Our blood looks the same when it meets the eye, and it pumps from similar hearts. I don’t care what your skin color is – don’t be an a**hole!

Unfortunately, there will always be two faces; two sides of stories and at least two interpretations.

I’m Albanian-American, and I come from a generation that might identify other white Americans in their life as white friends, but if they’re also Albanian, they’re definitely cousins. That’s just how it works, I don’t know. We seem to think we are of some special race, and everyone else is just different and doesn’t get it. I’m speaking against double standards and only for the record; our eagle is black, our lands were taken over or war-torn – we’re here now too and we’re moving forward.

Trying to, at least.

We still won’t admit to being white racist either. Because if you’re like me, you don’t see it that way. We are all different, but we’re also trying to make ends meet for ourselves, and that’s the same plan. The time moves fast, I really can’t always be empathetic towards how you may have been treated in the past. I can only control my thoughts, words, or actions, and respectfully react to your’s.

The message is simple;

“Don’t bring hate with you.”

I grew up listening to how rough it was in the mountains, then the Bronx. Sometimes you have to be a little rough around the edges, and Queens is where I found the melted truth. True Americans don’t pay attention a color, they are minding their business, trying to stay cool.

It’s a grind out here for most of us, but this nation is incredible, and to most in the world, it’s just an imagination of a dream. Do you see the border numbers for the last some-odd years? What are people escaping to come here?

They all crave the land of the free.

Free handouts too, maybe. Just don’t break the law and try to get a job. I hear a lot of complaining about white privilege and racism in the news. Those cards are loosely overplayed and it does real racism injustice. We can’t paint individuals with a broad brush of their groups because it’s not an American thing to do. “We, the people” live in a country built on freedom, an endless push towards equality, and should forever remain united as one. How many people have lost their lives for lady liberty to stand stronger in America?

It’s not just a black and blue lives matter. Are we still counting each other’s bruises?

Police brutality doesn’t seem to be an issue in the big apple either, where training is top-notch and the force is as diverse as any department. However, we have noticed some concerning trends around the country. People need to understand that adrenaline rushes, non-compliant subjects, and firearms are a recipe for fatal, but isolated incidents. We need to respect our law enforcement and emergency personnel because they are who we call upon in our dire circumstances. It is up to benevolent leaders to weed out any bad actors in public or power, and we have to acknowledge that protecting and serving the people in charged up times like this is no easy task. One can imagine that walking the thin blue line has never been more difficult.

Take the racial lens out unless you actually witness discriminatory abuse of power. I urge you to actually search through independent sources of information, especially when it comes to our current state of the union, and not just see and accept polarizing headlines fueling political divide, literally breaking the news.

The president isn’t racist, perhaps egotistical, and definitely detestable at times, but there is something to respect about promises made and kept from elected leaders. The numbers and results speak for themselves while Trump speaks his version of the truth. Something people seem to struggle with, it seems. Maybe it’s because the things found in the news are geared to anger and upset us. In times like this, you won’t find that minority and female unemployment rates are at all-time lows, along with the amount of Americans on food-stamps. The Trump administration recently signed a criminal justice reform bill, allowing the release of thousands of non-violent offenders from federal prisons across the country, along with creating job-training programs and implementing processes to monitor and release prisoners for good behavior. The administration also launched a global effort to decriminalize homosexuality, which is shockingly still a crime in many countries. Tolerance required, no need for celebrations, it’s excellent that we are allowed to speak freely out here. Don’t mind the sensationalist media that has boiled hate over any of this good news. The status quo needed disruption, and Trump seems to have genuine, patriotic goals; watch his Oprah tapes from the younger years to hear his intentions. A hard-headed leader is needed when there’s constantly an “outrage mob” at the doorstep.

Instead of focusing on the negatives, how can we start finding solutions together?

Fix home first.

Stop blinding yourself from the longstanding gross negligence and corruption around DC and financial partners in the media. The president is purposely controversial for headlines, waking Americans up to certain issues to ensure we are involved in the process going forward. The average American stopped caring about politics when clickbait and race bait threw each side further and further off the edge.

Why else are immigrants pushing their way through the borders? Could some of them be incentivized? Urban communities in democrat-run cities realize their vote hasn’t produced results that were promised; they haven’t been empowered and are the real victims of injustice while leaders just miles away live in their gated communities. Where did the millions of dollars in federal grants for our inner cities go? Don’t watch what politicians say on TV, watch what they do and how they vote to prevent reform and aid for the masses’ needs. They’re managing a process in place that can be improved, but while debt piles on Americans and corporations, including the government trillions, there’s a lot of support for unaffordable, green-new-socialist ideas while the old Baltimore’s of the world receive less. We have cities in peril, with too many people living on the streets, including vets, and schools pushing kids all the way through without math or reading proficiency; poverty and crime are written on the wall, and unfortunately, drugs keep bringing pain around the block and up to the sticks too. I’m mad because God allowed so much of these bitter truths.

