November 05, 2008
The temptation is high to gloat. To get IN THE FACE of ignorant people like this.
Short, angry, bitter, and in the minority. I now feel as I believe Justice Ginsberg felt at that time. This election was not, despite the hype, the grand demonstration of egalitarian democracy and the fulfillment of promised ideals. Rather, it proved that a slick thug from Chicago with no executive experience whatsoever can get elected President if he has enough money, is protected from tough questions by a complicit media, and runs a campaign on pure style and hype. It's not just for con men anymore.
But I think Obama's speech last night, and the almost 63 Millon people who voted for him, demand something more of us.
I woke my son last night when the results were announced and shared the moment with he and my family. My wife and kids are thoroughly Costa Rican, so it has been a lonely 11 months for me, and I watched, celebrated and even cried... alone at times. But last night they got it, even my wife who was a Hillary fan if anything.... GOT IT. They looked at the huge crowd of people in Chicago. They watched the students gathered at the gates of the White House, they watched the reaction around the world, and THEY GOT IT.
My baby daughter asked me why I was crying last night... Why so many people were crying. I saved the copy of todays Costa Rican newspaper for her.
One day she will understand. One of the most moving things for me was watching people like Collin Powell weep...
As a black man, born in 1960... someone who has dealt with discrimination... someone who has been called Nigger to his face... I can not describe in mere words this moment for me. Translate my tears of joy and share with me, this moment of sublime hope.
I feel myself quite unworthy of documenting this moment. The images we view today throughout the world are so much more powerful than mere words.
So a few petty, angry people, who would seek to belittle what we as a country have accomplished are to be pitied. Those who's racism would not allow them to vote for a black man yesterday missed out on a great opportunity to change forever for the better our great nation. Those who voted for McCain out of a sincere belief that he was a better candidate, have an open invitation from Our President Elect, to be part of the solution... Lets hope that they elect to do so. For the moment, I have no more words to contribute, instead I invite you to review the video of the President Elect's remarks from last night....
God Bless America!
January 05, 2008
Is it just me...
Or does it appear that it is the Obama Campaign that has the sense of destiny...
If the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s 100 Club dinner is any bell weather – Barack Obama will handily win here. When Obama, the dinner’s last speaker, took the stage the crowd surged forward chanting “O-bam-a” and “Fired Up, Ready to Go!” So many people pressed toward the stage that an announcer asked people to “please take their seats for safety concerns.”
I hear that Bill wants to go Negative in a big way... At this stage of the game, I think that would be a BIG mistake. In fact, I could not have said it better than this commentator to the above article...
I think Hillary did a good job; but the huge bounce Iowa got is in the contrast Obama provided. He talked about creating a new coalition and a new majority: that's heady stuff. And when he laid out his definition of hope; that was powerful.
Yup... History in the making...
January 04, 2008
Some things have NOT changed...
We may have a Black President BEFORE we have a a dozen black coaches at major Division IAA schools...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- When Ohio State and LSU face off in the BCS championship game Monday night, some of the best on the field will be black players.
Go back and do the math... How many black Division IAA coaches have been shit canned in recents years after only a couple of mediocre seasons??? Now what was the record of Charlie Weis at Notre Dame this year???
Arianna is right...
Like many of us, she is celebrating Obama's victory last night.
Even if your candidate didn't win tonight, you have reason to celebrate. We all do.
From the things I have seen today on the CNN and elsewhere, it seems that many of us came away from last night with a sense of history in the making. I noted it last night. The speech:
Was a bit of History... It was the kind of speech that defines a campaign and a candidate for History, and it was a speech that moved many, perhaps even those who otherwise would not have chosen to be moved...
I have a feeling that Obama is GOING to win New Hampshire... despite the best efforts of some to keep Hillary relevant, she was exposed last night as someone who frankly just cant win...
In the coming days we will see how much momentum Obama can carry with him into New Hampshire... I watched his speech today, and found myself sort of let down after last night... But who remembers the speech MLK made after, "I have a dream?" I have a feeling the speech he made last night, will perhaps not be matched again until he accepts the Democratic nomination...
Time will tell, for the moment I am satisfied to just sit back and revel in a moment that the whole world seems to be talking about...
