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It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog – Mark Twain

As cliché as size metaphors are in sports there isn’t one more apropos than that one for Isaiah Thomas III. The one man show he put on last night against the Wizards is something that has been done by few. I have donned him officially the Young Mamba. He dropped 53 in the New Garden. And of those 53, 29 points in the 4th Quarter and overtime. You know who has scored more than that in a Celtic playoff game: Hondo (John Havlicek). That’s it.  He has the most points in a playoff game since Allen Iverson dropped the double nickel in 2003. He did it all with a new tooth to boot.There wasn’t a chance he was going to shy away from the big shot. He wanted the ball, he wanted to be the hero. He sought the spotlight and it wasn’t too bright on him. While this wasn’t a win or go home game — this was in the playoffs against a quality Wizards team that has been giving them the business all night. 

Now watch how quickly I drop 50
I don’t like playing, niggas can’t stick me – Jay – Z

Game 2 of the Celtics/Wizards series was a legendary battle of the point gawds with IT coming out the victor. When the 4th Quarter hit he went on ‘extra grind’ and put the Celtics on his back and carried them to victory. There is a backstory to this — IT’s sister who died 2 weeks ago, last night would have been her 23rd birthday. He has the weight of grief that he is carrying as well as a historic franchise. That nor the Wizards defense was enough stop or even slow him down. Scott Brooks looked inept on how to coach and get his team to execute on pick and rolls. Gortat on Young Mamba is a mismatch 10/10 times. 

There have been discussion on if a 6’0 (maybe) player can lead a team to a championship. If anyone can it’s him but he does need someone else on that team because the flip side to this story is they need another consistent perimeter scorer. Avery Bradley is a decent shooter and an above average defender but he missed a lot of open shots in the 4th Quarter. In a game that was physical they were unable to get the ball to Horford consistently in the high or low post down the stretch. 

The coronation of Young Mamba has begun. He and Russell Westbrook are the closest people we have to Kobe in the league now. He’s a straight assassin and when it’s time to step on the necks of his competition he does not hesitate. That is how you build a legacy — that’s how you become historic, Young Mamba is carving his path to greatness one clutch performance at a time. 

Donald Trump is who we thought he was. A bumbling idiot who was rich enough to convince people that he was smart enough to do the job. As almost every media outlet known to man have spent this last weekend reflecting on a mostly tumultuous start to his administration with little to show for it. His only accomplishment is the fact that he could get a conservative justice on the court but is that really something he should hang his hat on? It was a partisan effort, it’s the equivalent of having a 4 on 1 fast break in basketball and scoring. It would have been more impressive if that one person could have stopped them but if they score, that’s what they are supposed to do in that situation right?

I’ve been scouring conservative websites to see how they are spinning the obvious implosion of this administration and its comical at best. Fox News lists him speaking to the NRA as an accomplishment. Wow, keep scraping kids.

He’s signed 30 Executive Orders in comparison to President Obama at 19, Bush with 11 and Clinton with 13. I’m sure he sees this as a positive because everything the anti-Einstein aims to do is to bigger and better than his predecessors. Because he is a spoiled rich kid with no sense of how government works he thinks more is better and his sycophant followers are agreeing with him.

He has the lowest approval rating than the last 3 presidents settling in at a 42%. All this winning is sooooo boring.

Let’s talk about the unemployment rate — a measure that he lambasted on the campaign trail as being fake. Now he wants to take credit for but again because he failed civics he’s still under the President Obama fiscal year so these are the former president success.

Let’s talk about his successes — the travel ban? Wait, no that’s still being upheld in the courts. Even though his head lawman doesn’t understand how ‘an island in the Pacific’ aka a State can affect policy.

Build that wall! Build that wall! Where are we with the wall? Nowhere. Just to be fair — I didn’t expect anything to be done regarding the wall except have an actual plan for funding already moving through Congress. The fact that this hasn’t happened yet is a failure. This administration does not understand foresight, planning or ideas that make sense. Let’s talk about where the proposed wall is planning to be erected. The government will have to use eminent domain for American citizens which will place some Texas residences on the other side of the border. Which will make them Mexican citizens oh the irony. Also, that district went to President Bunker. 

He vowed to destroy or at least have a plan to destroy Isis within 30 days of him taking office. Yeah about that… The only thing he has accomplished is dropping the largest non-nuclear bomb in US History. Clap for him. Now he’s not even sure how to destroy Isis — which is something his predecessor and every defense specialist has been saying. This is where his inability to understand nuance affects your ability to lead.

He continues to take L’s on his big-ticket items such as repealing and replacing ACA and tax reform. You remember when this genius said repealing and replacing will be done within hours of each other and happen quickly. It’s literally like he doesn’t understand how not only government works but life. Once you give people something, even if it’s not perfect, you are going to have to fight to take it away from them. If you give me an 84 Yugo and then 6 months later come to take it from me we’re going to have words and probably fists to match. Because while that Yugo isn’t a Benz, its mine, and its possibly better than what I had before.

Where are we 100 days into The Trump administration? Not too far from where we were in January. This administration is gearing up for wars on everything old white men hate. Which I guess is the status quo for America. 

