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By Tim Black
(Also appears in The Huffington Post)
Trump has become President of the United States of America. Wow! Let that sink in. Does that seem real to you yet? Not to me either. I hate to be a jerk and say I told you so, but yeah I told you so. See…
After such a stunning lost I’m sure many Democrats are wondering how this could’ve happened. Here are my two cents. Make that five cents as in five reasons it’s “Welcome to Trump Nation”.
Reason #1: Bad Message
Hillary Clinton’s “I’m With Her” was a loser. I’m With Her was limp, divisive, sexist and worst of all “arrogant”. Who came up with that slogan, a 4th Grader? No offense to 4th graders as I’m sure they could do much better than that stinker. Trump had a better message. Trump’s “Make America Great Again” was inspirational. People aspire to greatness. No one aspires to be with Hillary at least not most people evidenced by Hillary’s second failed Presidential bid in 10 years.
Reason #2: No Grand Vision
Hillary had no vision. No big idea. Telling people to slow down, take incremental steps and be realistic is not exactly the message of champions in any election let alone an election in the modern era.
Reason Number 3. Black Voters Not Impressed
The hot sauce wasn’t hot enough. You remember that tasteless pandering move Hillary pulled while on the Breakfast Club? Charlamagne told Secretary Clinton black people would say she was pandering, to which Hillary replied: “Is it working?”
Apparently not. According to CNN the exit polls show many black folks were unimpressed with Hillary Clinton. Hint: Democrats need black support if they are to win the White House.
Reason Number 4: Wikileaks
Up until this year many people didn’t know what Wikileaks was though it’s been in existence for over 10 years. The DNC emails distributed by Wikileaks revealed an underbelly of corrupt politics that many American’s could not stomach. My partner in Truth, HA Goodman covered each Wikileaks in great detail. Here’s HA’s latest video covering Wikileaks #35. Highly Recommended!
Though I’m sure many die-hard Hillary supporters were unmoved by the Wikileaks damning emails exposing both the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Campaigns corruption and dirty dealings it seems reluctant Democratic Voters were turned off. USA Today reports The 2016 Election had a high turnout, unfortunately for Democrats even more Republicans did just that.
Reason Number 5: Cheating Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders was robbed. As proven in the Wikileaks documents. The Democratic National Committee colluded with the Hillary Campaign and the media to knee cap Bernie Sanders. Contrary to The Establishments calculations, Bernie Sanders supporters did not lick their wounds and faithfully return to ”Vote Blue Any Who”. Not even with the fear of a media driven Trump-Ageddon many progressives did not forget the misdeeds of Democratic Operatives such as Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Donna Brazile. Hillary’s chickens came home to roost.
For a video summary of why I believe Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential Election please check my video below. Warning: This may hurt a little, but with pain there’s growth. I hope.
By: Malika Shirk-Rogers
There is a major problem in this country when a peaceful protest, like Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the national anthem sparks outrage and not the reason why he is doing it. Racial injustice, police brutality, and other forms of discrimination against African Americans are the reasons why we stage protest. Instead of people acknowledging the truth about race in America, they choose to ignore it or water it down. However, people are not standing for the status quo anymore; we want change, real change.
Colin Kaepernick’s protest was vindicated when the murder of two more black men by police happened this week. The murders of Terrence Crutcher and Keith Scott validated the point that black lives don’t seem to matter as much as the lives of white people. As a matter of fact, even terrorist lives seem to matter more than black lives. The NYC bomber injured people and had a shootout with the police and was still somehow taken into custody alive. I know the critics will say that the information he can provide could save lives, but they also forget that he now has an opportunity to defend himself, something Terrence and Keith will never get. Instead, the media and racist will smear the names of Terrence and Keith, creating the he was a “big bad dude” narrative, like that justifies their deaths. Don’t tell me the police have seconds to react when we’ve all seen them go out of their way to bring people like, Dylan Roof out alive.
America is in critical shape right now. It is imperative that something is done about racial injustice, police brutality, and other forms of discrimination or I fear it will get worse before it gets better. It’s time for our current President and our future Presidents to take this matter seriously. Having only the backs of the police just creates further distrust in our government. Instead of pandering to the black community show them you actually have a plan of action. Don’t go on an African American radio station or T.V show and tell them you are going to lecture white people on the matters of racism. Also, having a town hall to reach out to black voters doesn’t mean telling them you want to implement more stop-and-frisk policies within their communities. Get it together America, because as of right now there is no liberty and justice for all.