The END of so called, "Black Democratic Establishment?"
I'm a disgusted with the Big 2 parties type. Been that way since I cast my first vote in a local election when I was 18 years old. But I'm not politically stupid and I love history. And I realize political history when I see it. Barack Obama wins the Democratic Iowa Caucus and the Black Democratic Establishment (BDE) loses.
AMEN, and for all those Black Democratic Leaders, especially the one's down south who the Clinton's have been pandering to, get on board...
January 03, 2008
I am speechless...
I have been fortunate enough to have lived through a great deal of history.... 50 years of wars, scientific breakthroughs and amazing political events... Tonight, I witnessed another piece of important history, and I was moved to tears by the experience of it. Before tonight, I was not even an Obama fan... It was all too cliche for me... Me, Progressive, African American Blogger, wasnt it expected that I would be part of Obama Nation? Well I wasnt. I felt that Joe Bidden was the best hope for America, and for getting some sanity back into the White House...
I am saddened that Bidden may chose to leave the race, but MY GOD, Obama had a moment tonight... A moment that spoke to MOST OF US.... A moment that reminded us that there have been giants who have strode across the stage of American Politics, and we may have just seen the birth of one tonight.
My wife and son are far to Costa Rican to understand the real significance of what happened tonight. I insisted that they sit down and watch... They did not, "get it..." But it doesnt matter. I have a feeling that a whole lot of people did, and they are starting to "Believe in Change!"
I know I am, and part of me is now HOPING that he can take it all the way...
August 01, 2007
Happy Birthday Scouts
I can not tell you the influence scouting had on me as a young man. I can only say that it transformed me as a human being in ways that were positive beyond belief. I am who I am today, partially because of these words...
July 21, 2007
And speaking of motivating...
Is the most motivating movie I have ever seen.
And this scene...
other than the Gettysburg scene, is one of the most memorable in the movie. This is all about what it means to be a winner. To reach down deep inside and find that something extra... The no surrender, no retreat mentality that is what makes champions and heroes. If you have never seen Remember the Titans, go out and rent it...
If you are an athlete, it will teach you something about being a champion athlete.
April 09, 2007
Another Giant Leaves us....
>BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Thousands of mourners passed the open casket of Eddie Robinson on Monday in the Louisiana Capitol, where the famed Grambling State football coach viewed the body of slain political titan Huey Long more than 70 years ago.
Coach Robinson was not just one of the greatest football coaches of all time, he was also an inspiration and a role model to thousands of young African American men who went through his program. His was a program that did not use up and discard talented young African American men... He created in them a sense of responsibility and maturity that few coaches cared about. While many perhaps have never heard of him, his program was legendary, and HE was an inspiration. He DID show the way.
January 16, 2007
Life has kind of caught up with me...
So this is more than a bit overdue...
To an imperfect man, with a perfect dream... May you rest in peace Dr. King, you mattered then, and you matter now! Your dream, while not complete, lives in all of us...
December 31, 2006
Excuse the Language...
But what the f&*k ever...
I dont know ONE singe progressive blogger who is mourning the death of Saddam Hussien. Not one. The man was a cold hearted killer, with balls the size of Watermellons who went to his grave without a tinge of remorse, or apparently fear, which was every WIngnuts fantasy, that the man would break down crying or something... Well he didn't, which I am sure pissed off Bush to no end. I mean how sweet can revenge be when the guy you are revenging on is more fucking heroic than you... It also also probably backfired on a lot of the wingnuts who saw this as a propaganda opportunity... It was, for the Jihadist, who will promptly canonize a psychopath, and write songs and poems about how in the face of death, Saddam taunted his captors....
Apparently, Hussien went to his grave thinking he was right, and arguing with his executioners, hell even making fun of them. Like I said, BALLS LIKE WATERMELLONS... An image the Iraqi Security officials tried unsuccessfully to deny and twist. Whatever...
He's dead, May God have mercy on his soul. Now, where are the people who actually attacked America? 3000 dead service men and women, a destroyed country, Gazillions of dollars down the toilette, and these pathetic idiots want to fantasize that some of us are mourning Saddam's death? Tell me it has not come to that.
