February 26 marked the 5th anniversary of the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. It left its mark on American society; a chronic irritation still uncured. Some think that perceptions about African-American men deepened on that rainy evening as citizens began to see them as deadly assailants, even unarmed, and worthy of the use of deadly force.
Afterwards, that same cavalier and justified attitude about such use infiltrated communities and police departments across the country. From that point on, it seemed that young men and women of color had targets on them saying, shoot to kill, regardless! I ask you; do you think the killing of young Martin made such shootings easier for some officers and private citizens? And then, did subsequent police shootings empower further civilian armed attacks against young black men? I think they possibly did. Continue reading
Hello everyone. Here we are on April Fool’s Day, a day of pranks and misdirection and that might be more appropriate than you’d first think..
It’s only been less than two-thirds of the way towards the first 100 days of the Trump Administration and the news stories just keep on coming. Tell me, how are you all keeping up? There’s so much to choose from and every one of them is seemingly so relevant and sensational. It’s the epitome of “for real” reality TV. My concern is that a lot of them might be nothing more than smoke screens.
It’s not to say that these accounts aren’t significant or newsworthy; they are. But it’s occurred to me that maybe we ‘prioritize’ the news to get to the nitty-gritty. That’s the challenge; so, what pray tell is the nitty-gritty? Continue reading
Do you ever ask yourself what is it that’s driving all that’s happening in the country right now? The honeymoon is over but like many married couples, the parties’ involved-voters and Republican leadership-seem to be stuck on staying together despite all indications that they should part ways immediately. It’s like the man that cheats on a beautiful woman who constantly forgives him and even worse, loves him deeply still. You ask yourself; how can that be so? I think the overriding factor that’s driving this particular illusion of satisfaction, complacency and success is nothing more than denial and we’ll continue to be under its influence until the nation’s Republican voters draw some hard conclusions. Continue reading
One of the rules of thumb for bloggers is, don’t be cute; especially when it comes to creating a title. Although I was listening, I have to confess my recalcitrant disinclination to follow the pro’s advice. What can I say; whimsy gets the better of me. Except, in this case I do have a point to make. In this case, the cows are the illegal immigration argument that has been so prevalent for these past two administrations, all the way back to George W. Bush. And now, many will reap what was sewn by that stance as the cows come back home to the barn where the law, as imperfect, unforgiving and unbalanced it is, resides. And from here on, there could be many more a broken heart. Continue reading
It appears that Trump, the businessman and Trump, the candidate, as well as Trump, the President of the United States, seem to all have difficulty with facts. That’s at first glance. But if you look at the totality of the title and situations involved, you come away with a much harsher assessment. It could be said that all of his incarnations are spun from an identical bolt of cloth. If that’s the case then unfortunately, it doesn’t create circumstances that bode well for America. That’s because basically it means that Donald Trump is a liar. And he’s not alone.