Terrorism and Protest. It’s All Relative, Depending on the Colour of Your Skin.

If, suddenly, legalism is a thing and there is a necessity to comply with legal and linguistic definition, I say “Rest in Peace, Ms. Heather Heyer. I salute you for the martyr you have sadly become.”

Who’d have thought that we live in a world where there is a fine line between protest and terrorism? The colour of your skin deciding what side of the fence you fall on.
 
If you are of Arabic descent and drive a vehicle through a crowd, you are a terrorist, you are a murderer, you have no place in human society. A coward, breeding hate. And this is before anyone has even taken time to find out what your name is.
If you are white and drive a vehicle through a crowd, we need to take time to gather the facts. Then we find out that you aren’t an animal but, rather, a 20 year old from Ohio. The people that know you can’t believe you could do a thing like this and, if you have a track record of hate, you’re a lone wolf. You couldn’t possibly represent your race or any systemic injustice.
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If you’re black and you turn up to protest with a flaming torch and/or semi-automatic rifle, dressed in full combat clothing…. Oh, actually, wait…. That hasn’t happened. Tamir Rice, though, can probably give us the low-down on what can happen if you’re black and carry a weapon. Or, at least, what can happen if you’re 12 and carry a toy gun. He’s dead, though. Some would say, killed by the very system that allows others to exercise a right to carry a weapon in protest. Some very real ones.
 
If you’re black and cause a riot when you protest, you’re a thug and an animal. You are sub-human and your reasons for protest should all be handled, in love, by sitting down and talking.
If you’re white and cause a riot when you protest, you’re exercising a right. All voices should be equal. The country is a country of free speech and, therefore, the carrying of torches, rifles, banners and shields of hate form part of a relevant voice that should be heard. The violence comes from a firm foundation of belief and, as such, should be heard.
 
What does our leadership think of this?
 
Our leadership kept its thoughts to 140 characters or less so that the emotion of someone being murdered, by someone driving through a crowd, could fit within a Twitter feed. When it appeared to speak personally, there was a lack of passion and a loss of words in condemning evil acts. You know. The passion that exists and rhetoric that flows, oh so smoothly, when fists are shaken at countries where the population doesn’t know much outside their own borders. Fists shaken at countries where farmers and shepherds look back and scratch their heads.
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ABC News spoke of Mr. Fields’ “Alleged crime”. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the alleged crime “Does meet with the definition of domestic terrorism”. The U.S. Department of Justice is pursuing what Fields allegedly did “in every way that we can make a case.” – ABC News.
Pretty much, some sick Shakespearean-type word play that separates Mr. Fields from a crime and the crime from terrorism. Suddenly, blatant video evidence isn’t enough for us to form opinion. Maybe I’m supposed to believe that the brakes possibly failed on this vehicle?
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If, suddenly, legalism is a thing and there is a necessity to comply with legal and linguistic definition, I say “Rest in Peace, Ms. Heather Heyer. I salute you for the martyr you have sadly become.”
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As I look, confused and concerned, at the bottom of this tea cup, I see a German Shepherd, tethered in a garden, behind a garden fence. It barks but the kids outside the fence still play. They laugh, taunt and are thoroughly entertained.
Sadly, though, this is 2017. Loud barking seems to count for so much, allowing for so much potential damage, socially, economically. These tea leaves almost predict the end, I feel…
 
*sip*

BBC News: World Championships 2017: Usain Bolt beaten by Justin Gatlin in 100m final

I saw this on the BBC and thought you should see it:

World Championships 2017: Usain Bolt beaten by Justin Gatlin in 100m final – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/40839202

I can’t help but feel that I saw this coming. I also can’t help but feel that this could have been avoided, had Usain Bolt focused more on his performance on the track, leaving his celebrity side until after the games. Sadly, I see a certain amount of complacency in this race, which will always be, to most, a loss for Bolt and not a win for Gatlin.

Bolt’s final race will be on Saturday, in the 4x100m. I can see Jamaica winning gold in that one but I don’t see it being a walk in the park, or even a certainty. This time, it is going to take work and not talent.

I wish Usain Bolt all the best in his post-race endeavours. He has brought good times and a good story of athletic development to the questionable sport of sprinting. From the gangly youth he once was to the athlete he is today, he has done himself, Jamaica and the sport proud.

Best of all, he has left a lot of us asking, How fast could he actually have run? It’s both tantalizing and unfortunate that we’ll never know.

Usain Bolt, sir. Up! *tilts hat*

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Athletics Weekly Article on Dwain Chambers. August 2nd 2017.

You can find the article HERE.

I think the subject still leaves a bitter taste in the mouth of some athletes but I’m definitely a proponent of change and I think everyone, regardless of their wrongs, should be afforded the time and opportunity to change. Dwain Chambers, in my mind, has used that time and opportunity well, and wisely, with a constant smile.

Picture Credit to Mark Shearman 2014.

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New York Times Article. “London’s New Subway Symbolized the Future. Then Came Brexit.” – 7/31/2017.

I found this article to be a good read. You can find it HERE.

My personal opinion is that Brexit signals the end for a lot of things and, even though it may signal the beginning of a few good things, those few good things are so short-sighted and temporary. It’s almost as if the voters were giving some forgetful drug or some social ADD. Brexit will never make sense to me, excepting the part where corporate greed takes over and reduces a proud society to obedient robots.

Picture Credit to New York Times.