Domestic Violence and Double Standards

Bombing of the Capitol on November 7, 1983 by the all-female domestic terror group M19

It is important to acknowledge the fact that Black Lives Matter the concept and Black Lives Matter the organization are two very different things. Without question, every human being should support the concept that black lives matter. We have seen incredible tensions build over this issue since early 2020 and much of it is due to the fact that these two separate and distinct things have been conflated. Supporting the concept is easy; supporting the formal organization is not. The melding of the two has led to criticism of those who don’t support the organization for not supporting the concept. This article focuses on BLM, the organization and the double standards that are being applied to other organizations.

There is much focus on routing out and exposing domestic terror groups lately. The event at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 still leaves a lot of unanswered questions and the FBI is hunting people down and pressing charges against those who entered the building.
This is not the first time that violence has occurred in the Capitol building. There have been over a half dozen violent incidents at the Capitol since 1915, not to mention protestors taking over the halls of the building on numerous occasions in 2017. One of the most violent instances was on November 7, 1983 when the all-female domestic terror group M19 detonated a bomb in the north wing, leaving at 15-foot hole in the wall, causing $1 million in damage. The details of M19, their history, and story can be found in an article written by Smithsonian Magazine.
One of M19’s central members was Susan Rosenberg. She was involved in the Capitol bombing as well as bombings at an FBI field office in Staten Island and the Navy Yard Officers’ Club in Washington, DC.

Rosenberg was listed on the 2019 Annual Report as serving on the board of directors of Thousand Currents, a fundraising arm for Black Lives Matter. As of this year, they have made a decision to “sunset” their partnership with Thousand Currents and are formalizing a relationship with TIDES which is described as “a philanthropic partner and nonprofit accelerator dedicated to shared prosperity and social justice.” BLM does not have 501(c) 3 status and must use these fundraising organizations, who then filter the funds to them. It seems the reason for the switch is Thousand Currents was going to lose their tax exempt status due to lack of accountability for millions of dollars taken in.

Rosenberg was arrested in 1984, convicted in 1985, and given a 58-year sentence. According to Wikipedia, “Rosenberg’s sentence was commuted by President Bill Clinton on January 20, 2001, his last day in office, to the more than 16 years’ time served. Her commutation produced a wave of criticism by police and New York elected officials.”
Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors, two of BLM’s founders have stated that they are trained Marxists. Garza has stated that Joanne Chesimard, a convicted cop-killer, is one of her heroes, and Cullors was a protégé of Eric Mann, former agitator of the Weather Underground, a domestic terror organization.

A Politifact article from July 2020 explains that because some of its organizers are Marxists, it does not mean that the organization as a whole is. “I am fairly convinced these are mostly attempts to smear anti-racist activists. I think in some media, ‘Marxist’ is dog-whistle for something horrible, like ‘Nazi’, and thus enables to delegitimize/dehumanize them,” Miriyam Aouragh, a lecturer at the London-based Westminster School of Media and Communication, told PolitiFact.” “Black Lives Matter “is not an organization, but a fluid movement; it doesn’t actually matter if one of its founders was a liberal, Marxist, socialist or capitalist.” While this is most likely true, the organizers play a large part in the culture of an organization and one has to wonder if such allowances would be made if the backgrounds of the organizers of right-leaning groups had similar histories.

The effort to designate domestic terror groups that is currently taking place is a highly politicized and unbalanced one. The Proud Boys are being persecuted and are being called a “white supremacist” far-right terror group even though their members are diverse and their president is Latino. They have not committed any violent acts, while groups like Antifa have terrorized many cities across the nation, most notably Portland, Oregon. The media and politicians have never condemned Antifa while maintaining that they are an idea, or a philosophy and a loose collection of individuals, not an organization. The double standards being applied today are very dangerous. Canada has formally declared the Proud Boys a terror group, and our politicians are calling for the same while looking the other way at groups who are truly doing both physical and cultural damage to our country.

