How did you feel when you watched the tape of the girl fight in the McDonald’s in Brooklyn? If you were repulsed then join the club, but millions of viewers seemingly enjoyed watching the girls give a 15 year old a beat down. The media is saying that this was gang related. Well that explains it. Except it does not. How did these girls arrive at this intersection? At what point did they think this kind of violence was acceptable? The disturbing thing is this type of violence is becoming more and more common. The ringleader of the girl gang has a history of violence which includes stabbing her brother and beating up her grandmother. If she treats her own family this way she truly had not problem inflicting pain on an enemy. So what is going to happen to this 16 year old and her band of delinquents? She is currently being held on $500,000 bond. Sure they will be tried in the courts and they will probably serve some time but is that the answer? Lock them up and throw away the key? So when they get out they are older and more bitter? As a mother I wonder what should happen to these girls? They are still girls. Can they be helped? Do they need incarceration or counselling or both? The ringleader of the group has a child. What’s going to happen to her? What do you think? Share your thoughts
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Interesting article on Creflo Dollar ministry. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
A few months ago I was involved in a situation with a client. It became testy but the client finally saw it my way. Afterward I decided we could not work together again, but my husband questioned my decision. He said to me “you have got to recognize when you have won.” Too often we all get so caught up in the war that we can not and do not celebrate the victory. As I watch the protestors in Ferguson I wonder do they recognize victory? First we acknowledge the death of Mike Brown is a tragedy, but it put Ferguson on the map and shed a light on city and how it worked against the minority community. The Department of Justice investigated the city and since their findings have been made public the police chief, a city manager, judges and numerous police officers and city clerks have quit. Reform is in the air in Ferguson. So why are they still protesting? Why are they so angry? This morning NBC Craig Melvin asked one of the protest leaders what was their end game, and his response was “to continue”. At some point they are going to have to move from protest to governing and recognize while there is still work to do they made a difference.
Read the linked article and share your thoughts.
Young people do stupid things and so often they have to deal with the consequences of their behavior. The two students leading the racist chant have been expelled. Does the punishment fit the crime? Share your thoughts.
The chant is horrific, but that is not the most important thing here. How did we get an opportunity to see this video? Because someone on that bus released it to the public. Maybe they just didn’t like the leader, or maybe they were uncomfortable with the lyrics or maybe they just thought it was wrong. Whatever reason I say thank you.
Today is an important day. Fifty years ago a dedicated group of people crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It was not an event greeted by cheers, but by jeers. It has been described as Bloody Sunday, but today things are different. No they are not perfect but they are different. We have a black president. It is hard to believe that 50 years ago blacks in Alabama blacks could not vote and now a black man leads this nation. It is also noteworthy that former President Bush was in attendance. This is a day that we all have a right to be proud of what we have done and what we are doing. Please read the linked story there are great photos from the event.
There are not a lot of shows starring black people on network television. That is why when we get one we have such high expectations. We want to be portrayed in a possible “Cosbylike manner” (pre the allegations). Empire takes a look at success from a different lens. It takes you on a trip to the other side of the street. Where deals are cut and people are too. So when we get a show like Empire we have the need to analyze each and every character and try to line that character up with reality. Empire is not based in reality. It is simply a diversion. Sure it takes on topical discussions, but in the final analysis it is simply television. Over the last four weeks I have seen dozens of black pundits screaming how bad this show is for black people. The show is no worse than The Good Wife which I love. Let’s be serious television is designed to get ratings. Good ratings make everyone happy: advertisers make money, actors make money and keep their jobs, and the viewers are treated to good stories. This show bridges the generational divide. My college aged daughters calls me after the show for us to discuss what we just watched. It’s simply a fun show that gives you a needed chuckle in the midst of facing our real world problems. Some people hate it, and that’s fine too. Just don’t watch it but please spare me the analysis.
Dr. Ben Carson has been described as brilliant, but that is when he is operating in his lane. Politics is a new lane for this prominent surgeon and he is stumbling out of the gate. He has to learn how to command the conversation and not be defined by one issue. CNN Chris Cuomo had an agenda and Carson fell right into place. CNN got its soundbite and Carson is again labeled by one issue.
Politics is a dirty game but is it deadly? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.