Friday, December 30, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Resolutions and Wishes for 2017

Well, pretty much the best thing that one can say about 2016 is that it's been crazy AF.  Not only have we lost seemingly everyone that made the 80's and 90's worth living, White people showed us their "true color" by electing a racist raging asshole for President of the United States.  Usually I post these resolutions with a bit of tongue in cheek humor (and don't worry, you'll laugh at some of these), but this time it's a bit serious.  With that in mind, here goes...

Friday, November 11, 2016

There's No Joy in TRUMPVILLE

I work in a predominately White conservative suburb about 20 miles outside of Philadelphia, PA.  Leading up to the election, the TRUMP/PENCE lawn signs were sprouting up wild.  Now needless to say most of the people I work with are White and conservative, and if the proliferation of Trump signs is any indication I can safely say that most of them voted for Donald Trump.

Now if you're a person of color in a situation like mine, surrounded by conservative White co-workers, you may have noticed a sudden shift in their attitude towards you.  Think about the interactions you've had with these co-workers over the past three days.  Have you noticed a certain awkwardness when they encounter you?  Perhaps a certain reluctance?  Well hold on to that observation for a bit, because I'm going to come back to this.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

NOW You All Decide To Show Up...REALLY?

Last night thousands poured out into streets across the country, including here in Philly, to protest the election of Donald Trump to the White House. For the most part the protests were peaceful, and while they covered a variety of grievances, the common theme was simple.  "Donald Trump is Not My President."

Now, I'm going to assume that most of the folks out there protesting actually voted for Hillary the day before, and if you're among that group then you can feel free to skip this post entirely.  Nothing here applies to you.  However, if you're one of those folks protesting, yet couldn't be bothered to go out and vote, or you did that cute college hippie protest vote thing for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson, then I got some words for you. 


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Trump Was White America's Test...And It Failed MISERABLY! (Continuation of previous post)

This may very well come off as a rant, as I'm not really sure how I wish to express myself here.  I'm still trying to process what happened to this country as it has just elected an avowed racist, an admitted sexist and adulterer, a hateful xenophobic bigot, and outright buffoon President of the United States.  Ladies and gentlemen, introducing President Elect Donald Trump...White America's shame.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Trump is White America's Test...And Maybe It's Shame (A Black Man's Opinion)

Watching the campaign for president it is very clear to anyone with even a minuscule conscience that the GOP candidate, Donald Trump, appeals to a very narrow (and I'd like to think detested) segment of the country.  He appeals to that segment that embraces the kind of racism, sexism, nativism, and xenophobia that was once the purview of the most extreme right-wing. The kind of racism that gave birth to people like Timothy McVeigh, Dylan Roof, and even ISIS.  As president, Donald Trump may well be the one who sets back not only the cause of progressives, but the cause of freedom, liberty, and equality over 50 years.  If elected he'll have a Republican House and Senate, as well as a pick of perhaps two Supreme Court justices.  But more importantly, a Trump presidency would be a stinging indictment of White America, who will no longer be able to excuse isolated cases of racism with "we're not all like that".  Because electing Trump will prove that they are, indeed, all like that.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Things I Learned From "The Twilight Zone"

Every year I spend my New Year's curled up on the couch with a pizza, a bottle of wine, and the Twilight Zone marathon on the SyFy channel. Now I have the Definitive Collection on DVD, but there's something really cool about watching and live tweeting the marathon with fellow zone-heads on social media.  Through the years I've taken a few lessons from the show, and I'd like to break from my usual political musings in the blog to share a few.

Note: I've updated this blog post for 2016-2017, adding a few more points and referencing the relevant episodes.