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2015 will be upon us, unless you’ve read this post after New Year’s. But looking back in the year 2014, it was definitely a wild ride with more loops to go through.
We lost several famous people along the way. We lost James Avery and Juanita Moore when the year started on a ridiculously cold note due to that thing known as the polar vortex. You know, the time when everything was much colder than usual and conservatives considered it proof that there’s no such thing as global warming.
Then, there was the whole Chris Christie scandal and that situation with the Washington Bridge. It was on the news for a while, but I guess it’s no longer an issue, at least for the New Jersey mayor.
I guess people were more hyped about the Seattle Seahawks going to the Super Bowl with Richard Sherman leading the charge in the most scary-to-most-white-people way when he trashed talked like a WWE wrester on national TV. People, mostly racists, considered that “thug” behavior. We all know why that is. But even if he was “respectable” like Forrest Whitiker’s role in the movie The Butler, racist fuckers would still find a reason to hate on Sherman. A black man, especially a father doing the damn thing like combing his daughter’s hair can never win in this shithole of a society. If assholes like Ted Nugent can take a shit on the legacy of Dr. King, they can screw over any black person. Or they would prefer to find the less reputable of us like that video of a toddler cursing up a storm while adults got their chuckles on and consider that as “black culture”.
That gave rise to the media sensation of the so-called “knockout games” where a few black youth would literally knock down random people in the street. Media reporting got so bad that you have people like Ashley Depew “creating” nonexistent black suspects to cover up those who actually fucked them up.
The hatred of black men is evident among America’s “finest” as it seems like we’ve seen a spike of cop killings this year alone. We’ve lost Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, Eric Garner, John Crawford and Yvette Smith, Tanesha Anderson and God knows who else. And those responsible such as the pigs that murdered Aiyana Standley-Jones, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice were able to walk away thanks to a racist injustice system.
Cops like Darren Wilson, Jeffery Follmer and apparently, hundreds of cops nationwide have that police privilege that immunes them from any responsibility when they abuse or kill anyone, including unarmed black folks. They think that they’re just doing their job and everything would be cool if people would just cooperate. And if they get their asses beat, that’s all on them.
Out of that chaos sprang a movement that demands that black lives be given the respect and dignity that is only afforded to white people. One man by the name of Ismaaiyl Brinsley took it to fatal extremes executing two cops after shooting his girl and before taking his own life. And the media saw fit to link him to the movement.
Speaking of the media and its shenanigans, have you noticed how black victims are treated poorly as compared to white suspects? If not, lots of people did. It seems white people are basically good folks, but a few – according to the same media – have glitches that cause them to go haywire in the most violent way possible. Such was the case of Elliot Rodger, the misogynistic, racist, overprivileged fool who shot up Isla Vista in California or Bradley William Stone, the guy who shot six people in Pennsylvania before killing himself. And let’s not forget the pumpkin madness caused by young whites over something stupid or the usual Halloween racists who still haven’t gotten the moment that people of color are not costumes. All while showing the world they didn’t care too much for the numerous African women kidnapped earlier this year.
White people, particularly those of the famous variety, continued to show off their privileges and racism this year. Iggy Azalea, Ridley Scott (Well, Hollywood in general for producting such tripe like Blended, Noah and Exodus), Donald Sterling, Tal Fortgang, Anthony Cumia (One-half of the former duo Opie and Anthony), the dudes who frequent on websites like 4chan, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, the fools who went to poor black neighborhoods pranking poor blacks and almost getting their asses whooped on and, of course, xPrae continue to deny white privilege while actively perpetuating, participating, producing and promoting it.
We also saw black shame from the media. Ray Rice (and a few other black athletes that caught the attention of TMZ which caught the attention of other news outlets), Solange and yes, Bill Cosby have made the news for all the wrong reasons that threaten negative stereotypes. Ray Rice beat his wife. Solange beat Jay-Z. And Cosby’s accused of beating up the pu…well, I won’t go there, but you know what I mean. He’s accused of being a serial rapist. Then there’s the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Love and Hip Hop and the scourge known as Sorority Sisters. Does Mona Scott hate black people?
We lost a lot of notable people this year. We lost James Avery, Robin Williams, The Ultimate Warrior, Marion Berry, Big Bank Hank of the Sugar Hill Gang, Buster Jones, Joan Rivers, Meshach Taylor, Bobby Womack, Casey Kasem, Ruby Dee, Chester Nez, Yuri Kochiyama, Dr. Maya Angelou, Bob Hoskins, DJ E-Z Rock, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Karyn Washington, Frankie Knuckles and Chokwe Lumumba,
However, we’ve seen a lot of great things this year. Shonda Rhimes wows audiences with her new show How to Get Away with Murder starring Viola Davis. We saw the release of Blackish starring Anthony Anderson and Tracey Ellis Ross. We see Michael Sam showing the world that being gay is a beautiful thing. We saw young black women and men being overachievers, geniuses, entrepreneurs, activists, defying stereotypes and doing the damn thing. And we will, without a doubt, see more of that in 2015.
