STAND UP and SPEAK OUT

To anyone who has ever asked, “What is Systemic Racism?” Or anyone who has ever wondered what Systemic Racism would even LOOK like. Well…

This.  

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This is Systemic Racism. THIS is the injury that’s suffered when we turn a BLIND EYE. As a White Man, I am appalled that this is what Justice would look like to anyone entrusted with the HONOR of presiding over its administration.

Law Enforcement Officers DIED. 

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… yet this man poses no threat to his community? 

Of course! The law was written BY people who look like HIM, FOR people who look like him. That is why he felt he could engage in those activities in the first place… and LOW and BEHOLD! 

The “System” complies.

Due process. Innocent until proven guilty… and all that jazz. 



Yes, some might say that these are only a few cases highlighted by an amped-up media, hungry for divisive stories and starved of a conscious; but do not look away when these stories continue to happen. Not just human interest stories from years ago… but RIGHT NOW. Every day.

Most stories pass unnoticed, like a callus that forms in the palm of your hand while you’re carrying around a heavy load… eventually, that pain is just expected.


And it CONTINUES to this day… even with the LEFT in control of the balance of power. Just as it was when the RIGHT was in control, and when the balance of power shifted before THAT… because who would want to give up such a privilege? ‘To SPEAK OUT might jeopardize MY rights or MY liberties…’

That line of thinking is a FOOL’S ERRAND! 

The simple fact that a separate status even exists makes it possible for systemic bias to someday form against YOU… or people who look like you. Or come from the same PLACE as you… or worship the same god as you. 


Today it’s Mexico.
Yesterday, the Middle East.
Long before that, it was Ireland and Italy…

Who will it be TOMORROW.



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https://www.brookings.edu/research/new-census-data-shows-the-nation-is-diversifying-even-faster-than-predicted/ 

When we defend the rights of OTHERS, we defend those rights for OURSELVES. Equal Justice Under Law. If it is not for ONE of us, then it is not for ALL of us.

Because of Systemic Injustice, citizens who have engaged in an attempted overthrow of The United States Government WALK FREE…

What crime did Philando Castile commit? 

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“Had those been Black Lives Matter or Antifa protesters, I might have been a little concerned.”

—Senator Ron Johnson(R), WI.

This is the agenda of the Senate GOP… and this is the agenda of the entire National Republican Party.

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https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/542796-arizona-house-republican-says-party-thinks-everybody-shouldnt-be-voting 

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https://blackvotersmatterfund.org/news/g-a-voter-restrictions-are-blatant-voter-suppression-elected-leaders-business-community-must-take-a-stand/ 

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STAND UP and SPEAK OUT! 

Make sure everybody knows exactly where you STAND. Coca-Cola, Home Depot, UPS… will you be supporting DEMOCRACY in the future, or will the American People have to take their business somewhere else? Now is not the time to be silent! 

To be SILENT is to be COMPLICIT. 

The problems we face as a Nation can be solved, but only if we STAND united… as Equals. The MAJORITY of this Nation supports Democracy.

… where do YOU stand? 

-JC 

The Words of Dissent

As we stand at the beginning of Women’s History Month and at the end of Black History Month, we find ourselves facing yet another subject that cannot be put off until tomorrow. Another example of just how high the stakes are, in this situation we find ourselves in.

Another embodiment of one of the fundamental principles, of what it is to be an American… cast aside and dismissed. Determined to be de minimis when weighed against the needs of someone else, with a blatant disregard for the rights and opinions of the MAJORITY.


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https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/09/08/trump-let-saudi-arabia-get-away-with-murder-could-biden-hold-mbs-accountable/
 

Everyday, LIVES are risked to bring us the TRUTH… even if that truth is being delivered with a Partisan Edge. Right now someone is asking questions, about something someone else doesn’t want you to know anything about, and everyday the TRUTH is closer to being revealed.

Without that truth, we don’t have accurate facts upon which to base our decisions, leaving us vulnerable in times of crisis; or leading us to make rash decisions, when all that’s necessary is patient thoughtful contemplation.

