Friday, January 20, 2017

White America Wanted Donald Trump

*This blog posting was inspired by a spirited discussion with a good friend.

Today Donald Trump officially became the 45th President of the United States of America.  Even writing it doesn't feel right.  It's like being trapped in an absurd SNL skit.  But it happened.  He's the President.  Many of us are going back and forth as to why and how Trump became POTUS.  Discussions range from Hillary's arrogance to DNC corruption to Russia to Bernie Sanders not being on the ticket.  But me being me I have to lay the blame squarely where I feel it belongs.  While there may be some truth to all of those things, at the end of the day white America chose Donald J. Trump. That is the one undeniable truth. That fact cannot be argued.

Let's be real. We can go back and forth about why we think white America openly chose an inexperienced, bigoted, racist, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, closet Klansman, but at the end of the day the fact remains that is exactly what they did.  To me, that screams two words: white nationalism.  Donald Trump is the most unqualified candidate to ever seek the office.  He has no political or military experience.  He has an almost child like temperament.  His outrageous behavior is well documented.  His racism, his sexism and misogyny, his xenophobia, his Islamaphobia, and his narcissistic foolishness has all been on full display since the primaries.  The very real possibility exist that he hasn't paid a dime in taxes in over two decades.  He is a lying, conniving carnival barker.  White America chose him anyway.  That should tell you something.

He ran on a platform of hatred.  Let's be real.  He ran on building walls and deporting Mexicans and Muslims.  He ran on bringing lawless minorities under control.  He ran on putting "America first".  He ran on raw, blatant white nationalism.  That was his entire platform.  And he won.

Now I know that is difficult for some to accept.  They don't want to believe that their white "friends" or coworkers who voted for Trump are the bigoted individuals that they truly are.  So they have come up with several excuses for them.  They talk about how flawed a candidate Hillary was.  They talk about how different the outcome would be if only Bernie Sanders were on the ticket.  They do these things while ignoring the obvious.  That white people felt a man endorsed by the KKK was a reasonable alternative.  That an open racist with no political experience was a option.  They play the game of "what if" while conveniently ignoring that their friends and coworkers rationalized voting for a bigoted buffoon.

It's time to let go of what if. It's time let go of Bernie Sanders. He's not now nor has he ever been our saviour. His comments about Jeff Sessions proves that much (and highlights why he did so poorly with PoC in the primaries). It's time to let all of that go IMO.  We need to recognize our enemy, roll up our sleeves, and be ready to fight. Because Donald Trump and his ilk are preparing for us. Steve Bannon is proof of that.  Jeff Sessions is proof of that.   Make no mistake about it. We damn well better get prepared for them.

For all the arguments that can be made there is one fact that cannot be disputed.  White America voted for Donald J. Trump.  He won the majority of votes in every white demographic.  They wanted him.  The sooner we accept that, the sooner we will learn to identify who are friends and enemies really are.  Thanks for reading.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Two Terrible Truths About Eddie Long

I wanted to wait a few days before I spoke on this(for a number of reasons). I believe now to be the right time for me to express my feelings. As you may well know Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, passed away on January 15th, 2017. Long was a well known and charismatic speaker whose church boasted over 20K members. Eddie Long was also known for aggressively denouncing homosexuality. From the pulpit, he consistently bashed the LGBT community and lead the now infamous march against same sex marriage. As you also may well know in 2010 Long was accused of using his influence and power to pressure several young men into sexual relationships with him. They filed a lawsuit against Long and he and the church reached an out of court settlement with the young men. The terms of the settlement were undisclosed. Eddie Long's passing and the reactions to his passing in my view has once again exposed two very terrible truths not only about him, but about the church in general. Two terrible truths that much be unpacked, discussed, and acknowledged.

1. The Hypocrisy of the Church. Eddie Long publicly bashed, berated, and condemned the LGBT community on a regular basis. Now some would argue that he was speaking from scripture. I'm not going to argue with that. However it must be noted that Long did not receive the same condemnation from the church that he and they leveled onto the LGBT community. When it was clear that Long had indeed groomed and sexually assaulted these young men the church shifted their talking points to forgiveness. Scriptures that were used to condemn were replaced with scriptures speaking against judgment and scriptures speaking of love and forgiveness. This deep and terrible hypocrisy is beyond shameful. It does a terrible disservice to the church and to Long's victims. You cannot condemn the LGBT community and then wrap your arms around and extend love to a hypocritical child molester. It is a terrible, horrible look and speaks ill of the church like you wouldn't believe.

