This conversation started out as a discussion involving #BlackLivesMatter versus #AllLivesMatter. Of course I have my own thoughts about this subject but that is not what this post is about. There was a comment that was voiced that has started getting under my skin a lot lately, and that is of people making “canned” comments whose sole purpose is to deflect from the real subject.
Over the last couple of years of “Continuing the Conversation” and other meetings I have listened to the concerns of many when it comes to family and friends who have less than loving attitudes about people not like themselves. I will admit to not having a lot of experience with this (except for those who, through business interactions, made it clear they had no problem with “screwing me over” because of my race, but would attribute it to other “excuses”). Pizza and Social Justice has tried to find ways to help our members deal with these kinds of people.
In the news this week was word that Kate Smith’s “God Bless America” had been banned by the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Flyers. The reason for this ban was because it was learned that Ms. Smith had recorded some songs that were considered racist. The songs pointed out were “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” and “Pickaninny Heaven. Along with that I sense that people are judging Ms. Smith as being racist for singing these songs, which truthfully do contain wording that is fundamentally racist.
As everyone has heard, this week Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby was sentenced to 3 to 10 years for sexual assault. There has been a great deal of conversation, mostly bad and condemning of Mr. Cosby. I, personally, have stayed out of the conversation (until now). Honestly I am torn with what has happened. I will not go into too much detail except to say that a part of me is very sad about what happened and I wish he had not been found guilty. That is a part of the reason I have stayed out of it and before you start attacking me for feeling this way I will tell you why I feel this way.
Based on article: https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/corey-robin-book-reactionary-mind-caricature-of-conservatism/
Well folks, 36 years ago today, I remember picking up my soon-to-be and going to the florist to pick up flowers to take to our soon-to-be wedding. We were standing there with a room full of last minute Mother’s Day Flower purchasers. I remember Nancy speaking up from the back of the line informing everyone that were were there to pick up the flowers we had reserved for our wedding. Like the red sea parting for Moses, all the guys separated so we could go to the counter pick up our flowers.
I rarely post my political views on FB. At times though, I feel it's important to express my opinion or to take a stand on certain issues.
But I have been extremely disappointed and disheartened by what happens when I do express myself politically.
Suddenly I'm hosting a battle that I don't feel prepared to deal with. Nor do I care to be a referee in an argument on my social media page.
Original Facebook Post:
Yes this article is 10 years old and the monument is finished and dedicated but i ask the question now, "Was this a slap in the face to Black People to have a monument to one of our most famous/influential figures rendered by someone of a different experience?"
I was surprised (and somewhat disappointed) when I learned of this.
The posted Article:
State NAACP joins protest of Chinese artist chosen for MLK monument
Now that Mr. Trump has been elected President of the United States we have seen him making a great many unpopular decisions. I am not here to add to that discourse as there already have been millions of other Americans of all backgrounds who have taken on that rhetoric. I would like to try to redirect some of the conversation to one area where we might be able to get Mr. Trump to follow through and take action on some (possibly) positive items he has put down in writing.
It was about August 9, 1981, and I was visiting the Baha’i House of Worship which was something I did a lot when I ran into my friend Charles Young. He invited me down to his neighborhood the following Sunday to meet at the South Shore Country Club to see Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie. This sounded great to me as the Count Basie Orchestra is my all time favorite musical group and Dizzy Gillespie is the Father of Be-Bop and is also a fellow Baha’i.