I’M A WHITE MALE and I BELIEVE BLACK LIVES MATTER

I am not a black male but this fact doesn’t mean that I don’t have empathy for the marginalization, abuse, systemic racism or murder of black men, women and children.  Being a white male, I have definitely not experienced the type of systemic racism and judicial inequality the many black men have faced and experienced.  I don’t fear leaving my house thinking that I may be abused, harassed or even killed by police officers due to the colour of my skin.

As a gay male, I have been harassed and a victim of crime because of my sexuality.  I don’t believe to be what society deems as a “stereotypical gay male” and would not think that I would be singled out and murdered because of my sexuality – at least not in Canada.  I know that many black men and women are targeted by police and are not treated fairly simply because of the colour of their skin.

Many people have defended police forces everywhere indicating that “not all cops are bad or racists.” and “all lives matter.” and even indicating that if black people are not committing crimes or guilty of anything – they wouldn’t be targeted.  I’ve also heard many people, including friends, indicate that the Black Lives Matter movement is just an angry mob asking for trouble.  Correct me if I’m wrong – if a community or group of people have been targeted throughout history, wouldn’t you have the right to peacefully protest that marginalization.  Yes, there have been many atrocities committed against minorities and many minorities continue to be treated in horrific ways – their movement will come.  Today – every other story in social media is about a black person being brutally beaten or killed at the hands of police.  I have read stories of white males committing the same or worse crimes than black individuals and are given much lesser sentences.  White men and women across America are paid more than most visible minorities.  The incarceration rate of minorities far outweighs the incarceration rates of white people.  Opportunities are not the same for minorities because of income inequality and I don’t understand why many doubt these facts!

I have three nephews and one niece who are bi-racial, born to white mothers and black fathers, and I see the difference in how they are treated.  I always think of them as they go about their daily routines and imagine that they will mostly likely be stopped and targeted because of the colour of their skin.  This sickens me to the core of my being.  Yes, all lives matter but today, it is the lives of those who are being targeted and killed that I stand with.  I want my niece and my nephews to have the same chances in life as most white men and women but that isn’t going to happen until there are some fundamental changes in how people view and treat visible minorities. In the meantime – BLACK LIVES MATTER protests should continue, voices should be raised because right now there is a lack of respect for black people and other minorities.

It seems that the lives of minorities are less valued.  When people such as policemen and politicians show a lack of respect for minorities – why should the average person? It is irresponsible when someone who is running for president of the United States of America and leader of the (not so) FREE WORLD spews hate speech and demoralizes a whole group of people.  That isn’t leadership – that is preying on people’s fear, hatred and ignorance.

Remaining complacent and ignorant does nothing to create positive change in the world – it is those who stand up to tyranny, ignorance, hate and fear that make the world a better place.  So, instead of criticizing and continuing to marginalize certain minorities – why not try STANDING with them and supporting them?

BLACK LIVES MATTER!!

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

 

HERE IS WHAT LOVE and PASSION LOOK LIKE

I believe that our LOVE for the environment and our planet should be a real indication for our governments to lead the way to more sustainable and renewable energy sources.  Climate change is happening and REAL action is needed by our governments. If there was any time in history for a shift to happen in order to create positive change in the world – it is NOW.

Corrupt governments are afraid of environmental activists.  They brand them ‘hippies’ and ‘terrorists’, as a matter-of-fact, many governments want to ensure that any individual or group that speaks out or protests for environmental issues, against pipelines, fracking or oil drilling, be put in jail because it is a form of environmental terrorism.  Canada is proposing a bill (C-51) that would do just that.  Legislation like this says much about a government.  It would rather support the big oil tycoons in potentially creating environmental disasters versus protecting our forests, rivers, lakes and oceans. 

It is time for a new generation – time for governments to listen to people who don’t care about creating more wealth for those that have enough.  People want to focus on social issues, environmental issues and issues that would be inclusive to all and not just a few.  This generation that I am talking about is our future and they won’t have much of a future if governments don’t listen to the issues they care for the most like, the environment, affordable education, proper health care, a new economy plan that revolves around sustainable and renewable energy and not getting involved or starting wars.  We clearly see that the “old ways” don’t work.  Bailing out banks and the auto sector didn’t work, there is still much corruption in Wall Street and other financial centres around the world.  It’s time for new ideas that will not support and allow corporate greed to continue.  We need a more holistic and grass-roots movement to politics and it has to begin with all of us.

Here are photo examples of how many of us in the world want to create positive change in government politics, social issues, the environment, income inequality and human rights:

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March against MONSANTO – Vancouver, Canada May 25, 2013.