2. There is an "Eddie Long" in Every Major Church in the Country. Eddie Long was a despicable human being. There is no other way to put it. He used his power, influence, stature, and wealth to groom and condition young men and then use them for sex. Its disturbing, its heinous, and its outrageous. What's even more disturbing in my view is the fact that there is an "Eddie Long" in just about every church in the country(if not the world). We all know it to be true, even those who refuse to admit it. The church is a breeding ground for sexual predators and every knows this. In fact, those who refuse to speak about it or admit it are the ones enabling men like Eddie Long. Our children pay with devastating trauma for that silence. We reward these "Eddie Longs" with the bodies of our kids. It's a horrible, vicious cycle that absolutely must come to an end. There is an Eddie Long hiding in plain sight in every church in America. Yours too. You just don't want to admit it.

What's more, that's exactly what the Eddie Long in your church is counting on. This needed to be said. Long was a sexual predator. We do not owe him grief or reverence. The fact that he was a minister should not shield him from the truth. In fact, BECAUSE he was a minister we should be furious at his behavior. Many people will tell you to respect the dead or not to judge. I'm not one of those people. I'm not about to sanitize the actions of a child molester. We should not only examine the terrible behavior of Long, but of Christians who are now engaging in an almost repugnant display of hypocrisy. Thanks for reading. Follow me on Twitter @DocSinn On FB

Friday, April 29, 2016

Africa Bambaataa: Why it's Important to Stand Up and Speak Out

Those who know me well know that I've spent more than half my life in the underground Hip Hop circuit.  I am far from a house hold name though and I'm old enough that few will remember my very meager contributions to the underground music set.  I'm not a star.  I'm not an icon.  I've never won a Grammy.  I've never gone platinum or even gold.  For all intents and purposes I'm just another brother who loves Hip Hop.  That said, I love Hip Hop.  I love Hip Hop culture.  I love the music.  I am as close to a Hip Hop purist as you can possibly get.  It is for this reason that I am compelled to speak out on the allegations surrounding Africa Bambaataa of the Zulu Nation.

After receiving a phone call from a long time Hip Hop partner who lives on the west coast I have to speak.  After a DM conversation with another good friend a few days ago(who also lives on the west coast) I can no longer be silent.  After listening to an incredibly disheartening interview from on of Hip Hop's true fathers I can no longer hold my tongue.  Many people are going to take issue with some of what I have to say.  But this needs to be said and I need to say it.

If the allegations against Bambaataa are true(and there is strong evidence to suggest it is) then we who claim to love Hip Hop should be condemning this in the strongest way possible.  Child molestation is not something we should waffle on, mince words, or dismiss.  The dismissive nature in which many of us, particularly those of us who remember the Golden Age, is deeply disturbing.  The fact that many of us don't want to speak on this or when we DO speak on it we are downplaying it and dancing around it is, in a word, wrong.  Child abuse and child molestation is a crime.  The victims must live with the trauma for the rest of their lives.  This is not something we should ignore, look past, dismiss, or play down.  We must be direct and we must be straight up with our language.  What happened was wrong.  Period.  Full stop.

Recently I heard an interview with KRS-One.  Now before I continue I've long had a deep and powerful respect for KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions.  Their contributions to the game run deep.  KRS was the emcee you wanted to emulate.  His mic presence, lyrical ability, dedication to Hip Hop, and staying power is a testament to how important he and BDP are to Hip Hop culture.  So you can imagine my disappointment when he was asked about Bambaataa he responded "I don't give a fuck".  It was like being hit in the chest.  I expected KRS to speak loud and strongly condemn the actions of a child molester.  Instead, KRS displayed the type of dismissiveness I spoke of and almost seemed disinterested in the question.

We can't do that.  We can't.  Our voices must be loud.  Our voices must me strong.  Our voices must be direct.  As the elders of Hip Hop we owe it to the culture to speak out.  And we're not.  We're looking the other way.  We're being silent.  We aren't saying what needs to be said.  And wrong.

So today I'm going on record.  Because I cannot in good faith or in good conscious continue to pretend this isn't an issue.  Child molestation is a terrible, terrible thing.  Those who know must come forward.  Those who participated must be punished.  We must speak with one voice and say "We will not tolerate this.  This isn't Hip Hop culture.  This isn't what Hip Hop is about.  This.  Is. Wrong. 

I wont be silent on the issue any longer.  When asked, I will speak and I will speak loudly.  Thank you for reading.


Monday, March 21, 2016

All Lives Matter: Disingenous Bullshit in it's Purest Form

Monday Afternoon Musings....

Them: "Doc why does "All Lives Matter" bother you so much?

