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July 11, 2016

Gush & Gripe: Mercy, Mercy Me



What the flying fuck is happening?! Have you noticed that the American flag is almost always at half-mast? Tragic doesn't even begin to describe what's happened, and still is happening, in the country right now. People reduced to hashtags due to senseless killings rooting from ignorance, superiority complexes, and so much hate!

How does one even begin to fix this?! As humans, it seems as if we've regressed so much. It's as if our history has taught us nothing. As if all the wars and genocides were done for sport instead of a cautionary tale. I find it especially ironic that, as the world becomes relatively smaller because of technological advances, we humans have become more ignorant and bigoted. Our expanded world view seems to have become more harmful instead of fostering compassion, understanding, and tolerance. We've become more selfish and discompassionate, and choose to thrive in discord.

ALL LIVES MATTER but currently, African Americans are at a particular disadvantage because of the color of their skin. Isn't this utter bullshit?! Race, gender, religion, et al is not a predisposition of one's character, and I don't understand why people can't comprehend something so fundamental as this! 

I try to avoid getting personal and/or political here, but I am compelled to say something about this because this issue matters to me. I may disagree at times, but I'm usually tolerant and respectful of other people's opinions and beliefs, however the situation is escalating and it's worrisome. Racism exists and it's deadly. We've been dilly dallying around this issue for so long, and a lot of us are even on denial. How many more hashtags do we need before we acknowledge that this level of racism exists in this country? That after centuries of countless protests, revolutions, and movements, this issue persists because NOBODY WANTS TO TALK ABOUT IT. 

We can't stay "polite" or silent anymore. Not with what's happening to our cities and towns left and right. I can only hope that amidst all this dissension real change is on the horizon. It's time that our chosen leaders finally decide to have a real and actual conversation about this issue before it goes out of hand.








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  1. I agree with you 100%. It's hard because I am around a lot of people who's thinking is part of the problem. It's so frustrating.

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    1. I feel you. How do you even start a conversation with someone whose mind is already shut off?

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  2. Yeah, the news lately has been utterly terrifying. I can't imagine being an African American in the US right now. I'm filled with fear just thinking about it.
    I agree. There needs to be more discussion and more work done towards eliminating racism, but I have to admit that comment sections on certain news articles are REALLY scary. I'm not sure how to even try to begin to change people's mindsets we are all of the same race. But we need to have hope too.

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    1. Can you imagine the conversations African American moms are having with their sons? They shouldn't even be talking about racial profiling or shit like this because everyone should be treated the same

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  3. I was telling my husband that it almost seems like there needs to be training and talks about how police should conduct an arrest if they feel threatened. I was listening to the Minnesota cop's lawyer last night and I was enraged. He was justifying the killing because the cop felt threatened. But come on, you already shot him! He was already "contained". And I'm not saying the slaying of the cops in Dallas isn't as heartbreaking, but I feel like this was a long time coming. It was only a matter of time, I just know it. It was doubly sad because the cops and the protesters were in peaceful harmony that night until the shooting began. :(

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    1. Shit hit the fan and if nobody does something, if there's no leadership in this issue, it'll just continue to escalate and it will keep on happening until there's complete anarchy

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  4. I wish it weren't so and that people really were intrinsically good and actually had to learn to gravitate toward their lowest common denominator, but that's simply not true. Each generation has to be taught values like respect and tolerance. So yes, we really need to teach and guide and not just sit back and keep quiet, hoping people will just do the right thing. We can't let the loudest, most compelling voices out there be those who influence folks toward hate and anger.

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    1. I was watching the news this morning and I was dumbfounded by what Mayor Guiliani said. He's basically flipping the issue, insinuating reverse racism or something. WTF!?

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  5. Yes....all lives matter and no one should live in fear because of the color of the skin, their job, the God they love or whom they choose to give their heart too.

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    1. The more diverse we become, the more close minded the human race is becoming it seems.

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  6. Great post Braine and I totally agree. I may disagree with who you vote for and whether you're pro or anti guns but I definitely agree that All Lives Matter and its about time we start living what Dr. Martin Luther King taught us.

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    1. I'm apalled by how lives are being disregarded at this point by the same people who should be protecting us civilians. It's a merry go round now, I hope Dallas is the last.

