Archive for August, 2010

A warning for Tea Party members coming to DC

August 26, 2010

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-485294

Bruce Majors’ blog post giving Tea Party members a guide to DC was not racist, although it basically said to avoid black neighborhoods (I DID read the whole post). The post was, however, extremely ignorant, disrespectful, and flat out wrong towards people in my neighborhood (I live on the Green Line) as well as DC’s immigrant community. Please listen in to hear my warning to Tea Party members who are coming to DC. Have a great weekend!

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And the violence against Muslims begins (again)…

August 26, 2010

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-485210

The stabbing of the cab driver because he is Muslim should be disturbing to us but based on what I am reading online, many people are just brushing this off. Others are going back to 911, the WTC bombing, etc. Look, we responded to the attackers of 911. In America, we are not supposed to take out our frustration on individuals in the street. Some are saying this isn’t a hate crime. Based on what we know so far, it is. Furthermore, we’re seeing from other videos that people who are thought to be Muslim are coming close to being attacked. Whether you agree with the mosque or not, you should agree that in this country, we should be able to find better ways to express our discontent. This taxidriver has lived here for over 25 years and said he never felt this insecure. We are doing something wrong in America right now. We don’t even have to worry about what the terrorists will do. We’re too busy figthing each other.

The REAL problem with Fishburne’s pornographic daughter

August 21, 2010

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-481760

While some of us are spending time online condemning Lawrence Fishburne for his daughter’s decision to do porn, we should really be taking a deeper look at what the implications of her decisions are for our young girls and boys who are being pushed into entertainment & athletics as the only means of success because we no longer value education in America.

Obama took a bold stance on NY mosque (video)

August 21, 2010

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-481755

President Obama took a brave stance on the construction of the mosque near Ground Zero. He knows full well that this will give added fuel to the fire of the birthers as well as those who believe he is Muslim. Obama clearly believes in the creed of this country. It’s as if people stopped believing in America becoming as good as its promise. As Jon Stewart said, if we can’t practice our principles when we’re being tested, our principles are not principles. They are hobbies. If we truly believe in the Constitution, we wouldn’t be fighting so hard to bring this country back to the solely the complexion of the people who wrote it.

Dr. Laura: Are all women shrill? Are all whites racist?

August 21, 2010

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-481663

Dr. Laura’s ignorant racial (not racist) comments should be a teachable moment for ALL Americans.

America: celebrating rape and disgruntled flight attendants

August 11, 2010

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-480856

As we make a celebrity out of Steven Slater, the former Jetblue flight attendant, we need to really step back and think about what we’re doing. This man cursed everyone out over the intercom when I’m sure there were kids on the plane. Then he broke the law and launched the emergency landing ramp. This also caused flight delays as the plane was disabled. Now he is an Internet hit with over 8,000 Facebook fans. We also have Antoine Dodson (Youtube him) how was interviewed about someone trying to rape his sister. Someone thought his interview was cool and turned it into a song so a song about people coming to raper your family has over 10 million hits on Youtube and is now an iTunes song. He is also selling tee-shirts. While we celebrate this, why don’t we ask ourselves what if the flight attendant had a gun? We would have the situation that we did in Manchester all over again and we would ask what’s wrong with America. Is this what we want America? Is this what we want to celebrate? What message are we sending to the children? We should be ashamed of ourselves but we’re all probably just too busy waiting for our 15 minutes.

Stop hatin’ on Michelle Obama!

August 11, 2010

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-480855

It’s so sad that we are critiquing the FLOTUS on her trip to Spain. We are grabbing at anything to condemn the Obamas. The people who are condemning her will never give her credit for her plans to lower childhood obesity rates or come to neighborhoods like my own and speak to young girls about the dangers of teen pregnancy. For those saying she should have vacationed in America, where are these other Senators vacationing now? Furthermore, sure the FLOTUS left America but we spend most of our money IN America buying items NOT made here. iPhones & iPads are rapidly selling out of the stores and we’re supposed to be broke. Most cars purchased aren’t made here. In this “recession”, we just saw a movie called “Avatar” become the highest grossing movie ever. It seems like rather than checking Michelle Obama, we should be checking ourselves. We have too many serious issues in American right now to be spending time on this.

Wyclef! Haiti needs a president, not a savior!

August 6, 2010

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-479427

Wyclef made several key mistakes in his speech about the presidency of Haiti. He came off as more arrogant than passionate. He painted Haiti as if it needed him. He also referred to himself as a “young youth”. He’s 40. That’s not young. He also spoke about needing to win abroad as being almost more important than winning in Haiti. He needs to brush up on his history because many of Haiti’s problems stem from its relations with the international community. Furthermore, he says doesn’t really want to run but the youth “drafted” him. He should realize that he can serve his country in other ways. He shouldn’t run if he really doesn’t want to. Lastly, from one rapper to another, speaking in the 3rd person may work in hip-hop, but not in politics. Good luck Wyclef!

The dangers of a Wyclef presidency

August 6, 2010

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-478703

While I congratulate Wyclef on his decision to run for President of Haiti, we have to remember that what we may feel in America is good for foreign people may not always be good for them. As someone who has traveled and worked in 17 countries and has studied international affairs, I have seen this to be the case many times over. One need to only look at the Congo, where Mobutu ruled with an iron fist for over 30 years and was a friend to every U.S. President. He was discovered by George Bush senior in 1957. If the Haitian people want Wyclef, more power to him. I am not doubting his qualifications and no one can doubt his passion. I just think that we should not ignore home grown Haitian leadership just because they may be unknown to us. The results can be catastrophic for the people on the ground.

Naomi Campbell took her ignorance to new heights

August 6, 2010

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-479397

By going to the trial of ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor and saying the entire process was an inconvenience to her was a slap in the face to the thousands of people of Liberia & Sierra Leone who died or were maimed so that she could have her pretty diamond. If she had concerns about her saftey, it would be understandable if she wasn’t comfortable sharing certain information. But while she was talking about getting on with her life, we should remember the lives of people who will never get their lives back.