At this point...I don't even see how it's even remotely possible and I used to think we would get there. My mother thought it would happen in my lifetime.
Guess she was wrong.
What do YOU think? Do you think it will ever be a non-thing?
I hate yoga. Like...HATE yoga. It's too quiet and I think some of the poses do too much. I'm not a contortionist and I can't play one on tv. I do yoga poses at home because it gives me a complete stretch but the classes? No. I don't like that. TOTALLY good on yoga classes.
I DO WHAT I WANT!
So there has been some controversy surrounding what a self-proclaimed skinny White girl felt an overweight Black woman was feeling and thinking during a yoga class. When I first read it on XO Jane...I straight up said, GTFOOHWTBS and kept it moving.
But the conversation got a bit louder among my peers as everyone seemed to be offended by the self absorption of the poor little empathetic self proclaimed skinny White woman.
Yesterday, I decided to weigh in on one of the conversations on FB about this heffa and well...yall know how I can get when I'm pissed and guess what...I'm still pissed this morning.
Houston cops cuff 13-year-old white girl, 2 black men visiting city for dance video shoot
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/houston-cops-cuff-white-teen-black-men-visiting-video-shoot-article-1.1535803#ixzz2mVqVptkf
What do you guys think of this story? I'm discussing it now and I'm confused. I mean...number one...I want to know why the girl's mom or dad didn't go with them? I mean...she's 13. My parents wouldn't have let me travel anywhere with other folks like that without them like that. But I guess it's different for all folks.
Do you think it was racial profiling or suspicious looking circumstances taken too far by the police?
1. Those two youngest kids. o_0
2. Why didn't Julian leave with his wife and kids after she found out about the video? He just stayed behind? With THAT kind of crisis going on in his marriage? SERIOUSLY? AND WHY IN THE HELL HE SHOWING EVERYONE ELSE THE DAMN VIDEO BUT HASN'T TALKED TO HIS WIFE ABOUT IT?????????
3. When did they practice the dance routine? I can see Mia arranging to have matching costumes at the ready...but the dance routine? That took practice. When did they do that?
4. Can we stop with the dating White people jokes already? It's 2013.
5. Yall know the fertility clinic wouldn't have put them embryos in without being paid in full first right? Trust me on this one.
6. Who is Shelby's baby daddy? How'd she get on that show she was on?
7. They delivered a breech baby. In a Lexus SUV while speeding. Oh...and if they were in snail traffic one minute...how did they end up FLYING down a damn near empty interstate the next?
8. Shelby and Quenton being disrespectful getting busy when they did?
They both had points.
But now it has started folks up racially, of course, asking can White women and Black women be friends?
Over a decade ago, I was shopping at Filene's Basement on Connecticut avenue. I'd gone to the men's department and purchased something for Robby and was leaving. As I was leaving, something caught my eye and I picked it up and decided I wanted to purchase it. I walked to the counter and saw a cashier I'd become friendly with, started talking to him as I put my item on the counter for him to ring up.
He chatted comfortably with me and then asked what I had in my bag. I told him it was something for my guy. He asked if I'd already paid for it. Confused I said...um...yeah...that's why it's in the bag.
Him: Can I see your receipt?
Me: Is that necessary?
Him: I just want to make sure you paid for it.
I showed him my receipt, paid for my other purchase and left.
I walked back to my office on L street feeling some kinda way. Filene's Basement had become my go to spot when I went for a walk while at work. I'd look around to see if there was something I needed to have and then buy it or not if my money was funny. I knew the guy from shopping there ONLY. I'd never seen him any other place other than there. He often complimented my suits or my hair or whatever. Just seemed to be a nice, good dude.
But that day...he decided that I'd probably stolen something.
By the time I got back to my office I was full on feeling some kinda way. I called Filene's and asked to speak with a manager. I told the manager what happened and the manager apologized.
I didn't feel better.
I called corporate and got the email for the head dude and I sent an email expressing how awful the experience made me feel. I felt some kinda way...big time but honestly...I think I felt that way MOSTLY...because the dude second guessing me was Black.
In his eye, I probably was only nice to him so I can get away with stealing shit and using him as an accomplish by getting him to ring up my other purchase. I was hurt about that and dammit...I was mad as shit. He should have known better.
But honestly...I guess the culture of the retail establishment was such that it was taught to be suspicious of Black people.
Of FRIENDLY Black people.