By Malika Shirk-Rogers
Obama made a very forceful plea to African Americans, in particular, to get out and vote. According to The Guardian, Obama wants African Americans to get behind Hillary Clinton because her platform focuses on issues that affect the African American community.
“I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election.” “You want to give me a good send-off, go vote.”
However, I disagree with President Obama on who African Americans should vote for. I think African American people should be looking at all the candidates in this race. All Americans should be voting for the person that aligns with the issues they most care about. In spite of there being more than two options, most Americans feel obligated to vote for the two major parties, but there are millions of people who opt out of voting all together. These are the voters who feel disengaged or just don’t participate in elections.
Millennials, according to some recent polls, will not be coming out in big numbers for Hillary Clinton, like in 2008 to elect President Obama. Instead, more and more millennials are supporting third party candidates like Jill Stein. Millennials are rejecting the two major party system, which is causing nervousness among the Democrats. Seeing that, probably prompted President Obama’s stern message to the Congressional Black Caucus.
With this in mind, there is stigma with the Clintons as a whole, where people just don’t trust them. Just about all the recent polls show Hillary with a very high unfavorable/untrustworthy rating. The reasons why people don’t trust Hillary Clinton stem from her use of an unauthorized private server, Benghazi, lobbying for the 1994 crime bill, her “super predators” comment about African Americans, and more. It’s important to realize, that for these reasons alone people will not be casting their ballot for her. Hillary Clinton, like all presidential candidates need to earn the African American vote. President Obama’s disappointment needs to come from Hillary Clinton’s incapability to do as such. So, if you want to vote for Jill Stein or the down ballot don’t let President Obama guilt trip you into four years of lies and corruption. The Democrats had an opportunity with Bernie Sanders but their favorable actions towards Hillary Clinton may ultimately cost them this election.
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By Tim Black
Here we go again. That’s what I was thinking as I read the story of 13-year old Tyre King. Tyre King was a 13-year-old kid living in East Columbus, OH. Tyre lost his life after what appeared to be “fake robbery” attempt using a BB gun. Sad indeed.
According to Chief Kim Jacobs, the gun used “It turns out to not be a firearm in the sense that it fires real bullet, but as you can see it looks like a firearm that could kill you,” Based on that information and a picture of the type of BB gun Tyre allegedly possessed, I’m sure it appeared to be real enough to thoroughly scare the victim of that robbery.
Based on reports, officers were investigating an attempted robbery where the victim described “a group of people approached him and demanded money. One of them, he told officers, had a gun.”
Officers saw a group of people matching the victim’s description. When the officers approached the group two men fled into an alley. During the pursuit, officers said one of the suspects pulled what looked like a gun from his waistband. An officer fired several shots into the suspect who we now know is Tyree King. Tyre died late at the hospital.
I can’t help, but recall 12-year-old Tamir Rice gunned down in less than three seconds just two years ago in the very same state of Ohio.Tamir was young, black and in possession of a non deadly weapon, but the similarities end there.
- Tyre King was allegedly committing a crime: robbery.
- Tamir was playing at an almost empty park.
- Tyre King fled from police.
- Tamir barely had time to blink let alone run.
I’m not here to defend the indefensible. Tyre’s actions are heart-wrenching and criminal. Robbery is a serious issue; I know I’ve been robbed at gun point before. Trust me, it’s no fun. I can tell you nothing makes you get in touch with your own sense of mortality more than staring down the barrel of a gun.
My beef is with the Columbus Ohio Police Chief and their lack of body cameras. I’m tired of the Country being torn apart by assumptions. In America today any Police Department that doesn’t outfit all its officers with body cameras is choosing to risk creating only more division between citizens and police.
I’m sure many others would argue this is an open and shut case: Thug robs citizen. Thug flees. Cops Chase. Thug pulls gun. Cops shoot Thug. The End. Sorry. I can’t fall in line with you. My video on the Tyre King shooting is here.
