Is Kneeling Disrespecting the US Flag?

Someone said go and educate my community..#ok

The United States Flag Code establishes advisory rules for display and care of the national flag of the United States of America. It is Chapter 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code (4 U.S.C. § 1 et seq).

“The flag should not be used as “wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery”, or for covering a speaker’s desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general (exception for coffins). Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.[6]
The flag should never be drawn back or bunched up in any way.
The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.[7]

The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed, or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.

The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.[8]
The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, firefighters, police officers, and members of patriotic organizations.
Flag lapel pins may also be worn (they are considered replicas) and are worn near the heart.

The flag should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind placed on it or attached to it.
The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
The flag should never be stepped on.

In a parade, the flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle, railroad train, or boat. When the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.”

Can y’all disrespectful #SonsOfBitches stop disrespecting our flag!😂 oh stop making shit up. Taking a knee while the national anthem is sung is not listed as disrespect of the flag in the #flagcode 😂😂🖕🏽

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Killing Off ‘Black Wall Street’

What is Black Wall Street? How come I never heard about this in any of my history classes or during any black history month specials? Why is does it seem like American history is trying to hide this very important piece of black history from us?

Greenwood, Oklahoma, a suburb of Tulsa, was the type of community that African Americans are still, today, attempting to reclaim and rebuild.  Black Wall Street was modern, majestic, sophisticated and unapologetically Black. Tragically, it was also the site of one of the bloodiest and most horrendous acts of terrorism that the United States has ever experienced. Even though the media would say that Las Vegas country concert shooting was, or maybe they will say the Orlando gay night club shooting was the most deadly. I know that is not the case.

I read an article on Progressive.org that said this about the night that changed “Black Wall Street’:

Why Tulsa?

Oklahoma, rich in oil deposits, became a state in 1907. It offered a promise of a better life for many formerly enslaved African Americans looking for a chance to start over and get away from the still-repressive Southern states.

In Tulsa, the Frisco railroad tracks divided the “white” part of town from the Greenwood District, called “Little Africa.” Laws prevented both whites and blacks from living in neighborhoods that were 75 percent the other race, so segregation “naturally” fell into place.

Red brick buildings sprang up along Greenwood Avenue, occupied by businesses owned by a thriving black middle class that only grew during an oil boom in the 1910s. Theaters, night clubs, churches, grocery stores thrived in the Greenwood District. The schools were superior to those of the white areas, and many of the houses had indoor plumbing before those in the white areas did.  

Because African Americans couldn’t shop in areas that were predominately white, a lot of money spent in Greenwood went right back into the community. By the time of the attacks on the citizens of Black Wall Street, there were more than 10,000 African Americans living in the area. The community supported two of its own newspapers, the Tulsa Star and the Oklahoma Sun—the second covering state and national news and politics as well.

But as the community flourished, disgruntlement and hatred did as well. The country was still reeling from the failed Reconstruction and furiously enacting Jim Crow laws. A number of African American men in other parts of the United States had been accused of sexual attacks on white women, and were subsequently put to death—usually at the hands of a lynch mob. The Ku Klux Klan had approximately 2,000 members in the Tulsa area by the end of 1921. With veterans returning from World War I and jobs becoming more scarce, envy and racial tension grew among some white citizens of Tulsa.

This all came to a terrifying head on May 31 and June 1, 1921.   

Over the course of sixteen hours, almost every business—each hotel, both hospitals, libraries, the newspapers, and doctor’s offices— were burned to the ground. Police detained and arrested 6,000 of the 10,000 African Americans who lived in the Greenwood District. 9,000 of them were left homeless Thirty-five city blocks comprised of 1,256 residences were razed. In today’s terms, it was the equivalent of $30 million in damage.

Linda Christenson from an Ebony Magazine article writes the following:

“The term “race riot” does not adequately describe the events of May 31—June 1, 1921 in Greenwood… In fact, the term itself implies that both blacks and whites might be equally to blame for the lawlessness and violence. The historical record documents a sustained and murderous assault on black lives and property. This assault was met by a brave but unsuccessful armed defense of their community by some black World War I veterans and during the night and day of the riot, deputized whites killed more than 300 African Americans. They looted and burned to the ground 40 square blocks of 1,265 African American homes, including hospitals, schools, and churches, and destroyed 150 businesses. White deputies and members of the National Guard arrested and detained 6,000 black Tulsans who were released only upon being vouched for by a white employer or other white citizen. Nine thousand African Americans were left homeless and lived in tents well into the winter of 1921.”