Violence, Double Standards, and Unity

The news cycle on politics has been relentless for the past four years. It really ramped up last spring with Covid-19, followed by riots that went on for months, and then the 2020 election.  After Election Day the heat was turned up even higher and reached a dreadful climax when what was supposed to be a peaceful protest on January 6, 2021 turned into a disaster at the Capitol.  The Democrats and the media have blamed President Trump for inciting the riot, or insurrection as they call it, and have filed an Article of Impeachment against the former president.

There are many examples of Democrats saying things that, if held to the same standards they are using, could be easily viewed as inciting violence.  The video I put together (link at the bottom) compiles several events.

 1. December 2017 Capitol Hill was stormed during the “Kill the Bill” protest. 

2. Democrats, media people, and celebrities’ statements about protesting and personal attacks. 

3. The recent speech by Rand Paul on the Senate floor regarding the current impeachment.  Combining all of this together in one place may help put things in perspective.

According to a CNN article, protests held on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017, resulted in six police officers being injured and 217 protesters arrested.  “Bursts of chaos erupted on 12th and K streets as black-clad “antifascist” protesters smashed storefronts and bus stops, hammered out the windows of a limousine and eventually launched rocks at a phalanx of police lined up in an eastbound crosswalk. Officers responded by launching smoke and flash-bang devices, which could be heard from blocks away, into the street to disperse the crowds.”

There was also a small group of people who obtained tickets to the Inauguration ceremony and as Trump stepped forward to take the oath of office, they began to chant.  They were close enough that their shouting made it difficult for staff and family members seated near them to hear the oath being recited.

In addition to the storming of Capitol Hill mentioned above, there was also a protest against repealing the ACA in July 2017 in which protesters crowded around senators’ offices and had to be physically removed.  You can read, and see videos, about that here.

In part two of the video Democrats, media people, and celebrities are shown making statements like these: 

Nancy Pelosi – “I just don’t even know why there aren’t uprisings all over the country. Maybe there will be.” 

Ayanna Pressley – “There needs to be unrest in the streets as long as there is unrest in our lives.”

Chris Cuomo – “Show me where it says that protests are supposed to be polite, and peaceful.”

Johnny Depp – “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

Kamala Harris – “They’re not gonna stop before election day in November and they’re not gonna stop after election day…they’re not gonna let up, and they should not.”

After George Floyd was killed, Harris promoted the Minnesota Freedom Fund that would help protesters with their bail money.  https://thefederalist.com/2020/09/17/kamala-harris-promoted-fund-that-bailed-out-man-accused-of-raping-a-child/

Biden staffers and celebrities also contributed to the same fund which raised twenty million dollars.   https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/biden-staffers-bailout-fund/

The video of Rand Paul’s speech is nine minutes.  He details the violence that has occurred for months but has not been condemned by Democrats, as well as comments made by Democrat members of the senate and congress that, if held to their own standards for this impeachment, should put them in jeopardy of being removed from their positions.

January 6, 2021 was a sad day in our history, but it’s not the first-time protesters have breached the Capitol.  Granted, the violence involved in the most recent event sets it apart and cannot be excused, but none of it should be excused.  Senator Rand Paul and his wife, as well as others, were surrounded and threatened by protesters after the RNC, Rep. Steve Scalise was shot by a Bernie Sanders supporter, but no one called for censure or impeachment of Bernie, or any Democrat, for any of these things. Senator Paul explains this very well.

I remember wondering, back in 2017, why we didn’t hear calls for peace from Obama or Clinton when riots broke out after the election and inauguration. To my knowledge, that did not happen.  If unity is to be had, there cannot be double standards for civility or one-sided tolerance for violence of any kind.  Unity is not censoring opposing thoughts or being told to sit down and shut up, that’s conformity.

Watch the video here:

https://rumble.com/vdc59n-violence-double-standards-and-unity.html

Those Who Yell The Loudest About Equality Are Fine With Double Standards

The original Women’s March was held on January 21, 2017. Madonna spoke and said she “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.” That was ok apparently. There were also women who showed up dressed like vaginas. Most of those in attendance though, were simply there to use their first amendment rights peacefully.

