TAKING A KNEE: WHY IS THERE STILL A STARK DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHITE AND BLACK SENTIMENT ON NFL PROTEST

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“In protest of…..”


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Ever since former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick got down on one knee during an NFL game to protest police brutality in America during the national anthem, the anthem protest has taken on a life of its own. It has taken on such a life that we have now found ourselves back in a Black/White argument. The predominantly White side disagreeing, while the Black side agreed with the protest. So why, why are we so split. And not just on the anthem protest, but a lot of things in America. There is typically this split among Black and White citizens. A lot of times not even planned, just an organic disagreement.

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The main audience for the NFL is mostly White, and of course with the population of America being mostly White. So with that said, you can understand why the NFL would want to end the anthem protest. They are doing what is in the best interest of their brand. If the mostly White audience don’t want to see it, then you will see happen what is happening which is a ban on the protesting. But on the other side, what do you think will take place in response to the ban? Because this is not going away.

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Since the issue with the protest have caused the NFL to implement new rules, how will the response be handled. Like I said, since the ruling by the NFL, as well as the President of the United States getting involved, this is far from over. Will there be a taking over by members in communities? Because if people in society form their own coalition, then there is nothing that can be done. But why must everything come down to a topic that involves a racial discussion. Because isn’t sports supposed to be a place to escape the issues of the outside world?

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Plenty of people say keep social issues out of sports. But for the past few hundred years, this nation has been wrapped in racial relations. So everywhere you turn, there is a constant reminder of the history of our country. Whether it’s a Confederate Flag or an athlete with their fist in the air. And for so many, they tend to think sports should be sports and social issues are to be dealt with out of sports. Some even think forget social issues all together. But when you have people protesting because of police brutality, and an NFL player and NBA player are both on camera being improperly handled by police this year (Seattle Seahawk and Milwaukee Buck), the athlete says the conversation is relevant.

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The reason for the relationship differences are not the media like most would want to think. It’s just how the things have been over time. There is no stopping it until a mass collective shift their perceptions of each other. But the most difficult part is that the construct of Black and White are systemic constructs. Constructs put in place a long time ago; that most say hurt our country. But the construct is almost like a glue keeping things going.


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TRICKERY: HOW WE TRICK EACH OTHER TO TALK AND BEHAVE A CERTAIN WAY

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“The games we play.”


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Very few times in American history have the United States had to deal with social strife like today. Everyone is so sensitive and everyone wants to be heard in some shape or form. And when people feel like they’re not being heard, they resort to the attacks of others.

And God forbid you’re one of these people who have a multiple perspective. You’re treated like you’re some sort of outsider. Because the silent majority remains silent and the loud group moves so heavy as a collective. But why do we trick each other with language in America.

We say we want to hear people’s point of view, then when we hear something we don’t like, we attack. It’s like we’re lying to each other about the things we want, then waiting until we hear something that is remotely controversial and run with it. It’s almost as if we’re addicted to people’s demise.

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And if you are still unaware of what I mean by the tricks and the lies, how about this. We’re asked our views on racial topics, then wait until we hear something we don’t like and attack. And if the person gives the politically correct answer we attack. So there is no getting around satisfying people.

And good luck if you need someone there to stand beside you. They won’t help, they’ll run as well. And who could blame; who wants to lose everything they worked for, for having an opinion on a particular topic. But what’s crazy, is that the people who attack you feel the same way as you; so why the rage.

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What we must realize is that we have breaded a culture of people in America who are enamored with the downfall of others. It’s like going to a circus, we don’t go to see animals doing tricks. We go to the circus hoping the animal attacks one of the trainers. The rise and the fall, then the rise again is almost like a game at this point.

And in the end result is that we lie to keep ourselves from getting into trouble. Even if the apology is utterly ridiculous, we still do so. Because we would rather lie and make people feel good, then to tell the truth and deal with a few angry people.


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ALL EXCLUSIVITY: THE REAL FACE OF AMERICA’S INCLUSIVE NATURE

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“We are all created equal, yet access is not.”


In American society today, we always preach that we are this fair and balanced nation. We are all created equal in the eyes of God. And we push the idea that we are an all inclusive nation. Yet, we have so many signs of exclusivity in our society. These exclusivity aspects of America exist in the education environment, workplace, among genders, and when observing Related imagethe income disparity. So my question is, are we really this all inclusive nation? Do we push one ideology and stand behind another? And if we do push these ideologies, what is the main reason for doing so? Why have we taught an up and coming generation that life is about everyone winning? 

