History Repeating Itself? Time To Wake Up!

I don’t even know where to begin with this because writing about it is just as disturbing as reading about it. 

I read an article entitled “Black Man Found Hanging from a Tree in Jersey City, New Jersey”. I had to read that title three times before opening the article. On the morning of August 6, 2013, a woman was walking “just outside the park,” saw the man and immediately reported the incident. The spokesman for the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said that “foul play is not suspected and that there were no visible signs of trauma or assault.” However, another woman who claims to have called 911 explains her observations and contradicts what the spokesman said because to her it didn’t appear to be suicide because his hands were tied behind his back. 

Where do I begin with processing that? So many questions come to mind! Am I supposed to believe that there was no foul play involved? Where are the 911 tapes? Where is the autopsy report and what does the Medical Examiner conclude? 

Some people may be asking why it wasn’t covered in mainstream media. Let’s be real — things like this do not make the front page of newspapers or top stories on the news. People miss so many important stories such as this for example because they are focused on “filler” stories (as I call them). It’s time for us to wake up! Examples of such stories include what’s going on with the San Diego mayor and his sexual harassment claims, Justin Bieber playing a guitar naked in front of his grandmother, Anthony Wiener’s buffoonery, and the list goes on. But are we still upset about the George Zimmerman verdict? Are we still upset (or even aware) that the Supreme Court invalidated a key part of the Voting Rights Act? Are we aware that there are so many racially motivated crimes that are not reported on CNN or even our local news? Are we aware of the force feeding of the inmates at Guantanamo Bay? Are we aware of what is going on overseas (especially Egypt)? Some folks are, a lot aren’t.

With all of these incidents dealing with how the police handle various cases that results in a miscarriage of justice overall, are we really supposed to have faith in our police departments and judicial system that justice is going to be served in a case like this? 

Lastly, if you’re one who believes that racism does not exist anymore because we have a Black President, you are SADLY mistaken. Hatred breeds hatred and those thoughts and beliefs are passed down from generation to generation. 

Sadly, though, rather than taking action by participating in signing petitions and marches (Check your city, there may be a march in honor of the March on Washington Anniversary) , or even embracing the youth and our respective communities, many people are focused on the filler stories, Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, that Kendrick Lamar verse, the next pair of Jordans that are supposed to come out, etc. We have got to do better. 

I need to stop writing now, I’m too upset, smh. Deuces. Check out the articles below regarding this incident. 

http://www.techyville.com/2013/08/news/black-man-found-hanging-from-a-tree-in-jersey-city-new-jersey/

http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2013/08/kenyan-lynched-in-nj-why-are-they-hiding-it-man-found-hanging-from-tree-in-jersey-city-with-hands-tied-behind-back-graphic-picture-2735478.html

The Farmer and the Fox

A Farmer was greatly annoyed by a Fox, which came prowling about his yard at night and carried off his fowls. So he set a trap for him and caught him; and in order to be revenged upon him, he tied a bunch of tow to his tail and set fire to it and let him go. As ill-luck would have it, however, the Fox made straight for the fields where the corn was standing ripe and ready for cutting. It quickly caught fire and was all burnt up, and the Farmer lost all his harvest.

Moral of the story

Revenge is a two-edge sword.

We all have been betrayed, hurt, disrespected, etc. by someone who we loved and trusted. Or, it could even be by a perfect stranger. However, we have all said “I’m gonna get their ass back” or “Payback’s a b****!” (Or something along those lines). However, like the story describes, revenge is something that should not be sought out. Why? Because seeking revenge or even holding a grudge can do more harm than good. Sure, it may be great for someone to experience how you felt when they betrayed you; however, is it really worth it? You spent your time and energy wondering (and even planning) how that person is going to feel your wrath because you’re angry at what they did to you. What happens as a result? That person is still in control of your life whether if you realize it or not because you’re so wrapped up in what they did, it takes time and energy away from you moving forward. We just have to let it go and move on. There have been many people who lost their sense of self, their freedom, and even their lives because they wanted revenge. If you’re in that position, ask yourself, “Is it worth it?” Life has so many things to offer, why block your positive energy and blessings over someone who did not deserve to be in your life? Think before you act. When one acts on pure emotions, it can get the best of them. Slow it down, breathe, and then figure out how you’re going to move on because not worrying about them is the best “revenge.”

Leviticus 19:18
Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself.

Deuces!

The Lion and the Three Bulls

Three Bulls were grazing in a meadow, and were watched by a Lion, who longed to capture and devour them, but who felt that he was no match for the three so long as they kept together. So he began by false whispers and malicious hints to foment jealousies and distrust among them. This stratagem succeeded so well that ere long the Bulls grew cold and unfriendly, and finally avoided each other and fed each one by himself apart. No sooner did the Lion see this than he fell upon them one by one and killed them in turn.

Moral of the story:

The quarrels of friends are the opportunities of foes.

How many of us can count how many TRUE and CLOSE friends we have? For some it’s plenty, for others, it’s a handful, even less than that. There’s always going to be people on the outside who is jealous of the type of relationship that you and your friends have; therefore, will do whatever it takes to break that apart. Working at a school, I see it all of the time. Even as adults I see it a lot. It’s time to start cherishing the people in our lives that we know, trust, and love. Tomorrow’s never promised. Tell them that you love and appreciate them today and don’t let pettiness get the best of your friendship!

Deuces!

#SocialJustice #MarchForTrayvon #FightThePower

#SocialJustice #MarchForTrayvon #FightThePower

It takes work and determination to fight. Don’t give up! Keep on fighting. When complacent, the government and corporations will walk all over you! Actions speak louder than words! DO something. What can you do? (1) Register to vote (2) Educate yourself on the important issues at hand (3) Actually GO to the polling place to vote. People complain so much about the law but don’t vote. (4) Serve on a jury. You could be the source of justice that we’re all demanding in a court room. It takes resources, time, and most importantly, action. Time to wake up and get to work my people!

The Boy Bathing

A Boy was bathing in a river and got out of his depth, and was in great danger of being drowned. A man who was passing along a road heard his cries for help, and went to the riverside and began to scold him for being so careless as to get into deep water, but made no attempt to help him. “Oh, sir,” cried the Boy, “please help me first and scold me afterwards.”

Moral of the story:

Give assistance, not advice, in a crisis. 

Often times, we tend to give our opinion when a friend or a loved one is in a crisis. When in reality, all we need to do is help when we can. When we give our opinion, “advice”, it’s not helping the situation; it’s actually making it worse. In that given moment and time, a person do not need to hear advice, but assess the situation and see what you can do to help them in their time of need. Spread the love!

Deuces!