There are worse stories coming out on the news. I still think about the Juniors, and it doesn’t make any sense. People claim the system is broken, and I occasionally question whether or not it was purposely built such a way.

Some of us are grateful, but wish we can do more. For ourselves, then others, I guess. Is that really so bad?

I want to figure it all out, and that doesn’t involve turning a blind eye to hate or remaining silent. We have a pile of issues and responsibilities to worry about, and people are afraid to share their views and ideas on these matters. Politicians are supposed to be the mouthpiece of the people, and the media is supposed to be a source of accurate information, and we, as citizens have become overly exposed to these outlets that fear-monger, and feed the hatred of identity politics, while censoring honest voices near the middle that speak truth against their divisive tactics to control. The growing middle-class carries on with mouths shut chalking it up to a vote every four years. Then others complain on social media or blogs while corporations lobby legislators to keep marketing and feeding us garbage, and we foot the whole tax bill. Life has been great, and I can’t be sorry for the privilege; I saw what my parents came from, and helplessly looked on as one left us. Others aren’t so lucky to grow up with both. Beyond the safety and security of a free world, we long for a lifestyle like those we see on TV. You know, just living good, without a care at all.

Just imagine how it is in some other less fortunate countries, where absolute power corrupts, absolutely. The meals don’t come frequently, and homes are not very happy, yet they hang on to faith in a God more than we do.

In who do we trust?

We have it all here, and I don’t see too many people taking pride in our freedom – on the streets or social feeds – just more complaints as a dynasty of patriots become champions.

Remember the original King’s dream. We are born with equal rights, yet we continue to ignore when those with the greatest intentions are silenced. God rest the souls that sacrificed for this dream. We need to help our own, improve the system, then help others; and I’m talking about Americans first.

I love this nation, even for it’s sins, because look how far we’ve come.

Respecting the man and woman alike, and anyone identifying in between. Always care for the children, then maybe we wouldn’t have these problems.

For all that’s real in the world, we are one humanity, and that’s like family. And we need to work for it together.

This is about love.

Eracism will cause an eruption of unity.

The Albanian culture is one that historically, like many others, existed as a patriarchy. However, as we integrated into these great United States escaping communist agendas as the original colonials once did and some immigrants still do, our culture emphatically thrived on the focus of family. Flawed like the rest, but United as one, we are stronger and more vocal about our unique heritage. It’s definitely overboard at times, we literally put the flag up everywhere! That’s like patriotism though, and we should keep that energy up for America. Preach for everlasting neutrality, always balanced, true love is equal on all sides. Blind to any hatred, we should hold our standard up against any powers that threaten our unity, freedoms of speech and religion, and since we are here now, we may as well lead in reigniting the virtues of all of our founding fathers.

and women*

Editorial Note: If you have followed some of my writing, you’d know my audience is anyone, gen x-z. I talk to a crowd about what I feel is real, and I speak up against what I think has been a slow-dripping threat to society. I’m speaking strongly against media networks, platforms like this, and especially against heavy social media and tech-screen use; because I feel it reduces depth in relationships, empathy, and for some, self-esteem. Hell – it even skews reality. Be mindful, as most of these new technologies have been engineered to create addiction with content that can be curated with an agenda. Phone notifications trigger the same dopamines drugs do, meanwhile the neighborhood parks have been empty for years as I drive by. Communities full of strangers, we are lucky to get a wave across the way “hello”. Heads down, we are more disconnected at the soul. That’s why it’s all love if you see me out there. I was raised that way. God blessed us, and for those less fortunate, let’s raise each-other up that way. Lost or found, we can’t move forward without a discussion, so talk about it. For real, let’s fight racism, hatred, and violence where it always lives first, in the minds of people. It’s 2019 and we all have a chance to participate, and some people have a larger reach in influence. Let’s hope for blessings in one another as well as maintaining physical and mental wellness. We are each responsible to cure the world this way. We are a part of one humanity and something way bigger than any one of us. With each thought, word, or action, we can choose with either love or hate. Choose wisely.

Think about any hate they pushed between you and I. We have to protect our energy, Love.

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