The Lynch Mob

We are living in a world where the LYNCH MOB has returned. They have returned with a vengeance. They no longer wear hoods over their heads, they are wearing blue, black, and brown. They have guns instead of rope. They are getting paid, they are riding in cars that state “to protect and serve” but who are you protecting and serving.

 

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I am tired. I have a headache, my heart is hurting for my black men, my black race. I get chills just for thinking about the state of my race. The state of my handsome black men, for my husband, for my brother, for my son, for my nephews, and for everyone that looks like them. They are being targeted, they are not given their rights, they are being LYNCHED.

Police are the “NEW LYNCH MOB”. For quite sometime, I have kept my thoughts and feelings to myself, but I cannot hold my peace. My race is who I am. I am proud to be BLACK. I am proud to be a woman of color. I am not ashamed of who I am but I am ashamed of my AMERICA.

 

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What do you see? I see a lynching, I see murder, I see ambivolence, I see bigotry, I see hatred, I SEE A NATIONAL CRISIS!

Its a shoot first and ask questions later, but it is too late.

Its time to WAKE UP!

STAND UP!

LOOK UP!

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Trigger

As she stopped her vehicle along the highway

Got out of her car, listening to someone yelling

“Get on the ground”

“Don’t move”

“Put your hands up”

Tears begin to swell her eyes, her children looking out the window

Could this be the last time they see her,

As she stepped forward with her hands up,

asking what had she done wrong?

Being BLACK is your crime and it is punishable by DEATH as he pulled the TRIGGER!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks, Courageous Colin!

I started on this eight days ago and then to see another unarmed black man murdered by a cop…no words.

 

 

If you have been in seclusion, hiding in a forest, or just couldn’t care less about world events, then you are not aware of the stance that Colin Kaepernick has taken. 

Colin has chosen to use his platform (NFL Quarterback) as a VOICE, a FOGHORN, to let AMERICA know that even though you may sweep it under the rug, WE ARE NOT EQUAL!  He isn’t being recognized for his play on the field but what he is doing on the sidelines. Courageous Colin is his name. 

Colin Kaepernick is our Ali, Jim Brown, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos.  

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

He decided that he could no longer sit around and watch what is happening and not take a stand; and “NOT STANDING” is what he is doing. Colin has once again opened the door for us to discuss race relations in America and the many social injustices as well.

Social injustices such as the underfunded public education system, cop killings, racial profiling, and discrimination of all kinds. 

I love AMERICA, but tell me what other race has been more bigoted against than Blacks. We were born here and have less rights than immigrants coming to look for the “American Dream”.

For years, I have stood for the anthem, but I don’t put my hand over my heart.  I stand for the Pledge of Allegiance but I do not say it or put my hand over my heart.  That is my choice.

My father was an Army veteran and served this country for many years and I know the atrocities that he went through being a black man fighting for a country who felt as though he was a second class citizen.  He couldn’t vote, had to drop out of school to help his family by working in the fields, but at 18 he wasn’t given a choice. 

The national anthem has so many different meanings to many. For this Colin has been called so many things but all he is doing is “kneeling” for his cause. He has the “right”, RIGHT?

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So many come to this country for the “American Dream” but as blacks, for many of us it is the “American Nightmare”.  

If we are so outraged by a man “kneeling” for a song, why aren’t we as outraged at these cops for murdering people. 

 

ANY MAN’S LIFE IS WORTH FIGHTING FOR!  

#BLACKLIVESMATTER

 

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Boxing Legends!

There have been so many great African American boxers. From lightweight to heavyweight that I am not able to discuss them all.

So many people tend to think that Joe Louis was the world’s first black boxing champion but it was John Arthur “Jack” Johnson was the world’s first black boxing champion. He was born in Galveston, Texas in 1878. His parents were former slaves. Jack Johnson lived a fast life and was killed in a car accident in 1946.

