Political correctness and handling of stress for our veterans is a major issue today. Judging by the way our political leaders are handling these situations its a wonder things are in the state of affairs they are in now. Our resident 'Urban Talk' blogger Clifton Shepherd is a military veteran and wanted to make this his inaugural post. It's a story covering said topic and raises a few eyebrows not to mention concerns.
Stop Killing U.S.
The United States of America, the land of the free or should I say the land of the fee, the cost of living as an American seems to be suffering from inflation. People here in the states are flagging the laws of the land very often today, with poverty and less jobs being offered, America is looking like a nightmare, instead of a dream.
The advancement of technology has revealed the unseen of events that happen often, all around the world. Technology like the internet has just magnified a disturbance amount of violence. It is like the world has been placed under a "God's Eye" type of technology and everything is being heard and seen all across the web. Privacy is just an illusion today. We are seeing more violence than ever before, from racism being exposed and police brutality being popular in the news, it seems like America could breakout into one big giant riot any day now.
Today is August 9, 2015, for the past few years the headline has been nothing but black crimes, police brutality targeting black men and women and the racism happening here, in America, but still no real justice nor changes have been made. They say changing laws take time, but it seems the people have no time left to wait on the government for change. Protesters are breaking out from city to city and state to state here in the U.S.. The riots are a sign that people are reaching the end of their ropes.
The question is; why are they killing us? Why are blacks killing one another everyday in the urban communities all across America? Or should I say, why is there so much black on black crime happening? We cannot talk about police brutality without bringing up, black on black crime, because we need for all these senseless killings of black people to stop, rather it be by the police or by your own kind, it must stop. We cannot put together a puzzle with one piece, it is going to take many pieces to solve the issue. We should be addressing all areas of the problem. The killings that are taking place in predominantly black neighborhoods are not by accident, more so by design and the lack of everything not giving to these "hoods" that have caused poverty, no jobs, lack of education, minimum healthcare, medicated kids running wild, guns handed out, perverts being ignored, drugs "popping", not many fathers, the men are in jail, dead, immature or suffering from some sort of mental disorder, leaving a bunch of single moms and we are still asking what the problem is? The problem is generations of ignorance subjected to all you see above. The people in these black communities have been struggling for decades, it is nothing new, things have changed over the years, because all our leaders were murdered leaving the generations to come with little hope and less encouragement, yet we all act as if we do not know this.
Living in such hostile times, it makes you ask yourself what does it truly mean to be an American? Well if defined it would mean; "The Pledge of Allegiance" and that I can vote for the President, my county clerk, and the Mayor, to be free and to be proud to live in the United States of America" I have to say it, that term or definition means absolutely nothing to most of the American people today, including myself, because how can one believe that they are free, when people must slave themselves working a 9-5 job just to try and stay alive. The cost of living has skyrocketed, but minimum wage remains low. It's not the people or white people attacking black people, the cops aren't just killing us off, it is the system in which we live in every single day that is killing us, misleading us and creating this armed conflict we are apart of today. We are all apart of a system, we are not free, we are free to do as they tell us to do. This system has been roughhousing us all.
The system is nothing more than one issue linked to another problem, designed to hide the last setback, which has did nothing but set black folks back time after time again. We have been fooled into believing that there is justice somewhere in the system for us, but by this point, I think almost all of us can see this system needs changing and black people deserve the equal opportunities as any other person here in America.