We have all heard of the 5 stages of grief and loss.  Some of us may even be familiar with the stages set forth by the Kubler-Ross Model.  What the model tells us is that there are 5 stages a person may go through when they have had a great loss.  The loss could be of a loved one or even of the loss of a dream.  These here United States of America were predicated on a dream.  Since the formation of this great country, there have been several dreams and there is room for them all.  This land is your land, this land is my land….

There may be need for a quick history lesson here…

This land was taken from the Natives, and because of that, everyone else was therefore, an immigrant.

That’s the end of the lesson which of course brings us to the first stage of grief or loss.  It’s important to realize that not everyone will go through all the stages when experiencing a loss.  For everyone it is a deeply personal journey.  Stage one is denial and isolation.

  1. For 8 years, our country was being run by a man that was greatly opposed by most of this country’s political figures.

This time, could, for some be considered the first step in the process of grief.  Regardless, he could make grand moves, even in the wake of all his opposition.  This everyday man, did not buckle under the immense job with which he was tasked.  That, in and of itself says a lot of his character.  Obviously, this was not a time for mourning as much as jubilation.

 

  1. Then roughly, 2 years before the end of that man’s 2nd term, emerged an unlikely candidate (2 depending on whom the question is asked). To most it seemed a rouse that this billionaire businessman would become president. I mean he had the ideas of a person that had yet to join us in these days and times. His ideas were set in the 40’s, the 1740’s for goodness’ sake. Yet, he would emerge as the victor of this battle.

November 8th, 2016 will go down in history as the day that a collective, soul-wrenching, heartbreaking sob could be heard around the globe.  The blogosphere went crazy with sincere notes of condolences for the greatest country in the world.  For many a preliminary mourning would begin. January 20th, 2017, grief became the new anthem for our country.  It showed in the dismal attendance for the inauguration to the many, many memes that would pop up on everyone’s timelines.

Within 48 hours, the new leader of the free world, would cement his place in history as the grim reaper for many of the ideas set forth by his predecessors. Enter the real beginning of the first stage of denial. Of course, there will never be 100% of the whole country that will agree or disagree but those on each side have drawn a clear line in the proverbial sand.  An extremely large group of our country and in other countries, have clearly begun the dissent into grieving.

Several people have yet to and have vowed to never refer to the seated president as president.  There is also a group that refer to his predecessor as their always president. This is clearly a country that is grieving for either the loss of the previous president or for the fact that the current president has taken away the security that was once taken for granted and considered a guarantee.  I am not sure how long the stage of denial will continue for those going through the mourning. For some, this may be the longest stage as there are so many that have chosen to either act as if life hasn’t changed or for those that have chosen to ignore and live in an ignorant bliss.  Where ever you may stand, the view is clear that what once was is slowly no longer and grief is new normal.  A country in mourning….

Truth be told — I’m the epitome of a sideline revolutionary. I make many bombastic statements online and in conversation but my Jordan’s aren’t on the ground and in the marches. I’m sitting on the sideline of history and watching the power of social media unfold into real world discussions and hopefully solutions. In Trump’s America, the screams must become louder that we and all minorities matter. BlackLivesMatter should transcend hashtags and become political agents. Conservatives mostly treat us a monolithic crime ridden community that needs to be extinguished from the planet and Democrats view us as a walking bank for there political contributions (i.e votes because collectively we don’t have wealth) to keep them in what little power they have left. Black’s in America are finding themselves in this political limbo that middle class uneducated whites found themselves in the beginning of the Obama years. The main difference is their limbo was self-imposed due to the systematic fail safes that is in American society. Enter #BlackLivesMatter. After the death of Trayvon Martin a viral hashtag created by Alicia Garza, Opal Tometti, and Patrise Cullors moved people to action. Any discussion about #BLM that does not begin with those women is not an honest discussion about #BLM.

What is Black Lives Matter really? I think it’s best for them to explain it in their own words

The problem with the above is that they never got enough of an opportunity to tell that story. Now there could be many reasons for that — the viral rise of the movement, the media butchering the message, and even to the detriment of BLM, not having a centralized/standard voice for the movement which lent itself to interpretation.

This is why #BLM is not the political force the Tea Party was when the political climate shifted. Unfortunately, they played a lot of defense early on by responding to negative stories in the conservative media. They allowed their movement to be co-opted by police officers and out of touch color blind whites with Blue/All Lives matter ‘movements’. The interesting thing about those ‘movements’ is that is exactly what America is built upon stealing/co-opting a black struggle — change it, make palatable for whites and immediately disregard said struggle which birthed it.

There is even confusion between what is a legitimate chapter of BLM which continues to add to the confusion.

The question always is always asked ‘what can I do?” From an outsider’s observation — there’s a lot you can do. One major thing is try to find your local BLM chapter and engage with them. Create a plan for yourself/family in what’s the best way to get involved. Ask people who are on the ground what their needs are.

Before you assume #BLM is just an excuse for black people to physically and emotionally beat on white people (oh the horror) understand that is not what BLM stands for. BLM is a voice for black  and other marginalized populations — not the voice — but a voice. It’s a voice that is severely needed. There is a need to figure out a way to move the energy from demonstrations to political capital. The first round of mid-terms is coming up in under 2 years. They need to continue to have the image of BLM evolve so that true political allies can evoke their name publicly and align with the visions. Black Lives Matter should be meeting with political operatives to increase their political voice to influence change. Start locally — one school board at a time, one sheriff’s race at a time. As a people, we should be more than picket signs, marches and RIP hashtags.