Where will you be? By Toni Larue

“The Black skin is not a badge of shame by a symbol of national greatness.” -Marcus Garvey

 Imagine after a long day of work, you want to take your staff out to lunch as a thank you. After much deliberation, everyone decides on a restaurant, not too far from the office. It’s an upscale eatery so everyone is excited because it’s not often that you indulge yourself in fine dining.

There’s seven of you. You walk in and relief sweeps over you when you realize the restaurant is pretty much empty so there shouldn’t be much of a wait time.

The greeter asks you how many do you want to sit.

You smile and say seven.

There’s hesitation… “Are policy states that we cannot accommodate a party of that size,” the greeter replies.

“Ok, not a problem”, you say. “You can split us up. Four at one table and three at another. We don’t even have to be on the same side of the restaurant if you’re unable to.”

“Since we know you can in together, we still can’t seat you.”

How would you react to that response? Would you think it’s racist or would you think you’ve encountered restaurant workers who are just trying to flex their power?

I would have gone with option two. I provided a solution and instead of agreeing with my solution the restaurant employee’s rather stick to their stance than admit I have a point.

For the millionaire, Jay Morrison, he may have agreed with me until he went public about the incident and was flooded with photos of non-Black, restaurant goers, eating at that very restaurant with parties larger than his own.

Last week, real estate tycoon, Jay Morrison was refused seating at a local restaurant in Atlanta, Houston’s. The rejection turned into a full throttle boycott, with the help of rapper T.I and others. As far as I know, Houston’s was shut down for two days.

After the boycott incident, Jay Morrison appeared on my favorite, Dr Boyce Watkin’s, YouTube channel and after watching the interview, I knew this time would be different.

We are used to Black activist telling us how we should own and control, how we should buy Black and support Black business but there wasn’t a time, from what I could remember, where they actually took action on their words.

Jay Morrison mentioned a Tulsa project where he and his team of investors planning to purchase blocks of real estate and began the process of rebuilding. We’re talking Black hospital’s, Black restaurants, Black everything….

The interview went more in depth so I will post the link below:

 https://youtu.be/o6ISF8AK9Vk

 More and more influential Black people are speaking out in support of our Blackness.

The energy is different this time. There will be action and though it might get bad before it gets better, I am ready for the battle.

It is time that we wear our confidence and that we display to the world that we will no longer wait for opportunities but create our own.

Ladies and gentlemen…we are experiencing a historic moment…where will you be..

About Author:

author-Toni-LarueToni Larue is an author, entrepreneur and women’s empowerment advocate. She is the author of fiction novels, Abandoned Secrets (available now) and No Kissing (release date TBD), and the co-owner and COO of Team Jon Doe Management and Entertainment and Sounwave Music.

http://www.teamjondoe.com

 

 

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Wake Up by Toni Larue

“Don’t be in such a hurry to condemn a person because he doesn’t do what you do, or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today.” ~Malcolm X

What does it mean to be woke?

Does it mean that I’m against my people when I don’t buy everything from Black owned businesses? Am I an insult to my people when I wear weaves and artificial nails? Am I the enemy for having friends of different racial backgrounds?  Am I not woke because I believe in the political system, economic system??? Am I not woke because I don’t think every decision made for me or against me is because of the color of my skin?

I know this article is different from previous, but I felt that is was relevant because mindset plays a huge role in how successful we are as a community, whether it be financial, physical, mental and/or spiritual.

I had a discussion with some friends about what it meant to be conscious and It amazed me how many definitions, some I listed above, that people had. Like the feminist movement, a plethora of definitions consume the actual meaning. It gets buried in the quick sand and before you know it everyone is living their own definition of WOKE.

I’d like to think I’m woke.  I am aware of systematic racism and oppression that hinders the development and growth of my people. I try to do my part by using my platforms, supporting my people in their endeavors and educating them on solutions that we need to conquer collectively. However, I’m nothing like the top tier of WOKE people like Brother Polight and Red Pill and Blue pill and many more, but does that make me less of an influence? Or does is work like your carbon footprint? With every bottle you recycle you make the world a better place?

I’m telling you guys, I searched the net and YouTube and anything else I could find to give an accurate definition of what it meant to be woke and what I got was a matter of perspective and perception.

