See Who We Are

I don’t understand the hate in society–I don’t think I ever will.

My literary agent responded to me years ago with her take on privilege and arrogance:

“Americans love to be rich enough to abuse their freedoms.”

The President had the police force use tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protestors to get them off the street.

Why?

So he could walk to St. John’s Episcopal church to hold up a Bible for a photo op.

Using the Bible as a prop to win votes dishonors Christians who are opposed to racism.

People voted Mr. Toupee into office solely because he’s anti-abortion.

It’s funny how unborn babies are deemed to have rights.

Black Americans already living don’t have the right to breathe air according to those in power.

Mr. Toupee–who hasn’t condemned George Floyd’s death–is not fit for re-election.

People across America are outraged–and our President holds up a Bible.

President Obama had faults. Yet while in office he would have spoken out against George Floyd’s death. He did this today in a newspaper editorial.

It’s scary that people believe Mr. Toupee when he calls the news FAKE.

How curious that Mr. Toupee who endorsed Republican Dan Donovan for U.S. congress remained silent when Max Rose a Democrat won the race. Two years ago Max Rose toppled decades of Republican rule in that district.

I’m no fan of any political party in the U.S. I align with the Green Party because of their stance on legalizing marijuana.

In every presidential election New York State goes Democratic. So this is why I vote for Green Party candidates. Most of whom are People of Color.

Sadly as I’ve said before in this blog I don’t think the U.S. government can cure societal ills.

My contention is that “People Have the Power” to quote the Patti Smith song title.

One person doing the right thing to help another person is how change starts.

In coming blog entries I want to tell stories about my life. To illustrate themes about why I feel so strongly about injustice.

In this blog a couple of years ago I wrote:

“See who I am not who you think I am.”

That too many Americans can’t see beyond skin color to the person inside is a crying shame.

Never Forget

Watching the NY1 cable news about the protests against police brutality I’m struck by the signs held up that shout:

White Silence is Violence.

In my own way I have not been silent. I refuse to remain silent on the things that matter to me.

In coming blog entries I’ll be talking about moving forward to institute justice.

This moment and movement in American history warrants that I take a detour in the blog.

I hadn’t wanted to talk about politics anymore. Today I will.

What I have done before to speak out:

You can read my blog entry titled Death by Cop where I list the names of individuals cops have killed.

My contention is that I cannot speak with lived experience about injustice.

I was free to live on Staten Island and walk down Bay Street whenever I wanted.

Police officer Daniel Pantaleo killed Eric Garner on Bay Street for selling loose cigarettes.

We need an action plan that the Black Lives Matter leaders can draft and send out to everyone so people can get on board to lobby elected officials.

Why not send out direct mailings to every household like is done for a political campaign?

Send out a mailer with bullet points telling people to lobby government leaders to enact the listed changes.

I’ve always thought that part of the problem is that how history is taught is all wrong.

Hawk Newsome echoed my thinking this morning on a NY1 cable news interview. He is the President of Black Lives Matter Greater New York chapter.

Newsome said point blank that how history is taught is all wrong.

My question is how can individuals best join in to lobby for equity in society for People of Color?

We cannot be expected to sign a MoveOn online petition. Link us to the e-mails of our our elected officials directly so that we can write to these leaders on our own. This is what advocacy organizations have done in the past.

I want to speak out. I would like to be given a specific action plan to advocate for as one human being on behalf of other human beings.

Hawk Newsome talked about teaching People of Color financial literacy. Not giving them handouts.

Newsome attacked white liberals for being racists. This is in fact why for years I have been disenchanted with the Liberal political party.

I’m no fan of any political party in America.

I align with the Green Party because of their stance on legalizing marijuana use.

We have reached a tipping point in our humanity.

There’s no going back to business as usual in society.

https://christinabrunileftofthedial.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/death-by-cop/

George Floyd

I couldn’t in good conscience return to my regular blog writing before speaking out on this killing.

No Justice. No Peace.

I didn’t think I could be more upset than I was over the murder of Eric Garner on Bay Street on Staten Island.

I used to live on Staten Island and walked down Bay Street all the time.

The killing of Eric Garner set me off like you wouldn’t believe.

How foolish to think it wouldn’t happen again.

Setting police cars on fire and smashing windows and looting is not the solution.

Anger in the name of seeking justice is justified.

Violence in response to this latest injustice has only served to enable our dear president Mr. Toupee to align with a far-right whacko who called the protestors “bad guys” in a Tweet.

As if.

As if only white people are entitled to breathe the air. I think not.

I think:

No Justice. No Peace.

When will it end?

Our Commander-in-Briefs rules by Twitter fiats.

The president of the United States in response to the protests has Tweeted yet again about FAKE news and “lamestream” media.

Whoever votes for Mr. Toupee this time around just–why?

I don’t think Joe Biden is the best alternative–I thought Andrew Yang was.

Only we cannot be asked to endure another 4 years of Mr. Toupee.

No Justice. No Peace.