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Call this another “My Double Take”. Actually it is. With all what is going on with the recent bullying and also more sexual harassment allegations. We know what it is. And the thing is, I’m not really surprised at both angles.

First: let me address the bullying angle or the recent bullying angle. We have heard about the Keaton Jones kid who made a video about being bullied in his hometown. And it went viral on Facebook and other platforms on Social Media. We all seen it. And reacted to it. And many of us probably had given Keaton some hope to overcome this bullying. But then came a picture in which it featured his mother Kimberly Jones and other children holding the “Stars and Bars” along with the racial overtones plus a picture of his father openly admit of his racial overtones! But the main focus of this angle is the mother! And the mother goes on the TV or internet that says “Oh I’m not a racist” like everyone in the racist families probably says. Which they really don’t believe.  Of course many of us will get the butt hurt comments about racism. And race is still the commentary that we still talk about, comment, question, and or summarize that we know. But let us NOT let lose focus on the issue of bullying. This is what we should talk about! We all remember when we were back in school getting ribbed on, fighting, messing around, getting folks in trouble, and many of us didn’t want to fight back because we were afraid of getting suspended and those blotches on our permanent records into adulthood. I commented this many times that sometimes that you have to fight back. I said this that we need to stand up for ourselves, and apparently that goes for this era of hashtags, millennials standing stiff, and also us Gen-X’ers need to stop this notion that it don’t mean nothing. We’ve been through this before and many us in Gen-X got bullied or started a body shaming moment that we got big noses, butts and can’t mount to a darn thing all because of your home-brokeness growing up! (As in no Fathers in the home, Mother was the only source, etc. ) Now you want to spread the bad seeds to your children and somewhat grandchildren in the schools now! This is taking place. Yes, I fought back. But I fought back that I was NOT going to take the BS no more. If the schools administration of the Milwaukee Public Schools at the time wasn’t going to take the example of talking about bullying, I will! Either I would have gotten suspended or not. The last time I got suspended in a Milwaukee Public School was in December of 1991, a week after my 15th Birthday in which a class clown pushed my buttons per se and we fought. I was provoked. Simply provoked at John Marshall High School.  And now I see these kids especially this Ashawnty Davis, who saw this Youtube video of her and after that, she committed suicide all because she got bullied in school. Oh, and she was 10 years old! Think about your 10 year olds now.  And also, why are 10 year olds watching Youtube videos NOW of bullying? We are not right.

Technically, we are not doing a good job of addressing the issue of bullying.  We don’t do it enough. And partially that bullying effect was supposed to stop in our adult ages. But that’s a lie. There are folks in the workplaces, churches, clubs, your groups (Alumni Fraternity, Sorority, Rotary Clubs), connections, network and many others that are bullies right now. I encountered a “bully like situation” in 2004 via the Milwaukee Urban League of trying to find a job, but the attacking part on me was on my education: UW-Stout’s Distance Education and Industrial Management. Manpower in Downtown Milwaukee same thing. Spherion, a job employment service even attacked me. Both white folks and a black woman. Grown folks. They been working in the offices for over 20 years in all, but part of them was attacking me of something they didn’t understand. But in 2005, I had to defend myself and my education of what it was. Why I’m saying this: even though that we got our successes in life thus far, NEVER FORGET the pain and hell you went though in order to get it. Many of us supposed to get by without any problems. BUT that is a bold face lie.

CALLOUT: WAKE UP! Wake up right now. I know Christmas is coming and Sagittarius Season is ending with the Capricorns coming. Fight back. 

Now speaking of fighting back: Sexual Allegations in the workplace. Oh, boy.

Seeing most of the men on the NFL Network, ESPN, PBS Talkshows, and others are getting the shaft out of the workplaces based on whispers that the female workers encountered or heard while working. Recently, Donvan McNabb, Marshall Faulk, Ike Taylor, Heath Taylor, and long time ago: Warren Sapp. The allegations were made by former NFL Network employee, Jami Cantor for her side of the story of what she encountered while working. If that’s bad, Tavis Smiley, whom had a love hate thing with President Obama, was recently suspended on his 15th year with PBS, of rumors that he was acting way advanced of approaching females, in which that story was brought up in Variety Magazine and then when PBS heard about it, they somewhat jumped the gun on Tavis. No, I don’t like Tavis Smiley, I don’t follow his viewpoints, nor I don’t follow his opinions of Barack Obama after the disrespect. But I have to say that this needs to be investigated. This reminds me of what Michael Jackson went through with that so-called 13 year old boy whom claimed he was molested. It took down Michael’s credibility and raised his conscious about those who lay claim and doing it for the money. Matter of fact, that’s what it was. All about the money. And after Michael Jackson passed in 2009 as we all know, the accuser came forward and clean at the age of 29 that it was all about getting his money! You females out there: you better not get the money as you think. You assuming that “Oh, Stephen you can’t make a comparison of what Michael Jackson did and what the females make the examples right now. ” Well the angles maybe different, but the ideas were the same. There is something going on in these workplaces that the game is messed up. Oh it seems the norm when we first get hired. But way after that it’s a different story! We know it long afterwards!