Well, one main reason we may push one ideology and stand behind another is so that those who are in a good position don’t have to worry about being replaced. You might say, how so? Well, if we are telling a generation that everyone gets a trophy, then flip it on them once they become adults, they don’t attempt to rise through the rankings. They become discouraged and won’t attempt. They’ll wind-up being content with their current position. That content behavior is detrimental to them because they are not continuing to learn. All the while life is moving around them. Your position at the top is now solidified.

So now that we have some idea as to why we push a separate agenda that we actually don’t live by, where do we see it taking hold? One area of interest to look at is in the academic world. We tell children to go to school and get your education. But what are you learning really that you actually need. Image result for degreeBecause chances are, you’ll never use this information again. Yet, if you look into the past, a college degree meant something. You were actually getting training for the field you were entering. But now, since everyone is going to college, how important is a college education. America is an exclusive nation, what’s the value in something every person can easily attain.

It’s the difference between owning a bicycle and a Rolls Royce. The Rolls is worth more because few people can have it. And the bike is something anyone can own. If everyone could afford a Rolls Royce, there would be no real value. Now you might think, that’s a car, this is school. But the same exist with a college degree. How valuable is the degree if every year millions of kids are getting one. So now, you must have more going for you in life, than just a degree. A degree is like baking a cake. The degree is the icing on the cake and a graduate degree is some sprinkles. Everything that goes into that cake is ingredients; which is you as that person.

Another exclusive area of America is the wealth disparity. There are so many things that the small 1% have, that the rest don’t. And not only don’t have, can’t gain access to in life. If we’re so inclusive, why is it that a kid born in poverty can’t have the same great education as a kid growing up in Image result for the 1%Beverly Hills. Because we are not inclusive where it really counts in life. And that’s the moral of the story. We are all inclusive, except when we really need the essentials of life. Food, education, housing; the basic needs for a human survival is exclusive, but the wants outside of needs are inclusive. It’s a false sense of collectivism.


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TRUTH BE TOLD: DO WOMEN REALLY WANT US ALL THE TIME?

“Do they really want us like we think they do?”


When observing monogamous relationships, we seem to think that it is men and not women who have a hard time being tied down. But, who’s to say that women really want to be with us. Or who’s to say they want us all the time. Women are typically the more emotional ones in the relationship, so we think that women are these sweet and innocent beings that only want us. Me, growing up around a lot of women in my life, you have enough conversations with them and realize that aspects of the previous statements regarding women are not all the way true. Well, you ask, what aspects of women am I referring to.

One of the aspects I am referring to is the notion that men are more sexual than women. Men are supposed to be more apt to cheat, but I think women think just as much as men do about infidelity. The only problem is that social norms in society frown on women being more sexual than men. But social norms and who we are biologically as humans are different. Women are expected to suppress feelings because it is socially immoral. Yet the internal feelings say something different. Women see plenty of men that they are attracted to, and yet never make a move. Now, outside of social norms, men generally are more impulsive while women observe a situation. But that’s the not the autonomous number of women and men.

Another aspect of women not being able to be at times who they truly want to be with us is the choosing method. When choosing a man, women would really prefer to be with someone who they love that loves them. But society tells you to be with a guy of a certain financial and educational means. You may not even want to be with this person, yet they have on paper what you are taught you should want from a man. I have always wondered do women really care, or do they “HAVE” to make excuses. Because women usually say, he doesn’t have this and this, but he has this other quality. Why do women have to point out the greater of what he does not have to uplift what he does have that is considered the lesser to where he could be in life. This has to do with a space of judging as well as biological.

I say biological because there is something very attractive about us as men when we are productive members of society. But it’s even more attractive to women when we start from nothing and build ourselves to something. Then again, society, once again, dictates a lot of how we live our lives. Women are expected to make excuses for what a guy lacks by stating he doesn’t have this, but has this. At times she really want to say, I wish he had this and this, so I wouldn’t have to choose between to the two (Oh, and by the way, it goes both ways). They would love to say, “Why can’t I be with a man who is successful in his career and can please me sexually.” Why must I say, “It aint all about the sex.” In reality she wants the sex and the career.

You see, in the end, women are expected to be the better of the two of us. They’re expected to be the moral compass of the relationship. It further feeds into the ideology of the woman’s way is the right way. Yet, since when is anyone right all the time. Sometimes she want you to be right about something. But when you live in a society that makes you feel like you are the face for what is right and wrong, where do you find time to be human? You need someone to be right in cases where you are wrong. You would really like to be overt sometimes, but you’re always expected to be nonverbal and passive. I will say that times are a lot different than in the past. But we still, even in a modern era, expect women to be the greater morally & ethically and the lesser sexually & emotionally.


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BLACKOUT: NEGATIVE CONNOTATIONS FOR ANYTHING BLACK

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“Why are all bad things synonymous with the color Black?”

