Blog posts

    How can we help?

    Submitted by Adrian on Thu, 08/25/2022 - 10:41

    From a Facebook post:

    "How can we help? What should a politician take for a stance?"

    First of all, "what should a politician take for a stance?" A politician should take the stance that it is WRONG. This would be a departure from blaming Black people for being the victims in a system that has set-out to victimize and exploit us (which has been the status quo). But politicians as a whole can not do anything about it except to lead us (I know, it's a novel thought).

    "I Haven't Witnessed Racism in the Workplace"

    Submitted by Adrian on Thu, 08/25/2022 - 09:48

    A comment on Facebook:

    "I worked with people of color in every job I’ve had since the mid-80s, and I didn’t see or feel racism in those places, all of which were professional work areas. As every other employee in those companies were working with them too, and didn’t seem to have a problem with it, I hoped that racism in any area was becoming a thing of the past."

    #BlackLivesMatter versus #AllLivesMatter and Gaslighting/Diverting

    Submitted by Adrian on Fri, 06/05/2020 - 12:20

    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.  

    What about our Racist Relatives

    Submitted by Adrian on Mon, 12/23/2019 - 12:17

    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.

    God Bless America

    Submitted by Adrian on Sat, 04/27/2019 - 12:15

    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.  

    My thoughts on Mr. Cosby

    Submitted by Adrian on Sun, 09/09/2018 - 12:14

    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.

    Wedding – May 9, 1982

    Submitted by Adrian on Wed, 05/09/2018 - 12:11

    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.

    Posting Political Views on Facebook

    Submitted by Adrian on Mon, 03/26/2018 - 13:02

     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. 

    Chinese artist chosen for MLK monument

    Submitted by Adrian on Tue, 04/18/2017 - 12:06

    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