There is no thoughtful contemplation necessary when it comes to defending the Free Press. 

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There is no diplomatic strategy we can employ to rationalize or justify the SILENCING of dissent. There is no storied PAST celebrated in our history, of ignoring the murder of a United States journalist. That’s a story filled with outrage and disgust, UNITED in demands for Justice… not diplomacy. 

Show me a country who supports the SILENCING of dissent, and I’ll show you a People who are confused, oppressed, and ISOLATED… cut off and hidden from the TRUTH. 

How many corners can we BEND? How many coffee stains will we allow…

The WORDS may still exist, but everyday that document is filled with MORE HOLES. An add-on, a new policy, a justification for someone else’s inactions. Becoming more of a tedious To-do list, than it is anything one would reasonably associate with something defined as a “constitution”.

The only stories I know, of nations who rise to power by SILENCING dissent, end in terror. They end in horrors seen only in times of WAR. Appeasement is never acceptable. We’ve seen this show before… just go watch the historical NEWS REELS from WWII.

“Pity the thought! … that any American Citizen should have to pay ONE CENT MORE for a gallon of GAS, simply because we held someone accountable for their actions!”

Or is it that the United States might somehow lose credibility because we stood firm in our support for the Rule of Law…? I don’t understand. I must be missing something here. We lead by example. What precedent will this create?

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What are we trying to create? What are the ends to the daily means we live as a society? Does this decision bring us any closer to our goals? Racial Inequality. Gender Inequality. Economic Inequality… what example does this set.

These are the faces of dissent…

… to silence one is to silence them ALL. How many more voices will be silenced because of our inaction? The United States defends the rights of others to STAND UP and SPEAK OUT because it’s in our best interest to do so. It’s in the best interest of everyone to be fully informed. No matter the risk involved.

LONG LIVE THE FREE PRESS. 

-JC 

… where did you STAND?

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Well good… now that THAT’S over with. I guess we can all move on.
Now that everything’s settled.
Now that everyone’s reached some kind of definitive conclusion.

Some may see things differently than others. Some may disagree completely on what is FACT and what is not. Unfortunately, no matter how you see things, I think we can all agree that there’s no good news to report from our recent PAST. But, things are looking good for our future… that’s if we are willing to learn from our mistakes.

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Because it’s on full display! Right NOW, upon the World Stage… HYPOCRISY! In the United States Senate. Evidence, if presented in any other Federal Courtroom would lead to conviction… dismissed and IGNORED by our Elected Officials.

It must be nice to have a Senator in your pocket. 

… but that sort of thing doesn’t happen in my daily life.

If I break the law, or one of my friends or a family member were to act in such a way… there’s no special consideration given to that situation. There is no Gang of Eight who will attempt to sway opinion by withholding evidence or testimony in that case… the Wheels of Justice simply turn.


… and oh, isn’t it sad. Isn’t it a shame. Another life wasted, fallen to a life of crime. Another criminal behind BARS, another perp off the street…

Who ARE these people?! Ye, GODS amongst Men? How is this even close to being Representative of our NATION, of our DAILY LIVES?

This is the Vision of Governance they wish to see.
This is Justice, in the eyes of our Elected Officials.

Who’s interests do they REPRESENT. 

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This is the road they have paved. Through their actions, by their VOTE. They have affirmed this action. This is not a conclusion to anything… it’s now complete. The Leader of the Republican Party for the foreseeable future will be Donald J. Trump. Everyone needs to understand and prepare for that.

Be it two years, be it four years. Even if it is eight years from now, eventually this question will be raised again. This is not the time to be SILENT. The defense of Democracy means we must act. If we do nothing, THIS is what it will continue to BE!

Fix the gerrymandering, secure the right to vote for ALL Americans, secure our elections from foreign interference, yes to all of it! But at the heart of it all, we’re still securing and defending the same old broken electoral system, that allows us the privilege of choosing between the candidates the DONORS have deemed acceptable.

