Marion Barry died this morning. He came from nothing and rose to be the most powerful local politician of his generation. In 1990 he was videotaped smoking crack with a FBI informant. Many believed and still believe he was a victim of entrapment. While many did not condone his behavior the way he was caught did not seem fair. Barry did a lot of living prior to the incident and after it and his legacy should not be defined by the worst day of his life. Share your thoughts.
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This morning I read an article written by a successful black man. In it he shared that he and his wife were educated, hard working people who had achieved “the American dream”. Their children went to private school and during the summer they attended enrichment classes given on some of country’s premier college campuses. This summer the man’s son was minding his own business when a car pulled up full of white guys who casually called their precious son the n-word. The son was so stunned he asked the guy to repeat it and the guy complied. When the son returned to his dorm he called his father and told him what he had just experienced. The father was also shocked but the question is why? Did he truly believe that living the good life provided armor from ignorance? You can raise your children to be color blind but never forget not everyone parents like you do. Share your thoughts.
Black people in the US are as different as their skin tones. No one voice can speak for all. Over the years the media has anointed the loudest voice as the leader, but that person only represented a segment of our many voices. Tuesday night Mia Love became the first Republican black woman ever elected to Congress, and Tim Scott became the first black man elected to the Senate since Reconstruction. This is historic, but the NAACP has failed to acknowledge these laudable accomplishments and that is simply not right. They are conservatives and many in the black community do not share their view of the role of government. It is ok to disagree with them but to ignore them is another thing. You can applaud their accomplishments without embracing their ideology. They made history and that should not be ignored it should be applauded.
If you are a registered voter and you did not take advantage of early voting you need to vote today. Voting gives each of us the opportunity to choose who will represent us. This year the GOP candidates are viewed as the favorites and while that might turn out to be true your vote does count. I encourage you to vote today because it is an important right that so many people died for you to have.
Interesting article. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
I took a plane flight this past weekend and I took plastic gloves annd disinfectant wipes to clean the tray tables and the armrest, but I knew that was an act of spitting in the wind. Ebola is here and we don’t seem to know how to handle it. the government seems more reactive than proactive. Health care workers are complaining about a lack of protocol. The government seems to be in some kind of paralytic stupor. The talking heads they send out can’t offer comfort because they know this is more than they can handle. We need a plan and not platitudes. This is not going to get better until someone comes up with a actual plan that is not predicated on reaction. Are we expecting too much from our government?
is everything fair in politics? Wendy Davis candidate for governor of Texas addresses her opponents disability. Did she go too far?
The police pulled the woman over for a seat belt violation, but they spent more time questioning her passenger. The conversation went on for 13 minutes and when the police determined he was non complient they took it to another level. Let’s be clear the police should not have broken the window. In doing so they risked injury to the children in the backseat, but were their actions racist? They never uttered racial ephitets at the passenger, but would they have treated any non-complient person this same way? Share your thoughts.