Thursday, March 31, 2016

Black Lives Don't Matter

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"Black lives don't matter to black people with guns."  This is what Judge Edward McLaughlin told 24 year old Tareek Arnold, right before he sentenced him to prison for 24 to 26 years, for attempted murder.
Black lives don't matter to black people, so why should they matter to anyone else?  This has been the argument since the inception of the "Black Lives Matter" movement.  Critics of the movement have also gone so far as to ask, "Don't all lives matter?"  If you visit blacklivesmatter.com you will learn that "Black Lives Matter" is an affirmation.  They are affirming what we all should know to be true, that black people are human and contribute to society.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but by affirming one thing, you are not abandoning all other similar things to that of which you just affirmed.

Meaning, one bad apple doesn't spoil the whole bunch.  Just because that rotten apple was red, doesn't mean all the other red apples are also rotten.  And just because I'm speaking up for all the red apples, doesn't mean the green apples are forgotten.  The green apples just aren't the ones that needed additional protection, at the time I chose to speak up for the red apples.

Black lives matter, same concept. 

But what about the rotten apple?  Shouldn't something be said or done to prevent others from biting into a rotten apple?  What if red apples have a tendency to almost, always be rotten?

Well, you would think that red apples are almost, always rotten, if all you ever see is red rotten apples.  If you've never seen a green rotten apple or a perfectly good red apple, then I would understand your hesitation to eat a red apple.

Our experiences shape our opinions.  And a lot of our experiences, in this day and age, come from the media.  Our phones are attached to our hands and information is available at the push of a button.  When something becomes national news, everyone has an opinion about it.  Some stories we hear over and over, and some perspectives are more dominant than others. 

That's why its so important to think critically and rationally about the information we receive on a daily basis.  We must attempt to take off our blinders and really think before we speak.  Do the facts add up?  Because this station reported on the story, does it make their assumptions true?  Will repeating what I just heard on the news offend others that I interact with?  Am I really getting the entire story from this news story?

To end on a brighter note, I want to show you some perfectly good red apples.  Check this video out.


THANK YOU, GENTLEMEN: A group of men showed up to cheer on and motivate students returning from Spring Break. LIKE AND SHARE if you think we need more positive role models like this in Memphis.WHY THEY DO IT: http://bit.ly/1RLsHIs
Posted by FOX13 Memphis on Wednesday, March 30, 2016


 

A group of black men, in Memphis, TN, recently put on their Sunday's best and spent their morning welcoming students back from Spring Break. In addition to visiting more schools, sending a deserving young man to prom in style, and preparing a "Juneteenth" celebration, the Men of Big Homies Inc., seek to promote self pride in the community. Their hope is to raise morale in the city and present the positive images you are missing in your everyday news.

Speaking with, Antwuan Williams, who founded BIG HOMIES, Inc. along with Tim Jones, made an interesting point. You never hear the term "white on white crime". Because we don't hear the term, does that mean it's not happening everyday? Because blacks do commit crimes against other blacks, should all blacks be silent about their deaths?

When was they last time you saw something positive on the news? When was the last time you saw a positive story and you shared it with someone else, or even commented on it?

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

North Carolina, Big Balls & the NBA



North Carolina is set to host the 2017, NBA All-Star games.  However, there may be one teeny tiny problem.

Governor, Patrick McCrory, signed a bill that overturned a Charlotte ordinance that protected groups that are discriminated against.  Some of those groups include transgender, lesbians, gays, and bisexuals.

Of the overturn protections, one of those rights allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender that they associated with.  Meaning, transgender men turned women, were allowed to use the women's restroom.

Now that the ordinance is overturned, transgender men and women are not allowed to use the bathroom of the gender they associate with.  They must use the restroom of  the gender that they were assigned at birth.

The NBA has deemed the new North Carolina laws discriminatory.  And as we learned from the Donald Sterling controversy, the NBA does not "play that".

You may or may not know, that, North Carolina, is the hometown of likely 2016 NBA league MVP candidate, Steph Curry.  Steph Curry, who has a bible verse, Philippians 4:13, (also my favorite scripture) printed on his Under Armour basketball shoe, hopes that some common ground can be reached in order to keep the All Star games in Charlotte. 

The All-Star game would definitely bring a boost of revenue to the city of Charlotte.  North Carolina
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would ultimately benefit from hosting the games in one of their major cities.

Should North Carolina be afforded the benefit of the revenue the All-Star games will produce, despite the messages it is currently sending to the LGBT community? 

Atlanta may be facing similar controversy, in a bid to host the Super Bowl, in their new billion dollar football stadium.  Georgia lawmakers recently passed a bill preventing the Georgia government from taking action against any organization or person with "a sincerely held religious belief regarding lawful marriage between ... a man and a woman.”  This could also promote discriminatory practices.

Should the North Carolina laws be a factor in the NBA's decision to keep the All Star Games in North Carolina?  Did you know that the NFL once moved the Super Bowl from Arizona to California, because Arizona refused to recognize MLK Day as a holiday?

In the wake of the Supreme Court's declaring same sex marriage legal, do you think times have changed? 

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