I met Joy-Ann Reid in 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina after Yohannes Abraham, who is now Biden’s National Security Council Chief of Staff, pulled some strings behind the scenes and made sure that I received a press credential to cover the Democratic National Convention. Far from rubbing elbows with political operatives at a swanky convention, I met Laura Ingraham three years later when I first became homeless.
I have been very hard on mainstream media personalities for the past six years; I have roundly condemned them for refusing to honor the spirit of muckrakers; instead of exposing corruption within government, corporations and powerful institutions, they have cast their lot with them. My rhetoric has been particularly harsh towards Ms. Reid and to a lesser extent Ms. Ingraham. There is a reason for this, though I met both of them at different times, there is a common thread between the two renowned pundits who are beamed into the homes of millions of people on a nightly basis.
I detailed aspects of my story that I kept hidden for close to six years with respect to why I became homeless. Though I self-censored and told barely anyone about what I call my “Jonah’s choice”, ironically enough I shared snippets of my tribulation with Ms. Reid and Ms. Ingraham right when my life started to fall apart. Ms. Reid was privy to more details than Ms. Ingraham was; I shared emails, screenshots and other artifacts that proved my contention that my decision to share on social media that I wrote a part of Barack Obama’s South Carolina primary victory speech in 2008 became the lynchpin for an Orwellian imposition that turned my life upside down.
After six days of losing my freedom and being confined without any evidence, I fought my way out only to be greeted by the brutal reality of February without a home to call my own and zero loved ones to offer me shelter. I felt such a level of fear for my safety at that time that I tried to join AIPAC thinking that the most powerful lobbying group in the world would offer me a modicum of protection since I am part Semite. AIPAC was having their big convention at that time so I traveled to DC to be among allies—or so I thought.
During one of the nights of the AIPAC convention, as I was walking down 7th street, I saw Laura Ingraham sitting inside a restaurant. I walked in to tell Ms. Ingraham my story but the minute I approached her, I started to think about my dad instead. My father was a staunch Republican and he loved Laura Ingraham even though back when my father was alive in the late 90s, she was nowhere as famous as she is now. I told Ms. Ingraham about my dad and also shared with her that I used to work at Booz Allen Hamilton and that I have an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.
She noticed that I did not have attire befitting the restaurant she was dining at; after wearing the same sweatpants for close to three weeks and a sweatshirt that had seen better days, I’m sure I did not come across like a suited-up and high-priced defense consultant. To my surprise, instead of dismissing me, she looked at me with concern and asked me if everything was alright, took my information and told me she would reach out to check up on me.
I witnessed both Ms. Ingraham and Ms. Reid’s humanity during different times, they believed me and took my information to see what they could do to help. As fate would have it, I never heard back from either one of them. Their perceived indifference became a source of grievance for me; the more I started to realize that homelessness could very well be my new normal, I grew bitter at the world and became especially acerbic towards Ms. Reid and Ms. Ingaham.
When I traveled to Brooklyn to interview Rocco and Mary of Rocco’s Pastry last week, it dawned upon me that I was asking Ms. Ingraham and Ms. Reid to do something that few among us would do. I started to wonder, would I have reached out to Rocco and Mary and gave them a platform to speak their minds if I was getting paid six or seven figures by a corporate media outlet. Would I be so outspoken in demanding a change of the status quo if I was being funded by the establishment?
This world has a way of turning idealists into pragmatists because being puritanical is a one-way street to indigence. We all bend whether we acknowledge it or not only to rationalize our decisions after the fact. This realization is making me reassess my blanket rebuke of the establishment. While I believe that there truly is evil in the world, collective judgment is immoral because not everyone who belongs to a group is equally guilty as the few who sit at policy tables.
Instead of unleashing firey words to bash everyone who belongs in the establishment and castigating mainstream media writ large, let me do what I know is right and talk to the better angels that exist in almost all of us. I’ve seen empathy and humanity at different times in Ms. Ingraham and Ms. Reid. After all, I was once a defense consultant who worked at Booz Allen Hamilton during the height of the Iraq War, should I be condemned for my actions even though I was not making policy decisions?
