It’s not protest. It’s rebellion.

IMG_9325This is what it is: “the action or process of resisting authority, control, or convention.”

In 1773 it took a bunch of angry white boys (many of them dressed as Native Americans) destroying shipments of goods and burning down a city to begin the process toward ending tyranny and oppression. It was called The Boston Tea Party and was the precursor to a certain revolution and the beginning of a new country. Somehow “we” forgot that and decided tyranny and oppression were okay for some people – we “forgot” it for 200+ years, in fact.

A phoenix can’t rise without ashes.

I know what it means to protest in order to express an objection to what someone has said or done.

I do a lot of protesting. I protested against the use of animals in labs. I protest to honor the animals that die so people can wear their fur. I protest against factory farms. I protest in favor of being a vegan.

I protest against puppy mills, animal abuse, the killing of wolves and coyotes–I protested to save my lagoon against being raped and pillaged by a rich developer–I protest for my right to choose what to do with my own body–yeah, I know what it means to protest.

I speak up –and out– A LOT.

But I’m really sick of white people thinking that the lives people of color are less valuable. At this point, if I was any other color than what I am, I would be BEYOND angry.

Angry for the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. And before that, let’s not forget Trayvon Martin, etc, etc. etc.

THIS is a rebellion.

It’s an old story that needs a new ending.

I lived in Detroit during the riots in the late sixties. I remember my mom and dad talking about the National Guard and how disgusted they were that conversations and circumstances had so egregiously broken down that there was no way to convey change OTHER than riot and rebellion. Chitchat hadn’t worked. Racism is pervasive. All Trump did was bring it out in the open. It’s always been there. Ugly and malevolent, a symptom of a deeper malady in our society.

(That’s when we moved to Cali, which caused me to lose interest in becoming a doctor and much more focused on my tan and beautiful surfer boys, but that’s another story.)

I have a friend who graduated from high school in Louisiana in the nineties and she told me her prom was SEGREGATED. I could not believe this type of behavior still exists. It’s a different world down there, down south. According to her, not much has changed since the days of slavery and lynchings. That’s why she left, she said.

My mom lived down south too. She hated it. As the daughter of a rabbi (my grandfather), she experienced her own share of racism and anti-Semitism, and was vilified not only for having black friends, but for standing up for and with them when they were refused service. She told me she actually saw signage that said “For Whites Only”. Her stories of that disgusting inequality stuck with me; maybe why I’m such a rebel.

I also used to live in La Mesa, where the crowds were hit with rubber bullets and pepper spray. I thought about joining the rebellion, but didn’t. That doesn’t mean I won’t the next time.

We have an obligation to join the rebellions and stop police and the government from targeting and killing people of color. We have an obligation to show up and speak up, and when possible, record the atrocities. 

Justice.

Like Michelle Obama said, “…it’s up to all of us–Black, white, everyone—no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out.”

Here’s the whole statement from Michelle Obama:

“Like so many of you, I’m pained by these recent tragedies. And I’m exhausted by a heartbreak that never seems to stop. Right now it’s George, Breonna, and Ahmaud. Before that it was Eric, Sandra, and Michael. It just goes on, and on, and on. Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with. But if we ever hope to move past it, it can’t just be on people of color to deal with it. It’s up to all of us—Black, white, everyone—no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out. It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets. I pray we all have the strength for that journey, just as I pray for the souls and the families of those who were taken from us.”

Targeting people just because of the color of their skin is immoral. Sometimes there’s no other way to effect moral change than with a NONpeaceful response when no one seems to listen to the words.

Power to the people.

 

 

10 thoughts on “It’s not protest. It’s rebellion.

  1. Great column!!!  I’d been keeping my head down, ignoringsocial media and the news for a few days, and when I poppedback up again, the country had gone insane!   Rioting in LaMesa?  LA, I understand . . . downtown SD i would under-stand, but La Mesa?      I don’t know if you know I am now the CommunicationsChair for DEMCCO.  I am working on the semi-monthlynewsletter that will come out tomorrow.  May I include a link to your blog column?  If so, do you have a particularintroduction or link that I should use?  I couldn’t say whatyou said any better.  We need to concentrate on why thenext election is so important.

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  2. I can’t believe what Trump has done to the USA, it’s not only criminal, it’s against humanity.
    All of the healing that has been done since the 1960’s from MLK and many others, including all the good work that Obama did, well it’s all been tossed out the window.
    The only good thing is that those who are doing this have exposed themselves and hopefully the process of unification can begin again after November.

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    • True words, thank you. I thought enough people got a taste of what he was going to be like before 2016 to ensure he would not be elected, but whatever happened behind the scenes to tamper with votes or whatever, we have been witnessing definite crimes against humanity. He’s a malignant narcissistic bully with too much power. We need November to come fast, if we can last that long.

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  3. I’ll pasture my response from Charles Earl’s website, and a link to itL

    Charles,
    Wonderfully direct line penned with apt strats and fluid fluency like Sherman’s March itself. Decisive. Expansive. Torrential. And, necessary. Poignant and aptly expressed. Racism and oppression is the true plague of our times, and maybe has been throughout history. So long as there are wars….

