What’s good, brethren? On this (delayed) episode, Randi B. and I were back on Facebook Live talking about the presidential debate, COVID-19 and Breonna Taylor. It evolved into a conversation that included too many other topics to name. Check it out on YouTube below. Let’s go!
So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I’m not surprised about Donald Trump‘s taxes. If anything, The New York Times‘ article confirmed two things that I already knew: our tax system is a joke and Trump isn’t NEARLY as successful as he pretends to be. In any case, this may some crazy, but I’m not even that mad at Trump. Honestly, I find all of this funnier than I probably should, man. The fact of the matter is, he was able to fleece the IRS because the system is fucking broken. Or, rather, it’s working exactly the way it was designed for the 1 Percent.
Ok, for those who missed it, The Times just exposed like two decades of Trump’s tax returns. Now, as expected, there are shenanigans galore, fam. Essentially, in 10 of the last 15 years, Trump hadn’t paid ANY federal taxes. In addition, in two of those other years, he only paid $750 each year. Yes, that’s correct, bruh. Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, paid these same United States $1500 in taxes across two years. In addition, he’s continually claimed losses and even collected a $72.9 million refund once. All in all, Trump’s finances are chock-full of all manners of fuckery, son.
Now, just in case people don’t understand how absurd this is, attorney Max Kennerly compared Trump’s 2017 tax return to Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. During that year, Biden paid the government about $3.7 million. Harris paid roughly $500K, Sanders paid $300K and Warren paid $270K. So, the man who’s leading the “free world” and supposedly more successful than his competitors is paying EXPONENTIALLY less than everyone else. Frankly, it’s disgusting, man.
All I know is, THIS type of shit is why there’s a backlash against capitalism and the wealthy. The truth is, A LOT of these motherfuckers just don’t pay their fair share, fam. I mean, it’d be one thing if they paid their taxes and gave their employees a decent wage. Instead, they bleed the average American dry AND leave us to carry the country’s tax burden. Keeping it a buck, Trump may be one of the most egregious examples, but he’s FAR from the only one who takes advantage of this system.
In the end, what else do people need to know, bruh? Ultimately, a number of Trump supporters voted for him because he’s “good for business.” By and by, this false narrative “allowed” them to look past the blatant racism and xenophobia. However, the numbers are cut and dry, son. He ruined a good economy, which he inherited, AND he’s been losing money for EONS. At the end of the day, EVERYONE knows what they need to do in November, man. Fuck this guy, fam. That is all. LC out.
What’s good, brethren? On this episode, Randi B. and I were back on Facebook Live talking about Breonna Taylor, Daniel Cameron and the future of blogging. It evolved into a conversation that included Charles Barkley, Tomi Lahren, Candace Owens, George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Justine Damond, Cardi B, Rodney King, Navid Afkari, Donald Trump, Dana White, Kyle Rittenhouse and Walter Scott. Check it out on YouTube below. Yessir!
So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, deep thoughts can surface at the weirdest times, man. Somehow, UFC-sponsored violence led my brain to the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter delegations. Shit, the bad blood between Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington brought out all of the social media warriors, fam. But, after wading through scores of unnecessary comments, I have a real question for the Blue Lives Matter crowd: do y’all really believe that cops are infallible?
Ok, as a quick summary, here’s what led me to this post. Now, Covington, a fighter in the UFC’s Welterweight division, is an avid Donald Trump fan and MAGA supporter. Woodley, the former Welterweight champion, took it upon himself to represent BLM. In the lead-up to the fight, Covington took to Twitter to say that he’s representing all police and military officers who’ve been “vilified.” In addition, after Covington put a thorough beating on Woodley, he proceeded to call BLM a “terrorist organization” and that Woodley was a “Marxist.”
Now, here’s where my confusion comes in. Real talk, I’ll never understand why (mostly) White people believe that BLM is some affront to law enforcement. Like, we’re literally asking for them to stop killing us and to be held accountable for misdeeds. That’s all. That’s literally all. Frankly, I don’t understand why they can’t support cops AND acknowledge when they do something wrong. Bruh, it’s ACTUALLY possible to do both. The way I see it, if Blues Live Matter really supported the police, they would want them to be fair and balanced with ALL of America‘s citizens.
I mean, why can’t people support cops and still admit that they fucked up when they killed Amadou Diallo? Why can’t people support cops and still admit that they fucked up when they killed Tamir Rice? Why can’t people support cops and still admit that they fucked up when they killed Botham Jean? Why can’t people support cops and still admit that they fucked up when they killed Philando Castile? Hell, the police KNOW that they fucked up with Breonna Taylor because they got rid of the no-knock warrant AND paid her family $12 million. Still, the Blue Lives Matter crowd won’t acknowledge ANY wrongdoing. It’s fucking baffling, son.
