“Gays for Trump” denied entry into Pittsburg Pride Parade. 

Hey, guys so, it’s pride month obviously and I’m gonna talk about about my Pride experience in a post later, but this is important. I’ve always been taught “If you don’t stand up for something, you’ll fall for anything”. And that’s how I feel about this whole “Gays for Trump” movement. You  an be a Gay Republican and still fight and stand up for your community, I’ve seen it. But, to support a man and his administration, who is in such opposition to who you are is Ridculous. A man with nor regard for diversity and minorities. A man who hasn’t acknowledged Pride month. 

I’m sorry, but if you expect to be welcomed into Pride, into our bars, into our lives with open arms, you’re sadly mistaken. You support a man who has said awful things about other minorities. Yoive turned your back on the community and everything that people DIED for, that you’ve been given today. You either have some self loathing you really need to work out, or you’re a rich, white person, that they can look past the gay in. Meaning they don’t actually accept you, you’re just getting a pass, and still will lose your rights. Fox news…(I knowwww) posted this article and I’m using it for a reason. Read it here

Here is the thing. Yes, Pride is about inclusion and it’s about acceptance, however, that’s not an excuse to just let anybody do and say whatever. These people in this organization apparently have a history of trolling the community and trying to impact certain policies of discrimination. Just as they have the freedom to do and say whatever, the pride committee has the freedom to tell them no. Remember friends freedom of speech is just that a freedom. It doesn’t mean it’s devoid of any social consequences from other who think what you say constitutes hate speech or some other form of divisive speech. 

Let them get angry, let then try to sue, but remember, you’re aligning yourself with a President who did nott even acknowledge the fact that it is LGBTQIA+ Pride month. And who is working with people who want to take away our rights. Believe what you want, say what you want, but those are the facts and that doesn’t align with the ideology of Pride. And don’t get me wrong, that’s not to say that the LGBT community is perfect in anyway, there are problems. But, we try to keep Pride peaceful and loving. And having a group that has the reputation this one does, being involved, would’ve disrupted that. You may not agree with it, but that’s the decision that was made. 
But, let’s look at this another way, if a religious organization or some other organization told s gay group they couldn’t be a part of something because “they don’t align with the ideas and values of the organization” the same people, the person who wrote this article, would be praising them, and not understand why the gay organization is angry. You can’t have it both ways. 
Donald Trump isn’t a President for the community, people can believe whatever they want, but facts and figures will tell you that. The organizers didn’t want anything relating to him or his administration there, so they said no. And further more, I’m sick of people now claiming that liberals are more unfair and less about equality. No, American liberalism isn’t perfect, but it’s all very obvious rhetoric to turn people against liberalism. Because, again facts and figures will show which side favors equality more. 

The fact is, these people did not believe that the organization aligned itself with the values of Pride and the Parade. The organization support an administration that is not LGBTQIA+ friendly, and have supported discriminatory legislation and policy before I’m the past. Pretty much fighting against themselves and their own community. They thought it’s be best if they didn’t show up, so they said no. I

Note: in the article the organizer of “Gays for Trump” said that people don’t always agree on elected officials and that is true, but this president has no regard for diversity or equality, and works with those who are fighting against YOUR community. So, “Gays for Trump” really check your privilege. That’s all I wanna say. Really look I’m the mirror, what are you putting before your community, your identity, and yourself? Is it the color (or lack thereof) of your skin? Is it some weird ideology of being “less gay”? Whatever is get it in check now and see which side of history you are standing on. 
Another note: learn your history, Pride started out as a huge protest against a government that discriminates against queer people. I’m sick of people just trying to water down. It was a bloody event where people were wounded and carted off to jail. People like “Gays for Trump” need to remember that as well. 
Live to laugh and love another day,

Jaybo

How the poor white voter base, got to where it is

Hey everyone! I know it’s been a little bit since I’ve posted. I have so many thoughts and so many ideas sometimes, that it’s hard to put them all down. But, I knack and with something to say! I recently saw an article from the web publication The Nation, on Facebook. It was an article about how Hunter S. Thompson, author of Hell’s Angels, predicted the rise of Trumpism in America. You can read that article here

I’d like share this quote from the end of the article: 

There’s no doubt about it: trouble lies ahead. That Hell’s Angels foresaw all this 50 years ago underscores the depth and seriousness of Thompson as a political thinker and of ours as a singularly dangerous time. Trumpism is about something far more serious than Trump, something that has been brewing and building for generations. Let us take Thompson’s cautions seriously, then, so that this time we Berkeley types are not naive about what we face. Otherwise, we’re all liable to get stomped.

