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Why did Michael Eric Dyson take on Cornel West in The New Republic magazine?

Cornel West's Rise and Fall by Michael Eric Dyson   The New Republic
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.

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121550/cornel-wests-rise-fall-our-most-exciting-black-scholar-ghost

Why is CJ Pearson’s disrespect for Al Sharpton being celebrated by the right?


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.

Walter Scott was executed by Michael Slager…will the state sanction it?


Walter Scott was pulled over for a broken taillight. Why did he end up dead. According to Officer Michael Slager Scott was shot because the officer feared for his life. The tape seems to suggest something far different. Slager has been charged with murder. Thank God for the video.

First Family attends a “boisterous” Easter service…what does that mean?

Boisterous-Rough and noisy, noisily jolly or rowdy; clamourous; unrestrained. This is the word that the pool reporters have used to describe the church service the President attended yesterday at the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA. Traditional black churches do have lively services often punctuated with music, dance and testimony, but it is not strange it is simply different, but not “boisterous”.

http://news.yahoo.com/obama-first-family-attend-boisterous-easter-170008046.html

The Atlanta cheating scandal is a tragedy on so many levels

Yesterday my heart grieved as I saw Atlanta teachers and administrators being led off to prison. How did these college educated men and women get so far off track? They cheated. They cheated the students, the system and themselves and now they are going to prions, but we also have to ask were they also victims? Were they handed unrealistic goals to meet? I saw a clip of a 16 year old testifying against them and she said that she read at a middle school level, but the altered test results claimed she was at grade level. Was she a victim? Yes, but is that strictly the fault of the teachers? Shouldn’t her parents or parent have known that she was not up to par in her reading skills? Don’t get me wrong they should be punished and if they received bonuses they should have to return the money, but should they be sent to prison for years? These defendants were treated like they were members of the mafia. Punish them, but don’t destroy them. Do they really deserve to be roommates with rapists and murderers? Read the linked article and share your thoughts.

http://www.ajc.com/news/APS-trial-verdicts/

#BlackBrunch ALT disrupts Palm Sunday Brunch…is this the path to change?

I love a good brunch. You get to sit back and simply enjoy the food, the drink and the company. It’s a peaceful time unless you are at this restaurant in Atlanta. Is this an acceptable form of protest. Watch the clip and share your thoughts.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/03/30/black-brunch-protesters-hit-atlanta-on-palm-sunday-youre-scaring-the-children/

Starbucks, Black Lives Matters, Hands Up Don’t Shoot, I go to UVA, Lynching all in a week

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.

McDonald’s Brawl: What should happen to these girls?

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

Univision fires Rodner Figueroa for comparing the First Lady to an ape

Read the linked article and share your thoughts.
http://www.wptv.com/entertainment/univision-fires-rodner-figueroa-for-racist-michelle-obama-insult

Rap Music does not give you license to use the n-word and the Morning Joe crew should know better

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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