There’s a lot going on right now in the country. We FINALLY have a new President. One of my cats could have done a better job of running the country the last 4 years, but that’s besides the point.
We also have a FEMALE Vice President for the first time in the nation’s history and I am beyond thrilled for Kamala Harris. It’s past time this happened, but it’s been wonderful to watch.
If you want some context as to why this is part two of a post, please read Just In Case Anyone Wondered. You will understand this post a LOT better.
Just in case anyone wondered, I am still proudly Black. In some circles, I would be considered “Openly Black”, which makes absolutely no sense to me. I mean, who hides their Blackness? That’s a thing? I couldn’t see myself as anything but “Openly” Black. Same for my kids. I could pass as many other nationalities, and I have gotten tons of questions around that.
In my view, being “Openly” Black means being proud, engaging in the culture and understanding where we have been, where we are and where we are going as a race. I see no point in hiding any part of myself and so to hide this would mean I was for some reason ashamed of being Black. Nope. Not in this house.
Thanks to my super-pale mother, I grew up with a healthy balance of both Black and White cultures. I may have been one of a few biracial kids in my classes, but it didn’t matter as much because I knew I was accepted at home. My parents’ families didn’t start out thrilled about an interracial marriage and biracial kids.
By the time I was born in 1982, everyone but my dad’s mom had pretty much gotten over it. My Granny didn’t like my mom to the point of not letting her in her house, but yet, my sister and I spent a lot of time with her. In fact, I look a lot like her. My mom’s parents never treated us with anything but love. If they did treat us differently, I don’t remember it. My grandmother was the queen of the side eye in public. If someone looked at us weird, she simply glared a hole into that person or would say something like “What, you need a picture?”
I’m almost certain that Lily inherited this side-eye, only her eyes are dark brown like mine.
Just in case anyone wondered, I watched President Biden and Vice President Harris’ inauguration. I had to stream some of it because I was at work, but I teared up when Vice President Harris took her oath. Clearly, I didn’t vote for Trump. I’ve read up a lot more on politics than I used to and Twitter is more informational than I ever thought it would be. There are some great political accounts on there that educate and make you laugh, something that I enjoy.
The Bernie Sanders memes?
I have MANY.
Those Trump memes?
I laughed more than I should have and sent them to my friends.
Just in case anyone wondered, Black Lives Matter. All day, every day and that’s not up for debate. All lives can’t matter until Black lives do. I don’t think Breonna Taylor got justice because, well, the system is set up to work against her case. Her family got a $12 million dollar settlement, but that was mainly for the city of Louisville to attempt to move on. We haven’t forgotten her.
Just in case anyone wondered, the Capitol riots were shameful and so disrespectful. I was so upset watching the news that at one point, I had to stop watching. The fallout, mainly Trump getting banned from Twitter, has been interesting to watch. I sincerely hope that the FBI gets every last person involved, including those that are lawmakers, because it is looking seriously like it was an inside job. The rioters were acting on behalf of Trump, if you ask me, and that in itself is a major issue.
His followers are starting to see what the rest of us knew all along- Trump lied every time he opened his mouth and they’re angry. Same for QAnon and his sidekicks. It was all a lie. Reading social media accounts of some of his followers remind me that in some ways, this country hasn’t moved past the 60s, even as much as we hoped it has. It also reminds me of the huge amounts of privilege and entitlement that people possess. It’s kind of sickening, really.
Oh, and just in case anyone wondered, I really need these kids to go back to school. All three kids have had a quarantine birthday, including Cameron’s 16th. They’re handling NTI well, but their grades aren’t where they would usually be.
I am getting my COVID shot in 90 minutes because my employer is paying for it. I hope I don’t end up with any side effects! Kentucky’s Governor, Andy Beshear, is still catching hell just for doing his job. Resturants are semi-open. Life is attempting to come back to some sort of normal, but it may be a while. We’re just going to hang in there and do the best we can.