Beth’s Assessment of the Recent Mass Shootings

Dear Readers,

No, not another one.

That’s the first thing that came to mind whenever the latest mass act of gun violence hit the news. But today, I’m thinking, not two of them this time? El Paso and Dayton are the latest acts of mass murder to hit the headlines, and here’s what needs to be done. The founder of 8chan, the dark site that catered for so long to white supremacists, says the site should indeed be shut down and it isn’t doing any good in the world. But there’s more to the story than I’m thinking the media is telling us.

This is a personal attack on me as a blind person who is dating an African American. First and foremost, give me a gun so I can at least scare burglars out of the house, but in no way will I ever bring a gun out in public unless I’m a valid security officer, law enforcement, or God forbid I’m a witness under protection or some extreme circumstance so I can defend myself on the go. I’m fine with a taser, laser pens, sharp keys, and my own body as weapons as well if I need to attack someone for whatever reason if they want to end my or my family’s lives.

If I buy a gun, say from a gun store anywhere in the United States, I want to be questioned as to the reason to purchase the gun. Is this purchase for home defense? Make me fill out an application for the gun, and don’t let me gift this application to someone as Dillon Roof’s dad did. Big mistake, right? Because he committed hate crimes and mass casualty in the Mother Emmanuel Church in South Carolina. Boy, that guy was messed up.

Now, are we in Colorado susceptible to another mass shooting like Aurora or Columbine? Certainly if we don’t figure out who is lurking on the dark web. 8chan should indeed go, but so should Donald Trump, Twitter’s so called community guidelines, and Facebook’s terms of service. They are not doing enough with those guidelines and terms to thwart the next El Paso, Dayton, Aurora or Orlando in any way. The hate speech policy should be enforced more stringently with Caucasian supremacy groups, the KKK, and other groups among those who need extra surveillance. Yes, I know I don’t like surveillance, but because humanity can no longer deal with each other, communicate in a civil manner, or stop being judgmental of someone for their color, who they love, or whatever, it’s time for the surveillance of Caucasian Americans who are heavily affiliated with the groups that Roof, Cruseis, and other killers who committed these mass atrocities were affiliated with. Dillon Roof’s Rhodesian flags should have come as a big red flag to law enforcement. His posing with Confederate symbols should have been a big ass wake up call, but it wasn’t. It’s time to ban the Rhodesian flags, the Dixie flag, and all white Supremacy symbols online. I know this sounds too much, but it makes me sick. As a possible person of mixed heritage, I am deeply offended by these symbols. I will say that the Look Away song is not offensive, and I find it historically important, but no modern use of the Confederate lag should ever be allowed anywhere where it has flown. Tell me this isn’t right for the Southern whites, but the problem is that Mr. Dillon Roof stood beside these symbols shortly before he gunned down those souls at Mother Emmanuel AME church. The black president isn’t to blame, and neither is the one we have now. I know, someone wants to point fingers at Mr. Trump’s rhetoric, and I know his rhetoric is distasteful and downright harms everybody except himself, but Obama did something Trump did not: he went to all the mass shooting victims and families of the dead and actually offered genuine words of support and condolences. Trump heard about the mass shootings, and did nothing but play with his … well, does he own a Uro club? I wonder if that’s what he was really doing besides rolling in the gold he doesn’t deserve at his golf courses. Golf is not the answer to a mass shooting. Mr. President, if you please, comfort the victims and their families, and do not ever call brown or Latino people “bad hombre” again. You should know that El Paso is now a domestic terror case and Mexico will have your head. True, the Mexican government will have taken legal action, but the question is what. What legal action should Mexico do against you, Mr. President, and your government for failing to protect Mexican nationals who were gunned down at El Paso? We need to connect the dots. I know of two things the shooters had that we need to discuss.

I covered white supremacist beliefs and why it’s personal why I’m against such things. Caucasian gangs and so on should be disbanded at all costs, including but not limited to the KKK and the Aryan Brotherhood. I have never thought it would come to this. I want to be able to go to Walmart in Lakewood so I can buy groceries and food for Trenton and me. We need to be able to safely navigate movie theaters, malls, libraries, a child’s school, high school events, and many other places without the element of fear. The big problem is that people want to misuse the first Amendment. It has been thoroughly misused. This is not a license to assemble for the purpose of hateful acts such as the mass murders that took place in El Paso and Dayton. This Amendment ensures protection for religions like Islam and Judaism, opinions that oppose the governing body we have in office such as what I write often, and civil disagreements and civil arguments. The First Amendment will not, cannot, and should absolutely never protect hate and hateful acts such as extremism and mass murder. Now, before I move on, let’s do a history lesson.

I know some of you will think this is off putting, but before you decry socialism and lack of guns, think again. I know what the Redcoats tried to do to us when Britain owned us like colonies. Slaves even got freed, but in the Revolutionary War times, we didn’t have the Internet, mass surveillance tech, or even Amazon for that matter. The chapter in our lives where we muster for militia sakes is over. Yes, we need an army to defend this country, but the only time I will ever shoot someone is if they’re trying to either rape or destroy me. That’s it. And the Second Amendment should protect my rightful right to bear arms for the purpose of home defense. I want to make sure that I can target practice like they do in Japan, own a rifle or gun so I can defend myself and Trenton from the Commanders of Gilead, should they show up at our doorstep demanding a woman’s body for reproductive purposes of their own.

Yeah, you guys might think I’m paranoid, but in truth, the whole country is sick and tired of the pattern of mass shooting we are seeing. Banning everybody from owning guns isn’t the answer. We need to keep everybody safe if a police dude tries to kill a black man just for being himself the same way we need to protect the Mexican nationals that call us neighbors. We need to protect every last marginalized person in the world today, and in this country, that means the intersectional folks: imagine yourself a queer black woman who is blind and deaf. That is just one example of intersectionality that we deal with on a daily basis.

I’d like to say that the second Amendment can’t be thrown out. But we need to have gun sellers like an ex boyfriend of mine’s good friend ask me questions like, “Are you affiliated with MS13? Are you a white Supremacist? What is the purpose of the shooting weapon you are purchasing?” If I buy weapons, it will be for home defense only. This I stated before, but I’ll be glad to reiterate it again. I also want a gun dealer or seller, private or otherwise, to evaluate me with a doc’s approval so I can safely say I’m not suicidal or homicidal. Okay? I also don’t mind that anyone would ban high capacity magazines, certain types of guns, and other ammo so that my family, my dear beloved Trenton, and our future generations after will have a safe and loving environment where they can grow up without having to do active shooter drills, scared to death every day in school even when fireworks are going on the Fourth. Of course, I’m not a fan of fireworks either, and I blur the lines between those and gunshots outside my window. If I was a veteran with PTSD, I would safely request my neighbors and so on not to blast those goddamned loud and gun shot like fireworks outside because it’s not good for me, the dog, or in the example, a family. My cousin is an army veteran, so I know what that does. He spent two tours of duty in the Middle East, saw dead bodies floating around and stuff, and that changed him big time. This guy now lives in Wyoming north of me, and if I could interview him today, he’d have told me things unimaginable to the civilian body that I’d want people to understand. He had battle buddies die of suicide due in part to PTSD, some of whom probably had weapons on them. They should not own weapons if they’re feelig that way.

