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Your Race, Or The Human Race?

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I came across a program on, I think it was TV1. It was a panel of maybe 12 or so black activist (I guess that’s what they were) who were having a discussion on various African American issues. The discussion was hosted by Roland Martin, a man I truly respect and admire for his “fresh perspective” on things- not just political, but also social.

Seeing that Roland Martin was moderating the discussion, and being an admirer of his perspective on most issues, I decided to watch. Rev. Al Sharpton was one of the participants in the panel, and I must say, I grow increasing respect for the man for his wisdom. All the participants in the discussion, for the most part,  made very valid points and suggestions, and all were very passionate about the building up of the African American community. It was sort of inspiring. But then something occurred to me.

Yes, it was the same talk you hear amongst African Americans on establishing pride, and justice, and civil rights, and social equality, and education, and family, and so on and so forth.  But if blacks want to be socially equal, why hold these discussion amongst just themselves.  As I watched this ongoing panel discussion, it almost seemed like more of a pep rally. Everyone giving their words of motivational advice to go out and fight. Yes, blacks need to fight, but don’t you think the fight has changed? If people want to get past the issue of race and to start living as equal then it is not wise  as a race to talk in a subcultured manner as if we’re battling one another. The fight in America has changed. The economy is in complete despair. It’s not black against white anymore, it’s rich against poor. We have an African American President. African Americans shattered the race barrier the day the First Black family moved into the White House.

It’s time to move past building up one race or another. It does more harm then good in the long run. The division of class is more dangerous the the division of  race.  If we can all work together and work toward building the lower class together, we will improve our country far more greater than just working to build our own particular races. Our energy to help can be better focused if everyone works together. Our economy is strained, yet the rich are getting richer, and not only are the poor getting poorer, More people are sinking to the poverty level. Focusing our energies on We The People instead of Black Power or White Power, will build our country and take it back from the corporations and the rich that are driving it to the dirt. The rich may have the money to buy off politicians, but the rich can not buy and extra vote come election day. One person, one vote.

If we all can define what we want this country to be, and focus on the politicians who share our vision we can start getting somewhere. If politicians seem to be corrupt then we vote there sorry asses out and vote in people who will up hold the Constitution and not ignore it nor try to change it. We the people have to right to revolution if the government is not doing what’s right by it’s people. But we can no do that if we are so divided by something such as race. Sure we should be proud of our own person heritage and culture, but we are also citizens of one of the greatest nations in the world: The United States of America. And until we become the United Citizens of American, we can not expect major change nor can we expect those above us to put our wants and need along side theres. Unity is the key to progress. Think about it.

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September 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Mosque at ground zero?

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I set and scratch my head on this one. The people of New York City, as well as a great deal of other’s through out the US are highly against the idea of a Mosque being built anywhere near ground zero. Understandable, given the unofficial story of what took place that dreadful dead on Sept. 11, 2001. This is where I get a little annoyed… and just for a heads up, I’m not a conspiracy theorist or anything of the sort, I look at facts and evidence, but here’s where I get annoyed- Just hours after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11th, the top officials, without concrete proof through out the name, Usama Bin Laden. Without verifying his direct involvement in the hijacking of four commercial airplanes, our government quickly associated Bin Laden to this heinous act. I’m not defending the bastard one bit, but even to this day, 9 years later, no one has come across any credible evidence to tie Usama Bin Laden to what happened that day. The government to this day will not admit that they can not prove Bin Laden had anything to do with it. They just CAN NOT prove it.

The terrorist who hijacked the plans are believed to be Muslim extremist. A Muslim or Moslem is an adherent of the religion of Islam. Islam is the second largest religion in the world with about 1.57 billion Muslims, almost a quarter of the worlds population. A great deal of U.S. citizens believe Usama Bin Laden conceived the idea of flying airplanes into U.S. buildings and he directed 19 muslims to execute his plan based on religious (Islamic Muslim) motives.  But if you can’t prove Bin Laden had any involvement in the first place, then you have to scrap the idea that the attacks on Sept. 11 2001, were  based on religious factors. The whole story is merely a suggestion without evidence and is misleading the American people.  Because of this unofficial story of why it happened and who was behind it, the American people are being discriminative against the second largest religion in the world and protesting its constitutional right to build it’s place of worship where it choses. The U.S. government should step up to the plate and admit what they know and don’t know about who attacked us on 9/11, cause the misplaced resentment being displayed is causing more harm than good. The people who know the truth are setting back and laughing at the American people who are reacting passionately to what seems to be insult to injury.

Some might suggest the debate is merely a distraction but I say, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the building of a Mosque at or around ground zero. Let’s get the facts straight and move on.

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August 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm

To whom the choice belongs…

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Folks who don’t support gay marriage are well within their rights to not do so. If you don’t agree with your gay neighbor marrying his or her same-sex partner that’s your absolute right. But it’s not right to protest the union of of two people who truly love one another and wish to have their relationship legally recognized.

Homosexuality in the U.S. is widely looked at as taboo; so much in fact many gay and lesbian individuals will hide their sexual orientation out of simple fear of persecution from family, friends and the overall general public. So when someone comes that point in their life where they are comfortable with who they are, and decide to let it be known to the world that they are in fact gay, we should not ridicule them for being brave enough to stand up to society and say, “This is who I am, and I’m comfortable with it.” We should applaud them and accept it, and not make their lives uncomfortable because deep inside we don’t have the guts to admit our own true characteristics that make us different from the majority.

When two gay people come together and decide to make a life time commitment, why not afford them the same right to be happily married. The holy matrimony of two same-sex individuals is not a threat to the to the institution of marriage.  People argue that marriage is sacred between a man and a woman, but the high divorce rate in the U.S. even for couples being married for the first time contradicts the argument of sacredness.

It’s sad when we live in a free country where we use our personal beliefs to discriminate against those different from us, thus, preventing the tie that binds.  Just a few short decades ago blacks and whites who wished to wed one another were met with the similar opposition. Our culture has made significant progress since those days, and I believe the day will soon come where it’s no longer a fight for the right to marry whoever makes you happy, without legal or social opposition. Let’s get it together America.

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August 18, 2010 at 3:55 am