After my research was complete. I was proud, shocked, and sad. I could understand why this would information was withheld. Bottom line, it’s another low for white people. It shows that without a constant plan to pull African Americans down, blacks will thrive even in the worst climates.

 

 

 

 

How to Age Gracefully

From the day we are born, so much of our lives are planned around our age.  Most parents countdown the days until their little one starts kindergarten, and then graduates high school, goes off to college and hopefully their baby marries their perfect match and lives happily ever after.  Those are what I like to call the “good ol’ days” when the plan of life falls into place. But then the real world kicks in and The REAL WORLD can be a mean evil stankin ass bitch! This is when we have to learn how to deal with the ups and downs of life in order to age gracefully.

I can remember being in my teens and I couldn’t wait until I turned twenty-one so I could drink legally and go to the club. Then, when I turned twenty-one I wanted to be twenty-five so I could get a rental car without the extra fees. Every year I was looking forward to being older negating the fact that when the current year has come and gone I could never get it back again.

When I turned twenty-eight I can remember having a conversation with some guy friends and they were talking about how women “fall off” in their thirties and that’s why guys preferred to date younger women. The thought of “falling off” made me afraid of aging. For the first time in my life I wasn’t rushing the clock to continue to tick.  I never wanted the clock to stop, or move in slow motion. However, I did realize I needed to slow down. It became clear that instead of worry about the bills that are due at the end of the month.  I should take a moment to enjoy this moment (whatever time of day or night it might be).

So what is the secret to aging gracefully?

STEP 1) There are things that you can control and many things that are far beyond your control.  Learning to put your energy into the things you can control and be at peace with the ones that are out of your control is the definitely the first step in the aging gracefully process.

Let me give you an example. You can control how much you eat and how often you workout. You can not control other people’s behavior. When you try to control every situation and everybody around you, you add unnecessary stress into your life. You have to get to the point in life when you realize If you can’t change the people around, change the people around you. 

STEP 2) If you don’t like something about you, change it. Not tomorrow today. A lot of our bad habits cause us undue stress. Example, if you know you are always late to everything, and this causes you to have problems at work, with friends and family. Own that shit and change it.  Start adjusting your mental clock so that you can handle your business. You will see relieving yourself of stress is going to be the biggest factor in how you age.

STEP 3) Eat healthy and be consistent with your workout habits. Eating healthy doesn’t mean eating perfectly clean. It just means throw in a salad or some vegetables throughout the day, try not to go to bed with a full stomach, and watch your fat and sugar intake. Being consistent with your workout just means make it a point to walk a couple of miles a few times a week and strength train at least twice a week. Strength training helps with muscle retention as we age, and a doctor told me working out helps with the prevention of Alzheimer. I hope that’s true.

STEP 4) Make time to sleep, and sleep-in when you can. Give your mind time reset and  reboot.  Your body needs time to rebuild cells and muscle tissue.

STEP 5) Moisture your skin! Your skin is the largest organ of the human body. Take care of it. I starting using a face serum and moisturizer everyday and night at the age of twenty-six.

STEP 6) Make as much money as you can, but don’t forget to set aside time to spend it on things that bring you joy.

STEP 7) Live, laugh, learn and love every moment of everyday. Never get off the phone without saying I love you. Laugh hard and loud whenever you can. Live, travel, see new things even if its something new in your city.

We only have one shot at this thing called life. Enjoy it!

2004  (age 25)                                      2017 (age 38)

#NoFilters

 

We Push Away The Unimaginable

Today, as I was driving home from the store and a song came on the radio that I had never heard before. It was called “It’s Quiet Uptown” sung Kelly Clarkson.  My daughter who was sitting in the passenger seat quickly informed me that it was from the stage play Hamilton. I immediately downloaded the song and put it on repeat. The words have so much emotion behind them and so much meaning to me. One part of the song said:

We push away what we can never understand                                                                            We  push away the unimaginable

At that moment a light came on inside of me, and I now know what domestic violence and domestic abuse truly is. When we think of domestic abuse we think of something that occurs behind the close doors within the four walls of someones’ house. But its bigger than that.  Minorities in this country get up everyday and have to navigate through a country that has made it acceptable for domestic abuse and violence to happen in plain sight. Women are grabbed, groped, raped, belittled and sexually assaulted by  men of power on a regular basis, with very little or no consequence.  A United States Judge sentenced a rapist to only six months in jail, which he only served 60 days.  The Judge was more concerned about the rapist future instead of the communities faith in the system that was designed to protect and serve for the greater good of all American people. Look at where we are.

