There has been so much to say about the video in Spring Valley High showing the child who was brutally assaulted by a school resource officer that went viral this week. I just recently saw a video of newscaster Brenda Woods of 11 Alive in Atlanta response to the incident in her “Last Word” segment. If her ‘cake by the pound’ makeup and crusty braids weren’t bad enough, what she had to say was even worse. In the video, she asserts that the ‘bigger picture’ that nobody is talking about is how ‘disrespectful’ children are and how we don’t know what she said before the incident to start it:
Unfunny man D.L. Hughley was asked his opinion on Caitlyn Jenner after she won an ESPY award and he proceeded to hurl insults saying she looked like a “every P.E. teacher he ever had.” I’m all for jokes although DL Hughley is not one for giving any, but I digress. If you want to criticize Caitlyn on her family and their tactics to stay relevant, that’s fair but most of the criticism is crossing the line. There is a sentiment among many that what Caitlyn Jenner did wasn’t courageous and she didn’t deserve that award nor the media attention she has been receiving for her transition. Accepting who you truly are and revealing it to the world is pretty damn courageous to me. I’m sure others deserved this award also, but this is a big moment in history and ESPN knew this and rewarded her in accordance. I do believe a lot of the backlash Caitlyn Jenner is receiving runs deeper than her winning the award. The hate, I believe, stems from transphobia. I also think the hate stems from an uncomfortableness by some in the general public. I’ve seen some silly meme comparing the ridiculous criticism of Serena Williams’ body by some to Caitlyn Jenner’s praise for her transformation. I feel like this undermines not only Caitlyn but the trans community as a whole. Why not let both women flourish in their own bodies? Why can’t both women coexist in their own spaces and flourish individually? If you have to down one cause to uplift another, then you don’t have much of a leg to stand on, but what can you expect from people who still can’t get the personal pronouns right when addressing the transgender individuals.
-Sandra Bland traveled from Chicago to start her new job with her mom
-Last Friday, Bland was stopped outside the campus for failing to signal while changing lanes.
-A video has surfaced of her arrest showing the police roughing her up and throwing her on the ground
-She died in police custody
The police ruled her hanging a suicide but it’s in Texas and it involves the police so that opinion cannot be trusted. Family and friends are trying to figure out exactly what happened in that cell. Why would a young woman with a brand new job randomly kill herself in a jail cell? Why is the police’s word the sole word according to the media in cases like these? Sandra Bland knew her rights and questioned her arrest as seen in the video. So let’s put two and two together, an outspoken BLACK women who knows her rights just so happens to die in police custody in Texas and the police rule it a suicide…hmmmmm. I’m not saying something’s fishy, but something stinks.
‘Trans people deserve your respect,’ stated Caitlyn Jenner in a powerful, game-changing speech at the ESPY Awards earlier tonight while accepting the Arthur Ashe Awards for courage. With her family in attendance, Caitlyn Jenner detailed the struggles many in the transgender community face. Trans people face difficulties most of us couldn’t imagine. Jenner detailed the struggles of trans youth, especially trans women of color who face significant difficulties.
Forty-one percent of transgender people surveyed said they had attempted suicide, with the suicide rate being among the highest in the LGBT community. Over 200 murders of trans persons happened in the past year. About 20% of trans have limited access to healthcare for their transition. Much ignorance still exists with trans issues, but with women like Janet Mock, Laverne Cox and now Caitlyn Jenner in the forefront, I believe that will be a thing of the past.
…but if you’re still mad and hating
The Obama Administration has now put criminal justice front and center as its main issue in his already impressive set of reforms. On the heels of commuting the sentences of 46 federal convicts, Obama will soon be the first president to visit a federal prison where he will talk to inmates and prison guards. He has also spoken on the issue recently in the media with a speech to the NAACP convention and also sat down ‘The Wire’ creator David Simon earlier this year to speak about criminal justice reform. In his NAACP speech, Obama spoke against mandatory minimums, a lack of voting rights, jail abuse and job discrimination that many current and former convicts face.
Mass Incarceration and over-sentencing are important issues that disproportionately affect poor people of color. Our criminal justice system is one of the most systematically racist institutions in our country. African Americans and Latinos make up only 30% of the population, but 60% of the prison system. 1 and every 35 and 1 and every 88 black and latin men respectively, are behind bars. Around 1 and 9 African American child has a father in prison. This is one of the greatest unspoken injustices in America. You want black people to stop crying about racism, changing the way we sentence and jail our people of color for non-violent crimes would go a long way in changing that. This along with an overhaul of our policing system needs to happen soon.
1. Donald Trump
The fact that Donald Trump is a frontrunner/problem in the Republican party is so ridiculous, it’s comical. A New Poll has the smut at the top of the poll. He’s so out of touch, he’s John McCain.
