My Complicated Trip To Philadelphia

So, I won’t lie, son. Real talk, this past weekend was a cool little getaway for the family and I. Now, thanks to my wife’s planning, our four-person unit took a quick trip to Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. I mean, since my wife and I are history buffs, we thought it would be dope to take the kids to see several historical places. In any case, while the sites were incredible, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of discomfort, man. All in all, our trip to Philadelphia was confusing for me, fam.

Ok, before I continue, let me give a quick breakdown of the sites that were on our agenda. In total, we had the Museum of the American RevolutionIndependence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Rocky StepsLove ParkElfreth’s AlleyPhiladelphia’s Magic Gardens and Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse on the list. Needless to say, we hit a lot of different parts of Philly, bruh. Moving on, my confusion started to arise while visiting the Museum and Independence Hall. Namely, the blatant fucking hypocrisy of our founding fathers.

Look, I’m not here to debate whether or not people like George Washington or Thomas Jefferson were brave men. As a matter of fact, I truly believe they’re some of the most fearless dudes in history. Like, it took GIANT sets of balls for a bunch of colonies to decide that they wanted to take on the British Empire. Especially, when on face value, they were outmanned and outgunned. Anyway, it’s this dichotomy that perplexes me, son. Seriously, how could they be so concerned about people’s rights and their freedom, but still treat Black people and Native Americans so fucking poorly?

Listen, I’m not pretending like any of this is new to me, man. Hell, if anyone has ever read this blog, I spend a lot of my time talking about America‘s shenanigans, fam. But, it’s a different experience to see so many historical places up close. To know that so many important decisions were made in this city, but all the while, people of color were being trampled on. Now, to Philly’s credit, they didn’t hide from this hypocrisy. Outside of Liberty Bell Center, they gave a detailed story about how Washington used loopholes to keep his slaves. In addition, several places talked about how a number of Black people fought for the British, with the hope of securing their freedom. The fact is, racism is as American as the Revolution itself, bruh.

In the end, this is what White people need to understand about Black people. Ultimately, the America that they champion looks very different to people of color. By and by, when they were proclaiming their independence, Black people were still in chains. When they were writing about folks’ “inalienable rights,” Black people had the last names of their slave masters. At the end of the day, our view of America will never be the same as theirs. Frankly, America was never intended to treat us as equals. So, we’ve always been fighting an uphill battle. *Sigh* Such is life, son. That is all. LC out.

P.S. Before anyone asks, I absolutely ran up the Rocky Steps, man. I absolutely put my arms in the air when I reached the top. Sadly, I forgot to yell “Adrian” during any part of the trip. On the real, I’m ashamed of myself for that omission, fam. Good day.

The Argument Against Colin Kaepernick

Man, oh man, what has Colin Kaepernick gotten himself into, son? Who would’ve thought the act of sitting down would get a man in so much trouble? After not standing for the National Anthem during a preseason game this past Friday, Kaepernick unleashed the ire of damn near everyone with a platform to speak. While people are allowed to have their opinions, I can’t help but be confused by the stance some individuals have taken. Sooooooo, since I also have my own platform to speak, I’m here to debunk some of the half-baked arguments against Colin Kaepernick.

Now, let me begin by saying, there’s no such thing as someone who’s “too rich” to acknowledge social and racial injustice. That seems to be a prevalent argument circulating around in response to Kaepernick’s actions. Apparently, when a person is not living in poverty and despair, they’re not allowed to talk about anything real. So, to be clear, is money supposed to be the great equalizer? If a small fraction of a particular racial group is afforded the opportunity to join the “one percent,” are they no longer allowed to shed light on prejudice? Are they no longer allowed to have a dialogue about the issues facing people who look like them? Ok, wait, I get it now, son. The minute a miniscule portion of a community “makes it,” all of the ills facing everyone else magically dissipates. It all makes sense now, bruh. Look, I might, MIGHT, give someone a slight pass for questioning the timing of Kaepernick’s move. However; simply dismissing his ideals because of his tax bracket is beyond fucking stupid, bro. Stop the foolishness, man.

Next, there’s another argument being made that Kaepernick needs to respect the flag because of our troops. Now, to be fair, I have nothing but respect for any individual who puts their life on the line for our country. Frankly, our soldiers display a level of bravery the average person simply doesn’t exhibit. However; fighting for our country and racial injustice are mutually exclusive, man. Why is it so difficult for some to even remotely open their eyes to the troubling history of America? Newsflash, dummies: there were still troops when Black people weren’t allowed to vote. There were still troops when we were considered three-fifths of a person. There were still troops during the Jim Crow era. Just because these men and women fight for this country’s ideals does NOT mean Black people aren’t allowed to bring up the ugly truth of how this land has historically treated us. Since the age of the Founding Fathers, the military and racism have both resided on the same land. It is what it is, son. DEAL with it. That’s truly the only way to make the argument go away.

All in all, I don’t actually have the time to address all of the ridiculous theories regarding Kaepernick. I just wanted to highlight a couple I thought were particularly preposterous. Look, regardless of his current stature as a player, he has every right to take a stand, if he so desires. While some fools think it’s a bright idea to burn his jersey now, I guarantee if he threw four touchdowns next game, these “fans” would forget all about this. So, to me, all of his detractors can shut the flying fuckity-fuck up. The fact that people are more up in arms about his bench protest than the issues he’s bringing attention to says everything. Situations like this prove we’ll probably never have the “open dialogue” about race pundits love to talk about. No one really wants to hash these ideas out, man. Everyone wants to continue to embrace the status quo. That is all. That is all, son. Good day.

P.S. Really, Jerry Rice? Really?! You’re really going to take the “All Lives Matterapproach against Kaepernick? Honestly, I’m not even going to list the amount of ways you’re an idiot, man. I’ve already addressed people like you in my “Money Can’t Buy ‘Woke’” post. Go sit down somewhere and be silent, man. If your conversation ain’t about a slant route or a hitch pattern, I don’t want to hear it, son. Hush.