In The Blush Of MLK DAY: The Back Of The Bus Still Exist

Speaking up is an uncommon valor. Sometimes that valor garners an award. Most often, that valor garners a push back, a slap down even a ban.

Look the person speaking up why they do “it”, they will answer “because it is wrong.”

Ask the person speaking up if they will do it again, they will answer, without skipping a beat, “without a hesitation,” without a headline being sought, just because they were witness to a too common wrong moreso done in a corporation with a public statement against hate.

Uncommon valor speaks up because they are born “watchers.” The Hebrew word is “shomer”, someone who stands guard for others who have no voice, for those whose hours are cut back so they earn less than $500 a week, $14 or less than new employees coming on board getting paid more, unable to make ends meet with two+ jobs, receiving write ups by new managers attempting to force the employee to sign the report, managers that want to remove bad write ups from online…. Watchers, Shomer, Shomeret.

Three ancient letters from an alphabet that tells the story of the world, “SHIN”, stands on one point; “MEM”, stands on a solid footing; “RESH” stands on one point, Hebrew letters that teach the lesson that between two lies sits the truth that cannot be pushed over, a simple lesson taught from a culture that knows the cost and price of racism.

Six million gone. Because no one stood up. No one said “no.”

Pastor Martin Niemöller, 1892–1984, wrote in his poem “First They Came,”

First they came for the Communists

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Communist

Then they came for the Socialists

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Socialist

Then they came for the trade unionists

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a trade unionist

Then they came for the Jews

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Jew

Then they came for me

And there was no one left…”

So, the customer spoke up against this corporation that does have a stated policy against racism, has a corporate funded program teaching youth to fight racism and poverty yet racism continues in the blush of the nation’s annual event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King.

Let us be clear, corporations are not prejudiced.

People are.

People that populate corporations are the ones to finger for hate, subtle, quiet, covert. And, when a customer stands up for employees fighting to keep a job that may have become, under new management, let a job in which hours less than a living wage are being cut? It is people that send ‘cover the corporate #*& letter on corporate stationery, not the corporations.

In the New World Order, very little is secret or unable to be found. A quick online search produced hits including a law firm having filed a class action suit against the corporation in California alleging the firm “discriminates against African American & Latino workers.”

East Coast, West Coast….. the official customer ban language alleges “dissatisfaction”. Yes. Against a firm that contrary to online belief is not color blind in the blush of MLK Day, 2017.

SHIN”, “MEM,” “RESH”, “SHOMER”, “Watcher.”

The racism of math.

2017 subtract 70+ years

2017 ‘take away’ 1968

In the blush of MLK’s day, on the same date, 1-17-1987, when hundreds of Ku Klux Klan members and supporters disrupt a “brotherhood anti-intimidation march” through all white Forsyth County, GA, things just don’t add up. On the same day, Secret Service settled an ages old discrimination lawsuit for $24 million to avoid the cost of litigation, to put the matter “behind” them, things just don’t add up. At a time the outcome of the 2008 California class action suit against FedEx is, so far, unknown, things just don’t add up, because the back of the bus has not been erased, the back of the bus still exists……

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