Photography Credit: Johnny Silvercloud

The Six Freedoms Kept From Black Folk’s Grasp

Being black in America is one hell of an experience that white people, definitely would not trade. Being black in America means automatically to be feared as “America’s Boogeyman”. Being black in America means that you will have to give your children, very unique “talks” (that no other race has to do) to keep them from getting lynched. Being black means that you are infinitely the “other” to the white person’s “self”.

I never seen any document that attempts to word out the lack of freedoms black people exist with. …

One of the founding members of Freedom Fighters D.C. enjoys his meal at the Mutual Aid Table. | 17 Feb 2021 | Photo Credit: Johnny Silvercloud

I want to write more but I do photography too

I wish I could write like a lot of my peers. You know, all the time. The thing about me is that I’m a different type of writer on Medium. I’m actually a photographer who just so happens to write. It might be a shock to those who only know me as a writer, but it’s a fact. I guess the writing side is decent due to the fact that it’s just be thinking; I write like how I talk.

A video still of the police interrogation of Michael Dunn, the racist murderer of Jordan Davis. So it is proven that police can properly interrogate white supremacists. So why didn’t they with Chauvin? | 24 Nov 2012

Was Derek Chauvin Interrogated Properly?

When I glanced at the Derek Chauvin trial (April, 2021) I kept on wondering about his interrogation. What did it look like? How was his demeanor? Does his interrogation even exist? More than likely, he ran behind his lawyer immediately.

But still, my biggest question is this: how come the police didn’t sweat out a confession from Derek Chauvin?

I really don’t get the audacity of white supremacy. How could you not confess? After all, it’s on video, and it has been seen around the world thousand times over. Literal video evidence exists. Law enforcement has made suspects confess off…

The people take to the streets to celebrate and represent for the Jurors in Minnesota agreeing to grant Justice for George Floyd, with Derek Chauvin (a murderous cop) being found GUILTY for all three charges, and will be convicted. | 20 Apr 2021 | Photography Credit: Johnny Silvercloud

Derek Chauvin Found Guilty on all Three

It’s April 20, 2021. After a day of work, I already felt that I need to hit the streets. As I got home to take off my clothes, I turned on the news, and it’s discovered that Derek Chauvin is found guilty on all three charges:

  • second-degree murder
  • third-degree murder
  • second-degree manslaughter

I was about to take off my suit and change into street clothes, but traffic will get worse in between. I strapped up my cameras and headed out, only changing my shoes.

I was so happy to finally see that the jurors — people from all walks of…

“What’s Next?” Protester/demonstrator holds up a sign during the celebration of Trump’s failure/Biden’s election win. Photography Credit: Johnny Silvercloud

Democrats never, Republicans always

There’s a problem with politics in America due to the dichotomy between only two political parties.

One party, says precisely what it’s going to do for their supporters, regardless of how horrible those actions are, and then executes policy on what they say. The other party says what it’s going to for their supporters, and then does nothing.

Democrats never, Republicans always.

Looking at the last four years, Donald Trump, with a Republican Party walking behind him like a hive-minded collective, has literally sought to do everything he said he was going to do, as informed by his supporters. It…

Owen Shroyer of InfoWars, visiting Washington, D.C. for the 2020 Women’s March. I didn’t know who he was when I first met him here, but definitely know who he is now. At the time he was looking for the most ridiculous (by his judgment) liberal folks to share minimal microphone time with, just to validate the notion that everyone there is clownish and ridiculous. When I called him out on how many times he straw-manned an argument or premise, moved goalposts, and changed his argument, he placed down his microphone and shook my hand and said, “well done.” He continued to look for actual fools throughout the crowd by the White House, however. | 18 Jan 2020 | Photography Credit: Johnny Silvercloud

Someone has to Say it

I’m going to have to say it — conservatives are fun.

Being out here as a street photographer covering various protests, I’ll have to say that between conservatives, liberals, and progressives, it is the conservative who has the most fun.

One can watch a crowded women’s rights protest for example, and eventually find a conservative commentator trying their best to be comedians or something, with their microphones and loudspeakers. Conservatives will show up to a progressive or liberal public event only to make mockeries out of whomever their targets are.

Conservatives always think they are funny. …

Screen Capture of the assault and abuse of 2LT Nazario

Second Lt. Caron Nazario, a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Medical Corps was in uniform driving to Petersburg, Virginia after a drill weekend. On December 5th, 2020, two police officers ordered him out of his his truck, at gunpoint, with their weapons aimed at his face.

This happened in December, 2020. We are only hearing about this now, in April, 2021.

Police popped their lights on him a mile away in the country rural dark — a scary scene for a Black man in the South. Too nervous to stop on a darkened road, Lieutenant Nazario, who is a Black-Latin…

One two one two, come through run through. Gun who? Oh you don’t know what the gun do? / Some do; those that know are real quiet. Let me think you wanna try it, fuck around and start a riot. / Niggas gonna buy it, regardless because I’m the hardest rap artist and I’mma start this / shit up foreal, get up and feel, my words I make herbs split up and squeal / Ill is all I’ve been hearin’ lately Niggas hate me, wanna duck tape me and make me / put their brains on the wall, when I…

Whoopi Goldberg, The Color Purple (1985) | Warner Bros. Pictures

Whoopi Goldberg (Caryn Elaine Johnson) was born in 1955. By the time 1985 came around, she was thirty years old. This is where we saw her in her breakout role as Celie in The Color Purple. She was thirty-five when she showed up as the eccentric psychic in the movie Ghost in 1990. She subsequently stole the show, making nuns cool in the movie Sister Act in 1992, which demanded a sequel which was released in 1993.

Long story short: rappers, athletes, and other Black celebrities were wrong in calling a 1980–1990s Whoopi Goldberg ugly. She was fine. Whoopi Goldberg…

Photo of me, Johnny Silvercloud, taken in 2020

I want to make this short.

Multiple Black writers on Medium have spoken on the fact that they are not getting the readership they once got. Some Black writers on Medium stated that their work is getting throttled (video game language for choked-out, diminishing returns).

I was never skeptical of their claims; I just couldn’t visualize it. After all, I started writing on Medium long after many of the folks I have seen complain. I couldn’t just gauge my own work, even though I did see a short drop in followership growth. …

Johnny Silvercloud

The analytical street photographer who exists to fight against racism, sexism, and fascism. U.S. Army vet. Writer. Speaker. Twitter: @johnnysilverclo

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