just having fun as the KKK

Just saying what the heck is WRONG with people doesn’t even begin to address this. It’s not enough anymore. Now we have to point it out when we see it. There’s just too much of it.

links to news articleWith social media, these former “closet racists” have found acceptance and are moving out into the open.

Which is a good thing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they are coming out of the woodwork.

I went to college with a guy who wrote off the KKK as urban legend, essentially. He said they don’t really exist anymore. Even after several examples of the hate group I showed him in current time. And he dismissed it, saying it’s harmless. HARMLESS.

This is real, and it’s happening TODAY. And people think it’s ok. It’s not ok.

People think it’s acceptable to dress up & pretend to be part of a hate group. A hate group, that I add is still very active today. We’re seeing black churches being burned down at an alarming rate. The NAACP bombing. And lots of little other crimes not brought to mainstream news.

It’s not ok to dress up as the KKK. It’s not “fun & games”.

MLK Jr. Day, revisited

Today’s not Martin Luther King Jr Day. But I often find myself thinking about him, and what he stood for, and the inequality that I still see today. Well, not inequality per se. Let’s call a spade a spade. Flat out racism. Ugly, dysfunctional, horrid racism. With the most vulgar of words and phrases directed at a very specific group of people, for no other reason than that the perpetrator is of one race and the words are directed at those of another.

I cannot believe the things I see and hear today.

Thanks to Facebook.

Well, I say that sarcastically, but the truth is, I should be thanking fb for opening my eyes to how prevalent it is in modern society. In the city of Cleveland, where I used to live, and I thought was so tolerant and mixed of a city.

I had posted this on my fb on the real MLK Jr Day this year:

I was looking through my old tweets, and found this one. Seems pertinent to the holiday today. With the day off work & school, spend it with your children to talk about race relations. What once was. What *you* believe it to be today. What your hope for relations in their life. Research the topic. It’s the least you can do for a man who “fought” tirelessly to bring it to light; and you get a day off for it. I’d love to hear your thoughts too, if you care to share….

I just want people to understand. But the only way to understand is if we talk about it, and are willing to listen to others.

Related wonderful link:
Letter from Birmingham Jail – there are many re-prints of this letter, but this one is my favorite.

 

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Real sign made by a real Cleveland area teen.

 
Dozens of Cleveland area high school students attended the City Club of Cleveland’s Youth Forum on Jan. 15th to talk about issues of racism, violence, and police brutality in the wake of the shooting death of 12-year old Tamir Rice. The photo above is one of them. If you’d like to see more reactions (pictures and video), go here: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/01/cleveland_students_racism_viol.html#0

My “friend”, W Kamau Bell

w kamau bell1So, he’s not really my friend in real life, in that he doesn’t know he’s my friend. But I’m his friend.

Have you ever liked someone so much that you felt you know them, and feel their pain? I have so much love & respect for W. Kamau Bell, and feel the need to share what happened to him on his birthday.w kamau bell2

I’m such a big fan of his, that when he said he was canceling his tour due to the impending birth of his 2nd daughter, I had nothing but mad respect for him. I mean, how could you not admire a father putting his family first?

 

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Here’s his post about his birthday:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! HAVE SOME RACISM FROM ELMWOOD CAFE!

President Obama’s SOTU 2015

You know how much I respect my POTUS. I did live tweet the State of the Union address tonight, which can be seen to the right for the time being. As I’ve done in the past, I like to have my own personal transcript of his speech so I can come back to it in the future.

Speech after the jump…. Continue reading

“It’s not racist!” – Except for, it totally IS racist!

Happy Opening Day, Cleveland!

Thank you for reminding the country of how racist we can be, but it’s so instilled, that we don’t even see it as racism! Case in point, this happened today:

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Since I just am so tired of trying to explain how this is racist, I’m linking to the Cleveland Scene article they wrote on it.

“It’s Not Racist!” And Other Responses to Wahoo Protesters at Home Opener

And here’s a shirt I saw at Kohl’s while shopping (below, from my own instagram). I found this shirt so disgustingly offensive, I had to share it. This made me stop, and walk around the ENTIRE kids’ section, just looking for a shirt without the Chief Wahoo on it. NOT A ONE. I was in the kids’ section. So, this is to instill this same brand of racism into the next generation. I don’t think I feel comfortable shopping at Kohl’s anymore.