I would not mind filling out papers to do a background check, but applying for a weapon would be the norm in this country in the future. Please, Americans and others who’ve suffered gun violence, please put your thinking caps on and think about your loved ones. Hold your spouse, kiss your kids’ heads before they go to bed, read your child a bedtime story. You don’t know when either you or your child or loved one will perish in this scary world we live in.

For another thing, I want to say if you want to be a career military person, that’s all well and good, but we should be limiting combat weaponry in veterans’ homes. We need to take better care of them just as we do civilians who fall to mental illness, and yes, we should b asking all people with a psych doc or otherwise, “Do you own a gun?” LEt me be the first to say that no, I do not own a gun, and no, I have no intent to commit mass murder or torture on anyone. People who commit these mass atrocities are oftentimes sick individuals who are nurtured to hate, but the other guys who kill themselves don’t always hate. Veteran suicide is oftentimes the result not of the things I described earlier, but the vet often has a hard time coping with life itself, and is not getting the adequate care they need. In other words, the system is at fault. We can’t blame our Nintendo switches, our PS4’s, and Xbox 1 game consoles for this. We are glorifying violence. Yes, Steam had a controversy with that active shooter game, but it got removed. Thank Heavens it did.

I think video games can be used to teach not just the hard skills, but in Sweden, they teach diplomacy. So I don’t think the shoot ’em ups are the culprit. I think the wrong people are getting guns, and that’s the bulk of the problem. Guns are something we shouldn’t play with, and yes, respect for the weapon is good. But misuse of this sacred weapon is bad. We need to know who is buying the gun, what this personality looks like, the criminal background, and should I add that domestic violence perpetrators shouldn’t get these either?

My condolences go to the victims and families of mass shooting dead and survivors. You know what, though? If anyone wants to talk to me about gun violence, keep it civil. Unlike the guy we currently have messing around, playing golf instead of working, I will be glad to purchase a plane ticket and board a damn Black Hawk helicopter so I can be at the houses of victims’ families and so on, and I will give every person who needs one a hug. And then, yes, we need action. We need time, space, love, and we need action.

Beth

How to Have and Keep Friends

Dear readers,

I’d like to tell you all some universal things that are acceptable, and some that are not acceptable when making and keeping friends. It all boils from my experience, so listen up, ladies and gentlemen, and listen up good.

1. Do learn how to greet people, and learn the art of conversing about common things you are interested in. Friendships blossom over common things. For instance, most of my friends are like me, and we all have stuff in common such as the ability to play and interpret music.

2. Do make contact with your friends. Believe me, if you don’t, you lose out.

3. Do ask your friends out on dates, like friend things such as meeting for coffee or going to a fun spot to play mini golf or something. It gives you guys time to bond, darn it.

4. Do not turn people against each other or cause discord. IF you do, you risk being a bit more egocentric than you really are. Example, theres this guy I won’t mention who’s turning people against me because I won’t play with him the way he wants me to. Well, because of his toxicity and abuse of women, I won’t do anything he wants, so he thinks he can get his way by turning others against me. This includes girls that have had issues with him before, and now he’s trying to force or coerce people. ANd what do you know, forcing and coercing people is a big no no. See next item.

One of the biggest don’ts in having and keeping friends is force, violence, or coercion. This guy I mentioned, let’s say he’s probably coerced people into being friends with him because he’s bored and lonely and wants to play. Well, that doesn’t work anymore with adults, does it? Force, coercion, and misuse of charisma can lead to cult behavior like that found in Jim Jones. He was a troubled kid from the start with his mom being totally unable to mother him right, his dad being disabled, and with no brothers or sisters to keep him in line. His mother didn’t help matters, and he became the cult leader of the People’s Temple, which ended up not only committing mass suicide because of Jones’s coercive behaviors, but the same group disbanded its surviving membership and they have a serious thing to talk about now. The survivors have to live with the memories of seeing their loved ones manipulated by Jones, and our friend is not far off from a Jones, except for he doesn’t have a cult under his thumb. DJ KO whoever this guy is doesn’t have his own religious tendencies, but he does have what you call a bit of coercive behavior.

One, the behavior I notice is pretty akin to cult leaders, and if this guy was sighted and able, he’d probably be a cult leader trying to wage war with women. There are a million different ways to start a cult, and I’m not saying he is indeed a cult leader, but coercing people to be friends with you or worship yor dictates is likened to cult leadership and development. Jones and Hitler weren’t far off as they trudged toward the dark path of destruction of both the Third Reich in Germany and Jonestown in Guyana. In the Guyanese jungle, there were bodies everywhere, and that sight was a complete testament to the charisma, rigid boundaries, and rigid as hell power structure Jones used to control his people. It’s folks like KO (I’ll use this name to ID the guy but this is an ex I will never name again by his actual name.) who make me wonder if Gilead is coming for real.

LEt me make one thing clear. There are drawbacks to religious freedom. Cultic behaviors such as charismatic wisdom filled egocentric leaders, rigid boundaries and a really fat power structure are bad for humanity. I believe that KO could be running a dangerous cult of women who hate and despise me, of men who want to probably kill me, and if I got in a position of power, he’d enlist the help of allies such as a man from California whose name I won’t mention, and perhaps some other bad blind people who want me either out of power or dead, to massacre people who trust and respect as well as protect me. I will not stand as the Gilead flag is raised over my country’s white house, which will if they do this never let them in. I won’t stand as my fellow females are forced to financially rely on husbands, slowly lose their rights, and then become property for use in reproductive purposes for white church leaders. This should never happen. The cult of Gilead could be the work of KO, or it could be the work of our orange haired friend in the White House. If either of them wants a friend, the first thing that has to go is the charismatic leadership, the boundaries they set such as the hostility toward the LGBTQIA communities, and the rigid as hell power structure where they hire conspiracy theorists instead of real honest people to do jobs that are far greater in impact than anything else. Let’s suppose KO was president. He’d be assassinated in a heartbeat because nobody is going to elect another racist after the orange troll leaves. And there might be a rebellion, an uprising, and then we’d all go in a revolutionary mode. The Confederate states might reform again, slavery will be allowed, and selling black people will be legal whether it’s to pay off credit card debt or other crazy ideas. KO would own thousands of slaves, be able to run plantations, and make people serve him at will. Well, we don’t have room for that kind of thing. And here’s why:

Slavery violates the Constitution’s 13th amendment, and nobody will repeal it. The Constitution is a living document, but repealing the 13th amendment will get KO a disaster in his underpants.