Instead of another rally, a “general strike” called the Day Without a Woman was planned for March 8, 2017. According to the NY Post, a manifesto published in The Guardian on Feb. 6, “the brains behind the movement are calling for a “new wave of militant feminist struggle.” That’s right: militant, not peaceful.”

“The document was co-authored by, among others, Rasmea Yousef Odeh, a convicted terrorist. Odeh, a Palestinian, was convicted in Israel in 1970 for her part in two terrorist bombings, one of which killed two students while they were shopping for groceries. She spent 10 years in prison for her crimes. She then managed to become a US citizen in 2004 by lying about her past (great detective work, INS: Next time, use Google) but was subsequently convicted, in 2014, of immigration fraud for the falsehoods. However, she won the right to a new trial (set for this spring) by claiming she had been suffering from PTSD at the time she lied on her application. Oh, and in her time as a citizen, she worked for a while as an ObamaCare navigator.” Some of the organizers of the Women’s March also have very checkered pasts.

Now, what inspired me to write about this is a combination of over four years of being demonized and demeaned by people who have been manipulated into hating President Donald Trump by the media and our democrat politicians, and recent judgements and generalizations regarding the riot at the Capitol During the Save America March on January 6, 2020. Note that I am calling it a riot, and not a “mostly peaceful” protest, although most of the people there did actually carry out a completely peaceful protest. Unfortunately, the riot overshadowed the estimated 250-500 thousand people that were there to peacefully use their first amendment rights.

I have seen some very rude things posted about us, but what pushed me over the edge were “copy and paste” posts by several friends on social media recently. They literally grouped us with nazis because of a photo taken of one person who attended the Save America March in a “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt, and of course the media promoted it.

Another problem with the copied and pasted posts is that they also make mention of another photo of a man in a tee shirt with “6MWE” on it. If you don’t know what this is, google it. I won’t put it here, it is a hateful sentiment. Let me make it perfectly clear that neither of these things are ok. That is not the point of this. Surprisingly, even the governor of NJ posted the two photos together, basically accusing us of being nazi sympathizers also. These two photos were being posted together and shared all over social media. Something didn’t look right to me, so I did some digging and found that the tee shirt photo was taken at another event, on another day. I found this information in the publication Forward, whose tag line is “Fast Forward: Quick reads through a Jewish lens.” If you are observant, you will see that the tee shirt photo was taken on a sunny day, and the man as well as those around him are in short sleeves. The sweatshirt photo, taken on January 6 in DC shows the cloudy conditions that day and people dressed appropriately for cold weather.

When you have hundreds of thousands of people showing up for something, you cannot control who shows up, and there will inevitably be a range of personalities in attendance. It defies logic that you use a photo taken of one person at a large event, and project that one person’s statement, no matter how horrible, onto millions of others. The post being shared takes the two most extreme people involved that day (the sweatshirt guy and the guy with the hat with horns on it) and uses phrases like, “Look to my right. Is there a guy wearing a 6MWE t-shirt? I am on the wrong side. Look to my left. Is that guy is wearing a Camp Auschwitz t-shirt? Wrong side.” And ends with, “But evil and good are absolute. As are the lessons of history. So just look for the Nazis, and make your own decisions.” Of course it has the standard “feel free to copy & paste to share” added at the end.

I had friends that attended the Women’s March. I know they are good people. Because some of the organizers of their movement are terrorists, anti-Semitic (ironic), and anti-LGBTQ, I would never lump my friends in with them. I give them, and all my friends that support that movement, more credit and respect than that. That would not be very logical, would it? Having different opinions should not be a reason to call people nazis. After all, that is what the nazis did, isn’t it? They dehumanized a group of people to make it seem acceptable to get rid of them.

It has been four years of baseless hate, exaggerations and lies about a president we support, and about us too. We have been called many names during that time, but nazi is the biggest insult of them all. Right now those calls for unity are sounding pretty empty to me.

