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Most if not all of you should know by now about the violence, rioting, and unfortunately, the death of two people, during a protest march held by racist, white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va. Prominent, charismatic leaders of the white nationalist movement, like David Dukes stated their purpose. Inspired (according to them) by President Trump, their missive is to:
"We are determined to take our country back… this turning point for our country”
"We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back.”
Of course this doesn't mean Trump is the catalyst for their movement in reality. It doesn't necessarily follow that he condones their behavior, nor their self proclaimed purpose. What's disturbing to me, is the insistence of many on the right, that these racists are left-wingers. It's absurd, and intellectually dishonest.
Conservatives who label racist, white, nationalists left-wingers are beyond delusional, and/or outright liars. White nationalists, skinheads, Klansmen, extremists do not align left. They'd never align w/the political party that most minorities are members of. They sorta hate em'.
Putting their race based superiority complex aside, their belief in closing the borders, the nuclear (albeit white) family, anti-bloated federal government, pro-life, pro 2nd amendment at all costs, pro-free market capitalism, and belief that affirmative action is no longer necessary are ALL tenets/beliefs of conservatism. Come on now some of you, stop it with this nonsense. It's ignant'. Wanna know what's so silly about this? It's not even necessary to deny the political affiliation of these racists.
All we have to do, is respond truthfully, by saying that yes, these folks align right on most things, but their racist infiltration, and all that other superiority rhetoric is not what we're about. They perverted our beliefs, and we won't stand for it. It's just that simple. If I see carvings into a carrot's flesh, I can acknowledge that that's not how a carrot should look normally, but it's still a carrot. I'm sorry, but some of you give some legitimacy to claims that the right-wing is full of racists, by your refusal to acknowledge the obvious truth, regarding some of their beliefs. Thankfully, I'm free from such ideological dishonesty, and make no bones about telling these Neo Klan members to get out – you're not welcome here.
Until next musing,
Talitha K. McEachin
This is my two cents on the Google Drama, in the aftermath of them firing James Damore. It's necessary to know the story before you begin reading my response, so here it is:
It's amazing how many people have misunderstood & utterly failed to comprehend the long memo written by now former Google employee James Damore. He made a point in his response to being fired, published in the WSJ, which is lost on far too many, and that is the culture that is Google. I'm sorry, but Google can hardly claim to be a mere "employer". They have a campus with residential dwellings for employees. Meals are free in the cafeteria & rival those of some restaurants I hear. You can bring your beloved pets and/or children to work – they have daycare & petcare for employees. Employees can take a nap if needed – there's a place for that. They pay well & have stellar benefits which cater to any family type. There are people who'd perform certain favors to work there if they could. Google is a way of life. You can't fart without someone there to make sure the smell doesn't disrupt the ambiance of their workspa. Those are just a few benefits.
When you, as an "employer" & business entity, are so deeply entrenched into the lives of your employees (a misnomer too really, but I digress), you don't get to hide behind the subterfuge of the normal rules of so called discrimination & political etiquette, that "normal" employers adhere to. And Damore didn't discriminate against anyone. He wrote the 20 page memo in a work environment that allows such free time for innovation & creativity. Google isn't just a place to work – it's literally home too, for some. If Google hasn't cleared the blurred lines between work & home in its policies, there's a very good case to be made in his defense.
Folks, this is silly and outrageous. You don't get to have so much room as an employer to involve yourself fully into the lives of your employees then abandon them when outsiders peep in & don't understand. Google isn't an employer, they're not even in loco parentis, heck they ARE the parents. Shame on them for cutting the umbilical cord instead of being as nurturing as they've been in every other aspect of their employees lives, work-relatedness notwithstanding.
Until next musing,
Talitha K. McEachin
Interesting exchange today, on the Facebook page of my friend Yvette Carnell's. One of her passions as a writer/commentator (she's basically a left-wing version of me, for the sake of brevity), is black America's economic problems (the lack of collective wealth due to historical disparities for far too many generations). In short, our past has had a lasting economic impact on today. I think we still have time to save the future, though none of us alive will see it, unless a fountain of youth is found. That's cuz' of what my big brother & writer Steven Barnes said – "There's no such thing as a wound, that takes less time to heal than it took to conflict." That's a minimum of 400 years. If you can't grasp that, accusations of black people being shiftless, lazy & too slow to "get over it" are profoundly inappropriate, if I'm polite. Racist if I'm not.
