I’m Just a Democrat and That is Just Fine with me

During the primaries last year, I was bombarded by liberals and progressives who thought nothing of destroying the Democratic party in order to put their unqualified, leftist candidate in office.

They lied. They cheated. Like 45, I’m still waiting to see his tax returns.  The created a mythical activism record to lure the black vote. They did everything they could to get him into the nominee slot- bullying, intimidation, lying.  They spoke of revolution while towing the Republican partyline that BLM was a terrorist organization that was still a part of “the establishment”.

When that didn’t work, the delusional progressives took their votes elsewhere. Some didn’t vote at all. And now we have SCROTUS(so called president of the united states) as our Nazi leader.They have marched and protested. They have written and called Congress. They are appalled at the way the new administration has taken begun dismantling all of President Obama’s policies. And they refuse to see their part in this.

This is where the perspective of Old Guard Democrats come in handy. Had they heard us instead of trying to “revolutionize” a party that they were not a part of until after the Sanders craze, they would have done what was needed to win.  We real Democrats made concessions. We talked policy. We asked questions and when no answers were forthcoming,we did our research.  We did openly what the DNC failed to do. We actually vetted the usurper and his disciples.



Owning Our Blackness 

​”Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar have exposed the silliness of so many of these silly White people who think that they can tell Black people how to be Black and feel Black and which Black organization and leaders we should celebrate. They have lost control of their slaves and it’s driving them crazy. Telling us that instead of Black Lives Matter it should be All Lives Matter, but All lives matter only exist to protect and fight for white lives. Telling us that instead of the Black Panthers Beyoncé should have done a tribute to the majority white police who protect them by killing Blacks. I even heard them say we should honor Martin Luther King instead of Malcolm X. Well we salute and celebrate them both. Fuck your divide and conquer bullshit. See what it really is about is this, they want us to take our beating and turn the other cheek, they want us to call our freedom fighters terrorists and call their terrorist the founding fathers or patriots. They want us to celebrate the racist police department and police who are killing our men, women and children, but we are supposed to ostracize our bold Black mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who dare to stand up, speak out or fight back. They go crazy over what we say in song lyrics or speeches but remain quiet when a racist governor poisons the water in flint, or when racist cops kill our unharmed people and are rarely indicted. They don’t like us talking about what they do because according to them “our words” divides us more than the RACIST ACTIONS they defend and justify of those Whites killing us. They destroyed the Black Panther Party imprisoned and murdered key members, but the “white” skin, white sheet wearing, cross burning, church bombing, black lynching terrorist KKK is still up and running. And after years of countless acts of terror against Blacks and others, the terrorist KKK is still not labeled a terrorist organization, smfh. They always bring up black on black violence like they don’t have white on white violence, like they don’t have drug dealers, murderers, thieves, criminals, degenerates. White people shut the fuck up about Black peoples culture and feelings, feel how you feel about whatever your culture is. Black people don’t care what you think or how you feel about what we think or how we feel, so get used to it. The truth. We are used to your lies and tricks. The jig is up. If you’re scared of what nature has been saying through us, telling you to stop shooting us, stop treating us unjustly, stop stealing our identity, stop mass incarcerating us, stop poisoning our minds, spirit and bodies, stop, stop, stop! Imagine when Nature stops talking, imagine, just imagine that. We are sick and tired of y’all. If you are white and you know and agree with Black people and how we feel, don’t waste your breath or time telling us what we already know, instead go preach it from the mountain top to other Whites because many of them have been lied to just as much if not worse than us, only difference is they benefit from the lies which in the end will not be a benefit at all. Truth crushed to the ground will rise again.”

