Are we really free to speak our mind? We as a country pride ourselves in the concept of freedom of speech, but lately when someone truly expresses an unpopular opinion they risk being pummeled or boycotts if they are famous. People are becoming afraid to actually say anything for fear of offending. Jay Leno shared a story of asking one of his interns to pick up lunch for him. The intern asked him if he wanted Mexican, and he said he did not like Mexican and the intern’s reply was “that’s racist”. Really? no he just preferred not to eat Mexican food, but that is how branding starts. The intern shares the story with one of his friends and Leno is a racist. Washington Post writer Johnathan Capehart is being called a “house Negro”, because he questioned the “hands up don’t shoot” Ferguson narrative which has been dismissed by the DOJ. So for sharing an opinion not popular with some he is now a race traitor. We are living in the either or universe…you are either with us or against us. So we still have freedom of speech but we have to be willing to defend the right.
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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.
Tonight we like millions of people watched the Empire finale. I have enjoyed this show. It has been a hilarious, over the top, escape from reality. Big personalities, crazy plots, dysfunctional families and memorable music, but tonight it was punctuated with violence. Why did “Boo Boo Kitty” and Cookie have to fight each other? I am sure many people greeted this fight with laughs and high fives, but did this need to happen? Last week we saw several girls viciously beat a girl at a NY Mcdonald’s. The fight was taped and has been seen all over the world. The girls involved have been arrested and they are facing the possibility of extended time in jail. If you have seen the tape you will see their behavior was also greeted by laughs and camera phones. Some will say the Empire fight was almost comic relief, but two black women fighting should never be a punch line, and it will only stop if we stop laughing.
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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
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.
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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
Rev. Willie Barrow died last night. She was a small woman who had a big impact on civil rights. She worked with Dr. king but she had a significant impact in Chicago. She and Rev. Jesse Jackson founded Operation Breadbasket. A program that helped feed the poor in Chicago during the 60s and 7os. During that time they had a radio show and every Saturday you would hear her booming, raspy voice. As a child I remember being impressed maybe even intrigued by this woman who had a place at the table when most women were still relegated to the kitchen. She will be missed.