Posted by: Dahni | April 11, 2016

The R’ word

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By Dahni

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OK, I’m just going to go ahead and un-politically correct the R’ word with what it is, racism. I have been called a racist, just for using the word. OK, so be it. But may I speak for myself? May I be allowed to write my own words? Do I NOT also, have the freedom of speech?

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Source: The United States Constitution

I am sick and tired of hearing and seeing and reading the word “race” and its many forms, in their present use. Here is my take on the word. Does race exist? Yes! But there is only one and this is the human race. That’s it, period. There are no other races!!!! I am not of pure blood. I am of mixed blood. I am of multiple-heritage. I am different from you, just as you are from me. So what? It just means we are all different, but of the same race, the only race.

Are you, am I black, white or whatever? Those are just colors of paint. They do not exist in people. White is the inclusion of all the colors in a prism or a rainbow and black is the absence of light. These are just labels to try to separate us from one another. Labels like black, white, brown, red, yellow and etc. Political correctness wants us to not offend anyone. Why should anyone be offended by multiple-cultural heritage and variables as our age, sex  or color of skin? We all are different, but we are all of the same race. These are not the things which divide us. People and their labels seek to divide us. Because as you know, IF we are divided, WE are not UNITED!

“Focusing on labels is a distraction. Focusing on labels is just a distraction – a very perilous form of navel-gazing.”

Lola Okolosie

Ewwwwww—ooh eeh ooh ah o…, I’m not in the habit of navel gazing! 🙂

Note: Lola Okolosie is an English teacher and writer. She has produced work for the Observer, guardian.co.uk and Red Pepper. She is a member of Go Feminist and Black Feminists. She writes in a personal capacity.

As in the description in the note above, Lola Okolosie is labeled as a ‘Go Feminist and a Black Feminist.’ We have such a disconnect in this country! We can’t even discuss the distraction of labels without being distracted by labels. #BlackLivesMatter, race baiter, race baiting, BME (an acronym for “black minority ethnic”), and the list goes on, and on infinitum (Latin for infinity like “to infinity and beyond” 🙂 and ad nauseam (Latin to a sickening or excessive degree).

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Oh, and these labels aren’t the only ones stuck on the foreheads of people whose skin color might be different from mine or yours. Democrat, Socialist, Communist, Right-winger, Left-winger, wacko-bird, Republican, Liberal, Marxist, Redneck, Nazi, sexist, misogynist, Hitler, retard, idiot, FU this and that and he, she, them, me, you and as before– and infinitum and ad nauseam! These are all labels and pretty much anything a parrot could say if, you promise, Polly a cracker. It does not mean all people or any parrot have any understanding of what any of these words mean or what these labels mean. But they sure do understand the associations that are NOT GOOD! And they evoke and provoke reaction!

“I’m offended,” is what most of the words and the labels mean, as they are used. It seems like everyone is offended by someone or something. So what? There is a civil way to make our grievances known. But instead of say, protesting, many choose to disrupt or worse, riot. That you may freely or loudly voice your freedom of speech, is it to cancel out mine? To voice your discrimination, is it to discriminate against me? To end violence, is violence used? Because of one’s wrongful actions, do any have the right to pillage and burn, loot and steal, intimidate and harm anyone? An “eye for an eye”? Is this motto either fair or reasonable and ever justified?

Should all memory of offense be removed? Should all Confederate flags, statues, carvings in stone and artifacts, all cotton, police handcuffs and all chains, music and anything that reminds anyone of the past or of slavery, all be removed and destroyed?

Come on people, we need to stop using our mouths for an instant download of whatever is trending. We should use our mouths singularly with purpose. Most of us have two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, two hands and two legs, and etc., but ONLY ONE MOUTH! I believe this is on purpose; by design. Thank God! I know, some believe that others can actually talk out of both sides of their mouths and some believe others can actually speak from their arses. 🙂

We SHOULD use the mouth far less and in proportion to all our other multiple body parts. The mouth’s normal and natural position is closed, by the way. It should NEVER be opened to repeat some word and we’ll get a nice cracker, but if the brain has considered what is about to come out of it. Yes, we need to THIMK before we speak. 🙂

R-word3Think, think about what? Do you know what is the opposite of an open mind? The answer can be seen and read from the title of a best-selling 1987 book, by Allan Bloom— ‘The Closing of the American Mind.’ What are we closing our minds to? Alan Bloom argued in that commercial pursuits had become more highly valued than love, the philosophic quest for truth, or the civilized pursuits of honor and glory. Today, we all seem to be much ado about nothing, something for ourselves or whatever offends. Is this what a mind is for? Is it a good thing to be so closed-minded? All hail the freedom to have such a closed mind? Why, what could we ever possibly be or do without the R-word or race or labels? Perhaps— A LOT?

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I feed the birds when they show up here. I get something from them. I enjoy seeing them. They get something from me. They enjoy eating. It is a mutual relationship that we share TOGETHER. Many different kinds of birds show up. I don’t mind. They don’t mind either. They are all the same species. They are all birds. My species are Homo sapiens. I am part of the human race. But I don’t mind the birds and they don’t mind me. We get along. We are unified in purpose.

I live in a state. There are forty-nine other states. We are not all the same. We are different. But we are all part of, The United States of America.

