As earth’s caretakers, it is necessary to get involved in politics. This is where laws and protections are introduced, hashed out, written, voted on and argued over. Protecting the environment against greed, pollution, mass extraction, and capitalism falls on each one of us. This is our home and the state of the earth’s environment affects how we treat each other. As anyone can see ,the state of the environment is in a very fragile place. The fighting, killing, and division of humans is also in a fragile state. We must figure out how this came to be before we can fix this problem.
How did we get here? Get where? To the politically corrupt atmosphere we find ourselves in today? To the complacency of and attitudes of Americans that have allowed this corruption and loss of freedoms to happen right under our noses and without a fight? How did we become so divided?
As Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, stated in his speech Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in Atlantic City to the 1199 SEIU Unity & Power conference, we HAVE been here before. We’ve been here before lots of times. This should be no surprise.
Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II, is the pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Goldsboro, NC; and the President of the North Carolina NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People).
The NAACP is a civil rights organization and is the oldest and largest in our nation since 1909. He is also involved in the social movement Forward Together Moral Movement. In addition, Rev. Dr. Barber has been the keynote speaker to hundreds of conferences, conventions, and events.
This was the first time that I have heard of the Reverend and I was prepared to just get through this “christian speech.” Instead, I was blown away! It wasn’t “preachy” like I was expecting it to be. He spoke of the real social issues going on now and in the past. How the issues are related and he outlined the key reasons for how we got in this political mess that we find ourselves in. His speech was educational, informative, and inspiring. He spoke with conviction, passion, and truth that moved you to want to dive right into action.
Action to what? Action to help educate and transform the social, moral, ethic, and attitudes of complacency that we find ourselves in.
During the Reverend’s speech, he brought out the different policies that if taken singularly would not seem like a big deal. But, when put together and realizing what people specifically they affected, you began to see there was an insidious plan that led to our sorry state of affairs today.
Below are a number of reasons that Dr. Barber brought out in his speech that led us to the political atmosphere of today. This is in no way the only issues or reasons that are to blame. The main points are paraphrased and the explanations are in my words.
Political & Religious Corruption
Do I need to explain this? I’m sure we all are aware of what bedfellows the politicians and religious leaders are. Despite the notion that there is to be a separation of Church & State. The two entities have been mixing company for centuries. As a result, the people and their issues no longer matter. For them, it’s all about the money and power, and keeping the masses in control.
Refusal to use Political Power for Good (complacency)
Because of the above explanation, politicians are complacent on issues and policies that negatively affect the very people that they claim to help. This means that bills and policies that get voted into law, that directly hurt millions of people, are put through without much resistance.
We the people have also become so complacent that we don’t even notice this happening and do not put up any resistance. And if there is any backlash from the people or organizations, they are discriminated against as to dismiss their causes as being irrelevant.
The inequality of Americans is getting steeper and steeper. The rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer.
In order to control the masses it is necessary to create division and keep us fighting amongst ourselves. Therefore, we are so distracted that we do not blame the real culprits for our problems.
This is another tool to keep us unequal and fighting amongst ourselves. In fact, the governments very policies directly effect whole sectors of people to keep them down and out. This includes policies that keep communities unsafe, polluted, and incarcerated.
Good ole Gerrymandering. The process of manipulating a districts boundaries so as to have a political advantage. This either helps or hurts the citizens of the district.
Included in voter suppression is Voter ID Laws. You can research why ID laws are a way of targeting a demographic so as to limit votes.
Incarceration is also a big suppression. The crackdown on laws concerning drugs and alcohol target certain demographics more than others. Mass incarcerations keeps the “riffraff” locked up and when and if they do get out, they are prevented from ever voting again.
Undermining Any Resistance Efforts of the People
What is involved in resistance? Besides the violent kind, we have protests. strikes, boycotting, letters to editors of newspapers, letters to our government officials, etc.
When the people rise up and let their voice be heard, they are undermined by derogatory coded language and others are convinced that their cause is not justified so as to dismiss their concerns as nothing. This has been an effective tactic which causes many to not want to act in the first place.
Not Understanding History
Many people have forgotten their recent history. Therefore, they do not realize that events have been repeating themselves and we keep making the same mistakes over and over. Read and educate yourself on the history of the United States of America. See for yourself how events have repeated.
Racially & Derogatory Coded Language
This is a big one. Snowflakes. Crybabies. Liptard. Social Justice Warriors. Feminists. The list goes on and on. These are the words to describe any liberal, Democrat, or left leaning people. We are so delicate as a snowflake. We cry about issues. Social Justice Warrior is a big one that I have an issue with. Why is being concerned about social justice a bad thing? Why is standing up for human rights wrong? Why is protesting for women’s issues wrong? Women will even discriminate against other women and feminists and make it seem that we do not have any issue at all to be concerned with.
These are a few examples of how the establishment has used these tactics to keep all of us divided and under their control. These are some of the reasons that have led us to this moment in time. This is how we got here. Have we had enough of this yet? How are we going to undo it and right the wrongs?
Who will be brave enough to Rise and Resist?