Me: "Because it's disingenuous bullshit in it's purist form.  First of all you sit and act is if when we declare "Black Lives Matter" we are speaking as if other lives don't.  You're on some bullshit right off the bat.  You ignore the context in which the words are spoken.  You ignore the climate and circumstances that gave rise to the phrase.  You pretend as if we are asserting ONLY Black Lives Matter when what we are in fact doing is asserting that our lives matter TOO. 

Secondly, if all lives mattered where were you when Eric Garner got choked out for "selling cigarettes"?  Were you standing with us?  Or were you making excuses for why Garner deserved to die?  Where were you when Tamir Rice was shot dead playing in the park?  Where you speaking out with us and sharing in our outrage?  Or were you making excuses for the police who murdered him?

Oh and let's not forget the constant deflection of "What about Black on Black Crime?"  as if A)Other races don't kill each other at similar rates and B)We don't deserve justice because some of our less enlightened sisters and brothers commit crimes.

"All Lives Matter" is bullshit.  It's a silencing tactic.  If you really believed all lives matter I wouldn't have to assert that Black ones matter.  Murderers wouldn't be walking away and returning to work after killing our unarmed sisters and brothers in cold blood.  I wouldn't have to declare Black Lives Matter.  Because you'd feel me when the lives of my family are lost and you'd stand with me.

Whenever I hear "All Lives Matter" I hear "Shut up.  You're not special.  We don't care".  To which I respond with a hearty "Fuck you.  Go fuck yourself".  Because when all lives truly matter I wont have to declare Black Lives Matter anymore.   But until then I will proudly declare "BLACK LIVES MATTER" and dismiss your "ALL LIVES MATTER" as the disingenuous bullshit that it is.

Friday, March 4, 2016

The Naked Truth About Donald Trump

I want people to think about something.  Think about how many times you've heard discussions on national and local news networks about how Mexicans are coming over the border and taking jobs from Americans.  Think about how many times you've heard discussions about how Muslims are looking to infiltrate America, kill and subjugate Americans, and institute Sharia Law.  Think about how many times you've heard about "the gay agenda" and how homosexuals seek to redefine marriage and plunge America into sin, perversion, and decadence.  Think about how many times you've heard discussions about how the majority of young Black men are thugs and criminals and how Black women are lazy, unmotivated welfare queens looking for a handout.  Think about it.

I'm not talking about discussions on fringe conspiratorial outlets either.  I'm talking about real discussion about these so called issues on so called legitimate news networks.  I'm talking about real discussions on popular blogs, and supposedly trusted news sources.  Just think about how often you've heard these and other bigoted and outrageous narratives perpetuated in media outlets all across the nation.  Once you do that, it should come as no surprise why Donald Trump leads the Republican field for POTUS.  I've said recently that Republicans and the media created Donald Trump.  But that's not entirely true.  They didn't so much create Trump as they wrote the blueprint and gave him the tools to usurp not only the Republican party but the Presidential race and the media narrative as well.

The majority of Donald Trump's supporters are, to be blunt, ignorant bigots.  They don't care he has zero qualifications to be POTUS.  They don't care that he's never served in the military or never served in public office.  They care nothing for his lack of understanding of foreign and domestic policy and his obvious ignorance as to how government works.  They don't care about any of that.  They LOVE Donald because he speaks directly to the fears and prejudices that have been played up to the extreme over the last few years.

They love it when he talks about deporting Mexicans and building walls.  They love it when he talks about banning Muslims.  They eat it up when he talks about traditional marriage and yells "All Lives Matter" at the top of his lungs.  They dine on that shit.  It's exactly what they want to hear.  He knows it too.  That's why he's impervious to gaffes.  That's why he rises no matter what he says.  Because he speaks to the worst elements of American society.  And they hear him and they rise.

Republicans are just angry that Trump is better at propaganda than they are.  They are angry that he's seized the captains chair.  They don't care about what he's saying to be honest.  They've been whispering that same shit for years.  Trump is just YELLING it.  He's embracing it.  He's not tip toeing about it.  That's what he's followers mean when they praise him for "telling it like it is".  They are tired of hiding.  They are tired of pretending.  Trump says all the things they want to say but are afraid to because they know better.  They want a leader who will allow them to be openly bigoted.

The naked truth about Donald Trump is that he is the embodiment of everything that's wrong with America.  The media can act like his rise is some strange phenomenon all they want.  The truth is, at the end of the day, they've been saying the same things and doing the same things for years.  They're just mad he's better at peddling racist, bigoted bullshit than they are.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Donald Trump and the Terminal Ignorance of His Supporters.

