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If racism could speak

If racism could speak, here’s what he’d say.

My name is Racism.

Although you know me well, you may not recognize me sometimes when you see me. Well, at least you act like you don’t.

You don’t even acknowledge me when you become one with me yet so many people of color long for you to see me, but my disguises are so well thought out. People of color point you out and shout my name and you say they’re playing the race card.

I am the part of you that turns your head when Black men and women are gunned down by officers unjustly, yet legally. I am the part of you that says nothing when a verdict of “not guilty” comes down for an Officer that murdered a person of color. That’s who I am.

I am the one who will jump in front of you and tell you to go protest at a women’s march, even though you haven’t protested or spoken out against the injustices that happened to Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner and so many others. I tell you where to put your focus and you do it every time.

I am the political parties that will vet, recruit, run and coronate candidates so that they may spend time on pushing any and every type of bill through Congress with the exception of anything that has to do with the Black Lives Matter movement or justice for people of color. I disguise legislation and make it look like it’s a war between the rich and the poor when I know better.

Like a thief in the night, I steal that gut feeling from you that you get when you know your Black and Brown brothers and sisters cannot fight me alone.

I trick you into thinking Black law enforcement leaders and Black and Brown legislators can help stop the rage of white America but to tell you the truth, only a collective fight for changed laws will stop the hate that take and consume the lives of Black and Brown people in this country. Keep that between us for if they knew changed laws would eradicate me, they’d win.

I don’t want you to know this, but, I can even get Black and Brown people to think if they can only get white people to love or like them, that they’d be able to overcome racism. Truth is, it doesn’t matter if white people like, love or hate Black and Brown people because I can still beat the system. I can manipulate the mind to have someone kill a person of color and law will always be on my side if I can convince jurors to look closely at the law of these United States. See, in some places of the world, I don’t have as much power. Yet, in America, I am everything.

On the other hand, the two Black people who saved the lives of the all white legislators playing baseball last week threw me for quite a loop. I was hoping they would allow my colleagues, Death and Destruction, to creep in so that we could once again penetrate the thought process of so many.

Instead, they didn’t. They stepped in and helped. Since I couldn’t work my magic on them, I worked my magic on the 12 jurors in the Philando Castile case the same week and made sure that cop was acquitted.
I hate to admit it but I can’t get into the minds and hearts of every man and woman, but I can deter most. The white men in Portand, Oregon also shook me to my core when they stood up for a Muslim woman and a Black woman as I used another white man to hurl insults their way. I was in all my glory and here comes this Republican and Bernie Sanders supporter to their rescue. I was floored. Everyone who attacked me were white. I was stunned at their willingness to stand up to me and put their lives on the line without a moments notice. In London this week, a white man drove a van through a crowd of Muslim worshippers outside of a Mosque, killing at least one person. I’m growing fast abroad, too.

With the laws in America, I don’t even have to work hard because the Constitution defends me. With all the power it has, more than anything, I, racism, am protected under the law. I’m free to be me and there’s nothing you can do about it. Truth is, I’m keeping the lawmakers busy with the Russians so I’ll be here longer than you can ever imagine.

I’m the reason churches separate like oil and water each Sunday and I’ll drive a political wedge through the pulpit like a stake being driven through a vampire’s heart. I can do all this, even to the most liberal of people, because you don’t see me. You don’t see that I am fixated on you.

You deny me all to often declaring, “I’m no racist,” when in fact, you are so tangled with me, you keep people that look like you closest to you.

When you allow your human brethren to stand alone, you make my job so much easier and I’m forever grateful to you for that.

As I embark on another week, I want you to say who I am. I am racism. You and I are closer than you think. We’re more than friends. I’m a part of your mindset. You’d have to work far too hard each day to block me from taking over your mentality and you, white America, you just don’t have the strength to do that. So, instead of turning the other cheek, when you see or feel me, act like you know me. Even though you won’t be around, I’ll be here to introduce myself to your grandchildren and their children. I’ll get to your children while they are young through your unconscious biases.

