Li: ritual, propriety, etiquette. Hsiao: love within the family (parents for children and children for parents. Yi: righteousness--the noblest way to act in a situation. Xin: honesty and trustworthiness. Jen: benevolence, humaneness towards others. Chung: loyalty to the state and authority. --Confucius (Kong Fuzi)

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I believe the past is relevant, sometimes more than others of course. In most cases we are seeing history being repeated, so it is most relevant.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

It's not enough that we are "not-racist,' it's time we were "anti-racist."

Our colonial forefathers tried non-violent forms of protest, such as negotiations, appeals to reason, and justice.

When this produced no results, they tried more aggressive forms like boycotts, demonstrations, and the Boston Tea party.

When they were further abused and oppressed, they tried revolution: The Declaration of Independence, Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill, and Valley Forge. 

They formed an army.

  • When Martin Luther King peacefully marched for equal rights, he was jailed, spied on by the FBI, and eventually assassinated…
  • When African-Americans marched for the right to vote, the right to eat at a diner, the right to quality education, they were spat on, had dogs put on them, were arrested, beaten, and killed...
  • When a black President suggested he might sit down and share a beer with a white police officer and a black Professor that the officer had arrested for breaking into an upscale home, the professors home, the President was called a racist and criticized for interfering in a local matter. Yet a white President denigrates minorities, peaceful protesters, praises white supremacists, and then encourages armed protesters to march on State Troopers and political rivals during a pandemic. He is praised by the same people...

You want to know why Black people are angry...
We can’t be handcuffed and put in the police car unless we are dead (#GeorgeFloyd)
We can’t go bird watching in Central Park (#ChristianCooper)
We can’t go jogging (#AmaudArbery).
We can’t relax in the comfort of our own homes (#BothemSean and #AtatianaJefferson). 
We can't ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride). 
We can't have a cellphone (#StephonClark). 
We can't leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards). 
We can't play loud music (#JordanDavis).
We can’t sell CD's (#AltonSterling).
We can’t sleep (#AiyanaJones)
We can’t walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown).
We can’t play cops and robbers (#TamirRice).
We can’t go to church (#Charleston9).
We can’t walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin).
We can’t hold a hair brush while leaving our own bachelor party (#SeanBell).
We can’t party on New Years (#OscarGrant).
We can’t get a normal traffic ticket (#SandraBland).
We can’t lawfully carry a weapon (#PhilandoCastile).
We can't break down on a public road with car problems (#CoreyJones).
We can’t shop at Walmart (#JohnCrawford) .
We can’t have a disabled vehicle (#TerrenceCrutcher).
We can’t read a book in our own car (#KeithScott).
We can’t be a 10yr old walking with our grandfather (#CliffordGlover).
We can’t decorate for a party (#ClaudeReese).
We can’t ask a cop a question (#RandyEvans).
We can’t cash our check in peace (#YvonneSmallwood).
We can’t take out our wallet (#AmadouDiallo).
We can’t run (#WalterScott).
We can’t breathe (#EricGarner).
We can’t live (#FreddieGray).
We’re tired. 
Tired of making hashtags.
Tired of trying to convince you that our #BlackLivesMatter too. 
Tired of dying.
(Author Unknown. Copy and paste)  #TiredAndAngry
Google any of the above names! 

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