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My heart and prayers goes out to the citizens of #Venezuela. I'll try to patronize #Citgo, if it helps. As bad (racially) as it is here, I can't imagine having electricity blackouts, government/school building shutdowns, empty grocery stores, and a weekly delivery of water on Thursdays (s/o to Caracas). This is the norm throughout the entire country, not in pockets of Flint, MI or Greenspoint and Houston, TX! The NATION of Venezuela is suffering and it's hard to watch.
Here's a bit of what's happening:
• Flghts are starting to be suspended there, so there are no tourism funds to inject into the economy, no traveling Venezuelans can return home.
• People are finding expensive ways (not going to work, looking for nannies/daycares) to watch their children on Fridays because they're not in school.
• Many turn to the nation's black market to get supplies, which value goods at 110X the "official" amount (10 bolívars(?) to the dollar).
• Water is brown and making their loved ones sick because they have to make their rations stretch.
• Hospitals don't have basic access to medicines to help those flooding the halls with problems.
• Protesters are demanding that food return to stores.

I wish I could do more...
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Even God said you need to WAKE UP! How can you claim to know or be about anything if you're still sleep? If you stay in ignorant darkness, you'll never experience the light of truth. However, once the light shines on you, ready or not all of your shit is bared. Fake allies of intersectionality will reveal their true self-centering and racist tendencies. Fake pro-black hoteps will reveal their misogyny and anti-WOC views. Fake feminists will reveal how little fucks they give for the rights of non-white women.

And yes, I'm a Christian and I curse! God knows my heart. 😇

Ephesians 5: 13-17 -
13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says:
"Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light."
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
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Eww. Seriously, "I'll stop fighting for this cause if you don't stop calling out my inappropriate behavior?" That's weak. Also, good riddance.
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A very interesting op-ed that is dripping with poignant thoughts and factual truths. The increased fear and pigheadedness of vocal whites in America make sense when the system created for them to succeed in is constantly and rightly challenged. Equality doesn't equate to erasure.
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/02/04/opinion/white-americas-broken-heart.html?_r=1&referer=http%3A%2F%2Fm.dailykos.com%2Fstory%2F2016%2F2%2F5%2F1480317%2F-Wow-Charles-Blow-goes-there-in-op-ed
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I had seen this documentary through PBS about income inequalities (if I find it, I'll post it here), and it made a lot of sense. With the debacle at Flint, MI (and other places with the same decades-long struggle but not getting news coverage), gentrification, and the reason why there are Chinatowns and the like in cities, you would think these issues would have been pointed out and solved long time ago. The main reason it hasn't is because the "right" (a.k.a. rich-to-well-off white) people aren't largely affected by it. When they are, that's when it's a scandal or progress needs to happen.

What I love about the 21st Century Civil Rights Movement is that the cries of minorities are beginning to sound like one voice. The cry is louder, more unified, and intersectional. More people are realizing that the struggle isn't unique to only one race. The whites that get it are being allies, but they have a lot to unpack and relearn, as well as call out their own folks for problematic behaviors surrounding privilege, appropriation, and internalized racism. The unfortunate thing is many whites are still hanging on to this ideal of achieving the American Dream through hard work and dedication; pointing out the truth is a personal attack and unpatriotic. They feel that because the president is black, racism and white supremacy are gone. 🙄
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A childhood fantasy comes alive again with the live performance of #TheWiz ! I'm so excited to see this reinterpretation of a classic. I'm watching it with my daughter and even she's in awe with the show. My hope is that she can see herself in this Dorothy like I did years ago. Way to go, NBC!
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Praying for the safety and unrest of students at #Mizzou

Be alert, record anything you see/hear if possible, stay safe. Unfortunately, most do not believe your cries for help and instead demand proof. Well, I believe you.

