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“You are going to have to do better than everyone else because you are black.”

For decades, upwardly mobile black parents have been telling the above to their children.  And if the black child in question happens to be a girl, that always factors in. You, black female child, have to be doubly excellent because you have not one, but two “strikes” against you.

My parents said this to me routinely during my formative years. Many of my white friends are aghast at this advice and I’m puzzled as to why, especially taking into account that I am in my 50s—which means that my parents grew up in the Bad Old Days, during which the expectations were that a black citizen might have, at best, a high school diploma and would usually have a profession where their hands, feet and backs were more essential than the higher processes of their minds.

Now, of course, that has all changed dramatically. An American who is black and a woman can be secretary of state, attorney general, surgeon general, or an astronaut. Black female doctors, lawyers, nurses and other professionals are everywhere. (And, though we are talking about black women, the existence of  the current president of the United States  makes this point.)

Often these well-educated, well-employed women are airline passengers. And that brings us to this story.

Tamika Cross, a physician, was midway through a flight from Detroit to Minneapolis when a passenger emergency sent her into “doctor mode.”

Sometime after takeoff, a man two rows in front of her suddenly became unresponsive, she said, and flight attendants called for help.

Cross, an obstetrician and gynecologist, said she immediately flagged down one of the crew members, offering to treat the man.

She got a response she wasn’t prepared for.

“Oh no, sweetie, put [your] hand down,” Cross recalled the flight attendant saying. “We are looking for actual physicians or nurses or some type of medical personnel, we don’t have time to talk to you.”

Dr. Cross is a black woman. From her Facebook post about the incident:

Then overhead they paged “any physician on board please press your button”. I stare at her as I go to press my button. She said “oh wow you’re an actual physician?” I reply yes. She said “let me see your credentials. What type of Doctor are you? Where do you work? Why were you in Detroit?” (Please remember this man is still in need of help and she is blocking my row from even standing up while
Bombarding me with questions).

I respond “OBGYN, work in Houston, in Detroit for a wedding, but believe it or not they DO HAVE doctors in Detroit. Now excuse me so I can help the man in need”. Another “seasoned” white male approaches the row and says he is a physician as well. She says to me “thanks for your help but he can help us, and he has his credentials”. (Mind you he hasn’t shown anything to her. Just showed up and fit the “description of a doctor”) I stay seated. Mind blown. Blood boiling.

The more I think about this situation, the more I think that the flight attendant should be fired not for racism, per se, but for what her preconceived notions—regardless of they were–caused her to do: to tell Dr. Cross to sit down and shut up before the latter could identify herself as a doctor. The simple act of cutting of the physician and ignoring her could have cost a man his life.

That act was likely caused by the flight attendant’s preconceived notions about doctors and about black women.

And whether those notions are justified or not, this mini-drama does show why parents like mine tell their offspring that blackness is an obstacle to  overcome. Still.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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If you watch the news, you might not realize that on the Navy’s birthday, the USS MASON had already been attacked twice from Yemen. Or that we sentenced an NCIS agent to 12 years in prison for a massive Pacific scandal. The Navy isn’t as interesting as our Presidential election, which is why you’ve probably missed that it’s being slowly dismantled.

Consider these points:

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  • We’ve purchased the next generation of warship, the Littoral Combat Ship, where we focused on speed. Yet it’s hull is aluminum, it lacks a lot of firepower, and despite being billed as being cheaper, we aren’t getting a lot of cost savings.
  • We’ve changed personnel procedures to allow transgender personnel, without having first fixed our broken health care system, so we setup the system for failure before even getting out of the gate.
  • We completely dissolved our Navy rating system so that we could better align with the civilian sector. Never mind that we had multiple programs to make it easy to transition from the Navy. We also changed the retirement structure. It’s almost like we don’t want career Sailors anymore, and certainly not any with warfighting experience.
  • We’ve spent millions on multiple uniform changes, but many of us are still working in dilapidated buildings built in the 30’s and 40’s, and we’re told there isn’t any military construction money to help us.
  • We ignored offensive sea weapons, and now the Chinese and Russians have missiles that can strike us long before we ever get within firing range.

The Chief of Naval Operations said the Navy was to focus on three tenets: Warfighting First, Operate Forward and Be Ready. USS MASON was certainly ready to strike against an adversary in Yemen, but are we building a Navy that can keep us safe from Russia and China? Maybe that question isn’t as enthralling a discussion as the Presidential election, but it certainly is one we should be having.

The views in this post do not reflect the official views of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other branch of the US government. They belong solely to the author.

If you’re curious about the Navy rating disestablishment, check out my post here.

This week James O’Keefe released a hidden camera video that showed a NYC voting commissioner admitting that Democrats are busing black, hispanic and chinese voters through the city to vote multiple times. (and it appears that revelation got him locked out of twitter to suppress it.

Yesterday at this site Fausta told the story of the Hillary Clinton team manipulating hispanic voters that she witnessed.

And we’ve seen story after story about registering the dead this year.

However all these revelations mean nothing if the media doesn’t cover them and the legal system doesn’t act. And given the record of the media and the justice system we see no reason for them to either do so or independently enforce the law if it might cost Hillary Clinton votes.

So we have to act ourselves. Here is what I suggest:

  1. Rather than watching the polls in the big cities, we need citizen journalists to watch the BUSSES.

If our friend on the left are busing repeaters they will need busses. Therefore that means they are either renting busses or own busses to do this.

If I was the GOP or Trump fans I’d position people to check for said busses, to film them and trail them once they are spotted and upload the video as it happens in every major city. The moment a bus stops at a 2nd polling station and a person gets out to vote a 2nd time shot the video and presto proof of a federal offense.

Secondly if I was the GOP in Florida I’d be sending people to spanish neighborhoods, look for people who have been visited by the Clinton folks per this post and were tricked into signing that form, then search for absentee ballots in their name.

It is vital that this stuff get documented in preparation of a class action suit on behalf of every American voter who has been robbed of the franchise by this fraud.

Then it will be up to our media and our institutions, will they take action or will they make the mistake of the church to hide their disgrace.

If these people are going to steal an election we need to establish its illegitimacy by all legitimate means. And if our government and our media decides to ignore the facts, then we need to treat this election result and the government it produces an the institutions that cover it up as illegitimate.

Our friends on the left and their institutions are counting on us resigning ourselves to this. We must resolve not to.

I know that’s drastic but the alternative is self delusion, and I will not have it.