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.
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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
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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.
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.
We hire the police to serve and protect. What do want them to do? The latest police shooting in LA puts the police front and center in the midst of controversy. The police say the man “African” was reaching for one of the policeman’s weapon, and the police killed him. Who is at fault here? We also have to ask when did it become acceptable to fight with the police? Policeman want to go home at the end of the day and they will subdue any threat to that outcome Does this mean every time a policeman shoots he is justified? No, but we have to look at the facts of each case before we indict either party.