IF he tried to deny women rights, he’d have women biding their time and planning a full scale assault on his presidency. After he’s done diatribes against me on TeamTalk, Skype, and numerous platforms, this guy thinks he’s unstoppable. Imagine the horror of having him in governing positions. Vote KO for President. Oh no, that won’t happen. His agenda is far worse than anyone. Vote me so I can destroy Beth Taurasi Matthews and reverse the administration’s compassion for humanity. She’s dirtied up the capitol with her liberal buddies, he’d say. Now is that a way to win warmongers or friends? Look, it all boils down to one thing: you attrat more flies with pure honey, more of that than vinegar. I spit every drop of vinegar out when he tried and tries to throw me around.

IF KO wants to run the world, he just cant. His views aren’t fit for this. And what would he do to friends of mine? He said clearly, “You’ve signed your death warrant for being friends with Beth.” First of all, this death warrant is not true on a logical perspective. What he’s saying is he’d kill people for being friends with me, something akin to the Hunger Games’ President Snow who killed people for being friends with Katniss Everdeen. I’m sorry, KO, but the price of being friends with me is worth it. Not for you, however.

This guy needs to learn the basics of not coercing and threatening people with violence for being friends with someone he despises or hates. Hate me if you wish, but don’t threaten my friends and potentials with death. He seriously threatened people with death, and it makes me sick. Makes me want to throw up on pieces of paper with his ame on it. Just imagine the letters and the ink fading into just dried up barf on the page. That makes me feel a ton better about writing this post because trust me, I don’t want to feel weak, I don’t want to talk about this, but friends of mine should know how to be a friend, how to keep a friend and recognize the coercion and threats when they see it.

Please make sure that if you are reading this, you are reading this privately and without people looking at it over your shoulder. You could be the victim of social engineering if they see you sign in to WordPress, or just surf to this page. Thanks and have a great night.

Respectfully,

Beth

White Supremacy Is a Personal Issue for Me

Dear readers,

Due to the recent clashes between Clayton Jacobs and Twitter, I’d like to highlight why his work is important. It is a personal mission for me as well. Why is this, you ask? Well, you can ask people like Michael Bonnehomme and Orien  Henry who are both black and Caribbean. You can ask Trenton Matthews, who is African American, or you could ask Elijah Cummings. He’s a black Congressman who experienced racism as a child.

Or you could ask the late great Mary McCleod Bethune’s children what their mother went through as a child. Mary Jane was born to parents who were slaves but by the end of the Civil War, she was the first freeborn child among others who were born to Patsy and Samuel McCleod. or you could ask Martin Luther King Jr.’s family how the assassination of their patriarch affected them.

But for me, racism and white supremacists fighting with others who are minorities is a personal and hot issue for me. What will happen when they win the war? I’ll tell you what:

  1. I will be denied the right to marry or associate with people of color. Children born to me and a man of color will be deemed bastards and unable to inherit things, land, and estate money. Southern law will apply, so if it was me who was the person of color, then my kids will not get anything from their white born father. But, yes, that’s what these people want.
  2. We went to a Chili’s on Wadsworth Boulevard, Lakewood to celebrate the 92nd birthday of Trenton’s grandma. Imagine the horror of what we might experience if we walk into that same Chili’s and are told, you guys can’t sit there because you’re black/colored. Imagine me being bullied into silence while my in-laws are pushed out to the back, served scraps, and not given proper customer service.
  3. As a person who has some black in the family, and yes, Cajun, I feel that this is often misunderstood. If the White Supremacists win, they will also allow Proud Boys members to harass and intimidate Trenton and I into silence on the Internet, as the trolls did to Clayton. This is unacceptable behavior and Twitter should have sided with Clayton because he is a protected class. And if the Proud Boys have it their way, I could be used as a birthing tool or incubator for a white man’s child, pure and simple.
  4. Read the Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Then watch either Guess Who or Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. What world do you want to live in? The world of commanders, Rachael and Leah centers, and forced sexual servitude? Or do you want a world in which we can have our opinions, disagree doing it civilly, and let people live their lives? The proud boys and White Supremacists want to impose themselves on minority groups.

As a white woman, I’m still vulnerable because of my disability to having a multitude of crimes committed against me if Gilead became a reality for me. If I couldn’t carry a baby to term, I would be punished under Gilead law. And associating with persons of color would become a fraternization crime under Gilead law. The African American girls would be probably decimated or forced to serve men in slavery, and the men? No better. It is not a really easy or rewarding task to be a house slave. Imagine, just for this moment, that an African American woman was your house slave. What is she feeling at this moment? While she has to look after the planter’s sons, what is she thinking? Even though she doesn’t have to taste the biting whip of the overseer, she could still be yelled at, raped, or worse, killed by her master for not doing what he asks. This would include sexual advances. White women would become slaves, too. There would be no rights for any except for males, and according to Clayton, I have seen him write about the Masons and such. I need to study how Masonic society had something to do with slavery. It had a huge impact on that, and they were the dehumanizers.

Now, here’s the personal thing I want to discuss. I am going to stay with a man of color, and his family has treated me well. He doesn’t have an abuse record or anything, so I’m happy in this relationship. If the Proud Boys get another stint in the White House,  they will try and undo Loving. Watch that movie if you will, and watch what happens when hateful judges try to use hateful rhetoric to say, certain races belong on certain continents. This is highly offensive, but for the sake of posterity, let me say that Orien is a mixed race young man, though the white part of him is smaller and he’s only a quarter of that. But it doesn’t matter how much white or whatever blood he has. This man’s blood like everybody else’s is blue. Yeah, until it hits the oxygen in the air, then it turns red. Why? The red blood cells do that. That’s why we say blood is red, but who cares? And as for Trenton, he doesn’t let this get to him. But if he were to be told to leave me, I don’t know how he’s going to react when the Proud Boys and White Supremacists try to hold it against us for being together. We have an equal partnership, despite my mental health issues, despite disability and torture I’ve endured for being disabled. All disabled families and disabled people in general face abuse, harassment, and intimidation.

 

I have other friends who are black, including Orien. And I want to say very clearly, nobody should tell me otherwise. Orien’s family is Christian, and the teachings of Jesus state we are to love our neighbor. People tend to twist the word of God to benefit supremacy and other forms of discriminatory teachings. Jimmy Carter, may I remind you all, is no longer a Baptist, but still believes in a Bible, but he wants an inclusive world. President Carter and his wife are 73 years married, and he respects women like nobody’s business. And he doesn’t care what color someone is, and like Mary Poppins says clearly when singing to Bert in the movie, “Underneath, your blood is blue.” Everybody’s blood is blue, so where is the racial divide? I don’t give a crap about race, I just know that I’m in a relationship with a guy of my same species, okay? I’m not doing bestiality, for those who don’t think this is serious. I’m totally serious.