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  7. My sister called me and told me to go online. The headlines were scary, but I also didn't want to even admit that it was happening. I cut my vacation short because my boyfriend was so upset. He didn't want to be in another state in case something else happened. I am truly terrified right now. I live in AL, so the hate feels like It's 100 times worse. The older people in this city are rejoicing about the cops killing those guys. Our own Sheriff hasn't even been held accountable for the bodies found in the well on his property. It all came out when a man went missing after being released from jail, and the last ppl seen talking to him was said sheriff and 2 other deputies. Nothing is being done because he inherited the property from his father and his father and his father. They were all sheriffs and they have made no denial about hating African Americans. And the good ol' ppl in this racist county keep on electing the bigoted a-holes. This country is falling apart. Not that It's been all rainbows and sunshine, but I haven't a clue how to stop this madness. They are acting like this is 1950!

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    1. OMGFG!!! That's so horrible! And AL is notorious for that, stay safe Lekeisha.

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  8. *nods* Dallas has been on edge since that night.

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    1. I hope you're okay where you are, Mel

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  9. It's scary and so sad that people are still living in fear because of these things and it isn't right. Every one matters, doesn't matter what they believe or who they are, we are all equals.

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    1. It's like nothing is moving in the right direction as far as this issue is concerned. What more do this group of people need to do to earn some respect and be treated equally?

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  10. I am staying out of it, cos people online are so scary right now. You say one thing and people jump at you, you say another thing and other people jump at you. People are going crazy, it's scary, and I am all why can't we just all get along?

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    1. If only they lend their energy to becoming more productive with their opinions versus just keep trolling

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  11. I agree. This world is in a rough place and it's so saddening. I hate our area too, because a lot of the people here don't see a problem :(

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    1. There's no such thing as a superior race. Why can't people understand that?!

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  12. What has happened over the past week has been breaking my heart. In my opinion, all lives matter and it has nothing to do with the color of your skin!!! Although I do know the situation can get pretty intense down south. I live in Utah, so we don't see that hatred hardly at all. I hate all the hate and dissention that is happening. I just wish there was more love and peace in the world. Its like we haven't learned from our past mistakes through history over 300 years!!! CRAZY right? But I do respect the Dallas police force and in how well thy handled such a situation. But I do think its important to remember that even though there is a lot of hate right now....I do feel that there is love and goodness that surrounds us too. Lets hope this situation will get better.

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    1. The Dallas police handled things well, I agree, if only their fellow blue bloods are just as upstanding.

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  13. Yeah. I know it's terrible, but I don't even want to turn on my tv let alone look at social media. I don't know what is running through people's heads. It's almost like it's the end of times and everyone is going off the deep end. I don't know what I can do to right it all. Except, I have brought my son up in a way that is not as these people are acting. That's the first step for me, I guess. It's just saddening to see how people treat others.

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    1. That's a good start. It all starts at home, when we teach our kids not to hate, then we're going in the right direction

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  14. Racism is real, it's there and it happens. I don't even like to watch the news anymore because there's so much hate flowing in every direction right now. I try to stay out of it for the most part but when I see something really blatant, I just can't stay quiet and of course that lends itself to others who don't agree with me posting comments and then people get their feelings hurt and get mad.

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    1. Post away! The opposite side are relentless in their bigotry too, we gotta even things up

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  15. Well, said! I've actually been avoiding almost all social media because I just can't stomach how certain people are addressing the issues in our country right now. It's so sad. Seriously sad. I'm terrified that my son is being raised in this world as it is. It's such a scary thought...

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    1. I feel you. I feel like we're back in the 1960's. Hopefully when your kid is all grown, the world is wayyyy better than this

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  16. Your post gave me shivers. It is utter bullshit, just like you said. Racism is everywhere... We study history to learn... There are so many demons on earth.

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    1. Yeah and they're invading bodies left and right. We need a real life UF hero stat!

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  17. Yes, it seems things are moving from bad to worse in a never-ending succession at the moment. I think part of the problem is that this type of behavior, this type of hatred is being "legitimized" by the rhetoric of certain public figures who, let's face it, are exploring the hell out of and manipulating people's fears. Of course the underlying issue is that, sadly, there are people who rate & treat people according to their skin color - but, previously, they weren't as brash about their beliefs. Great post, Braine.

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    1. That's a great word, legitimize. I can't believe the words that come out of some of the public officials here. No wonder the states are in such disarray because the leadership is rotten! They condone these acts!

