United We Stand, Divided We Fall

"We do our marching to one beat, crushing the enemy under our feet; we are mighty in our stand with God's word in our hand." - Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
President Trump, Equality, America, Women's March

All day today, I’ve had to keep reminding my Facebook friends that I am NOT here to debate. We each believe what we want. Personally, I hate politics because it seems to build walls, brew up negative emotions, and has no real resolution.

I love everyone, but we are creating a greater divide by not talking. Instead, we are spewing hate to prove who is right or wrong. When you think about it, none of us has the answer or knows what will fix the results of slavery; a corrupt government focused on money, power, and the thoughts attached to it all. Let’s stop hiding behind our computers and typing idiotic comments to one another. It’s making everything worse. If you’re a rational person, you already know all the negative commenting adds fuel to the fire. Politicians who agree with the newly appointed administration love the fact we can’t get along.

I respect and honor everybody’s opinion. All I ask is that we respect each other. When you disagree with someone on social media, just acknowledge the differences and keep it moving. When I see something I do not agree with; I don’t post anything on that person’s wall, challenge their thoughts, life experiences, and I wish others would do the same. I read them but walk away with a new thought and bit of information. Whether someone’s comments are right or wrong, I consider it information for me to process and not information to debate. Our thoughts are ours, that’s why it’s called America, the land of the free.

Because a person uses their Facebook wall to express their views, it’s not an open invitation for anyone to provide their opinion. When someone wants your opinion, they will ask you directly, “Hey, what do you think about this?” However, lately, everyone wants to debate instead of talking and discussing the issues. What’s seems more important these days is who’s right instead of what’s best for all, including minorities who have been disenfranchised by the American system.

When a white man felt it was okay to freely call me the “N-Word” in bed is when I realized we were still living in a dark state of the world. Racism and injustice are nothing new in this country and especially within the gay community (yes, I said it).

What’s happening today is a result of Americans ignoring a sad truth, everyone is not treated equally in the land of the free. And please don’t tell me how to feel or deny that the color of my skin is or that racism is no longer an issue in this country.

Something to remember, experiences shape a person’s thoughts, emotions, and opinions. Let’s stop denying the truth; we live, love, hurt and experience life differently. Even though we still live in a society of racism; I am hopeful and believe we might be on the right path. When a black man can become President of the United States, and it didn’t cause as much unrest as we’re experiencing now, has to mean something.

As a black man, all I can say is this, better late than never. We’ve needed our white counterparts to stop ignoring the injustice in this world, and I think that’s finally happening. Thank you! Trump is a product of our society, and now everyone is angry, but let’s not forget change can not take place until we are united. As we become more and more divided, the road toward change is going to be a bumpy one.

Minorities have been marching and screaming bloody hell for decades. I’m happy to see that everyone else is catching up to a system that is corrupt and serves no-one but the mighty dollar and not the people.

Famed Photographer, Mike Ruiz said it best (taken from his Facebook status), “It’s unfortunate that it took a sociopathic, misogynist, homophobic, racist, to jolt us out of complacency but, hey, it worked!”

We have to use our intelligence to destroy the opposition. Yelling, screaming and marching does only so much. When we join, defend one another and fight with our pens (keywords), we will begin to win this fight. We live in the age of technology so let’s use it against these old farts that don’t have a clue how to use social media to promote positivity and change.

Here is a song that continues to inspire me and hopefully it will encourage you to stay positive and hopeful.

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Founder, Co-Owner & Managing Editor. Corey has experience in the corporate financial services, training, brand development, and when he is not writing he's at home dancing nude with a glass of wine.

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