Maybe it’s just me. Perhaps I’ve been reporting on stories of death by cop too often, but I need proof. I need proof this young man pulled out his BB gun to engage officers knowing it shoots BB’s not bullets. I’ve heard of bringing a knife to a gunfight, but a BB gun to a shoot-out? I can’t easily believe even at 13 Tyre was that delusional. I also need proof the officers were in fear of their lives. Let me remind you Ohio is an Open Carry State and any citizen with a gun should be given the opportunity to lay that gun down before being fired upon. Tyre deserved the same merciful courtesy extended to some old white guy in the middle of the street angry about his social security payments.
Many online critics, of which there are many when such instances arise, say Tyre’s parents are to blame. I hesitate to blame Tyre’s parents, at least not yet. I can’t in good conscience flippantly assume Tyre’s parents knew their son was out with friends sticking up people with a BB gun. That’s just me. I’m also stumped at just what type of economic situation does a 13 year old live with where he’s out robbing and stealing instead of playing Pokémon, or better yet, doing his homework? Questions. More questions and sadly, not nearly enough answers. Then again, we had footage of the death of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Philando Castille and Alton Sterling still not so much as an indictment let alone a conviction, so what do I know?
By Tim Black
I’m trying to slim down. Yeah. Your brother Tim Black could stand to lose a few pounds. To remedy the situation I’ve began these hour-long walks. The requirements are minimal. Decent shoes, my smartphone, the road: me. Me is the hard part!
An hour-long walk gives me time to put news and pop culture into perspective. Take the whole Colin Kaepernick thing. Those of you who don’t know who Colin is, he’s a backup quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. This week, Colin caused the world to nearly spin off its axis because he refused to stand for the National Anthem. You should see how upset these so-called Patriots are:
“That football player doesn’t respect our Vets! Get em!!”
Nevermind holding politicians accountable for getting us into despicable interventionist wars for profit, instead let’s focus on this young football player and say he hates Veterans because he chose to sit during the anthem. If you listen to the likes of these goofballs you’d think Kaepernick committed a crime, which he did not.
It’s not like Colin exposed himself to a stranger on Twitter using his smartphone while his son was sitting nearby a la Anthony Weiner.
It’s not like Colin lied to Brazilian police, falsified reports and disgraced the entire county – Ryan Lochte.
It’s not like Colin was fired for trying to rig an election, undermine someone’s presidential bid meanwhile supporting fracking, the TPP, cutting Social Security, is against regulating interest rates Predatory Lenders use to gut poor people or sold his soul to the Sugar Industry which is destroying the environment of his or her district all the while running for election propped up by the endorsement of Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and just about every Establishment Insider in the US – a la Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Don’t get me wrong.
I don’t believe Weiner’s activities warranted the symphony of attention it gained, though I find taking lewd pictures in front of a child creepy as hell, yet like it or not women on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter do far worse daily! Daily!
I also don’t believe Ryan Lochte’s lies to the police and the world are worth a week’s worth of coverage. The only person I can image who’d think Lochte’s lies were big enough to carry several news cycles are crafty politicians begging for a distraction from their much worse activities.
Brother Colin did one thing: He refused to stand during the National Anthem because he wants to bring attention to the killing of American Citizens, particularly African Americans at the hands of law enforcement.
Whether you agree with Colin or not, which I do, he’s merely expressing his freedom of speech. In fact, Kaepernick is executing the most peaceful brand of protest actions on the planet yet still he’s being attacked by kooky right wingers as an American hating commie who should go back to Africa.
I’m no rocket scientist, but if anyone’s patriotism should be questioned it should be Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Not only is Debbie NOT being blasted in Mainstream Media for her corrupt practices, her hypocritical stances and being ForGainst every major issue raised by her challenger Tim Canova, she’s running neck and neck for re-election for a leadership position in Congress with the full compliments of the Democratic Party Presidential Nominee.
America’s got some problems and losing a few pounds is just the beginning, baby.
This week’s guest on the Tim Black At Night Show are:
8/30/2016 Tuesday: Ajamu Baraka – Green Party Vice President Candidate
8/31/2016 Wednesday: Wendy Reed – US House CA 23
9/1/2016 Thursday: Thomas Frank – Author
Hope to see you there!