Hello folks! As tensions continue to build between Trump and pretty much the rest of the country outside the confines of Capitol Hill, there has been a sentiment among some notable figures in America that people should get in line and support 45 in his presidency. That the American people should overlook his unapologetic insults toward nearly every demographic in the U.S. And in case you’ve forgotten, allow me to remind you.
Welcome to part two of my “Advice for the New Year.” Now if you’re saying ouch after reading the title, let me say sorry but not sorry. This type of activism is simply not working. And if I’m calling anyone out about it, I’m calling myself out too. I want to do more in 2017, and I suggest you all join me.
When I first heard that ESPN was going to be doing a documentary on OJ Simpson, I was one of the many people that was thinking “my gosh, not another OJ special.” I felt America has been talking about this man and his infamous exploits since I was a young boy, barely in school. Then with all the 20/20 and Dateline specials, combined with the Ryan Murphy American Crime Story anthology from earlier this year, I really had no intentions on watching OJ: Made in America. Well, let me just say how glad I am that I ignored my original inclinations. OJ: Made in America may be the best documentary I’ve ever seen. It was so enlightening and captivating. And it wasn’t just a story of the OJ Simpson murder trial. It was an insightful history of race relations in LA. From watching the mini docuseries, I was able to come up with five takeaways. Well more than five really, but I’ll just list five here. Take a look!
With the reboot of the classic Roots hitting airways this week, I’ve seen a number of posts on social media platforms and blogs bashing the miniseries and blacks recent depiction in film. While I’ve admittedly not been the biggest supporter of this remake (I just feel certain projects should not be rebooted), I’m not against the miniseries for the same reasons most naysayers are. But I most certainly understand the naysayers’ frustrations.
Look, I won’t attempt to beat what should be an obvious dead horse, but I will offer my two cents on the nonsense. While Beyoncé is not responsible for this debate, she has definitely brought about the resurgence of the conversation. A conversation that still baffles me is even taking place. It might be 2016, but some things apparently never get old.
Black Power, Black Lives matter, and similar pro-black sentiments, have never been created with an anti-white premise. They were created as an expression for black men and women to embrace and rally behind in the face of injustice and inequity. Injustice and inequity subtly, and sometimes overtly, perpetuated by the governing authorities of a given place and time in the U.S. When black lives were trampled, overlooked, and lost, it was movements sparked by the chants of “Black Power,” that showed this country and the world, that people of color are united in our demand for something better. That the unfortunate accepted norms, were no longer tolerable. And that our voices will be heard and change must be imminent.
I know you guys are used to me handing out advice; but, today I felt the need to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent verdict on same-sex marriage. Believe it or not, I, as a black gay man, I once stood in opposition to the issue. Shocking I know! However, back in the day I really didn’t accept myself as gay; and therefore; couldn’t accept the idea that two people of the same sex should be married. Additionally, I’m Christian and due to some teachings, I had a hard time conceptualizing God’s approval of LGBT marriages. However, after some soul searching, prayer, and self-evolution into the man I am today, I realized how WRONG I was. We in the LGBT community have a right to love who we want to love, and marry who we want to marry. And, I don’t believe it’s anyone’s job to play God in deciding what’s acceptable under the umbrella of love and marriage. But I do believe it’s everyone’s job to acknowledge basic civil rights, and the U.S. Supreme Court seems to agree.