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SHAME ON YOU..Media and Judicial System

It amazes me that just because now a magazine wants to get in on the action, Bill Cosby is guilty.  This is a smear campaign.  Let’s look at the scenario from the beginning.  A comedian who wanted to get in good with some….folks, accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault and rape- That flourished the internet.  The Media, then stated that Bill Cosby secretly drugged the ladies.  The transcripts came out and it states that : Did you know you were taking a Quaalude? answer: Yes.  So since it wasn’t a secret to the women, the media changed its angle.  Saying that he drugged the women.  Something Bill Cosby stated himself. Now, they are opening sealed documents from over 10 years ago. Now call me crazy, sealed has a definition of its own.

My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty of thee I sing… America has a judicial system that is not for African Americans.  I have watched numerous beatings and unethical practices done by police officers, and police officers get off.  I’ve watched people destroy O.J. Simpson things when they didn’t like the verdict.  I’ve sat on a trial listening to a transplant from Texas say, “I’m not going to let that guy get off because he can sue the cops.”  Now, I’m a very open-minded person, and do not like to prejudge.  But society is showing its true colors by pursuing this.  When someone says the LGBT society is just like the treatment of blacks…this is when once again it differs.  This is when the treatment goes to the extreme.  I’m not in favor of sexual assault, or abuse, but all of the women have something in common.  They wanted private time with Mr. Cosby; they all knew he was married; they wanted a favor; they had an ulterior motive; no one is speaking about that.  Because when perhaps Paris H; L. Lohan, or someone else got high and had sex it seemed to be okay.  Now, 10-20 or more years later, the media will pursue and attack the black man Bill Cosby; smear his credentials….open sealed documents….SHAME ON YOU MEDIA SHAME ON YOU JUDICIAL SYSTEM. SHAME ON YOU.

THIS IS JUST A SIMPLY PROVOCATIVE THOUGHT…WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS

The War on Education

Why are schools failing?  Why are tests scores low?  What are the teacher’s doing? Blah Blah Blah….There are tons of questions and concerns about the educational system but they are being asked to the wrong parties. Politicians, Chris Christie, and a host of others think they know what’s going on in education.  Well, ladies and gentlemen, it’s called politics!  Too many hands are in the pot!

I’ve had a host of good teachers, I know a host of great educators, and I had parents who valued education! I repeat, VALUED EDUCATION! Evaluations are placed on teachers, but the ones who are failing may have poor evaluators.  Did anyone think about that? Is it not an administrator’s job or supervisor job in any industry to make sure everyone is performing a certain level?  Because the last time I checked, if a team isn’t doing well the coach gets fired not the players. Are there evaluations on parents?  Being in education for 18 years, I’ve yet to see 30% of the parents participate in the PTSO. Why are some well behaved in school? Why do some complete homework assignments and other don’t? Why are people afraid to address a real concern regarding attendance, discipline, and students who do not speak English?  These are real factors that affect the classroom, yet through these real components, teachers are supposed to bring 9th graders who are testing on 4th, 5th, 6th grade levels to the 9th grade level in a year. Why are the children clumped together? Oh yeah, because we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Let’s not forget about the bias treatment that goes along with whether or not you are related or connected to someone in the district.  And now, there’s a presidential candidate that appointed a superintendent without educational credentials evaluating schools in an urban district, influencing leaders to change their public schools into charter schools.  Wake Up People!  Public education built this country.  What’s wrong now is that the value of education has tanked.  A charter school is a public school with a specialty.  So why not create the specialties within the regular public school?  Stop being ignorant of the game.  Politicians are selling the ignorant that they know what’s going on.  Please stop falling for the game.  Our future – our students, society, is at stake.

Let’s Talk For Real

Do you know, where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you?  Where are you going to? Do you know? Do you get, what you’re hoping for when you look behind and there’s no open door?  What are you hoping for?  Do you know?  The theme from “Mahogany” by Diana Ross rings in my mind on a daily basis.  As soon as I get a chance to gather my thoughts and begin to review and analyze the crisis of America regarding race, something else happens. In the 21st Century, the dreams of having a good relationship, having a good job, addressing or not addressing racism still exist.  Some of us paint our faces everyday with a strength to keep our jobs, to be good mothers and fathers, to be great educators, people..in all professions..just to survive.  We are unable to demonstrate the disappointment with our society in fear of losing our jobs, livelihood.  It seems that certain minorities will never have a voice.

I recently read an article regarding Starbucks adding the phrase to their cups attempting to spark a conversation regarding race-relations.  I did not think that was an ideal thing for Starbucks simply because their clientele  is predominately white and are at certain socio-economic status.  In my mind, this would be another forum held by people who it doesn’t directly effect. But, I do commend them on thinking of the idea.

Where do we start as a country?  There are African American organizations who are addressing and discussing the issues; which is great.  However, we need to have a diverse panel to begin together.  We need politicians to put aside their personal agendas, and personal views and acknowledge the problems America is ignoring.  News anchors attempt to compile programs to  address issues that most minorities already know and face on a daily basis and feel good about themselves because they think they are opening the eyes to Americans.  But they are not.  They are telling a repetitive story of racism and the inequities in society, but does nothing about…except video tape, and sometimes discuss…but never really attempt to resolve.

Let’s have the conversation.  Take the kid gloves off.  It’s well overdue.  Begin now.

Are you following me?

With mayoral elections and other elections coming down the pike, the promise of  honor and loyalty remains to be a consistent song amongst runners and the incumbent.  However, there should be a diary.  A diary of all of the conversations and events that the runners and incumbent experience.  It’s very hard to trust anyone.  Not one official has proven to be 100% because not one official has 100% real power.  So, with modern technology, why is there not a diary, electronic diary, incorporating synopsis of details alongside an instagram or tweet?  This would at least assist the politician in doing the right thing for the masses versus self.

On another note, significant job holders such as superintendents and state appointed employees when taking over school districts should be doing the same thing.  If the objective is to be honest, good, and progressive as a community and society, then what’s there to hide?  A tiny provocative thought.