The police made eye contact with Freddy Gray and he ran. Apparently running is enough to warrant arrest in Baltimore. He was taken in custody 8 days ago and he died yesterday. He was only 25 years old and no one knows how he died. He had crushed voicebox and a broken back and the police have no answers. There is no tape to show what the police did or did not do on the way to the precinct. The mayor and her police chief just held a press conference and they said a lot but really answered nothing. They are investigating and they should have more for us by May 1st. So what did they accomplish today. it was a PR effort. They wanted to show the volatile community that they care and they are looking for answers. Hopefully that will be enough for now.
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If someone writes an article about your rise and fall you can guarantee it is not going to be complimentary to the subject. When two intellectuals throwdown they do it with words. Michael Eric Dyson dissects the legacy of one of his mentors, Cornel West. Read the linked article and share your thoughts.
Freddy Gray was in perfect health. Last week he was pursued by Baltimore Police. One week later he is dead. The police suspect he was involved in drug activity but they have not said why he was arrested. So many questions, but one thing is certain Gray is dead and we need to know why.
Who is the everyday American? Do you think you are? We all might think we fall under this wide umbrella, but if that is true how does a candidate connect with all of us? We all have our own set of problems and issues. So how do we determine who is the best candidate to address the myriad issues facing this nation. We are 80 weeks out from Election Day and so far we have heard a lot of Hillary bashing. There are 19 declared and undeclared GOP candidates and they agree on one thing, Hillary Clinton is the enemy, but will that take them to the White House? On the Democratic side we see Hillary Clinton is riding around in her Scoobie mobile eating at Chilpote in an effort to connect to the illusive everyday American. It is sad that every four years candidates on each side decide it is time to talk to the regular folks. Newsflash if the kept the conversation going they would not have such a difficult time connecting.
I saw this clip on the Fox Insider website with the title, CJ Pearson Owns Al Sharpton. If own means a 12 year old talks about an adult like they are equals than he did it, but I have a problem with this type of disrespect coming out of the mouth of a child. No it was not profane, but disrespectful none the less. We hear teachers complain about the way students talk to them. When we grew up children were seen but not heard. There actually was adult conversation, and they would kindly tell you to leave the room when they wanted to have some. No one is asking for a step backward, but while Rev. Al Sharpton might not be everyone’s cup of tea he deserves more than this. No child should feel this comfortable speaking this way about an adult. What do you think? Share your thoughts.
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Miriam Carey and Doug Hughes both entered restricted Capitol space so why was Hughes able to walk away?
Two very different results. Miriam Carey drove into restricted Capitol space and she was killed by Capitol police. Shot 5 times while her 14 month old sat strapped into her car seat. She was shot as she tried to drive away. Yesterday Doug Hughes flew his “gyrocopter” onto the Capitol grounds. Hughes’ aircraft was undetected by NORAD. He blogged about this event over the past year. He was not shot down. He entered undeterred. He was arrested and led away. Maybe if Carey had entered on a “gyrocopter” she might still be here.
Yesterday several Atlanta teachers and administrators received jail sentences for their roles in the Atlanta cheating scandal. The judge vilified the teachers and administrators. What they did was bad there is no argument about it, but were the teachers the only ones responsible for the children’s education? I saw a mother lamenting that her daughter was taking remedial classes in college because of what was done to her in the Atlanta school system, but my question is why didn’t her mother know she had difficulty with her school work? Parents are the children’s first teachers. How many parents read to their children before they could read? how many parents would sit and let their small school age children read to them? Were the Atlanta parents active participants in their children’s education? How many of the parents now complaining every went to a PTA meeting or a parent/teacher conference? No one is excusing what the teachers did but when looking for the people who failed the students some of the parents need to also fault the man/woman in the mirror.
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This weekend I traveled to Alabama by car. A road trip gives you an opportunity to see the country. To actually see the stark contrast between urban and rural lifestyles. You go from traffic jams to seeing cows meander in the fields, but you also hear and see other contrasts. While traveling back we were listening to a local shock jock who played what he called an “Ebonic Airline Worker” delivering the take off instructions. To say the routine was offensive would be a gross understatement. He played the clip and moved on with his broadcast. We were stunned, but apparently this was the norm for his show. The airwaves were also populated by a number of talk shows that ruthlessly bashed the president. The landscape was populated by huge cross symbols and plenty of confederate flags. We were 1000 miles from home. In the same country but in a part of the country with a distinctively different point of view.