This is an extremely interesting read. And an important one in these times. It’s a discussion that needs to be had as well; how do we stop this idea of ‘total retaliation’? What is it that we can do to make sure these people don’t feel like the only thing they can do is lash out in this way? We can’t possibly go backwards just for them to make them comfortable, but we can’t just keep leaving them behind. Something has to be done on both sides. These poor white voters need to realize that the world is changing and seek ways to deal with that, but the ‘elite’, as it is called on this article, needs to realize that not all of these people have the resources, knowledge or education to do so by themselves. But, also we must stand firm in pir conviction to stop ignorance and hate. It’s a very complicated time we’re living in. With someone like Trump in power, it just makes everything difficult, because now that there is someone who seemingly thinks like and works and works for some of the lower class white citizens, it feels like there is no listening to reason in some of them. 
What is the solution? How do we break this cycle? How does it even happen? Are people just refusing to move on with the rest of the world? Is it because the world moves so fast now that they just get left behind in the dust? 
The one thing I do know is this…yes we have to help this base of voters and understand them, but we can’t go back in time and we can’t allow hatred and intolerance to be the driving force of our nation and our society. We also can’t let politics and politicians divide us as a nation, everyone has their own ideals, but we are ONE NATION. We can’t allow lies and distractions from those in power to let us slip slowly into insanity and numbness. We have to keep working to better this country and this world for everyone!! 
Remember don’t play ‘holier than thou’, though it won’t always be easy. But, also be vigilant in the fight against Trumpism and intolerance. We can’t allow that darkness to continue to spread. 
Live to laugh another day, 

Jaybo 

Pulling back the White(nationalist) Veil

Hello everyone! 

I hope you guys have had a good start to this week. This week I wanna talk about a little movement that has been being called by a different name than I will use. This is the White Nationalist movement. I refuse to call it by its “politically correct” name. If we’re gonna do away with PC, then we need to get rid of it all around. 

Now, I’m sure we’ve all seen the video by The Atlantic of their rally in DC, if you haven’t you can find it here. What I wanna talk about is, not scary it is, not how terrible it is, but why fundamentally, they have no validity and why this should somewhat encourage us. 

Now, I’m sure you’re thinking…”how the fuck is this supposed to encourage us?!” Enlightenment and education are the basis for progression, we have to always be learning, knowing what works and what didn’t and eliminate it. So, let’s have a look. Firstly, these people believe in an ideology that for the most part died away with its creator. Neo-nazism, another name for this movement, is nothing more than Hitler’s Nazi movement repackaged for a less educated, less motivated American racist. These are people who have taken this moment and wrapped it up in “white power”. Now yes, Hitler used the Jews and many other minorities as scapegoats, but he was motivated by a political agenda and discuss study his politics, which is how he so easily got to where he did and how he got a way with it for so long. That moves us to the fact, that these people must not realize that every movement similar to theirs has somewhat died out in the 1st world. Why? Because we can’t be sustained by such ignorance. We must move in to the future. These people are stuck in the past and according to Survival of the fittest, they’ll soon die out. 

Why should not worry about the validity? Well, I talked about it above. A much larger percentage of the American people, are A-OK with racial equality, even though some of these people don’t speak out, many more people believe this kind of thinking is archaic. And, while there are people who are educated in this movement, are they really? I think that a very important part of education is enlightenment, which many of these people lack. Anyway, these people are, by and large, uneducated and grew up in a very white bubble. Now, a lot of people will argue that this, and this is the only time I’ll use this term, “alt-right” movement is about more than white nationalism. Some of these are anti-globalism, smaller government involvement, anti-immigration, and a disdain for “political correctness”. Now though some of these issues are troubling, what’s more troubling is that all of these issues have an underlying tone of blatant racism. 

Then there’s the Nazi salute, in an interview with Roland Martin, leader of this “movement”, Richard Spencer says that the salute was all in “fun” and “exuberance”. Yes, you read that correctly…this is one of the main issues with this movement, these people make it seem like a fun grassroots movement. It’s not. Roland goes on to ask him, if he doesn’t think that is disrespectful to America. Which is something that I’ve been thinking about. Although we jumped into the fray way late, America fought against Nazism. That people using that salute is a spit isn’t the face to the American men and women who fought in WWII. 

 In this same interview Richard came off as completely confused about his movement, citing that diversity hiring is companies going out of their way to hire less whites. When confronted with the facts and figures, he had no good rebuttal, except for repeating this same thing. He even goes to insist that they are not suprememacists, but simply want white people to be the master race, but saying that the times of white supremacy and slavery were wrong. But, then still insists that “they” will win. I will post a link to the interview, because it is very, very interesting. 

