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.
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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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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.
I read this story and I was left SMH. Chelsea Handler said she performed with Bill Cosby about a decade ago and he asked to meet her. She felt weird about the invite and she brought some friends with her. Nothing happened to her but she has added her story to the narrative. She is living in the alternate reality called what “might have happened.” She aid she believes the women because of her experience. Really? Share your thoughts.
This week Starbucks wanted to initiate a conversation on race. Social media immediately mocked the effort. some joked and said all they want from Starbucks is coffee, and they wanted it quickly. They did not have time for a conversation. Some belittled the baristas and doubted if they could facilitate such a discussion. Others took the racial route and said black people would want to hit the barista if they said the wrong thing. Well, when you look at this week you have to see somebody needs to start the conversation. The DOJ report refuted the “hands up Don’t Shoot” narrative. A black man was found lynched and we saw a UVA honor student was brutally thrown to the ground as he was arrested. The student sustained a head injury that required 10 stitches. That case is still unfolding but we also heard the student call the policeman a “racist”. Why did he call him that? Did the cop say something to the student or was the policeman’s whiteness enough to justify the name? Yes, we do need a conversation. Maybe Starbucks is not the venue but we need to reserve a space somewhere.
When you watch this tape you feel for the victim. There is nothing that she could have done or said that would justify this savage beating. That is bad enough but what is equally if not more disturbing is to see all the people who watched this. No one including the McDonald’s crew felt the need to aid the victim. So you don’t want to get involved, but you want to tape? SMH
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.
Something is funny about this email story.