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Don’t Ask “How Could This Happen”, We Knew It Was Coming All Along

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Preserving history and recognizing history is much different than celebrating these monsters.
It is equivalent to a racial caste system here in the US even if we don’t want to admit it; the playing field is not even.  White men have not had to fight for their rights, where as women and minorities have had to.  Then there is the economic caste system, in which all races fall into the poverty group and are angry because for as hard as they work, they just can’t seem to get their share of the pie.  And don’t attack those on welfare as being lazy.  They are a small group of people. There is no attack on white people. White privilege is not racism. It is a fact that some have advantages where others encounter barriers no matter how hard they work to reach their goals.  There is no attack.  It is only a fact.

How did this happen?

Did you watch the press conference? When Miller holds a press conference from the White House and uses code word ‘cosmopolitan elites’ he was talking directly to these white supremacist terrorists.
We all should have seen this coming we had plenty of warning.

Did Trump make America great again?

Trump will not make America great.
There is nothing whatsoever great about this dangerous madman.

We have long since passed the point where Trump’s tendency to fascism can be ignored.

We have long since passed the point where the repeated, daily now, multiple warning signs can be dismissed as sarcasm, or jokes, or Trump just being Trump.

In the wreckage following World War II, people asked over and over, and continue to ask up to this very day: How could this have happened? How could you people, you Germans, how could you let that madman destroy your republic, destroy your nation, destroy your people, destroy your civilization? How? How is that possible? Why didn’t you DO SOMETHING?

And the answer was: We didn’t know. We thought he would make Germany great again. We thought he would make Germany for Germans, get rid of the undesirables. We thought he would rebuild our military, make it mighty again. We thought he would make the world fear us, respect us, acknowledge our superiority. He said he’d give us jobs, rebuild our infrastructure, make us all rich. We didn’t know. We didn’t know until it was too late!

Well, America, WE don’t have that excuse.

WE do know.

And you’re looking at it. You’re looking at it every single day. You’re looking at the pinched ugly faces of racists and bigots and supremacy, the KKK and the Neo-Nazis, Homophobia, Transphobia, Islamophobia, Anti-Semites, violence and fear of every kind touted as American values, jingoism, military fetishism, religious fanaticism, America only for Americans, walls, propaganda sold as truth despite its OBVIOUS AND PROVABLE falsehood, the cult of personality, the fear of the other, the suspicion that our neighbors and our government are plotting against us, the appeal to some supposed lost greatness, the nostalgia for the good old days of glory, and now the suggestion that civilians should be tried by military tribunal — free of the burden of law, the Constitution, appeal, and all the values and protections we Americans hold most dear. The very ideals those like Trump would say make us “exceptional,” that — that right there — is what we would deny others.

How could this happen?
It happens when the ideals of hope and optimism and community are replaced with fear and hate and intolerance. It happens inch by inch, day by day, as the idea of The Other takes hold. It happens when reason is replaced by the mindless shouting mob, when a nation that calls itself exceptional compromises its values for expediency, for rendition, for torture, for indefinite detention without trial or appeal because those things are EASY. They’re easy. They’re easier than holding fast to high ideals, the very ideals which made us great, which once made us admired and respected the world over. They’re easier than facing down the mob, they’re easier than honor.

That’s how it starts.

That’s how it starts when you give up honor and ideals for expediency. Because it’s easy.

And you don’t have to look very far to see how it ends.

How could this happen?
It happens because we let it happen. Because we dismiss the warning signs. Like Bhopal. Like Chernobyl. Like the Titanic. Like ten thousand other disasters which could have been prevented and were not.

Every day this guy gives warning. Every day.

Every day the alarms sound. Every day.

Every day it grows worse.

Every day you see what an America under Trump would be like.

How could it happen?

Exactly like this.
It looks so bad from where I sit – all three branches are theirs, plus 32 governors and 33 state houses. They are now in charge, and I can’t see this trend reversing until it is far too late. This will not end well.
To this I say: 
Dear America,
You are at a very scary tipping point. How and who you choose to be at this moment will not only define you as individuals, as a society, as a country but will also have a ripple effect on the entire world.
The rest of the world is not impressed that our economies and possibly existence on the planet depend on your choices because your greed and arrogance have stockpiled the ability to destroy both and your willful ignorance has led you to this tipping point through denial and hate.

Be very very careful that you do not become the mirror image of what you hate. Extremists are dangerous no matter what side of the line they stand on and hate will always smother reason if it is allowed to flow freely.

You created them like Frankenstein’s  monster when your country was born, you fed them then hid them, you protected them then excused them, now your country is full of pitchforks and torches and chanting and the rest of us are waiting to see what happens once the windmill is done the burning.
Fighting for equal rights is vastly different than fighting for racial supremacy.
Just as the freedom fighters before us stood against police brutality, racism, housing discrimination, and all other forms of injustice they saw, so should we.
Water, melanin, bones, blood. In route to death, while I’m here, might as well get shit accomplished.

Photographer, fitness enthusiast, blogger, and mother of two.

Beauty and the Bully: Are We As Society Rewarding Bullies and Encouraging Victim Shaming, Instead of the Other Way Around? 

This post is not for the faint of heart, and it may be triggering to some. So this is your warning. 

If you are a long time reader of this blog, then you know that I am passionate about everything I write about. Whether it’s a movie, a slice of pizza or just owning your shit (pardon my French); my overall goal has alway been to encourage healthy conversations, no matter the subject. Read more

Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.

Black Lives Matter

“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.”

– Elie Wiesel

This has been an emotional week. I don’t understand what’s going on. If you read this blog, I want you to know first and foremost I’m here to speak my thoughts and bring attention to injustices of the world.

Black people are being executed daily. We’re profiled by police starting young so that there is a nice rap sheet to pull up when they get around to killing us. We aren’t allowed to have childhoods and “make mistakes”. We aren’t allowed to go through our coke head or alcoholic phase then still get hired for jobs. We aren’t allowed to navel-gaze, to “find ourselves”, to laugh off DUI’s with our friends. We aren’t allowed to fail without being told failure is in our DNA. We aren’t allowed to succeed without being accused of being some token of affirmative action. We are walking fear from birth. If we escape execution or prison, the stress of wondering when it will happen kills us early.

We ALL know these things. The internet has been wonderful in bringing it all to light. Judges selling kids to prisons, the infiltration of hate groups into police forces, the hate being spewed in comment sections all over the web. They patrol our neighborhoods and “teach” in our schools. They aren’t some boogeyman that we made up. They don’t go away if we just “try harder” or “stay out of trouble” Especially since it’s been made virtually impossible to do either of those things. These “people” exist and they want us to die. I feel like if I have to convince you at this point then I know you’re just not on my team. And that’s fine because I’m exhausted with arguing. This is a sad existence that can feel supremely unfair. But we are so fucking strong. We keep it moving with this cloud hanging over us. We’re still proud in a society that tells us being black is the worst thing possible. And that’s what they hate most. #blacklivesmatter

Water, melanin, bones, blood. In route to death, while I’m here, might as well get shit accomplished.

Photographer, fitness enthusiast, blogger, and mother of two.