    So, please enhance the community of bringing together ACTIONABLE RESULTS by visiting his site at https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/1993211/posts/2127

    *********

    AND, be mindful of the times…. as with any general Astrology and History knowledge, not to be crass or uncaring, THOUGH this type of activity is actually to be expected JUST like in 1773, and He negative e aspects of it STOP-DROPPED for a better future…, ,,, I’m going to simply paste a recent email to a friend in it’s entirety. Please discern OUT the portions you don’t need or had no use for : :). )

    ig 😎smiles! SO cool! I love this assemblage!! Full-ON!! LOVE IT!!! BUT… I know, Jordan, just enjoy it and leave it alone, though they missed one critical piece as I find that yes, the strong survive in the time between the in-between times, though we are in an in-between time, a, call it a 250-year Empire Cycle (246 – 274 year oscillating cycle of the Grand Square between Pluto and Uranus… occurred on April 21st 2014… and the orb of influence of slow moving bodies connecting can cascade out for a decade or so which is beans of a % of their occurrence.. cal it acceptable margin of error, and That brings us to now… and, NOT to a point to sensationlaize current time ASTRO?

    with Lesser Big Stuff no less prominent…. Patience is not passive, it is focused and concentrated potentiality-of-seed-strength much as the glass top of a still lake.

    Dare we omit the 2013 – 2014 gigs?

    Isn’t that a zero-variable of It-Was-In-The-Past gig? No. Consequences of a multi-variable situation. Certainly not rocket science, though in need of some fluid dynamics in the laminar flow of fluid dynamics, structurally indeterminate forces, and simply…

    Isn’t it, It is what is is? The WHOLE context of contributing characters contributing to tune and tailor and comprise the consequences? I say yes. Others say, DOOD! Jordan. That sounds like a hassle. It’s not rocket science. Everyone’s simply not geared to work in molecular detail AND play the big picture at the same time. More simply put? Working in context. Be fluid, though don’t go with the flow. Only dead fish go with the flow. Unless, of course they are playing the stream to re-position for more eats.

    What’s missing? One title, F*ck It!: The Ultimate Spiritual Way. Available on Amazon. I highly recommend it, though at base, if you don’t purchase it, the guts are simply…say, Fuck It! with a big exhale if you are frustrated or at impasse-points. Quite effective at re-calibrating Rock of Gibraltar and Lighthouse Level balance To get back to square and tare the scale rather than drowning in a T-Square or the current Astro composite almost REQUIRING not protest, but revolt. Doesn’t this shit happen every 250+- years? Weill, there Ya go. No omitting or denying it by abandoning the context because we simply play the Philosophy of Pfffffft. It’s happening and will happen nonetheless.

    When you’re driving, no paranoia, simply for your own sake keep your doors locked. Some looter taps on the glass with a gun? Two things. KICK your door open and drop the shit of them to the ground, AND then pull your hand back and put it to the floor. Your foot’ll both slam the door — break/rip off their finger if they reach — and get you the EFF out of there. One is never subservient to the demands of others. Every question or statement may very well be urgent to the asker, though… “First I do the coffee. Then, I do the things. If this is so urgent, remind me after coffee… tomorrow.” Delegation VERSUS abrogation. The only person in the Principal’s office when you Adult is You. All similar, each unique. Everyone is different, just like everyone else. Your Life, Your Way. I suggest… with ImaginAction.

    Hey Mom and Nancy. All good here in Philly. Curfew last night from 8p-6a. Tonight from 6p-6a. Serious looting downtown slowly moving North. Hmmm. I’m in the Northeast. I hope they’re opportunists going for store rather than neighborhoods. Especially, because though they are in revolt and not protest… they come in the front door?… OOPS, I’ve wanted to live plenty of times with Nature. I’ll stop there.

    Check out my bog at jordanhoggard.com , ImaginAction, and certainly F*ck It!: The Ultimate Spiritual Way on Amazon. It’s TIME to gig our lives OUR ways as only each of us can.

    Moira’s Blessings.She’s the asteroid of the Internal Sense of Time. Saturn’s (Chronos/Kronos) wife and mother of Chiron, The Wounded Healer. Go figure on THAT dynamic. Not much calculus there. 🙂

    MOIRA’S BLESSINGS FOR YOUR INTERNAL SENSE OF TIME
    This IS REVOLT an not protest. From the DAWN of effin time people have been tribal afraid, breeding Racism.

    Can we NOW realize that FEAR is a wonderful navigation tool? DUCK! Move! Don’t Move!
    Stand strong. Isn’t it only when anxiety kidnaps the navigational too of fear that it is distorted into being afraid? Rather than a bs petitioning question… STOP THAT FUCKING SHIT. Seriously. Expletives do not even APPROACH he gravity of this.

    Have fun with … “Stress Is Not The Issue” at
    https://jordanhoggard.com/2020/05/31/stress-is-not-the-issue/

    Support Enchanted Seashells by being YOUR true self… ACTIONABLY. Hiding won’t work anymore. Well, it will, though it won’t work to your advantage…………………

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  4. I am reading THE DEFENDER: HOW THE LEGENDARY BLACK NEWSPAPER CHANGED AMERICA by Ethan Michaeli. Also listened to “The 1816 Project.” Both are eyeopening. I recommend these to anyone who does not understand the anger and the frustration. We’ve been here before, and before that, and before that, and on and on. It’s time to make that road a dead end.

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