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    Ode to the American male...

    I Used To Be A Normal Person

    As a man, I used to think I was pretty much just a regular person, but I was born white, into a two-parent household which now, whether I like it or not, makes me "Privileged", a racist & responsible for slavery.
    I am a fiscal & moral conservative, which by today's standards, makes me a fascist because I plan, budget & support myself.

    I went to High School, paid my way thru college, earned a degree, & have always held a job. But I now find out that I am not here because I earned it, but because I was "advantaged”.

    I am heterosexual, which according to "gay" folks, now makes me a homophobe.

    I am not a Muslim, which now labels me as an infidel.

    I believe in the 2nd Amendment, which makes me a defacto member of the "vast NRA gun lobby”

    I am older than 60, making me a useless person who doesn't understand Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

    I think & I reason, and I doubt much of what the "main stream" media tells me, which makes me a "Right-wing conspiracy nut”.

    I am proud of my heritage & our inclusive American culture, making me a xenophobe.

    I believe in hard work, fair play, & fair compensation according to each individual's merits, which today makes me an anti-socialist.

    I believe our system guarantees freedom of effort - not freedom of outcome or subsidies which must make me a borderline sociopath.

    I believe in the defense & protection of America for & by all citizens, now making me a militant.

    I am proud of our flag, what it stands for and the many who died to let it fly, so I stand & salute during our National Anthem - so I must be a racist.

    Please help me come to terms with the new me because I'm just not sure who I am anymore!

    It all took place over the last 8 years of Socialist Democratic political control; it’s time to finally get rid of these fools.

    If all this nonsense wasn't enough to deal with, now I don't even know which restroom to use… and I gotta go more FREQUENTLY!

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    Progressive liberalism is a mental disorder, time to M.A.G.A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pablo View Post
    Ode to the American male...

    I Used To Be A Normal Person

    As a man, I used to think I was pretty much just a regular person, but I was born white, into a two-parent household which now, whether I like it or not, makes me "Privileged", a racist & responsible for slavery.
    I am a fiscal & moral conservative, which by today's standards, makes me a fascist because I plan, budget & support myself.

    I went to High School, paid my way thru college, earned a degree, & have always held a job. But I now find out that I am not here because I earned it, but because I was "advantaged”.

    I am heterosexual, which according to "gay" folks, now makes me a homophobe.

    I am not a Muslim, which now labels me as an infidel.

    I believe in the 2nd Amendment, which makes me a defacto member of the "vast NRA gun lobby”

    I am older than 60, making me a useless person who doesn't understand Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

    I think & I reason, and I doubt much of what the "main stream" media tells me, which makes me a "Right-wing conspiracy nut”.

    I am proud of my heritage & our inclusive American culture, making me a xenophobe.

    I believe in hard work, fair play, & fair compensation according to each individual's merits, which today makes me an anti-socialist.

    I believe our system guarantees freedom of effort - not freedom of outcome or subsidies which must make me a borderline sociopath.

    I believe in the defense & protection of America for & by all citizens, now making me a militant.

    I am proud of our flag, what it stands for and the many who died to let it fly, so I stand & salute during our National Anthem - so I must be a racist.

    Please help me come to terms with the new me because I'm just not sure who I am anymore!

    It all took place over the last 8 years of Socialist Democratic political control; it’s time to finally get rid of these fools.

    If all this nonsense wasn't enough to deal with, now I don't even know which restroom to use… and I gotta go more FREQUENTLY!

    Finally you post in the right section.....
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    An Adventure Photographer Shares What Racism Looks and Feels Like

    BY TSALANI LASSITER | [JUNE 8, 2020



    I am very grateful for the support I have received over social media in the wake of George Floyd’s death and widespread protests against racial injustice. Although I am a very private person, I feel it is important to share some of my experiences as a black man outdoors, as a photographer, and living in a van. The sad truth is I always feel a little scared and extra weight on my shoulders.
    Even when I am out photographing black and grizzly bears I am more afraid of being harassed or killed by people.
    I have been pulled aside by both rangers and “Photographer Patties” and asked to abide by rules no one else around me is following.



    I have been pulled over by cops and asked how could I afford a Mercedes Sprinter van.
    I was stopped by rangers because a white lady reported I stole a cellphone and kidnapped someone. With no one around and while carrying multiple tripods and 20 pounds of camera equipment, I was still forced to prove I was just a photographer.


    While in a private community, visiting my dad in San Francisco, I sat in my van overlooking the skyline. Suddenly we were surrounded by more than a dozen cops, many with guns drawn. I had to explain to each new officer arriving on scene why I was there. My driver’s license clearly listing an address on the same street.
    While eating lunch outside an apartment building and private tennis complex (where I worked) I was surrounded and accused of casing houses and using a nice van as cover.
    In Lake Tahoe I was accused of shooting bears (with guns) and using the van to transport their dead bodies.
    I have been asked what I am doing in an area and what I am concealing under my puffy jacket while hiking in the winter.
    I have been the only photographer told to move because there were too many people photographing in an area even when I was first on the scene.



    I have been the only photographer asked to move their vehicle and forced to park over quarter mile away.
    These are some of the experiences I have had in the past four years. Fortunately they are small compared to what I faced growing up. However, while I am older and stronger, they still weigh heavily on me. They always affect my thoughts and decisions on where and when to travel, I never feel absolutely free.
    You can see Tsalani’s work on his Instagram page and his website.

    Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waharoa View Post
    An Adventure Photographer Shares What Racism Looks and Feels Like

    BY TSALANI LASSITER | [JUNE 8, 2020



    I am very grateful for the support I have received over social media in the wake of George Floyd’s death and widespread protests against racial injustice. Although I am a very private person, I feel it is important to share some of my experiences as a black man outdoors, as a photographer, and living in a van. The sad truth is I always feel a little scared and extra weight on my shoulders.
    Even when I am out photographing black and grizzly bears I am more afraid of being harassed or killed by people.
    I have been pulled aside by both rangers and “Photographer Patties” and asked to abide by rules no one else around me is following.



    I have been pulled over by cops and asked how could I afford a Mercedes Sprinter van.
    I was stopped by rangers because a white lady reported I stole a cellphone and kidnapped someone. With no one around and while carrying multiple tripods and 20 pounds of camera equipment, I was still forced to prove I was just a photographer.


    While in a private community, visiting my dad in San Francisco, I sat in my van overlooking the skyline. Suddenly we were surrounded by more than a dozen cops, many with guns drawn. I had to explain to each new officer arriving on scene why I was there. My driver’s license clearly listing an address on the same street.
    While eating lunch outside an apartment building and private tennis complex (where I worked) I was surrounded and accused of casing houses and using a nice van as cover.
    In Lake Tahoe I was accused of shooting bears (with guns) and using the van to transport their dead bodies.
    I have been asked what I am doing in an area and what I am concealing under my puffy jacket while hiking in the winter.
    I have been the only photographer told to move because there were too many people photographing in an area even when I was first on the scene.



    I have been the only photographer asked to move their vehicle and forced to park over quarter mile away.
    These are some of the experiences I have had in the past four years. Fortunately they are small compared to what I faced growing up. However, while I am older and stronger, they still weigh heavily on me. They always affect my thoughts and decisions on where and when to travel, I never feel absolutely free.
    You can see Tsalani’s work on his Instagram page and his website.

    Yeah but Trump is the reason he even has a JOB!!!!
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    A woman won The Nobel Peace Prize? Must have been a pretty good sandwich.

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