How Does America Move Away From The Aftermath Of Trumpism?

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Aftermath is a word used to describe catastrophic events in most cases, and that definition rings true today. We have two major obstacles that have changed the way we move and think as a country. The election of President Trump has turned out to be a very jarring event for the American psyche.

There’s no denying the current disconnect in America today due to constant rhetoric. It was ongoing into the minds of the American public by way of social media and continuous rallies. Perhaps, that is why you now have companies like Facebook and Twitter who have started paying closer attention to how people spread lies to the public via their platform.

From political issues to health issues, there has been an overabundance of dishonesty, which has created the perfect storm for chaos. One would wager that COVID-19 wouldn’t be the beast it is today if America didn’t fall victim to dishonest politicians trying to use COVID-19 as their political vehicle.

It has been a hard situation to sit back and watch. Unlike some bloggers, I started talking about COVID-19 in January when it was mainly in China. One of my fears was not knowing how to deal with COVID. I even went on to say that we needed to stay away from some of the mistakes that China was making. We have done far worse, which is sad because we should have known better. That failure lands on the President and his inability to deal with the virus by telling the truth. President Trump has been caught in numerous lies from COVID, Ukraine, and now the election. Yet, his people seem undying in their faith in him. I think his rallies are meant to get into the psyche of people and that has proven to be dangerous.

So, the question is, how do we reach people who have been propagandized? What should we be saying to them right now, and what should we not say? We must not give up on trying to reach them because they are fellow Americans. Yet, at the same time, we have to be careful because some followers have become very unstable.  

I guess we start by trying to understand their point of view, and then we explain why certain things happened. There is anger aimed at the Supreme Court, FBI, and other departments for not stepping in to stop the steal. 

So, today, I will give you a lesson in writing affidavits. First of all, I will not tell you my definition because I know some of you might not want to hear it. I will give you an article.

https://www.legalzoom.com/articles/what-is-an-affidavit-and-how-is-it-used

Affidavit Definition - Legal Meaning ? Lawyer Terms Simplified

So, whatever I put on this needs to be, the truth. This has to be filed prior to court and if something is not right the person standing there who has submitted it can get in trouble. I filled affidavits out on the cases I investigated, lawyers have to be even more careful. If they lie to the judge they could lose their right to practice law. This is why there was such a difference between the information that was getting washed out into the public and the information that was going to the courts. I do not know too many people willing to stand before judges and lie.

If any part of the election steal hoax was true at least one element of government would have picked up on it. We are talking about people who were handpicked by Trump to do his will, so to say. You cannot honestly believe they would turn on him at the last second, unless there was a reason. As for states letting people vote in a more relaxed fashion, put it in the COVID-19 bag. Had COVID-19 been handled appropriately, people would have been able to vote normally. As people have stated, you will have some levels of fraud, but this year showcased less fraud then the last election.

Hope that helps.

So many emotions after hearing the family of George Floyd explain how their brother’s death was minimized

Today we are looking at a situation that has been centuries in the making. We have an accountability issue from the very top of the government to the lowest levels of leadership in our towns and cities. In most cases, we did not get here by accident; we got here because people too often take shortcuts. Instead of doing things the right way, we gamble with safety and other basic rights.

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From our leaders to our protectors, we see the same problems year after year. It is seen in schools, police departments, hospitals, government jobs, and the highest level of government known as the presidency. When I worked as a domestic violence advocate some years ago, I would often have to attend conferences. Many of the conferences educated us on new laws and services available to victims of violence.

My time spent working as a domestic violence advocate and legal advocate educated me on a lot of things. Mostly, it showcased prejudice within different departments. Some cities did a great job of protecting their citizens. However, other cities practiced near predatory actions towards victims.

One case comes to mind, involving a young woman being separated from her children. She was choked by her boyfriend, and as a means of self-defense, she scratched him to get him off her. You could see bruises on her neck, but it didn’t stop the cops from arresting her. While she was in jail, the man took control of her baby and dropped her young daughter off at the CPS office. He then rushed to file child support charges against her and had her served with a restraining order.

We read the numerous text he sent her, which showed how abusive he was. He took advantage of the system because he knew the cops in that particular city cared nothing about domestic violence. Often the shelters would do more to try to hide and protect women in some areas because the cops just didn’t do enough.

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After I started working as an investigator; I would soon work hand in hand with some of these officers, I previously complained about. One of my cases involved, Amber Guyger the cop sentenced in the death of Botham Jean. She was one of the most helpful officers I encountered. Seeing her whole ordeal play out nationally was gut-wrenching because I could see the issues on both sides of the coin.

Violence against women and people of color have been minimized for centuries. While the part of me that knew Guyger professionally felt for her, there was another part that knew the attitude of policemen regarding people in vulnerable situations. There is a whole lot of minimizing that goes on behind those doors which leads to trouble.