If an Asian woman can be arrested for posting an anonymous "joke threat" on Yik Yak (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/10/13/emory-university-student-arrested-for-shooting-threat-posted-on-yik-yak/), then why are the several threats to minority students' lives on the same platform ignored? 😒
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An arrest has been made. They supposedly caught the poster of the threats online. None of his/her info has been released, though. I wonder why...
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So, the term "anchor baby" isn't offensive because he said so. We just need to "chill out," since his privilege allows him to dictate how we feel.

This is really sad, but not surprising. The "battle against immigration" seems to be all-encompassing, but only to immigrant people of color. No one talks about the illegal European immigrants who stay after visas are expired or revoked (in some cases of criminal charges, false pretenses, etc.), or who take advantage of the same "fraud" Bush mentions pregnant Asian woman commit.

What most concerns me is the endgame. Are the people pushing for POC immigrant removal hoping for a whiter America? It didn't take long for the Asian "model minority" myth to be discredited just this year (see Duke professor Jerry Hough's comments). Who will be next in the crosshairs? Are POC only worth something if they're sleeping with them (Trump and his Russian wives, J. Bush and his Mexican wife)? Is the only diversity they want to see are reinstituted internment camps or reservations for POC, not unlike the Native Americans?

What. Do. They. Want?
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Thank you for the conversation today. Hopefully we can chat again soon. +Scarlet Empress +David Gale +MelodicMic +han-bi Oyeyemi Peace 
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This is an amazing speech by a man who's walking his talk. If this doesn't inspire you to get involved, then you're part of the problem.
 
Watch: Bryan Stevenson of Equal Justice Initiative at Google

Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative came to speak with +David Drummond and others at Google yesterday, to talk about racial justice and Black History Month. His talk was incredible, and you owe it to yourself to watch this and learn. Everybody should watch this. So do.
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Having socioeconomic issues doesn't exempt you from white privilege. Here are a couple comics that I thought were cute and informative.
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What a way to start the new year... #OregonUnderAttack

When I first heard of this story late night on Jan. 2, I figured that it'd be handled quickly and be a widespread media phenomenon as the first big news story of 2016. Well, that's two strikes and too telling of how wrong I am.

Am. Not was. Am, because this is STILL, as I type, going on! Armed terrorists openly declares treason over the imprisonment of two rancher arsonists. THAT should be the headline, not the bullshit the weak ass reporter tweeted on ABC News' feed. #ABCNewsBeLike

But, ABC isn't the only network that should be put on blast. ALL of them needs to be outed and chastised as being hypocritical and sorely lacking in journalistic responsibility. It's a downright shame that twitter is the only place to see news break, and I don't even have it! And the news outlets that do decide to cover it, do so in very egregious ways:

1. Comparing known terrorists to the #BlackLivesMatter movement
NEWSFLASH!! Protestors in Ferguson and Baltimore were assaulted by police BEFORE the riots took place! Besides, since when is taking diapers and Tylenol from a CVS the SAME or WORSE than a marching militia storming onto federally-protected land and demanding they should be able to own and distribute said STOLEN, OCCUPIED land to the ranchers of Oregon? Did I miss the news coverage of ANY Black Lives Matter protestor use ANYTHING lethal? Are cardboard signs, gas masks, and megaphones tools of destruction? But these past troublemaking Bundy boys (known for posting snipers on their property, shooting at federal officers, and stealing back cattle that were federally confiscated for various reasons all with NO consequences) need to be coddled and handled with kid gloves because their not "looting anyone." #SideEyesCNN

2. Not calling these treasonists terrorists or vice versa
"Peaceful protestors"
"Protesting Militiamen"
"Armed Protestors"
To protest is to say or show disapproval or disagreement over something. Bundy's pack of animals are DEMANDING a government-free state. They want America to literally give up a piece of land and have it not be America anymore. #TreasonMuch #YallQuedaPlease What did start out as a "disagreement" over the Hammond arson case (the town marched in a REAL peaceful demonstration), has morphed into this standoff between self-entitled and self-appointed dipshits and a wishy-washy police force. Self-appointed because the Hammonds AND the ranchers of Oregon want no part of their fuckery! Remember the Black Panther Party? They mobilized to get weapons for protection and before they could say, "Black Power!" the government BOMBED the building they were in, effectively killing the movement and ending any future thought of an armed POC militia. But Muslims, Black Lives, and Black Panthers (BPP) are terrorists, not white criminals from Arizona? Gotcha.

