Monday, September 27, 2010

Don't Ask Don't Tell?


Recently, there was a vote to abolish the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy that was established in the 1990s by President Bill Clinton.  This policy was incorporated to let Gays serve in the military ONLY if they did not disclose their sexual prefernces, and if you did decide to reveal that you were gay then you would be kicked out of the military.  Not too long ago the fight against this bill began to get momentum and gain a lot of support, but when the issue was voted upon, they chose to shot it down!  Why?  Oh, I forgot because their gay!
Seriuosly, I am not gay myself, but if it is your choice to be gay then that's all on you, but how can I sit here and tell you that it's wrong?!  I believe that anyone who is willing to sacrifice their lives for our country reguardless of race, sex, and sexuality, should be entitled to the honor of others!  So for all those gay men and women who died for our country should be saluted just like the others because they felt they had an obligation to defend America!  But isn't it sad how people want to protect the freedoms of a conutry that they themselves can not enjoy?!  All of this brings me back to a man, he wasn't gay, but his death was in vain, and that man was Crispus Attucks, a freedman that was the first person to die in the American Revolutionary War, or a war for freedom from Britian.  Crispus Attucks was killed during the Boston Massacre, and even though American gained its freedom, African Americans were still being enslaved in the South.  Still, he as an African AMERICAN chose to die for the rights he wouldn't of enjoyed even if he did survive that gunshot.  So to all my gay brothas and sistahs out there, you are Americans and everyone else has to realize it, and I hate the ignorance is trying to keep you from serving you country-something that every American should be proud to do!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Sad Rise of the Tea Party

We know that some states are having elections.  I know in Ohio I think we're going to elect a new senator, and next year I think we will be electing a new governor.  But I know that I'm already tired of the commercials!  UGH!  To be completely honest, I don't like Ted Strickland because he doesn't support Charter Schools because he feels we're taking money away from the public schools, but the Cleveland school system is so horrible that Charter schools are definitely the better option.  And I bet none of the public schools in my area can say that they have 100% graduation and college acceptance rates!
Anyhow, I don't like John Kasic, or however you spell it because. . .this is going to sound so bias, but he's a republican and I never go for the republican candidates.  Plus his commercials are already making me sick of him because they're so, what's the word I'm looking for? Corney!  He is talking to a group of working class people, mostly white, and has this phony look on his face as if he is going to really be the best choice for governor.  Then the people he's talking too look like they were paid to be there, and really wouldn't listen to him in the first place if he wasn't putting them in his commercials.
The thing is though, in Ohio, the Tea Party has yet to really get anywhere.  But I've been watching as they claim victory after victory in other states, and they have Sarah Palin on their side?  Now, I really don't know anything about their politics, and I really don't care to know right now because I'm not even old enough to vote, but I do have to tell you what I think about their party from all the things that have been going on with this "new party":
I think that this so called Tea Party is just the Republican party, they just have a different name.  So far, the fact the Sarah Palin's dumb-not knowing anything about politics-you know what is now on their party is making me turn away even more because she really doesn't know what she's doing, and she's an airhead.  I also don't think that she really thinks before she does something because after that whole incident with the Dr. that said the N-Word, Sarah Palin actually encouraged her to continue with her radio show!
Then there was the whole thing with that guy that wrote that fake letter to Abraham Lincoln about how we Black Folk can not take care of ourselves!  I was extra hurt about this because not only am I too an African American, but I am an NAACPer and if you say "NAACP this" or "NAACP that" you're talking about me too.  I mean, this guy didn't even apologize for what he did, and I know that the "Tea Party" took the necessary steps by firing him, and then putting their only Black member on TV to clear everything up.  The thing is, if this guy was racist, who knows how many others are still in the "Tea Party"?  Who knows what these "politicians" are really saying to the masses? I personally am afraid of a rise to this party, but if it does happen, I'm not afraid to fight it like my man Martin Luther King did in the 50s and 60s.  So "Tea Party" be very afraid because when I get up there, you will face my social justice! PEACE!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Black 2 School

