The New Face of Racism : The players change but game remains the same

It has been one year since the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, who was walking home when vigilante and citizen George Zimmerman gunned him down. His justification for shooting the teenager was the stand your ground law which allows a citizen to take matters into their own hands. After countless investigations, we realized there were facts overlooked and an enemy from the past came out to plague us again..Racism. The racial tension among certain minority and majority groups remains one of ills we have to do deal with in America. Look around in your environment in some shape or form it still exists. Instead of the Jim Crow laws  and outwardly expressions of hate, racism exists behind policies and hidden agendas set by the masses. For someone to say, ” Racism does not exist”, is a complete and total liar. If it does not exist, there would have not been a “peaceful protest” at Old Miss after President Obama re-election. What is the underlying issue for all racism is ignorance of other cultural groups. The media play an intricate part of reinforcing the stereotypes about the different cultural groups. We see examples everyday from the news, television, movies and music. The stereotype of the “Angry Black Man” is still portrayed to this day as did in the movie Birth of a Nation. Some media figures are taking the concept of freedom of speech and using to express their own vain ideas. From the infamous nappy headed hoes comment to now calling the nine-year old actress Quvenzhané Wallis a cunt, these examples are inhumane and definitely lack class in the journalism profession. Where are ethics in journalism nowadays? Is it there or just certain people killed it? After the 2012 election, the ugly head of racism was stronger than ever. My timeline on Facebook and twitter was loaded with comments that were completely racist. My generation witness racism like never before. Also, several states requested to be separated from the union. It bothers me why people cannot accept cultural differences and diversities? These are the factors that makes this country unique. It is foundation that keeps America strong.  Does the concept of change scare some people? The fact of knowing old idealistic ways may soon become abolished and people figure out things for themselves. Citizens will seek the truth and expose the ugly and nasty lies taught to them.  Do some groups still want to have control and not share their power?  As a Fox News representative *coughs Bill O’Reilly* stated, “Whites are becoming the new minority.” When I was told, the America was first belonged to  Native Americans. It was minorites from all walks of life who helped build the country today. (Please correct me if I am wrong.) Discrimination does not exist among black and white people but it is wide-spread among other groups.Even, the LGBT community have fight for their right live and marry (I said it) who they please. It irritates me when people justify their bias practices through laws and religion. When, these tools are used to keep separation among the people for centuries. Currently, my city, Memphis, you can see extreme examples of polarization among citizens. It is almost mind-blowing experience going into certain neighborhoods and being viewed at like ugly monkey in a zoo. After 35 years since the death of Martin Luther King Jr., the city of Memphis is still plagued by the curse of immense division among the races. Yet, the city decides to bring the most racist group, KKK, to hold this so called “peaceful protest” . Where is the logic in that concept? The city has bigger issues to work on than to be distracted by this clownish sideshow. As a society, we need to stop fighting with each other and work together to rebuild the nation. Our republic is slowly declining each day and we need to ensure every one has the right to live freely as they please. No matter what background, class, race or sexuality.  In the end, no matter what people say or do one thing holds true:

I AM HUMAN, I AM A WOMAN, I AM CITIZEN OF THIS COUNTRY AND I AM AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN!

I am entitled to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Related Links:

http://wreg.com/2013/02/26/christian-groups-concerns-eased-despite-kkk-rally-approval/

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/moviesnow/la-et-mn-oscars-2013-the-onion-issues-apology-to-quvenzhane-wallis-20130225,0,5054940.story

http://abcnews.go.com/US/trayvon-martins-parents-hold-hoodie-vigil-anniversary-death/story?id=18597254

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CheckTheRhyme Dec 20th: Sandy Rock Investigation, InstaGate, and Twitter Proposal