"Our economic woes as a community, are our fault alone," some insist. But we're all humans, right? Isn't that the battle cry for the #ALM crew? The physical differences are just our inheritance from our ancestors, whose survival in their environment meant having dark skin. The same is true for whites whose ancestors had to survive the cold. The stuff inside is the same. What Ben Carson said. But I'm derailing my own post a bit.
Let me harmonize these statements. With the unique, historical cards we were dealt, I don't see how anyone can argue, that discussions of slavery are irrelevant to economic ones. Yet I've heard them too many times. Slavery discussions are fundamentally economic. This is exacerbated by centuries of head starts others had. I'm tired of these faulty, racial comparisons, and anecdotes, use by some to thinly veil their contempt. The discussion on Yvette's page started off, with an erudite article about the definition of socialism. Discussions of capitalism inevitably are brought up whenever socialism is. It's a philosophical piggyback ride in fact. Capitalism is evil, capitalism liberates. My approach opposes both schools of thought on some level, because neither has ever been fully successful. I'm all about precedents, and trailblazing approaches. What is America to do then?
But back to that post in question, a commenter, after the evils of capitalism were presented said, "Capitalism worked for Black Wall Street," – I agreed. He's right, but the elephant in the room is that this is anecdotal. Hmm. There's nearly 43 million of us now folks. When at least over half of that number benefits generationally from capitalism, I'll bite. Until then, leave flippant remarks like "catch up with the rest of us," and anecdotes at the door. Yvette is justified in focusing on economic growth (or the lack of it). You're not an ally of either one of us.
Til' next musing,
This is a lengthy one but please bear with me & share if you are lead to. Most days I'm totally fine in terms of the passing of my Daddy, but every now & then I'm not all the way OK. Today is a mixed day – I'm fine but missing him. I wanted to share something very personal to explain why I go through it still, in terms of missing my Daddy. When I was five years old a neighbor (their older teenage son) exposed himself to me & a few other children (I think 3-4 children). He sexually assaulted me (no penetration). That traumatic incident has been replayed in the back of my mind since then. It was always mentally "laying back in the cut", as is colloquially expressed where I'm from. I was so young but I remember it. It was so pressing in my memory that a year before my Daddy died, when I was 31 years old, I asked him,"Daddy, was I sexually exposed to/assaulted by an older teen neighbor from that green house two doors down? I think I was. The memories are there but I don't know if it's true because I was so very young & I've just been through so much Dad. Is this true, or is this my subconscious mind making this up? I just don't know but it has been in the back of my mind since then. It won't go away." That's how vague and yet vivid a memory this trauma was to me…
Dad hesitated. I'm jumping ahead a bit but I think he was stunned that I remembered on some level. He paused, then said, "Yes, that did happen to you. You aren't imagining it. You were so young, I thought you wouldn't remember & would be OK," He stopped after that. I think he re-experienced guilt. I knew then that my early trauma was responsible for my behavior with he & my brother for quite some time. I feel so bad saying this still, but for years I showed my Daddy & my brother no physical affection. I just couldn't bear to touch them with hugs or kisses. I thought that if I touched them physically with affection, they'd misinterpret it somehow for something it wasn't. I thought they'd turn on me & assault me sexually some way. I didn't want to do anything that could possibly blur the lines of father/daughter & brother/sister. They were the men in my life. Everyday. My Dad would talk to me about my lack of affection over the years – spiritually. He tried to coach me about it. He didn't realize that I needed professional help too. This was the 80's & 90's. As an adult, when I finally talked to a professional about it, I was so terrified that she'd think that my Dad, or brother abused me. I kept reassuring her that that's NOT what happened, nor why I was sitting in her chair for a $10 copayment per visit. She calmed me down. She believed me. The healing process began. After he died, I told you all already about me kissing his forehead. I said it had already grown cold. What I didn't tell you all is that this was the first time I kissed my Daddy since I was 5 years old. I had hugged him though. Baby steps. I used to be jealous of my sister because she had such a wonderful bond with Daddy, filled with the hugs & kisses of affection with both of my parents. I was inhibited. It was super easy for her. And my brother. I was the "trouble-maker"…
Sometimes, I wish I would have asked him more questions. I only wanted to know if what I remembered was real. No details to enlighten my trauma. Blurry revelation. I'm sharing all of this with you all to say…please watch over & talk to your children. Please. I was violated on our side of the white fence which separated the immediate neighbor. The perv lived next door to them on the other side. Please do not message me to ask me why I shared such personal details of my life. Or worse, do not instruct me not to. I'm of the belief, that God does not allow us to endure struggles to keep them to ourselves. Therefore, there are aspects of my life that I will freely share to potentially help someone else. That's my free choice. There will be those of you who have & will urge me not to share for free. Hmm. I'm not the type of person who peddles the wares of my deepest struggles for $$$. I'm also not knocking those who do. Jesus didn't charge me for seeing me through said struggles. Everyone else, be blessed & have a wonderful day. I sure am with my Mom, sister & brother by my side.