It is too often that Black public schools are some of the worse in the country, and thanks to a book that my cousin refered to me, "Know Thy Self" by Naiam Ak'bar, I think I have to solution to the problem that we face in the urban school systems.
In Cleveland, our urban school system is horrid.  Glenville, Shaw, East Tech, etc. are all the big name schools in our area, but they don't seem to me the crown and glory that they once where when it was occupied by a prodominetly white student body.  But the greats such as the creators of Super Man attended Glenville, and Jesse Owens graduated from East Tech, but those glory days have been long over.  Due to all the violence, and the poverty rates in our area, schools like these just don't do well, and this is a sad fact, but the sad this is, we aren't the worse off.  I think that Detroit has the worst public school sytem in the nation with the below 70 percentile in most of the things that Cleveland at least get a decent score for!  Again, I accredit this to rising poverty and violence among the young people, and the scariest thing I heard on the Micheal Baisden show was that 70% of all the murders commited last year in the Black communtiy were against honor students, and the most notable is Derrion Albert from Chicago.  If you haven't seen the horrific video already, he was just on his way to school and was beaten to death by three gang members just by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  He was just 16 years old, and an honor student!  I was so horrified by this that the sun would not shine anymore, and the future of all Black kind seemed so dark.  Then when I actually saw apart of the video on Rahiem Davaughn's music video "Bulletproof", I couldn't sleep, and I added 15 pages tomy book in one night!  I even cried on my mother's shoulder because I was so shaken by this!  But I think that if we had better schools for our fellow brothas and sistahs then they wouldn't be acting so crazy!
Now I think that every prodominately Black school should have a system where they can be more educated by the accomplishments of their people so they know who their going to be, or what their destiny is going to be; with a more afrocentric education, they will really be able to have a better understanding of who there are and where they came from because only then will they know where they're going.  I have my mom and my school system to thank for who I am and what I have become because my mother made sure that I hade an understanding of my Black culture.  Being a graduate of Glenville herself, she had to research on her own about what she was and because of her inquiry, she helped to open up these doors for me that otherwise wouldn't of been open.  Plus I thank her for keeping me out of the public school system; she sent me to a catholic preschool, a muslim kindergarden, and a charty elementary, middle, and high school.  But I will give major props to my Muslim school (I'm not Muslim or any religion at that), and my elementary school because they taught me so much more about my African American culture than my high has.  The funny thing is though, my elementary school was run by a white man, but he made sure we sung the Negro National anthem at every assembly, we did different activities for Black history month, we got to learn a lot about our African cultures, and there were assmblies dedicated to our history and that's more than any girl can ask for.  The one downside to this theory is that not all of the students that were in my class went on the be the person that I am, but I guess that it is a life choice.  But when you get a child into knowing what their ancestors were, people such as Salem Poor or Frederick Douglass, and even President Obama, you will get them to open their eyes to the big picture: "That yeah, I can have money like all those rappers, but I can do it a different way."  "That gansta way of life isn't all that's out there, maybe I can go to college like W.E.B. Du Bois."  "Maybe I can make change happen like Martin Luther King Jr.." I can even be the next President like Obama."  This type of exposure will see new hieghts in what an African American can accomplish, and it will also change the perception of what a lot of people expect from a Black person.  So I'm hoping that someonw will read this and take the initiative and help our young Brothas and Sistahs see past this crazy mess that a lot of Hip Hop artists have going out so that maybe we will no longer have to suffer at the hands of our own people, and the American government, the one that promised us "Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness."

"Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere"-Martin Luther King Jr.

Recently, we have learned the Troy Davis will not be given a new trial to overturn his death sentence, and this is a huge blow to my heart because as a member of the NAACP, I personally saw the process of getting signatures, and signed a few things myself!  But I guess the judge was so angry that the people that were working on the case didn't let the only two witnesses from the case not to recant their testimony didn't ask them to come back, that he decided that he would not give the poor man another trial.
I don't know the specifics on this case, but what I do know is that Troy Davis was sentenced to death over a decade ago for the murder of a white police officer.  During the trial, nine witnesses were called to the stand to speak out against him, and not too long before his scheduled execution, seven of them, (yes 7!) took back their statements and blaming the police department for threatening them into testifying!  So the NAACP started their own campaign called "I Am Troy" where they sent out petitions to help get Troy Davis an appeal for a new trail, and I was happy to pass the paper around at our annual Youth Leadership Luncheon.  Also at the national convention in New York City back in 2009, Troy Davis' very intellegent nephew spoke at one of our luncheons, and I empathized with that little boy so much.  But I was over joyed when I learned that Troy Davis was going to get a new trial, but my rejoyce was then cut short when I learned that he would remain on death row.
Now here is my perspective, I believe that without a doubt that Mr. Troy Davis is innocent, and the only reason why he is serving this death sentence was because he is a Black man, and the man that was killed was a White man.  Now I'm not saying that all the Black men are innocent when accused of killing a White cop because here in Ohio, a white cop was shot in the head by a Black man who claimed that it was in self defense, but how can you shot a man in the head and say that you were protecting yourself?  That's just cold blooded.  Then there are the cases that pop up too often where an innocent Black man is cheated by the justice system that was created to protect ALL men.  Shoot, I saw a White man who brutally killed a Black person and did unspeakable things to the body and he got off!  What type of justice is that?
Before this, I use to believe that anyone who killed someone deserved to get the death penalty, but now I see how often innocent people are sentenced to die for crimes they do not commit, and this happens more so to minorities in my opinion.  This heartbreaking reality is the reason why I am no longer a supporter of the death penalty in any part of America, and I hope that one day we will abolish this system of punishment in the justice system of America because Troy Davis should not be awaiting his execution, he should be home with  his family like other innocent death row inmates.