There’s something categorically profane about putting an Afro-American ex-slave on U.S. currency

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Harriet Tubman, printed on a twenty dollar bill, U.S. currency, over Andrew Jackson’s face. | Photo Credit: Dano Wall

Harriet Tubman on a $20

There seems to be a controversy between having Harriet Tubman on money, replacing Andrew Jackson. Since this initiative has been blocked for years, there’s been a lot of time to think about it.

I remember this being a topic in 2019. My thought on it hasn’t changed since then. The only thing that has changed since 2019 is that now I’m writing again, so expect me to share my thoughts on the matter.

At first, I had a considerable indifference of this gesture, but that indifference grew into an intense dislike. I genuinely do not like the notion of Harriet Tubman being on U.S. currency. I know what you’re thinking; let me explain. …


Don’t celebrate Black firsts unless they think Black, first.

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Retired General Lloyd James Austin III will be nominated as the 26th Secretary of Defense serving a Biden Administration. | Greg Nash, Getty Images

First-Black Celebration Fatigue

As a hot-blooded American fellow, I always believed there are two main ways you can serve your country:

  1. Win her wars, or;
  2. Win her gold medals.

Whether one decides to serve in the military or serve in Olympic contests, I always thought such things were a great honor. I never speak to diminish those who served something greater than themselves. With that being said, I will always be a staunch critic of particular people in positions of power. Just because you respect people in time-honored professions of their choosing, it doesn’t mean that they should exist devoid of criticism. …


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Trump supporter at the “Walk Away” rally in Washington D.C., near the Monument. | 3 Oct 2020 | Photo Credit: Johnny Silvercloud

Unpacking sociopathic stuff Conservatives say during a pandemic

How come the same people who be like: “there’s no race but the human race” and “I don’t care if you’re black, white, brown, or purple” mentally discriminate between Democrat and Republican deaths concerning the COVID-19 pandemic?

At this point, this isn’t the “China Virus.” It’s the Trump Virus.

The same people who claim to love all people (all lives matter?) and claim to pretend racism doesn’t exist by way of psychologically erasing (nonwhite) races by way of colorblind logic (which is flawed logic) parse this apparently “raceless” mass of Americans into two political parties. Why is that? These are also the people who claim to be the most patriotic. These are also people who usually pretend racism isn’t a thing by pointing out a primary national identity (i.e.,


A Kremlin-empowered Zombie-Parler is a very, bad idea.

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Man wears military-spec clothes and chest armor walking to U.S. Capitol, holding his phone. | Washington D.C., U.S.A. | 6 Jan 2021 | Photography Credit: Johnny Silvercloud

A Russian Zombie-Parler is a National Security Threat

DDoS-Guard, a Russian company that offers websites protection and hosting services, has an interesting client list, including the Russian Ministry of Defense, the FSB (the Kremlin’s secret service), multiple cybercrime forums and phishing sites — and the official website of Hamas, the Palestinian group labeled a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.

Now, it has a new client to add to its roster: Parler. ~ David Gilbert, Vice News

Well, that escalated quickly. A few things:

  1. Using Russian servers allows U.S. collection agencies to, um, justify surveillance as if it’s not a solely American thing. As if the United States government was dealing with a foreign adversary. Wanna talk “deep state?” …


Why calls for unity are meaningless when facing right-wing authoritarianism

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Unify? We don’t even see eye-to-eye. A Trump supporter in Washington D.C. I don’t know what he ‘s seeing; which is the precise representation of Trumpian politics in a reality-based worldview. | 6 Jan 2021 | Photography Credit: Johnny Silvercloud

A Common Reflexive Call

After the MAGA terrorism assault on the U.S. Capitol in D.C., there has been many calls for unity. These calls for unity come from not just the conservatives who intentionally fanned the flames of insurrection and sedition, But also from liberals who perfectly mirror the “white moderate” Martin Luther King spoke of:

“I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate.

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” …


Using our warfare experience to diminish others in need is among the worst things Veterans do

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Soldier laying in the prone, aiming her rifle forward. | 28 Mar 2019 | Photography Credit: Johnny Silvercloud

It’s challenging being a military veteran who stands for justice. Military culture is filled to the brim with authoritarian-leaning people who over-simplify complex matters, often speaking as if linear, simple answers solve everything. It gets more baffling when simple authoritarian, fascist talking points effortlessly sway soldiers who require critical thinking and analysis in their profession.