In the end, the division is this country is beyond toxic, man. Ultimately, we can’t agree on ANYTHING. By and by, we can’t even agree that unjustly killing people is wrong. At the end of the day, I’m reaching the point where I’m starting to believe that this nation is beyond saving. All in all, I’m just worried about making as much money as possible and contributing to Black generational wealth. Fuck all of this other shit, fam. That is all. LC out.
So, to the best of my ability, I’m going to try and keep this post short today. Yeah, I say that all of the time, but I “mean it” right now. In any case, I really hate the trend that happens in this country. Black and Brown people describe systemic mistreatment by law enforcement, our cries fall on deaf ears, some loser takes unnecessary action against unassuming officers and the national conversation goes back to ground zero. All in all, I’m tired of the cycle, son. The way I see it, the dialogue isn’t black and white. There is a grey area, man. Frankly, I don’t want cops shot either.
Ok, for those who are living under a rock, some wild shit went down in Los Angeles this past Saturday. Essentially, some random dude just walked up to a police car in Compton and shot two cops from the passenger side. No warning, no provocation, nothing. Just opened fire out of nowhere. Luckily, both officers are expected to survive after coming out of surgery. Now, I won’t lie, fam. On the real, this situation has caused an interesting schism on social media. One side sees how troubling incidents like these are. Another side is celebrating violence against officers. All I know is, the latter is a dangerous ideal to embrace, bruh.
Look, I know what some people may be thinking. Yes, it’s EXTREMELY disheartening to see law enforcement CONSTANTLY get away with murder. In that sense, it’s natural to desire retribution and retaliation. Especially since we can’t depend on the law to protect us from the law. But, everyone needs to see the bigger picture, son. I mean, just look at how this always plays out. Anytime we make some headway with depicting our pain, some idiot pulls a stunt like this and erases any chance of change. Instead of seeing the humanity in innocent minorities, detractors just use a situation like this shooting to ignore our narrative. The fact is, it’s fucking counterproductive, man.
Like, what do we really want, fam? Do we want the authorities to be held accountable for their actions or do we want to go to war with the cops? Seriously, I want to know. I’m all about the liberation of my people, but I’m also a proponent of strategy. Just bucking off on the police is NOT a recipe for success, bruh. Shit, motherfuckers like Donald Trump can’t WAIT to send the National Guard and the Army into our communities, son. All I can say is, the little handguns and semiautomatic rifles we have ain’t gonna do shit against tanks and drones, man.
Listen, maybe I’m oversimplifying this, but the solution is clear to me: officers need to feel the pain for committing murder. Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s A LOT easier said that done, brethren. But, just hear me out. Take Breonna Taylor‘s case, for example. Word is, the city just settled with her family for $12 million. Now, just imagine that the money had to come out of the guilty officers’ pensions. I guarantee that cops would think twice before pulling these triggers. Imagine if more than 1% of officers were actually convicted of murder. I guarantee they’d think twice before pulling these triggers. The truth is, they’re so brazen with their misconduct because they know that NOTHING will happen to them. At the end of the day, REAL consequence will beget an adjustment in behavior.
In the end, I’m sure that there are a number of people out there who disagree with me. Ultimately, everyone is entitled to their opinion. By and by, I’m not the guy who doesn’t see the value in protection. Hell, I really wish that New York would loosen their gun laws, but that’s another story. However, I’m not down with just recklessly shooting cops and thinking it’s going to have a position outcome. If anything, it takes away from our REAL message and puts MORE minorities in harm’s way. *Sigh* All of this is just exhausting, fam. Fucking exhausting. That is all. LC out.
What’s good, brethren? On this episode, Randi B. and I were back on Facebook Live talking about Chadwick Boseman, Shaun King and Breonna Taylor. It evolved into a conversation that included Beyoncé, Donald Trump, Martin Luther King and Colin Kaepernick. Check it out on YouTube below. Yessir!
So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I’m fully aware of the fact that I’m going to piss some people off with this post. However, I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t objective, man. Now, with that being said, I don’t like this trend that I’m seeing among people. There’s this idea that we can’t critique folks and still support them. All I can say is, this presidential election has REALLY highlighted this phenomenon. I mean, the need to remove Donald Trump has been so strong, we’ve been willing to settle for whoever has been presented to us. In any case, while I definitely intend to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in November, I reserve the right to question some of their past actions.
