*Exactly 70 years after 14-year-old George Stinney, Jr. was put to death by execution after being accused of murdering two young white girls 84 days earlier in the small mill town of Alcolu, S.C., the court came to a major decision.
Which was basically…Oops.
And by the looks of things, everyone is supposed to be impressed.
*See, folks better stop calling themselves by the N-word, because when others’ not in your race decide to refer to you like that, how can you get mad?
Marquis Moore‘s feelings apparently got hurt after he saw the N-word allegedly printed on the bar tab space where his name was supposed to be, according to The Patroit-News. He had gone to Zembie’s Sports Tavern in Harrisburg, Pa. to eat and watch the game, but was shocked when he got his tab and saw the offensive slur.
“It makes me feel like I’m just low,” Moore, 29, expressed. “A n–ga is an ignorant, disrespectful person. It has nothing to do with your skin color. What would possess you to put something like that on a piece of paper? You don’t even know who I am.”
But here’s the thing. Angelo Karagiannis, Zembie’s owner, apparently thought it was funny; and wondered why Moore didn’t get the joke. He said Moore shouldn’t be offended by it. Reportedly the establishment’s bartender, Megan Bonsall, told the owner Moore had been chatting with other bar patrons. So when she wanted to know Moore’s name, she asked a friend of his, who directed her to his Facebook page where he referred to himself as “sexy N-word.” Continue reading →
And even those in exclusive, mainly Caucasian, fraternities, dream of one day having a go-at-it with the biggest female star today:
Well, as Spike Lee so eloquently said in, “She’s Gotta Have It,”… WAKE UP!
Ain’t gonna happen. Not even if a cold day in hell does present itself.
But a boy can dream right? And that’s what members of the University of Pennsylvania’s chapter of Phi Delta fraternity did. But they did it out loud. Posed for a holiday card with a naked brown-skinned blow-up doll and put it on Facebook and caused a ruckus.
*Ah college. Those of us who attended can probably recall doing some pretty dumb stuff – especially if we lived on campus – where we had more freedom from prying eyes. And some who went on to become members of Sororities, well, that’s a whole ‘nother story. The pranks you were forced to participate in? Some of which you initiated…do you now look back and say, “Dang, I actually did that?“
Yeah. Ya did. But you probably weren’t dumb enough to post it on social media.
Yet from any angle the sorority sister in this story can’t blame her actions on a prank she was forced into.
Nope, this piece of work was all hers. It was her decision to come up with what she wanted on her birthday cake.
And it was her decision to post the finished product on social media; where, unfortunately, if you are an institution, the actions of one member can serve as a reflection on the entire organization.
According to The Baltimore Sun the University of Maryland, Delta Gamma chapter is in some deep doo-do after social media picked up a recent Instagram where one of its members is all smiles standing next to her three-layer 21st-birthday-cake; inscribed with the message, “suck a ni*ga d**k”
*It’s a rare person who chooses to look within when it comes to making a change. People generally do what’s easier: complain about how things need to change. Not ask, ‘what can I do to affect change?’ Coming to this, for some, is a natural evolution, while others will never get there.
As we continue to witness racial profiling and the homicides that result from it, the names Oscar Brown, the 22-year-old African American man killed in Oakland by transit cop, Johannes Mehserle; Michael Brown, the 18-year-old man shot in Ferguson by officer, Darren Wilson, and Eric Garner, a black father of six, killed in New York by officer Daniel Pantaleo – not to mention countless others – are forever etched in our minds an an ugly reminder of police misappropriation.
We have plenty of reasons to complain – but no excuse for it to stop there.
And one black man made a choice not to let it.
Jinho Ferreira, an Oakland rapper-turned sheriff’s deputy-turned actor known as Jinho “The Piper” created a play in which he portrays 17 different characters who react to cops shooting possibly unarmed suspects.
*Two things about history: One, you can’t erase it just because you grow up; and two, you have a choice to repeat it or learn from it and move forward as best you can. Former rapper turned respected Hollywood actor and businessman Mark Wahlberg probably wishes his past could be erased…but knowing it can’t, he’s hoping it can at least be pardoned.
Do you believe in second chances? If you do, should they stop at Mark Wahlberg?
In case you are one of many people with a short memory, here’s a little history on Wahlberg, Not the actor he is today, the former racist terrorist and felon.
Before Mark became famous as an actor in films such as “Boogie Nights,” “Planet of the Apes,” and “The Departed” – the last of which garnered him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor, he was just a reckless teen who enjoyed doing drugs, fronting his rap group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch and being a racist bully who found a wicked sense of pleasure in activities like chasing down black schoolchildren while yelling racist slurs and throwing rocks at them; and beating people up (nearly blinding one man) just because, well, just because they weren’t white.
*A new poll has revealed a large disparity in how people feel about race relations since President Barack Obama took office. It seems ironic that such a historic election, poised to improve race relations, may have done the exact opposite.
But according to a majority of Americans – 53 percent say the interactions between the white and black communities have deteriorated since he took office.
Looks like a familiar scenario. President Obama’s victory put him in an office cluttered with George Bush’s mess; now Ferguson and Staten Island happens on his watch and the consequence – race relations – has people looking at him all cockeyed.
This looks like another excuse for certain people to badmouth our president.
*An officer is said to have responded to a domestic violence call at a Seattle residence. A woman was handcuffed and arrested after her involvement in the dispute and placed in the backseat of the patrol car. The arresting officer claims the woman kicked him and he punched her in the face.
According to a King County prosecutor, the officer will face no criminal charges.
That same prosecutor does state that the officer’s actions may not be in keeping with the policies of the Seattle Police Department.