Sgt. La David Johnson was one of four soldiers killed during an ambush in Niger on October 4, 2017. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this attack and several questions being raised. One of them being that he was apparently separated from the group and his body discovered 48 hours later; and the second question is the now infamous phone call that was made to Sgt. Johnson's widow, Myeshia Johnson while Rep. Frederica Wilson, (D) Florida, was in the car stating that Sgt. Johnson "knew what he signed up for."
I'm not here to talk politics per se, however, I do want to touch on Trump's response to Congresswoman Wilson and his immediate dismissal of her concerns and that of Sgt. Johnson's family. Trump could barely remember a soldiers name, a soldier that put his life on the line for this country. A soldier that vowed to protect his country and the people of this country. How dare he even muster up the audacity to say what he said? How could a commander in chief speak these words about a service member? But then again, we are talking about Donald Trump so what more could be expected? The complete lack of respect and total disregard this "president" has shown for black men, all ethnic groups with the exception of whites, and women in general is absolutely disgraceful, despicable, and shameful. What is even more concerning is the fact that there are even more people that absolutely agree with everything that Trump has said because they think exactly as he does. Scary right? And you would think that Trump would simply apologize and move on, but instead he continues to make matters worst by Tweeting in an attempt to keep the "White House Drama Series" going.
Ever since the phone call between Trump and Sgt. Johnson's widow went public on Oct. 17, 2017, Trump and the White House staff have made claims that Congresswoman Wilson is "fabricating" the content of the conversation. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly calls Frederica Wilson an "empty barrel," while Trump uses words like "wacky" to describe Wilson. Once again, this is another attempt to silence the voices and concerns of women and people of color. Whenever anyone other than the white man raises his or her voice to speak up against something or to stand for something, our concerns are countered by a reason or excuse in an attempt to get us to "shut up and quit complaining." It's almost as if we should just be happy to be citizens of this "good ol' country." It is disheartening to see where we have come from as opposed to where we are now, and honestly we have not come very far. I'm still stunned at the fact that a black man was named President of the United States for two-terms, but then again, he was put through pure hell throughout the entire course of his term by conservatives. Every group, every movement, every march formed by black people is viewed as a complaint that needs to be silenced immediately.
Working with two handfuls of conservative white women, one of them voluntarily chose to disclose to me (as she often does) how much she hates feminism and the feminist movement. Not surprised at all, I firmly told her that she should be grateful that she has the right to vote, work, wear what she wants, and bear children if and when she wants without someone saying 'yay' or 'nay' at her decision to do or not to do any of these things. Of course she was completely dumbfounded at what I was saying and made a counterclaim that she enjoys cooking and she would love to stay home and just cook all day. For some reason the Andy Griffin Show theme song popped in my head and I started to whistle the tune. She laughed and I restated my claim as to how black women, and men have been oppressed for years and our rights are constantly thrown in our face prior to being revoked at the mere thought of us even thinking about exercising them. This all started with my direct supervisor suggesting that we have a "50s Day" and dress ourselves up like women of the 50s. I'm sure you know my response to that. I mean why would I want to dress up during one of the most oppressed times in the history of black people. If that wasn't the "joke of the day" then I don't know what is. Needless to say, I will not be participating in the coonery.
It wasn't too long ago when these kinds of signs were posted in public establishments across America. But how soon does white America forget? The complaints we make when one of our children are gunned down by white police officers is silenced by excuses and reasons why blacks shouldn't be in their feelings about the way things are going. There is no sympathy or empathy for black lives lost. But because this type of signage is not posted in restaurants and movie theaters anymore we should just shut up and be happy, right? Hey, at least we don't have to sit at the back of the bus and enter movie theaters through the emergency exit I guess [insert eye roll]. With that being said, we really have to take a good look at where we are now as opposed to 60 or 70 years ago. The laws that were passed for us and the rights given to us are null and void. We still aren't respected and opinions are never valued. They hear us but they aren't listening.
Truth of the matter is, black people are much smarter than white people. I don't care how many Ivy League schools they attend, Summa Cum Laude or anything they pledge and chant, they will never have that instant instinct, common sense, and think-fast mentality that the average black person holds. If given the chance, black people could change the world. And that's what they fear. That's what they want us silenced because they are afraid of the truth and facts that spew from our mouths. We don't talk for nothing. We don't stand up and speak out for nothing. We don't walk around saying "real-talk" for nothing. Black people will out smart whites on any given day at any given time. They don't want our ideas and strategies in the workplace because they are afraid that it might work and we get credit. They don't want us to out shine them because they know without a doubt that we will. They don't want to see us succeed. They don't want to see us winning. Unfortunately for them, we have fought too hard to be silenced. We have to keep speaking up for our rights, standing up to extreme conservatism, and not backing down on what we believe is right. We have to have each others back and stand equally as black people, male and female.
Like I said in the beginning, I didn't intend to preach politics and elaborate on the destructive state of the country, however, I did come with the intention to try and wake those that may be sleep on the truth. Pay close attention to what is going on, what is being said and done, then look closely at how it impacts the black community and poses a threat to our culture. We are disrespected as high-ranking military officials, we are used as an excuse when gunned down by police, black women are blamed as victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. Bottom line, black people are not taken serious or valued to any degree in this country. Even as lawmakers and politicians, we are still struggling to find solid ground in this world of white privilege.
"I am aware of the fact that I make a lot of claims and allegations against white people. These are my opinions based on observations, encounters, experiences, and research done over the years. I am well aware that this does NOT apply to ALL white people; however, if you come across this article and find it offensive, I suggest you re-evaluate your life and examine your under-mindedness of black people because you just might be a part of the problem."