Black Coffee⏤Vol 7
Trigger warning...the coffee is HOT.
Good morning beautiful people. Happy Monday! Did you do anything over the weekend? How was your Halloween?
Julian and I didn’t dress up this year for Halloween, but I did order us shirts from SHEIN to wear around the house to at least be in theme. And yes, the hubs loved his Halloween button up. He walked around the house with it unbuttoned like we were strolling on Miami Beach. Hot Bae.
Our neighborhood did trick-or-treating, but we just left the bucket out front with individually packed candy bags for the kids to pull. We didn’t feel like sitting outside, but we participated. Plus we wanted to watch the American Murder documentary on Netflix about that man who killed his Facebook blogger wife and kids. Now that is a REAL horror story for you. I can’t believe he thought the only way out of his marriage and family was to murder them. Wild yo. WILD.
Anywhoo...keeping it short and sweet for today’s topics, but I got A LOT to say. If you are triggered at all while reading this, I encourage you to sit in that for a moment and ask yourself WHY?
Tomorrow is one of the biggest days of our lifetime. I thought November 4, 2008, would be the biggest day of our life when Barack Obama was waiting for his name to be announced as our 44th President. Now we have entered an entirely new lane of life.
If you haven’t already, I really hope you plan to vote in tomorrow’s election. And please don’t just vote for the President, vote for local leaders as well. Their role in the society that we live in is just as important.
But let me talk to the people for a moment who are sitting right up front and say they are not voting because their vote doesn’t matter, nor they don’t think voting will change THEIR personal experience. Listen to me for a moment, they got you. You hear me, they got you. It’s exactly what they want to hear. White supremacist, Trump, and all those other conservative dummies got you. Because they want you to believe that voting won’t affect your personal experience. They want you to believe that your one measly vote out of millions won’t matter. But it does. Black people, society has forever been telling us that we are not good enough. And when we are good, we are “too” good, and it’s not fair.
We have been consistently fighting to have our rights in this country that Indigenous people discovered, NOT Columbus. Frederick Douglass said in May 1865, “Slavery is not abolished until the Black man has the ballot.” Now we have our rights to the ballot and folks want to act like they can’t take a few minutes out of their ever so busy life to either A) mail in a ballot from the comfort of their home or B) go vote in person. You got time for everything else you worked hard for, why not this? Oh, you think you didn’t work for it?
You may not have stood on the front lines fighting and protesting for our rights, but you sure are reaping the benefits. Newsflash, we were not born free into this world. Our ancestors were slaves. And some of our living parents and grandparents can still tell you what it was like to drink out of a white-only water fountain or use the colored bathroom. Or having to order food around back from a restaurant because Blacks weren’t served inside, but they would still take our money. Ain’t that some shit.
When we got the right to vote, they made it even harder on us with ridiculous ass literacy tests we had to take to prove our worthiness. Or having to provide written evidence of employment before being able to cast a ballot. Despite these poll taxes, we still fought for our very right.
At this point, not voting is selfish. You are not supporting those who fought for you and those looking to you to help make this country better for generations to come. If you want to keep this country a land of the free, you better cast a ballot. Because if you don’t think for a minute that these scared ass conservative white folk ain’t trying to push us back 400 years or so, you trippin.
I feel incredibly proud to vote in South Carolina this year and for the foreseeable future, at least until Bae gets a new job and we move somewhere else but listen, this is the furthest south we are going. South Carolina has a huge mark on this country when it comes to Black history.
Here are a few notable Blacks that are from this great state:
Mary McLeod Bethune. When Mary was a little girl in Mayesville, SC, a little white girl snatched a book out of her hand and said she couldn’t have it because African-Americans couldn’t read. Sis got her own college now—Bethune-Cookman College.
Althea Gibson. The first Black tennis player to compete at the US National Championship in 1950 and the first Black player to compete at Wimbledon in 1951. Born in Silver, SC, Althea played tennis growing up as a kid and despite it being a white-dominated and managed sport, she still had dreams. And she accomplished them.
Eartha Kitt. Maaarrrcccuuussss Darling. This Orangeburg County beauty will forever be the best Catwoman to date.
Jaime Harrison. He is making his mark on South Carolina history, and also the history of this country. South Carolina has been a red state for as far as I can remember. The last time a Democrat was in the seat Jaime is trying to take was 1956!! Technically it was 1964 because Strom Thurmond switched from Democratic to Republican in 1964, but he gets ZERO credit for being blue at one point.
This election is huge for the new state I call home. Because according to Graham, if I am not a Black conservative in the state of South Carolina, my rights don’t matter. He still refers to segregation as the good ole days. Well...let me not go there in this edition of Monday Lunch. I’ll save my thoughts on that for later. But all I will say is, we had our own thriving communities when they wanted to be separate, and then our shit burned to the ground; Black Wall Street wasn’t the only place this happened.
Voting is the way I can have a say in this state. It’s the way my voice can be heard. Voting is committing to action, and it is how we stand by what we mean. You can pump your fist, riot, protest all you want, but if you don’t show up to those polls and vote LOCALLY...I dunno what else to tell you. Local elections happen EVERY YEAR people. Every year.
Again, as I said before, if you don’t think for a minute that these scared ass conservative white folk ain’t trying to push us back 400 years or so, you trippin.
Is it me or does Tunechi look like he is screaming for help? Either way, he took his narrow behind up to the White House and listened to this man who got on national TV and told suburban residents that Black and Brown people are ruining our neighborhoods. Ha!
What is happening with these rappers? Like seriously. Ice Cube, 50 Cent, Kanye, well we know why Kanye, but the rest of these folks? They gotta be getting paid. It’s the only logical answer here. Wayne gotta have a tax problem, and Trump said I can make it where you only pay $750 as long as you pose in this picture and endorse this Platinum Plan. Which, by the way, sounds like it would have been something Master P would have concocted if he was running for President.
When this hit Twitter on Thursday night, Black Twitter was ready.
This tweet definitely hit a little different. What y’all think of this one?
Ok, this one took me OUT!
If this one doesn’t want to make you run to the polls NOW...get off my line.
Welp...that's all folks! I hope you have thoroughly enjoyed our lunch together, I surely did, and my coffee is still nice and hot!
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