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The Moor and his tragic beloved.  Othello and Desdemona from William Shakespeare's, Othello.

The Moor and his tragic beloved. Othello and Desdemona from William Shakespeare’s, Othello.

I guess I’m what they would’ve called back then, “free-willed”; the same as some other unfortunate souls.  Had I been born two centuries ago, I’d probably have had all my skin whipped off of me, been hobbled, that sort of thing.  Every chance that I got, I’d be trying to bust off of the plantation.

I guess it’s for that reason that I get so angry when I read about African-American interactions with the police.  I find myself ticked off because in more cases than I feel cool about, I’m falling on the side of law enforcement and that just vexes all hell out of me. Continue reading

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Nobody Expected the Spanish Inquisition

A couple of things are going on in the wake of the NFL/Ray Rice controversy, least of all the decision-making process leading up to the indefinite suspension of the player.  As I watch news broadcasts repeatedly running footage of “the punch”, I’m asking myself when is enough, enough.  How much reporting and reviewing of a couple of minutes of salacious footage do we need to see to get the gist of what occurred?

Adding insult to injury, newsreels are abuzz with discussions on other athletes who beat their wives; as if this is a new phenomenon.  And now, Adrian Peterson is being indicted for spanking his son with a switch.  Maybe it’s me but I’m of a mind that if we continue down this path, the public will begin to see the primary face of domestic violence as being a black one. Continue reading

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Nativitatem Janus Publica

Joe Public, that iconic, abstract expression representing the hypothetical common man, is dying.

Along with his demise, the realm of the regular, the conventional and the commonplace

Roman god Janus symbolizes change and transition much like our overused technology.

Roman god Janus symbolizes change and transition much like our overused technology. We’re beginning to worship it the way Rome invoked him.

will no longer be afforded us in like manner as years past since technology has increased our ability to disseminate and receive even the most minute and routine pieces of information.  Taking his place is a greater, larger representation of the existing soul of society.  News and current events which we once found humdrum will become just the opposite; significant, ultra-important and essential to our social consciousness.

As would befit his grander design, the manner we look at him is changing in ways both subtle and unnerving.  Before as a man of the people, like the people, Joey P. had no illusions of power but rather humbly accepted his place as humanity’s conscience.  Now though, this new version boldly sees itself as judge and jury for the masses and ordinary citizens, its representatives and dispensers of whatever rudimentary punishment his “society” deems fit to hand down.  And once he starts to regard himself as executioner, and us his agents of death, we’re in big trouble. Continue reading

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Expenditures to Kill For

There exists in America today, a cultural oxymoron, i.e. the war on terror.

More than two words, it’s nevertheless an oxymoron because of the two words used, one, war, is presented in a manner of phrasing to signify its benevolent intent of defeating the evil other-the good war will defeat the bad terror-but in reality they both are the same.  Let’s face it, war IS terror because war is terrible.  War is heartache; war is persecution; war is starvation; war is destruction and war is wrong.  These days though we wield war as if it’s some mythical, benign sword of Gideon or somebody, destined to defeat the evil whatever, wherever it is and at whatever cost.  As we move forward in history and with this new global threat emerging, cost for me becomes the operative word. Continue reading

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Maybe we’re not saying it enough

On more than one occasion, I’ve witness young love on the streets.

Young human love is never as tranquil as what exists between these two.

Young human love is never as tranquil as what exists between these two.

Adolescent men and women are all up in a clench, many times with the young man pawing on or manhandling the young lady, all the while as she beseeches him to stop whatever it is he’s doing.  Of course, the young men don’t stop; they see what they’re doing as alright and fine in whatever type of relationship they got going.  And as I watch I tell myself it would help if the young ladies would command, rather than beseech; a subtle difference yet a powerful one when wielded in the correct manner.

Moreover as a man, I wonder if we’re talking to our young people enough about their relationships and how they interact with the opposite sex.  Personally, I don’t think we are. Continue reading

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