Friday, February 10, 2012

So much outrage, so little action


A minor rant. Short and sweet today:

The really wearying thing about 24/7 news cycles, social media and smartphones is that everybody has access to just about everything constantly. So no matter where you turn, there is someone on a soapbox lamenting (in FULL CAPS!!!) wrongdoing somewhere. I'm not saying these aren't real issues, I'm just saying that in a lot of cases, these continuous rants are full of sound and fury yet signifying nothing.

It exhausting and disheartening. Sometimes I have to unplug from all of it and rediscover some Zen. I get confused. It seems as though activism is fleeting and unsure of its purpose these days. I see a lot of outrage and irritation and not a lot being done to back it up. Twitter/Facebook activism is only effective is there is activity to prop up the rhetoric.

Case in point -  Did you see Susan G. Komen get their epic back pedal on? Classic campaign started in social media - spread the word, get a bunch of people riled up, exert some pressure, take it to mainstream media, threaten to withhold funds, organize ways to unleash unholy hell on the organization, repeat and escalate until someone makes a change. 

I signed about 6 petitions to get Jan Brewer's wig snatched when she tried to scold the President like he was a house boy beyond his station. I also sent the Obeezy campaign some dollars. Granted, they shan't be naming me contributor of the year but every time I get offended, ticked off, outraged and scared shitless of a Romney-led America, I drop a lil sumthin' sumthin' in the O-Please-Let-Barack-Get-Reelected Fund.

I'm not going to lie to you, I'm going to start calling people out the closer we get to this election. I want to see the same people who campaigned ferociously for 2+ years to bring friggity-frackin' The Game back to television working just as hard if not harder to keep America out of the clutches of crazy entitled folks who may or may not be in discussions to send all the poor and "unreal" Americans back from whence they came. (Okay that's extreme but I wouldn't put it past them. I'm just saying. If Obama loses and someone tells you that you won a free cruise, don't get on the boat.) 

It's one thing to talk smack, finger point and head wag. But in the words of Sean Connery's characters from The Untouchables: What are you prepared to do?

35 comments:

digal704 said...

The thing about social media is we are given the opportunity to see exactly how foolish people are. I have unfollowed a lot of people because I'm tired of their rantings. I get that Tyrese is a fool, that TP's movies suck, etc. I just get tired of hearing it. At the same time I don't see the naysayers trying yo a darn thing about it.

ConvertingMe said...

I too had to send some $$ to both Planned Parenthood and the Obama 2012 campaign in the last couple of weeks. It is a symptom of our community/society/nation to rant and rail loudly and often over a little something of everything i.e. The Game ratchedness but choose to be silent over real issues like the fate of our country in the hands of Newt, Santorum, Ron Paul, etc...

Think P. Smart said...

People yammer, complain and the such but ultimately expect someone else to take on the heavy lifting and do the organization peace. 

With regards to the different types of things get up in arms over, I really think a lot of people don't feel comfortable getting riled up over politics because they aren't as well versed in policies but they know Girl Melony had to deal with Derwin's side kid.  They can relate to that. 

TrulyPC said...

Oh, I am all in.  I have been and will continue supporting President Obama's re-election.   I support with my words and my actions.  

GrownAzzMan said...

"I signed about 6 petitions to get Jan Brewer's wig snatched when she tried to scold the President like he was a house boy beyond his station. I also sent the Obeezy campaign some dollars. Granted, they shan't be naming me contributor of the year but every time I get offended, ticked off, outraged and scared shitless of a Romney-led America, I drop a lil sumthin' sumthin' in the O-Please-Let-Barack-Get-Reelected Fund."

This.All.Day. I do the same thing. 

P.S. Loved the free cruise reference.

Jeannette said...

Girl this blog post today is SOOOOOOO up my alley.  I'm in for the fight for 2012.  I'm a resident of Texas where the Voter ID law is on some shadiness.  On the one hand i'm hearing things won't change and on the other hand I hear that unregistered voters need to get some special ID card to vote.  It's time to educate, inform and be vocal.  I happen to be one of those ones that pitched a fit when Black folks were on this "YOU BETTER SEE RED TAILS OR ELSE".   I wasn't part of it, you know why? It wasn't important to me.  I rather use my activism for something that impacts my everyday life.  Folks need to choose their convictions wisely or else you won't be taken seriously.

maureen said...

THIS.POST.RIGHT.HERE.
Action behind  tweets and FB status is the KEY. Granted, I have always maintained to get masses behind a policy or policies is not easy, but  it is worth the fight.
Susan Komen as org  in my opinion failed on many fronts, and now they are forced to open their books, only  for us to find CEO was making  a killing.  I signed those petitions. I could not  wrap my head around their actions especially after I saw how much they were giving Parenthood. When  the news first came on, I thought it was a financial issue; contributions went down or something
 I'm  part of Africans in Diaspora here in DC, formed during 2008 election. We remained active after election and we are kicking it into  first gear come this  spring.

