Nike Shoes & Dead Soldiers

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Yesterday I posted on my Facebook about Colin Kaepernick, Nike and social injustice. Per usual, I have a hard time engaging any of my friends or visitors into the conversation because I have an extremely aggressive approach to things. I am not denying my crudeness and crass and 9/10 times, my posts end up absolute garbage and deleted in the end. I am ok with that. My posts are my truth and I will not dilute myself to make others feel at ease. Or no one simply gives a shit and that is that.

I do want to have a healthy discussion about this because I feel it is important.

FIRST: SPORTS Company put a FOOTBALL PLAYER in their ad campaign - right-wingers, and racists LOST THEIR MIND and are literally burning shoes they already spent their money on, instead of giving them out to homeless, but whatevz. Pennsylvania’s Catholic establishment outed as one of the largest harbors of pedophiles, and not a single right-winger is burning or boycotting a thing but I digress. Intelligence, complex and cognitive thought is not for a conservative mind.

SECOND: I see this “sacrificed everything” notion floating around to discredit Colin Kaepernick plights (which again, IS RACIAL INJUSTICE AND NOTHING TO DO WITH THE FLAG ITSELF OR THE VETERANS & SOLDIERS. I feel like a crazed parrot repeating this, but right-wingers wants to rewrite someone else’s narrative to suit their narrow, false, and let’s face it VERY racist agenda.) Colin Kaepernick & LeBron James are told to shup up and play ball, they have no place in political discourse....and I have yet to see a single right-winger telling Kanye West to "stick to music." 

In right-winger’s mind, the only way to prove your love for America, to be worthy of anything….is to die. Yep, I said it. Want to be celebrated? Pick up a gun, camo and DIE. I am worthless and unpatriotic in their eyes because I refuse to sign up for war. Because Colin Kaepernick made different type of sacrifice (his career, reputation and way of life, he is worthless and his plight is worthless.) Colin Kaepernick is not a dead solider and he does not know war, therefore, his struggle and worldview is worthless.

I am a child of war, I KNOW war. I have seen war. War is SHIT and your little false “patriotism” narrative does not change the fact that WAR IS EVIL. Especially American Wars for PROFIT. I am the VICTIM of such wars. War has killed and misplaced millions. If the immigrants are taking over the world and changing the demographics, is because we fucking bombed them out of existence & livelihoods in their OWN countries. However, that is a completely different discussion topic.

THIRD: Think of it this way: If there is a surge of violence against Serbians specifically in this country, better BELIEVE that millions of Serbs in America (including myself) would do what Colin is doing: PROTESTING. Colin as a black man sees injustice against black people and white people absolutely HAVE no place to tell him how to feel and how to view the world. IT IS NOT OUR LANE. Straight, white men in this country need to STOP telling women, people of color and gays HOW TO FEEL about things and how those things (whatever they might be) affect them. IT IS NOT YOUR LANE.

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FOURTH: Let us talk about Pat Tillman for a moment, an atheist (*right-winger brains exploding*), an American soldier and a hero is being used AGAIN to shift the narrative and false compare what “sacrifice” means. He is also a DEAD soldier. Right-wingers love DEAD SOLDIERS. Pat Tillman once said of Iraq War and this is an exact quote:  “SO FUCKING ILLEGAL” and in close correspondence to Noam Chomsky (right-winger’s nightmare in human flesh.) If he didn’t get killed BY HIS OWN GUYS, which military tried to cover up for years, right-wingers would hate Pat’s guts today. Therefore, the fact that they are using this poor, DEAD SOLDIER for rightwing agenda, AGAINST HIS OWN DETAILED DEMANDS, is sickening. It dishonors Pat Tillman’s legacy. However, it is easier to pick any dead soldier as a pawn and use his legacy for false narratives.

If I were to guess, Pat Tillman was exactly the kind of hero who would kneel right there with Colin.