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People’s CLIMATE MARCH – New York City, USA April 2014 ***The largest environmental march ever with an estimated 400,000 in attendance.

Womens Rights March 2009

Women’s Rights March – Washington D.C., USA 2009 ***marching against George W. Bush policies regarding women’s reproductive rights, including abortion.

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ANIMAL RIGHTS MARCH – Istanbul, Turkey 2014 ***marching for the protection of animals.

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CIVIL RIGHTS MARCH – Washington D.C., USA 1963 ***marching for equality of black people during the civil rights movement in America. 

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NO Keystone XL Pipeline MARCH – Washington D.C., USA ***marching for the eradication of the Keystone XL Pipeline bringing dirty oil from the Alberta Tar Sands in Alberta, Canada to the USA.

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AUSTERITY MARCH – Montreal Quebec, CANADA 2015 ***Students protesting government cuts.

Governments DO NOT want peaceful protests to happen because they want to keep people distracted from the issues that matter – ENVIRONMENT, INCOME INEQUALITY, WOMEN’S RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS, ANIMAL PROTECTION, CIVIL RIGHTS and any other rights that would not oppress people. 

The corrupt didn’t realize that more and more of us DO NOT want to be distracted anymore.  We want to hold our governments and big corporations accountable for their corruption.  We want governments to do the jobs they were elected for – not for the corporations but, for the people who elected them.  It’s time for a revolution of love.  It’s time for REAL change.  It’s time to have your voices heard.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

REVOLUTION FOR PEACE and for LOVE

What can you see from these statistics?

  • Half of the world’s prison population of about nine million is held in the US, China or Russia *
  • Prison rates in the US are the world’s highest, at 724 per 100,000 *
  • African-Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population **
  • African-Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites **
  • One in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001. If current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime **
  • 1 in 100 African-American women are in prison **
  • About 14 million Whites and 2.6 million African-Americans report using an illicit drug **
  • 5 times as many Whites are using drugs as African-Americans, yet African-Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of Whites **

Sources:

* International Centre for Prison Studies

** NAACP – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/uk/06/prisons/html/nn2page1.stm

http://www.naacp.org/pages/criminal-justice-fact-sheet

Clearly, there is something very wrong with America’s judicial system when the majority of those who are being incarcerated are minorities. 

According to a study conducted by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), keeping these prisoners locked up for life costs taxpayers around $1.8 billion annually.  Locking people up is big business:

  • Private prisons are one of the fastest growing sectors of the prison industrial complex
  • Corporate firms operate as cheaply and efficiently as possible to ensure a profit (lower wages for staff, no unions, fewer services for prisoners)
  • Prisoner’s make an average of .22 cents per hour
  • For those who have invested in private prisons, say the authors, prison labor is like a pot of gold. There are no strikes, no unions, no unemployment insurance, or worker’s compensation. Prisoners can now be found doing data entry for Chevron, telephone reservations for TWA, raising hogs, shoveling manure, and sometimes making lingerie for Victoria’s Secret.

http://www.projectcensored.org/23-number-us-prison-inmates-serving-life-sentences-hits-new-record/

http://www.projectcensored.org/11-private-prison-expansion-becomes-big-business/

What can we do about any of this?  First and foremost – get the facts.  Don’t rely on mainstream media for knowledge, most are owned by big corporations and only provide biased news that benefits them and their shareholders.  Seek other unconventional news outlets – look to the internet.  I prefer the resources of Project Censored.  Check them out at:  http://www.projectcensored.org/

Ask governments to stop the militarization of our police departments.  Ask them to stop racial profiling and recruit and train more minorities to ensure a better cultural representation on our streets.  Proper training for police officers so that they are equipped to ask questions first before they shoot.  Stop the war on drugs – we don’t need to throw people in jail for minor possession charges, especially for marijuana possession.

Continue protesting peacefully – the more pressure we put on our elected officials, the more they will have to act on our behalf.  Let your government officials know that they are put in office to act for the greater good of the people and not the greater good of corporations or wherever the money is.

The people, corporations, businesses, governments need to start discussions about income inequality and how to properly address this issue.  The top 1% should not  have that kind of power and should not be dictating policies.  There is definitely something wrong when our policy makers are siding with banks, oil and pharmaceutical companies versus working for the people. 

Many people are at a breaking point – working 3 jobs to make ends meet is not the American dream.  Having a full-time job and getting food stamps doesn’t equate to a good working economy.  Leaving college or university with a huge debt is not a great start to life.  Allowing companies to poison us through our food and water is not working for the people….it’s time for real change.

