Are you a Victim?

Are we looking for something to claim victim hood status over?

What the hell is going on with our world today? Me2 Me2, someone once said I was pretty! Dammit, if you are ugly and someone calls you pretty, just face him or her face to face and tell him or her not to offend you. FFS! Really, is this what we have come to today?
I find it shocking that we are turning into a world full of pussies, and I don’t mean that in a good way.
“This man forced me into sex. He put his thing in my mouth and made me have oral sex with him.” This is from another me2 person going after a politician in Virginia.

I get that there might be overarching forms of bullying going on, but few men, smart men, would put themselves forcibly into a mouth full of sharp teeth! I guess a stupid man might, But he would only do it once.

Black Face

Until a few days ago, I did not know what that term was. I am not a spring chicken. Yes, I grew up in a time of minstrel shows and such. The last actor I saw portraying a black person was Neil Diamond in Jazz Singer. His friend Franklin Ajay (Bubba) gets him to perform in a black club. Everything is fine until one of the patrons spots his white palms and then all hell breaks loose!

Why, we are left to guess but the fight that ensues lands the band “The Four Brothers” in jail where Laurence Oliver playing Yussel’s father, ask him a question, which is probably the best line in the whole movie… “Isn’t it tough enough being a Jew?”

If you were to ask a black activist (Al Sharpton) about this, they (he) would most certainly spin this as more white hatred of the black people.

I do not deny racism, I am calling into question who the racist is.

In the 1980 movie, when one of the patrons sees his white palms, and calls him out, the writer gives him the line. “That ain’t no brother, that’s a white boy!” Over this observation, the place erupts into violence, even though the performance up to that time was a success.

• Was the writer a racist?
• Were the patrons in that time racist to the point of destroying the club to harm the entertainer?
• Was this scene indicative of the time?
• What period was this supposed to happen in, wait the 80’s…

I have been in Black Clubs in the ’80s as a white person. My company transferred me to Houston to take over as a manager of a department. My black employees invited me for drinks after work one day. They did not tell me it was a black club. I was new to Houston and certainly had no idea that the Palomino was a black club. Folks, I saw none of this. We had a great time, I had many dancing partners that evening, and I cemented many long-term friendships that have lasted through the ages.

Another of my employees at a different company brought me to a gay bar, after work. Same response. At the end of the day, I went home without a date, as I was not looking for one. There was already someone in my life.

Was I a victim?

Some could proffer the argument that they set me up. They knew things that I did not and put me into an uncomfortable situation for their amusement. Much to their chagrin, I was not nervous. I can handle myself, even if things had gotten out of hand. They did not, however; get out of hand as in both clubs people were nice and accepting of me.

They knew I wasn’t black but they did not know if I were straight or gay. Can you not go into a club like this as a “person,” and just enjoy the company of other people, without identifying as straight, white, or black?

In many of my novels, I talk about labels, and how my characters abhor them. I won’t go into details here. We are all the same when it comes to race. We are the “human race.” Our sexual identity is also not that distinct from one another, as we all start our life as a girl. Men have nipples, look it up!
You would be shocked if I told you how offended some men can be when I point out that little fact. Own who you are. Celebrate diversity, and don’t you use it as a way to divide us.
In Tipping Point, I make the argument that we should all strive to look at each other as human beings and not look for that which divides us. This is a common theme in a few of my novels.
Last evening at a writers meeting we got into a conversation about art. I mentioned that one of my instructors was incredibly opinionated. She was very good as an artist. Excellence at what we do tends to breed a certain hubris that I take umbrage with. I don’t care who you are or what you have done, you are no better than I am and I am no better than you are.

This instructor had a certain mindset including which paints you do not use. There are brushes, and so on that, you had best not bring to her class.
Early on, we were asked what got us into painting in the first place.
Without hesitation, I spoke the truth. Bob Ross.
OMG, you would have thought I had just pissed in their Wheaties.
Some of her requirements for the class are that you mix your own colors and, this is right.

Never use paint straight from the tube…blah blah…

This person was rather high strung and had little tolerance for not doing things “her way.”

