4th of July Freedom

As we wrap up the #4thOfJuly and I watch the fireworks on TV and hear what have become American anthems, songs like America The Beautiful, that have been sung by artists of all races, played by military bands, orchestras, kids, choirs, and the like, I can’t help but to think, because we are America, yes, this great nation we belong to, with freedoms not allowed in some other countries and with all of its hypocrisies, contradictions, and Institutional – isms, there is no place I’d rather be, because, despite #AmericanHistory, it’s still a place where we can celebrate how this nation came to be (even with all of its inaccuracies, as we strive to correct it together), acknowledge where it has faltered in its oppression of others, and still be a country that can come together as a community to protect and save lives through a pandemic (despite the leadership), and still, as a part of its history, birth movements over the years, that demand changes from the same nation like The Civil War to end slavery (which the Union won for the record), like the Women’s Rights Movement to get women the right to vote, own property, to work, etc, like the Civil Rights Movement spearheaded by African Americans in America who just wanted to continue to fully remove the shackles of Jim Crow and gain equal rights, under the law and Constitution, as well as the right to vote, which then sparked other oppressed groups like the Native Americans, LGBTQ, Latino and Immigrant communities, Gun Rights movements, Environmentalists, and more. So it’s only predictable, given the backdrop of America and its history of the quest for freedom and oppression simultaneously, that the #BlackLivesMatter movement exists because, like the past, the need for justice repeats itself. So to those who wish to listen to the negativity and those who want you to believe that BLM is a terrorist group, then if you know anything about America, you know that the KKK is also a terrorist group. For the record, the KKK killed and lynched hundreds of people based solely on the color of their skin, just because, and mostly got away with these atrocious crimes. Now, if you can live with the thought of the KKK and BLM having the same social label, then you need to check your definitions of what a terrorist is, because the last time I checked, the BLM hasn’t killed anyone, only fought for justice peacefully, for the unlawful deaths of black people in America by the hands of our law enforcement, who, by the way, are supposed to protect us all, not just a few. So before you write BLM off, just remember, if freedom is what you celebrate today, you must understand that both the celebration of freedom and an effort to move the needle of what it means to be free forward, can indeed coexist, because, well…. This is America. Right?!?… Right! #PatriotismIsForEveryone #EqualityIsFreedom #socialjustice #NoJusticeNoPeace

Watch “Fight The Power (Full Version) – Public Enemy” on YouTube

ThrowbackThursday In July 1989, thirty-one years ago (I was a sophomore in high school), the movie Do The Right Thing hit theaters, one of the most prolific and symbolic #SpikeLee films. One of the the most powerful songs from the #soundtrack was #FightThePower by #PublicEnemy, an anthem for a generation dealing with the same issues the youth of today are dealing with (i.e., Bed-Stuy in New York and two years before #RodneyKing in LA in 1992; I entered college in 1991). So you see, history, in the black community, continues to repeat itself, and racism doesn’t end, but we still have to fight so they hear us and make change! And make sure you watch the whole video as it’s a reflection of the passing of the batton from #the60s to #the90s generation and today, we’ve passed it on to #the2000s generation to keep up the work and to raise their voices for #socialjustice #40AndOver #GenerationX #the40andoverproject #theclique #QuarantineChronicles #pandemic

PODCAST. Pandemic vs Pandemic. America in Chaos

LATEST EPISODE. Pandemic vs Pandemic. Commentary and discussion on the continued stress of the Coronavirus combined with the nationwide movement and protests against police brutality in America. How are we dealing with both of these pandemics? How are we dealing with a lack of leadership from the White House? Take a listen to my opinions on all of this. #theclique #podcast #40AndOver #GenerationX #the40andoverproject #Pandemic #Protest

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