What do you remember most about 2014? What do you remember that I’ve missed in this article? What do you hope to see in 2015? Sound off below and I’ll see you next year.
P.S. I may create my own website.
Veteran’s Day is a holiday in November, on the 11th the be precise, that we honor and remember men and women in the armed forces who have served or are serving this nation. Though some means of communication, we express our gratitude for those who go out defending this nation, usually through some kind of media outlet.
There are some folks who are, for lack of a better phrase, into war. They see it as a necessary cause to maintain, ironically, peace and civility. “We must fight for our country to protect our freedoms” is the usual mantra echoed mostly by politicians, some who have – at one time – served in the military. They see joining it as honorable and they see fighting in any war as commendable.
But then, you also have those who object becoming a soldier. They don’t think it’s any different than being a murderer, only you are required by your government to kill. Not only do they not wish to join the armed forces, but they are against any and all military action, particularly war itself, for their own personal and individual reasons. They are often looked down by those who have served or is a strong supporter.
Personally, I’m not crazy about joining the military and I see war as a billion, perhaps trillion dollar business. Yet, I still got nothing but love for our troops. I don’t support war, but I do support those of us with family and friends fighting half a world away to come home safely. Sadly, I keep hearing stories how veterans are underserved by the same government that praises them. Some of them return crippled and disabled, but are still screwed by this nation’s political system that bends over backwards for the rich who likely are sheltered from the harsh realities of war or the harsh realities of…reality for that matter.
If we are to honor our veterans, how about, instead of just medals, how about giving them the help they need to readjust to society? How about providing health care, job service proper housing and the like? Sadly, many people think that waving our flags and singing “God Bless America” is enough.
Yet, no matter how many times they’ve been used, many soldiers still love this country enough to risk their lives for it. They are still devoted to “protecting this nation”, and while it brings up other topics for discussion, for now, let’s remember them and how they are not just fighting, or have fought, overseas, but also here in these United States.
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‘Tis the season to be racist, or at least dress up as if you have that mentality. And already, some folks are gearing up to show their fondness for ignorance and jackassery.
Story number one deals with some photos going around about a few individuals demonstrating how much they “care” about domestic violence. Pictures of white folks wearing Ray Rice’s football jerseys carrying around huge dolls smiling for the camera. There’s even a photo of a couple wearing not only Rice’s jerseys for also sporting blackface. The most disturbing, in my opinion, was that one of the participants in this fuckery was a little boy.
Story number two is a wee bit more disturbing as it revives the horrific images of the bygone era of rope lynching. In Clarksville, Tennessee, someone at Fort Campbell thought it was a keen idea to hang a family of life-sized black figures on a tree in their front lawn. One of the figures was that of a child with a knife in his back. However, after residents of the neighborhood expressed their concerns, the “decoration” was removed.
Most likely, there are other examples of Halloween racism that has gone under the radar. Sadly, it’s not surprising as this happens every year. It’s almost to be expected, which is the sad part. However, you can’t help but wonder what the hell they were thinking.
What made them decide that it was a good idea to dress up in a manner that pokes fun at a serious issue? The couple, as seen in the center of the picture above took it a step further by posing in blackface. I dunno what parent in his or her right mind would think that it was picture-worthy to have their son mock a domestic violence case. And I can not speak on the stupidity and callousness of whoever came up with the idea of lynching black dolls outside of their own home.
A good colleague of mine told me that a guy, a white man, was upset not at such images, but that there are people who saw them as offensive. I can only conclude that it’s not so much that they’re stupid as they are ignorant and full of shit, that they thought such backward holiday spirit is fun and funny and that people like me just need to shut up and lighten up. If that’s the case, they should be happy as hell if I dressed up as the World Trade Center on 9/11. It would be one hell of a costume to make, but hey, they should just love it.
I honestly don’t know what to do without Father Wolf. Even though we didn’t, and still don’t, always agree, we’re still tight.
I admire Father Wolf’s strength, stamina and unyielding drive to get things done. I’ve never seen a man worked as hard as him. Yet, he does it in a stoic fashion like he’s never tired. And he knows just what to do in almost any given situation. To me, Father Wolf is my role model.
Father’s Day is a time where we love and honor the men in our lives who have been there for us through thick and thin. I know dads get a bad rap in today’s trash TV-driven mainstream media, particularly black dads. But as another Father’s Day approaches – this will sound cliche, but it’s still true – we shouldn’t just reserve one day to show our fathers how much we appreciate them. I know this is something people say during the holidays, but it’s true.
I don’t have any cubs of my own. If I did, I would not only take care of them and be responsible for them, but I will show them lots of love like a father’s supposed to do. And I know (not think, but KNOW) there are plenty of dads out there doing their thing.
To all dads out there, I say thanks and Happy Father’s Day.