Eh guys, where the hell is Ossama? You want to talk about bleeding heart Liberals? I tell you what, you heroes go find him, and I will volunteer to pull the switch... Until then, I realize you need something to gloat about. Even going so far as to post the Saddam Snuff video.... I can understand, I really can. It's been a tough couple of months for ya. But lets try to maintain SOME semblance of reality.... 'Kay?
What can we expect, after all... THIS
The Left has tried very hard to deny that truth. The mainstream media revels in showing video of bombings and reporting kidnappings, never noting the stability and economic growth in many parts of Iraq. Kevin McCullough has written a compelling article to show that Iraq is, by any reasonable standard, a clear success. The notion that Iraq is becoming a foothold for democratic republicanism is terrifying for the Left. Enough so that they will denounce even its possibility, much less the growing evidence for it.
is the reality of some on the Right.
December 25, 2006
The Godfather is gone... RIP James Brown!
I am sitting here trying to explain the relevance of this man... This giant... It's hard...
James Brown was more than a talented singer and performer. He was an icon. He was a symbol. As a child in the early 1960's, I remember watching JB with pride. He was a black man who was not afraid of his sexuality. He was proud, dynamic and forceful at a time when Black men were not supposed to be. He was also a powerful model of success, the first major black star to have his own plane, and he was ostentatious... Like many of my generation, I remember sitting in front of the television with my family and watching Brown on one of his many Ed Sullivan or American Bandstand appearances. Brown was as much of a source of pride for blacks as Martin Luther King, and probably had MORE influence on the youth. From clothing styles to hairstyles... James Brown's influence was obvious on anyone who walked down an urban street in the 60's.
Many of today's artist owe their heritage to Brown. Anyone who has watched Michael Jackson or Prince on stage, and is old enough to remember Brown, can see his influence. His music became anthems.... Sad that the above video cuts off before he finished the song... Man's world is a classic, and that appearance on American Bandstand is a classic.
This appearance is a bit later, but no less classic... Enjoy...
He was the King of Soul, though he chose the more modest title of "Godfather."
While he experienced legal troubles in his later life, he remained beloved around the world by his fans.
The AP has a great obituary today...
Hat tip to Michael at TMV for remembering another giant, who is no longer with us!
Rest in Peace JB!
A fitting Tribute - The blogsphere speaks:
Check out what these great bloggers are saying about James Brown:
December 20, 2006
The Montgomery Bus Boycott was a political and social protest campaign started in 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama intended to oppose the city's policy of racial segregation on its public transit system. The ensuing struggle lasted from December 5, 1955 to December 21, 1956 and led to a United States Supreme Court decision that declared the Alabama and Montgomery laws requiring segregated buses unconstitutional.
The protest was triggered by the arrest of African American seamstress Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955. She was charged for violating racial segregation laws in Montgomery, Alabama after refusing to give her seat on a bus to a white man.
Shamefully, 50 years later, racism continues to be a problem in America. If you doubt that statement, read this transcript from CNN. I watched, "Out in the Open: Racism in America," last night, and I was not encouraged.
Racism is the open sore of America. It still exist, though it has went somewhat underground. I applaud Zahn and CNN for focusing on this issue. 50 years ago, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. Mrs. Parks was no revolutionary, she was a simple woman who was just tired and did not see the justice in giving up her seat. She started a revolution, a revolution that created many martyrs.
Today, 50 years later, things have improved for African Americans in the United States. But problems remain, as the Zahn program so graphically illustrated. So many people want to forget the past. They want to pretend that things are all good. I say to them, "walk a mile in my skin," and tell me that.
I am a successful black man. I have traveled the world, educated myself, speak two languages fluently and have far surpassed the accomplishments of my parents. But I have been called a Nigger. I have felt the sting of discrimination and I have suffered the consequences...
Heroes like Dr. King, Mrs. Parks and the fallen Civil Rights workers, made it possible for my success, by opening doors that were once closed and bolted against me... I sometimes ask myself if 40-50 years later, they would be satisfied with the progress we have made... While I think they would be pleased, but I also think they would still be walking the lines, knowing that while battles have been won, the war is not over.