Here’s what we need to do to make the world a more inclusive and race blind place. This applies to places where the Proud Boys are, where “Heil Hitler” is still uttered, where the Africans are still marginalized.

  1. I think a good exercise should be taught in schools across the country. A modified version of the Blue Eyed Exercise should be taught to children. Yes, I said this right.
  2. Blindfolding kids in school and having them interact with each other blindfolded would work wonders. Imagine the thought of a black man, Martin, interacting with a Mexican girl, Juana, and not knowing she’s Mexican, not caring. Another element to this is stated below. But imagine seeing the mix of the two races together. If the young Martin and Juana were paired up to do projects in school blindfolded so they couldn’t tell the color of skin, they might be able to talk about more serious subjects like what’s happening or the weather.
  3. Ethnic learning should be encouraged in all schools. Let’s take a young Kenyan girl who moves here to the U.S. and can only speak Swahili and some British English. Or perhaps a Masai girl. This girl is going to want to hear songs and dances from her homeland, and she should be able to be proud of her culture, and talk all day about how she feels connected with her homeland, but she can talk about why she came here. I’ll use Orien’s example here as well. He came here from Antigua off the coast of Hispaniola, but thankfully Antigua has English as a primary language to speak with. However, he has different musical tastes, and music of that culture is very specific and distinct. So why not have ethnic days at school? Let a young girl from Israel bring in some real Israeli food. We did this in Parochial school. This was assigned by the great Mrs. Miller, and she said to us, bring food from a different country. Okay, so what? Why not study a country that is not yours? I did this, a report on South Africa I did with a partner. Yes, this is possible. Also, study the indigenous populations. Learn the language of the Navajo, Chippewa, and other tribal things. Just open up your mind, let the familiarity breed respect and love.
  4. Bring back the statue of liberty. We need to seriously reeducate any white boys and proud boys out there. Remember, the statue has a poem on its base. I’ve practically memorized it, and it’s by Emma Lazarus. It says, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” That is the most famous set of lines from that poem. We need to educate immigrants, yes, but let’s talk about America as a fabric of immigration. Okay, let me tell you now about my personal family lineage.

My lineage, if anyone should know, is Irish, English, German, Cajun, some African, a splash of Native American, maybe some others. Yes, I am a proud and comfortable mixed personality. My blood like everybody else’s is blue. My hair is brown, but tightly curled. Someone asked me if I was mixed, and I bet I could tell you the answer is yes. Let me explain a few tidbits of my family. The Heberts, a Cajun family, came here from Canada, and like about 99% of the Cajun population, settled in Louisiana. That’s where the Creole and French thing comes in. Hebert is a French last name, and I’m mighty proud to say we’re a strong family. My grandmother’s family, however, is English and Irish, but they have a story to tell. It’s a few or maybe even six generations ago that the Wades and Lights came here from England and Ireland. Clara Light, an English born lady, married a James Wade, an Irish post guy. The story goes that he was buddies with the sheriff, who said when the Klan came to call at James’s door, “Stop messing with that guy and let him work.” The Klan were known not only to harass blacks and such, but they went after the Irish. My adopted father has family that emigrated here some generations back as well. The Taurasi family was originally builders and peasant farmers, but look how far my father, as much as I resent him, came. He was the first in his family to do scientific work in college, major in a technically advanced field, and do something impacting the world of aerospace engineering. My mother got a degree in mechanical engineering, and despite being pregnant and having me, she still found protection and security in my dad, and they married soon after meeting while working at NASA and such, Lockheed Martin if you want to be technical about it. Dad worked on for contractors and so on fixing shuttle parts, then got managerial jobs until the program ended and later, he got other jobs in different capacities. Both of my father’s two sons got engineering jobs doing technical things, which is all well and good, but since they are both white and not disabled, they will never understand the personal mission I’m on. Here’s my story:

I was born in Florida in 1986, and though born blind, I still write this blog today because doctors might have said one thing, but I did something different. I grew up Catholic, but who needs a God of exclusivity and patriarchy when you have deity worship that doesn’t need that? I tried college, but collecting benefits is the only way for a survivor of fifteen years of guardianship hell. My parents, using white privilege and not understanding the fruits of their immigrant ancestors, decided to label me incompetent and a foundling among other things. It has been fifteen years of not being able to do things the normal way, being told to stay away from my friend Michael because of his “sexual experience” but I wonder if it was because he was Haitian, and many other issues that could have landed me in the morgue. I am not done yet.

I’m 32 years old, and I want to say I’m expecting a child one day. But for now, because of racial profiling in vendors, because mortgages are for working people only, we’re stuck in an unhealthy rental situation and the apartment has asbestos in it. Yeah, it’s getting better, but the number one concern is the old lead paint on the walls. I will never let that down. And yes, I’m not done yet.

Because Trenton is who he is, he could get higher mortgage rates from lenders, so I have to be the one to call these folks up. I will not give them info about our ethnicities. Only family circumstances. I want no white Supremacy in house searching.

In any case, I don’t like Supremacists because of how my friends would feel if I did. I share a bed, food, and lodging with a black man, and to me, any good man is a blessing, but Trenton is the best blessing I’ll have for life. I don’t want to see him get EMS services called on him for doing ordinary activities. I don’t want to see him get mugged by a guy shouting, “Heil Hitler” at the top of his lungs. I don’t want to see my son of the future join a gang to survive. Gangs are not for children, not for anyone rather. I wish I could interview my friend Henry Vasquez who is Mexican, lives in California, and got a license to become a gang dropout counselor. He knows the gangs and streets of L.A. better than I do. But Los Angeles is just one place and one city, so imagine the gang activity in Denver and Atlanta. Think about it. I don’t want my daughter of the future to be raped by a boy who says he wants to marry her, whether black or white. I will never marry my daughters off unless they say yes and they pick the man. I don’t want my teenage daughter of the future to have zero exposure to things like sex and birth control protection and such. IF a girl bleeds, she needs free tampons and pads in school. IF my daughters of the future get pregnant, I will never fault them. I will track down the baby’s daddy and make him responsible and pay child support for my daughter’s baby if he’s able. Otherwise, the family he has will have to pay some Hell because teenagers shouldn’t be moms so early. Don’t let me watch Teen Mom, I’ve seen the teenage pregnancy thing right in front of my face. African American girls who get pregnant while young don’t get the same attention as whites. This is sad. I want my future little children to go to parks that are open to them all day, as Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in his Letter to the Birmingham Jail that he had to explain to his little daughter that “Funtown was closed to colored children.” He couldn’t understand this. Dr. King’s children had to grow up with racism, hate, and bigotry. Can you imagine if Disney World was closed to autistics and blacks? IF I ever have to tell my little children in the future that “Universal studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter is closed to all colored or mixed kids”, I’m going to have those people sued. Racism has no place in this country, and I want to open my children’s eyes one day to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Of course, I will never have to actually say that Elitch Gardens is closed to children of this race, but you would have dealt with that in the 1960s. This is 2019. If anyone tries to impede on my or my family’s experience at a theme park, a store, a restaurant, or worse, government buildings and schools, public restrooms, anything, there will absolutely be some educating and hell to pay. My friends and loved ones have every right to experience the world as others do, whether they’re black or blind or both.