Bottom line this movement is full of people who are ignorant to the world around them. We all need to learn to break from our societal bubble, and look at yhe world around us. we also need to let these people know that we won’t stand for this kind of thing. This can all seem very scary, but remember, by opening up a dialogue and talking, we can solve so many problems. we can’t let this kind of intolerance and skewed view of reality win. 

Thank you so much for reading though this was mostly an opinion piece, there is a good bit of factual info. I used Wikipedia source page on the topic. you can see their page on the subject here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alt-right

Also you can find the news one interview with Roland Martin Here: https://youtu.be/yr5BQS79H7g

I also would like to give credit to nbcnews the did a segment on this movement. 

Don’t just take my word though, get out there and look it up for yourself! Talk to people about it, including moi. You can leave a comment or contact me using the contact form on my page! 

Keep up the good fight and…

Live to laugh another day, 

Jaybo

Posts From a Busy Bee

Hey there, I know that I do have a few readers. And recently I haven’t been posting anything. I was just so so busy, with working on a show, and working at a restaurant. And then after the show, I went home, and then I tried putting my life back together, but it was tough to catch up. But, I did catch up. I had a good audition as well, so finger crossed. 

As for my content, I’m really excited to say that I know have multiple platforms where you can read my work. I will be freelancing for Manhattan Digest and also the website MyTrendingStories. So, be looking at here for more info on that. After this election, there’s just so much that I feel I need to say. I’ve been reflecting and praying and meditating on it, and I think I’m ready to start speaking. I’m about to work on my you’re tube channel so be looking out for some vlpgs as well. This is a wild adventure I want to embark on in my writing . But, I must make my voice be heard. I’m not perfect and I have my flaws, but I do want to make the fight be known. I wanna use my voice for good and justice.  

So, The Aesthetic is just getting started! 

Live to laugh another day, 

Jaybo 

Birth of a Nation: not the slave movie you asked for.

But, it is definitely the one that you needed, that we all needed. I know, that there is a lot of stigma surrounding this movie. Whether it has to do with Nate Parker’s past, he was accused of rape, but was acquitted, because the details of the case were murky, or maybe you read some less than favorable views. I’m here to tell you, NONE OF THAT MATTERS! The thing that DOES is seeing this movie. Birth of a Nation was seriously one of those films that not only sets out to tell an important story, but is a piece meant to incite a real movement. At least that’s what I think.

For those of you who don’t know, Birth of a Nation is he story of Nate Parker, who organized the first large-scale slave revolt in Virginia. If that already sounds like an amazing movie, it get’s even better. The movie really explores the slave culture and the culture of black people at that time. It’s not some washed up action slave flick, with a thin storyline just to hold up violent fight scenes or scenes of over dramatics. The vehicle of he story is not only driven by the main character, but it is driven by a passion of a people who were oppressed for so long. And the movie did not shy away from its subject matter. Its depiction of the torment that black people went through during slavery was, by far, probably one of the most realistic, I’ve seen. And it wasn’t one-sided. It showed the harshest and the least harsh conditions. It discussed how black women were treated in such a way, that I can only describe as gut wrenching. To see these women used as tools for sexual pleasure was disgusting. To see how men were broken down and forced to cower and obey, was difficult. To see how dehumanized we were as a people, left me speechless.

I went to see the movie with a white friend, a white friend who definitely is an ally and uses his privilege every chance he gets to right the wrongs of the world. I said to him when we walked out of the movie, “I am not the same BLACK man who I was when we went in.” And it became very evident to me that I was a black man living in a world, where I am still seen as less than. And although I am not literally enslaved, I  am in away. I am enslaved by the assumptions made about me, when I walk into everywhere. I am enslaved by the fact that men who look like me are being killed everyday for no reason, I am enslaved by a culture  that cannot see me as part of the “norm”.

Another aspect of the movie that stood out to me was its heavy spiritual influence. The movie never felt preachy, but spirituality was a very important to black, because it was one of the few things we had that was special. I think the message of stepping out on faith is very important for black people to hear. I feel that we’ve let ourselves get too complacent. We have to go out here and continue to make things happen! We are a people anointed by God to do special things. I wouldn’t call myself a christian, but I do believe there is a God, and I believe that God is for us, as long as we’re here trying to do good and seeking counsel with her. And one thing that this movie reiterated, was the fact that God is there always.

I won’t spoil the films ending, but I must say it was one of the most powerful movie endings I’ve ever seen. The sequence before the ending is art! Again I don’t wanna give too much away, but the imagery combined with song “Strange Fruit” was haunting. It was like being thrown into a nightmare, yet also a beautiful dream. It was one of the most affecting film moments I think I’ve ever experienced.