So, like many other people, I’ve come to my own conclusion (lol). The two quotes I included are from Malcolm X and Angela Davis, both these individuals did their part for the betterment of the Black community. But they weren’t perfect. They weren’t perfect and they made an impression in our future. So, I’m saying all this to say…do your part but don’t worry about how woke you are because you can never be something that isn’t clearly defined.

“I’m not longer accepting the things I cannot change…I’m changing the things I cannot accept.” ~ Angela Davis

 

Women Haters by Selena Haskins

She rolls her eyes and sucks her teeth when everyone else compliments you. She’s critical and never has anything good to say about you, except to point out your human mistakes. Women like this have been called a “woman-hater,” a woman who hates on women and can’t find anything good to say. Have you ever met a woman like this?

Women haters are all around us—at our jobs, schools, in our families, and even in our places of worship. Why do women hate on other women? Is it jealousy? Is it insecurity? I’m not an expert in diagnosing this type of behavior, but I’ve had plenty of experience with other women hating me. Have you?

Here is what I’ve concluded, women who hate on other women are often unhappy with themselves. Instead of rejoicing with you in your success they would rather criticize. They actually wish they were you. That may sound like a stretch, but it’s true! They wish they had your knowledge, skills, talents, and the ambition it took to reach your goals. Because they’re not you, they can’t stand themselves, and they’ll do anything in their power to let you feel their misery.

They will even accuse you of being full of yourself. What’s sad is that, a woman hater will easily make herself the victim. She’ll conspire with others and try to get them to side with her. She realizes that gossip is contagious and the more negativity she can spread about you, the better… at least she thinks so.

How can you tell if you’re a woman-hater? Check your feelings and actions. Do you feel jealous when other women receive accolades? Do you intentionally hold back on being supportive of other women? Do you hate other women for no reason? Do you feel intimidated by other women’s success or even their appearance? If you honestly answer yes to any of these questions, then you could be a woman hater. It may hurt to admit the truth to yourself, but none of us are perfect. Once you own your truth be moved to take action! How?

Hate is conquered by showing love. When you sense ill-feelings brewing inside of you, be quick to put the fire out. Compliment the other woman, put on a pleasant smile and wish her a good day. Hate is something easily seen and sometimes another woman will agitate your displeasure.

Do you want what the other woman has? Covetousness is conquered by being happy with what you have. It’s easy to get jealous of someone’s else’s success when you never saw their struggles to get there. Is the other woman better looking, a good dresser, a people person whom others admire? Good for her! Why are you mad about that? All of us are attracted to different types of people, aren’t you? If you are a pleasant person than it’s likely you will attract others in your own way too.

However, if you are a hater, a jealous person or backbiting, your behavior will only isolate you from others. Let’s face it, everyone is not going to like you. You can’t be everyone’s best friend. Yet, that’s no reason to hate on another woman. You can simply smile even if you don’t agree with other’s opinion or if you do agree, instead of rolling your eyes and getting upset, why not compliment the other woman? Heck, ask for beauty tips and she just may be flattered that you asked.

In fact, it may even show that you care about yourself and how you look. She may view you differently, and in turn, you may get to know her better and see that she’s not how you “felt” about her at all.

On the other hand, if you’re a victim of a woman who is constantly hating on you through her malicious acts, then stop being the victim and be the victor! Don’t allow a woman hater to rain on your parade and then do her “happy dance” afterward. Allow her to be exactly who she is by not changing who you are. Seeking her approval will only drive you crazy because you will never get it!

At the end of the day, there’s enough competition out here in this world. There’s no reason for women to hate on each other. Real women lift other women by encouraging them, celebrating them, and letting them know they’re appreciated. Of course, the world isn’t this simple or perfect, but as long as you do your part to show how a real woman should be, let them hate on and watch you succeed!

Being a Strong Black Woman in 2017 by Nancy L. Collins

You speak your mind. You don’t hold back your feelings. Standing up for others, who cannot do it for themselves, is what drives you. Wearing your feelings on your shoulders is a “no, no.”

However with every chance that’s allowed, you take life by the horns! You have been given rotten peaches and sour cream. Yet you have turned it around for your good. Despite everything and everyone negative, that has come your way, somehow you made it all work for you!! Many people don’t understand you. It’s been a constant battle to defend yourself and/or your actions.

Nevertheless allow me to encourage you today. Keep being you!! There are enough people in the world who don’t stand up for anything! Everything gets a pass with them. Nothing ruffles their feathers. Don’t become like them. Your personality and strength is needed! You were created with and for a purpose.

