The first time that I had heard about the incident was from a friend who told me that Alex T. approached the moderator who asked the residency question and "yelled at her while pointing furiously in her face for asking the question, it seemed really violent." This first notification came about a week after the event and since then SEVERAL PEOPLE have brought this to my attention. At first I really wanted to leave this alone, BUT after Moser and her antics.... the LAST thing we need is a man who clearly has no respect for women and one who does not like to be asked tough questions.
In a period where men who are overbearing to women, (especially mediocre white men) we must take responsibility to call out issues when they present themselves. As a Black person and longtime (former) resident of CD7, this election is one that can decide the literal fate of Black and Brown people. We need someone who will respect women, have a track record of working with people outside of that all too common bubble of privilege and who is willing to REALLY put themselves on the line for us. Hate isnt just hate anymore, its legislation and policy, it is in the DNA of this society and Alex T is not the person for that job. I believe that when one runs for office, they are asking to be hired and to represent constituents... how can Alex T. do that when he was so pissed about a simple question?
WHY WAS IT SO OFFENSIVE TO HIM???
I reached out to the person that several people pointed to Alex T. flipping out on and she stated that the incident in question indeed took place. To be honest she deserved much better than what happened that night, she was doing what she always does, educate and inform voters. I could hear the irritation in her voice that Alex T. really laid into her and that like many women she feels (rightfully so) that she would be attacked should Alex T. win this race tomorrow and in November. No one, not one more person should feel threatened and intimidated because they asked the right questions. This election is high stakes and is geared at getting abusive, conservative, mostly white male house members flipped out of their seats so that fairness can actually thrive. Yelling at people over residency questions is a RED FLAG and I am choosing to heed that warning.
Someone grab Laura Moser's silver spoon! Thats what I keep thinking about when she comes to mind, grab that damn spoon of privilege and send her on her way back to Washington D.C.! I dont write this with spite, I write this as I hear echos of her voice in my head as I read through a couple of her very white articles that celebrate gentrification and take digs at the Black church goers. Moser reminds me of the character Rose Armitage from the movie "Get Out" preying on Black and Brown people for votes in a district that she has only recently returned to. Lets start with her first article:
Washington D.C. is a lot like New Orleans in so far that they are historically very Black cities that have and are experiencing a loss of identity and GENTRIFICATION. Let me tell you that reading this article was like being smothered in a bath of white privilege as the words leaped off of the screen. Moser scolding her fellow colonizers for their disdain at paying top dollar for homes that most likely belonged to displaced Black families, not to speak out against gentrification... but to spout trash about her affordable privilege.
"Oh, wow, your house cost five times what your childhood BFF paid for hers in exurban Dallas and it’s half the size? You pay more taxes than most residents of Mississippi earn in a year and you don’t get a vote in Congress? What’s that you say—child care is eye-poppingly expensive and the public schools hit-or-miss at best? Well, news flash: There’s a term for this tragic phenomenon. It’s called LIVING IN A CITY."
Must be nice to to be able to AFFORD property taxes, child care, and have enough money left over to avoid placing your kids in "hit or miss" public schools. Welcome back to Texas, Moser, to be more specific Houston, and you can take that damn silver spoon of yours and put it away! You moved back to Texas to run for Congress in a county AND a city where most people who will be voting for you are the very people who cant afford to pay for child care, property taxes, and lack acces in many cases to good schools. The elitism that Moser represents is something that Ive noticed throught the primary season as we approach the March 6th Election to decide many races.
"Do you know what you get for the premium you pay for living here in our nation’s capital? Access to an unparalleled array of (mostly free) cultural attractions, the company of interesting multilingual neighbors, walkable public transportation, the luxury of browsing the Bill of Rights during your lunch break, and excellent restaurants. That’s not good enough for you? Then move.
On my pathetic writer’s salary, I could live large in Paris, Texas, where my grandparents’ plantation-style house recently sold for $129,000. Oh, but wait—my income would be a fraction of what it is here and I’d have very few opportunities to increase it. (Plus I’d sooner have my teeth pulled out without anesthesia, but that’s a story for another day.) Living in a city, especially one with as many big-money job possibilities as this one, comes with a heavy surcharge—that’s just the way it goes."
Pathetic writer's salary? Do you know how many Black women get overlooked for mediocre white women who complain about their friends ability to overlook the costs of living? Speaking of big money job possibilites, I have yet to hear you talk about employment disparities in the Black community. I have yet to hear about how you would handle low income housing in the district you wish to be seated in. How much do you actually know about this district where a large chunk of the constituents are much like the people in this greasy article you wrote, and an even larger chunk looks like me? I mean this is serious. Moser is running in a district governed by a man who has made the expansion of public transit for Houston very hard. Much of what Moser mentions is tailor made for the folks who live in the Heights and other gentrified parts of Houston.