People might think that being in the military makes one right-wing and white supremacist leaning, but all it did in my 20 years of service was harden me to their nonsense. It made me a sharper debater.

Being in warfare doesn’t mean we should maintain a severe emotional immaturity; emotional growth matters.


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National Guard U.S. Army troops stand guard in downtown Washington D.C. streets, after Trump supporters became domestic terrorists, attacking the U.S. Capitol in a plot to capture and assassinate non-Trumpist government officials (coup attempt). | 15 Jan 2021 | Photography Credit: Johnny Silvercloud

Trump supporters have already murdered a police officer. Are they willing to do the same to American Troops?

In a last-ditch effort to retain presidential power (which prevents Trump from being tried and convicted for his criminal activities), President Trump engaged in stochastic terrorism to initiate electoral suppression, by way of a violent coup, attacking the United States Capitol, in Washington D.C.

This MAGA Nazi (or, MAZI?) coup attempt has resulted in Washington D.C. requesting the utilization of U.S. military forces — the National Guard — to secure and occupy the streets.
And they are now here, on our streets in Washington, D.C.


This says a lot more about you than you think, my authoritarian friend.

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A MAGA crowd moving east, towards the U.S. Capitol, before the rioting coup attempt. | 6 Jan 2021 | Photography Credit: Johnny Silvercloud

They Keep on saying Free Speech

In a last-ditch effort to retain this tremendous presidential power (which prevents him from being tried and convicted for his criminal activities), President Trump engaged in stochastic terrorism to initiate electoral suppression, by way of a violent coup, attacking the United States Capitol, in Washington D.C. Why? Because he badly wants to stay president, even though he lost the 2020 presidential election.

This act of sedition from a sitting President in this social media age subsequently resulted in Donald Trump getting banned on Twitter. Donald Trump also got banned or restricted on other online platforms. Such platforms include: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Discord, and Pinterest. Stripe, a payment processor will no longer process fundraising affiliated with the Trump campaign. …


A Black perspective on the Coup Klux Klan’s White Privilege Flex

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The Right-Wing Insurrection Riot initiated by Donald Trump. U.S. Capitol, Washington D.C., USA. | 6 Jan 2021 | Photo Credit: Johnny Silvercloud

Political Terrorism Committed by Ring Wing politics

Trump, already seated at the head of federal executive power, has a significant head start. Instead of pushing up as Hitler did, all he has to do is reach down. This is a very different fascism strategy, and uniquely dangerous, at that. ~ AfroSapiophile, 30 Sep 2020

Before we begin: I was there.

Being a man of military experience among conservatives, I have the gift of immersion; I can walk conservative crowds with no one getting antagonistic, despite disagreement. This talent allows me to exist in tight spaces. So when I say I was there, I was there.

I did not enter the capital, however. Since I’m not credentialed media, I imagine I would be considered them, literally, and may be subject to any myriad of crimes. Keep in mind while folks will tell you they don’t judge a book by its cover, they do judge a crook by his color. …


They simply want maim, mutilate, hurt, and kill civil rights protesters.

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“My color is not a crime! #BlackLivesMatter Black Lives Matter Protest / Phalando Castile Vigil, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. | 10 Jul 2016 | Photo Credit: Johnny Silvercloud

If this insistence ever felt strange, this is the reason why.

“I don’t support that because it’s not a peaceful protest!” ~ Random Whiteness Rangers

The term “peaceful protest” began to have the socio-psychological register of a micro-aggression, and I at first couldn’t really put words to it. It’s like a damning test looking for a string of 100% perfect nondestructive protests within the spacial span of 3.8 million square miles of the United States, with a human population of 328.2 million people, across a long measure of time as long as justice isn’t served. It’s an impossible standard, literally, in every realistic way possible.

It’s an impossible task. It is the “he was no angel” rhetorical-device equivalent to a whole civil rights struggle. The only difference is unlike the murdered Black man, woman, or child, and this movement will be harder to kill (so white supremacy, takes more effort). …

About

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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