…or When did I step into the Twilight Zone?
When did I wake up in a world where only white people can be racist, women defending themselves is rape culture, and Spanish needs to be gender neutral? I don’t remember falling into a wormhole, stepping into the Twilight Zone, or walking into an Alfred Hitchcock Episode. It seems as if everything that was fought for in the 50’s and 60’s is slowly making it’s way back, but in reverse. *scratches head* We’re regressing, and it’s scaring me, really.
As much as I don’t want to, I find myself looking up facts, researching info, and debunking myths associated with Feminism, Black Lives Matter, and the problem with creating gender-neutral words and just inserting them into any language and hoping they work. It’s enough to make a rational mind’s eye twitch spasmodically. It is because I choose to stay rational in a world of safe spaces, made-up pronouns, and I choose to wait for the whole story, I find myself in constant debates with liberal friends and relatives. So, let’s see how far down this rabbit hole goes…
Ever since its inception, it has been a movement based on a case that should have been cut-and-dry, but got murky with the “Stand Your Ground” law. The movement is now split between rioters and those protesting peacefully, but all you see is the rioters most of the time. Think back, Martin Luther King Jr., after breaking ties with Malcolm X–due to Malcolm’s increasing militant view on equality-, peacefully protested for equal rights for black people. Malcolm X did the same thing, but “…by any means necessary.”
So now, we have two sides of the same movement, as far as I can see.
The side that goes to speaking engagements, interviews, and other venues to talk about the way black people are being treated in hopes to improve inner city problems and improve police training, this is the half of the movement you don’t see. This is also the side that stages peaceful marches and protests. This is the side that looks at the headlines about rioting in disdain, and even tried to talk down the more active side, but it doesn’t seem to make any difference.
This is the side that reminds me of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks.
Unfortunately, it is the more violent side that is the common face of the movement. This is the movement we see calling for the murder of police officers, disrupting study sessions in college libraries, looting, setting things on fire, and throwing items at the very police who are trying to protect the rioters’ right to protest. Yes, there is a difference between rioting and protesting, but I will probably address that at a later date. This part of the movement reminds me of Malcolm X.
The “Black Lives Matter” Movement is for all minorities, right?
Not if you click on their website. “When we say Black Lives Matter, we are broadening the conversation around state violence to include all of the ways in which Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state. We are talking about the ways in which Black lives are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity.” I guess, if you are a black Latin-American or other ethnic background with brown skin, you’re included, but not if they consider you white? Can we also take from this the fact they are overlooking black-on-black crimes and gang violence in predominantly black communities? It’s just a question.
Of course, what they forget is the EEOC was established in 1965 along with the Affirmative Action Act which helped to improve the chances of minorities in all aspects of life, often to the detriment of businesses who had to hire a less qualified candidate because they didn’t have enough minorities in employ, but that’s a different argument altogether. You can call the EEOC and request them refer you to a lawyer, if you feel you have been discriminated against due to your race, religion, or sex. So, what does this mean for the movement? Are they protesting for no reason?
I personally don’t think they are. I just think they don’t see the entire story before they jump to the next protest or riot, but that is just me. I think I covered the whole cop thing with this post. I think both sides need to sit down and come to a happy medium, because the rioting doesn’t solve anything. It just creates more tension. Yes, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.”, but this wheel has already fallen off and is rolling down hill at such a rapid rate, it’s going to collide with something and explode into a bigger mess than it already is.
I think they look too closely at the incidents in the media they want to capitalize on, but they fail to see the systemic problems in their own neighborhoods and address that first and foremost, but who am I, but a humble Cuban woman to say such things?
*sigh* This one makes my eye twitch. I am going to make a video and a separate blog post on this. Having been the survivor of sexual molestation and rape, I think I can teach people on the difference between harassment, molestation, and rape. *Puts folder back on the shelf*
Latin-what now? Are you kidding me? *spasm* *spasm* No, just no, but I am going to be doing a video on this as well, because I just can’t cope with the bastardization of any language, let alone the language of my ancestors, and yes, this will also be a blog post, because, reasons.
Until next time, my bibliophiles!
The Mad Woman