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Tweeting Hate

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After the game-winning goal by Joel Ward against the Bruins on Wednesday night sent the Capitals to the play-offs, Twitter became ablaze with racial epithets toward the player. Ward was unaware until a teammate shared it on the plane ride home.

This is not the first time social media has been used to disseminate hate. I am unsure why it was not flagged or taken down as is done by other e-media vehicles…

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Posted by on April 27, 2012 in Civil Rights, Sports, women

 

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Can’t We All Just Get Along?

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This was the plea heard from Rodney King almost 20 years ago at the height of the infamous LA riots, sparked by the aquittal of the officers who brutally beat him. The anniversary of those riots come at a time when this country is embattled by some of the same issues, with the recent arrest of George Zimmerman for the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin.

Of the Martin case, King commented that he was “glad his attack was caught on tape,” although I don’t know the good it did him; every problem is not solved by a monetary settlement. But I digress…

King has released a memoir titled, The Riot Within: My Journey From Rebellion to Redemption. It may be worth read.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Civil Rights, History, Race, Youth

 

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Pay Attention to the Fine Print…

And don’t get pregnant, at least not if you’re single.

A 29 year-old volleyball coach and science teacher, Cathy Samford, was fired from a Texas Christian school last fall for violating the morality clause of her employment contract: she was single and pregnant. Samford led the volleyball program for three years and was named the Coach of the Year for the 2010-2011 season.

Heritage Christian Academy maintains that her out-of-wedlock pregnancy is immoral and that teachers are “ministers in the classroom.” Mediation has failed and Samford is headed to court.

Wow, 39 weeks pregnant with no health coverage… I agree with Samford, not a very Christian thing to do.

 

You’re Hired!

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American unemployment is at its lowest level since April 2008. This is one of the indicators used to show the status of the economy.

Who’s getting hired? Women as well as men, in industries they might not have considered before. And guess who else…older workers. So a recession has had a positive hiring affect on this experienced group: more experience (esp. more than 15years), better customer service, more apt to stay put and take less sick days.

Which positions pay enough to support a family? IT and healthcare.

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2012 in Career, Family

 

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