Why Bob? Why do I still to this day, hold him in high esteem?
In thirty minutes using basic colors and skills, he manages to create beautiful paintings that set the stage for most of us to escape into. We imagine our bare feet on the lush grass, or perhaps swimming in the lake, as we feel the fresh water on our bodies. Just maybe we think of ourselves laying in that field among the happy trees, looking at the “happy clouds” or other things, which could be happy accidents.
Why Bob? Why not Bob. What a gentle soul and kind spirited man. What a great role model for us to all aspire to. The barbs were too much for me, so I searched high and low for “flesh colored” paint. I also found a two-inch brush, to top it off, ordered a shirt with Bob Ross on the front. The bully of the art world had met her match!
When you are painting portraits as she was teaching us to do, there is indeed, only one way to get it right and flesh colored paint is not it. That is why I had to search to find it. I wanted to make a point, graciously.

As I sat there with my two-inch brush and a dab of flesh colored paint on my pallet, we were instantly in a standoff. She knew that I was taking her to task. “Your opinion is just that, an opinion!”

“Don’t mock those that you don’t agree with.”

Had Bob not made it appear so easy, I might never have purchased the stuff to give it a go. My portraits sell all over the world, and I have her to thank for that, but in truth,…Bob is who inspired me.
• Why did I tell this story of my art career?
• Does it fit into being a victim?
• How does it fit?

Last night when I was telling this story, one of my comrades took me to task. It would seem that referencing flesh colored paint was racist. “WTF? Are you kidding me? It says flesh on the tube, is Windsor Newton now a racist?” What is going on for this person to make such a ludicrous assertion?

Are you looking for ways to be a victim?

I don’t have a racist bone in my body. I dislike ignorance and those that act on it. My comrade had no clue what I was talking about. Had I been less sure of myself, I might have taken offense to that assertion, or worse, questioned my own stance on racism.
They assumed that flesh was “white flesh,” but in truth, it is a “base” with which you can add yellow ochre, burnt umber or pick your color, and make it any kind of “flesh” you choose.

Titanium white, yellow ochre, and alizarin crimson are also the beginnings of the base for flesh.

Do you believe everyone should be pure of heart and thought? Just possibly nobody should talk, or speak, write, text or communicate in any way so we don’t offend someone. Wait, if I don’t say hello when seeing you; is that communicating with you nonverbally. Is that not a way of telling you that you are so insignificant to me that I am not going to waste my breath to say hello? No, it says that I am so afraid of offending you, that by my acknowledging you that, you might find something offensive. FFS is that where we are.

I walked past a man leaving the bank the other day who gave me an eye roll, as we passed. What did that mean? Should I be offended? Was I not worth the time to at least say hello to? Did he not like white people? He was black, that must be it, he is racist, and that is why he rolled his eyes and did not say hello to me. I should write a column for the New York Times about how all black men hate white people because this one person rolled his eyes at me, instead of saying hello. I am a victim! His eye roll was offensive to me! How dare he not acknowledge me as his equal!

“Is this where we are?”

He was holding his phone and had an earbud in his ear. Is it possible he was talking with someone on his phone or listening to voicemail, and he eye rolled at what he was hearing?

I leave you with this thought….

Look for things we have in common instead of things that divide us. Start with the fact that we are the entire human race. The color of our skin, or sexual preference, is not something to divide us. Start out with respect for your fellow human traveler on this road of life, and the rest will be much easier.

“I just about hate to say this, and yes I am stealing the line from Pollyanna. Look for the good, and you will find it, look for the bad, and you will surely find that too.”
I could choose to ignore the phone, and the earbud, and think that person was anti-white, and use it to build a precept that all black men hate white people or….I could give him the benefit of the doubt.

Great minds discuss ideas. Those focused on petty things; discuss people and ways to be offended.

Rise above the fray, and lead by example.

BTW, my art instructor and I are the best of friends and have been so since I stood my ground and forced her to examine her own life. Bob, Kincaid, and others serve a purpose and they are no less relevant than Renoir, Picasso, or De Vince. While they would argue the fact that I put their names in the same sentence, neigh the same paper as Renoir; I would argue that Renoir never inspired me to go and purchase paints.
Much Love -TW

Did that tweet piss you off? #StopTheHate

Any tweet should be branded with which country it came from.

In case you have not realized it yet, there are those on social media who have made a career out of being an activist for one cause or another.  It is also possible that they are paid to manipulate you too.

Then some trolls will take whatever side they need to, just to stir the pot.  We have seen this in a recent protest where hired protestors went to stir up the rest, whipping them into a frenzy, turning them into a violent mob.

No matter what happens in the world, some “person” will say something audacious to get a reaction. They do this for various reasons.  Some people are so narcissistic they do this just to get more followers. Some do it for much more deviant reasons.  Either way, you are being manipulated by these people.  They do it to push an agenda.

