Uncategorized

911 Customer Service Hotline for Privilege

Hello friends!

I hope this post reaches you in good spirits! The past few days have been a little tough for me in terms of getting back into the swing of my normal schedule in spite of that I am here with another blog post! So let’s get into another Let’s Talk About It Tuesday. Over the past few weeks, there have been white people calling the police on Black, Hispanic, Muslim, Middle-Eastern and marginalized people as a whole for living their lives and minding their own business. If you are not familiar with BBQ Becky, well, first of all, you’ve been living under a rock, nonetheless here’s some background. BBQ Becky (I do not know her real name nor do I care to know what it is) is a white woman who called on the police on Black people having a BBQ in a public park in Oakland, CA. Then when the police arrived on the scene she began to cry about being harassed by these black people that were minding their own business! This incident has ignited a frenzy of white people calling the police like it’s a customer service hotline. Since BBQ Becky there has been Permit Patty, Pool Patrol Paul, Coupon Carl, and too many more to name. Thankfully, social media has a lot of these people facing repercussions for their racist actions. For example, Permit Patty (again I do not care what her real name is) lost a lot of clients from her marijuana treats for dogs company from calling the police on a little girl selling water in front of her apartment. GREAT. Racist people do not deserve business. It’s great that people are facing consequences for their actions but let’s talk about the danger these people are bringing to minorities. However, this spark in white people calling the police is something that goes beyond catchy names. This is not a trend. I REPEAT THIS IS NOT A TREND. White people KNOW that law enforcement has an inherent bias against marginalized communities so they use their privilege to scare people into submit to them. In another recent case, two white females were harassing a Hispanic family that lived across the street. One of the women specifically said, “I’m calling the police. Who do you think they’re going to believe?” She already knew that her whiteness could be used as a weapon to harm these innocent people because some police officers and agencies do not care about the minority. That is a fact that is constantly being proven through unjust acts! Thankfully, law enforcement has not harmed any of the people that have had the police called on them. On the other hand, I am extremely discouraged that I thought that law enforcement would take the white person’s word over the marginalized person. When I am watching these videos I truly believe that law enforcement will hurt these innocent people. White privilege has worked time and time again but the tide is changing. Marginalized people are beginning to stand up for themselves and one another. That’s solidarity folks! We will continue to record these racists, find their names (that I do not care about) report to their places of employment. We will cause major inconvenience to their lives the same way they intended to cause inconvenience, harm and damage to the lives of innocent people.

 

~Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes~

politics, Uncategorized

Let’s Talk About It Tuesday: Hear No Evil

Hello friends!

This post is coming to you from Houston, TX where I am attending the national conference, Boule, for the one and only Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. This is my second full day here and the opportunity to be around sorors from across the world is an experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Due to the week being so busy this post will be short but nonetheless will be significant. Now let’s get down to business. One piece of news that has not been talked about in the mainstream is the flawed criminal justice system that negatively impacts marginalized communities, in particular people with disabilities. According to an article written by the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), deaf people do not stand a chance for fair representation in the state of Georgia. Georgia authorities are not providing deaf people sign language interpreters, which is directly impacting that individuals due process. People under arrest have a right to speak for themselves and if they are not able to effectively communicate with police officers, judges, their attorney, they are set up for failure as soon as they come in contact with law enforcement personnel. How can someone be an active participant in their defense when they cannot communicate with anyone that determines their fate? Thankfully, the ACLU is taking action against the Georgia Department of Corrections. According to the ACLU, the proposed complaints highlights how prison, probation, and parole system fail deaf prisoners — leading deaf people to go to prison more often, stay longer, and return more quickly. This is an injustice that must be reversed immediately. I really do not care how much money or what Georgia and the United States has to do to accommodate the needs of deaf people but it needs to be done. Think to go through the due process, arraignments, trials, sentencing and not hearing a word of what anyone is saying. Sitting there not being able to give your side of the story and going to jail for something you did not do. It’s an absolute travesty that requires national attention. I am giving it this issue the attention it requires and more importantly deserves.

~Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes~

Uncategorized

Let’s Talk About It Tuesday: Solidarity

Hello friends!

I hope this post reaches you in good spirits; now let’s get to the nitty-gritty. I’ve been pondering ways I can be more consistent with posting and I’ve come up with a segment called “Let’s Talk About it Tuesday.” Every week I will be speaking of a topic that is incredibly important regarding the social justice movement. This week I will talk about the importance of solidarity in honor of the protest I attended this past Saturday. On June 30th, my mother and I protested in front of Ron Johnson’s Milwaukee office. Ron Johnson is a Republican Senator for Wisconsin that is complicit in the family separation at the Mexico border. He has yet to denounce Trump’s inhumane zero-tolerance policy, and his silence confirms the complicity. His aloofness to the abhorrent acts happening on American soil is disheartening. (I would just like to remind everyone that it was 94 degrees and I almost passed out twice, while my mother stood, unfazed, with jeans and fur flip flops hahaha I’m a wimp). This protest in Milwaukee was just one of many happening all across America. In terms of the immoral actions of the United States, I knew I had to take part in this exercise of justice. However, in terms of solidarity, I knew that this protest was equally important. This policy is impacting the lives of our Latino brothers and sisters head on. The same way these families are being ripped a part is the same way Black slaves were ripped apart from their families only some decades ago. The repetition of history is exactly why, I, as a black female, stand in solidarity with keeping families together. There was a time when my voice meant little to nothing in America. But now, I’m convinced that those times have changed. And if I can stand, speak, or represent for the families whose voices, cries, and pleas are being ignored, then that’s what I’ll do. As Blacks and Latinx people are still considered a minority in this country, it is important for them to stand in solidarity. When the police kill an unarmed black person, every person of minority needs to be there in solidarity supporting a cause that primarily impacts black people. Likewise, when an immigrant that is fleeing terror faces more terror by being torn apart from their family in the “land of opportunity,” every person of minority needs to be there in solidarity to support a cause impacts Latino people directly. We have to stand united because if not we will dissipate. We have to be heard collectively because if not our voices will be drawn out. We have to have solidarity because without it the majority will continue to harm the minority.