God Bless the heroes, and let us never forget their sacrifice!
December 17, 2006
Forget the Weblog Awards!
You need further convincing that the Web is the new Forum? It is the communal hearth arround which all of us gather. Web 2.0 is not just a catch phrase any more. The sale of You Tube to Google, the Rise of Google itself... The phenomenon of My Space... It's a new world, and indeed a new story:
But look at 2006 through a different lens and you'll see another story, one that isn't about conflict or great men. It's a story about community and collaboration on a scale never seen before. It's about the cosmic compendium of knowledge Wikipedia and the million-channel people's network YouTube and the online metropolis MySpace. It's about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes.
Some of us are pioneers in this new world... Our friends ragged on us about our blogging, and for our personal web pages... Those same friends now quietly create their own blogs, or sign up for my space.
We have built massive repositories of information, created virtual worlds and communities, sold billions of dollars in merchandise, created candidates and helped win elections. We have faced down major media operations, and raised millions to help victims of natural disasters.
Netcitizenship has become a common ground, bringing citizens of the world closer together.
But it has also spawned some bad...
Terrorist use the internet to communicate and dispense propaganda.
Scammers from Nigeria, other parts of Africa and Europe, farm tens of thousands of emails a day, to send their ridiculous scam emails, and attempt identity theft through phishing attacks.
Hate Groups use the internet to spread their message of hate.
Scammers of every ilk use the internet as their virtual office...
It's not perfect, but perhaps that is why Time is so RIGHT. The Internet IS the new world, it is a place where all of us can participate Rich and Poor, and where access to a connected computer is all it takes to be heard. A friend of mine and fellow blogger, used to run his popular blog from Library computers... He was homeless and did not own a computer, so he logged on at his local library and contributed to the debate. He inspired me... With all the wants and needs a person in his position must have had... Having a voice in the debate was a priority. It is HIS picture that should grace the cover of time, because despite the contributions of email@example.com, and her lingerie shows from her bedroom... It is people like my friend who has led this revolution...
So thank you Time Magazine, for acknowledging us. I have taken the liberty of preparing my cover... After all, all of us would not fit!
December 07, 2006
Mormon President... I don't think so!
In his run for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination, outgoing Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has made it clear that he'll do or say whatever it takes to appeal to his party's Troglodyte base.
I lived for six months in Salt Lake City, and even attended Church with some of my Mormon friends there.
Are you weirded out yet? You want someone who believes that kind of thing to Lead our Country? And when was it that they acknowledged Black People as being worthy of the priesthood? 1978? Yeah thats right... Before that, we were simply the sons of Cain, dumb and black and "not lovely." Whatever the hell that means.
I still consider many of the people I met in Salt Lake City to be good people, friends. But the religion is twisted.
November 12, 2006
Ed Bradley... RIP
November 10, 2006
I just received this from one of my fraternity brothers this morning... Well worth passing on! Thanks Greg for sharing.
A friend came to my dorm room just to chat while her laundry was drying. As we were chatting, two young freshman came by. One of the boys wanted to "talk" to my friend (as in date). She asked him how old they were, and both of the boys replied 18. My friend and I both laughed hysterically because we are both 22 years old. After my friend left the young men were still hanging around and he wanted to know how he could gain the interest of her. The first thing I told him to do was to pull up his pants. He asked why, then said he like saggin' his pants. I told him to come over to my computer and spell the word saggin'. Then I told him to write the word saggin' backwards. S-A-G-G-I-N N-I-G-G-A-S I told him the origin of that look was from prison. Men in prison wore their pants low when they were spoken for. The other reason their pants looked like that was because they were not allowed to have belts because prisoners were likely to try to commit suicide. We as young black people have to be the ones to effect change. We are dying. The media has made a mockery of the Black American. Even our brothers and sisters from Africa don't take us seriously. Something as simple as pulling up your pants and standing with your head high could make the biggest difference in the world's perception of us. It is time to do right by ourselves. We need to love and embrace each other. No one is going to do for us. It all comes down to perception. What people perceive, is what is reality to them. We have to change not only the media's perception of us, but we need to change the perception of ourselves. Remember all eyes