A DREAM DEFERRED/CHANGE NOT YET COME

 

Today, we as a great nation celebrate. We celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as celebrate Barack Obama becoming the United States first African-American president. This nation, great and proud, has come a long way from the struggles and differences of yesteryear.

Yet, forgive me for not celebrating loudly with you all. Forgive me for the sadness that is on my face. However, I will not ask for forgiveness for the tears that I cry. My tears are of pain – and great joy.

My tears of joy are for the fight of our ancestors that have made it possible for history to be made today. Their pain – the marches and the beatings – were not in vain. Dr. King, along with other civil rights leaders, paved the way for this day to come.

My fellow Americans, forgive me for being the bearer of bad news in these joyous times. Although our journey has yielded some victories – the journey is far from over. We will only reach the end of the road, which we call the Promised Land, by lovingly joining together.

Dr. King did not just speak of equal rights for blacks. He spoke about equality among all minorities, which includes race, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation and social class. Dr. King also stood for peace, both abroad and at home.

However, in order for us to truly love one another and bring positive change into this world, we must first learn to love ourselves. We must become the change we want to see.  We must all step up and make change – even when others are afraid. Men must actively become fathers to their children. Women must honor and guard their self-respect.

The dream will become a reality but we must first stand up against injustice. While we are all created equal, we are still not all treated as equals. Poverty, segregation and discrimination still exist – they are just more hidden now. The best education goes to those in higher economic classes and better neighborhoods. Programs in the lower economic communities are the first to get cut. Giving the rich more educational opportunities will not better this great nation – or the world. The goal should be for all people to live a peaceful life – so that peace will travel far and wide.

We have not yet overcome but we will overcome soon. We will not be free until all are free from oppression. Yes, change is happening – and change is coming. Keep dreaming. The Promised Land is at hand. So let me cry my tears of joy and pain for the greatest race, the human race. I will celebrate loudly with you all soon enough – but for bigger reasons than what is taking place now. Peace be with you.

XXX

“A DREAM DEFERRED/CHANGE NOT YET COME”, is a excerpt out of You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m Starving by Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr.

 

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I ask this question;  What’s more important, the Constitution or the Flag? I don’t care if you agree or disagree with the kneeling during the National Anthem. What’s UnAmerican is telling people to leave the country or calling them disrespectful due to them exercising their rights given to them by the Constitution.. You know the Constitution and the Rights that our Military fight to defend…. Also if you  were one of the people saying “Why are people offended over The Confederate Flag and Statues” but you are the same person who are offended by those kneeling during the National Anthem. You are part of the problem and I’m going to need you to go back to History class and study the Civil War and The US Government.

Furthermore, do not speak for all military vets. Many have said they either agree or disagree with the kneeling during the Anthem but it’s the people’s right that they fought to protect. Duwan Tate a Veteran writes, “America stop invoking patriotism as a mechanism for silence, citing disrespect to the military.  I learned while serving, 99% of people including military members are not (patriotic).  Don’t believe me, ask  10 friends to quit their jobs, put on a uniform, take up arms and go to war knowing they might not come back, and do this for the country.  Most people join the military for 4 reasons: job stability, college tuition, a trade, and the judge. Not cause they are willing to die for this land/flag and what those symbols are supposed to represent.  At the end of the day I was willing and ready to die for my brother and sister who fought to the left and right of me.  We are the true warriors, we are the real 1% and I went to war so that Kap can kneel and unfortunately so racist bigots can march.”

Supporting  any President, Congressman or Congresswoman encouraging private entities to hire or fire employees is against the law and punishable of up to 15 years of jail time. So my point is be careful of who you are saying is UnAmerican because the one who is UnAmerican most likely is YOU.

18 U.S. Code § 227 – Wrongfully influencing a private entity’s employment decisions by a Member of Congress or an officer or employee of the legislative or executive branch
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(a) Whoever, being a covered government person, with the intent to influence, solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation, an employment decision or employment practice of any private entity—
(2) influences, or offers or threatens to influence, the official act of another,
shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than 15 years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.
(b) In this section, the term “covered government person” means—
(3) the President, Vice President, an employee of the United States Postal Service or the Postal Regulatory Commission, or any other executive branch employee (as such term is defined under section 2105 of title 5, United States Code).

I leave by saying throughout history boycotts and peaceful protests were seen as disrespectful and unfavorable. The United States of America was started by the protest known as The Boston Tea Party. All I want is for people to understand that the Constitution is the law of the land and we should be thankful our Freedom of Speech and Expression are protected but the Constitution. If we lived in a country where we didn’t have freedom to expression ourselves then we would be leaving in a country much like North Korea.

 

 

 

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Sell-Out and A NI$$@@

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This is an excerpt from my first book You Ain’t Hungry Until I’m” Starving. I wrote this piece in 2006 after two men assaulted and called the girl I dated at the time a “nigger lover.” These two guys moments before tried to sell me a slice of their pizza as I headed inside to by my own pizza pie. Moments later these two guys threw the girl into oncoming traffic. I intervened to protect this young lady. Soon witnesses arrived and told me to get into my car. Next thing I know is I’m forced on the ground by seven police officers. Thank God for the witnesses and the crying lady saying I wasn’t the person in the wrong. At this time the two guys walked off. The polices officers did apologize and they did try to catch the guys who assaulted the young lady. The funny thing about this is earlier in the day I had a talk with a guy who lived in the “hood” I grew up in. He basically called me a “sell-out” for going to college and doing my best to better myself and the community.