I am not writing this open letter hoping to be vindicated or seeking some sort of compensation. By the grace of God, I am no longer homeless as I am now married, have a son and am gainfully employed. However, the searing memories of living on the streets and my survivor’s guilt of sorts compels me to speak for the legions of homeless men, women and children who are not able to escape the clutches of poverty like me. Beyond the intentional scarcity that indentures tens of millions into a life of permanent exiguity and nearly all of us into a life of perpetual financial anxiety, there is a greater danger that is facing humanity and it is for this reason that I am reaching out to Ms. Ingraham and Ms. Reid.
Irrespective of your flaws—let those among us who are pure cast the first stone—I know you are good and decent people in your hearts. I am pleading with both of you to ask the hard questions and to push back against this insane mass-“vaccination” campaign. You did become widely successful in your field by being obtuse, I know both of you are amazingly smart and have the cognitive abilities to decipher truth apart from propaganda. I also know you see some of the same inconsistencies and lies that are being spun on a daily basis.
CDC, NIH & FDA all affirm that C19 “vaccines” do not prevent you from catching nor transmitting Covid-19. At best, they mask symptoms & still leave you susceptible to getting infected. So then forcing people to get jabbed has NOTHING to do with public safety—it’s about control::
— Teodrose Fikremariam (@Teodrose_Fikre) August 30, 2021
To this end, what I am asking to do now is what I should have never expected from 2015 when I first become homeless. Using a crisis that was most likely man-made, our government is in the process of forcing everyone to get injected with experimental “vaccines” that have limited upside and potentially limitless downside. The supposed “free press” has abandoned its core principle of always seeking the truth no matter the cost to become cheerleaders of biotech corporations that have a long history of committing fraud and peddling deadly products.
Here is what we know, these “vaccines” do not prevent people from getting or transmitting Covid-19. This fact has been affirmed by the CDC, NIH, and FDA along with the manufacturers. Consequently, the “vaccines” are not a path to herd immunity and might very well lead towards greater replication by turning people who get jabbed into asymptomatic super-spreaders. If these “vaccines” do not bend the infection curve, then we must see the clamor for “vaccine” mandates for what it is, consolidation of power that will lead to more control over our lives.
Last week, my son and I were denied service at a restaurant in Manhattan because I did not have “vaccine” papers on me. I cannot tell you how hurtful and dehumanizing that experience was, it’s one thing to be kicked out of restaurants when I was alone and homeless, the pain is ten thousand times greater when I could not give my thirsty son some water because I did not want to participate in a medical experiment. Moreover, within short order, I could very well face insolvency yet again if my job implements a “vaccine” mandate as I suspect they will.
For the sake of my family’s financial viability and that of tens of millions of Americans, I beg you to take a stand against this level of insidious Big Brotherism that is a downpayment of greater tyrannies to come. The agony of being kicked out of a restaurant or potentially losing my job pales in comparison to the anguish of Rebecca Firlit who lost visitation rights to her child because she was not “vaccinated”. The slippery slope towards tyranny is turning into a slalom run toward totalitarianism.
“Cook county judge James Shapiro said Rebecca Firlit, 39, who shares custody of her son with her divorced husband, could not see the boy again until she had taken the shot.” https://t.co/Zxe4SgXIfg
— Bean, the 🥃🐿 (@Bean_of_Boston) August 30, 2021
We are headed toward a very dangerous time as tyrants use an engineered virus to shred our freedoms and to create a society of the jabbed or unequal. I am looking for one of you, for one high-profile mainstream media personality, to make a clean break from this globalist-inspired universal injection endeavor and instead push back for the sake of humanity. I know both of you grew up in deeply spiritual families and that you believe in God. I’m left no other choice but to appeal to your faith and pray that you remember the core tenants of Christ whom you both revere.This open letter to @IngrahamAngle and @JoyAnnReid is at once an apology and an encouragement, I pray that Laura and Joy stand with humanity above all considerations. #OpenLetter2JoyandLaura Click To Tweet
Yeshua noted in Matthew 10:22, “ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved”. You can continue to be loved by millions or you can look out for humanity, be hated for choosing courage or convenience only to receive an eternal reward that comes with doing the right thing that can never be found by accumulating fame and fortunes. I hope for the sake of all of us, including your own families and friends, that you choose defiance over compliance.
“Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their peers, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy
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