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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Stand Your Ground

Soooo, now Trayvon Martin went for the gun; then he and Zimmerman struggled. Have you seen the size of the 26 year-old gunman compared to the slight build of a boy that was not yet 17? Have we forgotten that he followed this boy WITH A GUN? That the police told him not to pursue him?

The claim is that this is not a racially-motivated crime. Well… what made him follow this boy? What made him look suspicious? He reportedly was not committing any crime at the time. We know he had no weapons. We know that he was in his father’s neighborhood… And I don’t care why he was suspended from school!!!

The law itself may protect this shooter. The prosecutor said that Zimmerman could walk because of the burden of proof required to refute the “stand your ground law.” Even on of the law’s supporters, Florida governor Jeb Bush, said it should not apply and was unsure why no arrest had been made.

A child is dead. I am disgusted that his shooter may go unpunished; I don’t care if he’s been crying (which I think is just a story to assuage public outcry). This will probably be my last post on this tragedy- I can’t take it.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Civil Rights, Family, Race, Rant, Youth

 

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A Million Hoodies

By now, I am hopeful that everyone has heard the heart-breaking story of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old boy who was shot to death by a civilian man patrolling a Sanford, FL neighborhood where Martin lived. More importantly, I am hopeful that you have been to change.org to sign the petition to have this man arrested.

On Wednesday, New York staged a rally of a million hoodies to push for justice in this case and to support the family of the victim.

I have cried twice while writing this post. And frankly “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired…”

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Civil Rights, Politics, Race, Youth

 

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No Sacrament for You!

Sooo…the Catholic Church can not stay out of the news. If I was a cynic, I would say that the institution has made a decision to be in the headlines. There’s no such thing as bad publicity…

Anyway. The priest that denied a lesbian parishioner communion at her mother’s funeral last month will not shut up. He issued a statement in his defense with tolerant and faithful quotes such as:

…public pressure to give Communion to the wrong people will force “the cruelest crisis of conscience that can be imposed.” 

“It seems to me, the lack of clarity on this most basic issue puts at risk other priests who wish to serve the Catholic Church in Washington D.C.”

I remain aghast at the inherent hypocrisy of religion, not just Catholicism- although they seem to lead the way. How to be vocal on private issues such as orientation and family planning but become mute when children are systematically raped. WOW.

If there is judgment to be cast, is it the role of the priest? And at her mother’s funeral…really?

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2012 in Civil Rights, Family, Rant, religion

 

War…What is it Good For?

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Absolutely nuthin…

US soldier kills 16 Afghanis including women and children.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2012 in Politics

 

Kony 2012

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Invisible Children’s public education campaign seeks to educate us on the crimes against humanity being perpetrated across Africa. Kony is a rebel leader from Uganda whose LRA has “recruited” tens of thousands of child soldiers and sex slaves to inflict terror on the populace. This campaign uses the power of viral marketing to enlist supportets. The end goal? Kony captured.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2012 in Civil Rights, Education, History, Politics, Race

 

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Beautiful Boy

In the aftermath of the Virginia Tech tragedy, I remember thinking a lot about the parents- maybe because I am a parent. It was not that my mind was not consumed with the sadness of all of the lives that were cut short or that I didn’t grieve for the parents and families of the students and teachers who were killed, but I just couldn’t help it.

What were they going through? How were they going to move forward? Was anyone ever going to let them move forward? I recalled the parents seeking help for their son and even committing him at one point, but to no avail. Even still, I don’t think that they could have ever imagined what was to come.

Beautiful Boy. I watched this movie recently. Had never heard of it. The plot is a boy who kills fellow students on his college campus, then kills himself. Details are different but very similar to VaTech. However, it takes the perspective of the parents, in the aftermath. It is heart-wrenching and I recommend it. It truly questions our humanity and what role the parent plays in this unprecedented act of violence.

I think it is natural to have anger toward and even blame the parents- someone has to take the blame, right? But in the absence of neglect, abuse or some other wrong doing of the parent or other childhood trauma, is that accurate or fair. Still, I can not begin to understand the pain of the slain students’ families or how you begin to piece together your life again. As a parent, I don’t even want to think about it. However, when it comes to blame in the real-life version, there was enough to go around. The university, our laws, the gun industry…

The good news. We seem to have learned a few hard lessons. Address students/youth who are troubled, listen to staff when they have concerns about students, create and/or tighten campus security and emergency plans, lobby to change laws and… maybe, just maybe understand that the parents may need some compassion.

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2012 in Family, Movies, Reflection, Youth

 

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Metro’s Politics

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We should all rest assured- the sign at Clarendon metro station will come down at the end of the contract, March 11.

Wow…so if you are willing to pay Metro for the ad space, you can say whatever you want…freedom of speech and all of that.

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in women

 

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