Grappling with a Sickening Day in U.S. History

Some good news first: The Helena City Commission in Helena, Montana has directed staff to remove a confederate memorial. This piece of good news was very much needed.

I haven’t been able to find words to describe the Neo-Nazi, KKK and other white supremacist events in Charlottesville, it’s just so sickening. This Vice video  (below) about the violent and racist rally is an important view if you haven’t seen it already. (What is especially sickening is the neutral reaction of the man supposed to be leading our country. He’ll have strong words and opinions about things like the media, Nordstrom’s not carrying his daughters brand but THIS he can’t outright condemn without flip-flopping?  Disgusting.)

The rally was beyond abhorrent. How can we get through to people who have so much racism and bigotry? One major source of the problem as I see it is the mass -miss-information that is being spread through fear in shows like Fox News’ Tucker Carlson’s show. (Just to give you an idea of the content of his show, white supremacists like former Grand Wizard, David Duke love his show.) When a massive amount of Americans are swallowing down illogical and fear-mongoring news, slowly but surely, it breeds a populous that votes for people like Trump and allows racism (and sexism) to be alive and well. If we impeach Trump, not only would Pence become president, but the next demagogue could be voted in, thanks to the masses being mis-educated and fear-inflicted by “news” like Fox News, Breitbart, and the Daily Stormer. In Rwanda, the genocide was fed in large part because the radio hosts perpetuated hatred towards ‘other’ groups. It’s a very serious example of what manipulation of information can do: The power of fear-mongering about different people in news cannot be understated. It is important to be aware of the impact of the spread of information.

What is the solution? First, we must educate ourselves, take care of ourselves and take care of one another. But that isn’t enough. I’m afraid passive kindness isn’t going to solve the problem of such bigotry in our country. What will? We need compassionate, strong policies protecting the people, strong leaders standing up for what is right and a compassionate and accurately informed populous. But there is so much more that we must do and so much farther to go.


We Need to Wake Up about Climate Change and Actually Do Something

What do you think it will take for people to wake up, before we completely destroy our planet? Will it take more fires like these? (Below) Will it take us fighting over drinking water like we do oil right now?

We all need to wake up and we need to pass policies that will force us to switch to renewable energy. Things like recycling everyday won’t do it.

This, below, is what we are living in, in Montana right now. This is our reality. In Missoula, we live and breath in smoke. Our valley is covered in clouds of smoke for months on end, and it is getting worse. Temperatures rising due to climate change mean fiercer, stronger forest fires. And that’s just one aspect of climate change. Some summers, ash rains down, covering our cars and dusting our tiddy-little-lawns. The air quality is deemed “dangerous” by federal agencies. We are already living in the time climatologists have warned us about.

Albuquerque Hiphop Artist,Wake Self, Has Something to Say:

“Dear world. It’s so upsetting to me

that the economy has turned misogyny

into a revenue stream.” -Wake Self

Wake Self is a hiphop artist from Albuquerque New Mexico making waves. Check out their song, below, titled “Malala. ” This song, featuring singer Blu Samu, is packed with sharp social commentary about the treatment of women in the rap industry and in the media. Fellow New Mexico friends, you may see familiar New Mexico scenery.