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Hillary Stop Dabbing

https://twitter.com/cthagod/status/686652209375916032 *sigh*

Oh Hillary. . .

If you do not know yet on January 11th Hillary Clinton went on the Ellen show once again and learned a new dance, the "dab."

The dab is done by predominantly black artists, actors, and athletes and can be seen being done on "Black Twitter" in the form of gifs or vines. Although, the dab has now become an internet craze and you can see individuals of all races and ethnicities doing the dab.

Let's be honest, the dab was done by black artists first and there's even an argument over who started the dabbing phenemonon within the black community, but that's beside the point at hand.

Hillary Clinton went onto the Ellen show and was taught the dab by one of the DJ's on the Ellen show who has not only had the "honor" of teaching Hillary the dab, but as well as the Whip and Nae Nae when Hillary appeared on the show previously.

The problem is not with Hillary learning to do the dab. Believe me, I have seen a lot of white people on twitter imitating as well as really committing themselves to doing the dab. The problem is this is a presidential candidate who instead of talking about substantial policy that would help the black community as more and more black men and women are dying at the hands of police officers or in custody, this presidential candidate is dabbing on national television.

The problem is that this is a presidential candidate who instead of talking about how black men now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population. (If you do not believe me here's the link taking you nice fine people to the statistics)

The problem is this is a presidential candidate who has not only been secretary of state, but also the spouse of Bill Clinton. A past president who's campaign focused not only on minority voters, but who also landed the presidency by 83% of black votes and a whooping 61% of hispanic votes (Statistics here)

The problem is this is a presidential candidate who is dabbing on national television on the heels of the Tamir Rice verdict. A case where a 12 year old black boy was shot outside of a recreation center because he was playing with a BB gun. A BB gun that most kids, especially boys, play with but yet in Tamir Rice's case it cost him is life because he is black and in White America black boys are seen as threats before they are ever seen as children.

The problem is this is a presidential candidate who feels that the only way she can connect with black voters is by doing a dance that people do for fun instead of talking about real life issues that affect us on a daily basis. This is not only about the influx of crime against black people since the Mike Brown case because that is not the only thing that affects us. It's the systematic oppression, the way in which white people keep us and our children in food deserts meaning we don't have access to healthy food choices and that probably comes from white people wanting us to die faster. It's the income disparities between blacks and whites that keep us in these neighborhoods not allowing us to move up in hopes of something better. And before someone says, "Oh here another black person goes blaming white people" it's not a matter of me, or black people blaming white people for our problems, it's a matter we know these problems exist and they have always existed, but most white people choose not to acknowledge them. It's okay to acknowledge when bad things have happened and to take accountability for them. Once accountability is taken these problems can be fixed because these problems can then be talked about.

Hillary Clinton is a presidential candidate that is campaigning in the hopes of being the face of the United States and making decisions regarding our country. Yet, if these are the decisions that she is making as a presidential candidate running for office I am not hopeful of what she will do if she is to win office.

But that's it I'm going with Bernie Sanders.

Straight Outta Words

Powerful. Insightful. Motivational. Inspirational.

These are just a few of the words that describe the movie Straight Outta Compton.

I was born in 1990 so by the time I came into this world N.W.A was well under way to being one of the biggest groups in hip hop as they came out in the late 80s.

Growing up I don't remember my parents listening to N.W.A. much or maybe they did and I'm too young to remember it. Like I said, I was born in 1990. It's not that my parents didn't know about them they were just not a part of the hop hop lineup that was circulated within my household on an almost frequent basis. Tupac. Snoop Dogg. They were circulated. N.W.A? nah.

But when Straight Outta Compton was performed during the movie I knew those words. I felt that beat. I felt Ice Cube's aggression when he starts the verse. I felt the love of N.W.A's city, where they're from before Straight Outta Compton could fully end. I rapped those words and I felt the love too.

Straight Outta Compton is not just a biopic focused on the groups rise to fame and their influence on hip hop it also tells a bigger story. It tells a story of a more historical issue.

See, even though the film was inspirational, even though it was powerful, it still brought me to tears because the film showed that even with time, things have not changed. I looked at the film in confusion when within the first couple of minutes a police raid involving a military tank destroys a drug or "trap house" that Eazy-E, one of the members of N.W.A tries to escape from. I look on in horror as a young Ice Cube is leaving his friends home to walk across the street to his own house as the police are arresting....I'm sorry not arresting, but more so messing with the black males on Cube's block trying to find something to arrest them for. A young cube is also caught up in this power trip by the police officers as they knock his books out of his hand and throw him on top of a police officers car as they try to arrest him by trying to find narcotics in his possession before releasing him. Releasing him, but not before they demeaned him by letting him know as a black male, he has no power and ultimately means nothing.

The depiction of police brutality against people of color, especially black males, within the film is parallel to the issues within today's society. Young black males being stopped for looking like they might cause trouble or an issue.Young black males being shot for looking like they might steal something. For looking like "gangsta's," for looking like drug dealers. In actuality they're being stopped for looking like them. In actuality they're being shot for looking like them. For being black.

Police officers still openly terrorize predominantly black neighborhoods by constantly driving and searching for trouble because they feel it will be found in black neighborhoods. Black people are trouble, of course they will be committing or partaking in some illegal action, they just have to find it. From a police officers perspective they are securing and trying to contain this problem, to stop it, when realistically it's institutionalized racism that needs to stop.

Regarding the relationship between the African-American community and the police force nothing has changed from the late 80s, when N.W.A came out to now, 2015. And while I would like to be positive, I doubt anything will change.

This was not a movie review of Straight Outta Compton, but simply my opinion on how I viewed the film. But people should go see this film and I'm glad that people, regardless of race or age are going to go see the film because the film just might leave them how it left me, Straight Outta Words.