Who is leading the young people in the black community? As we watch the conflict in Ferguson we see young people willing to risk tear gas to get their point across. To these young people Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are icons from the past. They are not really relevant figures to the young people. This is the social media generation. They are more comfortable texting than listening to leaders from the past recite rhymes or platitudes. So where do we go from here? What is victory? Will an arrest quell the violence? Since an arrest is not imminent will the unrest simply go on unchecked? No it won’t. The city has to return to normal. People have to go work, children have to go back to school. This has to come to an end, and it will, it will be interesting to see how it ends.
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Has the president said enough about Ferguson? Today black and white pundits are saying that the president simply did not say enough yesterday. The president took a measured approach at his press conference yesterday, but should he have said more, and if so what? Is he damned either way? Share your thoughts.
Ray Rice knocked his then girlfriend out in the elevator of a New Jersey casino. He has tearfully apologized and his now wife has stood by her man, but did the NFL do enough? today they announced his two game suspension and his coach has said they want to move on, but should we move on. Why do we move so quickly when dealing with domestic violence? How many people grew up in homes that you frequently heard” what happens in this house stays in this house”, and often domestic violence was one of those things. The Rice incident put his business out for the world to see and pass judgment on, but is this punishment enough? Share your thoughts.
Let me answer the question in the headline-no I don’t understand it. Television shows like Parenthood feature autistic characters, but as my friend pointed out most television autistic characters are high functioning, but what do you do when you have two adult non-verbal autistic sons? Do you lock them in a basement? A couple in Maryland did just that and there story is circulating and people are making their comments and their judgments, but who are we to judge? Yes we can agree that keeping two people padlocked in a room for hours could easily be defined as cruel and unusual, but we do need to hear their story. We need to know whether they had sought resources and were they denied? There is more to this story and we need to know all the facts before we think about casting the first stone.
By now you have seen this video and it is appalling, but now Al Sharpton is speaking for the victim’s family. Does the presence of Sharpton help or hurt the issue? Share your thoughts.
Joan Rivers can be crude and mean. Her show Fashion Police is her pulpit. She says things about celebrities that make people gasp, but that is what Rivers does. She goes for the shock value, but she does not like sitting on the hot seat. She is a bully who cloaks her meaness in humor. Well, yesterday when she started to feel uncomfortable she left the interview showing she can dish it out, but she can’t take it.
Share your thoughts.
We all spend alot of time complaining about our country. We see it and we are never too busy to point out her flaws, but on this day let’s talk about 3 things that are good about our country:
1. Good food: we are a collection of diverse ethnic groups and each group has brought something wonderful to the collective plate.
2. Good government: even though we are caught up in dysfunction the mechanisms put in place by the Constitution still work.
3. Good people: this country has had and still has challenges in how our people are treated, but even in the worst of times there have been people who have put it all on the line for the greater good of this country.
Enjoy your holiday and celebrate the good!