Monthly Archives: February 2016

In keeping silent about evil

The lust for power, greed and corruption has been an intrinsic characteristic of human behavior since seemingly the beginning of our existence and while the majority of us make a conscious decision not to embrace these traits there have always been those among us who do.  Therefore it is logical to say that no single group should be considered immune to the possibility that one or more of these individuals lurks within its ranks and as such no individual or individuals should be considered above reproach simply because of the group to which they belong.

As citizens it is our moral responsibility to foster an atmosphere that strengthen the capacity of society at large to point out corruption where it exist and to build transparent and accountable systems of governance so as to ensure that the vulnerable are not take advantage of. This is especially true when the corruption is committed by those who are in power. One would imagine in a society as enlighten as we imagine ourselves to be that this is would be an easy task, but alas it is not.  For as dangerous as those who abuse their power are, equally so are the individuals who persuade the masses with the narrative that to point out the corruption of any individual or group of individuals in a particular group is an attack on that group as a whole. While evidently flawed this narrative is nevertheless an effective tool in seizing on the prejudice and fears of the average citizen. Who when confronted with evidence of such corruption tend to dismiss it on the grounds that it is an attack on and suggests an implausible degree of corruption within a group they respect as a whole.

It is fair to question the motive of the individuals who promote this narrative. It is apparent when one examines their talking points more closely that they are not concerned with the good of society but rather simply with promoting their own agenda. But for what reason? What do these individuals have to gain? Is it fame, power, money or something none of us could even begin to fathom. Whatever it may be as citizens we must not allow their noise to cower us into silence. We must remain vigilant and continue to point out with the loudest voice possible corruption at every turn and our demand for justice. For if we do not we doom society as a whole for as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote:

In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.

Morning after Super Bowl take aways

Morning after Super Bowl take aways

It wasn’t Whitney Houston at Super Bowl 25 but Lady Gaga you crushed the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50. Bravo!

Sloppy, that was one incredibly sloppy game.

When will we learn that when a team brings a defense like Denver did to the big game no matter what offense they bring they are probably going to win the game.

In a year of horrible officiating the refs blew yet another one as they ruled it wrong on the field then blew the replay by not overturning Cotchery’s catch in the 1st quarter. It kept the Panthers deep in their own territory and two plays later Miller strips sacks Newton and the Broncos are in the end zone. 10-0 and the Panthers are chasing that 7 points all game.

Nice of the NFL to give us two halftime shows first the bland with Coldplay then the funky with Beyoncé and Bruno Mars

Cam Newton you had great season but you know you have to dive on that fumble in the 4th quarter even if you don’t get it you have to try to get it.

Peyton Manning the greatest QB of his generation, yeah I said it Patriots fans, goes 13 for 23 for 141 yards no touchdowns and a pick yet now everyone says his legacy is restored, now he’s in that discussion of the greatest ever. Really? Now he’s in the discussion? This performance after the career he had cemented his place in history? That just shows how foolish that argument is in the first place. Football is a team game.

Dan Marino I don’t care what Alec Baldwin says you’re still a better dancer than JJ Watt.

Cam Newton you had great season part 2 but you can’t dab and take sideline pictures and smile while going 15-1 and then sulk and walk out of the press conference when you lose. I know it hurts and you wear your emotions on your sleeve but as the face of the franchise you have to stand tall in victory and defeat.

Just wondering had Cam won and then repeatedly told America that he was going to drink a lot of beer like Peyton did what America’s reaction would have been?

Eli I know you just lost your Thanksgiving dinner bragging rights now that big bro has two rings like you but when the camera is on the family’s box and the whole family is celebrating you have to at least pretend to happy for Peyton.

Keep your head to the sky

In honor of the great Maurice White a man who brought us so much happiness through his music. Let us use his lyrics as a guide to living a better and fuller life.

Keep your heads to the sky and live your life knowing you are a shining star. No matter who you are. Shining bright to see what you could truly be.

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Black history just 7.67% of the year – I don’t think so

There are those who say there should be no Black History Month and to be honest I wholeheartedly agree with them. Not because of the reasons they cite for its elimination but rather because you cannot neatly package the black American experience, the accomplishments as well as the past and present injustices into 7.67% of the calendar year.

One of the characteristics that make America great is that it is the product of the numerous and vastly different cultures that have come together in one place to make a better life for themselves and in the process make this country a better place. Black Americans like so many other groups have and continue to leave an indelible imprint on this country’s greatness. From Cripus Attucks widely considered to be the first American casualty in the American Revolutionary War to former President Barack Obama, this country and what it is today would not what it is if not for the accomplishments of the black American.

Yet for all it greatness America also bares an unpleasant stain on its resume and we would be remiss to ignore or pretend it does not exist. This stain is not simply Black history it is American history and it must be taught to future generations and discussed in an honest an open dialogue. For as Frederick Douglass said “The life of a nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous.” That unpleasant stain is of course America’s treatment of the Black American. From the stripping of our culture to the chains of bondage forced upon us; From the lash of the whip to the rape of our women: From the separation of families to the denial of even the most basic education for our young; From the countless number of non-prosecuted cases of murder to the reign of terror carried out by such terrorist organizations like the KKK; From the institutional and legalized discrimination practiced under Jim Crow to today’s use of discriminatory lending, hiring and housing practices. The black American experience has been met with countless hurdles throughout American history and those hurdles cannot nor should they be expected to be neatly packaged into 7.67% of the calendar year. The history is not a comfortable one to remember but remember it we must so that the suffering of millions of black Americans wasn’t in vain. So that as a country we can learn and grow from the mistakes of our past so that it can never happen again. And so that young black Americans can grow up with the understanding that despite all we have been through as a people not only are we are still here but we have and we continue to accomplish great things every day.

As a nation the only way we can continue to grow and maintain our excellence is if we move forward together as one. Black Americans still face many obstacles in this country but it is our country. We have fought for it and died for it, we have contributed to both its excellence and its flaws. We are as much a part of the fabric of this country as any other group. So no the Black experience is not just something that should be acknowledged for just 7.67% of the year because Black history is American history and that is history we all make every day.

Our Journey Continues

 

Black History Month.

The road has been long, the obstacles have been many, yet endure we have and our struggle, while not as pronounced as in the past, remains very real. But there is one thing that has carried us through the night and that will continue to carry us forward to the light and that is our unshakeable faith in ourselves and our right to be treated as an equal among all people in this world.

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