I’m everywhere you don’t expect. I infiltrate places like the Democratic Party, those so-called liberal thinkers, to a point where they’ve made Black women the firewall which protects a racial agenda. Even the Florida Democratic Chair, Steven Bittel let out racially charged rhetoric this past weekend at a conference in South Florida saying, Black legislators just don’t get it and compared Black men elected by their communities to whiney Black babies. I could only let out a diabolical laugh when I heard the news and I continued to go about my cause.

There’s no doubt, I’m a villain and no matter what I can’t be killed. I’ve worked with the greatest of all time, like Hitler, Trump and David Duke and I realize that some peoples’ hearts will cut them short of going through with the true racist agenda I have plotted; people like those Portland men who will forever be martyred now, disgusts me. They likely didn’t have a racist bone in their bodies which means I need to get back on my job of creating that great racial divide that I’ve always put in the minds of even the most honorable people.

Florida Democratic Party fights for their future

Florida Democratic Party fights for their future

I’ve been watching the Democratic Party races up-close and from afar. It’s a mess. One big, hot, mess.

A guy named Stephen Bittel, a long time party donor, who has never served in a position in the party, used another member to cut a pathway for him to run as Florida Democratic Party Chair. To put things into perspective, this is the seat that was previously held by Allison Tant.

Bittel has long supported the messy way things have been handled in the Democratic Party.

Democrats lost a host of seats and now have to bow down to 31 Republican governors along with a Congress that not only successfully stopped the agenda of President Obama but now has even more power to support the new President.

This kind of party leadership should end if the Democrats want to win seats and reel in even more money and active members. Unfortunately, the party didn’t realize or care about this until after the loss of the latest Presidential election to President elect Donald J. Trump.

If voters in the Democratic Party simply shift people but not agendas, the devastation will continue.

Money is a key element in this shift and big donors are donating even more money, in some cases, to keep the same mindset. What is it that they are not seeing? We already know the Democrats lost the Oval Office, Congress (both the House and Senate) and will have no say on who gets to sit on the Supreme Court bench which is big deal for all people, especially people of color. It’s as if Democrats have duct tape over their mouths and need to sit quietly by while their opposition, the Republicans, run this country at full blast.

Let’s be clear. Democrats have to care about the money. They need as much as they can get and they have to stop spending it wildly and without attaching real results to their expenses. But, they should not sacrifice members or more elections in order to do it. If they rebuild a winning party, they’ll build more money and more members.

I’ve spoken with people who could be key donors to the Democratic Party and there’s a lot of money out there to be given but they are unwilling to donate to a party who will waste money, employ laziness and support a high-turnover rate during the election seasons.

One bright nugget in all of this is Senator Dwight Bullard. Bullard just busted a brilliant move on the party. He went from being a disenfranchised candidate in the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida Democratic Party, to being actively a part of the Florida election by launching his campaign and website, DwightUnites.com. Bullard put his name in the hat for Florida Democratic Party Chair and is now a contender alongside Bittel. That shows Bullard is not messing around. It shows Progressives are as serious about changing this party as the Tea Party was about changing the Republican Party. That’s what needs to be done in order to bring the party back to the fierce, ugly reality it faces.

Top Ten Things The Democratic Party Isn’t Telling You

Although Democrats won the Oval Office in 2008 and 2012, the POTUS had little to no help in Congress making it ever so hard for President Obama to push through initiatives needed to help move the country toward bigger achievements. The leaders of the Democratic Party counted the President’s wins as universal gains but didn’t care to educate the public, or donors of the party, about how Republicans still had so much power and were using it to their advantage. Even the Supreme Court nominee chosen by President Obama wasn’t cleared. For many, a redesign of the Supreme Court is the reason we chose President Obama. Now, the liberals have not only lost the Oval, but Congress and what’s even more destructive, Democrats lost the upcoming picks for the Supreme Court. Some say the Democratic Party is nearer to its demise more than ever before, but leaders like Nancy Pelosi are denying anything is wrong. Let’s take a close look at the truth. Here are the top ten things the Democratic Party is not telling you.

