Do you ever ask yourself what is it that’s driving all that’s happening in the country right now? The honeymoon is over but like many married couples, the parties’ involved-voters and Republican leadership-seem to be stuck on staying together despite all indications that they should part ways immediately. It’s like the man that cheats on a beautiful woman who constantly forgives him and even worse, loves him deeply still. You ask yourself; how can that be so? I think the overriding factor that’s driving this particular illusion of satisfaction, complacency and success is nothing more than denial and we’ll continue to be under its influence until the nation’s Republican voters draw some hard conclusions. Continue reading
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The human condition is a unique one, evident mainly in our duality of nature. Having the capacity for both good and evil, we celebrate a strident individuality while at the same time exalting our conformity with societal ideals and notions. We like to run with the pack but want to reserve the option of disengaging and embarking on our own agenda, with its own inherent thoughts, as we see fit. It’s because of this dichotomy that one should never quickly judge his fellowman. And if judgment is to be rendered then actions should take precedence over words as the main criteria for such verdicts.
Take LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling as an example. Continue reading
When I read the story linked below, I had to read it twice to make sure I was getting the true gist. And after reading it two times, I’m into for a third because, quite frankly, I don’t believe what I’m reading. Click on the below link and check out the article before you read any further.
At a time when black students across the country are legitimately trying to compete in the college ranks, this protest does nothing to support their efforts. If anything, it paints something of a bull’s-eye on minority students in that college professors may become reluctant to critique or instruct those students for fear of being branded a racist.
The other harm done is that when you make a charge of racism, you damn well need to be sure, or as sure as you can be, that the charge is a legitimate one. Otherwise, you sully any future attempts by anyone in your circle to make a similar complaint in the future.
And while I don’t know what was in the instructor’s heart, I do know that if you are not writing on a college level when you’re in college that will become readily apparent. And if you’re called to task for it then, of course, it’s very embarrassing.
Be that as it may, such embarrassment for failing to know your required curriculum or being able to keep up with other students does not give you the right to make such a frivolous charge.
Playing devil’s advocate, let’s just say that yes, the professor is racist and took pleasure in humiliating those minority students for their poor English skills. The better statement to make, rather than cry about it, is to become adept at the language. Learn proper grammar, syntax and writing and then throw it right back in that instructor’s face.
Someone needs to remind those students that there were many who came before them that seriously suffered the bigoted barbs of hate yet they still persevered and learned their curriculum, under duress oftentimes graduating with honors.
They found, just as many of those who followed them, that if the instructor is truly a bigot, there’s no better way to stick it to him than to do well in your studies.
Football great Ahmad Rashaad once said something that I remember still. He spoke to the need for good communication skills, for African American males in particular. He said that you have to be ready and able to go from the boardroom to the barroom and back and forth as necessary, seamlessly.
Those students need to recognize that the lesson he spoke of then is still a powerful and necessary one today.
Recently, a friend sent me a video from UPWORTHY entitled One Easy Thing All White People Could Do That Would Make the World a Better Place. It speaks to the existence and issue of “white privilege”. You can view the video by clicking here.
After viewing the video, I discussed it with my friend whose position is an understandable one; that race and racism is an integral and unique part of the American experience, one that affects all of us regardless of the color of our skins. She feels that in order to facilitate real, lasting change, we must come clean with each other and basically talk turkey and call things what they are, hence the reference to “white privilege”. But while I whole-heartedly agree with everything she says I nevertheless have some reservations about calling it “white privilege”.
My reason: calling it that will do nothing to foster the discussion on race, a discussion, by the way, that we still sorely need to have today. Instead, doing so will cause individuals-the ones needed in the debate and our fellow Americans-to shut down and be hostile and unsympathetic to the historic struggles of African and other minority Americans.
Moreover, I don’t want to get stuck attempting to prove that people should be taking some “privilege” that they may or may not agree that they have in the first place. I’d rather concern myself with the bad behavior that certain ones exhibit and put all efforts in making everyone realize the harm such behavior causes and the responsibility each of us has to ensure that it stops. So, if we have to call it something, rather than calling it privilege, white or otherwise, let’s call it protocol, instead.
Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary defines privilege as a right or immunity granted as a peculiar benefit, advantage or favor; or, such a right or immunity attached to a particular office or position. It’s also referred to as freedom, license or opportunity.
In contrast, protocol is a code prescribing strict adherence to correct etiquette and precedence. It’s also manners, decorum, rules and code of behavior.
For my POV, protocol is proper etiquette and a decent manner of treating your fellowman. It deals with specific behavior. Protocol evokes the golden rule-Do unto others as you would have them do unto you-and emphasizes every man’s accountability towards his peers.
Still, there’s no guarantee that changing the name will lighten the argument sufficiently enough to make the truth go down any easier. Besides that, both words fit the circumstances, albeit one is a tad bit more in your face than the other.
Using one over the other will hopefully allow enough of the message to get through to make some real moves towards at least starting an open, honest and civil discussion. Like that spoonful of sugar, it could help the medicine of reconciliation go down a little easier.
Video content from UPWORTHY/Rafael Casal