A story of two shootings
By no means within the historical past of the state of Texas, and fairly presumably the historical past of the U.S., has a governor lobbied for the pardon of a convicted assassin even earlier than the killer was sentenced. However that’s precisely what Gov. Greg Abbott did when he referred to as for killer and famous racist Daniel Perry who killed a “BLM” protester. In so doing, Abbott gave a full-throated endorsement of people that imagine within the fable of white supremacy indiscriminately killing anybody who stands for Black humanity. So, I assume it’s no shock that when 5 human beings have been slaughtered in one other Texas mass taking pictures, Abbott, even when calling for justice, belittled and demeaned the victims by referring to them as unlawful immigrants. In a launched assertion, Texas Democratic Social gathering Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa mentioned, “There is no such thing as a restrict to the depravity of Greg Abbott and his Texas Republican cronies. To make use of a mass taking pictures, through which 5 harmless souls have been slaughtered execution-style – together with an 8-year-old – to fearmonger and lie about migrants and the victims’ immigration standing… this kind of sick conduct is actually past the pale.” And to pour extra salt into the wound, after information of the mass homicide in Cleveland broke, Abbott tweeted “All smiles this weekend.”
If you happen to haven’t seen “Idiocracy,” the 2006 film about an American society so dumbed down that essentially the most intellectually non-curious, common individual you realize could be thought-about essentially the most clever human alive, don’t fear. We’re actually dwelling that actuality proper now. And TikTok is taking part in a giant function. The phrase “That individual is so sensible they’re silly” has by no means been more true. Social media gives a landslide of data: some extremely insightful and groundbreaking; some asinine as hell. And the asinine is successful. Living proof, our African ancestors hundreds of years in the past efficiently mapped the motion of the celebs and planets. Their scientific information/genius wasn’t found by European scientists till comparatively just lately. However this data, this knowledge of the ancients, is being thrown out the window by people at this time as a result of they noticed some dude put up a video on TikTok that claims the world is flat. Have establishments, instructional and in any other case, lied to us and promoted false info earlier than? Positive. Ought to we be keen to do our personal analysis? After all. However someway, we’ve bought to develop the discernment to separate fact from fiction. If not, the “Idiocracy” we’re already experiencing will solely worsen.
Psychological well being examine
Might is Psychological Well being Consciousness Month. And if any folks want a psychological well being checkup, it’s the Blacks. Anti-Blackness negatively impacts us in a myriad of the way, recognized and unknown, consciously and subconsciously. The day by day stresses, the micro- and macro-aggressions we endure in addition to the mountains of anti-Black insurance policies, actions, programs, and so forth. go away many people on the razor’s edge, only one dangerous encounter, one lingering side-eye, one dangerous day away from going so all the way in which off we are able to’t get again “on” once more. Earlier than we attain that time, let’s take all of the steps to get our psychological state in a constructive place.