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  18. Hear, hear, Braine! I'm currently reading The Things They Carried and was startled to think about the parallels between the social/political climate of the 1960's and of today. It does seem as though we haven't learned a thing. My MIL said the mayor of Dallas gave a really moving speech, at the memorial for the Dallas police officers, about the fact that racism exists and needs to be addressed. I don't know what it's going to take. I really don't. But something needs to happen because you are absolutely right, ALL LIVES MATTER. Great post, my dear. <3

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    1. Thanks, Brandee!

      If we have so much love for animals, I don't understand why we can't have the same compassion for our fellow human beings

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  20. Sigh. I know, Braine. It makes me physically ill sometimes when I see people be bigoted toward any race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. I hear a lot of it where I live, even from people who I've considered close friends for 20 years. I've been shutting myself of from those people more and more ... it baffles me how people can be so hateful. I mean, I'm an asshole, but I'm not hateful. ;)

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  21. I agree with you 100%. I also think there isn't just one problem here. Racism is still a large problem. People in denial about racism still existing is a problem. The fact that many textbooks are limiting how much of our history they are covering (books in Texas calling slaves "workers") is a problem. The fact that we are not taught to deal with anger properly is a problem. The entitlement society that has become America (selfishness, thinking we are better than the rest of the world, etc) is a problem. The fact that we accept that the news is an entertainment medium and not a strictly factual medium is a problem. There are many problems and they are not all equal. I think the biggest problem is that our leaders (at all levels, local, state and federal) don't even want to sit down and discuss the problem like adults or try to find a solution. They would rather toss blame that the other side and discount facts and statistics. It is very frustrating.

    I hope that more people will start to pay more attention and get out and vote and not just for president. If this last couple of years has taught me anything, it is that is the other people we vote more that matter more than who is president. Yes, the president is the most powerful person in the country, if not the world, but they can be powerless if Congress doesn't help him. Also, seeing some of the laws that states have tried to pass (some successfully), those people are pretty powerful too. I will admit that I go to the polls and don't know enough of about my local leaders, but I'm planning on changing that.

    I'll end my rant now. :-) Great post.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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  22. So I of course have seen this everywhere and of course it makes me sad and angry that things are so bad. That there's so much ignorance. I have done oracle and tarot readings on this and every single time they say LOVE. Spread love and radiate love and tell people to spread the vibration of LOVE. This is not ignoring the issue but the more people radiate love the more people change their own vibration to love and perspectives change and hate changes. So really it's all about love. Showing love to everyone and not expressing fear and anger so much. I know not everyone 'gets that' but I'm hoping they will. So my daily goal is radiating love. Telling the world I LOVE YOU. We're at a tipping point right and we need LOVE to win this war.

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  23. Racism is definitely still alive and well, sadly! And I really do think it's worse in the US than it is in Europe in many ways. I haven't been able to watch the latest videos filmed by people close to the victims. In some ways, it makes me feel like a coward - because I'm safe at home, right? - and in others, I truly believe that I can get the same understanding of the horror through the written word.
    I hope things will turn around, and that there will be no more violence based on race! It's really both scary and extremely unfair!
    I love you for speaking up, Braine!! *hugs*
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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  24. I'm sick of it all. I honestly don't understand it at all. I grew up fortunate I suppose. My family was color/religion/sexuality... you name it blind. I never once thought anyone different than me was a lesser person than I. Heck, the high school I went to, I WAS the minority there. So for me, I just don't understand all this hate and prejudice. I can't, for the life of me, wrap my head around why someone's skin color, even something personal like their sexuality has anything to do with you and UGH I just, I don't get it. I don't understand this whole Pokemon Go thing either but I gladly welcome it flooding my media sites. It's kinda bringing more people together (albeit they are all just staring at their phones in a location but still, they are people who wouldn't normally meet under other circumstances), and we honestly need more of that.

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  25. Modern media, I think, is responsible for a LOT of the current issues and escalating things. With it and social media no one waits to find out what actually has happened. They jump to conclusions based on their own biases within minutes of an event occurring which many times turn out to be false but once it's out there it's out there and whirlwinds into more. Creating a divide makes for better ratings on their parts. There are definitely people who are racist in all races but so often if there's any conflict between people of different colors racism is the immediate claim (or their a bigot or whatever other term someone wants to use).

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