Jeannette said...

I'll add this... only 6 comments on this subject? If it was about some tomfoolery.. 150 comments by 11am CST easy.  **drops the mic**

GrownAzzMan said...

I was thinking the same thing. Let this be some ratchet letter or something and everybody's cousin would be weighing in.

thinklikeRiley said...

Contessa d'Bouge - I thought you thought. Folks far more interested in getting RT'd and gaining some followers than actually doing some damn thing. My LA peeps - look for me. I'm about to do the damn thing for Obeezy. Soom as they tell which precinct to take over - it's about to be ON! We goin' gangsta for Gubment. 

thinklikeRiley said...

BTW If Obama loses and someone tells you that you won a free cruise, don't get on the boat. <-REAL TALK!

ClayJones said...

I want to see the same people who campaigned ferociously for 2+ years to bring friggity-frackin' The Game
back to television working just as hard if not harder to keep America
out of the clutches of crazy entitled folks who may or may not be in
discussions to send all the poor and "unreal" Americans back from whence
they came.
#ShotsFired

Amen Sister Chele. Let's get this done. For those that can't write a check, can you dial a phone? Please sign up for causes that matter worth a damn.

Jeannette said...

Can we really be surprised though.

Penny said...

That Susan G. Komen thing ticked me off-my mom had breast cancer.  She was lucky, because 1) it was detected on routine mammogram and 2) she had great health insurance.   All folks (because men get breast cancer also) don't have these things. 

My mom is gone now, but she did not die from breast cancer.  No more support from me to SGK-no checks, no sponsoring those who run in races.  First contribution to Planned Parenthood.

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

Alas, I don't live in the States, or I'd help. =( I agree with your point, though - if we can rally against SOPA, ACTA, PIPA and Susan B. Komen, then surely we can flex our muscles when it comes to our political reps.

Only1DivaC said...

The Voter ID law in TX is real. I just updated my DL for the current address to make sure everything is on the up and up. Don't get it twisted, I will have the passport, utility bills, and lease agreement with me when I go and vote from now. We need to start educating folks they need all their government papers when they vote here in TX.

Only1DivaC said...

Great post today, Chele. I'm with you all the way on this one!

CaliGirlED said...

So true! When I came back over, I was like, nobody's commenting today. And I'm guilty because my comment is still waiting for me to finish it. SMH...Lemme handle that!

aishao1122 said...

checking in late but i totally agree with you, I'm so glad my 'pink' card expired & i switched to something else before this happened. I'm all for planned parenthood & supporting Obama, i notice now a days though it would be tough as hell for Dr. King to get these young folks behind him if it meant they had to leave the tech behind & actually get out there.  folks bitched & lamented about Bush when he was in his first term yet so many didn't turn out or even protest the Florida decision to hand it to him the second time around, yet were still willing to complain about what was going on. "We don't have a government byt he majority, but by the majority that shows up"

CaliGirlED said...

I will be working with my church to make sure DL's are valid and getting people to the polls. I believe they have something else in the works for us to do as well. I will definitely be stepping up my involvement this year because ish is crucial! And like you said, "If Obama loses and someone tells you that you won a free cruise, don't get on the boat." SMH

Leon X said...

Hopefully everyone who posts "I got Obama's back" pictures on Facebook follows it up with bringing 20-30 people to the polls on Election Day.

Leon X said...

*Sprinkles another woman's perfume on this post. Makes it Bougie-related.*

M Dot said...

and can we please remember that after the Presidential election there are others that are very important. City, county, and state elected officials affect your lives a LOT,  in some cases more so than who is Prez. 

rozb said...

What is it they say: "If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything"? Some folks go hard about shoes, music, celebrity lives, but will be damned if they go to an actual site, learn some facts, and spread the word about that.

I don't gibbadamb about hair weaves, boob jobs, sidepieces, apology tours, or any of that crap. I do care about the assault on my uterus and why the Republicans are all up in my business. I am concerned about special rights groups trying to bully me into being PC and highjacking my right to free speech (shouldn't I be responsible for what comes out my own dang mouth, Twitter page, or blog?) And after we have taken so many steps forward in progress these last few years, ain't no way in the Hay-ull I am gonna let a bunch of ill-informed, opportunist, bigoted, misogynistic buffoons take us a million steps back.

In November not only will I be voting, I will be voting with a countless number of souls I will be registering and getting to the polls.

Only1DivaC said...

Lord Jesus, please testify on this!!

