April 25, 2012

Suspended Metta still battling inner demons

It is awfully easy to make fun of Metta World Peace’s name now, to discard it as a joke after he threw an elbow at James Harden’s head.

How does this sound: David Stern suspended World Peace for seven games Tuesday.

Well, that’s what happened. World Peace got off easy, and could be back playing for the Los Angeles Lakers as early as a potential Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs.

“The concussion suffered by James Harden demonstrates the danger posed by violent acts of this kind, particularly when they are directed at the head area,” NBA commissioner Stern said in a statement Tuesday night. “We remain committed to taking necessary measures to protect the safety of NBA players, including the imposition of appropriate penalties for players with a history of on-court altercations.”

I hate to think that maybe Stern just didn’t want to punish one of his premiere, ratings-driving teams too much, especially as the playoffs begin.

Last week, the NHL knocked out its own notorious head-hunter for 25 games, which is exactly what World Peace should have gotten. Shots to the head in sports are just that important now. The difference, of course, is that the NHL has a problem with its culture. The NBA only has a problem with Ron Artest.

I am not buying the argument that Artest’s last three years of good behavior — including the name change to World Peace — were just an act. The old Artest was real. And the new World Peace was real, too.

When he threw that elbow at Harden during Sunday’s game against Oklahoma City, too many people saw that as an Aha! moment. The real Artest was coming out. Not the fake World Peace.

Is there some reason we have to make things so simple? World Peace/Artest. Good/Bad. Pretty/Ugly. Black/White. Up/Down. It so easy to think in either/or, and not to look at the complexities of a man who clearly has issues with faulty wiring.

The name change to World Peace was not just a PR stunt. It was a man trying to fix himself. No one can, or should, forget the Malice at the Palace, when he jumped into the stands, as Artest, in Detroit, punched a fan and helped to start a riot between players and paying customers.

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April 20, 2012

Negroes with Guns

By: Ann Coulter

Is this what she's really advocating?!

This would be like demanding more funding for the General Services Administration after seeing how its employees blew taxpayer money on a party weekend in Las Vegas.

We don’t know the facts yet, but let’s assume the conclusion MSNBC is leaping to is accurate: George Zimmerman stalked a small black child and murdered him in cold blood, just because he was black.

If that were true, every black person in America should get a gun and join the National Rifle Association, America’s oldest and most august civil rights organization.

Apparently this has occurred to no one because our excellent public education system ensures that no American under the age of 60 has the slightest notion of this country’s history.

Gun control laws were originally promulgated by Democrats to keep guns out of the hands of blacks. This allowed the Democratic policy of slavery to proceed with fewer bumps and, after the Civil War, allowed the Democratic Ku Klux Klan to menace and murder black Americans with little resistance.

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April 16, 2012

Coonin’ 4 Chicken

Stereotypically black people enjoy singing, eating chicken, and making ordering our food in a unique way. But did Burger King go to far? hen I originally saw this video I immediately thought of this scene from “Undercover Brother.”

Then again maybe I am over reacting but to view all of our stereotypes in on 30 second commercial may have a crippling effect on black culture. When we agree to shuck and jive for the Hollywood we negatively effect our perseption in corporate America. People begin to believe the stereotypes to be factual for all African-Americans. Believe it or not all black people cannot sing (see Keyshia Cole: Live), not all black people eat chicken (see Russell Simmons), and not all African-Americans begin their orders with “Lemme get a ummm…”

Let’s do better and learn from this young lady.

March 28, 2012

Tavis Smiley Aims To Put Poverty On 2012 Election Agenda

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“Two decades ago we were celebrating what was the Year Of The Woman in ’92, and now we’re dealing with a war on women in 2012,” Tavis Smiley said on a recent afternoon.

Smiley rattles off some numbers.

“Women are much more likely to be poor than men, and more than a million children have fallen into poverty, and more than 500,000 have fallen into extreme poverty” — that is, living on less than $2 a day — “since 2010.”

Recent census data shows that the number of children who live in extreme poverty has doubled from 1996 to 2011, from 1.4 million to 2.8 million.

To draw attention to this problem, Smiley is moderating a televised symposium Sunday called “Made Visible: Women, Children and Poverty In America” at New York University. Smiley said that he consciously assembled a panel that would feature women from diverse backgrounds since he felt that so much of the recent conversation around women’s issues in America — he specifically referred to the recent fight in Congress over insuring female contraception — included few women’s voices.

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March 9, 2012

13 Things The Bible Forbids Other Than Homosexuality (That You’re Probably Guilty Of Doing)

Late last week Kirk Cameron gave a now infamous interview on “Piers Morgan Tonight” during which he discussed his feelings about homosexuality and marriage equality.

