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Beyond 140 characters. Things that don’t go on Twitter.

@WaymoTheGod, free speech, and the right to be ignorant when you want to

First Amendment protected speech is a tricky thing. We may not always agree with what people have to say, but we have to defend their right to say it.

Let me explain.

There are ignorant people in this world, not unlike that Waymo dude. They will always be there to say some bullshit we disagree with and/or are offended by. Exhibit A:

 

 

Now. Is this dude an ignorant ass porch monkey? Yes. Yes, he is. What he is saying is deplorable, and he deserves the fire that is happening in his mentions right now to burn his shit-stained drawers as he sits in his dorm room click-clacking away on Twitter for reactions, RTs and mentions. 

I saw people calling for us to block him and report him as spam, and the reason I will not do that is simple. 

Waymo is exercising his right to express himself. It is First Amendment protected speech whether we agree with what he is saying or not. He has his right to let his ignorant ass word diarrhea flow freely from the asshole that is on his face just the same way as we have to right to react and call him out on it. He actually got a very proper dragging from Danie, and we all loved it.  

The problem I have with reporting him as spam and having his account possibly get deleted is that it sets an ugly precedent, and if you understand anything about the way the court systems work (and shit rolls downhill), then you know that courts work on precedent. 

If every time someone says something we don’t like or agree with we get their account banned on Twitter, what happens when those people on the other side don’t like what we have to say? I’m talking the #AllLivesMatter people or even your sensitive ass #NotAllWhites or #NotAllPolice people. If they get even an inkling that they can use blocking and reporting accounts as spam as a tool to silence us on this social network, where will we be? 

Think about what briefly happened to Feminista Jones yesterday on Facebook. Someone who obviously doesn’t like or or disagrees with her reported her account to Facebook, and it was temporarily shut down while Facebook forced her to go through the motions of proving she is a real person who actually operates in this world using the name Feminista Jones. We can’t have that. 

While Waymo’s ignorant ass speech is worthy of all the ire of every shea butter bitch from here to Africa, it is not worth us derailing the First Amendment protections that allow all of us to express ourselves on this medium.

You may not agree with my words or ideas. You may think I’m dumb, but please, always defend my right to say it, because my right is your right, and that is what is most important. 

Feel free to hop in his mentions and tell him his words are trash though. 

Some mornings I just don’t feel like it.

Fuck writing. Fuck this homework. Fuck going to the day job. Fuck that deadline. Fuck everything.

And then I remember that I have a greater goal, so I keep pushing.

Bobbi Kristina Brown dead at 22

I wept for Bobbi Kristina the day her mother Whitney died. I was horrified when I heard that Bobbi Kristina had been found unconscious in a tub, and I was fearful that her story would have the same ending as her mother’s.

I find consolation in the fact that she and Whitney are now traveling the plane together, and her young, troubled soul can finally have some peace.

Rest in Paradise, Bobbi Kristina. May your family find love and compassion during this time of loss.

Rape culture starts in the home

The relationship that Kylie Jenner is having with Tyga is wholly inappropriate. That none of the adults around her seem to see the problem with it is terrifying. That her sister, Khloe Kardashian, would admit in print that she too had age inappropriate relationships  at 16 gives us an eye-opening look (as if their reality show wasn’t enough) at the level of degenerate dysfunction that is in this family.

Kylie Jenner will be 18 on Aug 10, at which point I suppose we are all suppose to stop talking about the fact that she has been sleeping with dating Tyga since 2014. He has written sexually explicit lyrics about her that are incredibly disturbing.

At 16, you are not equipped to make the same emotional decisions that someone 5 or even 10 years your senior are able to make. It doesn’t matter if you bought a house and flew on a jet with Karl Lagerfeld; sixteen-year-old girls are not emotionally mature no matter how much we want to make them into adults in our heads.

With everything that is going on in her life already, being sexually exploited by both her family members and her ‘boyfriend’ are major causes for alarm. I can only hope she still has money for the therapy bills later in life.

Rape culture starts in the home. At least, it is for Kylie Jenner.

