Thursday, September 18, 2014

Obama, Obama, why have you forsaken us? #BlackLivesMatter

During this time I’ve pulled children out of clouds of tear gas. I’ve witnessed white women who are members of the clergy collectively praying in front of tanks and armored vehicles. One of these women was mercilessly shot with a rubber bullet by the police while praying for peace. Our neighborhood was occupied by the police as if they were an invading army laying siege to their enemy and pillaging the remains. Our basic civil rights were stripped away as we were treated like cattle in the name of a sick, sadistic experiment in martial law. We assumed that our beloved, black president would come to our defense and speak about the perils of police brutality, racial profiling, and Mike Brown’s unfortunate demise. Instead we felt as if he co-signed this unfair treatment and endorsed the brutal show of force the police displayed towards us. We are our only allies. No one in the world will stand up with us against such tyranny.
 This is the moment I asked myself, “Why did I vote for Barack Obama twice? Why are we being treated like this simply for demanding justice for our fallen brother?” I decided it is possible I’ll never vote for another American president for as long as I live. We live in America but we are clearly not included as Americans. Americans don’t unleash a completely militarized force upon other Americans. Americans don’t tear gas other Americans. Americans don’t drive tanks over the front yards of other Americans. By classical definition we are still poor black people who reside in America, but we are not considered equal to fellow American citizens and lawmakers. Our hopes and dreams are not valued or respected. Our worries and concerns often fall upon deaf ears.

 Let's talk about  NFL players so we won't have to talk about the real crisis in America.

When will America declare a WAR on Racism???  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Here is a peek at what's on RedEye's radar #AmnestyforFerguson

 Ferguson, Missouri, or Kiev, Ukraine?
  US, Ukraine or Middle East?  #Ferguson images made it hard to tell.

Only in America can a Lawyers bid to become Americas top Civil Rights attorney fails because he supported Civil Rights.  The fact he is black probably didn't help either.

Debo Adegbile, who previously served as the acting head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, is one of the nation’s top civil rights attorneys. He’s also a leading expert on voting rights who twice defended the Voting Rights Act before the Supreme Court — the first time successfully. He was, in other words, an ideal candidate to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division — the division which, among other things, oversees the federal government’s voting rights work in an era where conservative state lawmakers are currently waging a widespread campaign to prevent demographic groups that tend to vote for Democrats from casting a ballot.
Question:  Is the media cry, to hang them high, really about domesticviolence, or is it about racism

Why is the NFL under scrutiny, when their domestic violence statistics are better than the norm? Why are there no white athletes, who are the focus of media calls for punishment, and impoverishment?
Let's talk about Adrian Peterson so we won't have to talk about real child abuse.
 A young black man with a towering Afro, Hunt stood out in this overwhelmingly white city about 30 minutes south of Salt Lake City. So much so that just moments before officers killed him in a barrage of gunfire on Sept. 10, passersby pulled out their cell phones and snapped photos of the 22-year-old with the big hair, bright red shirt and toy sword slung over his shoulder.

White America's drug problem is getting worse, but they aren't being thrown in prison for it.
 White people have a painkiller problem. According to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, painkiller overdoses accounted for almost 17,000 deaths in 2011. The majority of deaths were among whites, at a rate that’s growing faster than for any other racial group.

What's that you say?  Ferguson Plan for police oversight is derided as "insulting"?  I'm shocked!  Shocked I tell you!  NOT.
 The proposal does not mention whether the board would be empowered to investigate citizen complaints against officers, given resources to conduct independent investigations. The word "review" is not mentioned in the proposal other than to describe the committee as a "review board."


Sunday, September 14, 2014

"My Committment to Social Justice Doesn't Mean I Hate White People"

I have always been good at making people feel uncomfortable by being extremely vocal about my views on political and social issues. This has also led to quite a few misunderstandings, especially with people not familiar with social justice praxis.

This post is for those who I've made feel uncomfortable about my passion for #SocialJustice.

If you never read another thing I post, please read and discuss this post by Michelle Denise Jackson, via the wonderful blog For Harriett.  It expresses my sentiments exactly.
There are many people in the world who believe that “social justice” equates to being anti-white, anti-wealth, and anti-male. (I’m not saying who those people are, but you can take a guess.) And if you dare try to have critical conversations about racism—especially the impact race plays in nearly every aspect of daily life in the U.S.—then you are just “trying to make white folks feel guilty for being white.”
There are none so blind as those who will not see.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Let's talk about Ray Rice so we won't have to talk about #Ferguson anymore

Tweet of the Week

To Serve and Protect or Occupy and Oppress?
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, there has been a steady militarization of police forces in many of America’s cities. This has become increasingly obvious when the subject of dealing with public protests has arisen. Whether in dealings with Occupy protesters a few years ago, or with the unrest caused recently by the killing of Michael Brown (an unarmed teenager) by police in Ferguson, Missouri, many question the use of some of the brutal tactics and military style weapons used by police across the nation. There often seems to be a difference in opinion between police and protesters (particularly when they are dealing with mainly unarmed, peaceful demonstrators who feel they are simply exercising their civil rights to peaceably assemble and speak their minds freely as is written in the Constitution and Bill of Rights), as to what is the appropriate way in which each should act.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hey Brian, this post is just for you #KeepJohnsonsName

Remember when I said this?
 Why is it when student's, alumni, and any number of councilmen and officials call to inform the Superintendent he is making a gargantuan mistake changing the name of Lee High School, he acknowledges his mistake and backtracks on his proposal, but when J.O.Johnson High School alumni and students protest, and any number of councilmen and officials call to inform him he is making a gargantuan mistake changing the name of Johnson High School,  he violates district policy and changes the name of not just Johnson but Davis Hills Middle School too?  This is indeed the Pinnacle of Hypocrisy.
 Last night the Huntsville City School Board of Education violated their own policy on the Selection of School, Facility, and/or Property Name (Policy 2.9, presented September 5, 2013) by concluding the process and voting on the new names approximately three weeks before they were allowed to do so.