People who may not be as strong as you, are awaiting your arrival. They need your passion & fire! They need to be pushed and encouraged in the right direction. If you stop being you, (it’s possible) that those person’s will never get to their next level in life.

Be you!! Be the Strong Black Woman whom you were created to be! Stop explaining yourself, to people who are not concerned about knowing you. After today, it’s no longer your problem if others don’t get you. Of course this is not a written permission to become unruly or hateful. Yet it is a permission to stand strong.

Understand this, being a Strong Black Woman will never be easy. You will be labeled as having a bad attitude, being a loud mouth, messy, angry, lonely, and every other negative thing you can think of. Most persons who give out those labels to Strong Black Women, are probably at a loss as to how to handle her.

Don’t hold it against them. Some men find it hard to date those type of women. While other men, find those types of women invigorating. Many days you may feel alone. The quantity of equal minded friends, may present itself as a challenge. Don’t throw in the towel. Keep being you. No matter how long it takes, the right persons will enter into your life and appreciate you.

You’re on the right path just for you. Trust and believe, they are plenty of other sisters traveling down the same road as you. Link up with those sisters. Build a network. Work on Friendships. Stand confident in who you are. Be unique. Be you. Be strong. For someone is waiting on the strength that lies in you!

 

Why are we Broke, Black People? By Toni Larue

“Dr. King organized the Poor People’s Campaign in 1968 to shut down Washington, D.C. and force legislators to tackle poverty. His efforts to shift focus from civil to silver rights were interrupted by his untimely death. He fought ardently for Black rights, but he also recognized financial literacy as the key to an America that was truly free for all people”. ~John Hope Bryant

Every Black family should invest in a family business. I believe in that statement and in fact I’ve been working on making it happen. I have several independent businesses that I own with my husband but wanted to widen the opportunities.

I reached out to my family and my husband’s side of the family and the discussion I had with them led to the following article. Why are Black people broke? I received a plethora of responses to why people think our community is lacking financial prosperity. I’m going to highlight a few of those claims:

Every generation starts from scratch: Some of us are lucky to enter the world with a financial head start. It could a be trust fund, a home, stocks and bonds, a large sum of money to invest, something that gives you an edge over the rest. Unfortunately, most Black generations are forced to start from scratch because the generations before us left us with nothing.

I stumbled across this article online called, African Americans Face Financial Challenges (2013), that proposed a reason it’s difficult for Black families to get ahead. “Family responsibilities weigh heavy in the African American community.

Some 40 percent of African American households are headed by women with no partner or spouse, compared to 26 percent of female-only heads of household in the general population. On top of that, 33 percent of African American households are financially supporting children and grandchildren younger than 18, and 9 percent are supporting parents or grandparents. In the general population, only 25 percent support children younger than 18 and 4 percent support parents or grandparents” (Phipps,2013)

Lacking Financial literacy: Before you think of building generational wealth one thing to pass down is financial literacy. What good would it do to pass down a fortune to someone who doesn’t understand how money works? They will only run through the wealth you’ve acquired, leaving the generation that follows, high and dry.

Fixed Income: A fixed income isn’t just associated with people who collect social security, disability, etc… Fixed income is correlated with receiving one income from one source. In order to build generational wealth, we must acquire various streams of income (that can be passed down). It is not enough depending on a job to provide you with overtime in order to increase your income. Never allow one person or employer to control whether or not your family eats. Be in control of your earnings.

Integration and not supporting Black Business: I wrote an article a while ago about integration being the demise of Black wealth. I believe that our need to assimilate has destroyed our need to support our own people.  Psychologically, there is a lot that we must work on as a community to understand why it is hard for us to support our own people but for now seek out some Black owned businesses and support them.

“One Generation Plants the Trees; another gets the shade”. ~Chinese Proverb

 References

Phipps, Jennie L. (May 21,2013). African Americans face financial challenges. Retrieved from http://www.bankrate.com/financing/retirement/African-americans-face-financial-challenges/

 Author bio:

Toni Larue

author-Toni-LarueToni has new novels out titled No Kissing that is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Toni+larue+now+kissing

 

Photo Credits:  Multi-generational Wealth. Digital image. 4 Keys to Building Generation Wealth. October 26th, 2015. Web. April 17th, 2017.http://www.billionairebelief.com/4-keys-to-building-generational-wealth/

 

Your Patience is Key-By Charlotte Croom Martin

In a world filled with so much going on where do we find the time to have some patience? This is a question that a select few people are asking themselves. 