  1. Superdelegates. Sigh. The Superdelegate process is just as corrupt as the Electoral College itself. It shows they don’t care about the delegates or the votes people cast on a local level. They give gifts and benefits to the Superdelegates to make sure they vote on behalf of the party at the convention, not the people.
  2. The Democratic Party took a big, fat back seat to the Black Lives Matter movement and still captured the “hearts and minds” of the vast majority of Black female voters. As officers gunned down Black men, women and children in the bloody streets of Anytown, USA, where in the world was the Democratic Party? Black people are the firewall to the party and Clinton received 95% of the Black vote. There’s no reason the Democratic Party should have sat silent on this issue. But, shhhhh. Between us, they don’t want you to recognize that a political party has significant power in ending this kind of corruption.
  3. There is no democracy in choosing leadership within the party. Some say there was no democracy in choosing the nominee. During the last Presidential pick, there is some real evidence showing Clinton was coronated. The Party neglected to listen to the members of the party and proudly chose who they owed and convinced members of the party that Sanders could not win a general race. Sadly, we now suffer with the outcome of that decision. Recently, at the Miami-Dade Party meeting, Democrats had plenty of coronating going on in the race against Bullard versus Bittel. Michigan had the same struggle. Local chapters all over the country are facing this battle. The party isn’t listening to the voices of the people, who are the local voters and is putting those in office who are elite and wealthy.
  4. They don’t want you involved in the political process. They want you as a silent member of the committee. But, they don’t want to hear your voice if it’s not in tune with theirs. Even if, you’re right and even if you can push them to win more seats across this country.
  5. The leaders of the party are elite, wealthy and white. These leaders can make it big regardless of which party is in office. They have money and money is power, right? The elite lead the Democratic Party and they really don’t want you messing that up. Hillary Clinton may or may not have been able to understand the struggle of middle class America. We still don’t know that and now probably never will. Most importantly, the takeaway here is, we’ve often bragged that the Democrats feel our struggle. Unfortunately, they just may feel it more so than the Republicans but not to a level of doing anything significant about it. No one really understands the struggle of the middle class except the middle class and those who have had a first-hand experience with it. The Democratic Party’s main goal is to serve its members and the majority of those who protect the party are diverse, poor and middle class.
  6. The Democratic Party ignored Progressives and even abused them. On the other hand, Trump talked directly to the Progressives and felt their pain. When President Elect Trump acknowledged that Bernie Sanders was a victim of the party’s corrupt system, Progressives listened and gravitated toward him.
  7. Progressives mapped out the outcome of the Presidential election and the Democratic Party ignored it. Democrat party leaders were sure they’d win against President Elect Donald J. Trump. They turned off and angered not only progressives but Trump’s “deplorables” as well. Trump reenergized the worst part of America’s mind and clinched the Oval Office by doing that. Democrats were not unprepared, they were unwilling to notice. It was a case of snobbery at its finest.
  8. The Democratic Party ignored the issue at Standing Rock and the protestors that Occupied Wall Street. This was a major mistake in which the Democratic party is not prepared to talk about publicly. When the Occupy Wall Street movement took off, the party should have listened. When our Sioux brothers and sisters stood against the North Dakota Access Pipeline the party should have stood with them. These were predominantly middle-class, Democrats. People who have donated and been active in the party. Yet, the party remained silent.
  9. The Democratic Party rules are the most corrupt. Did you know, leaders of the Democratic party can suspend rules if they don’t want to follow them? They can throw whatever they want out the window during an election and stand on what they think is the “best” action to take even if it goes against the will of the people. Leadership in the party is a steep hill to climb. If candidates in the party don’t have the look or the requirements that pass the elite in the party, the voters don’t have a fighting chance at getting in an election or winning it. Read the rules. They are simply, anti-democratic.
  10. The Democratic Party is struggling to save money right now, not members. So, feel free to leave at any time. If you’re not amongst the super-wealthy, they don’t care. If they have tons of money, they can rebuild a losing party. Right now, the money donors have given is squandered on a system that is outdated and losing. The only way to move forward is with Progressives leading the way and they have clearly refused that option, which is the only option left. Progressives have always said, to beat a far right administration is to put a far left administration into the war. Democrats are just standing there praising the minimal wins they have gotten thus far. President Obama’s win helped the party to push an illusion on donors pushing the narrative that the Democratic Party had far more power than it really has. In addition, this narrative put so much pressure on the POTUS that it made him seem as if he could do anything. When you wonder why the President worked with Republicans, this is partly why.