are on you Black Man. All eyes are on you Black Woman. All eyes are on you Black Child. People are waiting for us to mess up. We have let not only the media, but the government and the world taint the pure essence of us. They have stripped our culture down to the point where we only believe we can become rappers and sports athletes. We are so much more. To all my black men, Its time to stand up. There are billions of Black Women who want to do nothing more than worship the ground that you walk on. We are so in love with your potential. We want to have your back, we want to love, support and cherish every ounce of your being. But with that you have to show that you are willing to be the head of our households. You have to prove yourselves worthy of our submission. We need you to be hard working...Not a hustler. We need you to seek higher education, to seek spirituality. We need you to stand! And trust us, we will have your back. We know that it gets hard, we know you get weary. Trust and believe that there is nothing that a Black Woman and a Black Man can't handle with God on their sides. To all my Black Women: It is also time for us to stand up. It is time for us to stop using our bodies as our primary form of communication. It is time to be that virtuous woman that Proverbs spoke of. We can not sit by the way side, while our men our dying by the masses. We are the epitome of Black Love. It starts within us. We need to speak with conviction to let not only our Black Men know, but the world know that we are the Mother's of this world. We are so powerful. We are so beautiful. We need to love and embrace every blessing God has given us physically emotionally and spiritually. For all My Black Children: We need to love them. We need to teach them. We need to stand up for them. We need to protect them. We need to show them that there is no "get rich quick." We need to tell them that they WILL die trying if the submit to a life of crime and deceit. We need to teach our children to that no one will love them the way we can. And being a basket ball player or a rapper is not reality, its not realistic and a small percentage of people ever make it that far. We need to teach our children that we can be better than the rappers and athletes. We can be the owners of these sports teams, we can be the CEO's of our fortune 500 companies. We need to believe in literacy. I am almost certain if we were to look back to the 1930's and 40's, the literacy rates for Black American Children are probably still the same.
November 09, 2006
Death of a Giant
Ed Bradley was one of my heroes. He was the reason I started watching 60 Minutes. He was a role model when we did not have many. And he achieved role model status not by swinging a bat, or dribbling a ball, but by being an articulate voice to America. And for 27 years he served the interest of the American people by bringing them the news, and the truth.
He was a giant to me. And I will miss him.
November 01, 2006
Why are the contributions of black soldiers so often forgotten?
For some reason, this story does not surprise me.... That Clint Eastwood neglected to portray blacks as participants at Iwo Jima, does... Clint is not known as a racist, and is in fact well respected by Blacks in Hollywood, especially after producing movies like Bird. I am willing to cut him some slack on this one. Fact is, the omission may just help to bring some acknowledgment to Black Veterans of WWII.
Absent from history: the black soldiers at Iwo Jima
October 20, 2006
Pat Tillman speaks from the grave....
Editor's note: Kevin Tillman joined the Army with his brother Pat in 2002, and they served together in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pat was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. Kevin, who was discharged in 2005, has written a powerful, must-read document.
And I can promise you, the conservatives who drapped Pat in the flag and made him a hero of the conservative movement are NOT going to pick up on this story. Pat Tillman was a Hero, just like all the other soldiers who signed up for this dangerous mission, believing they were doing so to protect our country. It is a shame that they were decieved, and even more of a shame that the American people have become such cowards that they are willing to follow sheepishly an administration that has laid waste to our American ideals about Freedom, Liberty and "doing the right thing!"
September 28, 2006
My Best eBay Purchase EVER!
I am an eBay fanatic, I admit it. I scour email at least a couple of times a week looking for a deal, and I have found some priceless ones, including an original Vietnam era Zippo Lighter, carried into battle by a Green Beret. (Now if that sucker could talk... The stories it would no doubt tell...
What is special about this ring, is that it was once worn by a brother. I will never know him, but we will be bonded throughout the ages by this simple band of gold, and the ritual that entitles us to wear it.
August 31, 2006
This may one day be remembered as a turning point....
I got this from C&L. It is one of the most powerful things I have seen.
In the war against our constitution and against the American people. I certainly hope so. For now, enjoy it for what it is... A Powerful piece of commentary!
Others blogging it...
