By now you have seen the SAE video of two young men leading the racist chant that everyone is talking about. The boys have been expelled and their fraternity has been closed. Now comes the dime store analysis that has been freely given on all the networks. The big question is why would they laughingly spew these vile lyrics. Who taught them? One of the boys said that he that alcohol fueled his behavior and some are blaming rap music, but is that fair? Yes rappers throw the n-word around like it is a hot potato but most thinking people don’t follow suit. Notice I did not say that color gives you license. It is a vile word, but it is no excuse. The Morning Joe crew tried to access blame to a rapper who has cancelled an upcoming concert at OU. It’s not his fault. We all have free speech, but there are consequences for that speech and the two newly expelled boys are responsible for their own situation.
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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.
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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.
Something is funny about this email story.
Politics is a dirty game but is it deadly? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.