The film also has a very interesting exploration of organized religion and how people will use the word of god to make things the way they want them. Nat Turner was a preacher. He learned to read at a very young age, and was the only black man nearby who could read the bible. He was made to go around and preach obedience to the slaves other owners. That was it. He himself was only allowed to read certain parts of the bible, but once he read the rest, realized that his people were being held captive by their own ignorance; that the bible wasn’t condoning slavery. A powerful look at how people will only use the parts of the bible that suit them. This still happens today.

The movie is a black love story. And i don’t think I’ve ever seen such a beautiful love story as the one of this movie. You were allowed to get swept up in their love and it wasn’t any drama or anything. It was just a simple love story. Black love is beautiful love. Nate and Cherryanne had a storybook love, until of course tragedy happens. But, even through that their love remains steadfast.

There’s so much more I could say about the film itself, but the most important thing I want to say, is that this movie is a move of God. It is the beginning of a spiritual movement. I’m telling you, it’s the movie to see this year!

Live to laugh another day,

Jaybo (the somewhat peckish artist)

Why I’m unfriending people who support Trump

I feel like this is something that needs to be said. There are people who don’t believe in unfriending people on social media over something like who they are voting for. And normally, I don’t either, but there’s a reason why I’ll de-friend anyone who actually supports Trump’s campaign and policies. 

Firstly, there is a very interesting Vox article I think that anyone reading this should read: Republican intellectual explains why the party is going to die.

I found out some things that I didn’t know. And like I say education and knowledge is the key to making good decisions. It’s one of the few things that can save this nation. That’s what I’m passionate about, that’d why I started this blog. 

Now, when I unfriend someone because they support Trump, it is not out of pettiness or “they don’t support the same candidate as me, wahhh!” That may be a lot of other people’s reasoning, but it’s not mine. My reasoning goes much deeper. As we all know this is very different election, this election could decide the course of our country for the next few decades. And as we all know we have two VERY different candidates. 

We have one who is try her best to run as cleanly as possible, but with  a couple email glitches and a massive voter scandal, it’s been hard. But, I still remain that through her mistakes, Hillary Clinton is very qualified and would run this country with pride and dignity. She has her problems, and she wasn’t my first choice, but she is a very close second. There are articles about her I could post proving she’s not as corrupt as everyone feels, but I won’t take that time. It’s out there, just look at Snopes.com or Politi.co

And then there’s Trump. His entire campaign has been run off of lies and falsehoods. Again, check those sites above. His policies are steeped in bias and hate, and now he may also be a sexual predator. He’s a megalomaniac, who only cares about himself. But, what is more startling, is the people who are behind him. They are the driving force to his Road Show of racism and bigotry. Why are these people behind him? Well, obviously it’s because a lot of policies hinge on fear and are, for the most part, white centered. 

This is no surprise, since his campaign for the past 16 months has built on racial stereotypes and bias. He’s said some awful and close-minded things about black people, muslims, latinx and Hispanic people. Not to mention his misogyny and xenophobia. This has appealed to some of the lowest of this country. White people who feel that they are being attacked for being white. And it wrong. And yeah, many people can say, it’s about the economy or pro-life or open borders or whatever, all of that is wrong and a witch hunt. He has no real plans for border control and his economic plan would set us back in our debt and with his other proposed “plans” with trade, we’d be in some big trouble. That’s not me, that’s  political analysts. Again, Politico has a lot of this info, or even news sites, like Newsweek and Washington Post. 

So, here’s the deal…if you are voting for Donald Trump, that means you’re not actually after a freer, safer, equal America. It means that you as a person don’t care about your fellow man. And I will not tolerate it. And though you may say, I’m not a hateful person or, I’m not racist, or whatever the excuse; deep down there’s a part of you that feels that way. And you are connected to it. Otherwise you’d be able to see past his lies and the show he’s putting on. That means you don’t care about me, as a GAY, BLACK man. So, therefore, you are no friend. And I won’t pretend. If you can vote for someone like him in good conscience, then you’re either ignorant or agree with him. And don’t even bring up Mike Pence, you can claim to be a man of character and Christ, but if you’re not proving it with love for your fellow man and by word, then I’m not buying it. Mike Pence’s own state doesn’t even like him, and that says a lot. People are not looking enough at fact, and you choose to be blind and uneducated that’s on you. But, I won’t have it. I want this country to be safe and free for future generations. If Trump is elected we could spiral into another depression or worse another world war. 

That is why I won’t stay friends with someone who supports Donald Trump.

As always I wanna hear from readers! Be respectful in your responses. There is enough hate and bile being spewed. 

AND GO VOTE!

 Live to laugh another day! 

Jaybo, the somewhat Peckish artist