July 11, 2006
Today's Public Service Announcement
I have not had time to vette this information, but it came from one of my well educated Fraternity Brothers, so I am going to publish it. Interesting information, and sad...
BLACK SPENDING (USA Today)
May 13, 2006
Clinton vs. *Scrub
I always have a good chuckle when I hear Right Wingers complaining about Bush Hatred. Especially considering their rancor for Clinton. This poll is a hoot!
(CNN) -- In a new poll comparing President Bush's job performance with that of his predecessor, a strong majority of respondents said President Clinton outperformed Bush on a host of issues.
I am sure all 1000 of the participants were not Democrats...
Note: Yeah I meant Scrub, not shrub. It's a Black thing...
March 09, 2006
Every Now and Then....
One finds a treasure on eBay.
Knowing the history of the Fabled 1st Special Forces Group, I can only imagine the history this lighter must have. It will have a special place on my mantle.
March 08, 2006
RIP Gordon Parks
My first exposure to Gordon Parks, came when I was nine years old, and saw The Learning Tree, The first Major Studio film directed by an African American. Gordon went on to Direct, Shaft and Shaft's big Score,two of the first of the so called Blackploitation movies. But his career as a Director was shortlived. His real mark on the world will come from his body of work as a Photographer.
Parks was a trailblazer all of his life, and his legacy will be his work... His masterful photography, his films and the doors he opened for all that followed him.
Rest in Peace Maestro...
February 19, 2006
History Made.... Doors Opening
Shani Davis just became the first African-American man to win Olympic gold at the Winter Olympics! He won the 1000m speed skating race.
Not since the Jamaican Bob Sled team, have I been so Proud! So like Steel, I am going to take a few minutes to savor this, and to ponder the possibilities, and shit to just be PROUD to be American!
February 08, 2006
Answering those who disagree with me...
On my Post on the Coretta Scott King Funeral...
This is for Jack of Random Fate, who posted on the subject. But it is also for everyone else who dissagrees with me. I feel ya Jack, and I can understand how those who dissagree with me feel about the issue. Many of them have no real bonifides to say what should or should not be said at Mrs. King's wedding... But that is another story altogether.
I think in the end, it is all about what her family thinks, and I have been too busy with business to look arround and see if there have been any comments. If anyone knows of any, please post in comments.
My mother was no Coretta Scott King, but she was a great and classy lady, like Mrs. King. I think in her own way, she was proud that my fathers legacy was so strong, that it bought even the enemy to the table. The Gentleman was respected, and not a word was spoken about who he was. All of us had our opinion, and outside the Masons Hall where my father lay in rest, that opinion was expressed. But never was the line crossed during the ceremony... Perhaps because NONE of us really knew what Daddy would have liked us to say or do, but we knew he would have been proud that even an old foe had to give him his "props." So that is how I feel about the issue. I dont speak for Mrs. King or her family, but knowing the classy lady that she was, I CAN'T believe she would have snubbed the President of the United States, even though we know she stood in contrary to most of what he stands for....
From Steve Gilliard:
What? They think we don't know they're racists? They hated Dr. King and his wife in life and now in death. They hate that blacks and latinos no longer live in peonage. Only one of their bought and paid for fools would attack how Mrs. King was buried. To the rest of it, it was a fittintg tribute and making Bush sit there for hours was wonderful. He was told the truth and he couldn't run.
My answer, where the fuck is my check?
Please folks, we are all going to have opinions on this. I have stated mine, but I will be damned if I am going to be called a sellout because I dont believe Mrs. King's funeral should be used as a political platform, at least not in that way. All this rantin' and ravin' is just another way of being a fucking crybaby, and I for one am sick of it. I don't give a rats ass if I have to turn in my progressive card... I believe we need to get off the bullshit and start coming up with some ideas to sell our ideology, and I for one have never been a person to sell myself or my product by being a clone of the worst of my competition.
Mrs. King and her husband fought for something, and they did it with class. King was not affraid to invite the enemy to his table, and rather than confronting that enemy with anger, he sought to teach and inform and show them the error of thier ways.
