Posts tagged ‘Black’

April 29, 2013

First Openly Gay Athlete in Major Professional Sports

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On Monday, April 29th, 2013, evangelical sports enthusiasts went ballistic as their golden boy Tim Tebow was released by the NY Jets while “progressive America” rejoiced in their new  “hero,” Jason Collins. However, this term hero has been rejected by the religious people and embraced by pro-gay citizens. A hero can be deemed as someone who is a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. However, it is maintain by people who are against the homosexual lifestyle that being openly gay isn’t heroic or noble, but proud and unrepentant sinner (i.e. fornicator, adulterer, etc).

Homosexuality is a very divisive issue in America. It is so polarizing and such an emotional issue that people are afraid to openly express their opinion. Even as a blog writer I am very cautious in my wording to prevent being ridiculed while exercising my first amendment right. It’s weird that in today’s society if you stand on the principles of your religion you are deemed homophobic or outdated. Moreover, if you take the opposite stance you are considered abandoning your faith or considered a closeted homosexual. I have personally been on both sides of this issue and will not state (on this blog) where I stand.

The dilemma with this position is that apathy is considered compliance. In this catch-22 if you say nothing about homosexuality you are either in supporting their lifestyle or depriving their rights. Ultimately, it is in my opinion that we should just let the man play ball. But here are some other opinions by Chris Broussard and LZ Granderson of ESPN.

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July 17, 2012

Pandering 2012

Recently the NAACP had their annual convention in Houston, TX. Several prominent figures including Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and Vice President Joe Biden were present to campaign. Much criticism came upon President Obama, who was in the swing state of Virginia during the convention, for being “unavailable” to speak one of the premier organizations for African-Americans. Some pundits have said that Obama has taken for granted the support he has received from the Black community because of his scheduling conflict.

Romney made a bold choice by going to a place where his message would be unlikely to be received. It was great that Mitt presented his platform to the NAACP to recruit more Black voters (or even  convince them not to vote for Obama). Former Governor went so far as to fly supporters to Houston in order for him to have his personal “amen corner.” Even though he went to great lengths to look favorable, Mitt was booed and heckled  for vowing to appeal Obamacare.

Vice President Biden received a positive response from the NAACP. There were times when Biden, resembling a Baptist preacher on a Sunday morning, elevated his voice several octaves to energize his congregation.  Obama’s right-hand man was shown to be a seasoned politician by shaking every hand in the front row before his departure. This was truly campaigning (or pandering) at its finest. 

June 26, 2012

Two Laws Every Black Man Should Know

I’ve been meaning to write about this article for so long. With African-American males being arrested at a disproportionate rate and black females having the fastest growing incarceration rate, I figured it was time to impart some much-needed knowledge into the community. However, it wasn’t until my colleague posted an intriguing post about the importance of knowing your Fourth Amendment right that I decided to pursue this PSA completely.

Through my career experiences within the criminal justice system, I’ve seen too many brothas taken advantage of simply because they did not know their rights. Most people think they understand their protection from searches and seizures because they watched a few Law & Order episodes and listened to verse 2 of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems.” But after reading this law article breaking down the nuances of the song, I see that Jay-Z has a good grasp on the idea but misconstrued a few concepts.

To be honest with you, it is rarely in your favor to speak to the police. Every individual is entitled to “plead the fifth.” The Fifth Amendment gives you the right to shut up. If exercised in the right way you can protect yourself from a lot of trouble. Telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth will have you on First 48 snitchin’ on everybody and trust me it has its consequences. However, if you lie you can be charged with perjury (just ask Lil’ Kim).

In order to successfully manuever the country with the most incarcerated citizens, you may want to know your Fourth and your Fifth. Trust me you are going to need it!

June 12, 2012

When the Church Fails Its Women: 7 Truths We Need to Tell About Creflo Dollar, Black Daughters and Violence

Yesterday, for the first time in my life, I walked out of church in the middle of service. I grew up in church; my stepfather of 15 years is a pastor; as recently as 2009, I led a ministry team  at one of Atlanta’s Baptist megachurches. Thus, my choice to get up and walk out while the pastor was speaking defied every notion of decorum I have ever been taught.

But when he stood to express his unequivocal support for Atlanta megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar who was arrested late last week for committing simple battery and cruelty to a child on his fifteen year old daughter, I had to go. 

I have struggled in recent years to reconcile my long-standing faith, to my relatively more recent feminist commitments. And it is precisely because of the Black Church’s continued willingness to advocate problematic, violent, hierarchical stances against women and gay people that I continue to struggle.

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May 4, 2012

2 Chainz says ‘Respect My Vote’

I’ve had a felony record since I was 15 years old. I made mistakes when I was too young to know different or better. I, like many, thought that because I was once a felon, I had lost my right to vote forever. Then I did some research, and I learned that wasn’t the case. Every state has somewhat different laws, but in most cases ex-felons can vote.

When I realized I could vote, it was a major moment. I really tripped over the fact that I could vote. It meant I had another chance. It meant I had a say in the course of this country.

Voting is something that we are told is part of what being an American is. I thought for much of my life that I would never have a voice in our democracy, that I would never be listened to at the most basic level of what it is to be a citizen of this country.

If you have never lost your right to vote, you can’t understand. But for those of us who have been disenfranchised, getting a second chance at having a voice and being respected means everything. It changes how you feel about who you are in relation to this country. You go from thinking you are powerless to knowing that you have a role in influencing the system.

Many of my friends have records, but we are all onto other things now. It is a core American value that people have access to a second chance. Once I knew I could vote, I made sure every single one of my friends knew they could register to vote too, and they did.

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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 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.