Thursday, September 3, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
2.It's Impossible to know what all a day will bring.
3.You can't run from life...You still have to live it.
4.You can not always control your circumstances.
5.The Road to Hell is filled with good intentions.
6.Cherish a Good Day, but don't try to relive it...Each day is different.
7.Guys are under so much pressure to be manly, masculine That's not as comfortable as it is for women to be womanly, that's for sure. It's stressful to be a man.
8. You should really get to know a woman, really be her friend. I mean, my wife is my closest friend. Sure, I'm attracted to her in every way possible, but that's not the answer. Because I've been attracted to other women, and I couldn't stand 'em after knowing em for a while.
9.The Older I get, the more my mind wanders...
10. The Older I get, the more my mind wonders..
Monday, August 31, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Surprisingly,like a lot of Americans...I have become numb to this senseless violence...Until about an hour later....My co-worker in the cubicle behind mine called me....She said "Hey Keith check this out."
There to my horror was a young , attractive Blond White woman doing an interview...If you looked downward you could see a gun aimed at her....It was obvious that she didn't see it...The next thing you know...Shots fired out...She looked like she was trying to run...but it was obvious, she was being lit up with bullets...Then you see the second victim fall and a ghostly image of the gunman firing at point blank at the cameraman....
Sounds like something out of one of my stories on my fiction and poetry blog, ESCAPADES (Shameless plug)
I'm thinking the killer is some deranged ,lone white male....Like in the other killings....I wasn't prepared for who the killer actually was...That gentleman in the photo above...Vester Lee Flanagan,also known as "Bryce Williams" on the air....A disgruntled former anchorman who had recently been fired from the same station that the two murder victims worked at and had unsuccessfully sued the station, claiming racial discrimination....
He had a history with both of the victims too....He claimed that the white woman once made racist remarks when she was an intern at the station....There is also a story of him having words with the cameraman too....All of this is a bit sketchy ..but one thing is true...He was a man at the end of his rope and he shot who he meant to shoot...
This wasn't random...this was personal......Unlike Jordan Roof ,who killed nine Black churchgoers who he had never met before....This guy knew both of his victims.....Which doesn't make either killings justifiable or any better...
The conversation is going to come up about gun control...AGAIN.....The politicians from both sides are going to pontificate and in a week from now when something else has topped the news, nothing will be done and nothing more will be said...AGAIN!....
They're going to talk about mental health...and how crazy people shouldn't have access to guns.....Does the man in the photo above look crazy? He looks like and overweight middle aged ,middle class Black everyman.....And plus...He bought both of his guns legally! So Gun Control???
For what??? He didn't have an illegal weapon...
Truth is....There really is nothing we can do...No warning we can get about these incidents...
Who was our killer? What led to all of this?
Vester LeeFlanagan was hired by WDBJ7 as a multimedia journalist in 2012 and was fired in 2013.
"Vester was an unhappy man. We employed him as a reporter and he had some talent in that respect and some experience," a general manager at the news station said in an on-air interview. "He quickly gathered a reputation of someone who was difficult to work with. He was sort of looking out to people to say things he could take offense to. Eventually, after many incidents of his anger, we dismissed him. He did not take that well. We had to call police to escort him from the building."
According to reports, this wasn't Vester Lee Flanagan's first run-in with employees at a news station. In 2000, while working at WTWC-TV in Tallahassee, Fla., Flanagan filed a lawsuit alleging that "he and another black employee were referred to as 'monkeys' and that a supervisor once told him that 'blacks are lazy and do not take advantage of free money' for scholarships and economic opportunities," the Tallahassee Democrat reports.
His lawyer in that case was on CNN last night and she said that he was very upset about his treatment at that station....She won an undisclosed settlement for him in that case...but he was scarred....White people in this country have no understanding of how racism and discrimination scars and dehumanizes a lot of African-Americans....Latinos as well...They don't understand because they will never be the victims of it...
I am in no way trying to justify what this man did...but he clearly could have used some help,psychiatric and otherwise after this first lawsuit....
There are many Blacks...myself included , who are upset over recent events...Ferguson, Sandra Bland, The Charleston Massacre and other racially charged events......The frustration level of the average thinking African-American is at the boiling point at any given time in America....If you are not outraged....you need serious psychiatric attention as Malcolm X so famously said once...
Take that frustration and add a little bit of mental unstableness and you have Vester Lee Flannagan aka Bryce Williams...
Again...There is no justification for murder....What he did was wrong and the fact that he filmed it and downloaded it on Facebook and Twitter was equally wrong and horrific....But we should be looking at what drives people to these acts of desperation....