We can take a tour bus ride through New York City and see just how much patience is displayed. For example, we see a group of ladies trying to cross the street before the light turn red, but here is a taxi cab driver trying to make a turn at the same corner where the ladies are trying to cross the street. 

So where is the patience here I ask myself. Here is another senior you are in the checkout   line at Walmart and there are two customers ahead of you, they are smiling and talking to the cashier as they are making their purchase and then you say  out loud enough for them to hear, “can we speed up the talking some of us got to go to work.” Again, where is your patience?

In our everyday life, we can be busy at times but we should find some patience along the way at the right time. If we don’t know how to show patience, how do we expect for people to have patience when we just may need it? Here are just some of the places where your patience are needed; on the job when we are dealing with co-workers and our boss. 

At home, we especially need here because we are dealing with our front line important people in our lives. When the children need help with homework or projects that has a dead line. Another one is in our marriage sometimes partners do not always see eye to eye on every issue and we got to have patience that that partner will come around. 

Last is learning to have patience when you are asking God to help you get out of a mess that you put yourself into. Now you know you been in that thing for a while so be patience and wait for the answer from him. To many times we move before God on a situation and mess things up for ourselves.

In the Old Testament in the bible, God was patiently waiting for Israel to choose to obedience but they kept sinning in his face. God gave them ample opportunity to stop sinning and turn towards him but they didn’t so he withdraw his protection from them until they would cry out and return to him. 

So if God is still showing us patience and he is; therefore, let’s show patience for one another on the face of the Earth. With Holidays  approaching us we need to think about patience along the way. Many of us will be out hustling through the Malls and streets trying to buy this and that for our love ones. 

Take time to have patience while waiting in the long line at the grocery store or at the Mall. The truth of the matter is when you have patience and wait on certain things in your life you will get the right job or the right mate and not just any mate. 

Patience is key when we are operating with other people. Not only that but it makes a person feel good because you can display patience when others can’t. This world was not always in the fast pace lane but because of the technology today we want things when we want them and sometimes that is not good.

Sometimes it is good to let things come to you naturally not so much in a hurry. Where would we be if God did not have patience with us today? 

Sit back and think about your day, did you show patience today? What if your husband was not patience with you, wouldn’t you feel some kind of way? Or our boss if they never showed patience, you probably wouldn’t be working there much long.  

We are humans so we will make mistakes along the way. But we can try to do what is right and what we know is right to others. Maybe patience does not mean a thing to you and you care not to show patience. Well that is fine also but we hope nothing will ever happen to you where you will want someone to have patience with you. This is the thing if you are in the field of servicing, you need patience. 

Some jobs more than others need people to have patience. It only takes a few seconds to display patience to your brother or sister or even your neighbor. Just by you showing patience will make someone day especially if they are not having such of a good day.

Author’s Bio

Charlotte Croom Martin is a self-publish author in North Carolina. She works for one of the largest retail stores Walmart. She is known for her smile that brings you to smile. Her 2013 book “In The Stranger’s House” earned her air time on bctv. org as a guest for a topic called”Matters Of CONCERN”.

Social Media:

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Email:

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It’s Alright by Shaniqka Canty

Today I was able to ask myself a series of questions that I don’t have the answer to and what downloaded to my spirit was that “it’s alright”. I may not have the answers now but they will come. I was on the phone with someone special who I consider a big sister and she said “Just remain open and it will come. It may not be packaged how you expect it to be…but the answer will come!”. I hear that statement so many times but today when I heard it, It felt like a ton of bricks was lifted off my shoulder and my spirit feels so much lighter.

 Whoever is reading this you maybe in a situation and it seems like this answer is not coming fast enough. But I want to ask you. Are you in the receiving position? Some of us (including myself at times) remain with our hands closed instead of being open.

 Sometimes we must be in a giving position to receive FIRST! So I want you to do a self-evaluation and see if you have your hands open or closed. This is a two way street. You have to LOOK BOTH WAYS to get to the OTHER SIDE. We want God to give and give but are we open, ready, willing, able and positioned right. We are here on earth to be served so in return we can be serviced. I want to encourage you to know that it’s alright!

