Your Ferguson Resource Packet

So like countless other PoCs, I’ve been watching the ongoing horrors in #Ferguson very closely. Like countless other PoCs, I’ve had to endure my share of whites who either don’t know the dynamics that are playing out in terms of institutional racism or are proudly and maliciously spewing as much toxic bile as they can.

If you find yourself in this position, you probably wouldn’t mind some handy resources to educate and eviscerate before utilizing the blessed block function.

The following are resources I’ve found to be useful not only for the #Ferguson tragedy but the discussions on racism and bigotry in general. Hopefully you won’t need them but if you do, here they are. Feel free to repost and share.

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The Way of The Survivor

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This is also the face of one of my favorite personal superheroes is this adorable little white kid. And after you read this eloquent heartbreaking piece by his father, he’ll be your superhero too.

As my regular readers know, I proudly rep for #teamarmand because his story is an inspiration. I’m president-for-life of his fan club by the by. Tru fax!

I’m also honored and humbled that I have the privilege of calling his parents my friends. Being a parent on a good day is no easy feat. But what this family has overcome, is nothing short of miraculous.

If you’re a parent, ever dealt with cancer in any shape or fashion, or just want to be inspired by some extraordinary people, check out this article.

 

Attack of the Lustful Cockmonsters 2: Revenge of the Breeders

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So recently through an unusual chain of events, I had an opportunity to watch the Denver Broncos exact some revenge against rival and Superbowl Champions, the Baltimore Ravens.

And for those of you who have known me for a good minute, yes, you read that correctly, Denny actually watched a football game, and yes it’s official, Hell has frozen over.

It wasn’t lost on me that Brendan Ayanbadejo was missing in action, just as it wasn’t lost on me that like Chris Kluwe is also a free agent. It’s especially a shame considering last night, Ayanbadejo’s presence probably would’ve changed the outcome of the game and could’ve spared the Ravens the smackdown that Peyton Manning and the boys put on them.

It’s also not lost on me that both Kluwe and Ayanbadejo were dropped from their teams after being immensely outspoken advocates for LGBTQ Equality.

In short, you’re looking at two men who in all likelihood lost their jobs for standing up to do the right thing.

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Exciting Updates Are Exciting

Been busy these past few weeks and have some most excellent announcements.

First up you are looking at the newest contributor of Nashville Geek Life.

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A most excellent website that you’ll certainly want to bookmark. In fact my article My 20 Steps To Getting Published is live now.

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Next up yours truly takes the Agabond Challenge and has a guest post up At The Bar. In the piece I discuss my love for black women, the hell they endure in our society and how they still come out on top.

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If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you might’ve seen the hashtag #BlackFolksBeingAwesome. I’m happy to announce I’ve started a new project of the same name. Black Folks Being Awesome is a new site that will celebrate the accomplishments of those of the African Diaspora. In light of the recent travesty with the Supreme Court and the Voter Registration Act, the never-ending onslaught of attacks on blacks in the media, this endeavor is being used to counteract the negative and false charges by showcasing the truth and the positive. Black folks making news and making history and oh yeah, being awesome.

You can follow us on Facebook. The beta version of the website is live now. More to come. Feel free to spread the word about the new site.

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My next novel West of Sunset is coming. Been in communication with the publisher and we’re in the process of doing the next round of edits and revisions.

West of Sunset can best be summed up as: Black gay wizard detective, two best friends, witchy heroines, vampire biker gangs, all collide during a vacation in Los Angeles.

 

I’m really excited and I think you all are going to love it. Stay tuned.

Guns Shoot, Man Murders

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In which yours truly is about to express a very unpopular opinion and lose all raging liberal street cred.

I was going to leave this issue alone but I feel I need to get this off my chest or it’s going to plague me for the rest of the year.

I believe in gun control. I don’t believe people should have easy access (if any) to an AK-47 or an Uzi.

However, I also just as strongly believe in the right to bear arms. As a double minority in this country who is regularly discriminated against and has to constantly worry about personal protection, I can’t depend on the police (because half of them are crooks themselves) or the government to protect my rights or my personal safety and there may come a day where I may be forced to take up arms to defend myself or loved ones by any means necessary.

Outlawing guns isn’t going to solve the problem either. When something becomes illegal, people tend to want it all the more simply because they aren’t allowed to have it.

Stricter gun control laws will help and it needs to happen but it’s not the overall solution.

About a year ago I was watching a documentary and a point was made about America. One of the reasons why we have much more violence in this country as opposed to other countries is because of the rotting festering Wild Wild West mentality/culture that has existed since the inception of this country. There are other countries that have easy access to guns but don’t have a fraction of the violence we have.

We believe that might makes right and violence simply for the sake of violence is acceptable. We’re monsters with too much hubris to reflect or revolve because to do so would be perceived as weakness. We’re bullies, we’re abusive and we wonder why the rest of the world hates us but refuse to acknowledge, much less address the issues before us.

Until we change the culture and mindset, nothing is going to change. Whether it’s educating people on respecting firearms, easier access to mental health treatment, or hell, instilling in everyone to respect life.

At the end of the day, a gun is a tool. It has been used to take countless innocent lives, but it has also saved countless lives. Whether it’s an actual honest cop protecting and serving or a single mother defending herself and her children from a predator, or a gay man protecting himself from a potential bashing, or a black man keeping himself from being lynched. You address the mindsets that result in massacres like this, and that’s when you will see change and maybe then will guns become less necessary.

If this post is any indication, I’m very ambivalent when it comes to guns. I own this. On the one hand, I think the world would be better off without them. On the other hand, I’m planning on purchasing one, taking classes, within a year. I’d rather have one and not need it, than to not have one and need it. I’m leaning towards a Beretta in case anyone’s interested.

And no, having a gun in and of itself will not make you Superman. In fact you are more likely to get shot if the attacker knows you have a gun simply because you are perceived as a threat.

Which is why I’m always smdh when people (usually white folks) drone on about how campus shootings would never happen if everyone was allowed to carry guns.

People who believe that (again usually white folks), clearly have never been in the inner city. In the inner city, EVERYBODY has guns. The bangers, the drug dealers, the cashier at the convenient store, even 78-year-old Mrs. Jenkins who gets around in a walker. She’s packing hardware too and will bust a cap in a fool who tries to break into her house. They possess guns either to commit crimes or to protect themselves from criminals, but crime and shootings do not suddenly decrease because a criminal knows you have a gun. Hell, policemen have guns and they get shot at all the time.

And by the way Tenn., I’m gonna need you NOT to pass anymore laws making it legal to carry firearms into bars.

The guns are the tools and yes they make killing easier than other weapons which is why people are quick to use them and stricter gun laws should happen. But until we address the root causes as to why people commit these crimes, mental issues, hate crimes (reinforced by the rampant bigotry that pervades our media), poverty, whatever the case may be, expect more of the same.

My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the victims and survivors of this heartbreaking tragedy today. And I’m glad to see Mainstream America showing compassion and outrage over the senseless violence that befell these innocent children.

I would really love to see that same type of reaction from America the next time the children murdered aren’t (primarily) white but black and brown, be they Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Lawrence King, Darius Simmons, or those Muslim babies children who were gassed in an Ohio Mosque a few years back.

But that might be asking for too much.

And for those of you looking to help after the latest shooting.

Okay I’m done now. As you were.