Random Thoughts

the failure of our nation

Dear Readers,

Oops. Its happened again, and this time the results are catastrophic. What do I mean?  let me just say that people’s private opinions are reshaping our interaction in society. Yes, we have a right to our views, but what happens when a person’s private thoughts go public and their sentiments is meant to gravely offended another person due to race.

Roseanne Barr’s racist comments about Obama’s former adviser Valerie Janet likening her to a cross between the Muslim brotherhood and a “planet of the apes’ characters.”

In her defense Barr claimed that her statement wasn’t intentional it was a side effect from taking the sleep aid Ambien. She continued to say that, “I have made a mistake …I wish I hadn’t ….”  Supporters of Barr claims that she had a right to “Freedom of Speech” I’m not questioning whether she had the right to speak freely, the question is when the insult is directed towards a person of color, why is public opinion quick to plead the First Amendment?

We are supposed to be a progressive society advocating for the equity of all people. People of color have tirelessly marched, protested and given up their lives all in the name of change. We have struggled through the degrading institution of slavery, segregation and Jim Crow, lynching’s, burnings, rape, brutal beatings and being murdered in cold blood. We have never claimed to be victims of these circumstances. We have spoken out against these injustices due to the color barrier. Why in this day should people of color continue to be treated as the lesser or the other.

Why should people of color endure behavior that was theoretical ended decades ago. People are either turning a blinds eye or just plain ignorant if they truly can look at themselves in the mirror and say that racism is a practice of the past.

What do people hope to accomplish by lashing out with racist remarks. We are a society that has moved from hope and compassion to anger and hate. The bitterness between the races remains as a dividing line. We have become a society that seems to embrace moving backwards indulging in racism and sexism. I understood that when I decided to blog about this issue that this post might be met with silence, and I am willing to life with that. But what I am not willing to do is to keep silent about issues that can have a negative impact on the minds of younger generations. We must not allow them to think that this type behavior is the norm.

What Say You?

Education

The Tales of Two Shootings

Dear Readers,

A loose of life is a devastating experience; however, what more shocking is when lives are ruined by senseless acts of violence that leaves us bewildered. The latest mass school shooting in Texas is more than an unfortunate incident, and for a lack of better words, this is becoming too common. These illogical acts of savagery spark debates among political leaders about stronger gun laws. We talk, analyze and sensationalize these shootings by publicly commenting on the shooter and comparing the analogous of past school shootings. School unites in prayer and candlelight’s vigils in support of the family and the victims, and psychologist arrive on the scene to help people to cope with feelings of anger, shock, and bewilderment. We see the anguish on the faces of family who have the painful task of making funeral agreements.

A life taken is a life taken  and no individual life should matter more than the other, “ It is written that you return to  the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust you are , and unto dust shall you return “ ( Gen 3:19). This verse is true for all life. Then why isn’t there the same outrage and collective concern and emotional support when an individual of color is violently gunned down in cold blood. Where is the political indignation and prayer vigil for the community and the victim’s family? Police fired 39 bullets into the body of 19 –year –old Tyler Damon Woods, not a thug as the news media would have the public to think, but a young men who despite growing up in harsh conditions, dreamed of becoming a Hollywood actor and enjoyed bowling, horseback riding and swimming.

Louis Pena, a veteran pathologist with the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office, determined that 19 bullets—six of them individually devastating enough to kill—riddled Woods’ tall, slender body. One shot struck his left eye, crashed into his brain, and fractured his skull. Other “sharply upward” shots slammed into his stomach, lungs, liver, ribs, bladder, and small bowel. Eight bullets penetrated the target’s back, left arm, hip, leg, shoulder, and right buttock. Pena labeled the carnage a homicide. In nearly two decades of performing autopsies in a region with one of the highest murder rates in the nation, he’d rarely seen so many bullet wounds in one corpse. . https://www.ocweekly.com/socal-cops-are-still-defending-39-bullet-barrage-on-unarmed-man/

There is no debate about how to create laws putting an end to police using excessive force when they encounter a person of color. I am not making this a racial issue. This is matter of lives lost and how society views the importance of one act of violence over another. I wish for an end to whatever is in the hearts and minds of the people who commit these crimes.

What say you?

 

 

 

 

Drama

Hurts Worse Than a Heart Attack.

Dear readers, I have some thing personal to share with you.

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Today, I’ve gone through a few emotions starting with anger, sadness, to disappointment. Its come me my attention that a person who have walked me through some tough situations over the past two years, has a bias against their black people. This bias is a result of having had an education paid for by their parents, living in an upscale community with the white elitist, paid for by their parents, and solely socializing with white people, because they feel that people of color, are beneath them. I wasn’t prepared for this news. I conclude that I was the token black friend to a person who I once respected and admired. It’s not easy for me to trust people. I’m at a loss for word.-Thank you for listening.