The Black Vote

If I were a person with skin-color a beautiful shade of brown, I would be insulted when news anchors, political pundits and media-shills lump me into a box called “the black vote”.  In fact I’d be offended by Black Entertainment Television, Black Lives Matter, Al Sharpton, the NAACP, and other race-based institutions, for refusing to acknowledge me as an individual, but instead implying that I should be thinking, believing and behaving in lock-step with every other brown-skinned American.

But the thing that would most irate me, is that by perpetually labeling and categorizing me, they have pummeled into my brain the message that I am different from “whites” and other races. By the way, I’d also resent the label “black” because in addition to the aforementioned, my skin-color is not black, so stop trivializing me!

The so-called activists will argue that blacks have been compartmentalized as a result of being treated differently by whites.  Are blacks compartmentalized because other races treat them differently, or do other races treat blacks differently because black leaders and activists insist on homogenizing, handicapping and quarantining their people.  Ironically, the chronic differentiating of black-vs-white and the playing-of-the-race-card by black leaders creates a sense of segregation in our country.

As a “white” person, I reject that label too because, for one thing, I am not white (except when I’m really hung over), and I resent being marginalized into a stereotype. Am I expected to think the same way as the white person standing next to me because we share a similar shade of skin color? Hell no! I am an individual with a mind open to what today can bring. Yesterday is forever gone. I can let the screw-ups of my forefathers forever hold me back, or I can say, I am not them, and today I will be brave, I will be positive, and I will do at least one thing, no matter how big or small, that I can be proud of.

And then suddenly, ever so slightly, a power-source long since dead and cold begins to glow again.

Ask yourselves my brothers and sisters of ALL colors, what good comes to us by being divided as a people? What happiness? What peace? The answer is obvious. NONE. I believe that in our truest of hearts, we are not as divided as the activists and the media and the abusers-of-power would have us believe. Yes, some really bad things have happened in the past to all races and all people. But today, my friends, WE ARE BEING PLAYED.

There may come a day when our country, our constitution, and our freedom will be challenged in a way that will make today’s animosities seem like petty disagreements. I believe this threat is real and is being carried out today right under our noses. Just as a computer can be hacked turning its operating-system against itself, so can a government, an education system, a religion, a military, the laws, an economy, and the people. Is it so unimaginable that a sociopath with endless wealth, a god-complex, and an unhinged ideology could amass followers and resources to infiltrate, corrupt and hijack a country from within? If we continue to be divided as a people, and such an event happens, we will fall like dominos. If such an event happens, and we are afraid, unarmed and unprepared to respond as a unified people, we will indeed be lumped into a box.

So, what can we do now, today? How can we as individuals begin to change the world and alter an otherwise bleak future? It starts with you, the individual, NOT the label. Open your minds and more significantly your ears. Listen for and recognize divisive messaging, and reject it. Refuse to be segregated!

People will say “whites are bad”, “blacks are bad”, “democrats are bad”, “republicans are bad”, “the rich are bad”, “the lower class are bad”, “the liberals are bad”, “the conservatives are bad”, “wall street is bad”, “capitalism is bad”, “socialism is bad”, “police are bad”, “Latinos are bad”, “Asians are bad”, “Muslims are bad”, “infidels are bad”, “Jews are bad”, “Catholics are bad”… They’re all bad, bad, bad, bad, bad….

SHUT THE FUCK UP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The only truly bad people are those who hurt, control, manipulate and exploit others. Those who are so blindly self-indulging that they do not recognize the miracle of our existence, and that there must surely be payback waiting at the next level.

So in ending my rant, please remember that when someone tries to lump you into a group or turn you against a different group, you are an individual, and you have a choice. As for me, I’m gonna play a little Howard Tate and chill. Peace, love, dove homies.

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