Its Not About Race

This is my opinion and mine alone.

Many moons ago, when I learned that there was no such thing as Race, I knew there was a problem with the label, Racism – a human construct created to keep a certain people in their place. Every time we fight in the name of racism, we accept that we are inferior.

The other problem with the “Racism,” label is that we never get to the bottom of what it is that caused the uneasiness which promoted the use of the dreaded label. If you go back in history and look at when the Spanish invaded the Aztec, or when Columbus invaded Borinquen and America, When the colonists landed in Virginia and what they did to the indigenous people, you see a horror beyond imagination due to the fact that one group, seeing that the other was completely different in language, culture and thought, deemed themselves superior and decided to subjugate the other using violent means.

We are humans…we are different. The main problem is that when confronted with a person, place or thing that is different than who we are, how we think and how we live our lives, we either accept it, reject it or subjugate it.

Take the George Floyd incident – Floyd was killed by another man that put his knee on Floyd’s neck long enough to kill him. George Floyd is black and that man that killed him was white. Right away it became a case of racism, but I see it differently. Given that I believe that we are all one race, this man suffered from what most people suffer from – when confronted with a person, place or thing that is different than who we are, how we think and how we live our lives, we either accept it, reject it or subjugate it…Chauvrin tried to subjugate it. He believed that Floyd was inferior and he wanted Floyd to submit to him, as well as all the onlookers. 

“Racism,” as it is called today, will always remain as a disfunction of our DNA so long as we continue to reducing it to just a label. It’s not just about color, its how we see and judge one another before we have even taken the time to greet one another as equals.

End of an Error

It’s sad, but not surprising that Trump has chosen to remain in the clubhouse even after being voted out…the other members of the club are beside themselves. “What should we do,” they say. They feel sorry for the guy. He’s moping about the White House trying to find away to change the current state of affairs.

Unfortunately, there isn’t.

Trump should not have been elected in the first place and I believe he was exploited for his ignorance. Republicans wanted a high profile person to get them in the White House no matter if that person had no idea of how to run a country…there were people in the White House that would take over the important decision making. Trump would just be the face of the Republican Party…like Trump Steaks and Trump University. It’s not like Trump actually butchered the cow or taught at his university…he was just a face – Like Tillie (we New Jerseyans know who Tillie is).

It’s the end of an error and hopefully it wont be repeated…it’s not a good look when the village votes for the village idiot. Unfortunately, repeat this error we might, we have a habit of not learning from our mistakes. There are still so many Americans that are  willing to vote for Trump, especially Hispanics…this I am both surprised and sadden by. Being Hispanic myself, I could not support a person that called me a rapist and killer, did not support Puerto Rico in time of need, separated Hispanic families and placed their children in cages. Yet, at the same time, Trump wouldn’t think twice in hiring them to work at his casinos,  hotels and build his golf courses…WTF.

Unless there are thousands of Hispanics with 401ks, I can’t fathom any of us voting for Trump, unless there is another reason…because he was the guy in the Apprentice, because they think that Trump will get mad or because Trump is a tragic figure that is worthy of pity or because they are easily manipulated…I’d go with easily manipulated and here’s why.

Many Hispanics from socialist countries have been manipulated into believing that the United States, if voted for Biden, would turn into a Socialist country…PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, this is never going to happen. It never has and never will and yet people are so gullible to believe that it will. The Socialist argument has been used for years and it has never happened.

America is the “land of the free and the home of the brave”…let’s not add “country of the scammed” to the list.

What’s in a Can

So you feel like a can of chicken noodle soup.

You go into the cupboard and find everything but chicken noodle soup. However, there is a can that just happens to have the label ripped off and you have no idea what it is. You look around the outside of the can for some clue, but to no avail. So you decide to open the can – so you flip up the tab and pull. Once the can is opened, you look inside but you still aren’t certain. You give the contents a sniff but you’re still not certain so you get a small sauce pan and pour the contents into the sauce pan. Looking at the soup you see, carrots, small chunks of chicken and noodles. A smile comes across your face as you fire up the stove.

