Enough is Enough
I am tired of hearing so much garbage being spewed around. Enough is enough! Below are my opinions and you may feel differently, and that is your choice. I just need to get this out of my system.
Color Doesn't Matter!
I am a human being. I was born on Earth, in a state called New Jersey. My religion is love. My politics are peace. Period. I don't care what color your skin is, but I have had the race card thrown at me quite a few times in my life. I had one girl work for me and yes, her skin was black. No problem there. She was a single Mom with 2 kids. I actually tried to work with her. Now, due to circumstances beyond her control, she was in an automobile accident. She was out of work for a couple of weeks and I had a choice to make. I could either hire someone else or, put in the extra hours to do her job so that she had a job to come back to. I opted to do her job for her. Now, she normally worked about 50-60 hours a week so I knew I was going to have my hands full with a lot of overtime. I was on salary so it wasn't like I was going to get overtime, but at the end of the first week, I decided to stay late and do her work so that we didn't get too far behind. Well, I pulled out all her work and within an hour, I was done with all her work for the week.
My boss was livid! How can she put so much overtime in if you could do her job and barely have to work an extra hour? I fought for this girl when she came back and told her that she could keep her job but that there would be no more overtime for her. Well, she came back and had someone else authorize her overtime. I got called back into the office and was told I had to let her go. The first thing she did was scream at me that I was a racist. Well, okay, that was her belief. The company I worked for believed in hiring from within so I went to the shop and asked some of the workers there if they wanted to learn data entry. Two girls wanted to try it. I hired one of them. The next thing I knew, I was charged with racial discrimination and had to go to court. After listening for quite a while to what an awful human being I was, it was finally time to defend myself. The attorney asked one question of me. What race was the woman you replaced her with? Well, she also had black skin so the case was dropped. However, even though we had the documentation of her work ethic, it didn't matter. The only reason the case was dropped was that the other girl's skin color. To me, that is so wrong!
We also had neighbors here. I didn't know them well, they pretty much kept to themselves, however, their children were allowed to run around outside, without supervision. After having dirt thrown at my grandson's eyes, watching them play with sticks that were sharpened to a point, I went to their apartment and asked if they could keep their son away from my grandson. Other neighbors were ready to call the police as I was called racist and the threats coming out of the Mom's mouth would have had me dead and buried if she had her choice! I thought it was pretty funny because I didn't care one way or another what color their skin was, I just didn't want my grandson hurt!
I had another neighbor and yes, his skin was black too. I didn't care. When they needed help, we helped him out. He was a single Dad and was having a hard time. However, he kept calling himself that "N" word. That is definitely a word that I truly dislike. He told me it was fine for him to call himself one or to call any other black person that word. However, if I called him that (I never would), I would no longer be his friend and there could be consequences! Seriously?
Yes, I was born in the 50s so racism is not lost on me. I grew up in a country club area so yes, I was in a so-called "white" area. Who cared? Not me. I knew quite a few people back then that were of a different skin color or nationality than me. That didn't matter. I looked at the person. Not the skin color. Now, the area I grew up now has people of various colors. The past, thankfully, is the past.
The other day, I saw a post on Facebook about where I grew up. People were whining that back in the 60s and early 70s, there wasn't one single black family living there! Really? That is the past. Things have moved forward! The post continued to rant and rave! No, history is not perfect. People do need to change and look at each other as human beings. Forget the color of their skin, it just doesn't matter! What matters in the person inside!
The American Flag and the National Anthem
I was also raised to say the pledge of allegiance every day in school. You stood there with your hand over your heart and you recited it. When the National Anthem was played, you stood and you faced the flag and put your hand over your heart. I was raised to be proud of my country and the service men and women that fought to keep my country free. No, we don't have a perfect country, but there is no other country I would rather live in. So, I will stand for the American Flag and the National Anthem. If that offends you, perhaps, you should find another country that you do want to live in.
I looked at other countries to live in. To be honest, none of them had the freedoms that I enjoyed. I didn't want to live anywhere else. Take a good look at our National Anthem. This is the anthem of The United States of America. If you can't stand proudly at attention for our flag and our anthem, perhaps it is time you found a country that you can stand behind.
The Star Spangled Banner
Oh, say! can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming;
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there:
Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In fully glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution!
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Oh, thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust":
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
The President of the United States
I didn't vote for President Trump. I also didn't vote for Hillary Clinton. I voted for Gary Johnson. I thought he was the man for the job, but because I lost doesn't mean that President Trump is not my President. He is. I am an American and he is President of this country. I also never voted for President Obama. I personally remember his presidency as the one that started bringing racism back to the 50s and earlier. However, as an American, he was my President.
For those of you that had candidates that lost the election, and say that President Trump is not your President. Who is? What country is your home because he is President of the United States of America. If you can't handle that because your candidate lost, go find the country that will let you do that.
I will admit. These days I rarely watch television anymore. There is so much garbage on the airwaves today, I just find it is easier to view what I want, when I want. We pay for a couple of subscriptions, and when we want to watch something, we choose what we want to watch.
The NFL and Hollywood are there for entertainment. If they can't entertain with what they are being paid for, they should be elsewhere and not employed in the Entertainment industry. If you have a problem, address it. On your own time!
For those on the NFL kneeling on the sidelines, I will never watch an NFL game again. Period. You have offended me to no end. You took a sport that I enjoyed and tried to make it all about you. Now I hear not only are many players kneeling for the anthem, they are also raising their fists for black power. Seriously? You want to keep racism and hate alive? Not me. I won't watch and I will be ashamed of anyone that does. My choice.
For all those in the entertainment industry, whether it be sports and Hollywood, etc., if you can't be of good moral fiber (no raping, abuse, violence, threatening violence), then you don't belong in the entertainment industry. If we want changes in our world, we have to make them ourselves. Stop supporting those in the Entertainment industry that really are NOT like the people we want our children to grow up emulating.
Be the Change You Want to See
No one is going to wave a magic wand and make the world a better place. Individually, we can strive to be better people. Help those in need. You don't need to look far to find someone that needs some help. Look in your neighborhood. Look at the people in lines at the grocery store that are counting their funds to put food on the table. Help those people out. If we want the change in the world, we need to start by changing ourselves and help those in our own areas that are hurting.