In June of last year I was convinced Donald Trump would be out of the race by now.  Trump is unqualified to be POTUS.  The establishment doesn't want him.  He has chronic foot in mouth disease.  He's offends just about everyone.  He has no political experience.  He has no military experience.  At times he behaves like a petulant child.  I was convinced he had about as much chance as Sponge Bob Squarepants.  How could such an utter buffoon possibly dominate the Republican field with so many high profile enemies, even within his own party?  Nah.  At the time I thought it simply wasn't possible

Then in late June I had a conversation with a wise brother I build with about politics and an African sister whose intellect I have great respect for.  They both cautioned me that I might be underestimating Trump and overestimating the American voter.  Some of the things they said resonated with me so I decided to do some math.  I examined the situation and hypothesized "What if Trump could actually tap into the gross ignorance that is infested in the minds of many American voters?"  I started looking at his campaign differently.  By July/August I was thinking "Oh no.  This is real.".  I felt like a character in a movie who realized everyone was in danger but only few were aware.  My brethren and my sister's fears were justified.  I started warning people but Trump was still a joke to many.  Like a bad storm, some people were waiting for it all to blow over.  But I knew then it wouldn't.  That the threat was real.  But I don't think ANYONE knew just how real.  In truth, it was worse than anyone possibly imagined.

Fast forward to today.  Trump is the clear front runner in the Republican race for the White House.  Despite losing Iowa, he's had strong showings in New Hampshire and South Carolina and had a dominant showing in Nevada.  He's spun his lack of political experience and the fact that's he's never governed ANYTHING into something positive.  Gaffs that would've ended campaigns four years ago seem to bolster his.  His supporters cheer every time he opens his mouth, no matter how outrageous the comments are.  His bigotry inspires his supporters, noted by the hooded KKK members holding signs after his win in Nevada.  These things would normally destroy a candidate but not only is Trump immune, he's turned these things into fuel.  Many people are wondering how this is possible.  Well, in truth, it's very simple.  So simple it's downright ugly.

Trump's supporters are ignorant, largely uneducated, bigoted, low information voters.  They know almost nothing about how government works and even less about the political process.  They are motivated by a burning hatred for Barack Obama and all things "liberal".  What's more, their ignorance is terminal.  They don't care what Trump says or what Trump does.  They are going to support him regardless.  Reasoning with Trump supporters is like trying to have a intellectual conversation with a mountain goat.  It's literally like talking to a wall.  They don't want to hear you.  They don't care what you think.  They don't care what you say.  Fuck you.  They are voting for Donald J. Trump.  Take THAT liberals!  They have no idea how Trump will supposedly make America great again and quite frankly they don't give a fuck. Not even Tea Party darlings like Ted Cruz and Ben Carson can stop Trump.  His supporters flock to him, almost begging him for a cup of Kool Aid.  They are voting for him.  Period.

Do not attempt to reason with a Trump supporter.  Do not engage them.  Their ignorance is terminal.  They love Donald Trump.  They will support Donald Trump.  No amount of speaking with them will convince them otherwise.  Trump IS the Republican voter.  It's who they want.  They don't care.  Don't fear Trump.  Fear the people who follow him.  THEY are the real problem.  They are the reason he is where he is.

In a way this is bigger than even he is and as I said it's far worse than anyone imagined.  Trump is exploiting the absolute worst aspects of this country.  And you know what?  It's working....

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Stop Comparing the Panthers to the KKK

I need to be clear on something because I'm getting tired of hearing this comparison being made and moving forward I'm going to be fairly merciless when I hear it.

The KKK is a domestic terrorist organization.  They are responsible for the deaths of thousands of Black men and women.  Their heinous crimes include rape, arson, lynching, castration, bombings, and wanton acts of brutality and violence. 

I will not entertain comparisons between the KKK and the Black Panther Party any longer.  Only a moron or a closeted bigot would even attempt to make the comparison.  Nothing in the history of the Panthers can even be remotely equated to the brutal and bloody legacy of the KKK.  At no point has the Panthers ever advocated the eradication and/or subjugation of the white race.  There is no comparison.  None.  Zero.  Nada.  Zilch. 

If you are one of those people comparing the KKK to the Panthers, STOP IT.  Right now.  You look and sound like a fool and I wont hear that bullshit anymore.  Don't come around me with it.  Don't say it in front of me.  Shut it.  Seriously.  I wont tolerate it.  Perhaps you are looking to assuage your feelings of guilt.  Perhaps you are looking to deflect.  I couldn't care less.  Knock it the hell off.   No one has time or interest in that nonsense.