Flags and statues and infinitum and ad nauseam, are just symbols. Getting rid of history does not erase what was, but it sure can erase what we could be! Erase Abraham Lincoln, he presided over a divided country. Erase him and the work he did? Maybe the slaves would have not been freed or recognized as having the right to vote? Erase the southern Democrats that came up with the Jim Crow laws. Erase John F. Kennedy, another Democrat. He wasn’t interested in Civil Rights, but he did call Martin Luther King’s wife in support, when her husband was arrested in Atlanta, GA, BECAUSE it was just the right thing to do! Erase Martin Luther King because, upon his release, he attributed his freedom to JFK and the Democrat party. It was MLK’s fault that so many became democrats from then forward and still are. Erase Bobbie Kennedy, who for political reasons only, probably won the election for his brother, with these newly acquired votes. He did not reach out for Civil Rights. Forget Lyndon Johnson. He wasn’t interested in Civil Rights either, but he signed the bill for Civil Rights anyway. Must keep those votes coming for the party! Yes, to hell with that other party that were and still are— FOR Civil Rights. They just never ‘git-er’ or ‘got-er’ done. Maybe it was because, the other party would never go along? Shoot, let’s go back even further. Tear down Mt. Rushmore! Somebody carved up there offended and offends some people! Erase Thomas Jefferson, he had slaves. Erase the Constitution. It is a flawed document with wording about indentured servitude. Get rid of these pathetic people, their works and symbols. Besides, it’s just all history and has nothing to do with the present? They are all just violations of our rights to and our privileges to our— ‘safe places.’

While we’re at it, get rid of the Statue of Liberty too. Who knows who her model was? And her skin color? Was it Coppertone or is it green? Who has green skin anyway? Besides that, at her feet are chains and we all know what those represent!

Chains at the feet of Liberty

Chains at the feet of Liberty

Yes, let’s just get rid of all these historically offending people and their crap. Do it with loud barbaric cries (yawp-ing). Tear it all down with vengeance, with vandalism, with violence, spray paint graffiti on tombs or whatever offends you. Property damage, riots, and theft and infinitum and ad nauseam because, those are all just the expression of our protected freedom of speech too? We’re offended. Let us therefore offend, that me-my-self-and-i put all others down and out and into their offending places? And remember them no more!?

What is everyone so offended about? What do you want? Learn HOW to get it! There is a way, the right way, to get whatever is needed and desired, especially in this country!

We are no different from any other people in the world. All people are— “endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights…” like Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness! It’s just that over here in the USA, WE the People, PUT IT IN WRITING! Writing, writings, just symbols and offensive and just dead history right? WRONG!!! Let me illustrate this with some dialogue from a movie script, ‘National Treasure.’

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Nicolas Cage as Benjamin Gates with the Declaration of Independence

Note on the above picture: Nicolas Cage as Benjamin Gates is holding (fictitiously) the original Declaration of Independence. In this picture, he is actually stealing it to protect history from others trying to steal it that would end up destroying it. Case in point, the two white splotches are from bullets that were fired at him. If it were not for the bullet proof glass, the document most likely, would have been destroyed or damaged beyond repair and Gates would have probably been killed.

Script Snips

Benjamin Gates:

“Of all the words written here about freedom, there’s a line here that’s at the heart of all the others.”

Benjamin Gates:

[reading aloud]

“But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty to throw off such government and provide new guards for their future security.”

Quoting excerpt from: The Declaration of Independence

Benjamin Gates:

“People don’t talk that way any more. Beautiful, huh?”

Riley:

“No idea what you said.”

Benjamin Gates:

“It means, if there’s something wrong, those who have the ability to take action have the responsibility to take action.”

-end of script quoting-

Action and reaction are NOT the same thing!

Did you or do you EVER read this stuff? Is it still taught in school? Have you been to school? Do you even know how to read?

If you want or need it, go get it! It’s up to you and I. No one is going to get it for you or me or do it for us! We gotta’ do it for ourselves. But it cannot be done without knowing HOW. Here’s HOW!

Educate – Latin ēducātus (“to lead out”) This is the tree of life, reaching for the light, out of darkness, out of the earth, the dirt; the soil.

Liberty – Latin līberālis This is, the fruit of the tree of life.

History – Latin historia This is, the seed to continue, the tree of Life. It was also the seed that started, the tree of Life.

All of us need to be led and help lead others. This is what it is; what it truly means to be educated. It involves action; work and maybe, a LOT of WORK! We are to be led and to lead others out of darkness, bondage, slavery and death (or from what could kill and destroy) and into the light of understanding. This is life. Let’s think of education as, a tree of life.

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Liberty is like the fruit of the tree of life. It keeps the tree growing and thriving and gives its fruit, for all to enjoy.

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History is like the seeds that if planted, trees of life will grow. Get rid of flags and statues and every offending symbol and infinitum and ad nauseam, erase history (good, bad or indifferent) and there will be no seeds of anything better, to plant and grow and bear fruit and produce more seeds.

You can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you are and you can’t know where you are unless— you understand where you’ve been!

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Get Educated. Be led and lead others to the trees of Life
Enjoy the fruit of Liberty, from the trees of Life
Hold precious not the worthlessness of the past, but the history of the past, for it holds our seeds to—

our trees of Life!

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Just I-Magine,

dahnisigblu


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