Screenshot of a portion of the social media post below:

The Democrats and Tanya Harding

It’s only fitting that the already chaotic year 2020 finishes in an epic Antifa-style dumpster fire that was supposed to be our elections.  The Democrats along with the full force of the mainstream media, which cannot be separated at this point, may seem to have won the war, but the battles are far from over.  I will get to Tanya Harding later.

It is one week after the election, and we were well warned that the presidential race would be very close, and it would most likely take some time before the winner could be announced. Election integrity issues are being discovered, and there are claims of voter fraud in more than a few states.  Poll watchers have been denied access in some locations, more votes than people on the voter rolls in others, mail-in ballot postmarks and deadlines being fought in court in PA, criminal referrals in NV, and software glitches in Michigan.  PT News recently reported on Dominion Voting Systems, the software company involved in the Michigan “glitch” which changed approximately 6000 Trump votes to Biden. The company also has contracts with GA, AZ, NV and PA, all swing states.

We are coming to the end of a four year period where we have seen conservatives censored and the mainstream media is Pravda-like in the narratives they have been pushing.  We have also witnessed police state tactics employed by our intelligence agencies having been weaponized against political opponents, and now the Democrats have managed to turn our elections into a third world mess.

Whether any of these issues are purposeful attempts to change the outcome of the election, a software glitch, or human error, does not change the fact that they all affect our confidence in the accuracy of them.

Elections are the cornerstone of representative democracy, and the processes we use are vital to its legitimacy.  Having trust or confidence in the electoral process is absolutely essential to the acceptance of the outcome.  No matter who you voted for, you should want to know that the process was fair and accurate.  Electronic voting carries risks of tampering and we see how massive amounts of mail-ins are going.  We can put people in space, but we can’t come up with a secure voting system.  We need to do better.

Watching this situation unfold reminds me of the attack on skater Nancy Kerrigan by people associated with Tanya Harding during the 1994 Olympics. Kerrigan was clubbed on the back of the knee prior to the Olympic trials, taking her out of the competition, and allowing Harding to win the championship and a place on the Olympic team. Both were put on the team and U.S. Olympic officials considered removing Harding over the situation, but she filed a lawsuit that prevented them from excluding her.

Harding’s Olympic performance was a dramatic catastrophe and she finished in eighth place. Kerrigan, who had recuperated enough to compete, won the silver medal but probably could have won the gold had she not been attacked.  I see a lot of similarities here.  The Democrats have used every dirty trick in the book on Trump for four years now, and this last ditch effort of alleged voter fraud is the club on the knee.  Biden and Harris have already claimed their roles as President and Vice President-Elect while Trump is icing his clubbed knee. It seems there is enough evidence to investigate, and if fraud or foul play is proven, I would love to see my Olympic analogy play out now in 2020 like it did in 1994; the Democrats finishing in a dramatic, tearful catastrophe of their own with Trump coming out on top.

To my friends who voted for Joe Biden

I promise not to scream at the sky.
I promise not to scream at the sky.

To my friends who voted for Biden, I can imagine how you felt when Trump got elected in 2016 because I am having my own feelings of despair and uncertainty while we wait for the results of the 2020 election, although the causes for our feelings come from different sources. Biden has a history and record of government service to scrutinize, while most of the hate towards Trump was media-driven. Some of us chose to believe it and some of us looked beneath the surface to learn the truth. After serving for four years, many of you still believe the media narratives, and more of us than before see and appreciate the good things that Trump has accomplished. I have asked you, after four years of daily outrage over the horrible things the media said he was doing, to tell me what he has done that has negatively affected your lives, or really, anyone else you know. No one has given me an answer to that, and I have to guess it is because there hasn’t been anything, but you hate him. You hate him enough to vote for someone who appears to be declining cognitively, does not have a great record of accomplishments, and is now suspected of having conflict of interests, and worse, while serving as Obama’s Vice President. I have more, but I’ll stop there.