Robert Kraft, Patriots owner
“We’re about winning,” Kraft told the Boston Herald. “And anyone who can come in here and help us win, I personally don’t care what their ethnic background is, their racial background, the gender preference. If they can help us win, and they’re about team first, then I’m happy to have him here… I think it’s good for America.“
Bill Belichick, Patriots coach
“We evaluate all the players, including Michael Sam, based on the totality of who they are and who can best contribute to our team and organization, regardless of the matters being discussed today. They all have strengths, they all have weaknesses and no two human beings are identical,” he said in a statement given to the Boston Globe.“Our scouting staff has performed extensive work on Michael, both this season and going back throughout his career. That work will continue through the draft process this spring.”
Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers coach
“I think you definitely have to feel he’s a courageous young man but my understanding is he’s a talented young player,” McCarthy said. “Any player who can come here and be a good teammate and follow the rules of our program, which is one be respectful and produce on the football field, we have room for that guy.”
When it comes to Africa, the perception of the continent doesn’t quite match up with reality. While many of us know the Motherland boasts a wealth of history, a diverse collection of countries, a beautiful cross-section people, and some of the world’s most valuable resources, the mainstream media rarely shows Africa in a positive light. The result? Stereotypes, misconceptions, and horror stories abound. Many Africans both here in the U.S. and abroad have rebuked the negative portrayals of the continent, and the African Student Association (ASA)group at Ithaca College is lending their voice to the chorus.
It’s a holiday defined by romance, and also by approximately $17.3 billion in spending, according to the National Retail Federation. There are a lot of ways that kind of spending can go wrong.
Aside from the obvious waste issues (think of all the trees cut down to send your valentines!), a number of Feb. 14 traditions are linked to environmentally destructive, unhealthy and unethical practices, often on a global scale. Here’s how to get through the day with your ethics intact, while helping to ensure a better future for the approximately 11,000 children who will be conceived before it’s over…
I’m torn between saying that so many people don’t know shit about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and what he TRULY stood for and against and believing that they do know, but just don’t give two fucks. Either way, MLK’s memory, or rather a manipulated, dumb-down version, is being pimped and sold for chump change.
We have Ted Nugent, the NRA’s shining rock star and the right wing’s favorite son, who felt the urge to – once again – tell black people what’s wrong with us.
It all started with a viral video about a black male toddler being encouraged by people out of sight to potty, from his mouth, cursing and saying things no youngster should say, but did. You can read about the story here.
Nugent apparently watched the video and concluded that it was a shining example of everything wrong with black culture. But he didn’t stop there. Since it was getting close to that time of year where we celebrate the life and memory of one of the most celebrated Civil Rights Leaders in recent history, he concludes that African Americans cannot, “celebrate the legacy of Dr. King until they, “admit to the self-inflicted destructo-derby they are waging and and being to tell their liberal Democratic slave masters to take a hike.”
Side note question, what the hell is up with right wingers and their obsession with bringing slavery in their liberal bashing?
When I read this, I thought about the episode of The Boondocks where King comes back in modern times. The animated version, at the urging of Huey Freeman, chastised the black community for…well…becoming niggas. Looking back, I have a huge problem with that scene.
The episode implies that the Civil Rights Movement was a success, that racism is no longer a problem, not to mention that it produces no effects and that black people just “decided” to regress as humans. There was no mention of the causes whatsoever.
I’m not trying to be a hater, but whether it was the series’ creator Aaron McGruder who wrote this, or that the higher-ups had a say in this (Remember, they didn’t allow the airing of the episode centering on BET and its CEO Debra Lee), the end result was that show morphed MLK into a finger-pointing, Bill Cosby-esque black conservative.
We constantly seem to see distorted-for-political-purpose images of Dr. King prop up in the media by those who use his memory to support or reject contemporary issues. Adam Winkler, a writer over the Huffington Post, wrote about the early days of King’s activism and how he applied for a gun. Yes, you read correctly. Dr. King wanted to pack some heat! Why would he of all people? Read all about it here.
After reading the article for myself, it sounded more like a PSA for owning a gun than anything else. Even Malcolm X was thrown into the subject. If this was a ploy to rally behind gun ownership, I can’t say for sure. If the purpose of the article is to reveal a period in King’s life rarely disclosed to the public, it succeeded. But I can’t put past if this is to, once again, use Dr. King as an unsolicited testimonial figure in some political advertisement.
It’s frighteningly obvious that too many people don’t know the true purpose of observing the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, especially his later years, and too many don’t care. This is not to ignore learning everything about the man. But in the end, he evolved into a human being we ALL should strive to be.
He wasn’t striving for “colorblindness”, owning guns, favoritism for the rich, being a role model for only black people or to have parties misappropriate his image and message. He fought and spoke for peace, love, genuine equality and respectability for all people, a just economy, and an end to wars, racism and materialism. Dr. King spoke out and tried to help end society’s ills that are being rallied around by eccentric, hate-mongering, uninformed, avarice fools who claim to “love” America.
Dr. King continues to be assassinated by twisted minds. However, his true legacy will not and can not die, no matter how often people try to kill it.