You are born being told what you can do and what you cannot do and here is how the system actually works for you; you are born, assigned a few numbers, giving documentation saying who you are and where you come from, those numbers matter, so you might not want to ruin them or leave them exposed, makes you feel right at home, as property, instead of a human being right? Next we are divided by race, areas and giving this false representation that we are equally treated or viewed, but even a blind man can see the difference in this all. The next step to this is, to send you to work and send the children to be raised by the system, but how are blacks being treated compared to their white counterparts? Black women that would like to be stay at home moms cannot do so, because they are most likely head of the household or viewed as lazy and uneducated. While white women who decide to be stay at home mothers, to raise their own children are praised and able to do so with the help of their husbands or welfare without being viewed as lazy. Black mothers are left a lot of times with no choice, but to go out and work, creating more bills than they can already not afford like; daycare, gas, extra food expenses and everyday cost just to survive. All this so going on while the kids are being neglected in most cases or abandoned to raise themselves. Black families are more likely to have a single parent mother in the home, while being the breadwinner alone. The state comes into offer a helping hand to these single mothers, but should they? It is their system that has caused the issue to begin with. Black men are not giving equal opportunities, they are left often struggling to survive from a young age, because they grow up without those fathers I talked about earlier, left walking around young, black and angry. They are viewed as threats in school, instead of receiving guidance, they are disciplined, locked up and medicated at an alarming rate, not because it helps, because that system has only made matters worse as we can see, instead, it controls and encourages them onto the wrong path, which will most likely bring them to the next stage in their life, a life of crime leading to prison and working for the system. If you are able to make it out or are fortunate enough to come from some stable beginnings, I commend you and your family, but not everyone can make it at once. Now you tell me how are blacks being treated equal when they are placed into a category before they can even speak? Which brings me back to police brutality on black males, it is not new. We have been fighting this same fight for years, over the years the laws have been modified or switched up, the battle remained the same, but what we should be fighting for is a "NEW SYSTEM" one that is not designed to cause more harm than good. How can we have equal rights from a system that was originally created by our white counterparts to keep black folks inline, like being black was a crime. The color of our skin has always mattered because we are a dominant race, that system was created to control us and keeping us from domination. To believe in this system, means to believe in racism, because black people are being attacked by the system that was never there to serve them justice in the first place.
Tell them, tell you brothers, tell your sisters, tell the police, tell society and tell the world stop killing us for being black, stop harassing our young men and pursue the criminals that pressured them onto the streets to sell their drugs in the first place, the government. Stop teaching black women that they are not worthy to be wives and remind them that they can be whatever it is they want to be, do not tell our kids that no one cares and be that one who does care. Stop killing us for our riots and try listening to what we have to say, do not kill your brother out of hate, start loving his methods and try building together. Stop worrying and start understanding, stop standing alone and realize we are all in it together. Stop killing my people for standing out, instead of fitting in, just STOP.
Racism is not an illusion, it is real and it is time as people we stop ignoring it and deal with it.
By: Lenora Haynes
Here is my take on this entire ordeal, first let's not forget this is the internet, stories will be circling for some time now about #Meek career being over and #Drake ending it, but if you believe that, you are silly. Hip-Hop needs this type of beef, there should be more battles, but the rap game has changed and rappers are a lot softer in my eyes today, where are the battles like Nas & Jay? I like both artist, Meek raps from the heart, you can hear the pain he went th...rough in his tracks, Drake raps about everyday real life situations that almost anybody can relate to and both "ARTIST" crafted their art well. Where is the proof of that? The millions they made, the success they have accomplished. All week we made jokes and laughed, but they both have made money this week, so much money, they most likely made what you work for in a year, in a week. Everyone is saying #Philly is not supporting Meek they way they should and I agree, you can't say Meek is a lame rapper, when just a week ago you were loving him and blasting his tracks riding down the street. That shit fake. But if we have to sit here and decide which artist did it better, I'm going to have to say Drake had way more punchlines, though both to me could have came a bit harder, Drake still roasted Meek better. The battle was like cotton vs feather and cotton won. I feel like Meek has to learn as an artist that learning your opponent is very valuable, because what I heard in his rhyme was everything we had already heard about this week, he used rapper Q, he sweet and soft, all of which we heard. I expected to hear something new about Drake in Meeks punchlines or at least roast his ass like he did him. They need to shake, make up and move on to the next battle, that's Hip-Hop. This internet has changed the game forever. Meek get out of your feelings, Nicki & Drake have a bond, but she loves you and Drake should stop hating and accept the fact that Meek really came from the bottom and snatched his girl.
I would love to see J Cole & Drake battle next and let the battles keep rolling. Get all the artist more involved, bring an old school, new school touch back to the rap game.
I'm not even a rapper but I bet I could have roasted Drake better than Meek, he didn't play enough on his weaknesses, because he didn't know enough.
"I heard stripper poles, leave a nigga with stories untold, secrets of ya laffy taffy ass
making headlines that will force ya to a deadline
now I'm a wifed ass nigga, you right
you still a bouncy ass nigga, don't even have a wife, you flimsy bruh
I'm on cause I'm hot, you only at the top cause you sitting on bitches top, hoe ass nigga, ya bitches put turned you on, you really garbage"
I just toss some shit together, but you get the point, Meek should have really came at his neck a lot harder. That's my take! Your turn?
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Lenora 'Uptown Inspired Writer' Haynes and Clifton Shepherd are hard hitting writers with a message. They are the newest members on G4R's team and bring it home brutally honest. Follow them on Facebook: