There might be differing opinions here on CNN’s Black in America doc. For what it’s worth, I actually enjoyed what I was able to watch (I saw the first hour before work). In one segment, Malaak Compton-Rock, wife of Chris Rock, took a bunch of at risk kids with limitless albeit, locked away potential for a Journey of Change to South Africa. The trip had in mind not only the lives of some very poor South Africans in dire need of supplies just to survive (1-5 is HIV positive. Over a million orphaned children), but the 30 children who volunteered to take the trip as well. The kids were impacted positively by showing them a way of life Bushwick, Brooklyn could never experience. The trip reinforced in line gifts of compassion and survival in children that was transferred to the smiles of foreign strangers.
The other segment I was able to check out was about principal, Steve Perry, who is determined, tough and shows daily how much he wants the students in his school, Capital Prep in Connecticut to succeed. Capital Prep has almost a 0% drop out rate and every member of the senior class will go on to a four year college. Remarkable. Perry is a great dude. He cares about people and gets the job down despite the odds. He does not take no for an answer and is a great soul model for anyone he comes in contact with.
If the lives of kids are impacted in a real way they will never forget, I’m down with it. It ain’t about us. They are the future. Let them carve out their own legacies.
Did anyone besides Blacks watch the show?
I doubt it.
So again, the lesson becomes recycled and recycled still among our communities with White folk absent in the dialogue. While highlighting those of us who are truly making a difference, the show doesn’t help a total America because there are those who feel the show is divisive despite most of television being disproportionately White. What is that? Do Whites realize most shows have nothing but White faces? So what’s the big deal? Blacks are forced to know Whites from youth with the constant mental imagery of George Washington cutting down a cherry tree and he “cannot tell a lie”. Get to know us, like we know you. The only way this country is gonna come together is if people humble themselves and realize the youth of our future is at stake.
Do you care? If not, quit with the small talk and continue on a racist path to ultimate societal destruction.
At least CNN tried. There will be discussions here and there because of their ambition See the total scope and not just what was on the screen last night and tonight.
Before the show, President Obama addressed the nation regarding his health care plan, but the highlight was when the last question was asked about how the Skip Gates case affected race relations in America.
“The Cambridge Police Department acted stupidly”, President Obama bluntly stated.
Damn right! About time.
How will America respond when a Black President calls out racial profiling in a city so well respected? This is what happens when a Black man is elected, when delicate issues arise, he should not remain neutral and some people just aren’t gonna like it despite the beneficial universal result. Folks this ain’t about who wins and who loses. This is about advancing the frame. I appreciate the strong words he used to denounce what has been a problem for minorities for far too long. I personally feel Skip’s unfortunate arrest has a chance to help change the mindset of racial profiling in the same way Rosa Parks refused to get on the back of the bus. Big statement? Yes, but while I’m in no way comparing the temperament of the distinct eras, Gates stood up for his because it was his right to do so and in the process could become a similar historical symbol in these changing times. If he didn’t resist, would the racial profiling spotlight shine this bright? This is being covered by all sorts of media and trust that is a great thing. This needs worldwide exposure. President Obama offered his strongest words about race since his successful campaign began and in my opinion, his statement was a game changer after the recent NAACP speech left most of us shaking our heads.
This will get real interesting. This will be made into strictly a Black vs. White thing. Remember writers, the words you right [sic] are made for time. It’s not all about the buck. Are you on the side of good or evil?
Sgt. James Crowley claims he isn’t racist because he gave CPR to Reggie Lewis before he died. Won’t apologize. (CBS News)
Bill Cosby says he is “shocked” President Obama commented on this. Typical comments follow. For the readers of that thread, Barack never said anything about race. (CSMonitor)
Sir Richard Branson to fund disease unit in Africa. (Financial Times)
2 Mayors Arrested in Broad N.J. Corruption Sweep. (NY Times)
TV One to air Sunday show aimed at Black politics. (Washington Informer)
South Africa tests African-made Aids vaccine. (MG)
A Future in Baseball, Hinging on DNA (NY Times)
Former Major League pitcher Jim Parque writes why he juiced. (Chicago Sun Times)
President Obama’s statement about the Gates case…
Will he have a problem getting bills and health care plans signed. How will the constituencies of those on the hill be affected? This is where you want to be President Obama, I hope you are ready for it.
Here’s another one for the “birthers”. Get over it. This is like saying you hate Barry Bonds for steroids when you know damn well you couldn’t stand his ass when he was skinny in Pittsburgh.