Case in point: Every time someone kills someone with a gun people scream for more gun laws. If the laws on the books are not working what would more of them accomplish?  Criminals don’t obey laws so more will not affect them.  Law abiding people obey laws!

Anyone with a brain knows that we need fewer criminals, not fewer guns.  Yet the people with an agenda will scream at the NRA or Trump supporters so they can further drive a wedge into the fabric of the USA.

If you respond in any way, you become manipulated and could become part of the problem.

Try this.  Find some of the most ridiculous tweets out there that just spew hatred.  Then look at their bio if they even have one, and then look at their tweets.  You will find that they have lots of followers and their tweets appeal to one group or another.  Further investigation will show that they are spewing out ignorant bigoted hate.  If they are white, they will be saying things that stir up white folks against any other race.  If they are black, the same thing, grouping all whites into the alt-right evil category.

You will also see trolls who get on sites and interject racial “alt-right or alt left” things that no sane person would say.  That tarnishes the entire assembly as many who read it will cluster the whole race into that one crowd.  They do it on purpose to stir up the vitriolic rhetoric, and to push racial division.  They also do it as a form of anarchy.

The racial split in the US is at an all-time high, and there are those that want it to be that way.  There are groups of elites who need the “herd” divided at all cost.  It makes no difference who gets hurt or who gets killed.  When a city gets burned down, it is excellent for them.  World news will cover it, and they get to push an agenda based on hate of one race for another, which is not true.  The story was fabricated for the sake of anarchy by the gods.

If they can motivate action by appealing to your emotions, they are ok with the consequences because the ends justify the means.  If a few people get killed, it is ok because that stirs the emotions even further. The death of few cops even better, because now, more people will hear about it and, more will become emotionally invested, thus pissed!

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A logical debate will usually conclude with logical sane decisions.  Emotional chaos usually ends in war.  Diplomacy vs the sword.

They need the masses or “herd” divided because if we all truly united, we would see the enemy for who they truly are.  No, the gods have the masses killing one another, but the Elites or gods (little g) or to use a metaphor, The Great and powerful OZ is pleased. This is anarchy, which is what they are pushing. Trying to destroy the US from the inside out.  This is not only limited to the US but also to the rest of the “civilized world.”

If the governments of individual countries become feckless, then the stage is set for another more powerful government. It starts with destroying the fabric of a country, and that starts with its history or heritage.  Any of that sound familiar?

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They use emotions in the form of greed and hate to destroy a country from the inside out.

When you respond to hate, you are doing their bidding.  Ignoring vile rhetoric is your best bet.  It is a lie and untrue.  The masses do not think the way that the gods would like you to believe they do.

Today in Turkey many lost their lives in a terrorist attack on a mosque.  Much like the church shooting in Texas, this is reprehensible. People will twist this story to play on the emotions of the herd.  If you are not agonizing in a very public way, you are an Islamophobe.  If you are distraught in an open way, you are an ISIS sympathizer. Which is all bullshit! “People” were killed needlessly and viciously, which pushes an agenda of the evil in this world.  This event will be used for propaganda by evil people.

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One young lady with thousands of followers, turned the argument, making it a black vs. white thing here in the US. She is motivating blacks in this country who are outraged by the atrocity in turkey to refocus their hate against whites in this country.  Her tweets are vile, evil, hateful, rhetoric that appeals to many who follow her and retweet her.

It is illegal to incite violence, so one has to wonder why this hate speech is tolerated?  Why doesn’t twitter block her account?

I doubt that this young lady exists at all.  I would not at all be surprised to find that this is an account created by some Russian or another operative in another country maybe even North Korea, to continue to sow the seeds of hate and discontent.  The sentences strung together incorrectly, make me believe this as well.

Another trending subject is President Obama’s daughter smoking pot in college.  The conversation turned political by design, attacking the GOP for hating on his kid while simultaneously calling her behavior normal.  Translated, they are assigning the hate to older white Americans which of course is again bullshit.

What did the GOP have to do with it?  Nothing but it did not stop the vile tweets.  The facts don’t matter!

Where is she going to school?  What state is it?  Is pot legal there?  Is she breaking the law?

