Monday, January 21, 2019

What has happened to America?

Before I start this blog I want to explain that I understand I am going to get backlash on this post and I may even lose a few followers. With that being said I feel like we as American citizens don't speak up enough for what we believe is right. So today I am speaking up. I want you the reader to try to read this with an open heart and open mind. I believe we have gotten so filled with political hatred we don't have the ability to see another's viewpoint on anything that doesn't mesh with our own opinions. We are so fueled with hatred right now that we cannot fathom anything different from what we believe, even when evidence is lying in front of us. I don't affiliate myself with any one political party and I look at that as a blessing because I try to be open-minded to all sides of the spectrum. 

My blog is about the situation that happened yesterday in Washington DC with the Catholic high school boy and the elder Native American Mr. Phillips. The brief video snippet shared through the media showed a white male being disrespectful to an elder by smirking while Mr. Phillips was playing his drum. They then showed an interview of Mr.Phillips crying about how the boys were taunting and harassing him.  At first, I was very upset but then I noticed that in the video there was another tribe member behind Mr. Phillips with a camera and wondered why? I also noticed Mr. Phillips was extremely close invading the boy's personal space, and I wondered why. I began reading more information on the incident and watching more clips from various angles. I also began noticing the hate-filled mob mentality that began streaming through the various news station's comment section. Grown adults even went so far as to post this students school address instructing other adults too, "Hunt the boy down." WHOA. I still wasn't sure exactly what transpired but I knew hate only breed's more hate and this wasn't okay. 

First I saw this post, posted by an attendee

“The CCH boys were waiting at the Lincoln Memorial for their buses to show up, after participating in the March for Life. While standing there, first they were verbally assaulted by a group of guys who used abusive, foul language, and in particular targeted an African-American CCH student. The CCH boys did not retaliate or respond, other than to start singing some of their school chants in order to drown the guys out. The guys left, and while the boys were still hyped up from doing their school chants, the gentleman in question walked into the middle of the CCH boys, walked up and faced the boy in question, and began banging his drum and chanting. The boy and his friends didn't quite know what to do. The boy in question tried to politely listen to him. Some of the others danced a bit and clapped along. Then after 5 minutes or so, the gentleman left. That's it. No one blocked him, touched him, or even said anything negative to him. The boy in question didn't laugh at him, turn his back on him, or any such thing. No one chanted "build the wall." The boy in question was just trying to listen to him, not "smirk," "mock him," or any similar thing. No one tried to intimidate the gentleman. He intentionally walked into the middle of the CCH boys and started his drum/chant in front of the boy. Now this boy, who is all of 16 years old, and the rest of the CCH boys, are being vilified across the nation. This is ridiculous. There are videos circulating that support the foregoing. But of course there are people who will instead choose to believe the stories being circulated in the media.”

and that was my first indication that something just wasn't right with this entire situation. Then I began to see more video's and it was VERY clear the Native American group walked directly into the crowd of boys. I basically agree with everything Anthony Brian Logan had to say about the situation. For those that are about to attack me for being white (I will get to why I posted this in a bit), Mr. Logan is an admired black man. 

I don't really like posting on Facebook shared items about politics but I did yesterday because I was again watching a mob attack this young man. When explaining that at 16 if gentlemen singled out my child in front of her classmates to bang a drum in her face that she would smile awkwardly too, I received a message that I obviously just parent differently. In other words not up to this poster's standards. So my question is...........what did you want him to do? I am talking about just this particular part of this incident, what would you want him to do? If he turned around he would be slammed, if he backed up he would be slammed, yet he stands there smiling and listens to the elder and he is STILL slammed. What has America come to? If you watch the video above at one point the young man even motions to another student telling him to "cut it out". I had one person tell me that "whitewashing" the situation, no we are providing you with hard proof. That she believes the elder that was crying on the interview and that the boys told him "build the wall". Not once in any angle at any point did any of the students say this, in fact the only one that mentions that is the Native tribe (again watch video above). Yet because he was crying on TV it must be true, well ladies and gentleman he is an actor......

The reason I decided to post was primarily that of the hate-filled message I received yesterday from someone I thought I knew. Because I posted that there might be other angles and facts we might take into consideration before condemning someone,  I received the most disturbing email I have ever gotten. Now bear in mind that my family is part Indian. In fact my sister went to school on a scholarship because of her Sioux heritage. The person sent me the long video which I acknowledge I had seen. She then proceeded to tell me this is always the way it is that the white man always wins. She actually told me, "I know ur not like that but the color of your skin doesn't help you see stuff." I explained that no one should be evaluating situations based on the color of their skin. She then told me "Anyone that don't know u u r white!" I thought that was sad because I never once looked at her in terms of race, I only looked at her as a beautiful woman who was a great mom. In fact, there are so many times I admired just how beautiful she was and laughed along with her posts. All the while I am just the white woman. So I decided I didn't need that negativity in my life. 

I think people hate Trump so much they see a red hat and automatically assume the worst. I don't get it. I don't judge people unless I am there and I don't judge unless I know the facts. I don't care if you voted for Hillary, Trump, or Bert and Ernie, if you're a good person you're a good person. Until you PROVE to me otherwise I will love you all the same. I think this world needs MORE love and less judgment and LESS shaming. More education during times that are less than savory and again LESS shaming. More ...............just more. I 100% think there is blatant racism in America and we still have a long way to go but we aren't going to get there if we all hate each other. We have to find a common ground to take each other's hands. 

I just wonder if we took all our energy that we are using to bicker and fight and put it into loving and giving, what would the world be like? 

In closing, I didn't post this so people could argue about the situation further so let's try to keep our comments positive. Maybe post about someone who has influenced your life for the positive manner, someone that's made a difference in your life. 

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