Weary of the Ways of the World: Trump & Chicago Activists

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My back has been hurting for the past two days. I can blame it on my horrible posture or size DD breasts, but I know those aren’t the problems. It’s stress. Is it 2017 yet, because this whole year done stressed me all the way out. Mood:

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Donald Trump will be our next President. It’s been a few days and that fact still hasn’t sank in. Want to know something? Back when I was a fan of The Apprentice, I actually liked Donald Trump. But he lost me during this entire presidential campaign. I can’t support anyone that blatantly disrespects mankind and stirs up hatred. And now he will be PRESIDENT? A reality t.v. star/businessman with absolutely NO political experience. America, what have you done?

Since they say “all politics are local” I’d be remiss not to speak on the wretched affairs that occur in Chicago on a daily basis. Bruh, let me know when I can park my car on my block without getting a ticket. In the words of Rhymefest “the city is falling” and I’m fully convinced no one knows what to do. It seems like our elders have gone silent (with the exception of Father Pfleger. I LOVE him). And some of our millennial activists… Ehhh…

Here’s what’s burning my biscuits:

Facebook live & shaming people are not proactive forms of activism.

I wish I could scream that. Let me be clear. I think it’s wonderful that we have young African American women and men striving to be leaders in our city. However, there’s a thin line between awareness and self promotion. Contrary to “digital age” popular belief, going live on Facebook at a protest does not make you a community activist. While on one hand we understand you want to keep your network connected to the cause, on the other hand your calculated actions scream desperation. Also, shaming people for not supporting your event or cause only pushes people further away.

It’s possible to do plenty of “good in the hood” without Facebook knowing. Also, Jesus said “With love and kindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3). Love the people (genuinely) and watch them come.

*steps off soapbox*

Chile, it’s been a crazy week as you can tell. I deleted the Facebook app off my phone. I’m taking some time to do my nails, storyboard for “GOLDEN”, and love on my husband. If you need me, don’t. 🙂 Go and take care of your mind, body, and soul as well.

Love Always,

Tanikia

P.S. Have you had a chance to check out Episode 1 of “GOLDEN”? Watch it by clicking here.

P.P.S. I’m rocking my brother’s hoodie “Jesus Is God”. I had to put it on Wednesday for obvious reasons. You can order yours here.

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