And as far as Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, and others who “openly admit the crime”, that was completely different as usual. And appears that the wall is being broken down being up for so long! For the Today Show, have they really played themselves in which letting go Tamron Hall? Think about it!

But I hate to ask: Are we really that surprised? Be honest. And what are we willing to do about it? Keep typing? Or really addressing the issues to those whom are still stuck on netural and not moving forward?

 

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We might want to wait to see what being “woke” really is. Many of us need to really know. It’s not what it seems. Wanna be really woke? Act like it! By the way you might have seen this on Facebook.

Rachel Maddow: “While we are all sidetracked by Trump/Pence and the NFL, Trump vs. Puerto Rico, Harvey Weinstein & the Sexual Predation of All Hollywood, the Russian Hacking of the election, or the MLB American League Division Playoffs this week, it’s worth noting that the following bills have been introduced in the House of Representatives”:

1. HR 861 to Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency (Like to breathe? This one is not for you.)

2. HR 610 – Vouchers for Public Education (which may end free public education as we know it)

3. HR 899 to Terminate the Department of Education (which may lead to greater disparity between states but nobody who uses public education ever moves so it’s all good)

4. HR 69 to Repeal the Rule Protecting Wildlife (nobody likes nature anyway, right?)

5. HR 370 to Repeal the Affordable Care Act (didn’t we already try this umpteen times?)

6. HR 354 to De-fund Planned Parenthood (because exactly none of your tax dollars go toward abortion services)

7. HR 785 – National “Right to Work” (this one is actually a ‘Right to fire you whenever your boss feels like it” law, and it would effectively end unions)

8. HR 83 – Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill (California should just secede now and take all its money)

9. HR 147 to Criminalize Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”) (because these private decisions should be made by your legislator and employer)

10. HR 808 to Impose Sanctions Against Iran (even though they are in compliance with the agreement according to those in the know)

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Again, review of being woke.


It’s a been a minute since I did a Three Way Dance. Well this is the “first” three way since my father’s passing, but like the last couple of blogs, it’s time to get back to work. Oh yes, I got something to say about the dance I want to bust out. More like shutdown.

First Dance:

Many of us in Milwaukee had been hearing and seeing on social media about this Drag Racing announcement in areas of where us citizens and the police might be distracted and it might go out with it. What I’m referring to is this:

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Oh do we have a problem. Look I had to block out the F-Word because on the real advertisement or “announcement” that is was fully explicit. Plus also the locations of this so called drag race might be going down this weekend at the places of the Midtown Center, 76th and Mill Road near the old Pick N Save spot (WHICH IS A CHURCH NOW!) and East Capitol. And also, this is a ad and potential drag race is made up for the young folks whom probably will have nothing to do in Milwaukee.

I’m looking at this ad on Facebook and I’m like really?! Why would our young people would do this and at three different locations in Milwaukee knowing the Milwaukee Police will be on watch anyway? You young folks in Milwaukee are very very dumb doing this. Oh please, you will be thinking about jail time when doing this. And we all got this programs and stuff to do in the summer coming up and this is the thanks we get?! Really?!!

Grown folks of Milwaukee, we need to up on our game. I know it’s the first day of June in which the LBGT, Black Music, Father’s Day, The first day of Summer and a hidden message of Men’s Health Month will all  play. But don’t overshadow that our youth folks who pull this stunt per se about Drag Racing in different parts of Milwaukee will get away. I’ll bet many even those whom are Police Officers and I dare say the Sheriff Departments will be watching because if any of them catch them and throw them in jail for racing or paying that hefty fine, don’t say nothing! As I say this: GET WOKE Y’ALL!

Second card: Again, Racism still exists.

I should say racism still exists no matter how the achievements and being black.  We all know that by now, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be doing the job by defending their title in the NBA Finals. Against the “Dub Nation” that is. But this recent act about his LA house being tagged with the N-word, that game is in a whole other itself.

LeBron is a NBA Champion, an Olympic Medalist, came out the Midwest as one of the best in the East, and yes, is loaded with talent. But none that does not equate the hate he felt about his house being vandalized with the N-Word on his house. King James said this, by the way:

 

In 1998: I heard in church that it is hard being a BLACK MAN in AMERICA! You non-blacks who think it’s all smoke and mirrors, don’t know squat about us being faced with hate EVERYDAY! I got 2 college degrees, a part-time job as a secretary, doing work for my Alumni and giving back by helping out voters register and pretty soon, I’m going to run a Summer Program for my church, and this month I will mark 27 years as a member of my home church. But I’ll bet many might look at that and say that’s good for a black man. BUT I am constantly (CONSTANTLY) reminded that racism still exists. Even my Father way before he passed away said that exact same thing. That’s one lesson I’ll never forget. NEVER! I even encountered racism when I submitted a resume for a job here in Wisconsin 7 years ago and also about August of 2010, I got a letter from Florida that the company I submitted a resume to awhile back, didn’t accept any African-American applicants to be trained nor hired. And months later after October 2010, I was awarded $5000.00 because of my civil rights were violated because I was one of the black applicants that didn’t get hired properly. You see, there are those in Wisconsin that do want black folks to remain poor. Remain poor until they die. Seriously, Badger State?!

