Friday, February 07, 2014

The Real Deal

You know what bothers me? While it's true the Stand Your Ground Law on the books in Florida and other states should be struck down, the real deal is George Zimmerman didn't bother to use it in his defense. He knew what we find so hard to face . . . they don't need a specific law to "legally" kill us.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Rallies Being Held for Philadelphia Teen Brutalized by Police

Darrin Manning is a 16-year-old high school basketball player, a straight A student, and has a spotless school disciplinary record. But now, thanks to an incident with the Philadelphia Police, the young man may never become a father.

Arrested earlier this month on what looks like trumped up charges, the teenager was allegedly manhandled by police officers and had to have emergency surgery to repair damage to his genitals.

Philadelphia attorney and political/social activist Michael Coard said he was outraged about the incident. "During the 18th and 19th century slavery they beat then castrated men. During the 20th and 21st century police brutally beat then castrate boys," said Coard. "The more things change, the more they stay the same." 

Outraged Philadelphians are holding both a community meeting and a rally, next week, in response to the event.

"What? Is this like the 2014 castration?" said Philadelphia social activist Akanke Washington, who learned of the event from her college student daughter. "I'm already a nervous wreck with a daughter, but the attacks on boys are so different that I think if I had a son I'd have to leave the United States."

On January 7, Manning -- a student at Mathematics, Civics, and Sciences Charter School in the Center City section of Philadelphia -- traveled by subway with about a dozen teammates to North Philadelphia to practice at the Berean Institute. Though the school's basketball team is ranked 16th in the nation, it does not have it's on gym and is forced to take a subway and  trolley to practice.

As Manning and his teammates walked out of the subway station at the corner of Broad Street and Girard Avenue, they noticed a couple of police officers. Manning later said that one of the teenagers who was with him may have said something to the police, so when the officers approached them, they all ran.

But, Manning, added, he decided to stop since he knew he had done nothing wrong. But that is, when it seems, everything went dreadfully wrong.

According to a police report of the incident, Police Officer Thomas Purcell (who is white) stopped Manning after he spotted him with a group of black males wearing ski masks and running. It's not clear why Purcell felt a need to stop Manning -- or any of the other teens -- as there doesn't seem to be any city, state, or federal law against a group of black males wearing ski masks.

And Manning insists they weren't even wearing ski masks, just scarves given to them by Veronica Joyner, founder of Mathematics, Civics, and Sciences Charter School.

Joyner confirmed that she had given all of the high school basketball players scarves just before they departed the school on their way to the Berean Institute. Temperatures in Philadelphia reached a low of 4 degrees that day.

The police report goes on to say that Purcell called for backup after Manning started fighting with the officer.

But Manning says he was surrounded by police, roughed up, and hit with a pair of handcuffs before the cuffs were finally placed on him. It was while he was handcuffed, he said, that a female officer gave him a rough pat down while other officers laughed.
"She patted me down and then she touched my butt and then my private parts," he said. "And then she grabbed and squeezed and pulled my private parts and I felt something pop."
"She patted me down and then she touched my butt and then my private parts," he said. "And then she grabbed and squeezed and pulled my private parts and I felt something pop."
"She patted me down and then she touched my butt and then my private parts," he said. "And then she grabbed and squeezed and pulled my private parts and I felt something pop."

"She patted me down, and she touched my butt and then my private parts," Manning told a Philadelphia Daily News reporter. "And then she grabbed and squeezed and pulled my private parts, and I felt something pop."
"She patted me down and then she touched my butt and then my private parts," he said. "And then she grabbed and squeezed and pulled my private parts and I felt something pop."
"She patted me down and then she touched my butt and then my private parts," he said. "And then she grabbed and squeezed and pulled my private parts and I felt something pop."
"She patted me down and then she touched my butt and then my private parts," he said. "And then she grabbed and squeezed and pulled my private parts and I felt something pop."

According to Fox News, records show that Manning spent the night following his arrest at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he underwent emergency surgery. Police confirm that no officers sustained injuries.

Manning's mother, Ikea Coney, told reporters that doctors told her that her son may have permanent damage that could prevent him from fathering children, adding: "I'm just glad they didn't kill him."
Darrin Manning, a student at Math Civics Science Charter school, was allegedly hurt during an arrest by Philadelphia police. Photograph with his mother Ikea Coney at the school on Monday, January 13, 2014. ( ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER )
The teenager, who is still in a wheelchair, is facing charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest. 

"This is just totally acceptable," said community activist Maisha Ongoza, director of the Philadelphia chapter of Say Yes to Education, a national non-profit education foundation committed to increasing the high school and college graduation rates of inner-city youth.

"I have grandchildren his age, and I have children in my program his age, and it's sad knowing they can be subjected to this kind of treatment by police," said Ongoza

An emergency town hall meeting is being convened by Techbook Online, on Tues., Jan 21 at 7:30 p.m to address the Manning case. Community activists Gabriel Bryant and Asa Khalif are scheduled to speak at the meeting which is being held at Catalyst for Change Ministries, 3727 Baring Street.

The Pennsylvania chapter of the National Action Network is holding a rally at Broad Street and Girard Avenue on Thurs., Jan 23rd, to demand the arrest of the female officer who "maliciously sexually assaulted" Manning, and a broadened federal investigation into instances of brutality by Philadelphia police. No speakers have yet to be announced for the rally which is scheduled to be held between 4 and 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Teenage Racist Ninja Turtles

So . . . there's going to be a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie released in 2014, starring -- among others, Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, and Whoopie Goldberg, and written by TMNT creators, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.

There are a bunch of people who are excited about the prospect. I'm not one of them.I'm not going to see it.

I've never gotten over the original series which was originally shown on television in the late-1980s through the 1990s. It was racist. And it was shown on national television to our children. Wait, let me go further . . . it wasn't just racist, it was subliminally racist; which is the worst kind of all.

Yeah, I know . . . people are tired of folks accusing of movies or television series of having racist content. Because, come on, if you look hard enough you can convince yourself that anything can be racist. Right?

Monday, January 06, 2014

Here's The Real Deal . . .

People are funny. A 20-something-year old person told me today she heard that I have multiple sclerosis and I should cut out processed food since that's what caused it. 
<sigh> There's so many things that I was tempted to say to her.
1. It's much more than rude to suggest someone is the cause of their own debilitating illness, unless u know for a fact that's the case.
2. Why assume I don't know the possible connection between processed food and MS?
3. Why not ask if I eat processed food, or how much, before making such a statement/accusation? 
Me? I'm the Queen of Homemade cooking! I even make my own salad dressings, barbecue sauce, hot sauce. And even my own eggnog. No canned veggies for me . . . I only eat fresh or frozen.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My Proudest Moment in Journalism

I was a reporting intern at the Philadelphia Inquirer in June 1992, when a police shooting came over the police band radio one night. An officer had been shot in the West Philly. I grabbed the cell phone (remember the huge ones they had back then?), and a notepad, jumped into a company car, and drove straight over to the scene. When I got on the block I found the area around a private home in the middle of the block cordoned off, and police swarming all over. There was a bus parked just a few feet away from the house.
When I finally got to speak to a police spokesperson, I was told that two police officers were responding to a call, and knocked on the door of the now cordoned-off house. An unidentified man came to the door with a gun and shot one of the officers. The fallen officer’s partner managed to pull him away from the house and called for backup.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Duck Dynasty . . . Yeah, Canning is the Right Thing to Do!

I think A&E is right to can Robertson, the patriarch of the Duck Dynasty clan.

But then again, I'm one of the people who think if people make derogatory racial comments they should be canned. 

Yes, these people have protection under the First Amendment, but the issue here is that people who have national media exposure -- like a TV show -- have a social responsibility; because, rightly or wrongly, they become role models. 

Just like children are swayed toward toys based on whether they like the commercials promoting them, people are often swayed when forming opinions based on television shows they watch.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Here's The Real Deal . . .

You might not want to hear it, but here's the real deal . . . If you don't like men who physically abuse women, stop telling your son it's okay to hit a little girl if she's bothering him.

Choosing To Be Happy!

I was halfway to New York City when I found out my book meeting had been canceled due to a scheduling conflict. I admit, I was a little bit more than slightly upset because I had already been on the road for one hour, and it would take me another hour to get back home … But after returning home, I decided THIS will be my disposition for the rest of the day! 

 Isn't it cool that you can sometimes actually pick out your disposition? <smile>

 Heck, life is not just good . . . it's fun!

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Here's The Real Deal . . .

How can you think it's cool when he calls you his bitch, but then get upset when he treats you like a dog?

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

The Freedom Riders of the 1960s - Do You Know Who They Are?

The bravest group of people in the 20th century were the Freedom Riders. These young people -- black and white -- risked their life and freedom when they decided to board buses from the North to help end segregation in the South.

Many wound up in prison. Quite a number of them were physically attacked.  A few of them were killed.

And they knew before they boarded those buses the possible fates they lay ahead.

And still they boarded.