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.
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Today while watching The Talk I was struck by the contempt America now holds for Mama June. If you don’t know her let me tell you a little about her. We met her when she was showcasing her daughter Honey Boo Boo on the child pageant circle. Her antics and the antics of her daughter captured the attention of America, and ultimately they were given their own show on TLC. We witnessed the family in all kinds of asinine situations. America laughed at them and not with them. The antics went on for years after Honey Boo Boo quit the pageant world. We met her siblings and her mother’s live in boyfriend. They appeared on talk shows and dispensed their homespun wisdom and dropped hilarious soundbites that the media slurped up like country syrup, but the other shoe fell when a convicted child molester came back into the life of Mama June, and the story became more tragic when one of the daughters revealed she was one of his victims. The laughter stopped and the finger pointing started. Mama June will appear on Entertainment Tonight today and she attempts to explain herself, but she is not prepared for the questions. The handlers are gone and she is alone in the sophisticated city and now she is being called uneducated, illiterate, but she has not changed from who she was when America met her. The difference is the TLC (The Learning Channel) has dropped her. They are no longer around to funnel out the information that supported the homespun narrative. She is on her own now left to face the music, and it is no Missouri Waltz.
I heard a comedian joke about the advent of the self serve aisles in grocery stores. he said if we are going to do all the work we deserve a uniform. Today I visited my local grocery store and the joke became my reality. Gone are the days of a cashier and a bagger. The cashier now has to wear both hats, but that is a decision made by the store and it is truly not our issue to resolve. Occasionally in an effort to speed the process we all often bag our own groceries but that should always be our choice. While in the store I noticed the customer in front of me bagged his groceries as the chatty cashier rang them up. He gave the customer the receipt and said come again. When he started ringing up my groceries my daughter started bagging them. The cashier was not breaking a sweat as my duaghter continued bagging. After the last item was rung and I paid he bid us goodbye and proceeded to start on the next order, but there were still items that i had purchased that were still not bagged. He expected my daughter to finish bagging. I said “wait a minute you are not done with this order”, he looked at me as if I was asking him to do something outside of his job description. He then finished bagging up the order with a side order of attitude. When did we agree to do the work and pay for the privilege? As the comedian said “where’s my uniform?”
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.
Is full sized or plus sized a euphemism for fat? Walmart has apologized for using the word fat on their website. What do you think? Share your thoughts.
is everything fair in politics? Wendy Davis candidate for governor of Texas addresses her opponents disability. Did she go too far?
Seize the day and pursue what matters–Brittany Maynard. Share your thoughts.