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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Dear Richard Sherman… You Are Good.

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      Dearest Richard;   You know, it took me more than a few days to figure out what I wanted to write about this week.  I’ll be honest, too.  I really, honestly could give two wooden nickels about American or International football. It’s not my sport. My sport is reading. And crafting crafts. And headstands of the yoga variety. And maybe growing stuff that doesn’t usually like Northeastern weather. I overstand that none of these things make billions of dollars for organized leagues and so they may not be considered “sport”. I also don’t care.   So. When I came across your story, Richard Sherman, Cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks and target for way too much social media ire; I was compelled to figure out what the fuss was about. I was compelled to care about football, its players and its fickle fans for more than passing amusement… and long enough to figure out why folk found their target in you.  Turns out, in all my reading and sifting through other folk brain farts for the last several … Continue reading

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

American History Y: We’ve Got to Deal with Our Prejudice BEFORE it Manifests as Racism

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First of all. Allow me to say thank you. Thank you for your love and support. AND Thank you for your collective humanity. Some of you anyway. I was going through a rough patch. I was facing the reality of my Uncle Paul’s passing minxed along with the reality that far too many young Black boys won’t make it to that ripe old age of 74 my uncle damn near got to see. I posted a video about my complex mourning scenario. My issue was with how one Black man was called “home” after succeeding a life well lived. Meanwhile, somewhere in Florida, a young Black boy will never have that same opportunity my Uncle Paul had because he was a young Black boy. Living in America. Living around other people who don’t value his life or other lives like his. Living in a society so afraid to be called racist that they allow their prejudice against Brown skin to fester and boil over until they act out who they truly are anyway. Let that sit there in your mid … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Remember Valley Swim Club?

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Okay, so I was doing a little blog cleaning this afternoon. You know. Going through old blog posts and comments. My blog history is getting a little crowded and I wanted to see what can safely be archived. I happened along an old blog post about Valley Swim Club. You remember Valley Swim Club Don’t You? The club in Huntingdon Valley that removed 65 Black and Latino kids because of the way they changed the “complexion” of the club so many months ago.   Well in reading a comment by an infamous ancestor of a potato farmer (don’t ask, that’s what he said), I found a link to another blog post about the club. There I found an array of comments that at first seemed typical and worthy of merely a shrug. By the time I got to the end, I was plain old saddened at the arrogance and insensitivity that some people of the pinker persuasion hold toward people of browner complexions. The comments ranged from the petty to the ridiculous.   We can call it ignorance on their … Continue reading

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

“I’m Not Racist!!!!”

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*deep breath…looooong sigh*   Of course I have been keeping myself abreast of all the debates happening over the racial what-nots and goings on over the course of the last month. Michael Jackson, Valley Swim Club, Dr. Gates, etc. My last post talked of my being miffed by the circumstances. This post is actually about the compounding denials of racism, the pulling of the “race card” and yes, the conundrum of being called a racist.   Why is it that pinker people seem to think that browner people don’t have any concept of what racism looks like in this country and better, what it looks like around the world?   Brown people of just about every hue have been defending themselves against racism, classism, neo-classicism, imperialism, and just about every other ism that has propelled coloreds into second and third class citizenship for eons. Despite protests, no matter what words may be said and no matter what strides with regard to racial progress has been made–history CANNOT be denied. Hello. Welcome to reality. Racism exists. The simple fact that racism … Continue reading

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Are You *Expletive* Kidding Me?!

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I’m trying desperately not to get miffed this evening, for no other reason than getting miffed leads to an emotional writing state where I “say” some things and I may “do” some things that get me in trouble.   With that disclaimer as my back drop for this discussion, allow me to say what’s on my mind anyway. Exactly as it comes out.   Of course, I don’t know all the details surrounding Dr. Henry Louis Gates arrest on the front porch of his home, where he allegedly was “breaking in” for a reason unbeknownst to me, however, the fact that he was his home and making a brisk attempt to make his way in to HIS own home is enough for me. So, where exactly do the police come in and why would the police appearance lead to this man’s arrest? Further, huh?   I don’t really need to see the police report, quite frankly. I have one question: did the home in question belong to Dr. Henry Louis Gates? Answer: Yes. Okay.   According to Wikipedia:   ” … Continue reading