2. Conservatives still think half the country is lazy and won’t work
Jeb Bush, this week, claimed that people needed to ‘work longer hours’ in order to make more money. Most Americans, including myself work hard as hell. This ‘handout’ business is a trash argument. It’s quite an ignorant and pretty offensive, but also ironic because most of the people who vote republican rely on public assistance of some sort from farm subsidies to WIC and welfare.
3. The Confederate Flag is ‘a thing’
The confederate flag should’ve been banned 1865 when the war ended. The losers lost, yet centuries later, we’re still debating about this flag. A section of this country cannot seem to let go and realize, “Hey, self, this thing is a symbol of hate, oppression and terrorism and offends some folks, Maybe I should take it down.” A poll recently released said most Republicans don’t find the Confederate flag racist..of course they don’t.
4. The old creepy white men thing
Have you seen the republican presidential candidates list? It’s so white, Senator Jim Inhofe tried to bring it into congress to debate global warming. With the exception of those two women who are also old and white, Ben Carson who wants to make money and Bobby Genitals who is Indian but is whiter than most white candidates, these group of people don’t look like the real United States. The Republican party doesn’t foster diversity, doesn’t invoke a diverse array of beliefs and harbors views that are pretty flat out racist at times. I know what you’re going to say, ‘black man who writes blogs, the democratic field is white too,’ and I say, “That’s because minorities weren’t dumb enough to think they’d win against Hillary.” although Bernie Sanders is interesting…
5. Cheaters don’t win
Republicans have gerrymandered their way into a majority in Congress and Senate. Had they won based off their issues and great candidates, this would not be an issue. This did not happen. The conservatives have hijacked the republican party with their crazy views, regressive views and now the country is suffering from it. Crazy old uncles.
with a bad toupee.
Whew! Now that I got that out of my system, I have some questions to ask. Why is he still a thing? Why is he still being allowed to bump his loud mouth and porcelain teeth in public with racist rhetoric?Why is this man now #1 in the Republican polls? No matter how loud and wrong the Trumpster is, the conservatives get off on it. This man said illegal immigrants come over here from Mexico and ‘rape’ women. That is literally one of the most racist and evil things that could be said about a group of people, yet the conservative party eats it up. I beginning to believe that the tea party and conservative country don’t care about winning elections in this country. So much for getting the minority vote in this country, huh.
The Bill Cosby situation is sad enough as it is, especially for somebody like me who grew up watching “The Cosby Show” and “A Different World.” I didn’t put Bill Cosby up on a high enough pedestal to feel really bad about what happened, but the personal accounts of his predatory, gross actions have done enough damage to my insides to know that this man is a criminal. Most of these women gave detailed descriptions of what Bill Cosby had done to them, and so far 40 plus have given the same exact story. He promised them some sort of favor or advice, lured them back to his hotel or what not, gave them drugs and when they woke up he was putting his clothes on. The stories are about as common now as the joke “So a priest and a rabbi walk into a bar…” Some of us believed this women due to the frequency and detailed accounts of their stories, while some held out for ‘more’ evidence. It has now come out that Bill Cosby admitted himself to giving women Quaaludes and now the rest of the world believes what we knew all along. Bill Cosby is a rapist. What took so long?
What boggles my mind and perplexes me is that FORTY women have come forward, FORTY and people did not believe these women!! I understand that the white community are quick to toss black media figures aside, so that is why we as black people hold on tight ours. For centuries, black men have been accosted with untrue accusations from rape to murder without any proof or evidence. I get the reasons why, but at what expense? All these women had this same story and most weren’t filing civil lawsuits. These stores happened decade after decade with women from every decade testifying. Why do people let celebrity and male privilege cloud their rational thinking. Why are we so quick to dismiss women, especially black women when they speak on their experiences?
So much can be written about the misogyny and sexism behind the rape culture here in America and around the world. If a women says no, it should mean no under any circumstances. It doesn’t matter what state of sobriety she is in nor how provocative she is dressed, she should still be respected and only engaged in activities in which she in which she consents. This simple logic seems to have eclisped most of America. So many excuses are made to pacify this behavior. We have all heard it and seen it but nobody wants to address it. Bill Cosby preyed on and manipulated these women. Yes, people can be coerced with money and fame. Does this mean these women deserved to be drugged and raped? Hell No.
Bill Cosby has done so much for the black community. With a top rated show and made us more ‘palpable’ to a mainstream white America. He showed them we can be doctors and lawyers with style and swagger. He showed them that we could have class and have humor. He showed them that black people bring in the bucks and also have a stable family unit. No matter how tainted his image is now, the doors that he opened for us are still open. It is okay to call Bill Cosby or any other celebrity out for their behavior. It will not undo anything he had done for us. Shows like “Empire” and “Black-ish” will still be on TV, people still realize that black people can be doctors and lawyers with swagger. True progress will not achieved until we start being honest with ourselves as well as others.
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