Most would agree that the cognitive dissonance or the unwilling attention to all the rabid racism, bigotry and hatred ignorantly directed upon our fellow humans for hundreds of years within the U.S. has brought us to these much needed and necessary BLM protests.
The greatest question we should ask ourselves is are we targeting the core of the problem?
It was never just enough to free millions of African Americans with the Emancipation Proclamation, yes, it was a major stride for equality, but the door for slavery was left wide open in the form of “prison” labor and inequalities that MLK’s 1969 Poor Peoples march is still fighting for to this very day. a living wage, medicare for all, and especially economic justice for all was on the top of MLK's list during that march and he proclaimed that we must have a “declaration of unanimous support!” He knew that not only were minorities being oppressed and enslaved... the 99% was rapidly becoming the slave of the 1%/Corporate Elite/Donor Class.
Let's be honest... Right now and throughout the decades our [supposed] public servants/politicians are corrupted by power and money.
They've allowed those that are incarcerated and felons to strip them of their right to vote, and what ethnicity is incarcerated the most? African American's, it's no accident. Your Public Servants all set up the new system of slavery of systematically stripping the 99% or the poor of their freedoms in many other fiendish ways as well.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 even had provisions to open the door to correcting this. By allowing felony disenfranchisement and prison labor, we are now left with modern day slavery in many various ways. Besides current prison labor Fast Food Slavery at minimum wage, with no health coverage or at least hazard pay during a “pandemic” is and has been recently a travesty, yet noting has been done, nothing! Millions work for scraps while the 1%/Corporate Elite/Donor Class obtain blank checks in stimulus monies etc.
Finally, with all the much needed media attention on yet more police brutality and murder upon unarmed African Americans, many Americans of all colors are discussing solutions for a problem that has largely been ignored and isn't talked about above the surface. Unfortunately, despite the flowery rhetoric from the Democrats (legislators, judiciaries & executives) about change and Republican’s taking the side of a militant police force, both of their actions leave much to be desired. As we've already seen both political parties generally take the side of the cops aka their attack dogs in their moments of crisis, which leaves the Black community with two do-nothing parties.
The cops aren’t going to reform themselves and the politicians continue to ignore the minorities and especially the 99% and enable the ones that uphold the flawed, abusive and apathetic policing system that is in place, now.
Studies have shown that public support has nothing to do with the laws created. Only corporate donors have any effect on our legislatures. Money is the reason why politicians do anything at all of an significant help or change. There is a financial motivation for the people in power to protect and strengthen their corrupt system of oppression. Some of the profiteers of racism include: banks, private prisons, corporations, politicians, police, private parole services, bail bonds loan services, lawyers, mainstream media, and the military industrial complex. Every election cycle the racism profiteers bribe politicians on both sides of the aisle with hundreds of millions of dollars in the form of donations. Each party gets paid to play good cop/bad cop with voters, while writing laws to give themselves and their donors more power and money. With the poor and especially African American's being policed disproportionately.
Although many that understand how rigged the system is are powerless to change things by voting due to felony disenfranchisement (marijuana/drug charges are labeled as felonies).
As the politicians are passing corporate legislation that in the long term does not ever benefit African Americans, their donors are making money at an exponential rate. The private prison industry made 7.4 billion in 2017 alone. Prison labor generates about 500 million dollars of wealth every year. Private parole services makes tens of millions a year.
Cops are financially motivated as well. Police officers make overtime pay (up to $272 for 15 minutes of time). This adds up to thousands of dollars over the course of just a few years. Law enforcement can also seize private property using civil forfeiture. 100% of the money made from civil forfeiture is kept by police. Drug busts generate the most money, which is why nearly 80% of warrants are for drug related reasons. Studies have shown that as police budgeting goes down, rates of civil forfeiture goes up. Between 2001 and 2014 cops made 29 billion dollars using civil forfeiture, with rates increasing by 1000%.
With all this being brought to light defunding the police is not even close to being enough because the corporations and their attack dog lobbyists have other ways of generating money via the coffers of our tax dollars, which comes at the cost of the community instead. Racism will continue as a byproduct until we tackle the corruption within our government that keeps creating these policies such as "Stand Your Ground" etc.
Black Live Matter is a vital and pertinent movement, but if they are not attacking the core of the problem deep under the surface, then a temporary fix of the George Floyd Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act of 2020 basically brushes off the dust above the surface. History has shown us that if we don’t address systemic reform for elections, take money out of politics, and campaign finance reform, then we will be forced to live under the same oppression, and eventually under a different branding. The fight for these reformations will be our biggest fight yet, and we will have to be united in our efforts. Yes, we must address racism, because racism and unity cannot coexist. At the same time the 99% must link arms alongside BLM so that we all can move forward to secure the wins for equality and bring more joy to all our lives by stripping money out of politics.
If we're only asking for them to stop the "choke-holds," then please remember this fact... they have dozens of other ways to kill a human being.
Yes, we're a bit late to the punch on this coming 2020 election cycle, but what is so surprising is that WRITE-IN voting isn't a gigantic challenge in more states than most know of. It's pretty simple... if you have the best candidate that commits to your interests and doesn't tow the party line (your option), already has a decent base, can gain the ability to obtain more and do what is needed to pull in further support from other demographics of other political party's, then the challenge is not as great. Besides the nine states that are against the Constitution and are non-democratic (HI, LA, NM, OK, SC, SD & MS), if you see this spreadsheet above you'll realize that although there are a few hurdles... Non Party Voters can make a difference and/or eventually advance a Non Party Voters Amendment to have all states legally give U.S. Voting Republic the right to WRITE-IN whomever they want during the U.S. general election cycle in every U.S. state.
It’s time for the 99% to find, build and create our own Public Servant. One that will commit to a binding contract that if they do not continue to push and fight for our interests, our needs and our platform then we’ll fire them on the spot, and find somebody that will! We’re not waiting for another political savior party to come down from the heavens, prop up their stooge and give us what we kind of need, maybe want or somewhat could be okay with. No, we will build our own candidate that will stand and defend what the 99% (whatever the majority wants) demands. Then and only then will we obtain any and all resources (money, people & support etc.) to propel that individual into the political arena with sword and shield in hand, fighting for all of us.
Under Article V of the Constitution, there are two ways to propose and ratify amendments to the Constitution. To propose amendments, two-thirds of both houses of Congress can vote to propose an amendment, or two-thirds of the state legislatures can ask Congress to call a national convention to propose amendments. To ratify amendments, three-fourths of the state legislatures must approve them, or ratifying conventions in three-fourths of the states must approve them.
The Supreme Court has said that ratification must be within "some reasonable time after the proposal." Beginning with the 18th amendment, Congress traditionally set a definite period for ratification. In the case of the 18th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd amendments, the period set was seven years, but there has been no determination as to just how long a "reasonable time" is. ...possible but tough, so baby steps or state by state is the better option.
HR 1, also known as the “For The People Act,” is sold & marketed as a way to get money out of politics and to protect voters, but it contains several poison pills for democracy. Most alarmingly, HR1 quintuples the amount of money 3rd, 4th, 5th U.S. party presidential campaigns will be required to raise to qualify for federal matching funds: from $5,000 in each of 20 states to $25,000 per state. We must create our own as they will never allow a 3rd party to rise up between the 2 party oligarchy - we have to do it ourselves.