What also I’ve heard that FS1 Sports Analyst Jason Whitlock said that LeBron James hadn’t experience the real racism like Emmett Till did in 1955 when he was killed at 14. He also says that guys like LeBron’s statement of regarding race in all, effects the poor, not him.

Well that’s BS.

Sorry Jason, but no matter WHAT your achievement is, your accomplishments, your hardwork from the gutter, you hardships to success, your level of consciousness, your brand of melanin attitude, or anything that deals with the success of being successful thus far as an African-American Male or Female. But remember that one scene out of the show “A Different World” when Dwayne Wayne was responding to Dean Cain’s character:

 

Yes non-black folks, African-Americans BUILT THIS COUNTRY! No matter if were the first or the next, or behind the scenes, we built this nation. Yes, many of us don’t wave the flag as much, but we have the reality that we started this joint! But all alas, no matter what achievements we get, we still get called names. Hear that Jason?!! We still get called the N-Word out of ignorance. You got #45 talking about him taking shot from the haters while in the White House, but many of the Americans gave Obama (excuse my French,)HELL due to racism in all in his 8 years in Office! And this is supposed to be Post-Racial?!

Speaking of that: let’s go to the last dance.

Yesterday, Kathy Griffin was pictured  in displaying the picture of a “beheaded bloody” Donald Trump. Oh yeah it was a gag. Funny. Poke your head as a joke. But it didn’t seen funny at at per se towards the Administration and of course young Barron.

But here is the thing, if many considered the Trump pic being graphic and offensive, what about this?

And I’m sure that we’ve seen this on Facebook.

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Oh we’re mad a Kathy’s​ picture, but totally forgot about when Obama got dissed with the pics of him being hung, burned in flames and other stuff. Hypocrites! You tend to forget, but hey it’s America right? And 45’s response is……..oh he has no response. Duh!

So Kathy apologized and admit that she went too far with the “joke”. And it costed her the gigs upcoming and her New Year’s Eve program with Anderson Cooper on CNN. Yes, CNN has New Year’s Eve specials now. All because she displayed a pic of 45 beheaded. Wow. And you know partially her career is over. But you know she’s going to get a gig anyway. Just wait. And to the conservative fools who though this was done, I have a question: Why isn’t Ted Nugent in jail after what HE said about Obama?! I smell hypocritical mess. We know it. And also many folks looking foolish about the mess about the negative talk about Michelle, Sasha and Malia. Hmm….what about that?!!!!!

That’s right. Dead Silence! Crickets!

And with that, the struggle continues on.


 

 

Folks: I haven’t been on the blogs as of much. A primary reason because of a extreme matter that took place. My father recently passed on at 69 years old in Milwaukee, and like many in my family, we are saddened and shocked by his death. How did I felt really? This my statement via my Facebook page from February 24th, 2017:

I have breaking news to share. And I don’t know if I have the bravery to say this but I’ll manage. Folks, I am shocked and numb now to say that my Father, whom I’m named after,  is now passed. Us in the family are taking this hard that this has occurred. Literally I know that when I hear folks passing away yes I feel this sympathy to be close. I also have this option to say to those that yes is to learn the lessons to move forward. Now it’s time for myself and my sister, to learn the lessons that my father taught us. For those of you that lost Fathers, I will listen to you. I will learn what you went through in order for me, my sister and most definitely my mother will take to move forward. My father was the last of his McClinton family bunch to pass on. And knowing my family will feel it knowing he’s in a better place.  One thing for I know, Dad didn’t play. He was a straight shooter all the way and knowing yes was fair. There been many times that for financial reasons whether my sister or I had little money on hand or no money on hand:  he was there. For moral support, he was there. He was there for my church (the same church that he was a member since 1969), things to fix around the house all the time. He was known to have a Corvette for alot of years, even a Honda V45 Manga Motorcycle, a Ford Truck, and a Cadillac Escalade. He also was known for his art talent of old school portraits, woodworking, at one time, playing a guitar, and of course gadgets and CPU’s  – in which I got him interested. But mostly: he was known for being a Veteran of the Armed Forces. Served in the US Army between 1966-1968 before the tet offensive in Vietnam. Married to my mother since 1969 and again raised me and older sister. Plus he was an Alumni of the Milwaukee Public Schools. He went to Lee Elementary School, Roosevelt Middle School, and a true Blue Devil out of North Division High School “when it was real”, as he stated. And the jobs: Allis Chalmers, Pfister and Vogel Tannery, VA Medical Center and mostly the US Postal Service for his work for 27 years of service.
Yes I am sad, shocked and numb right now. And the pinch ain’t good. I will do my best to make sure that his memory as he stated last year: Leaving a mark. In which he did. My father Empowered (and I mean EMPOWERED) me to be the best of I do. Same with my sister. No question.  I’ll be in and out of Social Media as this long process of setting up my Dad’s Service of life. That is all. Send condolences to my family at this time if you wish.
Thank you.
At this time, I’ll be on a short hiatus with the planning of my Father’s funeral. Meanwhile, we ask for prayers and support in the hour of bereavement. 