This is why the whole clash of Supremacists versus the other side is so personal to me. Learn from the family stories I’ve put here. For posterity, I will be telling the stories of other people. But I want to tell my story to the world, and if anyone thinks this is crazy, it is crazy that I have to teach ordinary adults American history as I was taught the same one.

Here’s another thing. If you want to fight and kill or die for your cause, read authors like Liam o’Flaherty, because they and he write stories about the wars in Ireland. Read the Red Badge of Courage, and see the price war does on the country. Study the Civil War as it was meant to be studied. Read Harriet Jacobs’s book Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and realize the bondage these women faced. The ancestors be praised, that book is amazing. Anyway, off to bed with me, and please, no more trolls and silence for people who are critics of racism. Nobody has the right, also, to threaten to shoot someone in the head as one officer tried to threaten a freshman squad lady member. Whoever did this put my friend Clayton in absolute terror for not only her life, but he said he was willing to give up his own. That says a lot about where he and I stand. IF I was able, I’d so give my life for Trenton as well, I’d give my life for the beautiful families and the history behind each one that come to America seeking a better life. I don’t want to hear another word about “open borders” and such. Would you rather suffocate Latino Americans in their home countries with gang violence? Give these people a place to call home, jobs and a place for the child to go to school. Let them bring their food and culture with them, the good parts that is, and let them teach us their languages and let us borrow more words. That’s how we got waffle, for example, from the Dutch who emigrated here from Holland. So there you go.

Thank you for reading.

Beth

Is it worth Making Peace with Someone Who’s Known to be Abusive?

Dear readers,

I’m lost. I’m having to process a big thing that happened yesterday. I was told to let a friend know if I even want to make peace with a man I’m sure you all know has been abusive to girls with disabilities. Girls with disabilities are a protected class of individuals, myself included in this group. Girls with disabilities have a wide range of needs, wants, and safety concerns. Here are just a few:

  1. Blind and deaf girls who get raped often don’t get justice because they’re blind and deaf. Deafblind girls should be at least given the rape kit and DNA tested so the bad guy can be caught. And because she may never be able to identify the guy, he could walk free and do it again. This is a major safety concern in India and other places, but the United States is not far behind.
  2. Girls with developmental disabilities are manipulated by others to believe that their rapists were nice people, that the girls wanted the nonconsensual sexual advances, etc etc. That is always a safety concern at work. Example, the Katie Talbert story in Law and Order Special Victims Unit. Olivia Benson and Eliot Stabler confront a man who’s supposedly responsible for giving Katie “exercise time.” Well, that is actually sex, and because of Katie’s sheltered life, she finds herself unable to process sexual information to the tune of a pregnancy and a baby boy. Well, that just highlights why parents should be teaching their developmentally disabled female offspring about sex, showing them pictures of the body and such. I’ve written extensively about this, and how it should be no exception that these girls should be learning sexual advance etiquette as I’d like to call it. Consent should be a thing developmentally disabled females should be taught along with their male counterparts.
  3. All girls with disabilities who can’t move could be subject to serious violence by their families and others outside the family. If a girl is in a wheelchair and worse off, in state care, she is subject to unwanted sexual advances and custodians abusing her and not giving her the services she needs. There are plenty of characters in the book Good Kings, Bad Kings by Susan Nusbaum that perfectly capture what happens with girls who have disabilities in state care. For example, Mia, the “hot Mexican mama” that Teddy talks about in some of his narratives in the book, is only sixteen and is not given a motorized wheelchair. Mia has suffered abuse at the hands of her family, only to be almost raped by a custodian in the building. I am one who would empathize with Mia because Mia’s story is every paralyzed girl’s story. Some girls with disabilities may need attendant care, and that puts them at severe risk of being raped and so on. If the girl is not taught the proper way to handle fired caregivers, she could die or worse, be pregnant by someone associated with care. Most disabled females are taught to be pliant and obedient to caregivers, which can be a bad thing. As a lady with a disability once said at an Atlantis support group, it gets a bit awkward when care is administered in the most intimate places. Caregivers who have to steady a girl in her bath, help her with bathroom related tasks, or other things might find it easy to get her knocked up if it’s a male doing the job. Example, a case in SVU called Disabled, involving a lady named Kira who has a severe form of MS, involves a man who claims she wanted the sex and he was a bus driver no less. Kira was an opera singer, but she ended up being beaten by her sister and in a nursing home, which could have meant more abuse. The sister was envious of Kira because of her once loyal fans and singing talent but in her rough words she said, “I want her to have a taste of the regular world.” Sadly, the regular world doesn’t want people with disabilities, females especially. However, when Kira finds out that other people on the handicapped bus have been touched inappropriately by the man, Anthony Griggs, she knows to speak up for them. Though she can’t speak with her voice, is unable to move, etc., Kira understands people’s speech and mannerisms, and all that to prosecute a man who rapes a disabled woman. And he said in one instance that he didn’t feel like she was just a woman in a wheelchair. But there’s no license for any person in a disabled girl’s life to rape or abuse her, whether she can move and identify the attacker or not. There are many Anthony Griggses out there who would be more than willing to rape a few girls who can’t speak for themselves, but when Kira does her job of identifying the victim, with much effort, I believe the man will go to jail. There are a lot of angry Kiras out there who will do anything to see the men being prosecuted.

These are safety concerns that disabled females face, now I want to tell you about my own concerns.

 

  1. The man I am being asked to make peace with has a transphobic and homophobic as well as racist viewpoint of the world. He cannot really date black women, but chose to cheat on several girlfriends with a woman who had HIV. Yeah, I don’t think it’s a good idea for him to do something like this. The girl who suggested I make peace with him doesn’t want me to “blast” him, but this could be outward signs of manipulative behavior.
  2. This man has also made fun of the way people who live on their own with disabilities do things. He should also never talk badly about Latino Americans, especially by calling them “beaners.” Which is worse? Being called the name I just wrote or being attacked? I say neither is worse than the other.
  3. Whether anyone believes the thing about Sabrina or not, the man I speak of should not engage with me. I could say that making peace is one thing, but I can’t talk to him or hear his voice ever again. And I wish to keep it that way. I feel unsafe talking to this guy whether with someone or alone. It doesn’t matter, he doesn’t interact with his friends in a good way. He sits there watching TV and playing music, which those things alone aren’t necessarily bad, but he opens his mouth regarding race issues and doesn’t get it.
  4. He lied about my ex, and tried to turn others against me. And here he goes asking me to make peace with him. Well, if he wants it, it will happen without me talking to him or being caught up in a situation I don’t feel safe in at all.

