his behalf for reparations? No! Did she think Sgt. Johnson’s checks were issued on his behalf because he was providing modeling services for the U.S. military? No! Get real! Sgt. Johnson and his family were housed, fed and received medical coverage because Sgt. Johnson signed his body over to the elites killing squads known as the U.S. military. He signed any rights he had to live over to the elites when he signed the dotted line to “kill or be killed.” The elites don’t care about Sgt. Johnson, nor do they care about his widow and his children who are left behind to mourn their father who would rather be over in Niger minding Niger’s business over minding his own. No one forced Sgt. Johnson to sign on the dotted line. No one held a ‘gun’ to his head and made him fly over to Niger to ‘advise’ Niger’s officials as to how to fight who the hell knows who!

Did Sgt. Johnson know what he was signing up for when he enlisted? Damn right, he did! And for that he got just what every dead soldier receives; he got a flag-draped coffin. Now, whether or not his family received letter or a phone call from his commander-in-chief is anyone’s guess, but he got just what he signed on the dotted line for. So, if you don’t expect to get shot dead when you sign on the dotted line to “kill or be killed,” then don’t sign on the dotted line. I do understand that Americans are some stupid shits, but even this should be crystal clear to you. And if it looks to you as though those who send you to foreign lands to “kill or be killed,” don’t give a damn about you, it is because they don’t give a damn about you! Donald Trump was a draft dodger because he was not about to risk his neck for not a goddamn thing because why should his ass suit up and fight the elites wars? He thumbed his nose at “risking his life for love of country, freedom, liberty and justice;” because he knew what you can’t seem to understand in that these are mere useless words that have no meaning for the likes of Donald Trump and the elites who send other peoples children to die for no cause at all. This country has never stood for freedom, liberty and justice because this country has never understood what those words mean and so just how can you fight for something that has no bearing on a country you were born in? You cannot. You are not fighting to keep America safe. You are fighting for American hegemony; you are fighting for elites to own and control the world just as they own and control you! But because they feed you patriotic bullshit, you lap that shit up, swallow it down and beg for more and then get pissed off because someone stated the obvious to you; that you “knew what you were signing up for when you enlisted.”

You fight for something that never was. You are killed for nothing! There is no honor in dying for hypocrisy and that is exactly what you are dying for; for America to continue to reign supreme when it comes to hypocrisy. How can a nation that is filled with hatred, white supremacy, illegitimacy, stolen lands, stolen people, bigotry, prejudice, Jim Crow, slavery, racism and mass murder ever be synonymous with freedom, justice and liberty? It cannot, not when a gnat couldn’t wipe its ass on the amount of freedom, justice and liberty that can be found in America. You die because you are too stupid to see beyond the fake ass displays of patriotism; a flag that is literally dripping with the blood of Indians and slaves. You die because you are too blind to see past the first stanza of the national anthem; an anthem that pays homage to slavery, an anthem that you are supposed to sing proudly as you are led off to fight people you have never met and who bear you no ill will but yet, you expect them to not want to kill those who are in their lands minding their business. You die because you are too willing to be a tool for those who wouldn’t spit on you if you were on fire to help put it out but for whom you willingly and knowingly and with malice forethought sign up to do their dirty work and then when you are killed, they tell your family members, “He knew what he was signing up for when he enlisted.” Oh yes, he knew! And Sgt. Johnson signed up any way.

“So Mrs. Johnson, when your baby is born, tell your baby that his father died for hypocrisy. His father died for nothing. His father died to protect slavery, stolen lands, stolen people, hypocrisy, rape, torture, enslavement, whips, shackles, chains, prejudice, bigotry, racism, white supremacy, capitalism, neo-liberalism, American hegemony. Yeah! You tell him/her that!”