Does no one see that these cases are not only destructive to the victim but to all the women of America? These slap on the wrist cases make women aware that a man can violate them and get away with it if he has money and power.  Matter-of-fact sexually assaulting women in America may get him promoted or maybe even elected to the President of the United States.

Black and brown men have to walk on egg shells when dealing with white officers for the slightest move may get them shot or beat down. This is domestic violence. This is domestic abuse. How come they never show this in the domestic violence commercials? They are going through the unimaginable.

Can you imagine being shot down like a dog without cause, without merit, by a white police officer and all they have to say is “I was in fear of my life!” and that’s enough for the officer to go home and carry on with the work day. A man is dead, and he hasn’t caused any harm to anyone. He was unarmed and running away from the officer? And still he is dead. Laying in the street or in the grass for hours while the investigators take photos of a crime scene that will result in nothing more than some bad publicity.

How stressful it must be to know that if you are black or brown and you are convicted of a crime that your penalty will be significantly longer than a white person that commits the same crime. How scary would it be to know that your local sheriff wants you to stay in prison longer so that they can keep making money off your free labor?

Steve Prator, the sheriff of Caddo Parish, which includes the city of Shreveport and some surrounding areas, described state prisoners as a “necessary evil to keep the doors open” at the jail his office runs.

Among those are the ones that you can work, that’s the ones that can pick up trash, the work release programs, Prator said.

In addition to the bad ones, and I call these bad, in addition to them, they’re releasing some good ones that we use every day to wash cars, to change oil in our cars, to cook in the kitchens, to do all that where we save money,  he said.”

This is domestic terror. This is domestic abuse. This is domestic abuse. This is intentional!

There are moments that the words don’t reach
There is suffering too terrible to name
You hold your child as tight as you can
And push away the unimaginable
The moments when you’re in so deep
It feels easier to just swim down – It’s Quiet Uptown

What Are We Going To Do About It?

By: Shanae Hall

We see the hate, bigotry, mistreatment of minorities and how divided our country has become over the past year and a half. The hate that these white nationalist have is real, and it has been part of their DNA for many moons. With that being said, the reality is that we cannot beat white racism with black racism or any other form of hate. This is real life, not a game of blackjack. We can’t double down on stupid and pray for a winning hand. We have to be smarter than that. We have to start making moves that will directly impact our future and our community. So that leads me to my question, why are you twitting, posting, re-posting, and commenting on the chaos that is going on around us? Are you doing it just to provide feedback or are you doing it to make an impact in your community? If your reading this post then I’m guessing you’re not just providing feedback. I believe that you have a desire to be part of the solution.

So what’s the game plan? The bottom line is money talks, bullshit walks.

African Americans pump over a trillion dollars a year into the US economy. Where does all that money go? Straight out of our community, and directly into the hands of people that don’t give a shit about our well being. So what are some things that we can do to turn things around?

  1. Move a portion of your money to a black owned bank. 

Most of us bank with big banks that don’t easily lend to minorities. There are 21 African American owned banks with assets totaling approximately $4.7 billion of African America’s $1.1 trillion in buying power. In 1994, there were 54 African American owned banks according to the FDIC. Now, there are 21. Wake up Black people. If you don’t put dollars in your own banks which are there to serve the unique needs of our community, who will? I just opened an account with ONE UNITED BANK online. It only took a couple of minutes and the staff was very professional.

   2. Make a concerted effort to buy from black businesses.

I’m not saying drive 45 minutes to the black owned grocery store for a block of cheese. I’m simply suggesting that you make it a point to spend some of your money with a black business that supplies you with things that you were going to purchases anyway:  Island Girl Natural Beauty products  soap, shaving cream, body wash, etc., or visit a black owned car wash, nail shop, or clothing store. Because these stores aren’t normally on every corner you may have to put in a little extra effort that will go a long way.