We live in a time where more Black and Brown people should be running for office, especially women. I do not believe Laura embodies the skills and knowledge needed to serve people who do not look like her. I mean "...And the other thing: DC just isn’t that pricey compared with other big cities like, say, New York or San Francisco. Tried to buy a condo in the “gritty” Mission lately? The median cost of a house in the District is $475,000; in Manhattan it’s $972,000, and in San Francisco it’s $1 million. And again, as in all things, you get what you pay for. There are still vast swaths of Washington where you can get a decent-size house for less than the cost of a one-bedroom in the West Village or Pacific Heights. Maybe you won’t live within walking distance of any embassies, but I assure you that’s a survivable fate." this is not the Laura Moser I met. How can you talk about living in a city and not mention the issues that Black and non Black POC face? This is a very white person in it for themselves. I didnt question why she moved to Houston to run, but I do now and I believe that you should too. Just look at this casual racism:
True, I’d rather not raise my children directly next door to a deaf-mute drug addict who openly smokes crack in the back yard and throws beer cans over our fence and regularly passes me notes reading “NEED 1$ [sic],” but we all make choices in life. At least I’m not hauling up five flights of stairs to a railroad walkup or trudging nine blocks to the nearest laundromat. (After spending my twenties in London and then New York, I’ve enjoyed those privileges plenty.) And at least, even on my family’s unspectacular household income, I can afford to have kids in the first place! We might not have much socked away for college, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. In the meantime, our lives are challenging and full and seldom boring, and I wouldn’t trade our shabby rowhouse on four major bus routes for a stately manor just outside of Tulsa—not for any price.
WHAT BLACK OR BROWN PERSON WANTS TO VOTE FOR ANOTHER MEDIOCRE WHITE PERSON??? I dont know one damn person who looks like me that will vote for someone who speaks like this.
Black folks would you vote for someone who disparages your church experience???
Going to "black churches and gospel concerts throughout the South (to hear stirring renditions of "This Little Light of Mine" and "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" and to reflect on the comparative dead-dullness of the thousands of bar mitzvahs I've dozed through)..." does not give you permission to talk down on Black folks like this. white lady what is your testimony? Do you know what it means to be Black and testify about the small wins, regardless of venue? Unlike you and your charming silver spoon life, when black folks testify it is because we work hard for all that we have. We have to work THREE TIMES as hard as you do Moser.
"...but yesterday's service was of an entirely different caliber. It was by far the most overwhelming revival experience I've ever witnessed, straight out of Levi-Strauss or something: just five minutes into the service and everyone was howling and shaking and praising the Lord at all volumes. Then all these women offered "testimonies" that were considerably juicier than any AA sob story I've ever heard: I used to hit my kids and yell at my husband until Jesus, you let me in; now I'm not angry about anything. Jesus cured my lower back pain and now I run marathons. My son was so shy he wouldn't speak until he learned how to pray."
Howling and shaking?! Are Black church goers fucking dogs? Was the friend who invited you to visit her church unkowingly the "Black friend" you invoked when called on your racism? From the beginning to the end, descriptions of "Salem witch trial moments", people appearing to be "possessed.....flailing", and being held down with "400 pounds of soul" reek of racism. Conscious or not, this is unacceptable, you needed an ambulance when one call from you can decide the fate of an unsuspecting Black person on a very real and mortal level. Dragging along to claim that "we never actually got to the second verse of any song" while never actually knowing the songs you speak of. How would you know, colonizer?
"I was proud to be her guest" Moser said, as she in the same breath, claimed to want to call an ambulance for members of her host's congregation. Proud of this mess you wrote Moser? I am serious, ARE YOU PROUD?! Was your former co-worker and "friend" a zoo exhibit? "What a magnificent voice Theo has, though. I was proud to be her guest. I kept watching her shaking, her lips vibrating in silent prayer, and I finally figured out what happens to all those maple-pecan danishes she inhales twice an hour at the caf (I'd been irritated that a 40-year-old could have three kids, five pastries a morning and a significantly better body than I did at age 16): she was just self-incinerating up there. It was amazing to watch." Sure the hell sounds like it to me! Regardless of your religious experience, there should be a level of respect and cultural competence that one must possess. It is very clear that Moser is the white person I always warn people about, the level of privilege here is astounding.
Dont vote for Laura Moser and remember to vote for people who give a damn about you and your needs, not just the needs of white colonizers.
Lets cut to the chase....