It’s time to make that rant well known again.

This time, it’s about Milo (again) and two more fools that I have to pick on: Gilbert Arenas and Kyrie Irving. Sorry, it’s need to be said and said that needs to be done!

First to those whom are all “Free Speech” and supporting Milo Yiannopolous, it’s time to find someone to pick on. I hate to be the bearer of bad news here, but I told you so! All that Shock Jocking will get you in trouble! I’ve been saying it since he unleashed hell on Leslie Jones. Whom has reported this and moved on since the beginning. Already, his book deals that he was slated for have backed out. CPAC: the Conservatives group that got rilled up in all with the GOP is just as hypocritical as he is. And VERY hypocritical when Barack Obama was in office. But after he was on Bill Maher’s show, I did say that yes he may have won the battle  so far, but oh: HE IS LOSING the war. I’ve been saying it for days. Just wait when the truth of a certain person comes out and yes there will be those whom say they are not so hot. Yep, this was coming. So what is the lesson kids: hit the haters in the pockets. Ignore their so-called commentary and just rise above it. Simon & Schuster will now understand, that those like Milo will lose when talk about those who have this disdain about peodophia. This is real simple. STOP PLAYING!  And for those whom are defending this idiot that it’s about “Free Speech”, of course its in the 1st Amendment. BUT if aint bragging if you can’t back it up!

Now the second fool: Gilbert Arenas. For those who may not know, there was a “joke” that was handed out on Social Media. That involved thots. The THOTS for those whom don’t know: “That hoe over there”Or in plural tense: Those Hoes Over There Standing (or sitting, or staring) call it what you will. And then there was a message like this, which was so dumb:

 “Old THOTS, leave them young n***** alone.”

He also went on to say:

“Attention old b****** 34 and up…….don’t bring your a***** to All-Star Weekend 2017. Let these young h*** enjoy life.”

Oh I know the horror. This message was supposed to be a “joke” that was passed around on social media to provide that there might have been an “Old Thot” or Third that might have come to the game looking for young ballers to scope out. But then again, some have came for the event anyway with their kids!

When I looked at “the joke” on Facebook it appears that the wording was just attacking females whom are past the “so called age requirement”, got dissed all because the ex-baller’s dumb opinions. The same Gilbert who brought guns to locker rooms and got fined for them. Oh let’s talk about that! His affairs, lord have mercy! 

Dude got issues. Ladies whom are in that category, if you felt being discriminated just because of a certain age of whatever and not considered being a “THOT” per se, of course you can go to a whatever event. Dudes like Gilbert Arenas is just that in this instance: a jerk. Yeah I know that he stated this as some sort of a joke or a warning shot, but he his not your boss.This whole thing reminds me of a certain thing boys get into by other men, it’s called a manbox. Wait a minute, didn’t I talked about this before? About men having this discussion about the “abuse of control” that they get into when getting older? I’m asking this again ladies: have you talked to your men about this? Be honest. This is one example of what’s going on. Men: we have to address this manbox thing even more among ourselves because it’s a concern. And plus, I don’t want any of them to bash men by saying:

“Attention old N*****as, leave them young h*es alone at our games. Go to a sports bars or strip clubs for that”. And OH, some got issues with that!

How would Gilbert Arenas deal with that? Hmmmm…..

 

Now the third idiot on my list today: Kyrie Irving. Oh yes, the same dude that many are looking at as being a good basketball player, but he like many others have been scrwed up the in the cerebral about the planet being flat. Can someone page Neil deGrasse Tyson and get a conference. Kyrie believes and has this “false opinion” about our planet being flat. Um, if you are real fan of Kyrie out of Duke University, you should know that the Earth is round. Always has been, always will be. And oh, even Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors thinks it’s an opinion. UM FALSE OPNINON! If these ballers actually finished college by taking astronomy courses at their colleges they would have gotten it straight. Or if they actually had real money: they could have gone into space on a special mission to see the planet in person. But oh no! They have to be one with their only opinions with the “so-called” truth that many think that they have been lied to. Is that what we’re on? Really?

Many folks in the past also believed that the earth was flat. And they have been proven wrong all over again. So this has been nothing more than a repeated stuff has gone way stupid. How in the heck you are supposed to believe that the Earth is flat without any clear cut evidence to prove that it is flat? Oh yes you can look at the roads being flat or the vision being flat. But when you go up, straight up: the flatness becomes round!

