“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” -Maya Angelou

She really irked me in the way she tried to rationalize what she did. She kept repeating that “I am an artist” and “I’m an American”, but what she doesn’t realize is that you are not a politician! And what she never said was that I’m an African American or a Black American because she chose instead to attach herself to something that has never given her any privilege as an “American”, which is ridiculous. The fact that she performed for them to “see us, hear us, etc” bothered me because they have been “seeing us” since the Transatlantic Slave Trade when they decided that the only thing that we were good for was forced free labor! She said that “a lot of us wanted to know who was he talking to?”, but in actuality he made it very clear who he was talking to! I don’t understand how she let herself be used when she says that she wanted to start the conversation. The conversation should start with the politicians who are in office. When you run a business or want to report something, you go to your immediate people, the ones closest to you. You don’t bypass the whole establishment and go straight to the janitors! There’s a chain of command for a reason. And even more so, Trump wasn’t even in the room when she performed!!!! She wanted to start this conversation, but failed to realize that they didn’t even respect her enough to talk to her. She may have worn an outfit with Basquiat’s art on it, but to say that she really believes that the dialogue has started because of her is preposterous. He ran a campaign platformed on hate, bigotry, sexism, xenophobia and among all people’s fears! I understood that loud and clear when he campaigned and I understand that now. No need for clarification.

“Sometimes if you want to get rid of the gun, you have to pick the gun up.” -Huey P. Newton