I Am An American…Let The People See…

I Am An American…Let The People See…

I am an American…

My heritage is comprised of African, Native American and European ancestry…

Because of the color of my skin…when people look upon my face they see a person of color…quite simply, a Black person…who happens to also be…a woman.

Without thorough tracing of my family tree, I know that I am at least a fifth generation born here in America…

I am an American…

In my years of growing up in my country of birth…I have witnessed…and continue to witness the horror and tragedies of Racism through media coverage…within my immediate family…and my overall families of African heritage spread throughout America…and the world over.  My immediate concerns are here in America…because I am an American…

I remember as a young girl…looking at “before” and “after” pictures of a young man whose name was Emmett Till, in a Magazine called “Jet.” I believe I was ten years old…Emmett was a handsome young man to me…and he was horrifically beaten, mutilated and murdered…accused of flirting with or whistling at a white woman…Those images haunted my young mind for days and weeks afterward…I remember asking my aunt questions as I was looking through the magazine at her home, what certain words and sentences meant…Sometimes she didn’t answer me. I came to understand as I grew older…

I was sick to my stomach wondering how anyone could do such a horrific thing…to such a beautiful young boy…

I am an American…

He was an American…

How could something like this come to be?

Mamie Till-Mobley, Emmett’s mother said, “Let the people see what they did to my boy.”

A Historian and Author, Elliot J. Gorn wrote a book called, “Let The People See”, released on November 1, 2018.  A study about the murder of Emmett Till.  Maureen Corrigan, a book critic ended her review of the book saying…

…”Let The People See”… is a vivid reminder of just how easy it is for people not to see things they’d rather not see.” October 30, 2018 Book Review.

How easy is it for people not to see things?

…To watch George Floyd murdered by a police officer…while other officers stood around and watched…and did nothing to stop it… and not bring charges of 1st degree murder against the officer who murdered Floyd, and bring accessory murder charges against each officer standing by while his life’s breath was being taken away from Mr. Floyd with the officer’s person on Floyd’s chest, and his knee planted firmly against his neck…as he pleaded for air and his mother…

George was an American…

I am an American…

We all know the successive lives taken…the character assassinations and excuses of life threatening scenarios which were never proven to justify the taking of those lives…

They were…Americans…

In 1979…I lost my own brother…who was visiting relatives in Louisiana…unarmed and not a threat…shot twice in the back at 24 years of age.

He was an American…

I am an American…

My father was a United States Navy Veteran… He died a year before my brother was murdered by two police officers in Louisiana…

He was an American…

Who has created such vulnerabilities and limitations to America’s Democracy?

America is not perfect by any means of the imagination…However, we can make it better…for EVERY American…by making the choices that include every American…Man…Woman…and Child…regardless of Race…Creed…or Culture.

If we are to honor what America truly stands for…we will uphold our Democracy by rescuing and strengthening and rebuilding a better country… and a better way of life inclusive of liberty…with laws protecting those liberties solidly…not just with pretty words spoken or written on a piece of paper….

Our country will not fall into “Socialism” as is being touted by an opposing Party.

How easy it is for people to not see things they’d rather not see…

Fear is the great oppressor…That is why it is a successful tool to throw into the mix when the object is to gain the upper hand…

Who can restore America’s Democracy and take measures to ensure it against attacks from without as well as within…from those who misrepresent themselves as patriots to…and for the American people?

Standing example…The present Administration has broken every spiritual law…completely ignores the rule of law…and broken every Oath of Office with impunity…and are using every fear tactic known to Man…including Voter Suppression, to secure another four years of divisiveness and damage to the American people and our Democracy…

How easy is it…for people not to see things…they’d rather not see…Especially when these scenarios are given a free “Party” pass and being acted out daily, before our very eyes?

Covid-19 is making an example of the flagrant ignorance being directed at its presence and consequences in lack of protection against it…the disregard for its toll already in lives taken and its illness spreading…due to the ignorance and untruths being throw out to the masses by the present Administration…who have taken on another false belief that they know better than the medical experts…and Science…

How easy it is for people to see things…they’d rather not see…

I am an American…

My heart bleeds for those who “call themselves Americans” and so readily support the ruination of our Democracy…and our America…

And my heart bitterly weeps…and bleeds continuously for those who are “True Americans”…

Who love this country…Who have shed blood for this country…in service to this country…to preserve the meaning of Liberty…Truth…Justice…Honor…Integrity…and the real and true…American Way.