A large, aggressive, straight black man suddenly attacks a random
These types of advances and curiosity where they grab, feel, or even go further to get what they THINK they deserve, ARE HARMFUL TO BLACK BODIES. Who gets kicked out of the club or arrested if an altercation takes place because some white queen over stepped their boundaries with me or some other black person minding their damn business? NOT THEM, thats for sure. When its more insideous, like the situation with Kevin Spacey... they "come out of the closet" and do other things to deflect being held accountable for touching and doing crap they knew was wrong.
DON'T YOU REMEMBER Bayna Lekheim El-Amin?
Hari Zyad, one of my favorite people exposed the truth about the case surrounding the accusations that EL-Amin faced:
"In May 2015, shocking video footage went viral of a black man smashing a chair over a white man's head at a Dallas BBQ restaurant in Manhattan. Jonathan Snipes, the white man, claimed he was attacked because he was gay. He'd been spending a night out with his boyfriend at the time."
Snipes was leaving the BBQ restaurant the night of May 5 when he accidentally knocked over a glass from a neighboring table, he told DNAInfo the day after the assault. Someone at that table — where El-Amin was also sitting — allegedly called Snipes and his boyfriend "white faggots" and derided them for "spilling [their] drinks."
Snipes said he approached the men and confronted them about the comments.
"What did you say about us?" he reportedly asked. That's when El-Amin, according to Snipes, knocked Snipes to the ground and started kicking him in the face, shouting, "Take that, faggot."
The viral video posted to YouTube by onlooker Isaam Sharef — which has since been made private, but can be viewed in part here — does not include what came before the altercation, or much at all besides the devastating blows. But the reason for the attack seemed clear to Snipes at the time.
"[El-Amin] attacked us specifically because [he] knew we weren't [his] type of people," he told DNAinfo, presumably referring to him and his boyfriend being gay.
- In the end, it was enough for a criminal conviction: On May 25, after a week-long trial, El-Amin was found guilty of first and second degree assault. He now faces up to 15 years in prison. His sentencing is expected to come in the next few weeks.
- But in the time between the attack, the trial and the conviction, it quietly came to light that El-Amin was also a part of the LGBTQ community.
- The media didn't treat El-Amin much better than the prosecution. A report on the ruling against El-Amin from the New York Daily News failed to mention Snipes' initial aggression, or El-Amin's connection to the LGBTQ community at all. It did, however, focus on his imposing physicality: El-Amin's 6'6", 300+ pound frame was central to most news stories about him at the time, and the Daily News referred to him as a "hulking brute" — a term that connotes the kind of innate physical danger so often used to criminalize black men.
"I believe [race was] a factor – race and class and maybe even religion," El-Amin's attorney, Gayanilo, said of his client's conviction. "There is a lot of anti-Muslim sentiment in this country.""
Remember Michael Johnson?
Had he been white, would this even be a case? Its an honest question....
Why is this important? Its important because we know that Black men and Black folk in general are continually punished and subjugated by a criminal justice system that is stacked against us. So when Johnson was convicted and sententenced at the pace that he was, without consideration of science and proof that he is the person that his sexual partners contracted HIV from. Let me make it plain and please take serious note that the State of Missouri was able to convict Michael Johnson without:
1. Having to prove that he had any intent to infect his sexual partners...
2. Having to demonstrate that he was in fact the person who transmitted HIV to his sexual partners...
The recorded conversations are of Johnson talking about whether he had disclosed his HIV status to his partners, and the prosecutors did not submit this evidence to Johnson's counsel in a sufficient amount of time to prepare a proper defense. This came after being incarcerated for FOUR years and the result was a 10-year plea deal. Not only are racial undertones at play here, but the fetishization of Black bodies and the claim of victimhood after the deed is done is something that needs to be addressed when it comes to white gays. and whites in general. It may not seem like this fits the narrative of what I aim to illustrate in the bigger picture, but this has eveything to do with it.
***Charles Stephens, Venita Ray, Graham Maio and so many others fought and continue to fight for Johnson and us all... I can never thank them enough for allowing me to work with them on the issues surrounding HIV and by extension, the BLM movement in Houston.***
When it is all said and done, I, WE are not property of white people incorporated. We already have to deal with your racism (just look to the left at yourself), self entitlement and white privilege, do us a favor and stop trying to grab our dicks and asses. If someone wants you like that, they will indicate that fact...until then stock up on that lube or whatever you used to masturbate. AND no, I am NOT a homophobe, I am a homosexual...
By: Dr. Halee Mak
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Easy ACCESS to weapons or lethal means
History of trauma or abuse
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A recent triggering- stressful event
Suicide is hopelessness, shame, pain, and the inability to see past the moment.
Simply telling someone who wants to end their life that "it's not that bad, prayer will solve this, or you will get over it" is not enough and it invalidates their experience.
Perhaps the most tragic form of human loss: Sometimes we could have done more to help, sometimes there is nothing we could have done. This is the guilt of those left by the deceased.
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