And you said this?
Also, did the J.O. Johnson students get up and walk out of class in protest of the name change like the Lee students did? I have seen nothing about students protesting the J.O. Johnson name change.
Well here you go.

Again, if it's not hypocrisy what is it?

Update! #ThrowbackThursday Threatening Parents #hsvboe style

Breaking News!  Mr. Matthews has changed the settings on his Uplifting HCS from being an open group that anyone could view to a closed group that only members can view. I guess he realized it wasn't wise to threaten parents about posting on Facebook on Facebook.  Snicker

The last thing Huntsville City Schools wants the Department of Justice to know is the truth.

In a letter sent to parents with students enrolled in grades 3-12 HCS claims they have invited the Department Justice to meet with students in order to gain information related to the long standing desegregation order, which they are bound and determined to be released from, by hook or by crook.
This whole process is a fraud and a farce. H/T Russell Winn
 Mr. Matthews is correct when he says that the agreement that parents signed requires that they not even acknowledge that they participated in these discussions, but the attitude that he demonstrates here, and in particular the attitude that Mr. Giles, HCS's Chief of Staff, demonstrate here is troubling.

Any discussion to bring unity to a community that requires implied and even direct threats from the school system, the DOJ, and especially employees from the school system, which is true of Mr. Giles and has been true of Mr. Matthews, is going to fail.

You cannot achieve unity by being secret about how you do so.
Yep, can't have the Feds finding out what is really going on in the Huntsville City Schools. Parents who were lucky enough to be selected need to STFU.
 It was painful to watch democracy, fairness, and justice, die last night. I went to bed last night  and woke up this morning with that same sick feeling I had after the not guilty verdict in the  George Zimmerman trial.

First, they stacked the agenda with long presentations, and seats were saved for teachers/employees prior to the public being allowed to enter the board room.  Second, citizens were told to write down their questions on cards to be given to the board members and they would decide which ones were to be read or answered.  Citizens were not allowed to ask questions of the BOE.  A handpicked Pastor was "asked" and allowed to speak, however Reverend Mark Johnson, nephew of J.O. Johnson left because the BOE kept changing the rules and he thought he wasn't going to be allowed to speak.
Oh what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive.  I'm beginning to think neither side wants a solution, which plays right into the segregationist strategy of  segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever?

Uplifting Huntsville City Schools my Donkey  
Mending fences with the black community is the last thing on the mind of this superintendent. Wardynski, assisted by the district 1 BOE representative , and the president of the Huntsville Council of PTSA's, attended the J.O.Johnson PTSA election the day after the prayer vigil.  According to my sources, with Wardynski, McCaulley, and Elisa Ferrall in attendence,  members of the J.O. Johnson Alumni Association were told their individual memberships were not valid because there were no copies of their membership applications.  They were also informed the application fees they paid were a donation, and refused to refund them.  So they had a record of the donations but not the membership.  Only two members of the JOJ Alumni Association were allowed to vote, but here's the kicker, ballots were not secret, they had to be printed and signed or they weren't counted. Reynard Jones was elected President, and Carlos Matthews was elected Vice President of the J.O.Johnson PTSA by a vote of 21-2.  Neither of these persons have children who attend J.O. Johnson,  nor are either J.O.Johnson Alums.  Both were members of the hand picked members of the so called naming committee.
Those who control the message...., control the outcomeNod Nod Wink Wink

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

#DomesticViolence in Black and White

Legal Schnauzer: Football Star Ray Rice Gets Cut For Domestic Abuse, While Federal Judge Mark Fuller Still Has His Job
The public should not rest until Mark Fuller has been held accountable. And clear signs of racial favoritism in these two cases should not be ignored.

A Tale of Two Thugs
Mark Fuller is a judge in the federal district court in Alabama, and not an obscure one. It was Fuller who presided over the trial and conviction of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman, which stank more than a little, and which made Fuller famous among federal district judges in the South. In August, Fuller was arrested for knocking his wife around an Atlanta hotel.

BenRothelisberger says he's praying for Ray Rice
It was four years ago when Roethlisberger was the first player suspended under the NFL's personal conduct policy. He was accused of sexually assaulting a Georgia college student following a night of drinking in a Milledgeville, Georgia, bar in March 2010. He was not charged.

Ray Rice's wife defends husband and attacks media, as well she should.
“To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing,” she wrote in part on Instagram. “To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass off for all his life just to gain ratings is a horrific [sic]. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is!”
Janay Palmer doesn't deserve the victim blaming.  She only deserves your support.  Amen.
Likewise, it's not our place to ask Palmer why she decided to marry Rice after the elevator incident. Reconciliation doesn't take away from the abuse she suffered, nor does it excuse Rice's actions. It's that very judgment that silences so many abused women, burying their pain under layers of guilt. In a country where one in four women are assaulted in their lifetime they need our support, not condemnation.
We aren't seeing Mark Fullers wife's name being dragged through the mud.

We aren't seeing Mark Fullers wife's face all over the media.

People aren't questioning why Mark Fuller's wife.... stayed.

We don't hear people telling Mark Fuller you don't play Rock-em Sock-em Robots with Barbie Dolls

 I'm just saying....#ItIsAboutRace