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Every now and then you need some McDonald’s. Yesterday I went to my local McDonald’s while eating my lunch with my daughter I observed the manager, a black woman having an ongoing conversation with one of the patrons. She would smile and greet everyone who came over to sit down and eat their food. She asked everyone did they need anything. She was pleasant and professional until a young black teenage boy came over and attempted to charge his phone. She asked him whether he planned on buying any food and when he said yes she said he had 20 minutes to eat it, and they did not tolerate loitering. It was striking to me that he had to justify his existence in the restaurant. During the school year they have limits of the number of students allowed in the restaurant, but there was barely anyone in the place but, she laid out his rules of engagement. He responded to her, and he left the premises. She found him suspicious on arrival, and he did not seem bothered probably because this is his life, and I only got a glimpse of it.
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Video courtesy of Tyree Carroll Family.
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.
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 What if the holiday is rescinded?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.
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UPDATE: Meet the Press received a lot of push back on this segment and Chuck Todd issued this response.
We’ve gotten a lot of feedback about the gun video we showed on Meet the Press today. Some were upset it only featured African-American men talking about their regrets of pulling a trigger. All of the men in the piece volunteered to be a part of the video and the larger project it is a part of.
But the last thing we wanted was to cloud the discussion of the topic.
The original decision to air this segment was made before Wednesday’s massacre. However, the staff and I had an internal debate about whether to show it at all this week. When we discussed putting it off, that conversation centered around race and perception – not the conversation we wanted the segment to invoke.
We decided against delaying the segment because we wanted to show multiple sides of what gun violence does in this country. We thought the issue of gun violence in our culture and society was an important conversation to continue — too important to put off for another week. The consequences of gun violence should not be hidden.
As I say to all audiences, Meet the Press should make all viewers uncomfortable at some point or we are not doing our job. I hope folks view the gun video as a part of the conversation we should all be having and not the totality of it.
We Shall Overcome is the go to song whenever there is a civil rights conflict. The people stoicly sing it as an anthem that projects hope and resolve, but is it realistic? Do we actually know “deep in our hearts” that overcoming is an option? As i have watched the Charleston coverage this week I am struck by the fact that we are quoting Dr. King’s words of 50 years ago and they seem relevant in 2015. That does not give me hope it gives me a sense of despair. I’m not one of those people who say nothing has changed since King’s death, but we have to accept there are some deep seated thoughts passed on through generational lore that will not change. Grandparents and parents pass on their life experiences to there children and children take that to heart. The South Carolina Church killer spoke about things that the killers of Emmit Till probably said to him as they tortured him to death over 50 years ago. Racism is real and lives today among us. Not just in the South but everywhere. Not all racist are killers and not all racist would self-define. We can’t change the hearts and minds of everyone and singing We Shall overcome might give a sense of peace while we sing it but after the last note is uttered we walk back into the real world we need to find a way to simply coexist.
Last night 9 people were killed at a prayer meeting held at a Charleston, South Carolina church. The shooter a white male in his twenties is still on the loose. He opened fire on people at Wednesday night prayer and Bible study. Right now the goal is to find the killer. We will deal with the why later. It is evil and heartbreaking. Christians are called to forgive but today we are simply called to grieve.
For the past few days we have heard the story of Rachel Dolezal. She is the woman who identifies as a black woman but according to her parents she is white. The term transracial has been trending on Twitter, but is it possible to be transracial? Last night my son called and asked what did I think about her and I really didn’t see it as a big deal. She is an advocate and she identifies as black. More power to her, but this morning I saw the attached youtube clip and it gave me pause. Here she is talking about black hair and she is standing in the shoes of an authority. She even goes as far to identify her white hair on the black hair chart. Something about this made my blood boil. Hair is a very sensitive issue in the community. As little girls so many of us were exposed to the hot comb. Your mother would put a comb directly on the flames from the stove and press your hair until it shiny and straight. You might be burned along the way but she would say “it was the cost of being beautiful”. From the hot comb we went to pressing comb in a jar or the kiddie perm, and from there you went to the real perm and some of us are still slave to the perm. Black hair is evolving and many among us are now natural, but this is our experience. It is not a shared experience that every woman can identify with. Dolezal can love black people and all things black, but she is not black and to watch her co-op our experience is unsettling. She can work for the NAACP and she can curl her hair, know our history, but she is not black. Maybe she is transracial because that would mean she can come move in and out and that is not an option that an actual black person has.
NOW finally spoke about the police incident in McKinney Texas. Many in the black community wondered if they would speak out on this issue.
NOW President Terry O’Neill Calls for Immediate Dismissal of the Police Officer and Full Investigation by U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C. – We can only look with revulsion on the images from McKinney, Tex., of a white police officer pushing a 15-year old Black girl in a bathing suit face-down on the ground and placing a knee on her back. Today, we are shocked, angered, and deeply worried for the well being of this young woman. Tomorrow, we need answers, and action. If the girl had been white, would she have received the same treatment from the white police officers on the scene?
Would the white police officer involved have even considered pulling a white teenage girl by the hair while screaming “ON YOUR FACE!” and then sitting on top of her while she cries, “call my mother”? Would the white police officers have responded to a similar incident involving unarmed white teenagers at a community pool by an outrageous use of violence and intimidation: brandishing weapons, placing the teens in handcuffs, and verbally and physically abusing them?
Placing the officer on administrative leave is an insufficient response, particularly in light of the fact that this police department has a history of racial tension. NOW calls for the immediate firing of the police officer who committed the abuse, and immediate leave without pay for the officers who abetted him. In addition, NOW calls on the U.S. Department of Justice to immediately launch a full-scale investigation into the conduct of the McKinney, Texas police department. We can no longer tolerate the racial injustice that seems to have become a hallmark of too many police departments across our nation. Black girls’ lives matter.
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