Looking at these photos of Zimmerman, I got a chill up my spine, and the chill is that Trump will most likely win.
After the state attorney proved that Zimmerman was not law enforcement and he had failed at being one, he was found not guilty because the people on the jury, and if I remember correctly, mostly women, felt Zimmerman was not guilty because he feared for his life.
And Trump is playing on those exact fears. Fear is much stronger than hope or reconciliation or even healing social wrongs. Suburban whites don’t want integration of their neighborhoods or schools, they don’t want public transportation to their beaches or recreational areas. This goes from Robert Moses building beaches in Long Island, NY that could not be accessed by city buses because of low underpasses and narrow roads to the Light Rail not connecting Norfolk with Virginia Beach. It’s an understated, covert racisim but it does its job.
I never thought after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that we would ever slip back into Jim Crow Laws. But in reality, it never left.
The wife and I watched this documentary below last night. We are from Brooklyn and were both teaching in predominantly black high schools back then.
The reason why I mentioned that is because one of big protests/boycotts that Reverend Al Sharpton spearheaded was near my first high school I taught at, Erasmus Hall HS. It was the Korean Grocery store boycott where allegedly (and most likely) one of the owners slapped a Black customer in the face. One of the teachers from Erasmus brought his class to the Korean Grocery to shop because Reverend Al boycotted it. He got in trouble with the Board of Ed but landed on the morning Joan Rivers show.
Nonetheless, what I am going to say will piss off alot of people, but I like Reverend Al. He did what he had to do to bring social justice to the city. And all of his protests were peaceful following the wishes of Reverend Martin Luther King. Back then Rev Al was very heavy set and had long, rock star hair which besides being Black, aggravated white people even more.
If you watch the documentary, you will see that America has turned into that Bensonhurst angry mob once again upon viewing the news sources and social media, having a President supported by the KKK and white nationalists, who calls predominantly Black countries shithole ones, who calls Neo-Nazi protestors good people, who calls Mexicans rapists. And the list goes on.
Jim Crow wasn’t really that long ago, it is part of my and my wife’s timeline and I am not sure if it is completely gone. No, I take that back, it still exists. It’s not as blatant as separate rest rooms and water fountains, it is much more subtle.
And to be honest, I don’t know which one is worse.
Per the video I saw this morning, link below, Sunday July 5th on the Today Show with Willie Giest; this segment brought tears to my eyes. Even when Black Men served their country in WWII, they were given a “Blue Discharge”, which is neither a honorable or dishonorable discharged. (Also given to gay servicemen).
However this discharged did NOT allow them to receive any veterans benefits.
How wrong is that?
Part of the ” Black Lives Matters”protests should be giving all these soldiers who have received this “blue discharge” an honorable one, even if it is posthumously.
It is believed that ignorance of the law does not make you “not guilty” if you committed a crime.
Trump says he did not know about Russia putting bounties on American soldiers’ heads.
Because he fails to attend daily briefings ton current affairs, Trump claims he didn’t know.
But he is suppose to know. That’s why he was elected by the electoral college.
But I believe he did know. Trump is somehow indebted to Russia and I believe he owes a great deal of money to them. I believe they have financed a multiple of his developments. This is why Trump hasn’t shown his tax returns.
And think about it, would American banks lend money to a man who has had so many bankruptcies and thousands of lawsuits from contractors who he has not paid?
Wake up, folks. Trump is willing to sacrifice American lives so his loans won’t get called in!
At our younger daughters HS graduation, there was a student speaker who talked about his grandmother. She told him that the “empty wagon makes the most noise.” And that is so true. If you pull an empty red wagon around, it makes the loudest of noises. But once you put items in it, the wagon begins to quiet down as you pull it about.
Of course, Grandma was referencing our brains. When it is empty, it speaks loudly without any reference, without any knowledge.
There are many who can analyze our recent current events and understand why it is happening and what is it’s purpose. And there are those who do not ask the “why” but stay steadfast in their unchanging beliefs and ways.
When MLK started his marches and his protests, white Southernors said why does he (MLK) have to start trouble? The Negro is no longer a slave, what is this commotion all about? Of course, the majority of Americans knew this wasn’t true, and the Civil Rights movement started.
And that is what’s happening now. The status quo is being tested again and many heads will be bumped. The question is: What side of history will you be on? The problem or the solution?
Just one more note. Historic Black colleges were formed because many Blacks within their cities and states could not attend college. If you are white and want to attend these colleges, you can. There are NO racial barriers.
(Another stupid meme I am seeing that tries to prove these colleges are racists)
Towards the end of the Civil War that actually pinned brother against brother, cousin against cousin, Confederates began to recruit the very young and the very old. In the end, over 600 thousand men perished including the youth and the aged.
Whether the passing soldier fought willingly for the Confederacy or fought because he was conscripted, their place in the afterlife is between that soul and God. I do not judge their outcomes. May the Almighty show mercy on their souls. All I know is that war stinks.
So remove these statues from public grounds where their existence conjures up so many fears for both young and old and put into cemeteries or museums.
And pray that we never settle our differences in this manner ever again.
Memorial Day for my Dad, for my Mom
I made this video for my father on the first Memorial Day after my Mom’s passing. They met during WWII in Germany, Dad being an American soldier and Mom, a resident in the town Dad was stationed. I wanted to commemorate their lives and all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and our beliefs.
God bless all our military, living and past on this weekend.
P.S. Dad is still going strong at the Sentara Nursing Home!