I wanted to share my thoughts today on what being a constitutionalist means to me, and why that means more to me than party affiliation, or any other political boxes I can check:
Folks, I am a constitutionalist before I am anything else. This allows me, to have political allies from all walks of life, as long as we can agree that the law of the land must be adhered to, as well as the legal blueprint for amending it. This doesn't mean the law is without imperfections, nor are those who created it. The same is true for those whose job it is to defend it. We're all inherently, flawed human beings. We make mistakes, and we must correct them legally as a society at times. History is replete with major and minor instances of this. This is why I consider Americans, who readily accept political legerdemain, used to circumvent legal procedures when it suits their interests, the most unpatriotic citizens there are.
As for me, I've accepted the inevitable reality, that putting my own personal agendas and biases aside, and honoring the constitution, means there will be things I am opposed to, but must allow to legally stand. That is, if my arguments to the contrary are not legally strong enough, to influence a different outcome. I really wish more Americans would follow suit. It's such a relaxing political place to be…
Until next musing,
So recently, I retracted a prior criticism of former POTUS Barack Obama – the whole “food stamp president” nonsense. While this post isn’t a retraction, I want to share my thoughts on another erroneous label affixed to him – the infamous “Obamaphone”. The ironic thing about this, is that it’s origins are rooted back to 1984 when some Americans were still in “Will we ever see a black president?” mode. A “Barack Obama” if you will, was still a dream. 1984? Yep. When Ronald Reagan was president. Some even argue that it goes back as far as Roosevelt, but I digress. That year, the FCC created the Lifeline Assistance program. That’s the actual name of the “Obamaphone” program, technically.
Obviously, cellular phones weren’t ubiquitous as they are now, in 1984, which is why the program provided free landline phone service, mainly to senior citizens. Interestingly enough, after eight years of the Obamaphone misnomer, so many remain ignorant of its history. Am I the only one who’s never heard of an “Reaganphone”? What about a “Bushphone”? “Clintonphone” perhaps? What about a “Trumpphone”? (that sounds like the world’s worst megaphone ever). You haven’t because they were never labeled as such, even though the program existed in every presidency since Reagan. In fact, Safelink Wireless offered the first such cellular (keyword alert!) phone service in Tennessee in 2008, near the end of Bush’s second term. Barack Obama wasn’t elected until November of 2008. The program started three months earlier.
There are some very, obvious motives and suspicious undertones, if I’m polite, associated with slapping this erroneous, derogatory misnomer onto the first black president, and literally none of his predecessors, but for now I’m not gonna go there (Hmm, no pun intended, but, did I just do that?). Now to be fair, the number of participants in the program, did increase significantly under the Obama administration, but that’s to be expected, with the expansion of any government program to assist the destitute in a recession. It’s a domino effect. If you had no problem with the program under Reagan, both Bush’s or Clinton, it’s simply hypocritical to have whined about it for the last eight years under Obama. I’ll be discussing three more things, I, and/or my political “macro tribe” got wrong, or, that were generally misunderstood or wrong when it comes to Obama. Then I’ll balance it by discussing the same number of things I stand by firmly, as far as my criticism of his presidency goes. Stay with me folks, this is about to get really interesting…