From Black cats to outer space. Anything that is attached to the color Black is connected to negativity. Where did all of this come from? Who decided that this would be the definition for a color? But more so, why is this topic so important to myself? This topic of color is of interest to me because of the construct. The societal construct of living in a society where skin color has been the defining motto of a country. Now biologically, it means nothing in the way in which it means something to the human species. But we construct society to make it mean something.

The reason this topic is of importance is because the construct starts young. From the moment your mother gives you a relaxer as a young Black girl to Black boys who want more of a wavy hair look rather than the natural you. The connotation of what you are starts young. Making you believe that the hair follicles that grow out of your own head is no good. Next is the wanting for eye contacts, which consists of other colors. Anything to make yourself appear unique. Dark brown or black eyes are seen as lacking life, void, and without substance.

But is it all true, or all false. Even down to the foods we eat. Anything black is not only seen as visually unpleasant, but it is prepared to lack any real flavor. Now I challenge these ideologies and go, what are the good things that are connected to being Black. One of which is dark chocolate, which has a bitter taste, but actually is really good for you. Or better yet, more melanin protects you from the sun than anyone else of a lighter skin tone. So why do we focus on what is the negative?

For starters, when observing people, associating Black with something bad is of benefit. When you observe for example American history, it was of benefit to attach color to the country’s construct. It’s the main reason White men and women couldn’t have been slaves in this country. It’s virtually impossible to have a defining “thing,” which separates them outside of color. But, you bring into the mix another group and you’re in business. So whose to blame for constructs? Because like I said before, man gives meaning to a lot of stuff we live by. So color for the most part has very little importance to the human species.

In the end, we not only connect color for understanding something we aim to describe, but also societal constructs. But the construct is not to benefit society. On a social level it is to control the masses. Only people have the ability to change that. In my opinion, we know all of what I have said to be true. We have just become comfortable because whoever benefits is all that matters. We are a as long as it doesn’t effect me world. It only becomes important and not language sensitivity when we are effected group.

 

Social Illusions

“White Privilege is a real fallacy.”  

What is the held definition for what White Privilege means? The meaning for this is the privilege afforded to one group of people that is not similarly given to another group. One group may be given the benefit of doubt over another because one group of people is seen of having the upper hand over another. This has been a subject of debate whether or not this even exist. I have my own theory as to what White Privilege means.

From my understanding as to what White Privilege means, I look at it as an illusion. It’s difficult to understand if you are not in the know. Putting yourself in the know is very important. So it goes like this, a White female is assaulted and says a Black guy did it. The police quickly arrive. Black people’s upset comes from the idea that Blacks are not afforded the same protection; White Privilege. The next example is when the White Privilege becomes the illusion.

In New York City was a protest called, “Occupy Wall Street.” The protest arised from the collapse of the market due to the 2008 economic downturn. People showed up with tents and camped out near the economic epicenter of America. These protesters comprised of mostly White males and females. Eventually the protest was broken up by the police of the NYPD. Protesters came across the Brooklyn and was met by officers with batons and pepper spray. The outcome was in newspapers and televised across the country.

What everyone failed to realize was that White Privilege was not brought up during this violent exchange. What’s odd is that this was time to address the illusion of White privilege. This was the time for people to come together, but it didn’t happen. Why didn’t it happen because people were sleep and distracted. All they had to do was open their eyes and see that White People had confronted the same system Black people have fought against. The problem is that for some reason the collective don’t believe Black and White people are in the same boat in America.

We say we see each other in the same position, but we still don’t believe it. The real problem is that few want to be the voice over the masses. Race socially is used as a tool to distract the people from the real problem which is the leaders in a country. Another problem is that the face until Obama, and still for the most part has been a White face attached. This confuses the people racially. Basically, White and Black people may have ended problems with each other in the past if another group of people gained control of the country over both of us. But since the power structure has always been mostly White males, it appears White people are the issue, but it’s a human thing. Man wanting control over man.

America is such a tough place to live because we accept so many social aspects of this country that actually mean nothing. Our society is so built to make people have conflicts that are so unnecessary. Once people realize how irrelevant it truly is, then they’ll feel awful about how much time we’ve actually spent focusing on nothing. But, see me, I don’t think that people are that oblivious. I think people know the game we play regarding race is garbage. But who has the guts to go after the politics head-on. No one wants to die nor lose anything else they’ve worked for. So what now, we live distracted; distracted by the things that go on around us with blinders. Blinders over our eyes until the country can no longer remain blind folded and are forced to face the harsh reality that our society was built to keep people separate. And that our beliefs are nothing more than an extension of what our system has built to keep us separate.

What’s Black and White?