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FIFTH: if right-wingers cared as much about soldiers and veterans as they HATE Colin Kaepernick, we would not have HOMELESS veterans. We would not have soldiers with PTSD so bad; the entire culture is experiencing a severe rise in suicides. Nevertheless, the only good soldier is a DEAD soldier, am I right? I can use a dead soldier to discredit ANYONE who dares to speak against the system. DEAD SOLDIER cannot speak for himself. Let me speak for him. And dishonor him in the process.

SIXTH: Do NOT let the right-winger narrate you another man’s plight. This is not even about Colin Kaepernick necessarily. I don’t know Colin Kaepernick. He can be a piece of shit person for all we know. It does NOT matter. However, I UNDERSTAND and VALIDATE his plight. I am giving him room to breathe by NOT stepping on his neck and narrating a story I have no place in. Living, breathing soldiers and veterans are standing by Colin, even advising him on more appropriate, politically correct ways to send a message, but because they are not DEAD soldiers, it does not matter.

This can be about anyone experiencing and seeing the struggle & injustice within their own race, gender, sexual orientation, religion. As I said, if my people (Serbians) are experiencing high volume of violence in USA, you better fucking believe that I would do ANYTHING to disrupt the system. People have different struggles and some are more serious (excessive violence & death) than others. Do not let some small-minded right-winger discredit these people, their stories, and their experiences. Whatever Colin Kaepernick sacrificed (or did not) is not up for debate. Who made you King of the World or God to define what “sacrifice” means for BILLIONS of living people on this planet? I mean, the audacity.

It is not up to YOU to define Colin Kaepernick plight, his life, his narrative. Sacrifice means different things. I do not need to be a DEAD SOLDIER to be considered valid. I do not need to be a DEAD SOLDIER for my life to have a meaning. That is the most ludicrous thing I have seen right-wingers trying to sell to their sheep these days. I say DEAD SOLDIER because we do not give a single fuck about the living ones. Only when it serves our agenda and purposes.

FINAL:

Do not let right-winger narrow view of the world skew the reality into realms that do not exist. White Utopia void of violence against people of color, gays and women does NOT exist. That is not the reality for majority of the people in this world. You can chose to live in that kind of “reality” if you want, but stay in your lane.

Yes, life is beautiful and there are so many good things in this world and life. However, there are bad things. They need to be recognized, understood and solved, and if you are not helping, get off people’s necks. Or go burn your (already paid for) Nike shoes and socks because that is what a simple, unbothered trash of the world, would exactly do.

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To All the Rom-Coms I have Loved Before

Please be like “To All the Boys I've Loved Before…”

Please be like “Set it up”

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Whatever the heck Netflix doing right now, just keep doing it (not “The Kissing Booth.” That film is TRASH, and not the good kind of trash.) Time and place for good comedy, romance and lighthearted fun could not be more welcomed. Trump is President and Thanos ended the Universe. I need lightness in my life. I need that beaming nimble of hope that is a good TEEN movie, a good romantic comedy to brighten my cynical, dark mind because NOW you can add collapsing bridges to my never-ending slew of unreasonable fears and phobias. Shit is exhausting.

Romantic comedies are making a comeback and I AM HERE FOR IT. I want every male lead to be Peter Kavinsky. I want all female friendships to be as fun and supportive as Lara Jean’s & Chris. I want my mean girls to be mean, but not cruel & evil. I want all teenage rooms to look like Lara Jean’s. That wallpaper is everything. I want all dads with daughters to treat them as human beings.

Why does “To all the Boys I have Loved Before” succeed where majority of stale romantic comedies fail miserably? It treats its characters like actual people, not caricatures.

It embodies all the high school tropes you can imagine, but this film does them better.

Lara Jean’s life is not destroyed belligerently by her love letters. There is no evil agenda to spread them around like lava to ruin her life and reputation. Her friend Chris supports her relationship, wants her to be happy. They do not fight over stupid shit. They STICK UP FOR EACH OTHER. When the mean girl is talking shit about your boots, your best friend will say loudly how awesome your boots are.