My daughter was dating a young PFC from a base near our city. He wanted to come over and see her after the sun went down a few weeks ago. I hated that I needed to explain to her why his traveling at night wasn’t a good idea because of the color of his skin. I explained that it was safer for him to come in the day because he would be seen as less of a threat.

You know how young children are, they wanted to see each other so, he came anyway. On his way to our house, two policemen pulled him over with two different squad cars. He called and was like I’m being pulled over, we quickly informed her to tell him to make sure his hands were noticeable at all times and to stay calm.

Why do I have to tell someone who looks like me to be careful about doing the same thing any other American does? We have to stop minimizing the issue with racial profiling and prejudice. We have to start warning our young people to be careful when approached by people in uniforms. The cities have to do more to ensure that people are trained properly in all forms of dealing with the public. It is time to explain what cities must do to build trust within our communities. I am not talking about taking funds away because I do not think that is the answer, but it might be time to talk about imposing new standards on hiring policemen. We need assessments that are geared towards seeking out racism during the screening stages of potential hires. If anything this might cost more money, but you cannot put a price tag on saving lives.

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Changing How We Police Can Change Black Families

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There are a lot of people waking up this morning feeling stressed and somewhat disappointed. I am disappointed that we are still no closer to ending the rioting and disappointed that we are not seeing real movement for change within our government. We have to stop the assault on the black family.

Something has to be done about racism. Truth! It’s hard being a mother in America today. It’s even harder raising a child of color. I do not have any male children, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t had to have the talk with my girls about race.

Cops are not trusted even by people like myself who worked hand in hand with the law. Truth! My daughter went for a walk nearly a year ago in our neighborhood which resulted in a cop following her in his patrol car. She ran into a nearby store and talked to the store clerk until he went away. After she got home we had the talk. It felt uncomfortable to explain to her how she had to pretty much open herself up to all kinds of interrogations just because she was a minority. I had to caution her about arm movements, facial expressions and the reasons behind it. We have wanted to adopt a son, but for the life of me, I cannot bring myself to do it. I am scared, I am scared that I would lose him to a violence I cannot prevent. If our daughters aren’t safe, imagine the safety of a son. I do not live in a bad area, but I live in an area that seems to be skeptical of people who look like me. I look at people like Sandra Bullock and others who have adopted black sons and I am grateful and also a little jealous, if I am being honest. They can give them the protection they need from not only the streets, but from cops protecting the streets. The prayer is that one day America will be safe enough for me to raise a black son, but until we get real laws passed to protect our sons, I will be waiting.

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All Cops are the same. False! There are some good police officers and some bad ones just like doctors, teachers, and any other profession. The problem is that in some professions it only takes a few bad apples to cast a shadow over the majority. It sounds crazy, but it is true. The department often models the example that is cast down from the leader.

Everything can be changed right this instant. False! While there are some things that can be written down today, it might take weeks if not longer to get those policy changes on the books. One big obstacle is tracing the results of problematic departments. While a lot of organizations already have things on the books to help stop the stress on certain groups, some are not following with those protocols.

Police are the main hindrance in black lives. True! In someways it all leads back to the criminal records. When we talk about institutional racism it can be seen across the board in communities of color. You have issues in the schools, social work and the police department. Take CPS for example, there is a problem with disproportionately for removals of minority children.

Criminal Records Cause Lifetime Issues That Reduce Productivity. True! One of the problems I saw often when it came to people who looked like me was marijuana on their criminal record and other offenses that should not prevent people from having a life. We all know that marijuana offenses are now being lessened because it is now legal in many states, but you will never know how many people it has stopped from getting jobs, getting family members out of CPS and other issues that come up with gaining housing. Housing plays an enormous role on how a family is able to navigate through life. If you hinder someone’s ability to get employment due to misdemeanors, it reduces their chances of getting safe housing in some areas.

When it comes to placing a child inside a family, criminal history is one of the main things that holds black people back. I would spend hours trying to see if I could keep children inside the family due to the stress of foster care, but in many of my African American families, the criminal record would always come back to stop them. We are not talking about violent offenses or anything major. We are talking about things that you would not see in white families, because they were given second chances while black people were thrown in jail. If we are learning anything today, we are learning how black people are often reported more in both realms of reporting. Not only do black people get the cops called on them more often, but they also have CPS called more than other races in some areas. Keep in mind, around 15 percent of child abuse cases are real. That means the other 85 percent are bogus allegations and guess who gets a lot of those? What people do not understand is that those bogus allegations can still show up to cause concern to some would be employers. While they might have resulted in rule outs, they are still problematic. They show up on central registry reports which are used in the medical field or any field working with children, elderly or at risk populations.

So, things have to change! One day I want to bring my son home and say you are safe now. Until then, we will inform, and educate people on where we are and what it takes to move forward.