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

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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. …

I won’t pretend I’m not. And I’m not the only one.

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Thoughts on White supremacists dying

Rush Limbaugh, a lifelong American white supremacy propagandist, was, unfortunately, born on January 12th, 1951. He died on February 17th, 2021.

I wish white supremacy propagandists died faster, living shorter lives, and dying often.

Rush Limbaugh’s passing is akin to a woman in a fine dress farting at a black-tie gala. That woman in the delicate dress is America.

I do not feel sorry that Rush Limbaugh got killed by first-hand smoke. I do not feel sorry for him or his family. In light of that fact, I’m glad his ass is dead. …

People of color have the same fragility reflex white people have. And it has to stop.

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Not-All Triggered Reflex

While I already knew that Black, Asian, and other nonwhite people exercise a reflexive “not-all” fragility argument, I never made the time to actually address it. Usually, I’ve addressed this issue when white people said “not-all” whites when no one said “all” at all. I can also point to an argument that’s tangentially related: the times when white people see “only” when they see the phrase, Black Lives Matter. These rhetorical devices are deployed for the same function, stating a strawman argument of what someone said, usually gaslighting the Black experience.

So what happened was…

The Story began when I read a brilliant article…

So what the hell are cops doing?

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FM 3–24: Counterinsurgency

The year 2020 may have proven to be a wake up call to many Americans, with much civic dysfunction caused by police lack of accountability, capable of murdering people in plain sight, suffering minimal to no repercussions. With much civic dysfunction such as rebellions (you might be trained to call these riots) occurring, many people have ran behind totalitarian authority figures, such as Donald Trump and over conservative figures, and police, for answers.

Many of these citizens, holding an adversarial disposition towards civil rights, openly advocated for more police violence, such as a call for crackdowns on the public in…

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The First Night Hitting the Streets

It was the end of May 2020. Earlier that day, I just got off the phone with my photographer buddy Tim in Kentucky. We were talking about street photography, documenting the protests and police interactions in Louisville. Breonna Taylor, a medical worker in Louisville, Kentucky, was unjustly killed by police. His hometown was hurting.

This was on top of the fact that a fellow named Ahmaud Arbery was unjustly murdered by civilian racists who essentially hunted him down in their truck in Georgia. And police unjustly killed a man named George Floyd, choking him to death for nearly eight minutes…

It isn’t the Leftists who have a Cancel Culture; it’s Capitalism.

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Gina Carano Fired for being stupid

Carano has tweeted false and baseless intimations that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, suggesting that Donald Trump was its legitimate winner. She’s tweeted criticism of mask mandates during the Covid-19 pandemic. She has changed her Twitter profile to mock trans pronouns and posted anti-Semitic memes. ~ By Emily VanDerWerff, Vox, Feb 12, 2021

With a 7–1–0 fighting record, Gina Carano isn’t used to getting dropped. In light of a persistently horrendous anti-semitic, fascism-supporting social media presence, the House of Mouse however, gave her a swift L.

Disney (Lucas Films) dropped Carano faster than a live-action remake.

I think it…

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If those Biden voters showed up on Jan 6th, 2021 the way they did on Nov 7th, 2020, the Capitol would not have been attacked.

Context: 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 took place on January 6, 2021.

Strategic Mistakes

I don’t know how to say this, but I believe that not showing up to face off Trump’s fascist mob is a strategic mistake.

On November 7th, 2020, when Biden officially locked the votes to secure election win, scores and scores of Joe Biden supporters swarmed the streets…

“The Washington Football Team” is equally stupid. Fix this mess.

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The U.S. Patent Office has dropped the Washington Redskins name off from being a registered trademark. The Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has refused to change the team’s name, citing tradition, despite a highly racist history (the last to integrate with Black players, and was forced by the federal government to do so). The team can still use the name, but it would lose the legal power of trademark protection. This means anyone can use the name and logo at their own pleasure. …

Because diabolical villainy is fun, and white people can’t be the only ones defining that.

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We need more black villains in our stories.

Now, I don’t mean more drug dealers or gang leaders, or warlords. I mean the taking over the world, mass destruction, global-economy destabilizing, death-beam-from-above type of villains. The seductively charismatic, megalomaniac types. But they don’t even have to be that big. I’ll take a cerebral homicidal maniac who has been hiding bodies in the backyard for decades or a classy leader of a team of professional bank robbers. Something that gives us more than an exaggeratingly stereotypical Black character. Black villains full of depth and character. We need more magnificent Black villains.

Epic-Fantasy is too damn Eurocentric to meaningfully get into

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Growing up in America as an Afro-American child is fascinating, looking back on it all as an adult. In the eighties, we had movies like The NeverEnding Story and The Princess Bride. Honestly, these two movies are awesome, epic, and any attempt to rehash or reboot them would be, wait for it — inconceivable. Sure, who doesn’t love following Westley on his quest to, technically, save the Princess? Who doesn’t love following Atreyu through those deadly statues? What about the Indigo Montoya?

“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

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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