Monthly Archives: March 2012
Watch the video.
In Tucson, Arizona there was more security than board members for a local school board meeting to discuss the cancellation of a Mexican-American studies program. There was fear of violence propagated by racial profiling and. even 8 and 9 year old Latino children were subjugated to intense security checks before allowed into the ‘school’ with their parents where the board was meeting. (see video link below)
Now, the Department of Homeland Security is attempting to develop a method to predict terrorists and criminal behaviour based on profiling in much the same vein as the Tom Cruise movie, Minority Report.
Whether racial profiling was the real motivation behind the shooting of Trayvon Martin, we don’t yet know but we do know that thousands of young black men, thousands of Muslims, thousands of Latinos, Asians and countless others are subjected to suspicion, not because of their actions, but because they fit a profile.
I admire the young men who produced this video. Unlike many who purport to be leaders in the black community, they have asked the right question and whether they intended it at the time or not, they asked the right question for all of us who are part of some racial or religious or cultural profile.
On that day, we will no longer be afraid of each other. We will no longer fear someone simply because they look different than us. It isn’t a race, a culture or a religion that is the threat to our society. It is fear and racial profiling is only one more thing that perpetuates that fear.
CStiff security at Tucson school angers Latinos
Trayvon Martin: A Tragedy Turned Into An Ugly Circus of Opportunism and Racial Hatred
Whoever it was that started the rumour that Canadians were among the sanest, most reasonable and responsible people on the planet….well….were wrong. Following his arrest for public intoxication, this fellow treated the arresting officers to an A Capela version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
The NYC Department of Education has created an entirely new level that I wouldn’t have thought possible to achieve. Watch this video while I go outside and walk around the yard a few times to try to teach myself how to breathe again.
Be not afraid for I will hold your hand and try to keep you safe and connected to reality as you read on.
Sex: I’m confused about this one. On the one hand the DOE will ban the word sex in all testing even though it mandated sex education in its schools in 2011. It makes you wonder how they will teach a curriculum that doesn’t allow for the use of the word that labels what they are teaching,
Better yet, I think the people of New York City should rise up as one and march to the Department of Education offices where they should drag the members of the board out into the streets, spank them in the public square and then make them write 1000 times, “I will not be stupid anymore.”
It takes courage to be take responsibility for your own life. There is no courage in using anger and violence to lash out at others we try to blame. Unless we break the cycle of blame, we will continue to watch the world we want slip from our hands like water through our fingers and one day, there will be no water left.
Who will be left to blame then?
We are not a village.
That isn’t what happened during this CNN interview. It quickly degenerated into a two on one attack on someone appealing for calm and to let law enforcement complete its investigations before rushing to judgement. That wasn’t good enough for the other two who quickly dismissed and demeaned his comments as uniformed in their rush to turn this tragedy into an issue of race.
And then there is Spike Lee.
With what can only be called depraved indifference to the danger it posed to Mr. Zimmerman’s family, |Spike Lee posted online what he thought was Mr. Zimmerman’s home address with an invitation for people to ‘reach out and touch him”. There is nothing like a celebrity taking advantage of their celebrity to incite violence, especially in this circumstance. The address and phone number Mr. Lee posted were for an elderly couple who have nothing to do with this situation and who are now terrified of what might happen to them. They’ve fled from their own home thanks to Spike Lee’s outrageous and self-righteous bigotry. Mr. Lee, of course, has done nothing to try and correct the dangerous situation he helped create. I wonder if there will be the same hysterical demands for ‘justice’ by the mob or by the Rev. Jackson or the Rev. Sharpton against Mr. Lee if anything happens to this elderly couple as a result of his careless indifference.
Daily across social media, there are screams for justice which really are nothing more than screams for a hanging.
Always looking for an opportunity to make a quick buck, vendors of casual clothing have been hawking hoodies with Trayvon’s picture on it and the mob has lined up, cash in hand, to get a souvenir from the circus.
Social media is a world of hypocrites and the mainstream media have become little more than biased, opportunistic vultures picking over the bones of whatever story will get them ratings.
With all due respect to Mr. Granderson who is someone from whom I would have expected a more balanced position, we don’t know if this tragedy was racially motivated. We might assume it as Rev. Sharpton and Rev. Jackson always do when there are cameras nearby but nobody knows yet and pretending we do is nothing more than arrogant, self-opinion and bigotry paraded as fact.
Spike Lee Tweets Zimmerman’s Address – but gets it wrong endangering the safety of an elderly couple.
CNN- Trayvon Martin case becoming more complicated as details emerge.
QUESTION: Is it right to slap the name of a dead person on shirts and hoodies then sell them to people?
13 year old boy doused with gasoline and set on fire
Initial police report of the Trayvon Martin Shooting by the first officer on the scene and his sergeant
Wanted Dead Or Alive – It is the comments at the bottom that are the most revealing
Black friend defends Zimmerman
There are literally thousands more links online. Simply type into Google a search queery that supports your opinion and you’ll have no difficulty finding countless articles and messages to support it. What you won’t find are very many facts. They’re still being investigated and have yet to be released in their entirety. That won’t stop the vilification of both Mr. Zimmerman or Mr. Martin, of course, but then who needs facts? These days it is only opinion that is paraded around as important.
I’m pleased to turn the page over to an old friend today, I say old because he calls himself Old Marine although I doubt he’s much older than I am and can probably do far more push ups in a single session than I can do in a week.
I wrote yesterday about fear being one of the primary causes of our anger and Old Marine sent along this post which he thought was a good companion piece to what I had written. I agree. I don’t always agree with Gunny but I do in this particular case and whether we agree on an issue, he always does his homework. If he quotes a fact….you can take it to the bank as truthful.
It’s what I most admire about him. He not only believes in things like truth, duty and honour; he lives them every day. He loves his country and always takes the time to research and consider issues before he reacts or responds. I admire that about him as well. Whether you agree with his opinions or not, you could learn much from his approach to issues……we all could.
Sometimes – History Needs a Push
“or part of, al-Qaeda or an associated force that acts in coordination with or pursuant to the direction of al-Qaeda; and (B) to have participated in the course of planning or carrying out an attack or attempted attack against the United States or its coalition partners.”
Now, I fully understand that this could be interpreted as a violation of our Constitution, and people should be outraged if it were, but it seems that no one on T.V., radio and the Web wants to read any further.
“The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to citizens of the United States and (2) LAWFUL RESIDENT ALIENS. The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to a lawful resident alien of the United States on the basis of conduct taking place within the United States, except to the extent permitted by the Constitution of the United States.”