Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bulletproof Part 2: The Decision

The buzz for the past week in Cleveland has been about the sudden retirement of Dr. Eugene Sanders, whom is the CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.  At first he tried to play it off as if he was actually retiring from working to be some "sunday school teacher", but we soon got conformation that he has decided to "take his 'talents' (what ever those are) to Bowling Green State University".
Ugh!  For those who do not live in Cleveland, you don't know how bad the public school system is.  I am thankful that my mother kept me out of that school system, but it needs a looooootttttt of work done to it!
A couple years ago, I was actually delighted and optimistic about the appointment of Dr. Sanders.  He was actually doing a pretty good job as he implemented dress codes for the public schools, but recently he had taken a lot of heat for his transformation plan.  Now this plan involved the closing of some failing schools, and those students would have to attend another one of the other horrid public schools.  This plan was suppose to help boast up the overall score of the Cleveland Schools, but I don't see anything different.  Shoot, the only difference is that there are a lot more kids at Glenville and East Tech than usual.
Over the weekend I was shocked to see that he has decided to retire just out of nowhere when his transformation plan was just getting off the ground and it's the middle of the school year! ,but my first suspicions were that he had found another job.   When questioned about his intentions though, he denied looking for another job saying that he was just going to be a sunday school teacher at his church,  but it was soon learned that he was 1 of 25 in the running to be the new president of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.  (I feel bad for that school if they give him the job.)
He's been all over the news here in Cleveland, and a lot of people are really angry toward his decision, including me!  I mean, Cleveland schools are so horrible it's no wonder why so many youth are getting into the wrong things!  We need a CEO that truly cares about the future of the youth and will do anything in his/her power to fix our schools so we can see more inner city students going to college!  I mean, we're really on the verge of being as bad as Detroit!  But, in a way, this is a good thing because this will give someone more capable a chance to fix this dreadful school system, but it's bad how he just left to take another job when there is so much that needs to be done right here in Cleveland!  It goes to show you his "dedication" to our youth.
So, whatever Sanders! Leave!  But you should not be getting paid for the 4 years you had left on your contract, and they would of been a waste anyway!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Bulletproof! Part One

I know that I am really late on this one, but no matter how late I am, ignoring the fact that it happened won't help with the prevention.  So Blackness is about to spit out some reality.
Here's the story, these punks at the bottom of the picture were at a party about a month ago when these girls got into a fight. While watching, one of them was hit by one of the girls and he instantly grew enraged.  So he said (not in the exact wording), "I ain't gon' hit no girl, but I'ma hit the next person I see."  Bobby Maurice Tilden happened to be walking  by, and he targeted him with his pointless rage.  His "homies" joined in on the beating, stumping him to death.  Later, the coroner said that Bobby died when he was stumped in the chest and one of his ribs broke and pierced his heart.  His beautiful-young heart.
As you can tell  from the pictures, the murderers were taken into custody, but all the while, a mother had to make funeral arrangements for her son.  Too many times does this happen.

It breaks my heart to have to hear about this because this world is so cold and Black blood soaks the streets of our country, and if we don't do something to stop it, then we won't have a future.  We have to admit that Blacks killing one another is nothing new, but it's on the rise in this new generation.  I know that I have referred this boy in my Black 2 School blog, but I will do it again, and again one hundred billion times!  Derrion Albert should not be in a coffin under Chicago, he should be applying to colleges and getting ready to walk down the aisles of his high school gym in his cap and gown!   Derrion Albert's death is the most horrific beating that I had ever witnessed!  I mean, I wasn't there, but I saw clips of the edited video on the music video for Raheem Devaughn's song "Bulletproof", I will have a link for that at the bottom of the blog, and I cried for the whole weekend!  I even added 15 pages to my book in a whole day!  Deaths of young Black teens hit me at the heart and it pulls at the strings because this is not what our Black forefathers wanted.  They wanted us to thrive in this "free" land, and stick together when the going gets tough, and that's what we did during the Civil Rights Movement, and during the time of Abolition.  What happened to the New "Negro"?  The one that had no fear or shame in being of African descent, and was ready to uplift their people?!
We just can't stand by here silent because this will just keep happening!  More young Black teens will be going to jail, and others will become victims to these cold times.  So, let's make some noise!  Write a letter to your mayor or other local official!  Maybe even write a letter to your governor.  Shoot!  Hit up Obama!  Let us start a movement to end the violence in the community! While. . .
We're Living Like We're Bulletproof!