Thursday, January 26, 2012

If you change history, it becomes a fictional story.

It’s taken a few days for me to properly formulate my feelings on a current controversial topic going on right now in the state of Tennessee. For those of you unaware of what is happening I am going to give you the brief rundown of this controversy. A group of Tea Party activists are currently pushing for textbooks to portray slavery in a much more positive light. According to the spokesperson for this group, they feel “an awful lot of made-up criticism about, for instance, the founders intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another…The thing we need to focus on about the founders is that, given the social structure of their time, they were revolutionaries who brought liberty into a world where it hadn't existed, to everybody -- not all equally instantly -- and it was their progress that we need to look at.”

First of all let’s get something out of the way, some of the founding fathers owned slaves. This is a fact. Not all but to just ignore the fact that some of the most romanticized figures owned slaves is just sickening. It’s sickening because you are distorting history to fit this image that has been created. How about the father of this great nation George Washington? Yeah he owned over 200 slaves. Well what about Thomas Jefferson? Yep he owned over 100 slaves, and even had children with one of his slaves Sally Hemmings.

They owned people. Period. There is no white washing this fact. They did great things but they also did fucked up things. It happened it has to be acknowledged. History isn’t always good; you have to recognize the bad because these things affect this nation still.

How does this affect the nation to this day you be asking? Well for starters how about the guilt it still causes a vast amount of White Americans to this day. How about as a Black American it is almost impossible to trace my family history to a country of origin. And I won’t even get into more complex ideas of how slavery has affect family structure not to mention societal disadvantages.

"Neglect and outright ill will have distorted the teaching of the history and character of the United States. We seek to compel the teaching of students in Tennessee the truth regarding the history of our nation and the nature of its government," is what this group claims to have as its intentions. If you want students in Tennessee to know the truth you can’t minimalize slavery. It happened. It was a terrible crime against humanity. And to boil that down to “well it was cool at the time” is insulting to the memory of all of those who were brutalized and treated like less of a human being. We owe it to them and those both black and white who fought and some of whom died for their freedom.

The founding fathers were men. They were brave, but a lot of times they were wrong. Acknowledging this isn’t disrespectful, when you elevate them to a status of a deity and don’t acknowledge what’s uncomfortable that’s when you disrespect them.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

It's Not Your Fault Tim...It's Not Your Fault...

Boy I never thought I would be doing this but I owe Tim Tebow an apology. Don’t get me wrong this isn’t for the jokes I have lobbed his way or my assertion that he is a mediocre quarterback. I owe him an apology because he is not the one making these assertions. He is an unwitting pawn in ESPN and the media’s attempt at garnering more ratings by appealing to people that just like athletes for their personalities or what they stand for off the field more than what they do on the field.

You see this change of heart has come from ESPN airing an hour of strictly Tim Tebow related material. Even got twitter in on it by creating the hastag #SCTebow. Don’t believe me? Check this out.

In one hour of programming these fools made 160 references to him. Because in a week with the National Title game, Heat-Clippers, Floyd Mayweather calling out Pacquaio and of course all of the other NFL playoff games what we really need is a full hour dedicated to a quarterback who in 2 seasons plus the playoffs has an overall record of 9-6. And again this is not Tim Tebow’s fault.

My problem with this type of journalism is that this has happened before. Let me remind you, remember OJ Simpson? He was as cuddly as a teddy bear . 25 years ago there was no way you would have seen him as a murderer. How about Tiger Woods? Ten years ago no way we would have thought he was slaying every skank in five mile radius. And how about Joe Paterno? Last year we KNEW he was the beacon of morality in the world of college athletics. Now he sits in exile from the sports community after the biggest sex abuse scandal in college sports happened under his watch.

So while I hope Timmy is a good kid, do we know him? No. We are not in his head or even in his household. So how about we acknowledge that he appears to be a good person and don’t wish ill on him. But all of this canonizing of St. Tebow? Yet it has to stop both on and off the field.

He has had a good run, but let’s be real. He has played 15 games total in his career. Let’s not induct him into Canton just yet.

Thursday, January 5, 2012


The following rant has nothing to do with politics. You see what this rant about pure and simple is about bigotry and racist attitudes. Now I don’t know what exactly some members of the Republican Party are trying to pull with this character assault on urban blacks in this country but it has to stop. I fully acknowledge that the ideas I am about to rail against are held by few in the party but those who do hold them have the loudest speaking voice right now.

You see last week while speaking in Iowa GOP candidate Rick Santorum said that he doesn’t want to “make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.” Well how kind of you Ricky. Thanks for first of all portraying all black people as jobless mooches who would rather wait for you to kindly give us a pittance and secondly acknowledging that of those in dire straits they are only black. So good job White America, glad you guys made. As you can see this was quite the absurd statement to make as I am sure there were white people in that audience that need and accept government assistance.

After hearing that I decided to dismiss it as he has bigger problems in regards to his “Google problem.” I won’t tell you want it is, just note it is disgusting. Then right on cue good ol’ Newt Gingrich steps up his assault. Earlier this year this beacon of morality suggested that children in low income areas in order to give them a sense of hard work as no one apparently works hard in these communities the children should be janitors and clean their way through school. Well now Newt is saying that we don’t want to work, that the unemployed black people of this nation want food stamps and not paychecks.

I could sit here and wax on and on about how these two are idiots, and believe me I really want to. But I will let the facts speak for me. When it comes to welfare in this country Whites receive 34 percent of federal food assistance benefits, African-Americans 22 percent, and Hispanics 17 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Try another race baiting topic to keep yourselves in the news gentlemen. Time for this one to die.