Side note: There will post a few protest signs at the rally, however, there was one in particular that stood out to me which I would like to address. It stated, “We are all immigrants.” I would like to make it clear that I am not a descendant of immigrants. My people were snatched from their homeland and brought here as chattel to do the white man’s work. We were not given any options and were not apart of the process of taking stolen land and killing millions of Natives whom this land rightfully belongs to. Natives and many African-Americans are not immigrants.

~Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes~

IMG_1462IMG_1463IMG_1454

 

politics

Immoral and Inhumane

Hello friends!

I hope and pray that all is well in your lives. Now for the smacker… There’s something extremely important happening not in some foreign third world country or a country so small you didn’t even know it exists. Something is happening right here in the United States. Border patrol agents are ripping families apart at the Mexican-American border. If you’re still not [correctly] interpreting what I’m sayinglet me say it one more time. CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS ARE BEING FORCED TO SEPARATE. While border patrol agents are taking children to locations unbeknownst to their parents, these parents are being prosecuted to the fullest extent of law due to Attorney General Sessions’ (ew) new zero-tolerance policy. This new policy implemented a month ago requires border patrol agents to keep parents and children separated from each other when attempting to cross the border. These immigrants are primarily coming from extremely impoverished and violent Central American countries like Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. CNN recently released an article stating a staggering statistic: a woman is murdered in El Salvador every 19 hours; a murder — more generally — occurs every two hours also in El Salvador. Now, are you surprised they’re doing all they can to escape to the “land of opportunity.” Then when they get here, they’re yanked away from each other. Now, please imagine being a three-year-old child begin ripped away from your mother, going to an odd place with a stranger, and living with people you’ve never met. There’s no other way to put it… it’s immoral and inhumane. The Republican Party is supposedly representative of about “family values” and “pulling yourself by the bootstraps.” They’re not giving these immigrants, that are escaping lives of terror, a fair opportunity to make a decent living for themselves by separating them from their children! It’s absolutely absurd. Also, you know how Republicans are commonly trying to lower taxes? Well separating families and holding them in separate facilities is far more expensive than keeping them together! That’s just another reason to show how separating families is detrimental to the lives of immigrants, if the immoral and inhumane part WAS NOT ENOUGH FOR YA. However, there’s only one requirement to empathize with these people and take some action to stop this inhumane treatment: be a human. CONGRATULATIONS, you’ve met the requirement! Now take some action and call your state representative. Be on the right side of history.

 

~Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes~IMG_1376

IMG_1375

Uncategorized

This is so new to me!

Hello friends!

 

My name is Alexandria Brown and I am so new to this blogging thing it’s ridiculous. I am also extremely new to sharing my thoughts and opinions with others because it makes me feel extremely vulnerable (which I loathe) and extremely anxious (which I also loathe). For a long time, I had no clue as to what I wanted to do with my life (regarding college that is). I’ve changed my major about six times, and finally landed on Sociology… though I’m contemplating Political Science…though I’m about to be a junior in college and writing this is currently stressing me out (haha). At this point in my life, the major of my choosing is completely minuscule compared to my larger goal and expectation of myself: helping and bringing awareness to the plight of marginalized communities. “So why is this blog a thing,” you ask? Well, I would love to answer that question! This blog was created to address current events, politics and policies that impact marginalized communities through the lens of my opinions and ideals. If you truly know me, you know that I have an intense phobia of public speaking and expressing my ideas through speech. However, I will smack you right in the face with an essay that’ll change your life (I’m exaggerating of course…kinda). So this blog will truly share the facts and my opinions of important happenings in the media. Another reason I started this blog was because a lot of my peers express their distaste for the news because it’s seemingly depressing and boring. That is so discouraging to hear because these news events impact a majority of people that I hold near and dear to my heart! People have to know how policymakers, the current administration (blah), and overall current events are impacting our daily lives. These small and seemingly unimportant events comprise the bigger picture which confirms that marginalized communities ARE important and their voices NEED to be heard! So this blog will address news, statistics and studies, etc. I hope you all find the news a little less depressing with my very real, slightly unedited commentary on these very important, life-impacting issues!

P.S. I am by no means an expert on the issues I will be speaking about. I feel very self-conscious about sharing my political opinions. However, informing people of the truth is far more important to me than my own personal woes.

 

~Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.~