3. Donate to local inner city non-profit organizations

There are a lot of national non-profit organizations that do great things for this country. However, you really don’t know how your money is being spent. When you donate to long standing local charities like Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless you get to see exactly where your dollars are going. You can see the fifty thousand men, women, and children eating the food that you helped purchase during the holidays. We have to be more targeted with how we spend our hard earned money.

The movements that we have to make in order to make our voices heard will not be an accident. This movement right here, is every bit of intentional.

 

 

 

 

Decriminalizing Marijuana: Thanks Mayor Kasim Reed!

It is no secret that people of all races smoke weed and/or consume edibles. Today Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta took a really big step towards legalizing marijuana, by passing a piece of legislation that decriminalizes jail penalties for people with less than an ounce of marijuana! This is why it’s soooo important that we put people in office that will pass laws, bills, and legislation that will help people stay out of jail instead of passing laws that’s put FOLKS in jail! #goodjob

The National Anthem

History lesson:
The national anthem was written in 1814…this was NOT “THE LAND OF THE FREE” for SLAVES Aka African Americans! The Star Spangled Banner is a poem that was written by Francis Scott Key an American lawyer, author, and amateur poet to show how pleased he was that the flag was still standing after battle. He was proud that the slaves that fought against the US army (for their freedom) couldn’t avoid being murdered!

Original verse “Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave”
In 1814 those soldiers were not fighting for us(Black men and women)!!! As a matter of fact, in 2017, I still don’t see the people that are suppose to “protect & serve” fighting for us, just take a look as some of the incidents involving black people and police! And people wonder why Colin kneels!  #f*ckIt #ImOnOne

The Truth Behind the Lies

As I read through hundreds if not thousands of hate filled messages on social media on some of my posts, it made me wonder where these people are getting their information from? Do they actually believe that all black and brown people are lazy criminals and that most minorities are on welfare?

I would be hard pressed to believe that their hatred for black and brown people comes from media propaganda? But after thinking long and hard I realized that they do believe this bullshit to be true, if not we wouldn’t have a jackass like DT in office. So here we go! I am about to drop some knowledge on your! I’m going to tell you the truth about how prisons get filled up with brown and black people and a very small percentage of whites. I can assure you its not because white folks don’t commit any crimes. And, I want you to have facts on who is benefiting the most from public assistance so you can share it with those that just don’t know any better.

White people outnumber all races on public assistance. Yeah I know that sounds crazy but read for yourself the facts. For starters, read this article and then do a little research for yourself. Yeah I know that breaks from the narrative y’all like but facts are facts.

The saddest part about the welfare statistics (regardless of race) is that most people on public assistance are the working poor.  And like the article says, it’s mostly white people. Let me emphasize WORKING poor!  Not lazy blacks or lazy whites per se. These are people making ten and twelve dollars and hour, working two jobs, and trying to make ends meet.

Our country leaders are so messed up they have US citizens, that are in a tough place feeling like second class citizens. Without taking into consideration that some of these people provide them with different domestic services everyday, whether it’s the cashier at Starbucks or the maid that cleaned their suite before returning from a long day of 18 holes…

More to come…later today on this!

 

Why We Protest!

I want to take a moment to compare two recent stories that involve the Utah Police. Pay attention how differently the similar situations ended!!

 

Situation #1

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Alex Wubbles is a white nurse at a hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. A detective by the name of Jeff Payne manhandles this nurse because she defies his orders. She is screaming and is trying to get away while the detective is trying to handcuff her.

Within 48 hours of the video surfacing Jeff Payne is no longer employed, he was FIRED James Tracy, his Watch Commander, was demoted two ranks from Lieutenant to Officer.

Their boss said their actions had undermined public trust.

Situation #2

“Police say they stopped Patrick Harmon, 50, on State Street near downtown Salt Lake City because he was riding his bicycle erratically and did not have a red rear light. After finding that Harmon had multiple open arrest warrants, including one stemming from a felony aggravated assault charge, the officers informed Harmon that he was under arrest. That is when he ran, according to a police body-camera video.” Harmon turned around and started to run when he was shot in the back! I SAID HE WAS SHOT IN THE BACK! The officer said he was “in fear for his life” because the suspect had a knife… As of right now the officer is on “modified duty” but this killing was deemed justified by the Utah police department.

White women defies officers orders, she is “manhandled” while being cuffed- officer FIRED

Black man defies officers orders, runs away, shot DEAD- Officer on modified duty…

and this is why we take a knee.

 

 

 

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