Last time, British rapper B.o.B claimed in his theory that the Earth is flat. And had his own perception. But it took Astrophysicist  Neil DeGrasse Tyson to do this:

 

So this dude, Kyrie Irving can thinks all he wants. But with the “opinions” that he and many like him are somewhat explaining, they need to further clarify any real back up that they speak of. In other words, #EDUCATION!  must come into play and set the real record straight! No more of these playtime opinions that don’t mean crap. This is the real world. We better know.

End of rant.

 


You may have seen this on Facebook. Or any other outlet. Many of us who have posted this stat are taking real stands of what we see in our U.S. Government. And the center of it is number 45. No, I’m not going to use the name, but we know who he is. But however as far as all that “Making America Great Again” in all: NOPE. Time to rally against the thought that many who supported “45” and having his attitude against immigrants, blacks, Mexicans, and many other things that are not like him is just is. Yes, it’s like a call to activism.

WAKE UP!

This is where I stand. To me, FB (or this blog post) is a useful vehicle for connecting with old friends and keeping up with family, but it is also a place for my passion and activism. I believe and respect all opinions, even if they don’t agree with mine, so we can all use FB (or this blog post)to vent.

I believe that our 45th President, his power hungry cronies, and the majority of Republicans in Congress are a real and active threat to me, my way of life, and all the people I love. Some people are saying that we should give Trump a chance, that we should “work together” with him because he won the election and he is “everyone’s president.”

This is my response:

•I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for 8 years…

•I will not “work together” to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid.

•I will not “work together” to build a wall.

•I will not “work together” to persecute Muslims.

•I will not “work together” to shut out refugees from other countries.

•I will not “work together” to lower taxes on the 1% and increase taxes on the middle class and poor.

•I will not “work together” to help Trump use the Presidency to line his pockets and those of his family and cronies.

•I will not “work together” to weaken and demolish environmental protection.

•I will not “work together” to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands.

•I will not “work together” to enable the killing of whole species of animals just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few, or because some people want to get their thrills killing them.

•I will not “work together” to remove civil rights from anyone.

•I will not “work together” to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive.

•I will not “work together” to slash funding for education.

•I will not “work together” to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.

•I will not “work together” to get rid of common sense regulations on guns.

•I will not “work together” to eliminate the minimum wage.

•I will not “work together” to support so-called “Right To Work” laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy Unions in any way.

•I will not “work together” to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that Trump and his supporters are wrong on the facts.

•I will not “work together” to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women.

•I will not “work together” to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons.

•I will not “work together” to put even more “big money” into politics.

•I will not “work together” to violate the Geneva Convention.

•I will not “work together” to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred.

•I will not “work together” to deny health care to people who need it.

•I will not “work together” to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of a “pre-existing condition.”

•I will not “work together” to increase voter suppression.

•I will not “work together” to normalize tyranny.

I will not “work together” to eliminate or reduce ethical oversite at any level of government.

•I will not “work together” with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators.

•I will not support anyone that thinks its OK to put a pipeline to transport oil on Sacred Ground for Native Americans. And, it would run under the Missouri River, which provides drinking water for millions of people. An accident waiting to happen.

This is my line, and I am drawing it.

•I will stand for honesty, love, respect for all living beings, and for the beating heart that is the center of Life itself.

•I will use my voice and my hands, to reach out to the uninformed, and to anyone who will LISTEN:

That “winning”, “being great again”, “rich” or even “beautiful” is nothing… When others are sacrificed to glorify its existence.

If you agree feel free to copy and re-post (this results in larger numbers of people seeing a post), and if you want, sign your name below ours. Also, if we have left anything out, feel free to add it to this list.

Signed:

Me. And anyone else that wants in to really save the honor of this Country the right way.

SSP The Struggle Continues


 

 

Man, tell me this is not happening. Seriously this is not happening. I thought I was dreaming about another black man got killed but this is no dream. It’s was real. Another black male, Philando Castile out of Minnesota was gunned down in a traffic stop while in the car with his fiancée and daughter. And he was only 32 years old, worked with kids, no criminal record and, a Teamster member and tell me folks, why did he had to die? All because of a traffic stop. And trying to get his ID. All recorded on Facebook Live. Just a day or two ago, Alston Sterling out of Baton Rouge was gunned down and his death after the Fourth of July really sparked a wide reaction of horror that this man of 37 years old father is not coming back. Some say he had a gun. And if anyone had the chance to look at the hellish video of him being gunned down, I’ll bet you or others whom are African-American, were just as disgusted and horrified as everyone whom was feeling.