Author: Shanikqa Canty

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Photo Credits:  Pixabay Photo

 

Have Black’s been Trump’d? by Toni Larue

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you down. It’s the pebble in your shoe. ~Muhammad Ali

             It took me awhile to write this article. I wanted to make sure I chose my words carefully because the topic provoked an emotional reaction from most people. Though I want to provoke thought, I do not want to offend anyone and their personal beliefs. In fact, I want this article to be inspiring and not only offer hope but encourage action among Black people. No matter how someone feels about the Presidential election, we must use that fear, anger, anxiety, and apprehension to do something about it. After many rewrites and days of contemplation, I decided to share my thoughts about our newest President elect, Donald Trump.

Just like you, I remember election day. It started off as a normal day. I had a conversation with various clients as they looked forwarded to casting their votes. One client in particular asked me if I was going to vote. My answer…” No!”. I can still see the puzzled look in her eyes and then she asked me why. I explained to her why I felt I had no dog in this race. I’m Black and I’m middle-class.  I went on to say that I didn’t favor either candidate so I decided not to participate in the election.

Later that night I was watching the news as the results were coming in. Many friends and family members were texting me at various points of time when it appeared that Donald Trump was winning by a landslide. I eventually fell asleep before our newest president was elected. I woke up the next morning and asked my husband who won. His response, “Trump!”. I thought about my response for brief a moment and said, “Maybe this is what Black people need to finally rise to the occasion because we’ve been comfortable for too long.”

Like with any subject, I don’t like to speak about what I do not know.  I found after Trump’s election that a lot I discovered that the people who were most upset had no ideas what his policies were. What they didn’t like were the images that were displayed on media throughout presidential campaign. Now, I will be the first to admit that Trump appears to be racist, prejudice, chauvinistic, and so on but what I cared about were his policies and what I found wasn’t bad….

I agree with most of what he “plans” to do, like:

  • Middle class tax reduction
  • Increasing federal funding for low-income (urban) schools
  • Rewrite the tax code to allow working parents to deduct from their income taxes child care and elderly dependents expenses

…to name a few but only time will tell. He has strict policies on crime and plans to heavily fund the military which is common for the Republican party.

After this election, what saddened me was the overwhelming emotional response from Black people. I received a different response from other communities. The morning after the election I went to the nail shop. Not one Korean spoke about Trump winning. For the sake of conversation, I asked the Technician who was doing my nails what he felt about it. His response justified my feelings. He said it doesn’t matter who is in office because his family (and the Korean Community) are self- sufficient. 

Exactly! I thought.

 We shouldn’t be fearful (after all, we survived Bush and Bush, Jr) but we are because we’re too reliant on the government for our success. Donald Trump’s election should be a wake-up call to all Black people. It is time to organize and create our own economy because the government will never be the savior that we keep hoping for.

 “The sooner you realize it’s never going to go back to the way it was, the sooner you will move on. ~Unknown

Photo Credits: For image: Digital image. Trump card.Publish date March 30th, 2016. Retrieved 11/12/2016 at http://innoculous.com/2016/03/trump-card/

About the Author:

Toni Larueauthor-Toni-Larue

Toni Larue is an author, entrepreneur and women’s empowerment advocate. She is the author of fiction novels, Abandoned Secrets (available now) and No Kissing (release date TBD), and the co-owner and COO of Team Jon Doe Management and Entertainment and Sounwave Music.

http://www.teamjondoe.com

 

 

Is Boycotting Effective? By Toni Larue

“The majority of Negroes who took part in the year-long boycott of Montgomery’s buses were poor and untutored; but they understood the essence of the Montgomery movement; one elderly woman summed it up for the rest. When asked after several weeks of walking whether she was tired, she answered: My feet is tired, but my soul is at rest.

~Martin Luther King, Jr

 It was just over 60 years ago when a woman by the name of Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a White passenger on a city bus. The controversial act lead to Parks arrests and sparked the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycotts which lasted 381 days. The 13-month protest ended with the United States ruling that segregation on public buses was unconstitutional.

We haven’t seen an impact as big as the MBB (Montgomery bus boycotts) take place in 60 years which have some people saying that boycotts are just not as effective as they once were. Is this true? Maybe! The act of boycotting isn’t what’s ineffective. I believe it’s the absence of carrying it out and the lack of productivity during and after the boycotts. Think about it. The MBB took place for 381 days. That is over a year of determination and dedication and it paid off well. The problem today is we lack the dedication and we refuse to sacrifice our temporary comfort for the greater cause.

