As the night sky lights up
With your bombs and missiles
Miles away I wish upon
A falling star
For every fallen
child of the war in Gaza.
As I breathe freely
While you scramble
I think of the fallen
Child of the war in Gaza.
When I sleep in peace
I think of
Every fallen child
In the war of Gaza.
The next time you
wish upon a falling star
Remember it was
Once a child
In the war of Gaza!!!!
The stove is running
the aroma of a cauldron of spices
colours, laughter, hennah
a moment of joy
the clinking of the bangles
sweets adorn the tables
walls decked with streamers everywhere
children playing and
laughters echoing everywhere
deafening silence and
no shelter to hide
no lanterns lit
but the sky is lit
with missiles fired
the smell of
blood & death
No children playing anywhere
heck, there is no life in Gaza
A last hug and a kiss
I shared the Coke ad on my facebook profile like many others. A friend of mine who enjoyed the ad and its message, but couldn’t understand why everyone who responded with bigotry was branded as being a Conservative. She tried to Google the tweets that followed after the infamous coke commercial and found that there were comments filled with hatred towards Conservatives without any proof that all those bigots were really actually Conservative. Now, this friend of mine is a lovely woman, and I understand that we as humans could differ in our political inclinations and as part of my ideological framework, I have to accept and respect that difference of opinion without being reductive by terming everyone who is a Conservative=racist/bigot/white. I personally detest being pigeonholed into one term or another. I hate the idea that if you are White, then you must also be Conservative, and if you are non-White, then you cannot possibly be Conservative. Or if you are making bigoted comments, you must therefore be a Conservative. These are not mutually exclusive. So I understand my friend’s frustration at the rapid hatred fired at the bigoted comments following the Coke Commercial on Super Bowl night that it MUST be…it HAS to be all Conservatives.
I also have to accept that although Conservatives attract majority White votes but that is not to deny that there is no Ethnic make up for Conservatives. I know for a fact at least in Canada that there are definitely many Ethnic supporters and Ethnic elected officials who are right-leaning. I mean how else could we explain the Conservatives winning a landslide in Canada? (oh Right Mass rigging, but that’s a total aside). We can see that the voter bank of the Conservatives in the US is Primarily Non-Hispanic White (check link here again). What this chart proves is that there is just enough colour in the Conservative mix to be termed racially diverse, but it just isn’t enough to really affect decision making, policy shift to challenge the status quo of the White Conservative mandate. I also won’t deny that many policies and bills passed by Conservatives are generally racist and anti-multiculturalism. That happens because there are some deep seeded attitudes and beliefs that are part of the ideological framework, and because of a thing called White-privilege that makes you blind/unaware/not in tune with the struggles of minorities.
At some level there is some truth that your political alliances/preferences do define your ideologies and your framework, but the political process/affiliations are a lot more complex than simply ideologies and policies. In fact, prior to 2002, most Muslims voted Republican in the US for many reasons, economics being one of them. Having worked in enough election campaigns in BC, Canada myself, I know first hand that in Ethnic heavy constituencies/ridings, Conservatives run Ethnic candidates to split the ethnic vote. It optically looks great, but it also beats having a White Candidate lose to a Non-white Candidate from any of the other parties. The game is to gain the most seats in the House and sometimes that gamble works. Unfortunately, sometimes the skin of your colour is enough to determine your voting alliance over actual policies.
My friend’s frustration posed a challenge to me when she said that her Google search showed more tweets about the reaction to the racist/bigoted comments and not the original tweets of bigotry. I, for one enjoy a challenge, especially one that doesn’t require much by way of actual physical labour. So I took to the twitterverse and tried to find the bigots cited in all the publicshaming articles. My research showed that some of those users were now either sending protected tweets or had retroactively deleted their old tweets. So, I took my search a bit further. I looked for #cocacola #fail and lo and behold in all its glory I was shown the ugly face of racism rear its head.
I have compiled for your pleasure print shots of the comments hurled in the name of American homogeneity and preserving the purity of the American Race (yeah sounds oddly familiar to the infamous words uttered not too long ago in Europe). But, I do take my friend’s words seriously, I am truly curious whether all those tweeting their hatred for the true depiction of a colurful and multi-ethnic America were really Conservatives? Perhaps, what might be truer is that these people really have no political affiliation, rather an affiliation to ignorance and racism.
I also found this article: which is by a Republican.. http://allenbwest.com/2014/02/coca-cola-ad-super-bowl-americans-brand-hm/ but he is NOT White, proving my point about enough ethnic support within the conservative folds.
The thing about the internet is that it is addictive. I have now expanded my search from #CocaCola #Fail to looking up the names of the trolls mentioned in the public shaming articles and I keep coming across some serious racist gems. My head is about to explode.