Today on Social Media, mostly on Facebook, it was a wave of sadness, anger, some wanted to know when are we going to start shooting back.No kidding. No matter what you call it, it was all the same thing. Most of us were black. And the feeling of this was a repeated broken record that was on played over and over again. Even I had to dive in on this being as this day of being horrified. In my commentary, this is what I written this morning about these killings:

Just my own commentary here: I like everyone else is really horrified about the recent events that took place in Louisiana (which I visited in 2001) and also in Minnesota(which I have visited in ’95) with the shootings. Both Alton Sterling and Philando Castile should not have died like that at all. PERIOD! This whole thing I’ll agree is a sickening effect that continues to plague us even today. In the 90’s, when most of us were teens in high school, the phrase “endangered species” came up concerning young black males. Now, in this era of Smartphones and stuff, that phrase came back like a boomerang. Straight up. I know many had gone in on the 4th, in terms of being targeted after celebrating the Independence (flags, decorating the Red White and Blue in all). Guess what: (and I’m surprised that others haven’t commented this) other holidays, occasions, birthdays, the first day of school, the last day of school, the midterm break from college, a block party event, anniversaries, reunions, even personal days can be celebrated, but also can have problems like this! It doesn’t matter if it’s New Years, Christmas, Labor Day, Halloween, Black Friday, and even after observing Juneteenth Day. I’m just saying! Every year, I say the words: The Struggle Continues after the 4th, and even after my December 5th Birthday. And in between. So yes, indeed the struggle continues. Even after two black men whom were doing their thing before their untimely deaths shouldn’t have been vanquished at all.

Again: The Struggle Continues!

 

Yes. That is my written take on these shootings. As I said in my last blog about this, and this again is for those who still have this disdain about the Fourth of July or Fourth of YOU LIE things: You do realize, and I don’t care if you are in Black Radio, you do realize that folks can be killed in any part of the calendar year, right? Why the Fourth of July? Many had to hard on that. What many don’t realize that anytime you might get this, bullets have no eyes, no holidays, no race, and definitely no anything. The deaths of these two black men whom passed on this week after the 4th, after the 240th Anniversary in all, is a constant reminder that our work is not done! Our work AGAIN is not DONE! America as 240 years young it is, must continue to accept the past of wrong doings to be a better nation with all Ameicans alike. Even the ones we don’t like. However with this act of violence, and the act of these Black Fathers are not here, again, we got to work harder on this. And if their names made the list of no convictions, I will NOT be suprised. This will be another example of the Struggle is continuing on now. There are 5 months left in the year of 2016. Next couple of months will be hard for these familes as they go through that phase of daddy is not coming home. The empty chair or space will be hard to look at though holidays, birthdays, and also not watching their kids growing up. I feel for the kids, that will have to experience of not growing up without a father. Already one of a well known actress Issa Rae according the wires, has raised money for Alton Sterlings’ kids in terms of scholarship money. And just to think that Issa is an Introvert.

Also on Facebook: A local cop of 2o years had to comment on today’s occurance that went so viral and this was a DEEP DEEP MESSAGE:

 

What you just heard is Officer Nakia Jones. An officer of 20 YEARS SINCE 1996 that had gone hell, fire and brimstone and was VERY passionate about this message. If you know those officers that had a open partnership that are doing the righth things and are very serious and are supportive of the officers that do have this mentality, this to me is one of those officers in America that is doing the job thus far. Yes we do get concerned about BAD Cops, and racist cops. But one of my relatives whom is a Milwaukee Officer said that not all cops are bad and not all black men are bad! This to me realize that there is some good in everything. As we should. There are good employees, bad employees and employees that are just there. However, there are employees that will listen and take up the class of responsibility to ENSURE that trust does STAYS OPEN!

Officer Jones wanted to quit like she indicated, but she stayed. And I hope and pray that Officers like her and men like her will continue to stay on the force for the right reasons and to ensure a clear path of understanding and openess in the communities.Hopefully this might open a new dialouge that we the community can call out the concerns that we need to do at all times!

This is so crazy. And yes this happened in the week of the 4th of July. And many of us on the African-American Tip have this mixed bag about the 4th. This morning as I was listening to WNOV, which I still do. There was a talk about the flag. In referecing in which about getting black folks to wear the flag. There was statement on the format (The Fourm) of giving a reason why blacks should wear the Stars and Stripes. Well here’s my reason and I think I could probably give a reason for this. Again if you are a WNOV Listener and black, and have a opinion on this, which I respect. I’ll give you my reason why I feel that rocking the stars and stripes is partially not a bad thing.

