Black Means Democrat and Other Things We Can’t Talk About

Ostrich with head in sandBlack means Democrat

As a kid I struggled with knowing who I am and where to place my pride. I knew I was a democrat, I knew George W. Bush was the anti-christ, and I knew that Hillary Clinton was the ultimate feminist icon.  I once tried to confront my social studies teacher about being being black and the pressure to be a democrat.  He scoffed and instructed me that such pressure doesn’t exist.  Oh well.

Fast-forward to today and I think I understand.  I’m just another in a long list of people conned.  Everyone knows that the victor writes the tale.  But who is the loser?

Who is controlling the narrative now?  If the United States have won numerous wars, why is the United States so widely regarded as the bad guy?  You could burn the American flag and it wouldn’t make the news.  But if you were to burn the Koran it’s a hate crime!  There is a self hating impulse in us that fosters an aura of American cynicism.

How can we not trust America, but depend on Government solutions?

Nowhere is the American cynicism more real than in the black community.  And I ride for my community, I understand!  The struggle is real and black American’s legs were kicked out before we even started the race.  Yet we talk of Civil Rights like we trust the government to give them to us?  That is like the slave who goes to his master to end slavery.

This is the paradox that made me ‘woke.’  I no longer believed the things I always assumed were true.   It really took challenging my most basic gut reactions to understand how deep I’ve been manipulated.

I challenge you to this:  Mention one of these three things and try to have a conversation:

  1. Muslim

I get it, Muslim’s are our brothers in the struggle.  They deal with white supremacist islamaphobic Christians trying to steal their oil.  So naturally some of these Muslim countries would bread terrorist because we started it. And of course it is our duty to take in the refugees from these countries.  If there is any negative consequences we’ll just throw our head in the sand and blindly point our fingers at each other.

Tell me how this makes any since?  And even if it were true why can’t we talk about it?  Donald Trump was called racist for saying America First, why shouldn’t we follow and say our families first?  Our neighborhood, our cities, our state first.  But  we’re programmed to believe that we owe more to other people than we owe to our own people.

  1. Illegal Immigration

‘People of Color’ are all allies. The funny thing about Martin Luther King Jr. asking to be judged by the ‘content of our character’ what he really meant was the ‘content of our color.’   Anybody in the world of slightly dark skin tone and above are allies.  Except if they come from Europe.  But maybe if they come from Spain since their mixed with the Moors.   Also Asians are also people of color because of World War II.  Plus anybody can be added to the POC collection if they’ve been oppressed.  Expect Europeans.

So the crux of why we can’t discuss illegal immigration is because of white supremacy?  Because they’re people of color?  It’s a shame we don’t talk about the implication for those who try to immigrate legally.  How awful it is to wait in line and jump through hoops only to see skip you in line.  I guess legal immigrants aren’t People of Color.

  1. Abortion

Abortion equals women’s rights.  If we even limit abortion at all we are sentencing women to second class citizenship.  Abortion is also the only absolute right in our Constitution.  Though the second amendment explicitly gives American’s the right own guns, the Founding Fathers didn’t mean every kind of gun.  They meant every kind of abortion though!

I am all for woman’s rights, but this issue is so clouded that everyone is talking past each other.  It doesn’t help that we falsely equate those against abortion as people who are against women.  Their not, and this wouldn’t be a conversation we chronically had to have if talked about the issues instead of demonizing each other.

Don’t let anyone try to make you feel like you’r supposed to believe only one thing.  Confront every premise and you’ll find that everyone is biased.  Everyone has an opinion, it doesn’t make anybody more right because they have a socially popular opinion.  Next time you have a visceral reaction to something someone says, try to question why you’re having that reaction.  It will lead to much better conversations and maybe we can finally find some solutions.