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Today, on my “Check The Rhyme” segment I elaborate more on the Sandy Rock Massacre that took place on Friday, December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut. We know there were 26 people, There were 20 children and 6 adults killed. On Sunday, President Barrack Obama addressed the nation during the New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers. Now, policy makers and citizens are looking into creating stricter gun policies to prevent a tragedy like this will never happen again. I think the gun policy should have been examined by our policy makers a long time ago. I’m thinking to myself how many people have to die in order for change to take place? Meanwhile, I did expressed how upset I was with my fellow journalists this week. As I have said many times before, I am graduate of a journalism program here in  my hometown. It really boiled my blood to see journalists interview children who witnessed the horrible actions that took placed. I mean really, are you that desperate to get a story. I thinking to myself,  where are your ethics? You know the class you had to sit through in order to graduate. I did commend Anderson Cooper on taking a stance not to interview children. In my opinion, gun policy is a serious topic and should be taken into account but what about mental illness? Most of these cases, some of the killers either a mental issue or have suffered traumatic experience in their lifetime. It seems like no one wants to reach out to them and help their situation. Hopefully, we can see some change before it’s too late. Also, this week Instagram changed their terms and conditions. They decided to advertise on Instagram but the rumor mill was they were going to sell your photos without compensation. So, everybody on instagram went bat s**t crazy. Celebrities like Lance Gross, Kevin Hart and even Kim Kardashian voiced about leaving the popular app because of changes that is due to take effect on  Jan 16th.  Instagram responded:

“Our intention in updating the terms was to communicate that we’d like to experiment with innovative advertising that feels appropriate on Instagram. Instead it was interpreted by many that we were going to sell your photos to others without any compensation. This is not true and it is our mistake that this language is confusing. To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear.” (VIA CBS)

Everybody responded on Instagram with the hashtag #DontWhoreMeOut announcing their discontent to new policy changes. We will see how this plays out. I am just waiting on the creation of SkyNet!!! Also in other news, Amy Whinehouse death case will be reopened soon. Dallas Cowboys won over the Pittsburgh Steelers with a score of 27-24 during overtime. GO COWBOYS!!! I AM COWBOY ON “STEEL HORSE I RIDE!!!!. Sorry, I had a crazy fan moment.  There might be possibility of All My Children and One Life To Live may come back on. *fingers crossed to bring back Erica Kane*. Deadmau5 proposed to Kat Von D over Twitter. I know I could not believe it either. We will see how this twitter proposal plays out. Best luck to the both of them. Rihanna steals the spot on my top jams for week with her song titled “Numb” featuring Eminem.

Inspirational Thought

“Failure and Fear ends today. On this day, you activate your faith.”

QUESTION FOR TODAY:

Due to the recent tragedy, what area should the government focus on gun control, school security procedures, mental health care, or implementation of religious practices (prayer in the schools)????

Answer it in the comments section below….Thanks

Related Articles:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505124_162-57560296/instagrams-answers-dont-cover-the-biggest-issue/

http://jennielately.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/priorities-what-bothers-me-the-most-about-the-newtown-tradegy/

http://shootingfromthehipblog.com/2012/12/14/living-in-a-word-they-didnt-make/

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/12/18/my-take-six-things-i-dont-want-to-hear-after-the-sandy-hook-massacre/

Good Ol’ Days…..My Love and Adoration for African American Music Appreciation Month

I am a music head and will admit it proudly. I used to have to boom box with really big batteries and carried it around my neighborhood like Radio Raheem. If you go to my mom’s house, you will several upon several cassette tapes which I called them my mixtapes. Yes, I used to hang posters on my wall so many that you didn’t know if there was paint. Of course, I watch shows like Video Soul, Rap City, Yo MTV Raps, Video Box and my favorite Midnight Love. Also, I did  steal some of my cousin’s cds from Columbia House. I am certified music head. Music to me is an outlet to express your feelings and ideas. Just listening to song will express how I felt about a particular situation. This month is very special to me. It is Black Music Month or renamed by President Barack Obama as African-American Music Appreciation month. This month is when we take the time to honor musicians young and old ; who paved the way that our music is heard across the color lines. What I miss is the Good Ol’ Days where music meant something. We had girl and boy groups that really can blow. I miss buying an album whereas the whole album was good. I miss going to a concert where the artist sound the same as they did on the album. I miss when rappers used to really freestyle. What happened to essence to music now? Has became a soulless, cash making money scheme? Nowadays, I don’t really listen to radio now because they are playing the same songs by the same artists. What happened to the Quiet Storm  segment?

Now, my daughter has to look up to as far as music is Mindless Behavior and Nikki Minaj. That’s not right. We should school the young generation on what is really music. Let them hear some classic cuts and some songs that had been sampled *cough Kanye* . I urge you this African-American Music Appreciation Month is to take this music to back to roots.  I want you to educate your children on the pioneers of the music business that made a way for those who are on top now.  All I want is the Good Ol’ Days when music was uplifting and very special.

PROCLAMATION FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC APPRECIATION MONTH