Disturbed by the fact of no matter well you do or carry yourself some people will still see you as a “nigger”. While others will think you are “selling out” for striving to do better in order to uplift the community, no matter how true you stay to the community.

 

SELL-OUT AND A NIGGER

                   It’s sad that no matter what I accomplish in my life I will always be a nigger to you because of the color of my skin.  I’m tired of being harassed when I try to get into “your” so called bars, colleges, jobs, movies, etc.  All I want is to have the same opportunities that you have, but you consistently push me down. Why? Because I am of a darker complexion than you.

On the other hand, even some of my own race will consider me a sell-out for striving to make a difference and take advantage of the opportunities that are before me.  My brother, don’t you see that in bettering myself, I am bettering us – not as a single race but as the whole human race?  However, you do not see that – because all you see is that I am trying to be better than you – by going to school, having a career and not hanging out in the streets.

Well, my friends, how much do I have to prove to earn something in your eyes?   Whether you think that I haven’t struggled enough – or that I don’t know what it feels like to be treated as an outcast without a voice in this world – I’m certain that you have never experienced life’s struggles from my point of view.  Have you been excluded by other races and even some of your own people, despite the fact that you’re a respectable, hardworking, goal-driven human being? Have you consistently been discriminated against, felt like you did not have a voice, and we’re being prejudged before people even got to know you?  It’s frustrating and defeating to work as hard as I have, just to get knocked down on both fronts. But I will not give up.

I see what you try to deny.  That is, that both of you fear me – I am your worst nightmare.  I am the Dream that Dr. King envisioned.  I am diverse in my taste, my intellect, influences and activities.  Some of you treat me as a nigger because you’re scared to compete with me – so you try to disqualify me before the competing even begins.  However, I do not want to compete against you.  I just want to be afforded the same opportunities.  And some of you call me a sell out because you are afraid of trying, of succeeding, of getting out of your comfort zone. So, call me whatever you want – but I am neither the nigger, nor the sell-out.  In the meantime, I’m going to continue to take advantage of the opportunities before me – until you all can get it together and get on the bus.

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Life is short

The only certainty in Life is Death.

Is Death a part of Life

Or is Life a part of Death?

Only thing I’m sure of is we lost too many too young

Robbing us of future memories together

While leaving us of past memories.

Life is short

And Death is a friend we don’t want to see soon.

Let’s not fear Death

Or take life for granted.

We should use our time living to the fullest

But take time to reflect on moments passed.

Life is short

But a Life of Regrets is a long Life to live.

So tell your loved ones you love them

Spend your time wisely

And don’t waste your life living in fear

Or being unhappy.

Life is short

So why waste it hating others?

Death is certain

So why not leave a positive Legacy behind?

Time is all that we are given

So why not be a Blessing to the world

Before our time runs out?

 

Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr is the author of You Ain’t Until I’m Starving, Getting Out of the Dark: How to Live a Life Full of Success, Wealth, and Happiness, and Vid’s Viddles: Daily Vitamins for the Soul, all available here

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I am Hurting.

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I am hurt because after all these years and through all  the tragedies, we haven’t figured out that we are all humans who are similar and who are seeking love, happiness and acceptance. We are more similar than different.

It hurts to see how far we’ve come as a nation but to realize that we have so much farther to go.

It hurts that anytime you speak about the injustices in America, you are labeled as being unpatriotic. As if a person cannot want to see improvements in something or someone they love and care for.

It hurts to see so many of our people treated unjustly, but in the eyes of others they are the subject of blame for the injustices that has occurred against them.  Like telling a rape victim, “if they didn’t wear a dress they wouldn’t have been raped.”

It hurts to see how people react when People of Color and Women protest or march.

It hurts to have to walk out the house, drive a car or enter a store with extra caution, when other people do not have to even think about being cautious at all.

It hurts to be profiled.

It hurts that every time we leave a loved one, the words “be careful” are said because we know the targets that we carry on our backs.

It hurts to see so many people enjoying the music of Nas, Tupac, Bob Marley and Michael Jackson but act as if they are surprised that police brutality and a corrupt justice system exist.

It hurts that there is proof of past corruption in the justice system; proof of corrupt programs and activities lead by our government, yet people will not admit that corruption still happens within our government and justice systems presently.

It hurts to see a man lose his life over cigarettes and the only person arrested for a crime was the man who recorded the murder on video.

It hurts that when people say “Black Lives Matter”, others say “All Lives Matter” in response.  Saying “Black Lives Matter” doesn’t mean Only black lives matter.

In fact, it hurts more when people say “All Lives Matter”.  If All lives mattered than we wouldn’t have people on death row, hunting would be illegal and we wouldn’t be fighting wars. If all lives matter people would speak up when other’s lives and rights were being lost, not just when a cop or dog loses a life.

It hurts that majority of the world see the injustices that take places against “People of Color” in the U. S. but majority of the U.S deny these injustices take place.

It hurts how the media and society portray and try to divide us.

It hurts to associate with so many people who are not taking a stand against the injustices that are taking place.

It hurts that our culture is accepted, misuses and stolen but we as a people are not accepted.

It hurts that we have to use disclaimers in order for others to understand we aren’t talking about “all police, whites, blacks, woman, etc.”

It hurts that I could write until the end of time and you will never understand the hurt I feel and the injustices I experience every day.

What hurts the most is the fact that I had to write this.

 

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