I received an email back from the person at corporate with a coupon or gift certificate or something or the other. They apologized, blah, blah, blah. I'd named names so I'm sure it was brought to old boy's attention.
Not that I'd ever know about it because I never set foot in that store again.
Shopping while Black doesn't happen to me often because I generally go to the same places and deal with the same sales associates so they know me but I know it's never too far behind for some. I know that I'm probably suspect since, normally when I'm shopping, I'm uber casual wearing good undies, until I walk up to the trusted associate I have a relationship with and I'm deemed "safe." The last time it DIRECTLY affected me was at New Balance in Chevy Chase a few years ago: Dear New Balance
I haven't purchased a New Balance shoe since then and wear the ones I already owned sporadically.
What about you? Have you been unfairly targeted recently for blatantly obvious reasons? How did you handle?
Robby and I went to see this movie and sat completely captivated from beginning to end.
It was amazing.
Did you go see it? Do you plan to?
...they were unsuccessful.
But the Tea Party has been successful.
Domestic terrorism with a racist outlook.
They have succeeded in shutting down our government protesting AN ALREADY SIGNED LAW WHICH GIVES AMERICANS MORE AFFORDABLE AND WIDELY AVAILABLE HEALTH CARE.
The Tea Party is America's public enemy number 1. They need to be stopped. Democrats and Republicans need to stand together and shut them down. NOW! Ted Cruz? PUHLEEZE! That man shouldn't lead carnival won fish.
Yall...we have to stop this. You need to find out what's going on in your state and work to keep them out of office. We're stuck with some for now...but they will have to be re-elected. DON'T LET THAT ISH HAPPEN! VOTE THEIR AZZES OUT WHENEVER YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY!
I can't believe this ish is going down. I can't believe we are being held hostage by domestic terrorists and folks expect us to negotiate through this ish. We don't negotiate with terrorists right?
At least that's what I always thought as an American.
Obama...I need yall to stand oak mighty. Don't negotiate with them. THEY ARE TERRORISTS. Let the American people, at large, finally see those fuckers as they really and truly are. A bunch of ignorant bullies who only give a damn about what they want, which is NOT what the majority CLEARLY wants.
So...who's been furloughed?
I posted this article on Facebook yesterday and a friend commented with, "There would be no trees."
Baaaaaaaby...he's so right. There would be NO trees.
Thees parents complained to the school almost a year ago and didn't even receive an apology so they took it as far as they could take it so it's just now coming out to light. I'm shocked that they had to take it as far as they did. And I'm shocked ANYBODY thought this ish was a good idea. I mean really. The kids were 12.
I couldn't imagine going through that at 44 let alone 12.
Yeah...there would be no trees. There would be NO.DAMN.TREES.
What say you?
Yall know I don't play the race card cuz it's tacky, overused and seriously...it just isn't needed as much as folks try and whip it out.
I've been side-eyeing SNL for a minute now because of the lack of Black women. I mean...REALLY! And they know folks have been criticizing them for their lack of Black women too. And they announce six new people and not one of them a Black woman? Five are White men and one a White woman.
COME ON MAN!!!!!
WHAT THE FUG??????????????????
AM I THE ONLY PERSON WHO IS PUT OFF BY THIS? AAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
This summer I was somewhere with some friends enjoying life. We were sitting near a group of people who were also enjoying life. One guy was drunk.
And he was already obnoxious BEFORE he got drunk I'm sure.
Drunk guy decided I was going to be his BFF and kept trying to high five me and ish. I just wanted to have a good time with my friends so I wasn't trying to get annoyed and high fived him.
The ish got annoying.
We all know our history. We all benefit from it. 50 years ago today, the greatest movement of our day happened. The March on Washington.
FIFTY years ago.
I have Elders who were there. I have Elders who have been married 50+ years. I have friends who are over 50 years old.
50 years ago wasn't that long ago.
And I find that astonishing.
I read an article last week about a family of 25 Black people waiting to be seated at a restaurant. They waited for 2 hours because a patron complained that such a large number of Blacks together was dangerous.
50 years is not a long time.
A single mother shoplifts diapers, diaper rash cream and other things for her children at a major chain.
She gets caught.
She has her children with her.
She tells them the children's father isn't helping her and she is struggling big time.
The police buy the items for the mother.
The major chain still press charges because it's their policy.
A heartwarming story is written about the police being so nice and understanding.
Folks all over are ooohing and aaaahing about how police aren't bad people all the time.
