We have truly become a society of selective outrage. Donald Trump has been making some outrageous racial statements and he is paying the price for his statements. The media is on him like white on rice, and rightfully so. Today I saw a statement made by George Takai of Star Trek fame. He called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas “a clown in blackface.” It’s fine to disagee with Thomas, and I often do but to call him a clown in blackface is a bridge too far and more people should stand up and say it.
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Donald Trump has been saying outrageous and obnoxious things for years. His attacks on the president were enough for me to stop watching and purchasing all things Donald, but people ignored or applauded his statements. He has touted birther conspiracy theories for years. NBC was his platform and he frequently appeared on the Today Show, and he was a Fox Morning News favorite. So why is Trump a problem now? It’s like the Confederate battle flag. People have been complaining about that flag for years and their cries were ignored, but now everyone is seeing what others saw for years, and calling for the removal of the flag. Trump did not wake up the day he announced his candidacy and start spouting out obnoxious statements. He has been doing this and saying these things for years, and people are acting like they just heard them. The Hispanic community is now the biggest minority community in this country and they are mad and they are not taking it anymore. They flexed their muscles and NBC blinked. NBC his willing co-conspirator has finally found their alliance with the Donald problematic. It is sad that so many of us came to that conclusion along time ago.
Marriage Equality advocates are celebrating all over this country. They are free to marry in all 50 states. That’s the law and we are a land governed by laws. The Supreme Court said it and that makes it so, but what if your religious beliefs conflict with this law? Your religious beliefs should not be compromised by this law. You are still free to believe that marriage is between a man and woman, and as a minister you should not be compelled to perform same sex ceremonies. You also have religious freedom and that has to be respected too, but if you have a business that caters to the public you can not use those beliefs as a means to discriminate. I’m not a psychic but I predict the lower courts are going to be very busy as we navigate between the law of the land and God’s law.
Yesterday I along with the rest of the country watched the funeral of Clementa Pinckney. The bishops adorned the stage and one woman bishop sat among the sea of maleness. I had to leave to run errands but when I returned the homegoing was still going on. As I watched the participants share their memories of the slain senator I was struck by the fact there were no female voices among the chorus of well wishers. This was a man who by all accounts touched so many people but we never heard from a woman. The family has the right to have whoever they please speak at the funeral of their loved one but this is not a post questioning their choices. this is a post questioning the role of women in the black church. This is not unique to the AME this is pervasive within all denominations. The black women in the church is relegated to sporting big hats and the hankerchief big and long enough to cover her from her stomach to her knees. It can also be used to throw it over any woman slain by the spirit who is not wearing the requisite length dress when she falls out at the alter. What is the role of the woman in the black church. Is she just there to be the amen corner? To occasionally sing a song? Do the announcements or read a poem? Are the women satisfied being the backdrop in the drama? Share your thoughts.
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Did Skip Gates just get caught up on celebrity? His show has been put on hold. Wonder was it worth it? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
South Carolina is serious about removing the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol. This flag was not the official Confederate flag it was actually a battle flag raised in 1962 in opposition to intergration. The South Carolina killer was enamored with the battle flag and all things Confederate, but do we eliminate all things Confederate? Do we erase them from the history books? Should schools and streets named after Confederate veterans be re-named? Will doing this move us closer to racial unity? Are we going down a slippery slope? What will happen if 50 years from now someone decides Martin Luther King Jr. is no longer a figure to be revered? What if they want his statue removed? What if they want the streets named after him removed? What if the holiday is rescinded? Slavery is America’s sin and the Confederates that fought to preserve it lost the war, but they are still a part of American history. We can not erase the stain by destroying all things linked to that history. Share your thoughts.
Last night Don Lemon kicked off his show by holding a poster with the N-word emblazoned on it. He first showed the confederate battle flag then the sign. He was trying to make a point in a provocative way and he achieved his goal but at what cost. Did he go too far to prove his point? Should his bosses at CNN have approved this display? Share your thoughts.
FROM FATHER’S DAY 2010
A few years ago we were planning a Father’s Day program at church and we were saying that the fathers needed to be given an instructional sermon. After the discussion my pastor asked us a simple question. He asked “why do we celebrate moms on Mother’s Day, but on Father’s Day we choose to lecture them?” We had never looked at it quite that way we were lecturing them. That is what I feel we have been doing to black fathers for years. The community and the media have fashioned an image of the black fathers and so many have collectively bought into the myth. Don’t get me wrong I know there are many fathers who are not truly fathers they are merely “babby daddies”, many who frequent the Maury Povich Show. Last year we heard of Desmond Hatchett of TN, he has fathered 21 children by 11 different women, and he is only 30 years old. He works a minimum wage job and is not financially able to take care of them. Although he is a sensational case, he is not reflective of black fatherhood. There are thousands of black fathers that work everyday and take care of their children. They love their children and spend quality time teaching their children how to be better people. This group is ignored by the mainstream, but they are there for their children everyday. So today let’s celebrate dads. I especially celebrate my late father who taught us at an early age how a man should treat his wife and daughters, and to my husband and father of my children who instills wise counsel and good values into the lives of our children. It is a hard job, but so many of them do it well, and today is our day to just say thanks.