Mental Illness is easy to say....But This guy was a functioning human being for 40 years...He had friends...He had family...Just like the two victims...He had people who loved him and are shocked that he could do something so horrific...He didn't start out like this...
Maybe we need to look at how we treat each other in this society.....I know what I'm writing is unpopular and will be viewed by some as justification for a killer...Sympathy for the Devil as you will...Believe me..it's not....It's taking a look at a difficult solution that you can't legislate and you can't throw a pat label on....
We need to stop being lazy and be human!
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Slavery....Not something I talk about on this blog...but as a matter of American History..Something that a lot of my fellow Americans would like to sweep under the rug...
America's dirty laundry....That elephant in the room whenever we talk about race relations in this country....The close to 400 year enslavement of Africans and then the 100 years of disenfranchisement, segregation and mis-treatment their descendants....
Nobody wants to talk about that....People want to forget about it and they brand Black people like me who bring it up as racists....There was a troll who used to comment on this blog who called me a racist quite a bit...
Can I write any laws that keep anybody from having equal protection under the law, fair housing, equal access to public facilities, et al...No....So I am not a racist..I'm not even prejudiced...
But enough about me...Some White people in Rhode Island of all places are attempting to make amends for their state's history with the slave trade...
I gotta tell you...When you say Slave trade...the State of Rhode Island is not the first state that comes to mind...
Listen to this...One of the darkest chapters of Rhode Island history involved the state’s pre-eminence in the slave trade, beginning in the 1700s. More than half of the slaving voyages from the United States left from ports in Providence, Newport and Bristol — so many, and so contrary to the popular image of slavery as primarily a scourge of the South, that Rhode Island has been called “the Deep North.”
That history will soon become more prominent as the Episcopal diocese here, which was steeped in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, establishes a museum dedicated to telling that story, the first in the country to do so, according to scholars.
Many of the shipbuilders, captains and financiers of those slaving voyages were Episcopalians. The church, like many others in its day, supported slavery and profited from it even after the trans-Atlantic slave trade was outlawed and slavery had been banned in the state. Among the most notable Episcopalian slaveholders were Thomas Jefferson, who was active for some time in the church, and surprise, surprise,George Washington.
Over the last decade, the Episcopal Church of the United States has formally acknowledged and apologized for its complicity in perpetuating slavery. Some Episcopal dioceses have been re-examining their role, holding services of repentance and starting programs of truth and reconciliation.
The Diocese of Rhode Island, like many others, has been slow to respond. But under Bishop W. Nicholas Knisely, who became the Episcopal bishop of Rhode Island in 2012, it is taking steps to publicly acknowledge its past.
They include the establishment of a museum focused on the trans-Atlantic slave trade, slavery and the North’s complicity, as part of a new center for racial reconciliation and healing.
“I want to tell the story,” Bishop Knisely said, “of how the Episcopal Church and religious voices participated in supporting the institution of slavery and how they worked to abolish it. It’s a mixed bag.”
Other slavery museums — notably the Whitney Plantation in Wallace, La., and the Old Slave Mart Museum in Charleston, S.C. — tell the story of slavery in the South. Some museums and historic sites touch on slavery in the North.
But no museum is devoted to the region’s deep involvement, according to James DeWolf Perry VI, a direct descendant of the most prolific slave-trading family in the United States’ early years and a co-editor of a book called “Interpreting Slavery at Museums and Historic Sites.”
He is helping to plan the museum and reconciliation center, which are still in the organizing and fund-raising phases. They are to be housed at the 200-year-old stone Cathedral of St. John, the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island. Because of dwindling membership, the majestic but deteriorating cathedral was closed in 2012.
The idea for the museum and reconciliation center grew out of community discussions over what to do with the shuttered cathedral; it has gained new urgency in recent months as numerous cities have erupted in racial unrest.
“We’re trying to move in concert with what’s happening around the country,” said the Rev. David Ames, who is helping to establish the center for reconciliation. “Events like the massacre in Charleston have really focused us on the dire need to improve race relations in this country.”
Diocesan officials have already begun conversations with the public, including African-American church leaders, about the goals of the reconciliation center.
While the cathedral is being renovated, planners have worked with local universities and organizations to sponsor speakers and programs that delve into racial issues. They have scheduled more forums for the fall at Episcopal churches throughout the state where slave traders once worshiped.
The museum, scheduled to open in 2017, will aim to illuminate the church’s role in the trade and the extensive but often-ignored history of slavery in New England.
The region’s economy was inseparable from the slave trade starting in the 1600s, when the earliest settlers bartered Native Americans they had captured for slaves brought from Africa. Later, merchants and suppliers who grew wealthy from the slave trade founded and endowed several Ivy League colleges; soon, Northern textile mills were humming with Southern cotton picked by slaves.