I honestly can no longer be searching for each and every bigot out there and wasting more of my precious time. If anyone is further interested check out the following links: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/coca-colas-multi-lingual-super-bowl-ad-inspired-a-racist-mel
I have not yet confirmed whether all these bigots are conservatives, but all I know is that all of them are RACIST, IGNORANT, FULL OF THEMSELVES, GOOD FOR NOTHING FOOLS.
This hashtag that proves that they are IGNORANT!
#SpeakAmerican (Wow, REALLY?)
Some links to cheer you up
some more proof of Conservatives supporting #boycottcoke
I think I am done for today!
I feel an immense rage reverberating through my body—!! Just read that the only ethnic Juror (B29-Maddy) on the Zimmerman case has come out claiming that she knows that “Zimmerman ‘got away with murder’ for killing Trayvon Martin and feels she owes an apology Martin’s parents”. Well, thank you for your apology as that undoes the colossal mistake that you made and the years of oppression and mistrust! Aghh! I am so angry, I can hardly see the screen and hardly type because my hands are shaking in anger. So, I am sorry if what I say in the next few paragraphs make no sense at all.
This proves there was so much wrong with this trial–Really don’t care, if someone says it had nothing to do with race, it had a lot to do with race. Zimmerman’s legal team went out of their way to play on the black is dangerous stereotype by painting him in the same manner. In the original call, Zimmerman is asked by the dispatcher what the ethnicity of the kid is and he says he is “black” (1:03). The story is about race because it is a white man suspecting a black man of being dangerous. The man has bragging rights for walking away from murder—Not sure how the jurors will live knowing that because of their verdict, there is a guilty man walking around free to kill again!
and this is why the Jury system is so very dangerous!
“Zimmerman concedes he shot and killed Martin in Sanford on Feb. 26, 2012, but maintains he fired in self-defense.
“That’s where I felt confused, where if a person kills someone, then you get charged for it,” Maddy (Juror B29) said. “But as the law was read to me, if you have no proof that he killed him intentionally, you can’t say he’s guilty.”
“As much as we were trying to find this man guilty…they give you a booklet that basically tells you the truth, and the truth is that there was nothing that we could do about it,” she said. “I feel the verdict was already told.”
Law is seldom just black and white (no pun intended)-it is the application of that law that makes it hold any merit or value. A crash course in the form of a booklet is not the best way of deciding someone’s fate. An ordinary person may not have the knowledge or understanding of the law to its extent (especially when it is presented to them in a shortened version)! Plus, human beings are ALMOST NEVER able to make decisions without other personal factors affecting how they relate to a certain story. We don’t live in a vaccum! The all white panel could NOT have felt the empathy, nor understood the threat the young black man felt as they have not been subjected to years of suspicious scrutiny–It is precisely because of the lack of feeling that scrutiny that we had Juror B37, making a statement on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show, that she believes Zimmerman’s “heart was in the right place” when he became suspicious of Martin and that the teenager probably threw the first punch. This is a classic example of the woman accepting the mainstream narrative that if he is black, you probably should fear him and the likelihood of him throwing the first punch is of a higher probability–never mind that all this testimony was one-sided from the killer himself, since the other witness was buried six feet under anyways!
Juror B29 is a blatant example of groupthink in action in our society. Groupthink “is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people, in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an incorrect or deviant decision-making outcome. Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative ideas or viewpoints, and by isolating themselves from outside influences.” That is exactly what happened here. Juror B29 could have continued not agreeing and they could have deliberated some more, but hey who wants to be the sore thumb standing up against the grain right?
THIS is also the precise reason why we should NOT stop talking about such atrocities. If it feels wrong, it probably IS wrong! And why should the Trayvon Martin story concern any of us, especially if you are not black? Well, because if you are a minority, you better understand and recognize the system of oppression that exists in the form of White Privilege. And why should it concern you if you are white, because there are enough people out there who will use the colour of their skin (white) to use their white privilege whereby putting all of the good white guys and white girls (and I believe there are More of them than the haters) as part of a big group of people who are complacent. This only adds fuel to the already existing racial tensions that exist in the world and creates further mistrust. Oh and also simply because this sort of injustice is ABSOLUTELY wrong and immoral.
I am not black, but I can relate to the anger my fellow black friends are feeling. This anger comes from a place of being under the lens for far too long as a minority- where my religion and my faith have been put to trial the same way as the colour of their skin. And even though our struggles are different, but the resulting pain and anger is a actually very similar sentiment!!
In the words of rap group N.W.A “F*** the Police,” the law agencies, the jurors, the system of oppression, the oppressors!