For those who have fought…and have passed the torch so that those who love America can continue to remove the shadows of Racism and Inequality…to restore and uphold the voice and meaning of the Lady standing in New York Harbor…

To those of us who are mindful and who uphold the motto of “Never Again” constantly… to remind us of the dangers of apathy, dictatorships…supremacy…and the darkness that erupts in souls who quest for absolute power…

These truths have revealed to us that this present Administration in the White House is no different than those who launched the 9-11(2001) attack against America…

This present Administration is no different than those who bombed the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013…

No Commander-in-Chief with a heart would send their people into battle without the proper gear and ammunition…

No Commander-in-Chief would ignore high casualties in a battle without expressing compassion and concern…

No Commander-in-Chief would continue to entertain an obvious threat to the lives of his citizens without taking actions to contain it…unless the lives of the masses…didn’t matter…

No Commander-in-Chief with a conscience would repeal healthcare insurance for 23 million citizens without a safety net…

The latest act of this Administration is to commit Voter Suppression…Terrorism…and using the Federal and State justice systems to aid in attempting to hijack an Election win…Organized crime at its best….

This Administration is using their greatest deception to easily accomplish their acts of destruction, intimidation and terrorism against the American people…

They are claiming to be “Americans”….

We cannot undo the many inhuman atrocities visited upon those of my ancestry…

Nor can we undo the many inhuman atrocities of the past that have been visited upon other groups of our diverse, human family…

The fabric of America is still being woven…

Yet… we can bring about stronger unity…and weave new threads into the fabric of our country…by realizing our responsibilities in protecting one another from further and future harm…

Keeping in mind that now is the time to reform and rebuild…the next Administration must be open to doing just that…but not without the watchful voices and actions of We…the People…

So much corruption and past mistakes can be challenged and rectified…with someone who will listen…who has made mistakes…realizes their mistakes…and has the heart to admit them…and has the heart to enforce the will and best interests of the people.

The perfect politician does not exist…

Someone once said, “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.”

I am an American…I love America…and I want America to have the opportunity to move in the right direction to heal Her wounds…and walk Her walk once again on the path to Freedom and Justice for All…

Generations are changing…Our world is changing…Our country needs the opportunity to change with the times for the betterment of our children and the generations to come…

They are the future…only one candidate can give them that future…

I am an American…

I voted with a Blue Heart…while not perfect…while mistakes were made in the past…these candidates best represent the recovery of America for Americans…

I…for one…can see things as they are…

How easy it would be to just look the other way…

Many died to give me the freedom to Vote…

I’ll never defile their memories…by ignoring their ultimate sacrifices…by not voting…and choosing those who will serve with the heart of a leader…for the country and her citizens…first and foremost.

I am an American…

And I stand by the pledge in song…

Stand beside her…and guide her…

Lastly, I ask…

Who has created such limitations and vulnerabilities to America’s Democracy?

We the People…

Whenever we miss a chance to stand up…

Take charge…

And make our voices heard…

America is the promise of tomorrow…today.

I am an American…

And I will always protect her promise….

Tricks…Treats…and Truth….

Tricks…Treats…and Truth…

This Halloween is certainly different from last year…

All Hallows Eve is supposed to be the day when the veil between the living and the dead is thin…and allows souls of the dead to come back to earth and walk among the living…

People would leave out food and candy for the dead, in the hope that the evil spirits would leave them alone…

Could that be what happened in 2016…around Election time?

Do you think if we left out some candy and food…maybe a ton of big macs and two tons of fries…we could exorcise the White House of its dead souls…and have them all back behind the veil of their waiting homes by November 3rd?

That would be a trick and a gaggle of treats worth exploring…

The truth is…it was a beautiful, large Blue Moon…it would have been perfect to have tons of costumed children and their parents and friends, parading up and down the street of houses whose yards were full of the greatest decorations and “Thriller” fare, knocking on doors and asking for candy…and watching the children…and adults light up with delight at receiving their favorite treats!

The coronavirus…voter suppression and other election divisive tactics…and election anxiety… have cast a huge shadow on this year’s Halloween celebration…

Maybe next year…Kids big and small…can celebrate…and the only masks we will wear, are those which match our costumes!

The Trick…is to stay sane…

The Treat…is to be safe…

And the Truth…is if we do our part in social distancing and wearing a mask, we can lessen the spread of this virus…bring it that much closer to being contained until a vaccine is available…and save lives.

Have a mellow Halloween…

Next Halloween… We’ll be back!!!

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