I would like to think that I have learned things over the past four years and I do not want to behave like those whose actions I did not admire, so I have some promises to make to you, and to myself.

I promise that if Joe Biden is elected President, I will NOT:

  • Scream at the sky (not in public, anyway).
  • Dress like a vagina (even privately).
  • Use violence or destructive acts to voice my opinion. My protestations will be “mostly peaceful.”
  • Say horrible, disrespectful, or demeaning things about my friends who voted for him.
  • Physically or verbally attack anyone wearing clothing with support messages I don’t agree with.

I promise that if Joe Biden is elected President, I WILL:

  • Be disappointed and heartbroken.
  • Continue to base my opinions on facts, although I may, at times, share some “fake news” about Joe just for fun and pretend to still believe it even if you present me with facts that debunk it because, well, I have lived like this for four years now. Fake news will most likely take on another form, as I suspect the media will be kinder and gentler to a Biden administration, but thankfully, there’s always the Babylon Bee.
  • Keep my eyes and mind open to both good and bad, do my best to be fair in my judgments, and give credit where credit is due, even though many of you did not do this. Sarcasm will always be on the table though.
  • Hold you accountable if our taxes or unemployment numbers go up, the economy tanks, police are defunded and crime rates increase, illegals are allowed to enter and abuse the system, or I lose my current healthcare, for starters.

I don’t believe that two wrongs make right, and I also don’t believe in one-sided relationships of any kind. I have spent the last four years feeling like I’m spitting into the wind and being overwhelmed with frustration at the amount of injustice and bias that the mainstream media has shoveled out, while people turn a blind eye to facts and data. So, I will conduct myself in a manner that neither compromises my beliefs nor my character.

Over the last four years, I have become more cynical than I would like to be, and have developed a deep distrust of the media, as well as mistrust in our justice system and our government as a whole. I’m probably late to the party on that second one, but I have arrived. The media has a lot of power over us and I would love to see them be held accountable for their work. I will forever hold them responsible for the division we have today. It is terrifying to observe the double standards and unequal application of law carried out by certain segments of our government. When we not only allow, but celebrate and encourage, the use of our intelligence agencies against our own citizens and political opponents, and salivate at the prospect of impeaching a President over unproven and politically motivated allegations, we are going down a deep, dark hole.

I hate the division we have and that so much of it is unnecessary. We have allowed people who want power to manipulate and divide us. I don’t know what the next four years will look like, but I will also promise you this:

  • I will never be the one to end a friendship over politics. Respect is another thing though.
  • I will never stop loving my country.
  • I will always respect our military, veterans, police, and our flag.
  • I will never take our freedoms for granted, and I will fight with everything I have in me in order to keep them.

Our rights and freedoms as we know them are being challenged. Our freedom of speech and our right to bear arms are already under attack. You have voted for someone whose party threatens these rights. I pray that we find common ground and can begin to reverse the divisions that have developed even before Trump took office. We owe it to ourselves, and to everyone who has ever fought for the freedoms we enjoy, to do this.

If Biden wins in a fairly won election, I will not be happy about it, but I will do my best to accept it and move on. If Trump wins, will you do the same, or will it be more of the same?

It Won’t End On Election Day

Usually things get cranked up for a presidential election about a year in advance, but we have been bombarded by politics above the norm since Election Day 2016. There are many reasons for this, but those are topics for another day.

If you think all of the vitriol and arguing will be over with on November 4th, you may be in for a surprise. Beyond the obvious mail in voting issues; delays in counting votes, claims of fraud, and questions about the integrity of the voting system, there are some serious threats being put out there.

We already have a constant stream of protests, riots, looting, etc., which have been going on for five months now. You may not see it in your newsfeed, but I have watched it live almost every night since it started back in May. The unrest is extremely troubling, and again, a topic for another day.

No matter who wins the election, when we actually find that out, the scene has been set for whoever loses to cry foul due to the chaos caused by massive mail in votes by states not completely organized or prepared for it. There are two projects/groups you need to be aware of, and reading about them leads me to believe that there will be disastrous civil unrest if Trump wins, beyond what we saw in 2017, or anything we have seen up to this point.

