” I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive. “
With what has become a far too familiar trend another young African American life is extinguished by gun violence. This time on the campus at the University of Memphis.
Student and football athlete Bradford Taylor was shot and killed Sunday evening. Police are investigating the shooting which they believe to have been personal in nature.
Classes have been canceled for today on the Memphis campus as school officials prefer to err on the side of safety. There are approximately 20,000 students at the university.
Michigan’s government has come to a grinding stop due to a lack of concern and cooperation between it’s governor and legislative branch to come to an agreement on an operating budget.
State services will be effected as notices went out Friday for employees to stay home until a new budget can be approved and put in place.
Currently it seems that the only employees expected to report to work are prison employees though it is not clear how their pay is to be met.
This budget crisis was nothing new to the governor and our state representatives. That aside be it partisan politics or just plain apathy nothing was done within the required time to avoid the current mess.
Who is to blame this time? The Republicans or the Democrats? Maybe it is us the voters! After all when we voted for our officials we usually have the choice of voting for what is at best the lesser of two evils.
What is without question is that this time evil prevails ….
“Boyce Watkins is one of the greatest minds of our time”, is a quote from Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill that appears on Boyce Watkins’ website. “The people’s scholar”. So I went there to research Watkins after seeing his tirade on CNN and his fault finding with conservative people of color and his disrespectful and demeaning treatment of anyone that doesn’t quite measure up to his fast slick style of conversation.
Michael Massey found this out first hand during what was an overtly one sided verbal attack on Massey for daring to give a view that was not in step with Watkins own.
Watching Watkins there was an obvious fear and hostility displayed as he fought to control Massey’s answers to the questions that had been posted to both men concerning comments by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly.
O’Reilly had paid a visit to an African American restaurant in Harlem with Rev. Al Sharpton, and made comments on his observations to Fox News’ Juan Williams during an interview with Williams.
Though I am not going to debate the context of O’Reilly’s comments in this post, I will take issue with Boyce Watkins and his illusions of grandeur and being a legend in his own mind.
With all of the stereotypes that he accused O’Reilly of watching Boyce Watkins’ exchange with a fellow African American on CNN would make it easy for anyone viewing the telecast to grasp false stereotypes of blacks from his rude and obnoxious behavior.
Rev. Al Sharpton who is scheduled to appear on O’Reilly’s television program Wednesday night, said he has had dinner with the voluble host twice. He told CNN that O’Reilly “said nothing at dinner that time or the time before that was offensive to me.”
“I don’t know the whole context of it,” said Sharpton. “What I’ve read was certainly not complimentary. And I think that if I said that, anything halfway like that about other races, people would not take it as complimentary and they’d jump all over me. Probably some of his colleagues at Fox.”
“But at the same time, I’ve been quoted out of context,” he continued. “That’s why I want to ask him (O’Reilly) what was the context.”
Sharpton said he was already scheduled to appear on O’Reilly’s program to discuss the “Jena 6,” the black Louisiana teens charged with beating a white classmate amid racial tensions in the small Louisiana town.
Sharpton, “I happen to think the future of the criminal justice system is a little more important than me and Bill O’Reilly having dinner in Harlem”.
My opinion, perhaps Mr. Watkins needs to find his mind before taking credit for having one of the greatest of our time.
We have reached epidemic proportions of youth violence. Locally in Kalamazoo we have had three shootings so far this year. Two have been fatal.
Nationally, youths assault each other at an alarming rate. Most recently a gang assault upon a 13 year old white youth that was caught on tape and shown on Fox News.
Police also took into custody an 18 year old Black man wanted in connection with the shootings on the Delaware State Campus in Dover. Loyer D. Braden, arrested about 3 a.m. in his dorm room after a week long investigation and search for the shooting suspect.
The shooting followed an altercation between Braden and one of the victims that took place earlier.
What is the source of the anger and frustration that moves our young people to such extremes? Why is the first choice to settle differences a gun? Why have egos become so fragile that the only way to maintain self respect is through the disrespect of another person’s life?
I was on the bus the other day just after a shooting involving some young men here locally. Fortunately no one was killed but what really confused me was the comments of one of the victims who was just released from the hospital. He had been shot in the leg and gave the impression that his wound was a badge of honor. He stated that he had been shot by his “friend”, one of the shooters who had used him as a shield.
What kind of friend is that?