When “Who gets to go jogging without getting shot?” is an actual question a society has to ask, that society is fundamentally flawed.‘Shots fired. Male on ground, bleeding out.’
As an Army Veteran who happens to be both Black and female, when I look back at my cumulative experience in serving my country I look at my service a little differently. Like Chris Rock, in his special Kill The Messenger, I look at the government as someone who paid my way through college but molested me (figuratively and possibly literally). I’m proud of my service but it would be untrue if I say I haven’t been resentful of bad treatment and inequality of a place that is supposed represent those very qualities.
Life isn’t fair and now I have to move on.
By taking those experiences that have value to the present course of my life, I have had to economize and take what is really important. Something that transcends civilizations and infuses cultures with positivity and wisdom. I’m lucky I was able to locate that experience just in the nick of time. I’m going to share with you the lesson that saved my life many moons ago:
The ability to be optimistic in a FUBAR situation.
It’s happening as we speak.
It’s now time to inventory our toolkits and find a path for everyone to come out in the other side. Right now, I don’t care if you are magenta polka dot, we all need to be on the same page by respecting each other. I don’t care if you like each other or not. Yeah, I said it. Work together…NOW.
I say this not because I’m enlightened but because I’m practical. The sooner we get this right by being the people who can show the least of us how to treat all you meet humanely, the sooner we can get to serving our soul purpose.
How we do this is placing ourselves in someone else’s shoes. If you wouldn’t like it done to you then don’t behave badly to someone else.
What is required is a change of perspective, it’ll do the mind some good.
Sharing an interesting article on a Black Mans perspective in serving our country. It’s not an easy journey and in requires us to listen.
Tough conversations; addressing the past to improve our future > Vandenberg Air Force Base > Display
— Read on www.vandenberg.af.mil/News/Commentaries/Display/Article/2226762/tough-conversations-addressing-the-past-to-improve-our-future/
I can’t stop myself from crying, I don’t recognize this country right now.
This week has been a revelation to me. I’m ways that are both good and bad to the collective consciousness. In this time of darkness, I do hold hope for the future. I hold hope that we can have an HONEST discussion of the issues that are driving these violent protests.
One of the issues that is dogging us as a society is the way we are stereotyping people. Protestors are doing it to cops, cops stereotype citizens everyday. How we are dealing with each other as people is a consequence of the stereotypes we all have about every race in America.
We are doing a bad job listening to each other and we need to do better. RIGHT NOW.
Take a moment at this time and listen to me.
According to Vogue Sewing, the writer makes the specific point “Remember that colors should never be seen as isolated entities, but in relation to each other.” That’s where we are going wrong. We see each other as separate, when we should be working together.
Is racism a real issue? HELL YES racism is a real issue. I have personally dealt with it in my life from people who I thought were friends. My friends deal with it at work and at the store when we get “extra scrutiny” to make sure no theft is taking place, and society as a whole deals with it when a police officer brutalizing a class of people because we have allowed them to get away with it. I don’t believe I have live a day in my entire life without being subjected to some form of racism, and neither can you.
That has to change RIGHT NOW.
This starts with Law Enforcement Officers. Part of the reason why you are held in distain is some communities is your INSISTENT NEED to stand behind the badge when your brothers and sisters are behaving like the animals you are supposed to be protecting the citizens from. Your actions tell us you don’t wish to be held accountable when you are wrong, especially when you are dead wrong. You’ll just go along because of peer pressure and I can’t respect that. Neither can anyone else. In this case, bad apples are ruining the bunch of you. Respect must be earned, start earning it by cleaning your house of the garbage that pollutes it in the form of scumbags you work with.
For looters and criminals who are hoping to use this time by committing crimes against your brothers and sisters and businesses that are staples to your communities, bless your hearts. I hope you are prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law, mans and God’s. Shame on you for taking a crisis and behaving badly. Someone is seeing what you doing, whether it’s surveillance or God. I hope you have an excellent excuse for doing what you are doing. I urge you to stop, please.
To the communities that are protesting inequality and injustice have some work to do too. The violent protests have got to end. PERIOD. I get the fact you are pissed off at our government. I can’t think of a day when I don’t think our government has failed it’s citizens in ways we aren’t aware of at this time. Our government is not going to save us. WE HAVE TO SAVE OURSELVES. We can start by participating in government. It’s amazing what they think they can get away with when no one is looking. START LOOKING. Look how your official are doing their jobs, pay attention to how they vote and for goodness sake: government officials will be trying their best to govern without comment from their constituents using the excuse of “Social distancing”. That only goes so far. We need to start recalling people from office who vote and govern for their personal gain, their voting record will tell you everything you need to know. Let them know you see what they are doing.
Cooler heads have to prevail. As long as you can’t see where someone is coming from you will never be able to understand them. When you feel the need to judge someone according to race or social class, please think about this one statement:
Walk a mile in their shoes.
If you can get through the 5,280 feet without a change in perspective, then you are doing it wrong.
We get through the first step of this process with a change of perspective. Do your own research, we all have to stop blindly believing and ask questions. More on that another time. Blessings…