Buckle up. Go buy more toilet paper. Oh, and wine; don’t forget the wine.

Transition Integrity Project
(click the title above to go to their website)
The Transition Integrity Project was a series of political scenario exercises played out in June 2020 involving over 100 current and former senior government and campaign leaders, academics, journalists, polling experts and former federal and state government officials. They conducted scenario-based exercises aimed at identifying potential risks to the integrity of the 2020 election and transition process. Per their website : Our goal is to help ensure that the 2020 presidential election is free, fair and peaceful, and to ensure that the outcome of a free and fair election is accepted by all as legitimate. By identifying potential risks to a free, fair and peaceful election and transition, we hope to encourage actions that will shore up the integrity of the process.

Here is the full report which is a downloadable PDF: https://secureservercdn.net/192.169.223.13/lz3.b02.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Preventing_a_Disrupted_Presidential_Election_and_Transition_8-3-20.2.pdf

The report is twenty two pages long but they highlight their findings upfront. They claim to be bipartisan, but I don’t see that at all.
The concept of “election night,” is no longer accurate and indeed is dangerous. We face a period of contestation stretching from the first day a ballot is cast in mid-September until January 20. The winner may not, and we assess likely will not, be known on “election night” as officials
count mail-in ballots. This period of uncertainty provides opportunities for an unscrupulous candidate to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the process and to set up an unprecedented assault on the outcome. Campaigns, parties, the press and the public must be educated to adjust expectations
starting immediately.
A determined campaign has opportunity to contest the election into January 2021. We anticipate lawsuits, divergent media narratives, attempts to stop the counting of ballots, and protests
drawing people from both sides. President Trump, the incumbent, will very likely use the executive branch to aid his campaign strategy, including through the Department of Justice. We assess
that there is a chance the president will attempt to convince legislatures and/or governors to take
actions – including illegal actions – to defy the popular vote. Federal laws provide little guidance
for how Congress should resolve irregularities when they convene in a Joint Session on January
6, 2021. Of particular concern is how the military would respond in the context of uncertain election results. Here recent evidence offers some reassurance, but it is inconclusive.
The administrative transition process itself may be highly disrupted. Participants in our exercises of all backgrounds and ideologies believed that Trump would prioritize personal gain and
self-protection over ensuring an orderly administrative handoff to his successor. Trump may use
pardons to thwart future criminal prosecution, arrange business deals with foreign governments
that benefit him financially, attempt to bribe and silence associates, declassify sensitive documents, and attempt to divert federal funds to his own businesses.
These risks can be mitigated; the worst outcomes of the exercises are far from a certainty. The purpose of this report is not to frighten, but to spur all stakeholders to action. Our legal rules and political norms don’t work unless people are prepared to defend them and to speak out when others violate them. It is incumbent upon elected officials, civil society leaders, and the press to challenge authoritarian actions in the courts, in the media, and in the streets through peaceful protest. Specific recommendations include:
Plan for a contested election. If there is a crisis, events will unfold quickly, and sleep-deprived
leaders will be asked to make consequential decisions quickly. Thinking through options now will
help to ensure better decisions. Approach this as a political battle, not just a legal battle. In the
event of electoral contestation, sustained political mobilization will likely be crucial for ensuring
transition integrity. Dedicated staff and resources need to be in place at least through the end of
January.
Focus on readiness in the states, providing political support for a complete and accurate count. Governors, Secretaries of State, Attorneys General and Legislatures can communicate and reinforce laws and norms and be ready to confront irregularities. Election officials will need political
and public support to see the process through to completion.
Address the two biggest threats head on: lies about “voter fraud” and escalating violence. Voting fraud is virtually non-existent, but Trump lies about it to create a narrative designed to politically mobilize his base and to create the basis for contesting the results should he lose. The potential for violent conflict is high, particularly since Trump encourages his supporters to take up
arms.
Anticipate a rocky administrative transition. Transition teams will likely need to do two things
simultaneously: defend against Trump’s reckless actions on his way out of office; and find creative solutions to ensure landing teams are able to access the information and resources they need
to begin to prepare for governing.

