“I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” – James Baldwin
My sister and I came to this country when were 4 and 7, respectively. I love this country for the opportunities it has afforded us. As a 7 year-old child, never had I imagined I would accomplish the goals I’ve accomplished. I don’t think I dreamed of anything other than getting my 64-count crayons back that were stolen and not getting a beating at school. 21 years later, I have a college degree and I’m working towards a master’s. I’ve traveled. I have access to clean water and A.C. It’s not always easy, but I have access to things other people don’t. So, I am grateful and love this country. My life could have been completely different and I thank God for his grace and mercy.
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This is me processing, but mostly ranting:
Why am I living in a Game of Thrones episode? Are we the Starks? Where are the dragons? Who is Daenerys?
Every day I wake up to something new with this administration or faux feminist empowerment think pieces policing black women, their bodies or something. Every. Single. Day.
I’m convinced America’s demise will be the result of a Twitter beef or something 45 tweeted to another foreign leader. 100% convinced of this. FOR WHY (YES, FOR WHY) DOES THE PRESIDENT HAVE TIME TO TWEET LIKE HE’S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE RUNNING A COUNTRY????? Why is he tweeting like he has a regular 9-5? Barry Allen, get me out of this alternate timeline ASAP. I did not ask to be a part of Flashpoint!
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There are so many things happening in our country and around the world. Sometimes, I feel like I need to unplug; to log off
social media Twitter and to stop reading articles. Sometimes, I’m successful. Other times, I’m not. As we’re faced with these difficult times, I am slowly finding that balance is necessary. Balance between staying inform and knowing when to unplug. It’s easy for the pendulum to swing in one direction more than the other. I like to self-care and I like being in the know. I don’t know which I enjoy more. I don’t want to overwhelm myself or my friends by talking about Cheeto Pop ad nauseam. Unfortunately, this is our reality.
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While some would rather call it Great Americans Day (looking at you City of Biloxi) instead of the FEDERAL holiday name, we celebrate the life of American hero and icon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This MLK weekend I’d like to ask you to remember what he fought for. I’d like to ask you not to use MLK to silence or tone police activists. I’d ask that you sit this one out if you don’t truly believe in racial equality. If you don’t believe in the justice Dr. King fought and died for, sit down and come back when you get it. I’d ask that you don’t use social media to say things like: “He never looted, rioted, blah, blah or [insert ridiculousness here]” Or “MLK would want….[insert kumbaya about something that doesn’t affect their privilege].” This is something I’ve seen on social media this weekend. It’s a revisionist history. Do you think Dr. King decided jail was a nice place to vacation? Wanted to be beaten? You really think white America loved his brand of activism? And if Dr. King did everything right according to your standards, why was he STILL assassinated?
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“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.” – Viola Davis, 2015 Emmy acceptance speech
It’s no secret that I am a nerd and also want to intentionally support work staring or created by people of color. I couldn’t wait for Hidden Figures’ release and this little nerdy heart almost exploded in excitement watching black women in STEM outperform white counterparts on the big screen. I may have cried too. I quoted Viola Davis speech because I believe opportunity and access separates “us” from “them”. Oftentimes, no matter how hard we work, we’re overlooked while mediocrity is rewarded. This happens in just about every white/male space. I don’t want to pick on an easy target, but let’s look at Jennifer Lawrence. She’s good, not great but she’s the lead in about every movie, especially around the holidays. There are far better actresses of color, but they aren’t given the same opportunity.
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