Here are the conditions on which peace is ever made with an abuser:

  1. He doesn’t repeat behaviors he did while abusing girls and women.
  2. No more manipulation and brainwashing people and turning them against each other.
  3. Racist and homophobic/transphobic behaviors must end. Now. It is unsafe for him to talk while he still makes fun of my transgender and gay friends.
  4. No more inaccurate facts about Africans. They don’t all have HIV. IF they do, it’s their business, and I haven’t dated someone who is HIV positive. Trenton is not HIV positive, so get that out of your head, people.
  5. That thing where women are under men? Well, let’s make this guy serve women. He should spend the rest of his life serving women, giving women what they want instead of the other way around. Being racist against Asians wouldn’t matter. One more.
  6. No more psychotics and behaviors against me. If this guy is in league with people on the Internet against me, he should simply stop doing it. I won’t fall for that clever trap he’s placed. I will not fall for it.

The kind of behavior I’ve seen in guys who truly abuse women is disgusting at best. Child abusers are the same way, promising not to abuse their child, and then they turn around and do it. My own parents had done some subtle manipulation and such. So I know what that looks like. Please understand that trolls are not allowed here and if anyone wants to swat me, you’re asking for prosecution by a state district attorney and so on. I don’t put up with swats at all.

Thank you for reading, and have a great day.

Beth

An Appeal to Good Stewards of the Internet

Dear readers,

The following is a very important thing that we must do to keep the Internet safe for everyone. First and foremost, child predators should not really be allowed to view children under age eighteen (18) on any social media platform, but the trickiest thing about being good stewards of the Internet is blocking out potentially violent and marginalizing behavior.

Let’s take a few examples.

1. President Orange, as I’d like to call him, wrote a disgussting manifesto in 280 chars or less, basically saying that my ladies in Congress should go back to war torn Somalia, should go back to lawless Palestine, should go back to gang ridden Central America, should go back to desolately poor and corrupt countries in Africa. I’m not kidding. He didn’t use the words, but he did get points from twitter and the GOP for putting that disgusting display of his narcissistic behavior up on Twitter. But the way the algorithms and moderation tools are set up, a second man is disadvantaged due to his disability and his class in life.

Meet Clayton Jacobs, also known as Esoteric Quality, a dear friend whose Twitter as of this moment is permanently suspended on appeal. This is disgusting on so many levels, and not even his own white friends are willing to stand up and do something so that Twitter learns a serious lesson from disadvantaging a man who is not even halfway famous like Joey Groseffa, and so many such numnuts like Justin Bieber, who doesn’t seem to care much about anything but money. Clayton’s life is full of things that would make a rapper cry, things like abuse and divorced parentage, the parents later rushing to relationships, one of which cauht Clayton in the middle. He wrote extensively about this sort of thing, so I’m not expecting him to tel others, but he will one day. He was at this moment not allowed to write on Twitter, and they tried to suspend him a lot for calling out an inhumane Trump administration. Twitter’s job is not to bend over backwards for the Trump or the Orange administration as I’d like to henceforth call it. The Orange administration has repeatedly tried to turn this country into Gilead, the fictional republic as written in the Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

2. I think people on social media are the ones who should be affecting change in our nation, but by silencing Mr. Jacobs, this Twitter platform as well as the Orange administration is doing nothin to solve the world’s, and more narrowly our nation’s, problems. Here are the things we should be working on.

First and foremost, Prez Orange is making it impossible for migrant families from places like El Salvador, Guatemala, and other Central and South American countries to flee to America for better lives. Well? Mr. President, you’ve lost me there. Why are you pushing people away with this savage interpretation of El Salvadorian people as members of MS13? I have a Latino friend named Henry who talks to people who want to quit the MS13 gang. And other gangs that roam around L.A. should take note. MS13 is not waht defines the people of El Salvador. Henry’s family are third generation Mexican immigrants. I was lucky to find him, but third generation immigrants such as Henry will have it hard. He would find it harder to do things in Mexico. What I’d propose is something like making Mr. President sit in his own filth at a “concentration camp” as defined by the great Alexandria Cortes. Alexandria Ocasio Cortes has it down pat. Those poor babies and toddlers! Those teenagers hving to look after the poor babies and toddlers, and Mr. President doesn’t know what it’s like to sit in his own filth for days at a time, nobody coming to anticipate your needs. He has his stupid and downright empty headed wife hugging him, and that should never happen if I want the desired effect. President Orange needs to keep his mouth shut about the conditions at the camps, and call it for what it is. It’s kids sitting in cages, something he’ll never have to face or so he hopes not. His administration is also enjoying Clayton’s suspension thinking he’ll never be able to tweet again, never be able to call out his trusted little lady friend, Conway. Well, George, back me up here. Is Clayton right to call out your wife for absolving Orange of his racist behavior? It’s the words he says that might land Omar, Talib, Presley, and Cortes dead on the floor or worse, raped by fanatics. Those women should just tell it like it is.

What is America to me? Well, as an American, I was brought up to understand that freedom meant I could have opinions. Orange is cozying up to dictators like Kim Jong-Un, who is not excellent, and if it were up to me, he’d not be there in the first place, and I’d rescue many disabled folks in goulags and other horrific conditions. I’d take the people, the little people out of their inferior little people village. I know what the little people want, because it’s waht I want. Acceptance. I know Rebecca Cockley, a little lady as I might call her, and she would be the first person I’d use to counsel the little people of North Korea into believing they can be accepted and not laughed at. Blind people in that country will, under my administration, learn Braille. And ENglish will become their proper language. Kim will be so furious but that’s waht he gets for being a bad boy, right? Orange would just treat him with kid gloves. Well, if it was up to me, and or Clayton, no more Mr. Nice Guy, or as Matilda would say, “No more Miss Nice Girl. No more pretty little prissy Princess for that guy over there. And MBS would be tried in the international criminal court for the crime of killing critics. He’d have to spend his last days with no title, just his name. No princely gold will ever buy him out of jail. I’d gather the evidence that Jamal was killed by order of MBS. And Saudi Arabia would be ordered to give up its royal family as a result. I’d allow the women to lead, choose what the holy land would be, etc. No more of the constricting clothing for women, no more being shut up in your house by law. Hey, Ilhan Omar would b great at that. The whole feminist advocating for women would be hers to do, and since she’d be a great asset to Congress, if she wants, I’d add her to the ambassadorship to Somalia, open up some diplomatic doors and such.

Good stewards of the Internet imagine what it is like to have a world free of white supremacy. Here’s one other tip: blindfold everybody in the world. Or give them special glasses that blot out color of skin and hair, and make them to read books about people without mention of ethnic backgrounds and such. Perhaps for the avowed nationalists, a Giver style world might be appropriate. Clayton’s blindness is his asset, and for others, it might seem tragic. But for Clayton and me and countless others, we see blindness as a characteristic and asset.