In a sign of how this history is only slowly coming to light, a ceremony was held Sunday in Boston, where the first slave ship in New England is believed to have arrived in 1638; a historic marker, to be placed later, will mark where it would have docked.
The ceremony Last Sunday was part of a larger project commemorating the two million slaves who died and the 10 million who survived the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Tiny Rhode Island played an outsize role in the trade, thanks to the state’s financiers, a seafaring work force and officials who turned a blind eye to antislavery laws.
While many slave ships were built in Boston, they were supplied, manned and dispatched from Rhode Island ports. Between 1725 and 1807, more than 1,000 slaving voyages — about 58 percent of the total from the United States — left from Providence, Newport and Bristol.
Those vessels brought more than 100,000 Africans to the Americas as part of the triangle trade. They traveled to West Africa carrying rum, which was traded for slaves. The human cargo was then transported to the Caribbean in the infamous Middle Passage of the triangle. There, the ships were emptied of slaves and loaded with sugar, which was brought back to Rhode Island distilleries to make more rum to take back to Africa and repeat the cycle.
They also brought slaves to the North, and they populated numerous households. By the middle of the 18th century, according to a report by Brown University, about 10 percent of Rhode Islanders were enslaved. (In 2003, the university, in Providence, began exploring and confronting its own deep ties to slavery.)
Bishop Knisely said his research had revealed shameful episodes in church history. For example, he said, when Quakers and Baptists in Newport began turning against slavery, some slave owners in those churches switched to the Episcopal Church, where they were welcomed and their slaveholding was not challenged.
“We sounded an uncertain trumpet,” Bishop Knisely said. “We were happy to receive their financial support. We allowed ourselves to be convinced by the prejudice of the time and didn’t speak out.”
In establishing the museum and reconciliation center, the church is working with the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown and with descendants of the DeWolfs, a prominent Episcopalian family based in Bristol and the most prolific slave-trading family in the United States.
The DeWolf family alone imported more than 12,000 Africans. The profits from the slave trade by James DeWolf — speaker of the Rhode Island House, United States senator, banker, merchant, privateer and owner of numerous rum distilleries — were so vast that, according to newspaper accounts at the time of his death, in 1837, he was the second-richest man in the United States.
One of his descendants, James DeWolf Perry III (1871-1947), became the bishop of Rhode Island, the first bishop of the cathedral here and later the 18th presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church of the United States.
The current generation of DeWolfs began digging into their family heritage a decade ago. One of them, Katrina Browne, a seventh-generation descendant of Mark Anthony DeWolf, the family’s first slave trader, organized a journey for 10 family members to trace their legacy from Bristol through slave forts in Ghana and old family sugar plantations in Cuba.
In 2008, she produced a documentary from the trip called “Traces of the Trade.” That experience led her and Mr. Perry, her distant cousin, to found the Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery, dedicated to educating the public about the complicity of the entire nation in slavery and the slave trade.
“The experience of seeing black audiences respond to a white family acknowledging these things — that’s a powerful starting point,” Mr. Perry said.
Before he began retracing the steps of his ancestors, “I had no idea just how bad my family history was,” said Mr. Perry, 47, who left an academic career to start the Tracing Center. Although he was appalled by that history, he nonetheless decided to name his son, who was born in March, James DeWolf Perry VII.
“I want my child to remember our family history, both good and bad,” he said. “I think this is how we need to approach our shared history as a nation, too.”
I applaud these people for what they are doing....There is no white person alive today who owned or imported a slave...but there are many who are reaping the benefits from their ancestors who did own slaves..This is just one step in making amends for this sad chapter in American History!
Monday, August 24, 2015
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015
I saw Stevie Wonder yesterday....Yeah,I know...I usually talk about something political now of days on this blog...But I remember when I used to lighten up a bit and tell funny stories and talk about the good things in life....Every once in awhile..
Well this is one of them...I saw Stevie Freakin Wonder in a live thirty minute concert in downtown Philadelphia yesterday...I wrote on my facebook page yesterday-
"Stevie Wonder was awesome...He did five songs ("Love Is In Need of Love Today", "Contusion", "Hey Love" ,"Uptight,Everything is Alright" and "I Wish") and held a mini press conference....Just got back...I'm as wet as a fish...It's Hot in Philly today!"
Earlier in the day he performed 5 Songs at Armory Mall in Washington, D.C. The free concert, announced by the D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, took place at Armory Mall outside of RFK Stadium at 10 a.m. EDT.
Then he was here in Philadelphia from Three until Four and he headed for New York City's Central Park.....
Three cities in one day....He truly is the eighth wonder of the universe....
Made my day.....