3. No widespread coverage or outrage
If you are watching this mess unfold, you'll notice that the ones that are disgusted and calling this what it really is are not journalists. They are readers, bloggers, tweeters, people who are sick and tired of the obvious double standard that is on display. White people and many others are finally starting to see what we Black people have been saying forever. There is a real problem with white supremacy, white privilege, and racial disparity in this country.
Still don't believe us?
Picture, if you will, if this situation occurred with Black militiamen or an Asian militia or Muslim-Americans or Native peoples or even Latino dayworkers/farmers. Will they still be alive to express their demands? Would this occupation, declaration, and act of high treason still be tolerated for over 35 hours? Would a Muslim non-jihadist group of pissed-off Americans have access to delivery to continue their food supply? Would a band of Asian-Americans shouting down and spitting on the model minority myth be allowed to have phone interviews and conversations with the media in the hopes of spreading their rhetoric worldwide? Would a posse of Black people survive loading up trucks full of weapons, driving over state lines, and march the streets armed to the teeth only to later set up camp on federal ground? Would a Latino organization get to go through negotiations if they openly declare they are willing to kill and die over their terrorism?
We all know the answers to these questions. It's not even debatable. Because these #VanillaISIS bastards are white, it's OK for them to stay where they are, live, and hopefully regret this decision and go home. #YeahRight


At some point, I hope this debacle will wake people up and we have a real and open discussion about race in this country. Because if you don't see how race is indeed one of the issues shown in this case, you are most definitely a part of the problem.

#MicDrop
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If you have the urge to respond with #NotAll[Blank], stop. You're about to not only look ridiculous, but repeat what we already know.

When we point out problems in a sect (men, police, white people, whatever) you identify with, know that we're doing just that. It is not a personal attack towards you, but rather a hope that people will wake up, see, and deal with the issues we're addressing. If you happen to take it personally, then I suggest you look inwardly and fix your mess, rather than flock to the need to defend and explain bullshit. #IJS

But, if you still want to hang on to that tired, old "not all this is that" line of defense, then take these "not all's" into consideration:

#NotAllLivesMatter
#NotAllPayIsEqual
#NotAllActivismIsTerrorism (in fact, none of it is; since when calling out bullshit is equivalent to mass lynching and genocide?)
#NotAllRepresentationIsRepresentative
#NotAllAlliesAreAllies
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"You're not like other [insert race here] people. You're so different!"

"Wow, I didn't expect you to be so intelligent/articulate/knowledgable. Go you!"

"We're so proud of you [not being a statistic/stereotype]!"

This. Shit.
These are NOT compliments!
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How to date a POC (or anyone):

1) Find one.

2) Talk to him/her.

3) Don't be creepy, an asshole, or a creepy asshole. Ex: "Oh, I just love your (weird ethnic word) hair/skin! Can I touch it? How did you get it to look like that?! I hear Black doesn't crack (or Asian doesn't raisin)!" -_-

4) Ask him/her to join you on a casual date.

It's not that hard!
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  • University of Richmond
    Liberal Arts, 2014 - present
  • J. Sargeant Reynolds Comm Coll
    Mathematics
    Graduated in 2013
  • PVCC
    2011
  • Louisa County High School
    1999 - 2003
  • Longwood University
    2003 - 2004
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If you know me, you know I absolutely abhor social networking! However, I do love Google...
And so here I am.

I'm about to enter into my late 20s (glee!), I'm working, have a daughter in grade school, and still love to be goofy and have fun. I really haven't changed much, which, depending on who you talk to, isn't a bad thing!
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Dropped the relaxer and became a natural GODDESS in '09, Graduated with my Associates in '13
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