It’s almost 2 months into 2016, and some of the trends that I hoped would phase out with the end of last year are still lingering around, and actually becoming more prominent. And that’s maddening. Well you read the list, and tell me if I’m alone in my thoughts here.
- Donald Trump’s Political Appeal
When Trump announced his candidacy for president, I like many though he was full of it. That he was conducting some elaborate hoax. How could anyone take him seriously given that he has no political experience, has offend everyone besides the white male establishment, and is overall a loud mouth jerk? But somehow and someway, Trump has managed to finish second in the Iowa Caucus and first in the New Hampshire Primary, making him a legitimate contender for the Republican Party nomination.
What’s crazy about all of this, is that there is honestly no real palatable candidate even running on the elephant side of the spectrum that is able to compete with Trump. Cruz and Carson are just as bad as Trump, and Rubio appears to be a bit shady and untrustworthy. I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but if Bernie or Hillary can’t claim a victory in November, I’d rather have a Bush back in office. Definitely shaking my head.
- “Do Nothing” Politics
It’s baffling that the American people bank roll politicians that have made it their career purpose as of late to get nothing effective done. The tit for tat politics, and level of obstruction in Washington is disgusting. And I’ve been sick of it. Now with the recent death of Justice Scalia, and key republican senators vowing to block an Obama nominee to replace him, I’ve just about had it. I need people to grow up. Folks are 50 plus years old, and throwing tantrums.
- Using Social Media as a Personal Journal
Social Media quite frankly is a double edged sword with me. On one hand, I really appreciate the various platforms available for people to share pictures and videos, connect with other individuals, and conduct business. On the other hand, I can’t stand that some people use social media as their diary. You know what I’m talking about. Those folks that post when they’re sad, breaking up, angry, tired of haters, tired of men, tired of women, and everything else they find aggravating.
Look I understand life happens. Trust me I do. But there is something to be said about folks who find maturity and strength in not complaining all the time and sharing everything. More often than not, venting to their close friends and family will be more therapeutic for them, and better for the sanity of their followers. In 2016, some people would be better off leaving some mystery about themselves to the social masses.
- Subscriptions to Team Petty
While I’ve admittedly chuckled at the occasional petty Twitter rant or Instagram post, I honestly get a little bothered by the lengths some folks go to in order to prove they won’t be outdone. Take 50 cent for example. The childish things he does to make sure he exacts “payback” is ridiculous. And the Twitter fingers of Kanye West of late is draining as well as confusing. For someone that is so talented musically, I can’t figure out why he invests so much of his time in engaging in online beef. Heck why does he start the beef.
And with celebrities engaging so much in the bs, I guess I should expect that this generation would dive into the Pool of Petty too. Which is a shame. I don’t think I would be so bothered by notion of being petty, if it weren’t for the fact that people often say so much behind a screen and keyboard, but won’t ever have the audacity to state the pettiness to your face. That is super wack. Let’s be better and demand better going forward in the year.
- Racial Ignorance
I know this was beyond a long shot, and more like wishful thinking. It would have been nice to see racial ignorance left behind in 2015. However as old folks say, “that would have been too much like right.” Despite losing life after black life in recent years, I don’t see anything being done to acquire justice for men and women of color. And yes cops and police officers are at times brought to trial; but statistically speaking, it’s like I have a higher chance of getting struck by lightning twice, than a cop does of being convicted for wrong doing. Where’s the justice in that? As a society we have to do better.
Also, speaking of racial ignorance. The outrage over Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, and the anniversary of the Black Panther Party, is mind boggling. I could say a lot right here, but I’ll be brief and make these three points.
- Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar’s celebration of black culture is nothing short of amazing. They have again brought around the discussion that black is beautiful, and that even with Barack Obama as president, this country has a lot of maturing to do in terms of equality and justice.
- In it’s origin, the Black Panther Party was a sound organization that did a lot for the black community, and contributed a lot in the fight against racial and social inequality.
- The demonization of black empowerment movements, is reflective of the systematic and hypocritical hand of the conservative white establishment. With that said, understand that justice for all people can only be achieved collectively by people from all walks of life. (Think on that!)