 

And for Black folks to take up arms in defense of this shithole called America is a disgrace to your slave ancestors who fought against the Americans; who fought with English soldiers for their freedom. Francis Scott Key who purportedly wrote the national anthem; the star-spangled banner, had his ass handed to him by a battalion of Colonial Marines; Black men who were fighting on the side of the English. Key was so pissed off that he got his comeuppance at the hands of Black men that he wrote, in favor of slavery, in one of the stanzas of the star-spangled banner, the stanza that you never heard sung by Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Ray Charles, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Luther Vandross, Beyoncé and others. Oh, no! You never heard this stanza being sung, but you had damn well better believe that those who sang the first stanza knew about this one!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

At Black people, especially those who should know better, I can only shake my head over their willful acceptance of third class citizenship in a country that continues to view them as slaves and will forever do so. You perform for Massa today just as your ancestors did hundreds of years ago, just as Sgt. Johnson did until he got what he signed up for. “No refuge could save the hireling and the slave from the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.” No, indeed it could not! Just you ask Sgt. Johnson and his widow!

I’m Back!

It’s been awhile, I know. But if anyone has read my last blog post, then you already know that I was hell bent on getting out of Baltimore and I could not wait for the movers to fit me in on their schedule. I ordered a Penske truck, hired some guys to load the truck and actually put my ‘big’ girl pants on and drove the truck myself for hundreds of miles. Now, some of you may recall that when I was attempting to leave Minnesota heading for Baltimore, I could not even drive my vehicle because of injuries I sustained in a recent car crash, but this time around, car crash be damnned, I was going to get the hell out of Baltimore, one way or another. I drove hell for leather out of Baltimore and I didn’t stop except for gas and restroom breaks and of course, me being me, I happened to chance upon an overdose victim lying on a bathroom floor in a Sheetz gas station in the back of beyond. People were yelling for someone to get the baby that had fallen out of her hands and landed on the floor beside the overdose victim who was in the women’s restroom, also lying on the floor. For the love of!!! And for the first time in my life, I had to use a GASP!, men’s restroom. You guys can have it. One young lady who was about 12 was with her mother and her three siblings and when she saw the inside of the men’s room, she gasped and ran out while her mother was begging her to use the restroom because they did not want to have to stop again right up the road. That little lady was having none of it. Not to mention, one of the workers at the gas station had to provide us ladies with toilet tissue. You guys don’t wipe your butt? GEBUS CHRIST! You’re nasty! But as usual, I digress.

I made it out of Baltimore, just barely because I got stuck in horrific traffic and was basically crawling out of that hellhole. But I made it out. Where I am now is Hillbilly Heaven, Redneck Row, Klan Headquarters, NRA Recruitment Center, Deer Hunters Anonymous, Trailer Park Outcasts, No-Teeth Bubba Club and the list is endless, but you get the message. So far, thankfully, none of the above mentioned groups have bothered to ‘bother’ me. They’re too busy at the gun range and at the road side gun shows to even look in my general direction. Do I feel threatened? Not at all. You see, I was raised amongst this lot and don’t I know them or what? I know them and they know the likes of me and I can put up with them more so than where I left; Baltimore, that is. Ain’t it something how I can put up with the ‘Supremacy Clubs’ but I couldn’t put up with being in “The Hood?”

Now, I bet you’re saying, “Shelby, have you lost your mind?” No, not yet, I don’t think. Just because I now live in a trailer park with all the riffraff you can imagine is no reason to suppose that I am worse off than I was in Baltimore. Like I said, I grew up around the likes of these folks who go on and on about ‘supremacy’ to whomever will listen, but the thing is see, I don’t listen. I’m too busy swilling my moonshine right alongside the likes of them. We understand each other and my trailer is just a bit wider than theirs. You see, I gots me a ‘double wide’ since I had so much stuff loaded up in the truck and the folks that make up Hillbilly Heaven, Redneck Row, Klan Headquarters, NRA Recruitment Center, Deer Hunters Anonymous, Trailer Park Outcasts and No-Teeth Bubba Club actually helped me unload the truck and moved me in. Once I opened my mouth and said, “Howdy y’all!” They knew I was from a neck of the woods like their own. I may have a little deeper tint to my skin, but it meant no difference to them. They asked me how I liked their ‘gawd’, Donald Trump and I said, “I think he’s the greatest thing for America since the Boston Tea Party and that right there sent them into spasms of hoots and hollers. They even passed the jug of corn liquor around to me and after I swiped it with my sweater sleeve, I partook of a swig and I gotta tellya, it put hair on my chest. But, we is getting along, oh yes, we is. In fact, we had a discussion long into the night about Trump and the national anthem and the flag and #TakeAKnee and they were of course against taking a knee and I told them that likewise, I was agin taking a knee. They was outdone that I was, a few of ’em were, while some of em just leaned back with a knowing grin on their face like they knew what I was going to say about that.