Recently in the news, the topic of race and racism has popped it’s head once again. Let’s first be clear, Race is the classification of a species with similar physical characteristics. We as humans are one race that belong to the same group. Now there are other species that are similar to humans; the obvious being Apes. There is a one percent difference between us and our Ape friends, which is fairly close. Racism is the prejudice against a race that is different than your own, more often seen as ones’ superiority over another race. So let me get this straight, Humans are racist against chickens. No, humans are racist against cows, but that doesn’t make sense either. So how can two people from the same species be seen as racist against another. Well, that’s where social relationships come into place. A human is not capable of being racist being that we belong to the same race. But man has figured out a way to get the same species to feel that one group within the same species is better or the lesser in comparison to the other. How does manage to happen? If we evolved together how do you convince people that race is different? Well, from the out of Africa theory that stated we evolved in present day Ethiopia, and later ventured out into the world. Given that we didn’t have internet to connect us, as time went on, and we evolved, we eventually met up with our long lost ancestors. But there were no records of the out of Africa theory, they just ventured out. So with that said, there’s no wonder why groups of people clashed and fought with each other. Eventually conquering lands and forcing each other in slavery and other forms of subjugation and persecution.

As far as America is concerned, we have a color construct that exist in our nation. This color line has been in this country going back a few centuries. It didn’t start with the Native Americans, but with the Trans Atlantic Slave trade. There had to be e method to keep people from blending together because had this had happened, the slave owners would be wiped from existence. How, well for example, Black and White gives way to a more Black looking child. When that child is with Black, then the is still related to the White relative by blood, yet the stand a chance of being full Black. Now those words pop up again; Black and White. What is Black and White? Is it a color or more so is it an idea of some sort? Because yes, skin color can be classified as White of Black, but the idea of Black or White in America or the Americas is a social construct. For example, a man from France and a woman from Italy are actually interracial because they belong to two separate groups within the race that is human. But in America, they are seen as a White man and a White woman. How and why does this happen is a topic of discussion. From my understanding this is done so as to make people think they are different for self preservation reasons. Ethnically, America is extremely diverse, but color boundaries make creates fewer groups in the country. This is where you get the fight between Blacks and Whites.

Black people for the most part, due to the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade are unable to trace their ancestry. So anyone who bares our resemblance typically falls under that category. Germans, Polish, Dutch, Irish Italians, Sicilians, Spaniards, English, Portuguese, Swiss, etc. fall under White. Now Asians are different than Europeans, but Russians who are Asians, fall under White in America. Africans new to America fall under Black, and anyone East of Russia and the Middle East are considered East Asian. Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Tai, Vietnamese, Cambodian, etc. belong to the East Asian community. Now Latinos are interesting because Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, Colombians, Venezuelans, Chileans, Argentines, and Brazilians all are under this category. But some of these people look more African so they fall under Black in the Americas and those that bare the resemblance of Europeans fall under White. So a Cuban that looks European is White in the United States and a Cuban that looks African is Black in the United States. Now both of them are from the same country, but become different as they come to the U.S.A. And why is this you say, once again self preservation.

But not also self preservation, but also as a way to designate your enemy. We place a color label so we can keep almost like a tab on groups of people we perceive to be different that ourselves. What ruins this whole plan is Latin America in the United States. Because a Dominican can be considered Black in America or White in America, but are of Mixed ancestry. You see how confusing it all is to someone who is from America, so understandably it will be to a foreigner. Another wrench throw into the game is religion. The United States has become so enthralled with labeling by way of skin color, we try to capture this same judgement with religion and it can fall short. This is why the fight against radicals using Islam to push their cause can be tough. Religion is a belief, with less than 1/3 of Muslim from Saudi Arabia and over 1 billion worldwide it’s nearly impossible to label. In the U.S.A., color constructing allows for you to go, this group is to blame for this and that group is to blame for that; how can you do this with religion. For example, Islam states that if life is threatened and death is imminent, act as your enemies to stay alive. How do you label a group that can easily blend into society if worst comes to worst. I’ll tell you how we come up with labels because we do it through Black and White. We use Black and White to categorize so much that we try to implement it via religion and it falls short.

The confusion of not being able to label puts some groups at what they consider a disadvantage. If we can not say what’s Black or White or Brown, how can one continue to oppress or place blame on another. Well Black and White are slowly moving away from color to an overall idea. Black is perceived as the lesser and White is seen as more in charge. With these color constructs slowly fading, eliminating into nonexistence, man must now choose a new paradigm. The new paradigm socially is class to place people in groups. Black and White will still be the idea for what’s rich and poor, good or bad, but social class will make it so that a poor White person (skin color) is Black (socially) and a rich Black person (skin) is White (socially). The confusion will forever exist as long as man continues to find ways to control the masses by making us feel we are more different than we are similar.