Thursday, February 26, 2009

CNN's Documentary "Black In America"

Recently CNN did a documentary on being Black in America. Let me point out up front, I'm a firm believer that every human being is responsible for his/her actions, and should be held accountable and deal with the consequences of their actions. I thought the documentary by CNN was informative, but the documentary didn't tell me anything I didn't already know. Let's go on a journey about what the CNN documentary left out.

One of the things that inspired me to write this article, is how the CNN documentary focused on how Black men abandon their children. I will not sit here and try to convince anyone that a lot of Black men don't abandon their responsibility when it comes to being a father to their children. What I will say is this, there are a lot of Black men who fulfill their obligation as fathers to their children, this I know for a fact, I'm a living example.

Here's where I'll probably get myself in trouble with the women in my life and the women in my family. I know CNN felt like holding Black women accountable for so many house-holds with single women, would have garnered too much negativity from the female community; I don't have to worry about such hang-ups. When it comes to me and women, I'm the type of guy who will let a woman know in plain English, I like you do you like me, check yes or no; I don't have a ten minute slick rap, what you see is what you get, take it or leave it. In my opinion there are a lot of Black women that simply ran responsible men away, just by the fact they wouldn't allow a man to be a man. Before women start throwing rotten eggs at me, please let me explain where I'm coming from. Some Black women just can't get over the fact, they can't do what their man do. Example: When a woman say to a man, "if you can stay out to six o'clock in the morning, I don't see why I can't do the same thing." I understand the majority of these women who say such things are actually accusing the man of doing something that men wouldn't do if the guy really loved her. I don't usually use myself as an example, but this is too important to me to not let people know the truth. I was out shooting billiards (pool) one night, and me and this guy started gambling, we started at $20.00 a game, and before I knew it we were at $100.00 a game. The place where we were gambling close at 2:00am, the owner of the place allowed us to keep going after he closed his place of business. About 5:00am, someone said to me there's someone at the door asking for you, it was my wife. She had both my baby daughters with her, and at that time, both of my daughters were babies. The only people in the place were myself, the guy I was gambling with, the clean-up guy, and the owner. My wife was convinced I was out womanizing, I came close to feeling a moment of glee when she realized I was only doing what men do; compete with each other, it's a Testosterone thing with your clothes on. I fully understand there are men that's just plain dogs, and won't do the right thing even if it meant their life depended on it, it's a crushing blow, but that's how it go. My point is this, Black women, just let us be men, stop thinking you can compete with a man, and still hold your status as a lady.

I'll end with this, here's another thing the CNN documentary didn't cover, because this is taboo, we can't talk about this. OK, here we go, and I'm not saying this to appease Black women. I notice how when it comes to inter-racial relationships how when the majority of working class Black men, not all, date or marry a White woman, in most cases I've witnessed they get garbage. They get White women that White men don't want, but on the other hand, the White women when it comes to dating or marrying a Black man, they get the cream of the crop. Example: Tiger woods, Kolby Bryant, Lebran James, and yes O.J. Simpson. If we as Black people continue on this idiotic conscience journey of accepting ourselves as second class citizens, we will fail as a people, and President Barack Obama will fail as President.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The New "Grand Old Party" (GOP)

I would like to say congratulations to the Republican Party. For decades the GOP wouldn't listen to any views from people of color and women. Now all of a sudden the new GOP has a person of color as the Chairman of the party, Michael Steele. The response to President Obama's speech was a person of color, Governor Bobby Jindal. The new GOP picked an unknown female Governor from Alaska, Sarah Palin to run as Vice President with John McCain. Does anybody other than me smell the stench of TOKENISM here? The three people I mentioned are "see no evil", "hear no evil", or "just dumb". I’ll leave it to the readers of this article to place these three people in the correct characterization.

I intend to cover an array of subject matters in this article, so I apologize beforehand for my wordiness to those of you who have a short attention span.

We all know Republicans are peeved about losing control of Congress, the Senate, and the Presidency. But should that be an excuse for resorting to comparing the President to a chimpanzee being shot dead by White policemen? We have people on Fox News like Bill O'Reilly and Bernard Goldgerg debating on the failure of President Obama's Stimulus Bill. Less than a year ago Bill O'Reilly started his show (The O'Reilly Factor) on a daily basis with talking points about how the left want America to fail in Iraq. Mr. O'Reilly went so far as to say, "these people should be charged with treason." Now that Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Dick Morris, Bernard Goldberg, and yes Bill O'Reilly himself are hoping President Obama fail as President; the call for treason is deafening by the silence. Here's where some will call on me to apologize, I'm going on a rant about Fox News. Everyday I see and hear complete idiots like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity just outright lying to their listeners and viewers. The avid listeners and viewers of these two clowns are at a distinct disadvantage, the listeners and viewers are drinking the Jim Jones KOOL-AID without the benefit of intellect.