One of the real reasons why I wear the “Stars and Stripes” or to display the Stars and Stripes, is not just to show off. Its not to gracefully forcefuly to shut up the haters or to sell out. One of the real reasons why I do it, because its in the heart.Its in the heart of interest that I think would be comfortable. What do I mean by that, you ask? Maybe it’s my personality, maybe it’s my way of showing my own patriotism. Maybe it’s my way of showing active in community service. One of the community service that I do is an Election Inspector. And it’s a job that I volunteer for that has given me 10 years to serve. Another reason is probably my way of expression. Another could be my way of being active. Another reason that I continue to serve needs. It has nothing to do with being weak. Maybe that’s the reasons why I still probably have it on me since. Maybe I’m “not as American” as I think like everyone else. I don’t know. But I know that even though I’ve been a US Citizen for all of my years of life, I also can give the country a bit of a “Come to Jesus meeting” when certain things of America goes sour! This includes Racism. This includes Gun Violence. This includes Police Brutality. This includes Job Discrimination. This includes Sexism. This also includes Black Lives Matter! Even my choice on how to finish my college degrees in a format of my choice. This also includes that if I see a child or teen act up, I’m going to tell them NO! If I tell a non-profit job developer about the use of attacking me, like I did with the Milwaukee Urban League in 2005, I will call out the hypocritical mindet period! No matter who is in charge or works there. I’ve done it!  If anyone on Social Media questions my judgement or questions why I got this or that in a opinionated thought, I’ll question them back in asking why you want to know. If they want to get defensive, I’ll get defensive. That is like dealing with a bully. Or an instagater that’s always in your business.

Black folks who want a reason(s) for blacks like me to displays or wear a flag, did I give you my reason?

Let’s dont assume that with me per se rocking the stars and stripes is a worst thing in the world. I’ve seen worst than me that will make the question of “What are you celebrating?”look like a Co-Ed  Gym class on a worst day! Look here: If I want to display my way of the Red, White and Blue as well as the Red Black and Green basically it’s my right. I mean do we have this thing about Freedom of Expression? Come on!

There are bigger fish to fry that worring about a black male or black female wearing anything like Red White and Blue or the stars and stripes. And worrying about blacks celebrating the 4th. And just to remind the Conscious Crowd, even showing some revoultionary radical thought of conscioness can also be like showing a customized patriotism act of defiance. Even also addressing BLACK LIVES MATTER! And EVEN as I write right now, about 12:22AM CST in Milwaukee, Officers whom lost their lives in Civic Duty in Dallas, Texas.


This probably might not set well with those of my demonination. But this will get an attention: The demonination of the United Methodist Church. Right now in Portland Oregon, there is the General Conference taking place and in this conference, like many will see monthly will talk about the decisions made to see where the direction of the UMC might go in terms of variety of topics, concerns, groups, or many other aspects. The actual defininton is as follows courtesy of the United Methodist Church:

The highest legislative body in The United Methodist Church. The voting membership consists of an equal number of clergy and lay delegates elected by the annual conferences. General Conference convenes every quadrennium (four years) to determine the denomination’s future direction. It is the only body that can speak officially for the denomination.

This we know mostly.

But this is not what I’m talking about.

The main concern of all of this, is what happened in the pause of the moment concerning this demonstration:

Yes, what you are looking at is a protest and demonstration of the actions of Black Lives Matter. Yes, the movement has now reached the door of the United Methodist Church. And I have to say, with all what’s going on with use of some of black UMC churches with some elements of the LGBTQI folks in the mix of concern, this is another conversation that the church MUST ADDRESS! We need to wake up!

Now there are those either in The United Methodist Church and outside of the Church are on the side of “Oh look the UMC Members got those BLM Gangsters in there conference. Very hypocritical. ALL LIVES MATTER!”

REALLY?!

I need to tell you so-called “All Lives Matter” vocal fans that when you mention that in a sense, don’t you dare EVER say or think that notion. Obviously, you really don’t know what ALL LIVES MATTER means yourselves. You probably might bust out all the “I got Black Friends” speeches, and again spar up the ol’ MLK Speeches about color and charcter. I’m going to bust heads open: Clearly many of you saying this or implying this and it doesn’t matter if you are UMC or not, you are part of the problem! Yeah I said it! And for far too long, black folks’ voices and concerns have been NOT heard, or spoken to address the situations of what is really taking place! Racism, Sexism, targeting those whom are innocent and Black, effects of Slavery,  the new Jim Crow, and those whom are refusing service due to being black. Think about it! And it happens in 2016. And a long time.

And don’t bust the comments of “black on black crime”please. It’s not here for it. Not once here also, there weren’t any commentaries of “white on white” crime. Which does happen by the way!

Here in Wisconsin for example, there are “alleged angles” that Black Churches in UMC were and are under attack  about subjects or concerns that were hitting the fan! Even also if the chrurch’s pastors who have served A LONG TIME, got the boot to make way for those whom are younger and appeal to the current era of worshipers.And sometimes it might take a black D.S. to do the dirty work. Even taking out mininsters who have all the credentials and acculades, and black and sometimes disabled are being shut down to be lay leaders. There are only a few BLACK United Methodist Churches in Milwaukee know about this too well similarly. One black pastor was ousted forcefully on inappropiate purpose due to the fact the church previously served, was in declining numbers per say and is now out of the UMC doing his own church. Other ministers probaly felt the shifts and left. And on a side note, I have a connection to these churches because again, I grew up United Methodist and one of the UMC Churches I go to has been in business since 1949 in Milwaukee. And at times, I hate to say that there was many times that the Wisconsin Conference (with all due respect on the nice things accomplished) has NOT had the back of these Black UMC’s! I believe it’s time from the TOP ON DOWN that the Bishops and many other districts NEED TO HEAR the concerns about the Black United Methodist Churches that is ongoing and hidden to talk at the table. And not to be left out of the talk period. The last bishop, whom was black, LISTENED to us Wisconsin UMC black folks of our concerns. Period.

