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.

Really, Ben Carson? Really?!

*Sigh* It’s a damn shame that Black people used to be proud of Ben Carson, man. We used to celebrate his achievements, read his books and listen to his speeches. However; that time is looooooong gone, son. Over the past two years, Carson has let his clown flag fly. I mean, running an abismal presidential campaign and sucking up to Donald Trump should’ve been bad enough, man. But, noooooooooo, he couldn’t stop there. Carson had to take it to a new level, bruh. Now, after hearing his revisionist history of slavery, I’m in favor of launching Carson into space, never to be seen or heard from again.

So, while speaking to his Housing and Urban Development employees, Carson, a Black man, referred to slaves as “immigrants.” Now, before I continue, why does Carson run this department again? Just because he grew up in a housing project? Shiiit, by that logic, I’m pretty sure a few people from the Boston Secor Houses in the Bronx can do a better job. In any case, immigrants? Immigrants, man?!? To make matters worse, this dude said that slaves worked harder for less, but dreamed of “prosperity and happiness” in America.

I… I truly don’t know where to start, son. This clown is a 65-year-old Black man who was born in the Midwest. How can he be THAT clueless about Black history?! Enslaved Africans didn’t come here willingly and they DAMN SURE weren’t worried about prosperity! They were worried about surviving. Countless slaves died in those ships across the Middle Passage. For the ones who made it, they lived through the worst atrocities known to man.

Whether it was the backbreaking work, the beatings, the rapes, the mental torture or the eradication of our identity, Black people have a horrid history along this ENTIRE hemisphere! Side note, can we stop the lie that Sally Hemings was Thomas Jefferson‘s mistress? She was his slave and a rape victim. Let’s not try to normalize their relationship. She was forced to bare his kids, man. Fuck anyone who tries to make this scenario romantic. Anyway, how DARE Carson liken our people to anyone who CHOSE to be here? He is a fucking disgrace to not only his race, but to humanity as a whole.

Ultimately, I have to stop writing now. I’m getting angrier and angrier with each word, man. All I know is, there’s been a concerted effort to diminish America’s dastardly treatment of Black people. In the end, it definitely doesn’t help when sellouts like Carson hold positions of power. LC out.