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Yesterday a friend of mine asked me my opinion of the inauguration. I accept the reality of the Trump presidency but I have no intention of celebrating it. Trump won the election but this is a day for him and his supporters. Trump has already signed executive orders eliminating a program that helped first time homebuyers. He is doing what he promised and unfortunately what he promised is not going to be good for everyone. So eat, drink and be merry you won.
Today we observe the birthday of a great American, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His contribution to the civil rights movement is incalculable. He is an American hero, but he has been dead for almost 50 years, and people are still asking in times of crisis “what would Dr. King say?” People who knew him well and people who did not know him at all are ready to respond on his behalf, but this does him a disservice. So many of the people who were around him have evolved on issues but King still has the opinions he had in 1968? No one knows what King would have been like had his life not been cut short. So why do we keep asking the question? King was relevant in his day, but his day has past. We can revere his memory, but we have to look forward not backward as we face the problems of this century.
True greatness is when your life matters beyond people who share your DNA. First Lady Michelle Obama is one of those people. The Meaning Of Michelle features 16 writers sharing how her journey has impacted their own journeys. This anthology was written by people from all walks of life. Writers include Ava Duvernay of Selma and Queen Sugar fame, noted chef Marcus Samuelsson and New York First Lady Chirlane McCray. The First Lady Obama brought strength and grace to the White House and she refused to bow down to those who tried to pigeon hole her into any tired stereotypes. She never forgot her roots and she always kept it real. So many of the essays share this common thread and this book is a love song to a woman who means so much to so many. We will miss Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, but we can pick up this book and remember the woman who took a little of the Southside of Chicago to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and made it work.
Civil rights icon is questioning the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s presidency. Is this helpful? No. Like it or not Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president next week. He won the most electors and he will be occupying the oval office. When someone of Lewis’ stature makes a statement like this it adds fuel to the fire. It was wrong when it was done to President Obama and it is wrong now.
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Kim Burrell is a big name in gospel music and she has recently started to make inroads on the secular side of the music industry. That came to an abrupt halt when a videotape surface of her preaching to her congregation last week. She called homosexuals and lesbians perverts. The response from the gay community was swift. She was scheduled to appear on the Ellen show. That performance was cancelled. Some are saying she is being persecuted for expressing her right to free speech? In this country she is has the right to express her opinion but so do others, and if you are going to appear on the Number One Lesbian in the country television show you can’t call her a pervert. She had a radio show which has been cancelled. So is Burrell getting what she deserves? Share your thoughts.
Terrance Crutcher was a man trying to get home and he didn’t. We heard police officers who were in a helicopter talk about how he looked like a “bad dude”. Why did they say that? He was a bad dude because he was big and black. His physicality is reason enough to classify him as bad. Crutcher is dead and now we are witnessing the demonizing of the victim. Shoot first and create the narrative to justify the killing. We have seen this play out before. Trayvon Martin , Eric Turner, Freddie Gray and now Terrance Crutcher. Sure they were killed but they were “bad dudes” and we have the post-mortem narratives to prove it.