#TheEmptyChair

So often we don’t tell our stories because we think we are the story. We are not. It is not our shame; it is someone else’s. Heed these words to get you through.

flip the script

Sometimes you reach a point in the story you are writing where there is a shift in the narrative. The character makes a decision or a discovery that changes everything. The direction you thought the story was going in has been rerouted. Something new is up ahead.

I want to remember to never be afraid of the rewrites, even when the story I am writing is my own.

I still cannot bring myself to watch Fruitvale Station. It scrolls by in my Netflix feed, and I always pause, but inevitably I scroll past it; the pain of all that came before and after is still too raw.

Twitter Bio #2

monique judge. reader. writer. word nerd. coffee addict. tequila snob. favorite auntie. information curator. freelancer.

No, this is not my first ever Twitter bio.

Because we never know when Twitter may go away or decide to delete everything, and because bios change frequently depending on what kind of mood we are in, I’ve decided to archive mine here.

My current Twitter bio:

monique judge. writer. journalist. storyteller. media literacy advocate. coffee addict. tequila snob. Twerk Champion

I am sharing this video again because I never want it to die. Also, I make up rhymes to go with this almost daily. It’s a catchy little tune. You’re welcome.

 

Rae Sremmurd – Ear Drummers

I was trying to figure out what kind of name Rae Sremmurd was and why a group would pick it for a band name, and then I looked at it and realized it is Ear Drummers backward.

Oh.

I had an incredible craving for fried chicken wings and french fries earlier today, and I opted to eat peanut butter on 12 grain bread instead. Not exactly the fried fats I wanted, but definitely better for me and my body.

Today we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. In the middle of this generation’s epic social justice movement, we remember the work of Dr. King while looking forward to what the work of the new leaders will bring.

Amber Rose Instagram Titillates Twitter

Amber Rose posted some hot pictures on Instagram. You’re welcome.

I love looking at the Amber Rose Instagram account. It seems like she’s having a lot of fun being Amber. She’s my kind of eye candy. Her body is delicious.

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Cover Story: “The Dream of Reconciliation” – The New Yorker

The cover art of next week’s New Yorker as drawn by Barry Blitt depicts Martin Luther King Jr. marching arm in arm with Eric Garner and NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu. In the background, we see Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and an American Flag.

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I have several issues with this drawing. The first is, why is all the color removed from the people in the picture? Before Captain Facts or any other member of the #WellActually justice league can jump in my comments, let me say that I get what the artist may have intended, but the fact is, the murders of Garner, Martin, and Brown all had a basis in the fact that they were black, so removing their color in this drawing, in my opinion, is an attempt the erase the part that race/color played in their deaths.

Adding Dr. King to the picture could be considered a nice touch, and it definitely goes along with the theme of the article, but why is it that Dr. King is invoked so much by white people these days? When he was alive they wanted him to shut up. Now his name and memory are shouted from the mountaintops anytime anyone wants the angry black people to calm down. Please stop invoking the name, memory, and image of Dr. King as a means of trying to instill docility and quiet the righteous anger of black people in America. Dr. King was killed while demonstrating nonviolent resistance, so using him as a tool against the very people he was championing is more than a little insulting.

Why is Wenjian Liu even in this picture? The NYPD shooting was an isolated incident that had nothing to do with the deaths of Brown, Garner or Martin, so why is there this concerted effort by the media to rewrite the narrative and put them together? This is yet another version of #AllLivesMatter, which is in and of itself and attempt to water down the importance and significance of the movement that is happening in this country right now to save black lives.

This is not a Kumbaya moment. We are not going to emerge from this holding hands and singing gospel songs together. We are in the fight of our lives, and we demand the recognition of our humanity and our person-hood. Understand that until the genocide of black people in this country stops, the revolution will continue.

Here is what the artist had to say about his cover art for the New Yorker:

Barry Blitt drew next week’s cover, inspired by the photographs of the Selma-to-Montgomery march that are everywhere again. “It struck me that King’s vision was both the empowerment of African-Americans, the insistence on civil rights, but also the reconciliation of people who seemed so hard to reconcile,” he said. “In New York and elsewhere, the tension between the police and the policed is at the center of things. Like Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, Martin Luther King was taken way too early. It is hard to believe things would have got as bad as they are if he was still around today.”

via Cover Story: “The Dream of Reconciliation” – The New Yorker.

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