It is shameful that the day after the lady was put to rest, we are using her funeral as a dividing force, instead of celebrating her wonderful legacy. Do any of you actually think that she is happy with the ANGER that is being expressed today, instead of people celebrating her life and talking about how we continue her work? And for all the so called big blogs on the progressive side who are using this as a rallying cry... Grow the fuck up. I grew up during the civil rights struggle. I have been called Nigger and worse. I met Mrs. King, and my parents marched with Dr. King.
If you want to use the name of the Kings to advance the progressive cause, do what they did... Roll up your sleeves, put down your fucking Latte and organize REAL grass roots movements, not internet cluster fucks. Because HELLO, despite all your BLOGPOWER, we still lost in 2004... King was not affraid to go to Jail, and niether was Coretta. They were not afraid to go into the slums and shanty towns and organize voters. They were on the front lines in a war that has went low impact but continues. Until you are ready to do more than sermonize and attack from behind a keyboard, you have no right to claim their legacy or to define it...
Mrs. King's Funeral Program
I thought some of you might enjoy having this as a little piece of history.
Please don't link directly to the download. If you want to link, link to the post. Thank you...
February 01, 2006
Coretta's Legacy - A Conservative Assessment
In cruising the blogsphere for perspective on Mrs. King, I found this on James Joyner's blog...
She was a revered figure--as Juan Williams put it on NPR, the "queen" of the civil rights movement--solely for the fact that she was Dr. King's widow. She has spent the last several decades doggedly fighting against any attempt to portray King as anything but a Christ-like figure and has succeeded in elevating him to iconic status beyond his actual role in gaining equality for black Americans.
Having met Mrs. King, I have little argument with James about her efforts to preserve the memory of her husband sin flaws...
But I wonder why James feels he can be a judge of the impact King had on the role of gaining equality for African Americans. Having been associated with the movement nearly from my first steps, and having lived through Dr. Kings assassination, I can say that NO ONE had more of an impact.
I would add, that though the King families iron control of image and copyrights to Dr. King's speeches and documents are a bone of contention for many, and while I would like to have seen "I have a dream," put in the public domain, some forget that Mrs. King had every right to do so. And that much of her support was gleaned from that material after the death of her husband. I am also sure that at least part of that effort was based on keeping her husbands work off of cheap t-shirts and head shop posters.
January 31, 2006
Coretta Scott King, who turned a life shattered by her husband's assassination into one devoted to enshrining his legacy of human rights and equality, has died at the age of 78.
I had two occassions in my life to meet Mrs. King. Once as a child during the Civil Rights struggle, and once as a young man, when she was keynote speaker at my College Fraternities National Convention.
I remember imagining this noble woman being spit on, cursed and called all manner of names. And I remember her dignity. Somewhere, in storage back in the U.S., I have a picture of us together. As National Director of Publicity at the time for my Fraternity, I had the honor of escorting her. Having done the same of Jesse Jackson and Willie Brown, I remember how different it was with her. It was like being in the presence of a Saint.
Those brief encounters I will never forget. She was a very special lady. Now she gets to see her beloved Martin again. I can't be sad, because I know how much she missed him. Rest in Peace Mrs. King... Rest in Peace...
January 28, 2006
Remembering the fallen heroes of The Challenger Shuttle Disaster
Joe has an excellent piece on the 20th Anniversary. My God has it been that long? I remember watching it unfold live... So sad. I guess my Generation has lived through a lot of disasters. Perhaps it is time to have a moment of silence and prayer for all the victims, the heroes and the families of the fallen...
December 11, 2005
Richard Pryor... RIP
I saw Richard Pryor for the first time back in the late 70's at the Comedy Store in Hollywood. Back in those days the Comedy Store was the place you took a date to show how hip and cool you were. It was crowded, smoky and uncomfortable, but it was THE PLACE. I don't even remember how many up and coming stars I saw there back in the day, but I will never forget Richard. He was ahead of his time. He was to young comedians, what Bo Diddley and Little Richard were to the generation of Rock Stars that followed them. He was... The Man.
Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, all the dudes who followed him owe him a debt of grattitude, because without his trailblazing work, they would not have the opportunities they have had. My prayers go out to his family and friends, and I hope that there will be a fitting tribute sometimes soon.
Kevin of Wizbang also provides a nice tribute.
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