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When you are the president of the US, you and your family are now examples to the world.  That is the argument that they should have been having, not that she is “normal.”  Define normal…

If you, in fact, use illegal drugs, you have blood on your hands.  Many unlawful activities must happen to get that drug to your supplier.  People die in masse regularly because of the drug trade.  If there were no demand, this would not be an issue.  In this instance, Malia may very well be part of the problem.

(I found pictures but they were too disturbing to post.)

While the fruit does not fall far from the tree, as President Obama himself smoked pot, nobody should be surprised, or care frankly.  None of us are perfect, and she has probably lived a life that she would not have chosen, much like being the child of a preacher. Just possibly she should choose her friends more carefully as she apparently has one that thinks tweeting out a picture of her smoking pot, will gain her some followers thus making her more famous.  Narcissistic much?

Drugs kill brain cells. As long as you know that, and are of legal age; enjoy your altered reality.  Before you do that however just possibly you should visit a “memory care” facility, for folks with dementia.  When you see what your future holds if you keep on that path, just possibly you might re-think being “normal.”

An Author who I enjoyed (Terry Pratchett) died of assisted suicide because he had early onset Alzheimer’s and did not want to go that way.  Did he do drugs? Who knows… Do drugs screw with your brain indeed your physical health; yes!

Our idols are not perfect by any stretch of the imagination.  We are not perfect.  When I was young, I admired many old film stars.  Now, not so much.  While iconic figures often grace the flat panel in my living room, I see them as flawed humans who possess the ability to read a script, regurgitate that text from writers like myself, and emote.  Nothing more.

They, on the other hand, see themselves quite differently.  To most of them they are gods and we the little people are insects.  We must pay homage to the gods of the silver screen or DC, pick you diety.

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When you strip away the veneer of celebrity status, race, and economic status, quickly you will realize that they are no better than you.  In fact, the many that I know are somewhat narcissistic and can be slightly vapid when it comes to actual personality.  That comes with being full of yourself.

So many are in the herd are sycophants of these gods and would put up with much just to be around them.  Some “stars” tweet things as they are activist and realize that their celebrity status garners them the admiration of the masses, the little people or insects.  Trust me; you are either a god or an insect to them. Not all but most only care about your vote if they are a politician, or your patronage if you are moviegoer or a fan of their music or brand.   Of course, they also need your adulation and worship to feed their ever-growing ego.

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The antagonist or anarchist uses social media as a weapon against this country and others taking anything that someone of note might say or do, and twisting it into something to manipulate the masses dividing them or even getting them to hate their president.

Propaganda or lies made up to appear as facts are not a new phenomenon either.  All through history those with means have started rumors through loose talk, to control of the media, to now managing the conversation on social media.

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Indeed there is a complete science regarding controlling the media and the conversation.  PR firms make big dollars controlling the masses.

One of the news anchors on MSNBC was taped telling her cohort that they tell the American People what to think. Can you imagine the ego that this person has to even think that much less say it out loud!  Sadly it is true in many cases, the media is biased and does tell people what to think.

Social media sites should be geographically isolated making it harder for people in other countries to effect change in another countries conversations.  That might make it easier to figure out who the bad actors are.  The recent revelation regarding Russian intervention on Facebook should have been an eye-opener for the staunchest of liberals.

Any tweet should be branded with which country it came from.

North Korea knows this all too well, that is why nothing of the “civilized world” gets into that country. The people are controlled as tightly as possible through strict means. Since we have access to 24X7 cable TV, the internet, radio not only standard stuff but shortwave and satellite we must be controlled with our emotions on the most popular media which is sadly Twitter, and Facebook!  More people watch the comedians at night mistaking it for news, and the comedians know this and again push some agenda in the form of entertainment.  It is propaganda, half-truths, and outright lies.

The NFL who would love not to be in the spotlight for their player’s activist views is also being played into pushing an agenda based on lies.  Again pushing an agenda dividing the herd into groups by racial lines.  They are an unintended consequence of racial strife perpetrated by bastardizing the facts.

If you are pissed, you are being played.  The Wizard is still pulling strings, making the puppets dance and most of the herd are clueless.

What can you do to fight back?

  • Realize when you are being played.
  • If your emotions are tweaked, you are being played.
  • Republish this article.
  • Tell folks what I just told you.

Education is power, and this is part of that education.  Once you know their game, you can defeat the wizard. You can pull the curtain back and see him or her as the megalomaniac curmudgeon that they indeed are.   Together we can #stopthehate.  The gods will not like this as they need us to hate.

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Guard your emotions, my friends.

Much Love TW