Friday, April 6, 2012

Sitting On My Porch Part Eighty

After a few weeks of little rest and hard work I intended on sleeping all day on Good Friday. I’ve been fatigued and wanted to recharge the batteries. Evidence of my fatigue is the fact that this is my third attempt at finishing this blog post since last weekend. Some of the things I wrote in the first two versions aren’t relevant anymore so I am starting from scratch. Even though I wanted to rest today I ended up doing roof repairs thanks to the monsoon we had Wednesday and took a ride through the city where they had to be at least 100 fish fries going on.

We have moved into the Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and New Black Panther Party phase of the Trayvon Martin case. That means that there are all kinds of foolish things being said about the case. Things have gotten way off course from the actual subject. I learned from 9/11 and Katrina that there is no topic that can’t be exploited or taking out of context in this country anymore. This story is no different.

I have to admit that I am a bit surprised at how many people are defending George Zimmerman despite everything that comes out. It just goes to show how everyone is so dedicated to a certain position that they will ignore obvious things. An unarmed kid was killed after an incident in which he was followed by a man that was told not to pursue. I feel like even if you believe in the right to carry arms or Stand Your Ground laws we could at least agree all of this wouldn’t be going on today if he just would have waited for the police to arrive. We can’t even come to that consensus. We also wouldn’t be following this story if the police in Sanford Florida just arrested Zimmerman when they had a chance.

The other thing that bugs me is the people who keep asking where the outrage from the black community is when one of our own has killed someone. I get even more aggravated when someone black agrees with them. People who do this make it seem like we are sitting at home giving one another high fives when the next story of violent crime come across the newswire. The question is what does some other guy’s crime has to do with George Zimmerman killing Trayvon Martin and not even being arrested to stand trial? If we are going to use the crimes of other people to validate everything we do then why are we even bothering sending our kids to school or getting up to go to work. We might as well just all go to the penitentiary right now. You don’t have to choose one thing over the other. None of those arguments are valid anyway unless there’s a bunch of young black guys calling 911 to announce they are about to go confront someone and none of them are being arrested.

After all of the rallies and protests George Zimmerman still hasn’t been arrested........

If I could go one year of my life without hearing, seeing or experiencing something that I thought had racist intent it would be the greatest year of my life. Whenever I hear white people trying to show that they are just as victimized as racism as black people are I think we have done a poor job of explaining what racism is and how it affects us. I don’t care what you hear on television or from a radio talk show host; we don’t like racism and really don’t want to deal with it. Stop trying to turn this into a discrimination contest.

The Saints bounty story keeps getting worst. Now we have a filmmaker taking advantage of Steve Gleason to get access to the defensive meeting room and taping Gregg Williams talking about hurting other players. I am not condoning anything Gregg Williams said. I love football on all levels and the worst thing you can see is a kid laying on the field hurt. However, I can’t believe Sean Pamphilon took advantage of Steve Gleason and pulled him into the bounty story when he didn’t have anything to do with it. He wasn’t there to expose bounties in the NFL. He was there to document Steve Gleason’s journey for his son.

I would like to give these thoughts to public school parents on the education reform being passed in the state of Louisiana right now.

1. If you think the governor and his Republican friends got that concerned about the education of your kids all of a sudden you are DELUSIONAL.
2. If you think teachers’ tenure had something to do with your kid not getting all the resources needed to provide them with a quality education you are DELUSIONAL.
3. If you think that these private schools whose tuition is designed to keep your poor kids away from the paying customer’s children are going to suddenly open their arms and treat your kids equally just because the state is giving them public money to turn a profit you are DELUSIONAL.

I'm going to have more to say about this later.

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