It seems that as you get older, the years go by faster. It’s almost the end of 2017, and already, it seemed as if time truly has flown by. And yet, a whole lot of shit went down since January 1st and it started with the inauguration of what I and many people consider to be the worst possible lifeform to sit in the Oval Office.
It’s almost been a year since Donald Trump’s swearing in as the current POTUS, and without a doubt, politics have been reduced to a badly written soap opera. Trump’s Twitter temper could send us into a nuclear confrontation with North Korea while making right wing extremists have unfounded and crazy-ass reasons to be angry, hateful and violent against…well, the world. In the meantime, he’s waging his own personal war against fake news i.e. any publication that rightfully questions and criticizes his actions, and doesn’t shy away from his racist views. After all, he did call Mexicans Rapists and believe that Haitians have AIDS.
But Trump was only part of 2017’s drama. Mother Nature was on a bender during hurricane season. It seemed there was one right after another that tore through the Southern U.S., Caribbeans and Puerto Rico all within the span of one month’s time. Even though it happened early in the fall, the damage is still being repaired, especially in Puerto Rico which was one of the hardest to be hit.
We can’t forget that this was also the year of many mass shootings. The worst of this year happened in Las Vagas on October 1 when Stephen Paddock opened fire at a crowd at a music festival killing 58 people and wounding hundreds more.
Yet, after that and other horrific moments of insane gunplay in public functions all over the world, society is nowhere near having a talk about gun safety, nor are we close to call the fools behind these shootings ‘terrorists’. By definition, they are. They’ve terrorized people, but society refuses to identify them as such as they are not Muslim. And yes, there were horrific moments of bombings and other acts of violence by those who were believed to have ties to terrorist groups, but when all is said and done, at least in the U.S., the biggest terrorists have mostly been straight, white, Christian and male.
Of course, we can’t leave out the numerous and continuous sexual assault allegations. It started with an expose by the New York Times on former major movie producer Harvey Weinstein, and it snowballed from there. Several Hollywood producers and directors were exposed along with a few big stars, businessmen, and politicians.
Many people wonder if this was a turning point, that this was a significant blow to sexism, misogyny and toxic masculinity. But some people aren’t that optimistic to think this has done terminal damage. Sure, this has removed the power of the accused and shamed them for life, but the machine of patriarchy continues to power many institutions.
Also this year, we had athletes standing up to police brutality by kneeling during the National Anthem. It started with footballer Colin Kaepernick and several other black athletes followed suit. Did it help to stop the high rate of police assaults and murders against unarmed black folks? No. But it made a heavy statement that was enough to drive racists up a wall screaming to the heavens yelling, “How dare they!?”
And speaking of racists, this year seems to have made them feel empowered, especially when their dipshit-in-chief came to power. They marched. They gathered. They spoke. And they trolled, all to prevent a nonexistent white genocide orchestrated by diversity, interracial relationships, PC culture and the eighth Star Wars episode. But we remember how that turned out, especially in the city of Charlottesville where lives were harmed and one life was taken brutally.
However, there’s a bright side to this. The alt-right/Neo-Nazi/whatever they want to call themselves consider themselves to be the “superior race” that is facing extinction at the hands of nonwhites and liberals and believe that the U.S. is a nation for whites, or at the very least they want a white-ethno state.
But their attempts to prove their supremacy have been met with disastrous results mostly by their own fuck-ups. Certain leaders within the movement continue to own themselves with humiliating results, and some continue to Laurel and Hardy their asses for the world to see. Then again, it’s hard to expect anything more when some female members have just recently discovered that the alt-right is loaded with misogynists when it was super obvious from the beginning.
As for me and my year in blogging, it was cool for the most part minus dealing with certain trolls. To be honest, it was a stressful and depressing battle that taught me that some people can not be talked to. Disagreeing or having a different point of view doesn’t sit well with them. There was no point in talking to them. Some have shown to be internet bullies. (I’ve yet to hear from a blogger why he things white people are victims of racism.)
I hope that next year will be a miracle year in that more good things than bad things will happen for us all. But as I do every year, I dread and hope for the worst and best respectively, and whatever happens, I will go with the flow and probably blog about it.
Have a Happy New Year everyone.