ShutDownDC
ShutDown DC is even more alarming to read (click on the title above to go to their website).
Their Organizing Principles: “#ShutDownDC came together during the summer of 2019 to respond to the Youth Climate Strikers’ Call to Action. It is an organizing space where individuals and groups can come together to organize direct action.”
“As the 2020 election approaches we are making plans to rise up to confront the Trump administration’s attacks on democracy.”

Under the ShutDownDC logo it reads “Defend Democracy.” They seem to be redefining what most of us know democracy to be. This sounds like anarchy to me, and we are seeing examples of it in many of the protests and riots that are taking place throughout the country currently.

Since I doubt that most people have seen these things, I wanted to shine some light on them. Knowledge is power and at least you won’t be caught totally by surprise if some of this becomes reality. These are the things that keep me up at night.

ShutDownDC Election 2020 Plan

Ice Cube and Politics

Rapper, actor, and filmmaker, Ice Cube was not someone I expected to see come across my social media feeds the other day, much less with respect to politics, but there he was. He has recently come under attack for working with the Trump campaign on an action plan to achieve racial economic justice. The things I was seeing piqued my interest and I did some deep diving into the subject.
On the meetings themselves; his Contract With Black America was brought to the attention of both presidential campaigns. He met first with the Biden campaign and was told “they would address the CWBA after the election.” He then met with the Trump campaign who “made some adjustments to their plan” after talking to him. He is taking quite a bit of heat for doing this from the media and from fans who are calling him a sellout. On Twitter, one fan said he was “working for the darkside.” Ice Cube responded with, “Every side is the Darkside for us here in America. They’re all the same until something changes for us. They all lie and they all cheat but we can’t afford not to negotiate with whoever is in power or our condition in this country will never change. Our justice is bipartisan.” He has made it clear that he does not endorse either candidate.
The Contract With Black America (CWBA), released July 1, 2020, “is a comprehensive step toward an action plan that addresses the future stability of minorities and essential workers across the nation” and it is evident that much time and thought went into this document. It proposes actions to be taken on business, finance, and education as well as prison, judicial, and police reforms. It ends with a section on Black Responsibility and states the contract is a two-way street.
In September 2020, the Trump campaign announced their Platinum Plan. They have committed $500 billion to help create better business, job, and education opportunities as well as police and community reforms. There are many overlapping issues between the two plans, and I give Ice Cube a lot of credit for standing up and doing whatever it takes to get this done. This is a very good starting point to begin that work.
Unfortunately, identity politics is at play here. If you are Black, you are by default supposed to vote Democrat. Not my words! I watched a very interesting video that Ice Cube shared from Dr. Boyce Watkins, founder of the Your Black World Coalition and co-founder of Watkins Media Group. He also created The Black Business School, an education platform for Black literacy. Dr. Watkins states that he is not voting for either presidential candidate, and has criticisms of previous administrations for their lack of action on behalf of the Black community. He feels that this lack of action has been caused by traditional party loyalty over the years and by the belief that the Black vote is a given for them. As Dr. Watkins puts it, “why would they need to work for something they already have?” He has some very strong opinions on our elected officials past and present, and listening to him has given me new perspectives. I highly recommend you check him out. It is conversations like these that will make a difference. Video: “Ice Cube meets with Trump, Biden ignores black men – people are livid”
It is heartbreaking to me that our nation is so divided. It is also very disturbing that when someone attempts to fix issues so important to our country, they are attacked for doing so because they are seen as a sellout, or traitor, simply for working with a different political party. This is as good a time as any to start working across the aisle and begin to make the positive changes we need, and to repair the divisions that have been created over the years. While I may not agree with every detail in the CWBA, it is an outstanding opportunity to effect great changes for our Black communities. Kudos to Ice Cube for taking this stand. We can all take a lesson from it.