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​While talking with a friend on Saturday night, she told me a few things:

1. COVID-19 was started by Democrats so 45 wouldn’t be re-elected;

2. Jeffrey Epstein wasn’t dead;

3. Hillary Clinton was a pedophile and involved in sex trafficking; and,

4. Wayfair develops and names high-end armoires and cabinets after missing children.

I swear I was either in the Twilight Zone, I was asleep and needed to wake up from this nightmare or, I was on an upcoming episode of Punk’d.

BLACK PEOPLE: WAKE UP!!!

I have never been so dumbfounded in my life. I respectfully asked her to stop talking and tried to change the conversation every time she brought these conspiracy theories back up. She kept saying ‘look it up.’ When I did, and could prove her wrong, she didn’t believe me and challenged me with her ‘alternative facts’, which were crazier than her initial statements. Then, she sent me to some YouTube channel, featuring the King of conspiracy theories, who’s had to walk back some of his latest claims!

BLACK PEOPLE: WAKE UP!!!

How in the very hell do people fall for the okey-doke? What happened to clear and reasonable, logical thinking?!? I am still perplexed as to how this conversation even came about. In one breath, she was blaming 45 for messing up her unemployment stimulus; in the next breath, she said 45 should be re-elected and went on a COVID-19 conspiracy rant. Huh?!? What?!? Wayment...

BLACK PEOPLE: WAKE UP!!!

We spoke on how devastating the death of our cousin/King T’Challa/Chadwick Boseman was; how it was a gut-punched hurt; how we both cried about upon hearing the news; and how Black men don’t go to the doctor like/when they should. It was a deep conversation...then, she flipped the script!

BLACK PEOPLE: WAKE UP!!!

We agreed Jacob Blake should never have been shot in the back and then shackled to his hospital bed, as if he could get up, while paralyzed. Then, she said it was odd how his father could visit him in the hospital, given the COVID-19 restrictions; and the conversation spiraled into the #sunkenplace.

BLACK PEOPLE: WAKE UP!!!

She said George Floyd’s murder by police offers was planned and insisted George Floyd is still alive, being kept hidden by the government until after the election. When I reminded her that the entire world watched this man die, watched three funerals and a burial; how his family, celebrities and people across the world were now saying his name, and that his death was the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back, she said it was all for show. When I said it happened on 45’s watch, she said it was so he could enact martial law, which is what he promised in 2016.

BLACK PEOPLE: WAKE UP!!!

There are too many outlets available to research, ask the necessary questions and find out for yourself what’s really going on. It is my personal opinion that we, as Black people, don’t think like that...well, most of us. All for show? A planned pandemic that’s killed thousands, some of whom I knew? Jeffrey Epstein and George Floyd are still alive? Really?!? That’s where we’re going now?!? Miss with me with the conspiracies...I can’t!

BLACK PEOPLE: WAKE UP!!! Then, STAY WOKE!!!

Current hashtags: #wearenowacquaintances #nonewfriends #exhausted #VOTE #likeyourlifedependsonit #itdoes​

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BLACK PEOPLE: WAKE UP!!!

Posted October 13, 2020
By Marcia A. Talbert