Do Black Lives Matter on the Green Line?

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/

Do unto others…

The concerned mother in me came out yesterday in the most unexpected way. While I was on my staycation, with my own kids at home.

Sometimes you need time off without your kids. That’s a fact.

I spent my entire day at the Retro Pool at the Sahara Hotel and Casino yesterday. From check in until the pool closed, I was there. I have missed the pool that much.

I had the pleasure of meeting Hanna, a very strong mother who raised a young woman who uses her intellect effectively and will set the world on fire with her passion to positively influence the world to be a better society.

Her name is McKenna.

She was celebrating her 21st birthday. A month after that momentous day, better late than never, I say. I brought my daughter cannabis when she turned 21. I consider this moment to be a rite of passage.

Today was different because unlike the last time I was able to lay out at the pool, the overwhelming topic of conversation was police brutality and injustice. It is starting to be a recurring theme, all day…everyday.

Sigh.

So we got to talking and turns out McKenna doesn’t tolerate injustice and is looking for a path to change that shit. She was out protesting in her hometown to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement. I understand those who protest and I support you.

However, I fear for your safety. I fear agitators who antagonist peace who wants conflict; I fear the pile of bricks that are placed in front of protesters, there to goad and provoke someone into throwing one and chaos ensuing until it consumes everything. That’s what they want. Do not give it to them.

What we are going to do, is find a way to protest that is effective and will absolutely get the point across. Find a way that will leave no doubt that racial and gender injustice must end. Period.

So let’s all put our thinking caps on and find a way to peacefully protest. Writing and contacting your elected officials is one way. Something tells me we are going to have to get in their ass. Make them know that we are watching what they are doing. Require all law enforcement officers wear mandatory body cams with serious consequences for having missing footage when their story is in conflict with recorded evidence. How we do this, is for law enforcement officers to stop standing behind their scumbag colleagues, cleaning up your house and stop behaving as if you are above the law.

McKenna, how you change injustice is by shining light on the issue and a commitment to positively impact the end goal. Then you put that issue in the face of you elected officials. All in their faces. Keep it there until they change their perspective.

In the meantime, write that story about your mom and driving all those women home so they wouldn’t have to walk in unsafe conditions. Hanna changed someone else’s world and taught you to do the same. That’s how you protest, like a bad bitch.

p,s. Don’t forget to vote…