It’s time to send a message to our police everywhere – those hired to serve and protect the people.  Actually, it is time to demand that they STOP shooting our brothers and sisters, it is time to demand that they stop arresting us for wanting to protect our planet or feed the hungry and it is time to do what they are hired to do and SERVE and PROTECT – not KILL.

This is for Michael Brown and so many others who have lost their lives due to police violence.  Let’s start a Revolution of Love and Peace for them.

Together we can make the world a more positive one!

WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?

What do we know….we are just simple humans.  Here is what we do know and I can’t imagine why we are not doing as much as we should to change our habits:

Cigarettes can cause cancer – so why do people continue to smoke?  Profits for the tobacco industry are key so, in order to maximize profit, you have to create a product that is addictive and that can have financial benefits for other sectors (health, pharma, etc.)

Eating meat is the biggest challenge to climate change – so why are we not being told to eat less meat more often?  In the past, we have been told that greenhouse gas emissions where the biggest culprit to climate change and the warming of the planet.  Nonsense.  A carnivorous diet challenges the environment in so many ways, such as;  deforestation, pollution and depleting water resources.  Eating meat not only has environmental impacts – they also have health implications such as; high blood pressure, high cholesterol and is also known to cause various cancers.

Modernization causes unemployment – so why do we continue to modernize, especially in a world where the have’s have far more wealth than the combined majority?  The more our lives become convenient due to modernization, the more people become unemployed.  Think about it….Why hire people when you can do anything from buying groceries to applying for a driver’s license online?  Imagine a world were you can go to a local convenience store and purchase anything you want from a vending machine?  Remove the ‘middle man’ and corporations profit more.

Most government’s work for corporations – so why do we continue to vote?  Most governments operate in the guise of working for ‘the people’ – most people do not want a mediocre education or processed foods, we certainly do not want to breathe poisonous gases or drink poisonous water.  Why are governments protecting those that do not require protection – farmers should be able to provide most of our food without having to worry about big corporations like Monsanto.  Governments should be regulating big corporations to ensure they are not killing citizens with bad food, biased information, poor education and unhealthy foods.

Pharmaceutical drugs and companies do not have our best interests at hand – so why do we keep buying their bull and their drugs?   We know that most pharmaceutical drugs are addictive, and have very minor health benefits.  Some antidepressants have been know to cause people to take their own lives.  Pain medications have created addictions and dependencies that are weighing heavy on the economy.  Why are we allowing pharmaceutical companies to pay our governments to push through legislation to help sell their products but throwing individuals into maximum security prisons for minor marijuana possession charges? 

These big industry giants work hand-in-hand to ensure they continue reaping the financial benefits from products that continue to make us sick and for much longer.  Why feed people healthy and nutritious foods when you can sell them processed foods, make them sick so that they can go visit their doctors and have their doctors prescribe them medications that will only keep them sick longer – MONEY.  Why should the automobile sector develop vehicles that are more economically and environmentally efficient when we can continue the destruction of the planet with automobiles that will ensure your children have no future?  MONEY.  Why should corporate media want to ensure that those who receive their news are receiving news that will motivate them to act?  MONEY.  Why should our elected officials be concerned about the state of education (lack thereof) that would ensure that students not only receive the best education but proper nutrition as well?  MONEY.

MONEY – is it the most important thing in the world.  YES – because we are judged by how much money we have.  Money not only buys materialistic things – it buys POWER.  Power is not with the majority right now – power is with the elite, the corrupt, those who ensure their influence is espoused in all of us.  POWER creates wars, death and destruction.

Think about what you have in your life – would you prefer clean water, breathable air, grass, trees, wildlife and LIFE or would you prefer being controlled and live under the guise of a democracy that doesn’t even exist?

It’s time for a REVOLUTION OF LOVE, it’s time for real change!  What are WE waiting for?

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

THE FUTURE OF THE PLANET IS IN OUR HANDS!

Here are 3 short (and great) videos that emphasize the urgency of humanity’s need to act to save our planet.  Knowledge, truth and acceptance will allow us to come together for the greater good of our planet.  LOVE always wins in the end.  Let’s start the REVOLUTION OF LOVE for our planet and for humanity.

Jamie Dunmore’s CALL TO HUMANITY:

Greenpeace’s plea and CALL TO ACTION for our PLANET:

Terence McKenna – WHAT DID YOU DO TO HELP SAVE THE WORLD?

The time is now…..

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!