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The Answer Is Yes

Steve Kerr talks about elected officials’ responsibility.

I loved Steve Kerr when he played for the Bulls. I love that he uses his platform to speak out. But, to answer your question Steve, it is a resounding YES. Legislators are and have been more interested in holding on to their power than to pass any legislation that would curb the ongoing violence in America.

I knew in the aftermath of the slaughter at Sandy Hook that nothing would change. If a classroom of murdered kindergarteners didn’t change hearts and move them into action, nothing would.

 

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Symphony

The jungle of Costa Rica produces a daily symphony.

A howler monkey’s call and response,

Mating calls intertwine with

Trilling lizards,

Thrumming of humming bird wings

And a cricket’s solitary song.

The crescendo of monsoon rain on a tin roof

With the wind as a strong accompaniment

To the bullfrog’s lament into the inky night.

Dissonance of the varieties of tropical birds compete and threaten

The overarching harmony.

Howling dogs

And roosters’ crows

Punctuate the arrangement.

I sit appreciatively,

Awaiting the encore.

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2022 in Poetry, Youth

 

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Love Versus Hate

The level of hate that it takes for an 18 year old to shoot a bunch of strangers in a grocery store! WOW… it is mind-numbing…

Radio Raheem with the story of love and hate from Do The Right Thing.

And of course, it’s not the first time. I don’t think people realize what it does to you: the daily reminder that people hate you for a trait that is predetermined. We were born in this skin.

We know what he was being taught at home. The difference it would make if parents taught love versus hate.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2022 in Civil Rights, Family, Race, violence, Youth

 

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My Son is 14 Today

Today is my son’s 14th birthday. I have mixed feelings… Of course I am joyous that he is celebrating another year of life. I left the states to ensure that. However, he is a teenager and all that comes with it!

He is a young 14 and still finds joy in simple things. Thank you! And the girl obsession hasn’t kicked in yet, another blessing. But I think as a parent, especially Mothers, we get very nostalgic for their younger, adorable years. SIGH…

 
 

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Welcome to Bedside Baptist

Research on the religious views of Millenials (ages 18 – 33) revealed that a big chunk do not report a religious affiliation: about 29 percent. This is a huge shift from older generations. Younger Americans link organized religion to war and unrest in the world. Obviously they’re paying attention. Most of these young people believe in God but don’t need permission to speak to the Supreme Being and consider it a personal relationship. They identify as being “spiritual” versus “religious.”

These young people also cited intolerance, especially with regard to issues such as same-sex marriage…

I am not in that age bracket (I’m a Gen Xer) however I concur. I have been very vocal about my views on religion, blasting the Catholic church when inspired. I was raised in Catholicism and let’s just say, it doesn’t work for me.

But to be clear, if you practice a religion that fulfills you, strengthens and nourishes you, Be blessed. I’m here for it.

My relationship with God is just that, mine.

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2022 in Politics, religion, women, Youth

 

Stranger Fruit

In 2022, our fruit doesn’t hang from Southern trees. It lies rotting in streets, alleys and fields. We seldom know who plucked the precious fruit… or it goes unpunished.

 

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I Almost Cried at My Desk

Obviously it’s been a while since I’ve posted… I have to say that this world had been getting the best of me and I just didn’t have the energy.

But this…

What’s sad is this shit happens several times everyday across this country. So why did this story make me so sad? I’m not sure. Maybe it was some of the comments that were posted by people saying that the police did what they were supposed to do. And why wouldn’t someone think that who has never had to endure the small and large indignities that we suffer everyday because our skin is black/brown/tan? People have no frame of reference and will never be able to wrap their minds around it. They have no idea of how afraid that young man was although he had committed no crime, even with his grandmother that close by.

That young man has to live with that experience and the reason it happened. They can wave it off because at least he’s alive, right? At least they didn’t shoot him.

That officer apologized to his grandmother; he didn’t even have the grace to apologize to this young man that his partner had cuffed in the back of a squad car.

Actually, I think it’s the look on his face that breaks my heart.

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2018 in Civil Rights, Race, Youth

 

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WWDKD?

wpid-20130808_220206.jpgWhat Would Dr. King Do?

A great question.

What would Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. do if he were alive to see the state of the union? I think that he would cry (in private) and then take action to ignite a fire in the next generation. It was many young people as well as college students of many colors who were mowed down by fire hoses, who sat at lunch counters and who were repeatedly arrested for the crime of demanding inalienable rights for everyone. Those freedom fighters registered people to vote, led the charge for justice and shamed a nation in front of the rolling cameras and on front pages that were seen across the globe.

I think that he would ask people to care…He would ask specifically command young people to put down the selfie stick and pay attention.

Perhaps, this year on the day of service (January 16, 2017) we can each take some time to actually read some of his sermons, pull up some of his interviews on YouTube and not just the excerpts that we’ve heard. Understand the depth and complexity of this man and become inspired. We need hope and we need a dream that can become tomorrow’s reality.

 
 

Stay Safe Buckeyes

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When are we going to keep our young people safe? How many more active shooters need to attack campuses, elementary schools, malls, workplaces? THIS IS BULLSHIT!
Make your voice heard on sensible gun control measures. Surely this has to matter…

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2016 in Education, Health, Politics, Real Talk, violence, Youth

 

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A Simple Question

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