So, if we can do this for a can of soup, why don’t we do this for a human being.

We live by labels to such a degree that we have diminished ourselves as such…we have lowered ourselves to the level of a can of soup, a box of cereal, a carton of milk.

Left, right – conservative, liberal – democrat, republican – gay, straight – Karen (whatever the hell that means).

We have lost our way.

The reality is that we are an amalgam of all of these descriptions but have become so insensitive or lazy to take the time to learn and understand one another. We’d rather resort to a label because its safe…because its easy.

We are better than that.

Ode to a President


Little Donald Trumpet, such a little man,

Toots his little trumpet as loud as he can,

Soon we’ll all stop listening because no one will care,

Thirty minutes after he’s left, we’ll forget he was ever there.



There has been some very hard lessons learned and not learned from our new, unwanted visitor, Covid-19.

  • Our President was given a very harsh lesson on how to be a truthful, caring and compassionate person. Unfortunately, he still hasn’t gotten the point.
  • Children and millennials learned the meaning of empathy by being caring and considerate enough to keep our elderly population healthy.
  • We all learned as a world, that this virus shows no remorse, no empathy, does not discriminate, and has only one purpose…to invade and ravage our bodies.

But, the most important lesson to be learned is the one currently in the making and if we don’t heed its message, we most likely won’t survive the next invasion.

I hear lots if rumblings about who to blame.

  • China
  • Trump
  • Past administrations
  • Millennials
  • Ourselves

It’s in some of our natures to place blame in the immediate because it converts our insecurity and fears into anger so that we can redirect that negative energy outside of our bodies in an attempt at relieving our stress. In the end we find that the attempt has failed then find someone or something else to blame. It’s not too dissimilar to when a person is killed on death row and his victims not feeling vindicated after his death, when they thought that they would.

Every second looking for an outlet to place blame is time wasted on solving the problem.

The first significant flu outbreak was the Russian Flu in 1889. This flu started in, “Siberia and Kazakhstan, traveled to Moscow, and made its way into Finland and then Poland, where it moved into the rest of Europe” ( The outbreak eventually found its way to the US and Africa killing 360,000 people.

The next flu outbreak was in 1918 and was called the Spanish Flu. Even though the flu was observed first in Europe, the United States and Asia, it wasn’t until an outbreak in Spain inspired the Spanish Flu moniker. Because a vaccine was never discovered, the flu killed hundreds of thousands of Americans and did not stop until those that were infected developed an immunity to the virus or died.

How does that saying go: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

It wasn’t until 1946 when the United States created the Communicable Diseases Center, the successor to the World War II Malaria Control in War Areas program[5]. Back then, Malaria was of chief concern but in later years, the CDC expanded its focus to include, “emerging diseases and other health risks,” such as the one we currently face today…Covid-19.

Why is it that from 1889 to the present, we have not been able to put together a department that is capable and ready to not only create vaccinations for emerging diseases but to provide the people with the equipment necessary to protect themselves and their patients. What about protection for working people that may have to stay at home – how do they get paid? What about protection for landlords and businesses? What about the uninsured and the homeless? How do people get their food if they can’t go to stores? How do students continue to get an education? These are but a few questions that should have been answered a long time ago. Instead, we left ourselves wide open for yet another sneak attack due to a failure of imagination.

Who do we blame, no one…why? Because every minute that passes that is being used to find blame is a minute wasted finding a solution to your immediate problem; how do I pay my rent/mortgage/bills, do I file for unemployment, what do I tell my children, where do I get my food, how do I keep me and/or my family safe?

My hope is that our leaders from around the world will get their heads out of their asses and create an organization comprised of every nation to work together to combat our invisible enemies and to protect everyone from pandemics yet to come. President Kennedy said it best:

“So, let us not be blind to our differences–but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”

Remembering Donald Trump’s traumatic experience at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner | The Independent

Remembering Donald Trump’s traumatic experience at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner | The Independent
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