Source: Truth Telling Time
It has been a terribly long time since I have been here but I have kept my peace for long enough. It is time for the Real Little Guy to share my sentiments. Over the past month or so, I have been struggling with an internal battle; what does our nation stand for? The string of violence around the world has made this unrest in me to be even more irritated so I want to share with you.
I am a proud American citizen who loves the freedoms afforded to me. Now don’t get me wrong, the USA has tremendous injustice and lots of room to grow, but the fact that I can share these sentiments in a testament to some of the rights of citizens. Where I struggle is with the continuous perpetuation of the American LIE. You may be asking what the lie is so let me share: America embraces people of all races and religions and treats all citizens equally and fairly. Those words may not appear anywhere exactly but this is paraphrasing of several of our most prized documents and guiding principles. This is a lie and we have to stop telling it or start living its truth!
As you all know, the world has seen a rash of mass murders, the killing of innocent people from South Carolina to Paris to California. Sick demented individuals who had no consideration for human life period carried out the killings. I will not label the perpetrators any more than that because it would be unfair. You see, mass media will tell you that two of the three were acts of terror. I contend that all of them were acts of terror; we just aren’t willing to label a white murderer as a terrorist.
According to the FBI website, “Domestic terrorism” means activities with the following three characteristics:
- Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
- Appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and
- Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.
If this definition is in fact what the FBI uses to categorize domestic terrorism then I believe we have quite a few terrorists who should be added to the primarily Muslim list. Let’s add: Dylan Roof, Thomas Jessee Lee, Cedric Prather, Joseph Jesse Aldridge, David Conley, Robert Dear, and Barry Kirk. All of these men were responsible for mass murders in the USA this year. I’m sure you are surprised that you have never heard many of these names but they can be found amongst a comprehensive list of mass shootings in 2015.
This brings me to the point of my penmanship, I am tired of us instigating a religious war with Islam in the name of terrorism. Terrorists are of several religions and races. I am no Muslim but I do feel like the term “Radical Islamic Terrorism” is over used and charges an already fearful country to tag all Muslims as terrorists. LOOK AT THE LIST! White men by and large, commit mass murders in this country.
On July 24, 2015, CNN published a story called “Who Commits mass shootings?” The findings were astonishing, considering what we hear day in and day out on the television. According to data compiled by Mother Jones magazine, which looked at mass shootings in the United States since 1982, white people — almost exclusively white men — committed some 64% of the shootings. Black people committed close to 16% of the mass shooting Mother Jones looked at, while Asians were responsible for around 9%. People identified as either Latino, Native American and unknown rounded out the study. These are the facts!
I end this piece by saying to mass media, our Republican candidates and Conscious America, WAKE UP. Terrorism is not about a religion or a race. It is about a lack of value on human life and fear. No one race or religion is big enough to encompass those purposes. Stop instilling false fear into people. The public deserves the truth. No more making up the numbers to sell a story. I would like to live in a country that honestly shares the facts and reflects on how we can be better.
This past Sunday, I went heard a phenomenal sermon entitled “when four of a kind beats a full house.” It was quite inspiring and encouraging. My spirit was lifted and I was renewed in the belief that God could see past the big crowd or full house to take care of the little guys like me. What a great way to start off the month! And then the work week began and the toils of work and life began to beat down on me, again. I started to feel like my best would not be good enough and that in this big bad world, the little guy would always end last.
Instead of embracing the bleak future of life as a little guy, I decided to start a blog to tell the stories of all of the little guys in this city. It is almost impossible to achieve success in New York City as a little guy unless of course, someone with influence or finances looks down from their big bay window on the Upper East Side into the pits of minutia or poverty and decides to lend a hand. Be it as it may, there are thousands of great stories to be told, topics to be discussed, smiles and tears to be shared and I have decided to be the messenger for as many little guys as possible.
So, tune in next week to read about the first real little guy who deserves some light to be shined on their story.