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So many women are the victims of financial abuse. The Purple Purse challenge is designed to help them.
What is a switch? Ask any black person over the age of 35 and they will tell you. It is a branch devoid of leaves used for beating children. As a child I can remember visiting my grandmother and she would bring a switch into the kitchen and say the next person that got out of line would be whipped with that switch. It served as a bad behavior determent, but was it right? No, but was it child abuse? In the 60s and 70s children really had no rights and parents and grandparents were free to apply any form of discipline they saw fit, but those days are gone. Adrian Peterson has been indicted for child abuse and he claims he was doing to his child what was done to him. That might be true, but was it right then and is it right now? Share your thoughts.
Not a good week for the NFL.
This morning I saw a woman on the Today Show say that she supports Ray Rice. She went on to say that if a woman hits a man first she should not be surprised to be hit back. Over the past week I have heard and read others who share her opinion. What do you think? Share your thoughts.
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Yesterday the Baltimore Ravens cut Ray Rice after they saw the video of what happened in that NJ casino. When we saw Rice drag his then fiancée off the elevator what did we think happened? She didn’t faint. We could assume he knocked her out, but yesterday when we saw it on the big screen we could no longer keep our collective heads in the sand. We had to acknowledge the obvious, but where do we go from here? The media will talk about the Rice saga until the numbers dip, but what are we going to do? We sit and look at the videotape with horror, but where is that horror when we watch Love and Hip Hop. We see women fighting women, women fighting men and men fighting women and we watch this while devouring popcorn. We call this entertainment. Our young people watch these shows. One of my friends said her daughter thought the Rice situation was bad but she did not find it horrifying. I also saw an 18 year old young man being interviewed last night and he said women have to learn not to disrespect their man. He felt a man was justified to get physical if he believed he was being disrespected. So we need to talk to our young people about what domestic violence really is. Most violence is not played out on the big screen. It is generally done in private. It might be happening to your neighbors or your church members. Some people on your job who are ragging on Rice today might be abusers but you will never know. It is done behind closed doors and there are no cameras. Share your thoughts.
“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend. But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted [opinions] from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass of for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!”
Ray Rice is now a former Baltimore Raven. It is hard to believe that the NFL did not see that video until today, but the reason he was let go is because we saw it. Sure we knew an altercation happened on that elevator, but when you see it you can not ignore it. Rice abused his wife that night and she was further abused when she appeared at his press conference and apologized for her part in the incident, but they both knew what happened that night and she still married him. She said “I Do” to her abuser, and that is heartbreaking. How could she say yes to this mess? No, this is not victim bashing this is simply asking the question “why?” In marriage we all live with something, but abuse should be a non-negotiable. The media will be talking about this for a week and then they will move on, but what is the lesson here? I was watching SportsCenter earlier today and one of the pundits referred to her as a “girl”. She was not a girl she is a woman, a wife, a domestic violence victim. What are we teaching our daughters? How could a young woman marry a man who had knocked her unconscious? Did her relatives and friends know the details of the event? Did they tell her suck it up this man is a millionaire? This is domestic violence and it happens every day and we have to talk to our children. Our sons and our daughters. Share your thoughts.