Cameron, a “devoted follower of Jesus Christ,” stated that homosexuality is “unnatural… I think that it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.” He added, “Marriage was defined by God a long time ago. Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve — one man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage.”

This isn’t the first time that the Bible has been used to justify anti-gay rhetoric.

When claiming that the Bible forbids homosexuality, most people point to Leviticus 18:22 which reads, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination.”

But others have argued that the passage is merely one of many archaic religious laws that are no longer relevant to today’s modern times and do not need to be upheld.

Below are 13 other things that the Bible forbids. How many are you guilty of doing?

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March 8, 2012

Occupy Joseph Kony?

If you haven’t heard of Joseph Kony given the recent social media storm over him then you’re probably living under a rock or are still using AOL discs to dial up to the internet. In either case, I admire your dedication to checking this site given the evident technical difficulties. All jokes aside, if you at least want to know why people are talking about Joseph Kony, then check out the website for the Invisible Children organization and watch the video there. While I have concerns about the video and the nature of the information that is out there, at the very least you’ll know why people are dedicated to stopping Kony, although the video is kind of empty on facts or context (more on that later). Or you could just listen to my interpretation of the facts. Joseph Kony is a bad guy. He’s the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a transnational military-political group that operates across central Africa (including Uganda, and South Sudan) and uses brutality to pursue ends that aren’t quite clear to outsiders. They claim, however, to be a theocratic government wishing to establish a government based on the Ten Commandments in the region. The irony in this very claim is the fact that they use extreme acts of violence in pursuit of this “end,” including mass murders, mutilation, enslavement and sexual enslavement, and the use of child soldiers, which form the bulk of their military force.

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February 23, 2012

High court accepts case over use of race in college admissions

 

Washington (CNN) — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to tackle another election-year blockbuster and will decide whether the University of Texas’ race-conscious admission policies violate the rights of white applicants.

If health care reform, illegal immigration crackdowns, voting rights and TV indecency were not enough, the court is poised to add to its high-profile docket, wading into the divisive issue of state-mandated racial diversity and affirmative action. Oral arguments would be held this fall, ensuring the court — however it decides the appeal — will be a major campaign issue. A ruling, however, will not likely be issued until early 2013.

Abigail Noel Fisher individually sued the flagship state university after her college application was rejected in 2008 when she was a high school senior in Sugar Land, Texas. The school defends its policy of considering race as one of many factors — such as test scores, community service, leadership and work experience — designed to create a diverse campus.

The high court has had an evolving record on the discretion of state officials to decide who attends their institutions.

The justices in 2003 said state universities can narrowly tailor their admissions policies to consider an applicant’s race.

That landmark case from the University of Michigan is the subject of current but separate appeals over a state ballot measure designed to eliminate any racial criteria. A divided federal appeals court in July concluded the voter-approved ban on “preferential treatment” at public colleges and universities was unconstitutional, and “alters Michigan’s political structure by impermissibly burdening racial minorities.”

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February 9, 2012

American Idol Fail

I shouldn’t find this funny but…LOL!!!

February 6, 2012

Goodbye Uncle Tom

The movie Goodbye Uncle Tom changed my life. It’s a ridiculously real depiction of slavery in America and it’s 2 hours long. Seriously, this movie makes Roots look like The Cosby Show.

February 6, 2012

The Freedmen’s Epistles

Pay What You Owe

In today’s #BlackExcellenceMonth post, I bring something both old and new that’s pretty exciting to me. Letters from a former slave, Jourdon Anderson, to his master have been circulating around the internets for a few days and they struck me as pretty amazing. If you haven’t seen it, I hate taking up so much text space, but here it is:

Dayton, Ohio, August 7, 1865.

To my old Master, Colonel P. H. Anderson, Big Spring, Tennessee.

Sir: I got your letter, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdon, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than anybody else can. I have often felt uneasy about you. I thought the Yankees would have hung you long before this, for harboring Rebs they found at your house. I suppose they never heard about your going to Colonel Martin’s to kill the Union soldier that was left by his company in their stable. Although you shot at me twice before I left you, I did not want to hear of your being hurt, and am glad you are still living. It would do me good to go back to the dear old home again, and see Miss Mary and Miss Martha and Allen, Esther, Green, and Lee. Give my love to them all, and tell them I hope we will meet in the better world, if not in this. I would have gone back to see you all when I was working in the Nashville Hospital, but one of the neighbors told me that Henry intended to shoot me if he ever got a chance.

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