Farewell, AMERICA 

​I don’t think you understand us right now.
I think you think this is about politics. 
I think you believe this is all just sour grapes; the crocodile tears of the losing locker room with the scoreboard going against us at the buzzer. YOU ARE WRONG. ITS A DEATH. 
America died on Nov. 8, 2016, not with a bang or a whimper, but at its own hand via electoral suicide. America chose a man who has shredded our values, our morals, our compassion, our tolerance, our decency, our sense of common purpose, our very identity — all the things that, however tenuously, made a nation out of a country.
This is NOT about losing an election. This isn’t about winning a contest. This is about two very different ways of seeing the world.
Hillary supporters believe in a diverse America; one where religion or skin color or sexual orientation or place of birth aren’t liabilities or deficiencies or moral defects. Her campaign was one of INCLUSION and connection and interdependency. It was about building bridges and breaking ceilings. It was about going high. 
Most Trump supporters believe in a very selective America; one that is largely white and straight and Christian, and the voting verified this. Donald Trump has never made any assertions otherwise. He ran a campaign of fear and exclusion and isolation – and that’s the vision of the world those who voted for him have endorsed, even if they don’t agree. 
They had other choices in a GOP nominee. They picked Trump, who openly stood before us and told the nation this was what he would do as president AND THEY VOTED FOR HIM. 
They have aligned with the wall-builder and the professed p*ssy-grabber, and they have co-signed his body of work, regardless of the reasons they give for their vote:
– Every horrible thing Donald Trump ever said about women or Muslims or people of color has now been validated and endorsed. 
– Every profanity-laced press conference and every call to bully protestors and every ignorant diatribe has been endorsed. 
– Every piece of anti-LGBTQ legislation Mike Pence has championed has been signed-off on.
– Half of our country has declared these things acceptable, and now soon to be implemented in America. 
If there is a single sentence that characterizes the election, it is this: “He says the things I’m thinking.” That may be what is so terrifying. Who knew that so many tens of millions of white Americans were thinking unconscionable things about their fellow Americans? 
Who knew that after years of seeming progress on race and gender, tens of millions of white Americans lived in seething resentment, waiting for a demagogue to arrive who would legitimize their worst selves and channel them into political power? 
This is the disconnect and the source of our grief today. It isn’t a political defeat that we are lamenting, IT’S A DEFEAT FOR HUMANITY!
We’re not angry that our candidate lost. We’re angry because our candidate’s losing means this country will be less safe, less kind, and less available to a huge segment of its population, and that’s just the truth.
– Those who have always felt vulnerable are now left more so. 
– Those whose voices have been silenced will be further quieted. 
– Those who always felt marginalized will be pushed further to the periphery. 
– Those who feared they were seen as inferior now have confirmation in actual percentages.
Those things have essentially been campaign promises of Donald Trump, and so many of our fellow citizens have said this is what they want too.  
This has never been about politics.
This is not about one candidate over the other.
It’s not about one’s ideas over another’s.
It is not blue vs. red.
It’s not her emails vs. his bad language.
It’s not her dishonesty vs. his indecency.
It’s about overt racism and hostility toward minorities.
It’s about religion being weaponized and one religion being forced on everyone or you’re villainized as evil. 
It’s about crassness and vulgarity and disregard for women.
It’s about a barricaded, militarized, bully nation who invades other countries to steal their natural resources & create false wars.
It’s about an unapologetic, open-faced ugliness.
And it is not only that these things have been ratified by our nation that grieve us; all this hatred, fear, racism, bigotry, and intolerance – it’s knowing that these things have been amen-ed by our half of this country. 
Knowing our neighbors, our families, our friends, those we work with and worship alongside, our lifelong childhood friends and schoolmates feel the same way. That is the most horrific thing of all. We now know that people we love and care deeply about, feels the same way Trump does. 
It feels like living in enemy territory being here now, and there’s no way around that. We wake up today in a home we no longer recognize. We are grieving the loss of a place we used to love but no longer do. This may be America today but it is not the America we believe in or recognize or want.
This is not about a difference of political opinion, as that’s far too small to mourn over. It’s about a fundamental difference in how we view the worth of all people – not just those who look or talk or think or vote the way we do.
Grief always laments what might have been, the future we were robbed of, the tomorrow that we won’t get to see, and that is what we walk through today. As a nation we had an opportunity to affirm the beauty of our diversity this day, to choose ideas over sound bytes, to let everyone know they had a place at the table, to be the beacon of goodness and decency we imagine that we are—and we said no.
And this is why we grieve.

Joe McKnight

Anybody who lives in Louisiana knows about Joe McKnight.

There, he was a living legend. A king.

Yeah, he played pro football for the Chiefs and Jets. Yeah, he played college ball for the University of Southern California Trojans, but in Louisiana, he was a god. One of the best high school athletes in the history of the state, the Times-Picayune named him the Best Male Athlete of the Decade. He was that good and did it all right in the middle of Hurricane Katrina.

His home was destroyed when he was a junior in high school, he was separated from his mother during the evacuation and ended up being forced to bounce around the state. In spite of it all, he helped his team win the state championship, was the Parade National Player of the Year, and the consensus number one running back recruit in the country.

At a time when Louisiana needed a good story, Joe McKnight, just a teenager, with gifts galore, provided one — and the state never forgot it.

That he was repeatedly shot and killed in broad daylight in the middle of a Louisiana roadway Thursday has left many of my friends who personally knew Joe crushed, confused, bitter and angry.

People saw it happen. A witness said that a white man, 54-year-old Ronald Gasser, was the aggressor. Images of Gasser on the scene seem to show that he didn’t have a single scratch on him. It does not appear to have been self-defense. This witness even said that after Gasser first shot him, that he stood over McKnight and shot him some more. Police have said that McKnight was unarmed.

It’s hard for me to not believe that race was a factor in this killing — particularly in light of the fact that we’ve seen nearly 1,000 hateful incidents since Donald Trump was elected. All over the country, people of color are being attacked — many for the first time in their lives. Will Sims, a beloved California musician, was murdered by white men in a hate crime in California just days after Trump was elected. James Means, a sweet 15-year-old boy, was murdered the following week by a 62-year-old white man who claimed Means bumped into him at the dollar store.

While family and friends of Ronald Gasser talk about how warm and peaceful he was, I don’t wanna hear it.

He killed a man. And for the few of us who had a little peace knowing that he was in police custody, we just lost that peace when police announced that they released him from custody. Louisiana, as you may have guessed it, has a stand-your-ground law, and it looks like the state is about to give Gasser the George Zimmerman treatment.

How in the hell did they release this man without charging him? It’s ludicrous.

Do you honestly think that if Joe McKnight killed Ronald Gasser like that, that he would’ve been released without being charged? Do you think that Gasser would’ve been released had he shot a white woman or even a white man there in the middle of street?

Of course race was a factor. Race permeates every single facet of this country. This death right here is quintessential reason why we say “Black Lives Matter.” Joe McKnight’s black life doesn’t appear to have mattered much to local police.

America. 2016.


-Shaun King