I’d appeal to all of you readers. Please overrun the social media sphere with Clayton’s story and tell the world what disadvantaged disability activists like him have to deal with.

Look for Struggles of a Blind Man available everywhere, even Apple Music.

Beth

Is Twitter Siding with White Supremacists?

This entry is for Twitter users. Have you noticed a pattern? Twitter is doing some dirty deeds upon people of color, people who are activists in the disabled community, and siding with white supremacists and nationals when it comes to big name news topics. Esoteric Quality is an ideal example of what Twitter is doing wrong. A twelve hour suspension resulted from him calling out a white supremacist, or rather, someone who asked a reporter what their ethnicity was. This is by far the rudest thing Kelly Anne Conway has done so far, and her husband isn’t doing anything to stop it. And yes, EQ is on the bend, trying to reason with people because what she said was rude, and he gets censored, suspended, unfairly treated by a platform that is popular, has his fan base, and so on. This is unacceptable, and cannot be done any further.

There are a few things I want Twitter to do, and I even asked EQ to email their support team to stop their needless suspensions and silencing him because of his criticism of an administration that lauds its cruelty over others.

  1. This is the top thing: don’t allow people who are white nationals to speak and impose their will and viewpoints on others.
  2. 2. Suspend others who are supporting white nationals, because we know what these people are capable of. White national opinions are shameful and lead to everything from lynchings in the 1930s to burning crosses in the front yards of black people to the gunning down of EQ’s sister. This is all thanks to ableist and white nationalist behavior.
  3. Delete President Trump’s twitter account when he leaves office. If it has to be done, it should be done. He supports conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones, who was permanently suspended from the system as well as his Infowars podcast being removed from all channels, including Apple, Spotify, and others and he denied the Sandy Hook massacre, saying it wasn’t real. Why should governments allow officials in a free democracy to support such heinous conspiracy theorists? Alex Jones is dead to all places on the Internet because of his actions, not the actions of the administration. But by deleting Trump’s twitter account, it saves a lot of people grief.
  4. Make sure that any Twitter user of color such as the squad in Congress and others who are associated with them receive ample protection. Let’s use a poor unfortunate soul as an example. @blindbirder called a congresswoman a jihadist, which nearly got himself a good mark on his own physical body by EQ. Ilhan Omar is not a Jihadist, and if I were to sit down and talk with her, I’d have to tell her that I left Islam because of men treating women like they were car models, not necessarily the Jihad thing. But Jihad should be thrown off the doctrine table and it is written in the book, the one called Heretic, that Jihad is a charter for terror. Ayanna Presley is African American, lives in Boston but is in D.C. of course. Ms. Presley is prone to attacks because she is a woman of color, and Trump doesn’t help the situation. Let’s go to Rashida Talib. She is amazingly optimistic. But she knows what’s up. She and Omar are having to deal with threats, threats to harm them from men. This must stop, and Twitter must not allow people such as these guys to threaten the most vulnerable among us.
  5. Anyone who threatens another person, especially if that person is a protected class, should be barred from tweeting. Trump threatens the jobs of the squad ladies, so in essence, he should really be having about 80% of his tweets hidden behind a warning curtain. Hey, Twitter should take a page from Mastodon, a decentralized social network, and hide things behind a warning button. Not only for Trump and world leaders, but for everybody. For example, if EQ wants to write something a bit sexy or a bit colored in some way, he could press a button on the twitter tweet thing that would allow him to hide that weird tweet behind a curtain that would say the following, “This tweet contains sensitive information.” Problem solved. But threatening messages and tweets should never be tolerated.

Twitter, if you’re reading this, there are many white nationals on this platform who could hurt or destroy people’s lives. This is getting quite out of hand. Suspending people for calling out white nationals is and should be a crime of free speech. Hate speech should cover the following statements:

  1. Threats to harm or harass individuals;.
  2. Descriptions of a subject’s body, especially if that writer is describing someone’s graphic demise like if they want to mutilate someone.
  3. Pictures of that person looking pasty or dead, and any captions that state that “this will happen to you.”
  4. Blatant attacks on races like my fiancé Trenton’s. African Americans will not simply rob delis to become successful, right, Soto? And may I add, my fiancé doesn’t affiliate with any African American gang on the streets, does not sell drugs, and doesn’t intend to do either. So leave all that out.
  5. Blatant attacks on women and disabled people. This is not protected free speech because when you read this sentence, you will scream. Well, to illustrate my point, let me show you a sentence, and this is only an example. The sentence “Women don’t belong on the Internet.” This is an opinion statement, but this, as follows, is not. “If you, lady don’t get off the Internet, stop speaking your mind, and just don’t drop down pregnant, we will come after you.” Remember, that sentence is not protected under free speech because it threatens women. I would never threaten my own female sisters out there, but the following sentence structure I found here on WordPress perfectly captures what I mean: the structure contained an attack on my mental health problems, and contained the phrase: “bitch, get shocked and shut up.” I was called a cunt and a bitch in several structures like these, and they are NOT protected under free speech. I’m only writing these in quotes so you see what kind of things AOC, Omar, Rashid, and Presley have to deal with on a daily basis. And I could have been swatted by the same troll.

What to do if a troll swats you:

  1. Follow police orders. If you have a gun in your hand, put it down. If you can’t hear the police, be sure to sign, “I can’t hear you” clearly in ASL. If either of these tactics don’t work, freeze and don’t move but make sure your hands have no weapons.
  2. Tell the officers everything you know. If you’re comfortable speaking with police and deputies, please make sure you tell them that there is no crime and that you are a victim of swatting. Show them all trolling comments on blogs, twitter, and so on.
  3. Make sure you have the IP address and email of the blog comments as I did, and if the police show up at your door because of a swatting call, be sure to inform them that you’ve been threatened. If you live in an apartment rental, make sure the officers have your door code. I had to do this.

