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You Can’t Unfriend Ignorance

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Technological evolution does not equate to moral evolution. We’ve somehow convinced ourselves that because governments use missiles instead of muskets to fight wars and we use cell phones instead of snail mail to communicate, we’ve made strides in the fields of emotional and moral intelligence. We have not. The KKK still burns digital crosses brightly on our cyber lawns but because we have the ability to “unfriend” that sentiment, we just delete or block the hatred and ignorance. What we are in fact doing is pretending it doesn’t exist when it is alive and well and that is exactly the wrong thing to do.

Sad to say but ignorance is the only disease you can contract through abstinence

The deliberate ignorance of longstanding issues that fester in society does much more harm than good in the long run. Ignoring an issue has never served to render it innocuous. Moreso the opposite. The wound that goes untreated is more susceptible to infection and more likely to spread. Once that occurs, treatment becomes difficult if not impossible. Ignorance of any kind is the fuel that fosters ignorance of every kind. Sad to say but ignorance is the only disease you can contract through abstinence.

deleteAt some point, we all need to accept the fact that we are all flawed. When that happens, we will stop pretending to be perfect because that imaginary benchmark of perfection we set is what we measure ourselves and others against. Politicians are masters of this flawed practice and it is their own undoing in this regard. Promises of “a chicken in every pot” have yet to be fulfilled but we are still polarized, enamored and ultimately disappointed when those empty sentiments go unfulfilled. Heaven forbid we elect any sound candidate who runs under the premise of “I’ll see what I can do.” rather than “On my first day in office, I will repel evil and guarantee wealth and happiness for every American!”

We often get so dejected with this David and Goliath-esque struggle of aware vs. ignorant that we’ve decided not to even sling our rock at the giant. We just want to go home and let Goliath have it all because fighting is very very very very tiring and quite frankly, soul consuming. There’s a reason why it’s called the “battle” between good and evil and not the “love affair” or “happy union” between good and evil however. It is in fact a battle. A constant and never ending one and sitting on the sidelines is not a luxury any living soul has the benefit of. thats-not-how-this-worksCumbersome as it may be, how do you convince someone that they are engaged in wrongdoing without interaction? How do you alter a mindset without communication? The hubris of the enlightened is such that they believe their enlightenment is the objective when it is merely the beginning.  You have never changed the perception of someone who already thinks like you because they already think like you. Of course it’s annoying remaining friends with someone you believe to be morally inept but keep in mind, if you don’t do your best to help in their growth, they will eventually make decisions (and votes) which will effect your livelihood for the worse. By eliminating viewpoints you find oppositional, you also eliminate any chance of communication and enlightenment on the part of the unaware.

Sidebar;

Do you only love your kids when they do well?
Do you only love your parents when they treat you great?
Do yon only love your friends when they agree with you?

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Crazed Afrykan is a writer / hip hop producer (Nas / Damien Marely) and aficionado of hip hop culture. For over 30 years, he has gained personal introspective into the motivations, rhymes and reasons for one of the most revered genres in modern music. He is also a smug, smart ass with a perplexing penchant for alliterations. You’ve been warned.

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A Riot of Entitlement

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1. If a foreign government had pulled off what occurred on Capitol Hill last week, that nation would currently be a rubble laden parking lot, bombed into the stone-age.

2. If BLM had pulled off what occurred last week, we would currently be having conversations like “Y’all remember freedom?” and “You ONLY got shot 6 times?!! Sheeeeit. Everybody else got at least 9… yeah we all in the studio recording now…”

3. Why is the foreign policy response more stringent than domestic policy when the threat is much worse due to proximity?

4. Why is the current law enforcement response akin to aiding and abetting simply because the assailants resemble, and in some cases are “law” enforcement? Do bullets not kill when your cousin is the shooter?

5. True privilege is complaining about your rights taken away right AFTER and BECAUSE you used those rights to violate others. Rights were granted by LAW and as such, can be rescinded… by LAW! Why does this even have to be explained?

Sidebar: For future reference, this is how you properly storm the Capitol! With Beyonce and legal votes!! Ahhhh 2012. The good old days! Make Inaugurations Great Again (MIGA Please!!) Sidebar Complete.

Alfred Obiesie is a writer with over 12 years of online content contribution (Onetrackmine.com, Cartermag.com, Essence.com) and author (You Made It a Hot Line; The most influential lines in hip hop.) The book chronicles hip hop lines from the genre’s most notable artists spanning almost 40 years. It is illustrated by Grammy award winning Illustrator Shah Wonders and has garnered praise from multiple media outlets (Sirius XM, Vibe, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, etc...)

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Reluctant to get the Vaccine?

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Do me a favor, Open your fridge door and tell me if you have any insight into the regulation of those products and how they got there?

Whatever vaccine you decide to take (or not take) will probably be more federally regulated and scrutinized than 90% of the items you currently ingest. You share joints with people, eat food with ingredients you can’t pronounce, order wigs and sweaters from all over the world in the name of fashion, then turn around and loudly protest and profess about a vaccine and science, some thing of which you know little about.

Here’s the fun part; you don’t want to take it but you DEFINITELY want to commingle with those who have taken it as precaution and those who are still susceptible. Why? Because f*ck ‘em that’s why! Must be nice to not care about others while simultaneously requesting they respect your choices.

I would be riding with y’all if you actually had control, but more importantly, CONCERN for all things consumed prior but we seem to lapse our standards when there is a clear and direct benefit to our preexisting lifestyle. Y’all are wild inconsistent!!

Sidebar; Most of us will die of complications from a poor diet, alcohol and cigarettes but I don’t see anyone putting the BBQ sauce down or skipping happy hour. Sidebar Complete.

Alfred Obiesie is a writer with over 12 years of online content contribution (Onetrackmine.com, Cartermag.com, Essence.com) and author (You Made It a Hot Line; The most influential lines in hip hop.) The book chronicles hip hop lines from the genre’s most notable artists spanning almost 40 years. It is illustrated by Grammy award winning Illustrator Shah Wonders and has garnered praise from multiple media outlets (Sirius XM, Vibe, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, etc...)

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November 16th – Trump Wins!

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Well, it’s official; President Donald Trump wins again!

While former Vice-President Joe Biden received more votes than any candidate ever, including winning the controversial electoral college, incumbent Trump has declared victory on Twitter as recently as this morning when he proclaimed “I WON THE ELECTION!”

And this is great news for the over 70 million of us that voted for Trump. We saw our horse lose the race, saw it confirmed, and yet here we are in the Winner’s Circle… again! There is a God, and thankfully it’s the one I believe in and not one of the weird ones.

Make America great again, AGAIN!

I’m sure I speak for millions of Americans when I say we look forward to four more years of keeping America great. Let’s face it, America was a shithole country four years ago before Trump made it great again. He promised that we’d be sick of all the winning, and he was, as always, right.

I’m praying that we can all look forward to four more years of the same kind of peace, harmony, and fair distribution of wealth we have enjoyed during his first term. Covfefe!!

 

 

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