Thursday, March 25, 2010

Enough Already!

This is getting just plain ridiculous. Grown adults (and I use that term loosely)can't have a difference of opinion without using racial, ethnic, gender, religious...(wait...no political correctness here please).....without calling someone a nigger or a faggot or whatever else, if they don't agree with you!

Is that the best you can come up with in the heat of the moment when tension and anger is high? Can't control the outcome of an event, so let's just call them names...told them didn't we!....right....proud of yourself?

This kind of nonsense really burns me up. Ok, ok, I know that in the previous blog, I said that minorities need to become more thick-skinned, and find ways to become "players" in the economic sector...show me the money.

And yes, we were taught that "sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me."

But what we saw play out during and after the extremely volatile healthcare reform debate was just plain ugly....and disheartening.

Item: Tea Party protesters calling Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) a nigger.

Item: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) was spat upon.

Item: Rep.Barney Frank (D-Ma.)-whose policy stances I really don't like- was called a faggot.

Item: Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) had a brick thrown through the front window of her district office.

Item: Phone messages threatening sniper attacks against law makers and their families.

These are just a few incidents, and don't tell me that the same kind of stuff was done while George Bush was in office - yes the vitriol was just as bad, and that's a fact.

But let's get to the core of this stuff - when were we taught that when all else fails, call somebody a name or do damage to their person or property?

And why is it that some white folks have to call black folks “niggers” when they get pissed off? Ok, so not all do, just like not all black folks call white people "honkies" either. But you get my point.

Maybe it's just me. If I think you are an asshole, I don't care what color or ethnicity you are. It doesn't matter, and it's not the first thing that comes to my mind.

So if I disagree with you, no matter how passionate the disagreement, RACE PLAYS NO PART in the argument for me. That's the way I was taught. Thank you Mom and Dad!

Imagine this scene - the family unit (mother, father, sister and baby brother) all go, let's say, to Washington DC, to participate in the democratic process by supporting a particular position on a landmark policy decision.

It can be an exciting time (I've been to a few myself, including a Klan Rally in DC, but that's another story).

Anyway, great experience for the kids - until mom or dad and others start calling people names and spitting on them or exhibiting behavior best suited for demons and monsters in a Stephen King novel.

Well, congratulations! You have just implanted in the young minds of your children that it's all right to act and speak like that because, "if mommy and daddy do it, it must be ok". Not Good.

These children are the “future” of our country. Wow. We think that the education problem in America is huge, what about the “education” they receive at the hands of parents and other “responsible” adults in leadership positions….Please….

We in this country who have so much, have a responsibility to act a whole lot better than what we’ve seen recently. The question is…can we?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Attention Walmart Shoppers - Black People Must Leave

This was the announcement made at a Walmart Store in South Jersey the other day. Don't know who made it, just that it was done over the loudspeaker system in the store. To say it caught shoppers unaware is an understatement.

Poor Walmart. It has a fragile relationship with minorities anyway, as evidenced by suits and complaints across the country, ranging from unfair hiring to harassment in the workplace. Walmart has been trying to clean-up its act for awhile, and then this comes along.

To be sure, they really don't know who made the announcement because there are a lot of phones scattered around the store accessible to the public. My guess is that they will tighten that up, and in a hurry.

What particularly caught my attention, however, was the reaction of, "the Black folks", who were in the store at the time of the incident. Several said they were upset and wouldn't be shopping at Walmart until the issue was resolved; another said he had "heard worse".

My feeling? If it was an employee..bye, bye...in the words of the Donald, "Your Fired".

If it was a member of the general shopping public, oh well, welcome to the world of "Reality Stupidity". Unfortunately, this kind of dumb behavior goes on all the time in many forms by all nationalities, races, religions and socio-economic groups.

As minorties, we need to get over real or perceived verbal slights, and focus on how to get major retailers and other businesses that depend upon our buying power, to be good, responsible community partners in the geographic areas they serve, (which aren't just limited to the urban centers either).

If they aren't giving back, then don't give them your hard-earned dollars (my parents have been preaching this gospel since I was knee-high to a grasshopper).

This isn't asking for a handout, because actually you have already paid for it through the money you spent in their establishments, in many cases, for years!

The good community partners "get it", and find many ways to accomplish this that don't always involve money. Cudo's to them. For the others? Get with the program. Consumer dollars in this depressed economy are precious things, and it's OUR choice where we decide to spend them.

We also need to have the Democrat and Republican parties "get with the program" as well. What that "program" is, will be a topic for another blog post.........