If you’ve read articles here over the past few weeks, you’ll understand the statement. If not, I spoke of how the apology – at least coming in the form of a statement from a business, seems to be losing its value or authenticity. Every time a business is accused of racism, based on some foolish, blatant act, they already seem to have a statement set-to-go about how they don’t tolerate racism in the workplace “so we’re sorry if we offended yaddy, yaddy, yah.” Now, a Pennsylvania newspaper is apologizing for not thinking first, before they chose to publish a cartoon that compares the lack of comfort on modern-day air travel to the so-called “Middle Passage” — the trans-Atlantic leg of the slave trade that involved transporting captive Africans to the Americas to be sold into bondage.
They realized the insensitive error and have since deleted the image, but not before it was seen by some folks in the African American community. The cartoon ran in the Lancaster New Era last Saturday and depicts an elderly white couple studying a picture of a slave ship and thinking, “Must be where they got their idea for passenger seating.” From this we are to recall the hellish conditions under which African men, women and children were forcibly transported to the Americas and compare them to the present-day problem of uncomfortable seating on airplanes. Continue reading →
Read between the lines. Someone calls the police on a couple who was said to be “having sex in a parked car.” As it turns out, the accused is an actress, a black actress, and a “celebrity chef,” her white boyfriend. When asked to describe the couple the 911 caller said it was “a black woman wearing a shirt and floral shorts, and a white man with a black tank top,” according to police spokesman Lt. Andrew Neiman. What we pulled from that was the race part because, well, you figure it out. But while you’re doing that, ask yourself this: Are we allowing ourselves to become so emotionally engaged in the whole color thing that we are ignoring what may be the facts?Continue reading →
*It’s not easy for someone to come out publicly and say that they are or were at one time, a victim of domestic abuse. I would think this is especially hard for a man. But a recent video showing Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee unconscious and dragging her from an elevator like a bag of trash seems to be pushing the recall button of a lot of people. The sister of Nicole Brown Simpson (O. J. Simpson) has spoken out; Robin Givens (Mike Tyson) has thrown some shade, and now actor and former NFL player Terry Crews has decided to weigh in on the scandal and talk about abuse from his own personal experience.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire” host talks about how the Ray Rice video brought back disturbing memories of violence from his childhood. Continue reading →
*Well here’s a bit of gossip for the girls in the break room. All men are not sex-crazed fiends. ‘Ready-Freddy’ ain’t always ready. Sometimes that actually is a gun in his pocket.
OK, if I have to elaborate on that last one, forget about it.
The point is, ladies, some men actually want you to slow your roll when it comes to having sex – at least according to one man in Mumbai who claims his wife has too big of an appetite for sex so he wants to divorce her. Whoa! Not, honey you need to sleep in another room for a week. Not, girl we need to separate altogether for a while. But an actual divorce; as in “Woman, I don’t want to be married to you anymore.”
*Good news does still happen. And the Ferguson community can sure use some right about now. Remember that awful police officer caught on camera a few weeks back, raising his gun and cursing at protestors and threatening to kill them? Well, he apparently got a good talking to, and he has now resigned from the force.
A report by the St. Louis Dispatch says Lt. Ray Albers, 46, stepped down from the St. Ann police department on Thursday. The resignation comes just a little over a week after The Huffington Post and other outlets confirmed Albers’ identity in footage of the officer threatening civilians protesting the death of Michael Brown.
Without mincing words, the officer declared, “I will fucking kill you!” to protestors on video, with his weapon drawn and pointed at unarmed people. It was not until a fellow officer came and requested the officer withdraw his weapon, that Albers was escorted away from the people he was threatening. Continue reading →
*Though the protests in Ferguson over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson have died down, racial tensions have not cooled in the area.
In fact, they may be higher than ever. To add insult to injury, the police officers that continually patrol the area where makeshift memorials are erected for the teen, are showing blatant disregard and even disrespect for the site.
According to the Huffington Post, an increasing number of flowers, teddy bears and signs continue to be near the site where Brown was killed; left there by people coming to offer their tributes.
*Remember the Michele Ndegeocello song, “You Made A Fool of Me?” It would be a safe bet to assume that one reality show contestant is singing those words right now.
Poor girl actually believed the producers of the TV reality show, ‘Dating Naked’ when they said they would not show her private parts during a mud wrestling scene with her male companion.
You often wonder what the motivation behind some of the stuff people choose to participate in on these TV reality shows is…besides money, but after all is said and done, even that can cause some sleepless nights if what you did to get it is questionable.
*One thing about a surveillance video, it’s hard to argue with it. Evidence documented on-camera has a way of abruptly halting the whole “he said, she said” yakedy-yak. And lately, it has served to identify many a cop who may have been – how should we say – less than truthful about why they fired a weapon that killed someone. A new video reviewed by the attorney of John Crawford III, the young African American man who was shot and killed in a Beaver Creek Wal-mart store by white officers - and the Crawford family, shows that the two cops involved clearly have some explaining to do. As it turns out, Crawford was unarmed. The BB gun he was accused of holding was not in his hands. In fact, he was on the phone; not even facing the officers who shot him.