It’s been over a month since the Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile killings. Most people were outraged and fed-up with what was happening and proclaimed to make a difference. A lot of us received text messages and emails saying boycott Target, Walmart, etc. We’ve watched videos telling us to move our money to Black owned banks. WE WERE HYPED!!!  And it lasted for about a week. Though Black owned banks seen an increase in new accounts, the journey doesn’t stop there. Just because the news isn’t talking about it, doesn’t mean we stop talking about it.  Just imagine if Blacks could unify for the greater cause for six months, one year, two years…. How amazing would that be?

Boycotting is effective if applied appropriately. It isn’t something you do as a standalone; meaning don’t JUST boycott for a few hours and spend the rest of your days doing nothing to support the cause.

Here are some tips you can do to make sure your boycott efforts are effective:

  • City specific boycotts
  • Put your money into Black owned banks
  • Support Black owned businesses

“It is easy to sit up and take notice, what is difficult is getting up and taking action.”

~Honore de Balzac

Photo Credits

For image: Digital Image.381 days. Publish date unknown. August 18th, 2016 https://aupushistory.wikispaces.com/Montgomery+Bus+Boycott

 

When will the crimes against black people stop? 


The senseless crimes continue to plague the black community with unjustified shootings of black men. After the holiday, which was the celebration of Independence on July 4th only to wake up to the  senseless murder of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge,LA and less than 24 hours the shooting of Philandro Castile in Minnesota.  It was too much to bare emotionally within one week. Like many of my fellow brothers and sisters I was extremely angry, hurt, disappointed with our justice system, and my heart went out to the family of the victims.  What made me even more mad was how the media decided to flip the focus from the victims to nonsense they called news worthy.

People are crying out about the injustice that continues to plaque the Black Community. Many celebrities spoke out and posted picture memes for their frustration along with the rest of the world. In a country where black men and women were brought to this country in chains in the 1700’s sold and separated from their families only to endure more pain with lynching’s as a way to teach a lesson.  Then to follow in the 20th century with just blatant unjustifiable shootings that take innocent lives with no criminal charges.

The above picture stood out in my mind and truly had me in tears. One would ask, where is the justice in all of this? When can a man Black or Brown be treated equally? When will a Black man be treated like a free man instead of the treatment that was reflected in the history of African Americans?

When will the justice system see Black men and women as equal to any other ethic background? When will corrupted polices officers be charged with murder? We don’t want to hear about desk duty or administrative leave as a form of punishment for their actions. The evidence is clear in the recorded videos that clearly speak for itself. It’s as if the justice system has taken a blind eye to the unfair treatment and senseless killings of African American men and women.

I was happy to see the peaceful rally’s around major cities like Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Chicago. It’s about bringing the awareness to the forefront that we as a nation of people of many ethic races are tired and had enough of the injustice. We are uniting to show our grave concerns for the wrongful shootings that have taken place not just during the week of July 4th  but for several years with many other heartbreaking shootings.  It’s not just about gun control anymore, it’s about the injustice performance against Black men and women.

It’s time to stand up and let our voices be united and heard. We are not hear to add to violence against anyone.  It’s long over due that we must demand justice for the unjust. We have to be their voice and not be silenced. We must set aside our differences and look at the faces that are before us and stop turning a blind eye to the situations at hand. It’s time the world know we matter and our lives are just as important. We are not inferior nor are we animals. You go haunting for animals not human beings.

We have the power to voice our rights, our choices, our position, to demand justice, and most important to exercise our vote in the 2016 election. We do have the power and it’s greater in numbers.  It is important to vote not just in the primary elections but the local elections too. It’s time to get to know the names of judges, district attorney’s, state representatives, ect so that you exercise your right by keeping the hypocrites, the racist, and those who don’t believe or stand for justice for all irregardless of your skin color or gender out of the office.

The oath they take is to protect, serve, provide justice for all not some. It’s time to hold the justice system to be accountable for the actions of those who feel the need to abuse the system.  It’s time to take back our power by electing appropriate officials that will help legislate, implement, and enforce laws that will give criminal charges against those who choose to violate a person because of their ethnic background, skin color, or gender.

Too many lives have been taken way too soon with unjustified actions. It’s time to be held accountable. It’s time to unite a people and a community.  We cannot demand change without standing up together as a community. Are you going to stand up?

Will you join me by taking action on this campaign?

#BlackLivesMatter  #StandUp #TimeForJustice #Vote2016
The article was originally posted on Sistah’s Blog at http://www.sistahsplace2.blogspot.com