two things. first; the youth must soon get a better understanding and appreciation for life. i am a strong believer that it starts with the parents, but at what point do the church leaders, voices of the community, and even entertainers (who the youth often turn to for guidance) decide to assume responsibility. children need to know that you appreciate things earned more than things taken and; in the long run something that you worked for and acquired on your own will be more lasting and rewarding than something stolen. they must learn to value their life which will in turn force others to see and accept that value. if you appear clueless and careless about your worth and what you can accomplish, others will have no choice but be clueless and careless about you in general. case in point, this story.
second. society, communities of color more specifically, must not continue to idly stand by and allow injustice, sugar coated discrimination, and constant mistreatment. we must ensure that our local government and federal government consist of individuals that will make an attempt to better those that can be, apply equal reward and punishment to civilians, and assume accountability for their actions. the judge in the case has clearly decided that based on another civilians declaration, that this teenager is a criminal that deserves to be hindered and punished for the rest of his life. i am by no means condoning the crimes committed, but it appears that these two were bored and were looking for excitement however it would come. the severity of the punishment does not meet that of the crime. in the video the judge stated that had the teen plead guilty he would have received a lessor sentence, this meant that the judges emotions came into play during sentencing. it’s up to the jury to find the defendant guilt, and after that what the defendant claims is irrelevant. or so i thought.
from personal experience, watching my younger brother, and cousins deal with criminal issues, i know that law enforcement officials get emotionally attached. they often have a feeling of superiority and if you make an assertion that they feel is less than respectful, ie. this teen not admitting his guilt, they take the authority they have been granted and stretch the limits for miles.
“if Martin Luther was living he wouldn’t let this be”- M. Jackson
A hurricane warning was issued late Friday afternoon for an area that includes New York City and Long Island, among other northeastern locales.
About the same time, Obama declared a state of emergency for New York state due to the storm.
Irene’s current track could make it the most destructive hurricane to strike New York City since 1938.
“The sun is shining, but don’t be misled,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters Friday afternoon. “There is a very dangerous storm heading in our direction. There is no question that we are going to be with wind and high water that is very dangerous.” CNN
“Tonight, two great teams played a very competitive game that unfortunately ended after heated exchanges with both teams,” Thompson said. “We sincerely regret that this situation occurred. We remain grateful for the opportunity our student athletes are having to engage in a sport they love here in China, while strengthening their understanding of a nation we respect and admire at Georgetown University.” – Georgetown coach John Thompson III
this statement comes from Coach Thompson after an abrupt end to the Georgetown v. Bayi game. after a hard foul one of the Bayi players resorted to jailhouse tactics and retaliated then all hell broke out. get into the video…
the Hoya’s are in China for an 11-day exhibition tour, hopefully this wont occur at the remaining games. we don’t need more instances like this one; get into the video
these teens first learned about flash mobs after numerous viral videos overflowed the internet. they thought, “why would i go put on a show and leave without getting compensated?” so, they decided to flip the script;
i respect CNN, and John King is usually decent. however, just because these kids were captured on camera and appear to be predominantly African American doesn’t constitute this as a “black” issue. just 2 weeks ago we learned about a group of Caucasians who targeted the first “black” guy they saw, beat him, then one drove over him, killing him; they have yet to state that there is an issue in the “white” community. (more on this story)
fuck fair and balanced, just tell it like it is. one bad apple spoiling the bunch is not socially acceptable anymore, especially not in this long ass recession. if you have one spoiled apple you throw it to the side, maybe even cut off the bad part and use the rest for apple pie. so why do all “black” have to have an issue because a group of anxious and bored high school students wanted to start some mischief.
I have this blog. I have my laptop. I have a substantial vocabulary. Why then, isit that I struggle with my words. My thought process is somewhat scattered. I often think faster than I can speak, or in this case type. By the time I get what I want to say out, its almost never what I originally thought. My mother says I’m my own worst enemy, my toughest critic. Even though traffic to this blog is limited to that of the author, I fear making a mark less than satisfactory will somehow come back to haunt me. I post daily but most never make it past the draft stage. I have decided that I will no longer limit myself nor will I feel the need to appease anyone. I will write until I feel content, then post. Regardless of length, political incorrectness, or my tendency to go on a tangent, I will post.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” -This inspiring quote by Marianne Williamson is from her book,A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
Individualism is the moral stance, political philosophy, ideology, or social outlook that stresses “the moral worth of the individual”.Individualists promote the exercise of one’s goals and desires and so independence and self-reliancewhile opposing most external interference upon one’s own interests, whether by society, family or any other group or institution. -Wikipedia
If I spent the night at your pad and brought my own Disney sheets, would you be able to sleep at night? Would you be uncomfortable knowing that I’m laying on a bed covered by the Jonas Brothers or Hannah Montana? … Sounds immature. How many Muslims do you see or hear bashing Christians for waking up to bacon and eggs in the morning? (This is coming to me as I type so pardon the seeming lack of direction) How many people have dissed Pepsi drinkers for not relying on Coke or Sprite to quench their thirst?
Although most parents stress the importance of being yourself to their children, self expression has become an open invitation for insults, prejudgments, and the easiest way to outlaw an individual. Even though no two people look the same, except monozygotic twins (who sometimes are not even 100% identical), theres a social stigma attached to anyone who goes against the grain appearance wise. It’s as if everyone was baked from the same mold and anyone who attempts to break the mold is performing an act of shape-shifting. The day when I am forced to relive my elementary years, where I had no choice but to wear a uniform, will be the day I become a nudist. Why does one mans wardrobe threaten the masculinity of the next? If someone walks past in a 511 does that reduce the leg room in a 501?