GrownAzzMan said...

Drops a C-note in the offering plate.

Brneyed1 said...

As the saying goes "Don't just talk about it, be about it."  I donate to causes I feel strongly about (health & healthcare, education, and women's issues, the environment) and I do what I can to spread the word and share whatever information I have.  I think it's my duty as a citizen.  

I'll be at the voting booth with bells on...dragging folk along with me.

GammasWorld said...

Chile I'm a late commenter anyway and trust I was SURPRISED there are only 26 comments.   When I sneaked a peak at the gig, I knew there were going to 200 comments I would be reading all night.  This is truth telling at its finest

GammasWorld said...

*Knock.  Knock.  Knock.*  Did Disqus die on everyone today?  Okay I'm going on the belief that all of ya'll that come out for Bachelorette/Bachelor chronicles just agree.    Keep on preaching Chele.  

Singlelif said...

I go "hard in the paint" for Obtama - I'm a sucka for those emails they keep sending me about donating and buying teeshirts and ish.

I've been down with Planned Parenthood for at least 25 years.
I wouldn't be mad if Jan Brewer "got dealt with" and at a minimum took a class on decorum.
Susan G. Komen ? - HUMPH !

Sol_dier said...

I dunno. Maybe the post is making people check themselves?, maybe some people are silent until they have done the deed. Maybe some people are already doing it and don't feel the need to say it??

Myriad of reasons, lets not prejudge our fellow bougie folks :-)

Sol_dier said...

i was lucky enough to be stateside during the 1st Obama campaign, donated for a few reasons

1) i believed in his message and thought it was time for a centrist to step in. someone who understands and was willing to make tough decisions which would prove unpopular.

2) black folk irrespective of location are my people. They may not understand my background, might call me names sometimes, laugh at my history or misfortune of my homeland BUT we are and always will be family as such I celebrate their victories, hurt at their pain & feel shame at our divisions.

JojoRaze said...

I'm not going to lie to you, I'm going to start calling people out the
closer we get to this election. I want to see the same people who
campaigned ferociously for 2+ years to bring friggity-frackin' The Game
back to television working just as hard if not harder to keep America
out of the clutches of crazy entitled folks who may or may not be in
discussions to send all the poor and "unreal" Americans back from whence
they came. (Okay that's extreme but I wouldn't put it past them. I'm
just saying. If Obama loses and someone tells you that you won a free
cruise, don't get on the boat.)


*Church jogs like that African brother on YouTube going to the tithes and offering plate*

My big complaint about a lot of fairweather Obama supporters who are "disappointed" in him during the contraception kefuffle and other issues is that they stay silent while the Republicans bumrush him and then complain that he didn't fight hard enough when he comes out battered and bruised.  The Repubs galvanize around an issue and their figures, and isolate the president, presenting him as an "other" going against "Real America" and compel him to compromise with him because his teammates don't galvanize around him when there is a fight to show that the President's point-of-view isn't out of the mainstream and represents a majority of people.

There are so many instances of this, I need my own blog to highlight it.  But here are a few notable ones:

-the entire 2010 election year where Dems ran from the president and lost anyway.  I see you Feingold and Allan Grayson, especially Feingold who was playing you're not the boss of me wrt the President and then was crying "Help me Obama-won, you're my only hope" and got FLOTUS and POTUS to campaign for him.  But he still lost because he didn't defend healthcare or financial reform, which he voted against.

-House and Senate Dems refused to vote for ending tax cuts on wealthy after the President and his surrogates told them to raise taxes on those making over 250K/ year as he had promised in his campaign.  Axelrod and Geithner (the progressive persona nongrata) was on the Sunday morning shows telling people repeatedly that they wanted to end them.  And then five Dems would runteldat to the same morning shows saying they disagreed with the president that no one's taxes needed to be raised in this economic climate.  And when PBO had to negotiate the 2010 deal with Repubs after losing the House badly House Dems ran around complaining the president cave when he told them to do their job and legislate.  See?  Bad teammates.

We need to have the President's back....PERIOD!!!

Jeannette said...

That's it girl.... they will be playing some bald headed reindeer games come Election Day... let's not be surprised!

law$oncomp said...

Just so you don't think I'm snoozing here...

I don't comment often or even have a chance to read the blog daily anymore, but this post totally resonates with me. I cannot stand listening to people complain about this president, a man who was expected to work miracles. If it were not for the action this president took in 2009, we would be standing on bread lines right now.

I do recognize that many are still in dire straits, but do you honestly think that anyone else in this pack has your interest at heart? Give the brother four more years where he can be free to direct our resources toward a sustainable economy. That means too that we have to take back the House of Representatives and hold the Senate. I will definitely do my part. Will you?

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