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Jack Johnson

Joe Louis Barrow known as Joe Louis was the heavyweight champion from 1937-1949. He is considered to be one of the Greatest of all times.  He was nicknamed the “Brown Bomber” and he was born in LaFayette, Alabama.  He was the first to hold the title the longest. He would come out of retirement in 1950 to be defeated by Rocky Marciano.

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Joe Louis

“Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee.” Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., who would become known as Muhammad Ali is known as the G.O.A.T. No one will dispute his reputation as a fighter, political activist, and his showmanship. Known as the “People’s Champ”, he didn’t back down from what he believed in.  Being a political activist was in his blood. At the age of 22, he became the heavyweight champion by defeating Sonny Liston in an upset. He had a total of 5 losses in his career of 61 fights.

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Mike Tyson became the youngest heavy weight champion in 1986 at the age of 20. Despite Mike Tyson’s embattled history, he is a boxing legend.

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There are so many other African American boxers out there. These are just a few that I chose.  Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman, Evander Holyfield, Roy Jones Jr, Floyd Mayweather, Thomas Hearns, and etc…

Just a little more history and education for you.

 

 

Happy Reading and Enjoy!

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The LOVE Month and GOALS!

The MONTH of LOVE is upon us. I have set a few ambitious goals for myself and “A Perfectly Flawed Ruby” and one of those goals are: To post everyday this month about “LOVE!” It may be a poem, an article, or pictures, just something about “LOVE”.

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Also since it is Black History Month, I will also be posting daily about notable, infamous, and some unsung heroes. This week will be dedicated to our SPORTS HEROES! Today, I chose Doug Williams, the first black starting quarterback to lead their team to a Superbowl win. Check it out http://www.wordpress.com/post/aflawedruby2015.com/1270

By this time next week, hopefully Cam Newton will be the third starting black quarterback to lead his team, the Carolina Panthers to the Superbowl and win and the first black quarterback to win a National Championship at the collegiate level and professional level, let’s not forget he won the Heisman, too!

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The second week will be devoted to technological advances by black Americans. My third week will devoted to actors, creative people, musicians, and others in this type of category. The fourth week will center around those who have made tremendous strides in political activism and they will carry the month out.

February is Heart Health month! I will post once a week about heart healthy ideas, recipes, and exercises that you can do to keep your HEART HEALTHY!

Happy Reading and Enjoy! 🙂

I love my ambition!

 

 

Our History!

February is Black History Month.  Black History is “Our” History.  I say “Our” because as Americans, we must learn the contributions of others.  Blacks have played a major role in the building of our nation, contributions to society, technology advances, bringing together the racial divide, and so much more.  During this month, I will shine light on some notable and not so notable Black Americans.

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Since the Superbowl is next Sunday, the first History Maker that I chose is Douglas “Doug” Lee Williams.  Doug Williams was the first starting black quarterback to win the Superbowl XXII with the Washington Redskins in 1988 and was also named the Superbowl MVP.

He was drafted in the first round in 1978 by Tampa Bay Buccaneers and led them to the first NFC Championship Game.  He was the lowest paid starting quarterback in the NFL. and the lowest behind 12 backups. After a couple of years in Tampa Bay, he left and went to the USFL. Once the USFL fizzled out, he was recruited by Joe Gibbs, who was the head coach of the Washington Redskins.  He landed the starting job from Jay Schroeder and eventually led the Redskins to the Superbowl where they beat the Denver Broncos.

After his football career, he became the head coach of his Alma Mater, Grambling State University. He is still involved in football as an executive with the Washington Redskins.

BLACK HISTORY is AMERICA’S HISTORY! 

 

 

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Super Bowl XXII
SAN DIEGO – JANUARY 31: Quarterback Doug Williams #17 of the Washington Redskins looks to pass during Super Bowl XXII against the Denver Broncos at Jack Murphy Stadium on January 31, 1988 in San Diego, California. The Redskins won 42-10. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

 

 

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Happy Reading and Enjoy! 🙂