It is an observable oddity of the American society that we sometimes act or behave exactly opposite to what is in our best interests. I know a great many people who act oddly when they are falling in love, but that’s not really a surprise is it? Some people say that a soldier who sacrifices himself for his fellow soldiers has acted oddly, but others understand the selfless sacrifice he made – and should be honored for. What strikes me this week that I’ll write about in this article is how our American society seems to be structuring itself to raise ever more pacifist citizens at a time in our history when we are most in need of warriors. Continue reading
WARNING: This is my OPINION. As such I don’t need to justify it, support it, argue points of it, etc. If what I say upsets you, you are welcome not to read it anymore.
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It’s morning in America. It’s Wednesday; middle of the work week. Happy Hump Day. You made it to the half way mark. That might seem easier or harder this week because election day was yesterday. For some, that meant the day off. For others, that meant an extra long work day. For kids around the country it meant schools were closed since so many are used as polling places. What it meant, in general, was that Monday was a lower-than-usual productivity day as everyone debated and prepared for election day. Tuesday was election day and even though voting usually only takes a couple of hours AT MOST (and only if the line is long), the day centers around the election and discussions about candidates, pros, cons, etc. Then Tuesday evening is spent by a lot of people – all around the world in fact – waiting to see who won. Continue reading
The apartment complex was vast and sprawling. It was actually two different complexes that bordered each other and, due to the landscaping that shared a playground, they were often thought to be one complex. Together they were comprised of roughly fifty apartment buildings, each with sixteen apartments for a total of 800 apartments. Each apartment housed anywhere from two to six people although there were a few where single people lived and a few where the family had eight members (or more). The estimated total population of the combined complex fluctuated from year to year but averaged about three thousand people. During the most recent census, the population was shown to be 97% African American, 2.5% Hispanic and 0.5% Caucasian. Continue reading
This morning I’ve seen two things in my facebook “news” feed that have me a bit irked. Let me delve into what I consider the smaller issue first – that of the memes I’ve seen with “NIGGA” used in them… a lot. Perhaps my challenge with the use of this term stems from my mental inflexibility. I don’t understand how using “NIGGA” can be okay, but “NIGGER” can’t. Aren’t they essentially the same thing? Is one a term of endearment but the other is one of insult? Before reading further and thinking I’m just off my rocker, consider this: If you replaced “NIGGA” in all those memes with “CRACKA,” wouldn’t they all look pretty stupid? wouldn’t they be perceived as insulting? Wouldn’t they make you shake your head in wonderment at the idiocy? Read on… Continue reading