 When you hear people say #notallmen, they are talking about PETER KAVINSKY. 

My entire life was in the mood for this film.

My soul needed rest.

And it got it. At least for a moment.

 

Immigration, Ethics, Humanity, Laws, Wars and some Karen's opinion on it

I am an immigrant. Well, I was up until April 2008 when I took the oath and accepted the American flag and Constitution as my own. I did it with a great pride because my family and I have made America our home. 

My Naturalization ceremony April 25, 2008

What West (including America) took from us in the 1990’s, it gave us some of it back. I realize how many of you (my American friends & acquaintances) do not grasp the impact Western wars have on the World.

You came at me in 1992 and followed me to Serbia in 1999 to “finish the job.” Tuesday’s tornado test sirens here STILL trigger memories of the war sirens that echoed for those terrifying 4 months in 1999. My country will not recover economically for another 100 years, it seems. Was my dream to grow, live and die in Bosnia? Of course it was. Who doesn’t want to thrive among their own? 

America tooketh, America giveth. But not all are so lucky and privileged as I was.

When I went back to Zenica & my village Raspotocje after 25 years, to say I felt nothing is a gross understatement, but it no longer felt like my own. 

25 years later - I'm standing in a place where my childhood home used to be, before it was bombed and burned down.

I was 14 when we immigrated and I keep imagining what would have happened if my sister and I were separated from our parents when we landed in NYC. The thought alone feels like a nightmare.

I understand each situation is different and should not be treated with broad sweeps. But to feel NOT AN OUNCE of empathy for anyone fleeing a shitty situation, especially situation caused by the precious America, with your endless wars for profit (and I BLAME every single one of your f*cking presidents since Reagan and especially those feckless cunts Clintons.) 

War is evil. War is an unimaginable evil that destroys. There is nothing glamorous and poetic about it, but America gets rich. You got rich from WW2 (your Great Depression ended with involvement in WW2) and from then on,…it’s been war for profit under the pretext of “democracy.” You use your media to demonize world leaders, paint us like animals, tell your people that you are bringing peace and democracy and call it “patriotism.” I felt your “patriotism” on my skin. There is NOTHING patriotic in destroying others, leaving rubble, ash and dust, and then closing your doors on carcass you left behind. 

Do I believe that we should have a process for immigration, border protection and vetting? Fuck yes. Most normal people want that. I doubt anyone is a “free for all, do whatever the fuck you want, fuck the law” anarchist. That’s not how any of this works and if you are the tinfoil wearing deep state conspiracy fuck taking the words of fascist barbies on Faux News (who can't spell the fucking word) on immigration....you are hopeless and your opinion is as useful as a rotting appendix.

This is who is fueling your racism. Congrats.

I know the process because I went through the process. It was grueling, heartbreaking and difficult. You are rejected and your life is dissected in ways you never thought possible. So no Karen, you white hack from Oklahoma – I don’t give a flying fuck about your racism and shitty thoughts on immigration when you’ve spent your lifetime eating Twinkies on the couch, watching baseball & calling your Dollar Store cashier the “N” word. 

I don’t need some fucking white Chad from Minnesota spewing “but the law!” while a four year old's are traumatized by being separated from their parents at the border and kept in cages like animals.

You don’t know SHIT about immigration, laws and why families flee, Susan.

Are these people breaking the law by crossing illegally? Yes. 

Is seeking asylum at the border illegal? No.

Should everyone that wants it be granted an asylum? No.

A 2-year-old Honduran girl cried as her mother was searched near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Is it moral or humane to separate young children from their parents and keep them in cages covered in fucking tinfoil like animals? If you answer that question with YES, you are the exact same ignorant garbage that lived in villages near concentration camps in Poland and Yugoslavia, smelled the bodies, saw the smoke and pretended it’s your stale garbage soup.