How to protect yourself against threats:

  1. If you live in an apartment, make sure you have a safe entry point. A three digit door code is sufficient, but some buildings have a multi button code like one of my friends has. What you do to get into her gated community is simple but can look daunting at times. You have to press multiple buttons to get into the apartment, and the buttons spell out the resident’s apartment number, which is consistent of a letter and numbers. Then, the resident is expected to use an intercom device at the door to let you in. In my building, a three digit code is typed into a front door key pad, or the gate code is used for driving residents. We have security at the front and back of our building. We have also got good guys who can look after one another. I will admit the first line of defense will be the code at your door.
  2. If you live in a house, modular structure, or condominium, make sure you have a security guard looking out for you twenty four hours a day. The more security, the better. Make sure that if you live in a private property, use smart locks and Ring doorbell from Amazon for instance to secure your home. Cameras are a best friend here, and make sure you have them inside and out.
  3. Here’s another tip: if you wanted to, you could get a big intimidating looking dog to secure the property, but if you can’t afford the food and care of the dog, you could still put “beware of dogs” signs and make your security alarm signal sound like a big attack dog. If that doesn’t work, place a dog dish in your backyard, and come up with an intimidating dog name like Killer or Brutus for example to ward off attackers. Nobody will notice but putting a dog dish on your protective areas in your home might intimidate folks who want to commit a serious hate crime against you.
  4. If you are attacked, make sure you have a great relationship with your local PD. If not, save all footage, and call the FBI if this is a multi state issue. IF someone in Georgia attacks a woman in Hawaii, for example, the FBI office in both areas should be notified. Make sure you have the alerts saved in your smartphone’s notification bar, and don’t erase them until the screenshots can be taken and the attorney for that area charges the attackers with crime.
  5. IF you dare to own attack dogs on your property, well, I wouldn’t recommend it. Dogs should always be well socialized and their handlers should communicate with all people around them, especially when a canine officer is in contact with a guide dog handler. My friend Sassy wrote about the importance of this on Facebook, so I won’t go into detail. But if you own dogs, be sure they have current rabies vaccines, are fed well, socialized, and are trained to perform whatever task you need them to. Do not allow the attack dogs to go after canine officers, as they do a very complicated job in and of themselves. If you have been threatened and you are indeed a canine officer, you have every right to protect yourself and your dog.
  6. If you can’t afford security detail twenty-four hours a day like some celebs, make sure you have all the threats saved in your hard drive, phone notes, or take screenshots of said threats. If an officer who saw the swatting absolutely can admit it was swatting, make sure the officer has a record of the phone call.

If 911 is misused for racial purposes:

  1. Never call 911 unless you’re bleeding or dying or your loved one is bleeding or dying. Never ever use 911 to report someone because they are of a different race than your own.
  2. When you use the 911 service, you are specifying a fire, harassment/threats, or emergency situation. Use the EMS or 911 system to report amber alerts or a child missing is found,. But solely using 911 as a means to deter black people from doing activities is illegal and could constitute fines and prison time.
  3. IF you have a current restraining order against someone, a spouse who was abusive for example, use 911 to call out the presence of your abuser. If a child predator abducts a child, then you can also use 911.
  4. If the house is burning down, obviously, call 911 and get the fire department in immediately.

I hope these tips help the Squad ladies: particularly Ilhan Omar, Rashida Talib, and Ayanna Presley as well as AOC. If you guys are willing to read this, feel free to make sure you have all the security details checked off your list. While AOC might not have the money to afford bodyguards, it might be essential to her well being.

As for Twitter, threatening comments and insults are technically not protected under free speech as illustrated above. Please, if you want to send a tweet, here’s what’s protected under free speech.

  1. Opinion statements: I think squash is gross. That is an example.
  2. Fact statements: Whales are enormous creatures who live on the beach. That is an example of fact.
  3. Expressive statements like, “I wish Star Trek came with more episodes. CAAAAAN!”
  4. Religious positive statements like, “Jesus loves you” or “I am a proud Jew/Muslim” are protected by free speech.

Thank you all for reading, and for more tips on trolls, check out the previous entry.

Beth

Female Gamers Beware: How to Hunt Down and Stop Trolls Before They Troll

Dear ladies,

I was watching an SVU fierce women episode, something about a female gamer named Reina. No, not a famous Reina anyone knows on any social media platform, but the name was supposed to be of a female gamer CEO who launches a video game called Amazonian Warrior. In the episode, people threaten and harass this character, and she receives sexually violent threats and threats of harm and such. Ladies, if you’re going through things like this, always remember a few different rules:

  1. Trolls are bad.
  2. Trolls like to be right all the time, but they’re really not.
  3. Trolling gives the troll a sense of so called power and control, something I’ve written about extensively.

Now, ladies, listen up. If you want men to silence you, skip this. But if you want a man to listen, read on.

I recommend that first and foremost, watch for trolls and hateful comments on all platforms, especially Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter. If you’re excited about that latest Xbox game but guys are calling you fake, if you’re dying to see the cover art and make fancy portraits of it, or if you’re that awed by the latest Battle Toads or that new game starring … what’s his name? Reeves? Whatever, that game called Cyberpunk. If you’re that excited, be that way, and don’t be afraid to show it. But first, if you want to be smart, follow these steps.

  1. Do not allow hateful people to comment on your post without tearing it up. I tore at trolls in the past, and I think for the most part it worked. Trolls should be lurking in caves in Norway, in folklore stories, not lurking around the Internet harassing women. So put the troll in his place by calling anything out you want to call out: bad English, bad use of a picture, anything you don’t like and especially if the trolling is xenophobic, anti LGBTQI+, or sexist.
  2. Make sure to report the comment to the appropriate platform. Facebook might not listen as much unless you repeatedly report a commenter for being hateful and posting hate speech. Please read Facebook’s hate speech guidelines. They are pretty narrow and pretty good with what hate speech is and what it does. If I wrote something like what was written on Reina’s page in the SVU episode, I would surely be kicked off Facebook in a heartbeat. So, I won’t bother demonstrating anything. What I will do is demonstrate what good online citizenship looks like for women and men alike.
  3. If you receive any threats of violence against you, whether you’re a female CEO or COO or whatever, or if you created a video game yourself, make sure you report the threats to the law enforcement department in your area. The United States departments of law enforcement are amazingly well trained, for the most part, in dealing with these types of threats. If you’re not comfortable with your local PD, please go to your local FBI office or another PD but be careful to warn the PD from the commenter’s home state about this. I was threatened by Jason Owens, and the cops went to my home, and the weird thing was that he did get away somehow. Cops could not find Jason, but I showed Denver PD a threatening letter I got from Jason, whose contents I forgot what they were, but they seemed threatening. I followed the instructions of the cop and wrote to Jason at his email address he wrote me on, telling him NEVER to contact me again. That solved the problem, at least temporarily. I wanted him to understand that he had crossed essential boundaries with me, and tried to put a stop between me and his then girlfriend, the late Jennifer Weaver. This story is not meant to frighten anyone, but demonstrates the importance of having the boys in blue on your side of the fence. Now, if anyone like Mesa PD, who shot and killed a friend’s sister, was present, I’d be a bit jittery. So FBI offices and cyber crime divisions are likely candidates for cases like mine or your case involving video game harassment.

I would show you guys the threatening emails I got but they’re gone. But what I’m saying here is that any threat of violence should be taken to the law enforcement folks;. Only the ones you are comfortable with. There are many ways you can help others deal with this problem. The big thing is if you see something, say something. If you see a hateful comment on someone’s social media platform, be like my friend Ayla and say something. She said something along the lines of a certain comment was transphobic, and I backed her up. Anyway, thank you all for reading, and for more on hate speech and terms of service, simply go to the bottom of Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media site.

Sincerely,

Beth