What do you think about the person who reads the same story and side eyes it because the first thing out their mouth is that it would have gone totally different had the single mother been Black?
I canNOT stop laughing at this Riley Cooper mess.
So...dude used that word and got caught on tape. Folks were saying it's no big deal, yada, yada, yada. Michael Vick even came out and was like...dude ain't a bad dude. Folks on the internet saying he was just keeping it reall and if that's how he felt at the moment so what, blah, blah, blah.
Then yesterday he was at practice...you know...playing football with a whole bunch of Black dudes and NOBODY would stand next to him when they weren't on the field in a play. Nobody talked to dude. Didn't look his way. Just pretended like dude didn't exist.
They kept it real.
NOW...the team has excused him from practice to attend sensitivity training. For keeping it real Riley Cooper style even though you play a VERY physical sport for a living with a lot of really big Black guys who are feeling some kinda way about you right now.
So here's what I'm wondering...how are they going to deal with Black football players using it? what if a Black guy says t in the locker room? Will he be excused as well? Can you separate the "way" someone says a word from the actual word in a situation like that which could possibly end the entire career of Riley Cooper?
Has the Eagle's coaching staff opened up a can of worms that can be corralled? Will this finally be the start of that word TRULY not being used by ANYONE?
What say you?
Don Lemon is where I'm from. I'm not talking about Louisiana in general...I'm talking about the small, country town I'm from. That little dot on the map. Yup...he's from the same, exact place. He's seen the same things. When he goes home to visit his family...he encounters pretty much the same things I encounter.
Apparently Don said some things which offended the hell out of some people recently. I had to go find what he said, of course:
Okay...I watched it. Did you? What do YOU think about what he said? Are you offended? Do you disagree with his comments? Does he deserve the harsh criticism the Black intelligentsia is slinging his way now while calling him Uncle Tom? Could it be simply that his words would have been more acceptable had he not tied them to Bill O'Reilly?
I did a lot of unfriending on FB since Saturday. I was slicing folks left and right.
No tears for thugs? DELETE.
Using that word I DESPISE? DELETE.
Talking about rioting and the revolution? DELETE.
I didn't want to hear shit.
One young man used the word I despise twice. All caps. He was mad and calling for folks to rise up and get mad.
What say you?
SIP: I thought she was going to break out "I believe the children are our future..."
Supreme Court strikes down key voting rights provision
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/supreme-court-voting-rights-act-ruling-93324.html#ixzz2XEwn5lkg
Do YOU understand what just happened?
It struck me as odd that those were the two flavors given this company's penchant for having very unique flavor combinations. I honestly don't think I've ever had a scoop of Ben & Jerry's that was a single, plain flavor.
What do YOU think about this? Do you find their choices interesting? Do you think somebody...somewhere...was trying to be cheeky as hell?
Dear Mr Kirk
I appreciate very much your support of my defense policy. I believe I also can understand why you think me a “closet racist.” Certainly there has been a constant drumbeat of propaganda to that effect ever since I took office. Some leaders of Black organizations have joined in this whether to enhance their own stature by arousing the membership to anger or not I don’t know.
You of course would have no way of knowing the truth about me. May I point out a few things on my own behalf?
I was raised from childhood by parents who believed bigotry & prejudice were the worst things a person could be guilty of. My father once slept in his car during an Illinois blizzard rather than stay in a hotel that wouldn’t allow Jews. He was Irish Catholic.
As a Sports announcer broadcasting Big League baseball in the middle ‘30s I campaigned against the rule that prohibited Blacks from playing in organized ball. As Gov. of Calif. I appointed more Blacks to executive and policy making positions than all the previous Gov’s [sic] of Calif. put together. I too have a dream, a dream that one day whatever is done to or for someone will be done neither because of or in spite of their race. We are equal in the sight of God – we should be equal in the sight of man. By the way I was raised in poverty.
I ran across it jumping around from link to link on titles which looked interesting. I try to never read comments but that was the one on top and I scrolled too far down.
I am uncomfortable thinking there are far more closet racists than there are people who are accepting of all good people and I'll say that it always disturbs me a bit when I run across soemthing like that. I know I can't allow it to color my judgment of the population at large but honestly...sometimes it's pretty tough to be able to quietly accept that these people exist and there is nothing anyone can say or do that will change their mind about people who differ from them in skin color.
The shit gets weary.
Yall see Roslyn got MAD props for her AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME COMMENT????????????
I know smart, FABULOUS, awesome and amazing people!