If President Obama Presidency fail, I refuse to point the blame at the Republicans. If the President fail, it will be 90% the fault of the Black community. The main reason I feel this way is this, it's not enough that at last we have a Black person as President. Our job in the Black community has a duty to prove to the world that we are worthy of having a Black person as President. Tuesday night after the President gave what I consider one of the best speeches ever, reporters were asking members of Congress and the Senate how will the Stimulus Bill help people in your district. To my disappointment Rep. Barbara Lee who represents Oakland, CA. said absolutely nothing about how jobs in her district will hopefully slow down, or perhaps put a stop to the Black on Black crime in Oakland. There are Mayors, elected officials sending out pictures on u-tube of the White House showing the front lawn of the White House as a water melon patch. Instead of noticing what some Whites think of us, we're too busy committing Black on Black crime, and disrespecting each other. Those of us in the Black community need to take what I consider the first step; the first step to me, is we need to start by respecting ourselves. It is a known fact to any clear thinking person, if one doesn't respect themselves, there is no way they have the ability to respect others. I fully understand with the economic crisis which led to a flood of home foreclosures, economically things are tough. But what I've witnessed with these abandoned homes, they're being turned into drug castles. If we as a community don't work together to take back our neighborhoods, the first Black President will fail.

A few words about 'The Fairness Doctrine" which some say is a threat to The First Amendment, and the right to keep and bear arms (The Second Amendment). Here's my thoughts on The Fairness Doctrine: Let's be clear on this, the only reason some on the left has a desire to reinstate The Fairness Doctrine is because right wing talk radio has established an ability to invigorate their base with their hatred and racist talk. The people on the left hasn't figured out a way to neutralize the rhetoric coming from the Limbaugh's, the Hannity's, the O'Reilly's, and other nut cases on the right spewing hatred and racism. In my opinion it would be a bad idea for Democrats to go on a campaign to reinstate The Fairness Doctrine. In today's climate, every time Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity open their mouths, they do damage to the Republican party. Democrats going on a campaign to curtail whatever right wing radio says is a sign of weakness, if anything, Democrats should be encouraging right wing talk radio to keep doing what they're doing.

My thoughts on The Second Amendment: First of all when we have a complete idiot like Lou Dobbs with a platform to tell outright lies to the American public with statements like, "the Democrats have declared war on The Second Amendment." What Attorney General Eric Holder is calling for, a law that every hand gun to be registered. Nobody is talking about taking away anyone hunting rifle, although, after an eleven year old shot and killed his soon to be pregnant Step Mother a few days ago with a shotgun he received as a gift; perhaps it's time for us as a people to re-think what we do and say to our children to make them happy.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Stimulus Bill

Everyday reports from every news outlet and any other organization about the Stimulus Bill, and how the monies should be distributed are displayed everywhere. What amazes me, not one of these outlets are informing the American taxpayer about how Billions of their tax dollars are stimulating over 23 other countries economy annually in the name of American Foreign Aid. Not one debate from Congress or the Senate about how we’re going to pay for this. Nothing is mentioned about leaving our children and grandchildren all this debt to pay off, the money is just sent overseas with no questions asked, and no oversight of how the money is spent.

What’s disturbing to the average working class American, when it comes to Aid for Americans, not only is every sentence, every word, but every character in the Bill is scrutinized; I even heard one member of Congress complain about the font that was used for the Stimulus Bill. Where are all the so called economic experts who show up on every news outlet everyday scrutinizing the Stimulus Bill explaining to the American public about our tax dollars being spent to stimulate foreign countries economy?
The most ironic fact of all is that we’re in debt to over 200 countries worldwide, and at least 20 of these countries we’re in debt to, America provides Billions to these countries in Aid on an annual basis. Go ahead economic expert people and explain to us how our country are in debt to these countries and allocating Billions of our tax dollars to these same countries annually; average Americans are begging for the scrutinizers to make this math make some sense.