Government by the dollar. Justice to the highest bidder.

… we all know what the problem is.

It is Self-Evident.

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The state of BEING equal… especially in status, rights, and opportunity. A symbolic expression of a FACT, that two quantities ARE EQUAL.

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The quality of being fair or impartial. The QUALITY of… the VALUE of. The value of WORTH. Ownership. Rights. 

 

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EQUALITY promotes fairness by treating EVERYONE the same, regardless of need. 

 

 

We’ve all been plodding along, believing what was written, that we are ALL created EQUAL. And everyday… we continue to question why it’s not so.

“Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it… it doesn’t. No one ever voted for that.”

-Justice Antonin Scalia 

… no one ever voted for that. 

 

 

In the beginning, they did not know. It had never been proven before… it had never been done. As new light was being cast upon old paradigms of thought, revelations of a new way forward were forged.

IF they proved to be superior to those that came before, it could break the cycle of enslavement humanity had endured for thousands of years. IF they proved to be wrong… it could lead to the enslavement of the entire globe.


 


They chose to believe in the fundamental laws of nature, as proved by countless minds across thousands of years. That we are ALL created EQUAL. A fact so universally profound, our Founders believed it to be SELF-EVIDENT. It is the foundation upon which our Democratic Experiment is built. A fact so basic, we now take it for granted.

If that which we believe to be FACT becomes a variable, the entire experiment falls apart… that’s why they Declared it to be so from the start.

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Our words matter… every one of us. We are united in common cause, our destinies entangled. Our fates dependent upon the actions of others. It is by choice and design that we stand today, not by chance. Some would say it was preordained, as if a gift from the divine.

If that’s the case, we must remember- it is a gift given with FREE WILL… a choice. The ability to see that which is OF divinity, and that which is NOT. It’s up to us to use these gifts we’ve been given, in the way they were intended to be used…

For ALL MANKIND. 

 


And at the heart of it all stands that universal truth… EQUALITY.

Just read the WORDS as they are written. Therein lies our ANSWER! That’s why OURS is to be celebrated! Any path we follow must bring us closer to Equal Justice Under Law for everyone. From the President to the Postmaster, from Senator to Sanitation Worker. It’s what we’ve all pledged to do.

Anyone who stands opposed to EQUALITY, stands opposed to the MAJORITY of the people of the United States of America… and we now have the DATA to back that up.


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STAND UP for the RULE OF LAW!

STAND UP for the CONSTITUTION.

-JC

A More Perfect Union

Are we willing to trade a little bit of our truth for HUMILITY? Because we ALL want to STAND for what’s RIGHT… right? Not just righteous, but factually correct.

None of us were given the sight to see what is only for the eyes of the Divine, but we were endowed with the ability to LEARN and GROW. To take in new knowledge and new information, to understand things from a new perspective… learning, through compassion and empathy.

Because we can ALL see it! There, beneath the layers of superficial bullshit, at the CORE of all of the radical conspiracy theories is an obscured TRUTH… the impact of such being lost long ago.


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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/09/us/politics/trump-epstein.html  

 

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For GREED? At the expense of well-meaning people wanting to do the right thing… yes, but also BECAUSE of greed. To deliberately dilute and hide uncomfortable FACTS among a bizarre collection of unrelated and easily dismissible ideas.

How do we reconcile FACT with FICTION when an observable fact becomes associated with fantasy and racially charged propaganda? It’s nothing NEW. It’s the same vile storylines that were cast upon undesirable minority populations throughout the last century.

Only now it’s SUPERCHARGED and available in the palm of your hand. 

 

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What is Our LIGHT? What is the pinnacle of OUR efforts, the vision revealed within our nation’s dream? There is a common thread woven through our collective dis-ease… and it’s either elevated or SILENCED at the discretion of MONEY.  

 

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Money should not define our legislative moral agendas.
Money should not define who is worthy of Equal Justice Under Law.

It is a slippery slope, but it’s one we must walk down if we want to make things better for generations to come.

-JC