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Freedom Full Circle Loses Some Luster

People protest at the State Capitol during a rally in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Barbers and hair stylists are protesting the state’s stay-at-home orders, a defiant demonstration that reflects how salons have become a symbol for small businesses that are eager to reopen two months after the COVID-19 pandemic began. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

On January 6, we experienced what happens when freedom becomes too free. How is that even possible though, that such a benevolent value, and one embodying the civil philosophy of an entire nation, could produce actions so reprehensible?  To answer that, you have to go back to 2020, a time of fun, in spite of the consequence.

More than the practice of massive populations burning meat and invading coastal regions for a 24hr period, Old Glory stands as the empirical symbol of each American man or woman’s personal manifest destiny. Fun is the byproduct of the flag and what it represents; freedom.  And nothing bore a greater witness to that singular liberty than Americans celebrating July 4th of 2020 in the middle of a global pandemic that required disciplined social distancing and protective mask wearing.

It was a shift in the use of freedom and one marked by a laser focus on individual goals and desires.  Americans were bold in their assessment of what they wanted, and damn the country and what it needed as a whole. 

As such, cooperation became a casualty of this swing from the benign nature of freedom.  Other faces of the virtue have also died recently.  Truth had been an early loss. Very early.

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Solutions from the Commonwealth

Any substantive change must come from us, not them.  How to get there is the question.  And there are lots of conversations and discussions taking place on that regard.  This is one view from the commonwealth…

 

POLICE REFORM

The murder of George Floyd and the onset of the Corona-virus afford a unique opportunity for the Black Lives Matter movement to achieve its goal of police reform. The casual heartlessness of the murder of George Floyd galvanized the attention of the world by its blatant disregard of Floyd as a human being. That act coupled with the onslaught of the Corona-virus presents a unique opportunity to force police reform that may never come again. His death demonstrated how the black community is policed and what black people endure at the hands of the police. The virus forced school and job closings creating the perfect opportunity for people to pay attention to how the policing of minority communities was done and gave them time to protest. This opportunity must not be missed. I believe that the following steps will deliver the reform that everyone demand.

  1. The first step in this process has to be the naming of a civilian as the police commissioner. The goal of this change is the removal of policing from the control of the police the FOP, the PBA, and the politicians.

2. The commissioner, although appointed by the Mayor and approved by the council, must be as apolitical as this process can provide.

3. The commissioner’s office must carry out the administrative functions of the police department. Including developing the policy and procedures used to perform the function of policing

4. The commissioner’s office must negotiate the union contracts and carry out their day to day operations.

5. The commissioner should investigate all violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and all complaints of the police by having civilian investigator to investigate the complaints and the legal department necessary to pursue legal                     action.

6. All Complaints against police must be investigated with full transparency. Continue reading

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Q’Anon, the Black Cowboy & A Conspiracy Already In Progress

Bass Reeves, first black U.S. deputy marshal in the Indian territories, working under “Hanging Judge” Isaac Parker.

It’s from my mom that I got my love of western movies and film.  An avid viewer of “shootemups” in all forms, she’d captivate me with her knowledge of stars from movie serials she’d seen as a young girl; the

same shorts that were making the rerun rounds on television.  But it was my dad who filled out the untold story of the black cowboy for me.

Like any child, I wondered about who I was, who we were in reference to what I saw on tv as the depictions of blacks, any type of black people, was very limited at the time.  From him, I first heard about Nat Love, a quintessential cowboy figure, and Bill Pickett, the inventor of bulldogging, a version of modern rodeo steer wrestling.

I thought about that and both of them listening to a commercial on MeTv for their Saturday western roundup; an entire day of programming.  And since I now know that 1 in 4 American cowboys were black, I couldn’t help but marvel at the slick and subtle manner in which you can not only eradicate the accomplishments of an entire group of people but at the same time reinforce that extinction at the societal level . Continue reading

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Those un-cashable wolf checks Trump has sold America

Let’s be clear; by “America” I mean, white America, unfortunately.  Continue reading

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There was a time when bullsh*t walked. It’s just not today.

It would probably be too dire of me to ask if everybody knew what the truth was.  So, I’ll take a different tact.

We all know or knew of a person, either we went to school with someone, worked on the job with someone or was in the military, especially in the military with someone like that, who at the end of the day was really full of shit.  We accept them for what and who they are; we acknowledge that they lie but because they may be part of our circle, we tolerate them; even at times enjoying their company.  But always, we recognize that what they’re selling is a bunch of fake.  We derisively yet jokingly say, “That mother%*cker can’t be relied on” or words to that effect. They’re not necessarily friends but yet sometimes more than acquaintances.  Continue reading

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