Secondhand Violence

Is the bombardment of images displaying violence against Black People intentional?  Constant violent images against a group of people can make that group of people feel like they are under attack.  This is harmful to their health because of the stress it creates in their mind, body, and soul!!! It can be particularly harmful if they personally are not able to put forth actions that can stop the violent acts from happening. They can feel like a defenseless victim.  This can also increase their perception of the world to be more cynical, which again can lessen their will to want to change things.

If the coverage of violence against Black People is leaving your spirit feeling harmed, please stop watching the programs that display these images and instead, use that time to become a part of the solution to hold the guilty people and systems accountable for their immortal actions.


Own the Promise of a Nation

The United States of America is a great country.  It is founded on the promise that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  Do you have a “owners” or “renters” mentality when it comes to holding the United States accountable for this promise?  If you have a “renters” mentality for this country, you may sit back and wait for change to reach your desired outcome.  If you have a “owners” mentality for this country, you more than likely put forth actions that impact actual change.  Do you often find your group portrayed as a “renter” of this country, portrayed as someone who is only given the right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness by law as opposed to someone who is endowed these rights by their Creator?  If so, remember that we the people, all own the responsibility to ensure we hold our country accountable for keeping the promise.  By exercising this responsibility, we lay claim in the ownership of this country.

OWYA (Own Who You Are)

Define Terrorism

In today’s dysfunctional political environment, is the term “terrorism” conveniently used to negatively label individuals or groups who go against the agenda of the powerful?  Do you instantly cast an emotional judgement when a group or individual is labeled a terrorist by the media?  Terrorism is defined as “the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.”  If violence and intimidation is used by a group to instill fear and obedience in law abiding US citizens, would we consider the actions of individuals within this group to be terroristic, even if this group is your government?  If the goal is to stop global terrorism, let’s ensure our media and politicians label all individuals and groups, without bias, who use violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.

Critical thinking is a form of power…


Take Whose Country Back?

In an effort to continue to bring balance and equality to the value of all citizens of the United States of America, should we refer to “white” people in the U.S. as “European Americans”?  Would that give new prospective to the term “Take our country back!” if European Americans were reminded that like African Americans, Asian Americans, Indian Americans, and the different variations of Latino Americans, they only have part-ownership in America?