So last week, as I prepped for a long flight home, a pleasant elderly gentleman indicated that he had the seat next to me. We got talking.
“So what do you do?”
“I work in advertising. And you sir?”
“I’m a pensioner”
I could see the quiet, almost mischievous smile as he said this. So I ask, “and before you were a pensioner, what where you?”
“I was a few things, including the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Of Nations.”
“Ah. So I’m seated with Dr. Emeka Anyaoku?”
What followed was many things...an education, an interview, a window into the maelstrom called Nigeria.
Dr. Anyaoku is 85yrs old, but he moves like he’s not a day older than 70. He has 32 Honorary Doctorates, from the best schools in the world.
When we celebrate the #IndependanceDay , lets also remind ourselves of the price a common #Indian had to pay for the Freedom we enjoy today!
Neither should the culprits of #1947Divide be forgotten or forgiven for the sufferings of our people!
Perpetrators for hatching the plot of the #1947Divide were,
1, Winston Churchill, to safeguard the strategic interests of the British Empire in🇮🇳& Indian Oceans
2, Betrayal of Muslims
3, #Congress , the Partner-in-crime that allowed it to happen! #IndependanceDay
30 Dec 1906,on the birth of Muslim League, ‘Lal Ishtihar’ was distributed appealing to Muslims,
‘not to buy from #Hindus
not touch anything manufactured by them,not to study in the same school
acquire knowledge & send them to jehannum,that Hindus became rich robbing their💰’!
Patriotism is weaponized by authoritarian communities and regimes. Some of us who grew up in the Christian Right are literally triggered by the God and country routine. And you know how you don’t address real, substantive divides? By saying hey let’s all do nationalism together!
I JUST SPENT OUR #INDEPENDENCEDAY re-watching @wkamaubell's #UnitedShades of America's show that visited Canada. Why? Because I needed reminding of how angry I am that the people of the United States are being conned, lied to, and victimized every day. And we're all complicit.
All you have to do is watch this one 4 minute segment of @DocDanielle discussing the Canadian health care system to understand just how Republicans, @FoxNews and the American insurance industry have been bullshitting Americans for years.
Okay, the informed know about the healthcare lie. But what about low crime rates, or humane drug treatment, or that Canadians actually like & respect one another, all while WELCOMING immigrants that REPUBLICANS—ONLY REPUBLICANS—in the U.S. have demonized as marauding invaders?
Another thing that pisses me off , is that these people don't have a permit, they just took over the streets. If that was a group of Trump supporters putting up tents and blocking streets, they would shut us down, real fast !
"Don't want your kids taken, maybe forever? Don't (be brown and) commit a misdemeanor that's usually fined $10."
"Don't want to be killed by cops? Don't (be black and) have a broken taillight."
This (racist) cruelty IS America. But we CAN be better than this. Now. Let's.
On every Fourth of July I read Frederick Douglass's "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" While he was too hopeful about America's capacity to change and move forward after the end of slavery his devastating indictment of America's racism and hypocrisy still holds true.
Ultimately black Americans grabbed onto that great tocsin of American freedom and will not surrender it -- even if too many millions of white Americans have discarded it for cheaply made "MAGA" hats.
1/ In 1215, Runnymede, England, in a water-meadow on the south bank of the River Thames, the reviled King John was forced at swordpoint to grant freedoms to his people, and the Magna Carta was born. That sword was later used to found the US, steeped in the blood of its traitors.
2/ The US is not a monarchy. Democracy, by its nature, rejects nepotism. Yet, the true lesson of the Magna Carta’s history is that rights have to be fought for and that the roots of our democracy are blood-soaked.
3/ We do not base our democracy on Plato’s Republic or upon Machiavelli’s Discourses, but instead on the Magna Carta, which served as the basis for the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
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When @iAmTheWarax and I decided to create this podcast, it was a cold and moonless night. Star reflections roiled like fireflies in the black waters of the Potomac. Owls hooted. "The republic is in danger," said Warax, taking a long drag off a crayon.
"My ribcage is in danger," I said, or tried to say. I was wearing a ridiculous outfit that squished my boobs together and made breathing difficult. Why do these origin stories always have to be sexist for people to pay any attention to them? "Focus, Natasha," said @iAmTheWarax.
Thread: I am proud to live in the best country on the planet. Our freedom, economic opportunity, and peacefulness is unparalleled. I’ve known this my entire life, but my recent trip to Iraqi Kurdistan further solidified this belief. #IndependenceDay
2/ When arriving in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, I was terrified. I didn’t know what to expect, but I was greeted by water and buckets. A rainstorm flooded the airport. We take our infrastructure for granted.
3/ Our Peshmerga security guards picked us up and brought us to vehicles outside the perimeter of the airport. They were heavily armed. Many Peshmerga have to purchase their own weapons. They often go months without pay. We take the strength of our military for granted.
Assignment 3: Now compare the text of the #DeclarationOfIndependence to the USC and CFR. With respect to law and regulations, if you don’t react like the attached pic, repeat these assignments until you do. 👊🏼
As we all wish each other a Happy 4th of July today, let's not forget that there were 10s of millions of American men, women and children enslaved in this country.
So I dedicate this thread to Frederick Douglas by posting part of his famous Independence Day speech here.....
Frederick Douglas - July 5, 1852:
What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?"
I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.
To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery;
Newsflash #Trump worshippers, THE 1 TRUE GOD IS NOT GOING TO BLESS AMERICA (The puppeteers are choreographing the illusion of prosperity) IT'S ALL A RUSE❗THE WORLD WILL BE CLEANSED BY FIRE THIS LAST GO ROUND AND NOT EVEN YOUR TRUMPLICAN god IS GONNA SAVE AMERICA FROM JUDGEMENT❗
72) #Qanon posted an excerpt from the article where Devin Nunes was quoted.
The Obama admin engaged in a lot of backchannel comms, trying to fly below the radar.
73) #Qanon reposted a crumb about the Five Eyes which suggested that people like Hillary keep their security clearances so they can get information from other countries (within the Five Eyes) without having their activities logged.
74) #Qanon reposted a drop from April 22nd with a link to an interview with Devin Nunes who said the official Five Eyes report showed no targeting of candidate Trump.
(Nunes' suspicion is that all communications were done covertly.)