July 5, 2020

Change the World!

by Michael Lloyd Young (author's profile)


Change the World! (June 2nd, 3rd, 4th -> June 6, 2020):

Omg, wow! My people, my people, I'm so very proud of you. Just for clarity, by "my people" I mean everyone standing up in solidarity against oppression, and all who are for positive change. We are all one people! The "other" people are us too, only they are still asleep and haven't awakened to their full humanity yet.

So much happened in such a short time span that I can't even take it all in. I don't think any of us have seen all of the great photos and videos of the last couple of weeks, but my god, my god, how the paradigm has shifted! I am truly touched by the overwhelming show of support, from all segments of society, for the end of racial discrimination, oppression and murder that has undermined the ability of African-Americans to climb the socio-economic ladder, and firmly take a seat at the table in this house, the one we helped to build.

There are so many poignant statements and momentous moments of beauty that will forever be a part of the fabric of, not just America, but the world. It will take some time to digest them all, but what stands out to me right now is the video of George Floyd's baby-girl riding on his shoulders, when she said: "my daddy's gonna change the world!" From the mouths of babies. Maybe an angel whispered it to her. She couldn't possibly have even imagined just how much, and the soul of the world sheds a tear for the fact that our united blessing rides upon the shoulders of her wounded hearts loss.

This kind of outpouring of support for this most righteous cause is the revolutionary's dream. It cannot be squandered or allowed to wither. This is one of those once in a lifetime harvests. Ripe fruit that must be picked, and baked, and pickled, and fried for the future to quell our hunger pains and feed the soul of the whole planet. We all, each of us individually, can do at least one thing to help the oppressive power-structure fix the error of its ways. I believe, 1000%, that we must demand systemic change, and it's already underway. From the statue removal to banning the confederate-rebel flag, to the policing-reforms coming down. These are the right steps in the direction of the attainment of our goals.

But, I think this time is too special, too long in coming for anything short of a revolution; an absolute and all-out sea-change, even in the way we perceive ourselves and our power. At this proud moment in time, I believe that we united Americans, and the united righteous that support our cause, all around the globe, can look deeply into our own selves and find the inner strength to make a monumental change for ourselves. This is the time to cross the proverbial line in the sand and become the best version of ourselves. We can commit to being the person that would never just pass by a situation where injustice is trying to rear its' ugly head. Call it out, shout it out, scream about it, film it, tell someone, but never again just accept it. Breathe in the power of knowing that we are all connected to the love that will change the world.

Now, this next bit is predominantly for black people, but its also for everyone else that it's for. I'm promoting the idea that in order to show that we are ready to step into a brand new world of equity and fair play and to show appreciations for all the support and sacrifice from people around this country and all around the world, most of whom are not so directly affected. Yes! I dare say, it's time for all African-Americans, all woke folk and everyone on Earth who, in solidarity, truly believes that black lives matter to collectively banish the word "Nigga"!(and any and all of its variants). Please, pass the word around that a new understanding has taken ahold. No, in fact, make that a new overstanding. This is the truth that we stand over. That word has no place in our world, Dr Maya Angelou said it's poison. You can cover-over the skull and crossbones with a bright smiley face, but it's still a bottle full of poison. And just as we should never allow anyone to poison us (with disrespect), we should never poison ourselves and/or each other. Let's evict the word from our vocabulary and our collective lexicon.

I've written before, earlier on this blog, my suggestion that whenever someone engages in a "mass-shooting" they should lose their name immediately. We should deny them any notoriety. It's the same principle, in that this is a real use of our collective will, our love and our personal power.

Be well, stay true. I'm late getting this to the mail-slot, but trust and believe. I got some more to say.

Happy Pride Month. Peace after the revolution. Z


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tenzintenzin Posted 3 years, 10 months ago. ✓ Mailed 3 years, 10 months ago   Favorite
Hello Z.
I have seen this momentum before, during what was known as the Arab Spring, as an attempt to throw out repressive regimes. Only more death and chaos followed it. I’m not optimistic about this momentum in the USA. And I call it USA, not America, because America is a continent and the USA is only a small part of that. Yet acts like it is superior and in charge of said continent. I digress. This momentum I hope it carries through, but, unfortunately people have short attention spans these days and a ‘ what’s in it for me’ attitude. In prisons in the USA it is racially segregated and willingly so by the participants of it, should there be an uprising there too, a coming together of the races, the gangs and the other ways they divide and rule? . Separately you are easy to control.
What should be addressed, straight away and without then need to protest to bring it before the public consciousness is police brutality. That needs to stop and straight away. All cops should wear go pro cameras, and lose their pensions and jobs and medical advantages in the case of assault or the death of a member of the public. They are supposed to protect and serve the public, not themselves.
As a person married to a person who does not share my skin colour, religion or culture, and our children who blend beautifully what we have, I am cautiously optimistic about the future. But most change in life, actually even from birth is violent, painful and uncomfortable, so we will have more years of this to ride through. I’m not a yank myself, , I’ve often thought that the baton was dropped in 1969 after the murders, of Dr King, Malcolm X and Bobby Kennedy. There have been no real mentors in civil rights matter since, briefly of course The Panthers held the public’s trust for a while then imploded with infighting and CIA interference. As each outrage hit the newspapers, the usual black leader would address each point, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, StokelynCarmichael, but back they went, never really punching through. And everyone sort of had amnesia until the next outrage. Watts Riots, Rodney King, Eula Love, Latisha Harlings, now Ahmud Arberry George Floyd and Rayshawn Brooks, names no one beyond their communities would ever have known, now they are known globally. They protested in Paris, Rio de Janerio, London, Africa. The butterfly effect of change, the USAs dirty laundry shown in public, Teump doesn’t even address it. Just punches the air with labels, Antifa, Thug, Communist, Socialist, anti patriot. There is an energy in the streets. But we will have to wait and see how it ends. As Dave Chappelle said in his YouTube clip 8:46 the streets are talking, and he is going to leave it to them because they are beautiful.
All the best.

Michael Lloyd Young Posted 3 years, 9 months ago.   Favorite
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