Ok, for those who are living under a rock, Biden recently announced that he wants Harris to be his running mate in the upcoming election. Now, this news has splintered segments of the internet. On one hand, a lot of people are excited that a Black woman is in this position for the first time in history. Frankly, from a political standpoint, Harris is more than qualified for the job. On the other hand, there are a number of folks who have The Rockeyebrow about the combo of Biden and Harris. All I know is, both sides have a legitimate point, fam.
Look, when we’re talking about Biden and Harris, they both have questionable moments in their history. Now, when it comes to Biden, look no further than the 1994 Crime Bill. Whether we’re speaking on longer prison sentences or the commission of more prisons, the bill was devastating for the Black community. Shit, the entire Bill Clinton administration built its “tough on crime” rep on the backs of countless minorities, bruh. So, I don’t understand why cats get upset when people bring that up. Like, it actually happened, son. It’s a hat that Biden has to wear. Plain and simple.
Now, in regards to Harris, she had an “interesting” run as a prosecutor in California. To be fair, she wasn’t some demon spawn who fucked over everyone she came across. However, there were numerous moments in her career that were troubling, son. Real talk, her office did a terrible job of protecting the rights of wrongfully convicted people. Her office also did a suspect job of investigating misconduct from various law enforcement officials. In both cases, she alleged that she wasn’t always aware of the actions of some of the individuals in her office. Either way, that’s not an acceptable answer, man.
In the end, I know what a lot of people may be thinking right now, fam. “LC, we don’t have time for this shit. We’re trying to get Trump out of office.” Ultimately, that is absolutely correct, fam. By and by, when November 3rd hits, I’ll be at the polls selecting Biden and Harris. But, I’m still a firm believer in calling out our elected officials. At the end of the day, they’re asking for OUR vote. Meaning, we should be able to question moments from their past. The way I see it, this “all or nothing” attitude that some people have spits in the face of objectivity. Keeping it a buck, these people are being chosen to support OUR needs. So, we need to make sure that we’re ALWAYS holding them accountable. That is all. LC out.
What’s good, brethren? On this episode, Randi B. and I were back on Facebook Live talking about Herman Cain, Breonna Taylor, defunding the police and infighting in the Black Lives Matter movement. It evolved into a conversation that included Donald Trump, the Coronavirus, Jeff Sessions, William Barr, Amadou Diallo and Verzuz. Check it out on YouTube below. Yessir!
So, before I even begin, let me make one thing clear: I’m not here to speak ill of the dead. I’m not here to say “I told you so” or gloat about someone’s misfortune. If anything, Herman Cain‘s death highlights the sickness of bipartisanship in this country. I mean, people are so entrenched in this Left and Right bullshit that they’ll cut off their nose to spite their face. All in all, Cain’s death was potentially avoidable and all of our elected officials need to be held accountable for their tomfoolery.
Ok, for those who are unaware, Herman Cain, former presidential candidate and successful business executive, just died from the coronavirus. Now, there’s no way to definitively determine where he contracted the virus, but anyone with a brain can make an educated guess. So, back on June 20th, Donald Trump had his infamous rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In any case, outside of the fact that Trump held a rally at the site of the Black Wall Street massacre a day after Juneteenth, this event was notable for another reason. Essentially, everyone took pride in not wearing masks and not socially distancing.
Look, in the days leading up to the rally, Cain took to Twitter to disavow any mask mandates. Nine days later, he was diagnosed with the virus and ended up in an Atlanta hospital. Fast forward a month, he succumbed to the illness. Now, here’s my beef with this entire situation, son. Real talk, Cain died because of politics, man. Somehow, a health crisis became a bipartisan issue. So, instead of everyone taking the proper precautions to keep themselves safe, some folks are simply adhering to empty and dangerous rhetoric.
Fam, I understand that people want the country to get back up and running. Shit, I’m going through serious Jiu Jitsu withdrawal right now. But, I understand that these minor inconveniences are for the greater good. Like, bruh, seriously, is wearing a mask the worst fucking thing in the world? Is not going to a bar the worst fucking thing in the world? How did we become so fractured as a nation that quarantining can drive people insane? How did there become two sides to a cotdamn sickness? *Sigh* Cats are really dying because of allegiances to a political party and Cain is proof of that.
In the end, regardless of whether I agreed with him or not, rest in peace to Herman Cain. Ultimately, this was such a senseless and unnecessary way to go. By and by, I hope this is a lesson to everyone out there. At the end of the day, we better not let politics be the death of us. That is all. LC out.
What’s good, brethren? On this episode, Randi B. and I were back on Facebook Live talking about parenting, race, Kanye West and the Coronavirus. It morphed into a conversation that included apartheid, Germany, Steve King, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, David Duke and Candace Owens. Check it out on YouTube below. Let’s go!