I said, “I wouldn’t take a knee for the national anthem, nor would I place my hand over my heart because I ain’t American. That’s for you guys to do. I happen to be here on sufferance through no fault of my own and so that lets me off the hook in so far as recognizing national anthems, flags and the like. How do they apply to me? They don’t. Why should I get bent out of shape over an anthem and a flag that has no meaning for me since I was never recognized as a citizen of this nation? If others want to make a big deal out of something that does not pertain to them in any way, shape or form, then that’s on them, but as for me, I got no skin in the ‘game’. I’m merely a bystander. I am not required to take up arms in defense of this nation because this is not my nation. This is not my country for if it were, then I would have no need to take a knee when the national anthem was played. I would have no need to refuse to place my hand over my heart when reciting the pledge of allegiance. Pledge allegiance to what? A country that has never recognized me as a citizen? And why should I get upset if Donald Trump calls some grown men who play a child’s game, ‘sons of bitches’ because he is just doing what he has been doing since getting himself elected; being an egotistical asshole? This fool lives to goad people into playing right into his hands. Donald Trump is good for America because he has been able to do what no other president could do and that is to expose America’s hypocrisy for all the world to see. He has given you guys in the Klan and you Hillbilly Heaven Boys and you Redneck Row guys, your gonads back. You can now waltz down the street flying your confederate flags and wave your rifles and handguns in the air without hearing your president condemn you for doing so. You feel that he is one of you. He got cho back. You feel that since Obama had my back for eight years, it’s now YOUR turn. So, hey! I ain’t mad at none of you guys because even though Obama ignored the likes of me, Trump is going to do what for you? Exactly what he has done; embolden you to show your true colors and for that, I thank him. I have always known where we stand, but it had to take Donald Trump for some to figure it out? Unbefuckingbelievable! Now, pass that jug over here again!”

So you see folks, Donald Trump is quite actually doing more FOR America than any one of us could have ever hoped for. He has removed all doubt that racism, bigotry, prejudice, intolerance and hatred was ever really on its way out the door. It has simply been seething beneath a thin surface, waiting to be uncovered. And while I was waiting to get internet service hooked up to my double wide trailer, I was perusing blogs on my flimsy, cheap ‘smartphone’ and I came across so many blogs by ‘whites’ who stated that since Donald Trump exposed what ALL Black folks already knew, they are now quite aware that they are actually, drum roll please, “A RACIST!” WOW! May they now go to the head of the class! Some expressed the desire to change. Others wondered if they could do so. Some claimed to have had no idea that they were racist until after having been confronted with acts of racism whereas they saw themselves thanks to those ‘uncovered acts’. Don’t that beat all? I do believe that I would know, and in no uncertain terms, if I had it in for people who filled me with hatred for them based solely on the color of their skin of which they have no control. But, by all means, ‘white’ folks, please continue in your attempts to pretend that you are just now finding out, thanks to Donald Trump’s descent to the presidency that you are what you’ve always been; flaming hypocritical shits who are indeed, racist, ignorant, hate-filled, pathetic worms who slither around on this planet filling it with your toxic slime.

And no, I will never acknowledge your anthems or your flags. “I Am Not Your Negro.” I will not celebrate your holidays. I will never bear witness to what you consider to be your achievements when your achievements are not your own but are due to the backbreaking efforts of those who look like me while you took the credit and banked the profits. To me, this is not about an anthem or a flag, but about your flaming hypocrisy and arrogance in thinking that someone had to point out to you that you are a vile piece of filth not even worthy to be worm food. Fuck you!

Yes indeed, I am back! Now, ain’t you glad! I know you is, you pasty-faced, fuck-faced racist shits!