And I say this unapologetically, as a 4th Generation Member of the UMC.

This mix of Black Lives Matter and the General Conference of the UMC appears to the haters like oil and water. But when those say “All Lives Matter” is nothing more than a mere smoke screen with White Supremacy. That’s right I said it! On the pic, there was a sign that read All #BlackLivesMatter, and below: it listed the items: Bisexual, transgender, poor, heterosexual, lesbian, gay, disabled, women, men, young, and children. Well, I have to say again, this might not sit well with the rest of the denominaton, but the talk of the concerns in our Black UMC Churches and Black UMC things  MUST BE ADDRESSED MORE! Just like the others.

I know we got the BMCR. And for many many years the BMCR has addressed the black concerns in and outside of the church. But I think NOW the BMCR and the high authority of the UMC must address the issues of Black Lives Matter as well as any other Black concerns that the high leadership of the UMC MUST LISTEN!

We are all suppose to eat, sleep, breathe, drink, pray, worship, spread the good news, and fellowship as God’s Children, right? We know we do. But many of us need to be reminded of that. And even though that many do follow that notion, some of us I hate to say need the “Come to Jesus meeting”. Even if you say “All Lives Matter!” in a sarcastic, anti-conscious and threating manner. But you know the All Lives Matter, MATTERS to God. Just my opinion.

For those that lead the fight or this new fight in the UMC, I say as a black man that is a member of the UMC, out of Wisconsin, 4th generation in all: that is what the fleek I’m talking about! My childhood Pastor said in a sermon, “Speak truth to power, and power must listen!”  Don’t hold back nothing but the butt naked truth! Let them know!

Mad respect to those who lead that protest. Mad respect to the Black Pastors and Associates that did this! I’m assuming that the spark from that Black Lives Matter demonsration will be the new fire that many United Methodist Churches of Color must pass along!

Enough with the sitting quietly and listen. But even silence, will spark also new voices to commence.

Like the pastor said at the end of the protest, “this is our church as much as it is their church.”

As it should be.

Can they get an Amen?

Read more about the protest here via the Reconciling Ministries Network and the United Methodist Church News.

 

 

 


The time has come: Class of 2016 you are about to go to that next world that many of you have been dreaming of. And yes, for some of you, many of you will be making that mark so badly. I know this. But guess what, before you or some of you will walk across that stage: Just know that many or some will or will not have your back. But also, as newly fresh grads as you are, it’s time to claim “your Sweet 16” in a way that is known: your opportunity. So here is for the newly grad class of 2016: your blog letter.

Dear Class of 2016:

It’s me Stephen. You know, that black blogger guy from a city like Milwaukee.

Congrats to you! Many of you have finally made to the final level about to be graduates and soon to be, Alumni Members of the schools that you have to give back to.

I’m assuming that many of you will be getting your plans together . The same ol’ “after college” plan that will be asking you even after you get your degree. You know what they are. However it is something that is going to be asked of you every day just to keep in mind. Just a sidenote to you High School Grads making the next level: you’re in this too! No matter if your next level involves College or the Armed Forces.

But yes, it’s your time to be recognized. It’s your time to be appreciated of the four, sometimes 5, or 6 years of work that you put into. No matter if it was High School, College or University, you made your stamp on history! And no one can never take that away from you. NOBODY! Defend your degrees. And also, there will be folks will might say, “So you think you’re so fresh or better than me just because you got a degree from some school!” Just a word of warning. But don’t let some goober with a half-pint brain never tell you any different. Many of you had to go through hell, fire, and brimstone just to get to the commencement. Some of you, who had to drop out years ago, for some other reasons, probably made the journey back to finish and get your degree! Some of you whom had served in the military, came back or entered college to finish the goal that was previously started. Many of you who are 1st gen, 2nd gen, or 3rd gen who are from various backgrounds of historical accomplishments in family education, are adding something new to the trophy case. And some of you, (kind of myself) are graduating just to prove a point to belong or actually proving some goobers wrong with all the negativity that was swirled around with bad unethical thoughts who are now just eating crow. That happened to me 10 years ago this month graduating from UW-Stout. Graduating in the area of Industrial Management and used Distance Education to do it. Don’t front old school trads!And by the way, 2006 still rocks! I should also point out, that you might inspire someone from the audience that watched you walk with your class to go and work on their future degrees to get. I’ve seen it happen and it worked.

But in all seriousness, you have your power. Just use it. Not just for you, for those who got you to the dance. Just like President Obama said at Howard University, the very same Howard that Diddy said his address, he spoke about: “be confident in your blackness”. Since Howard is a HBCU, why not he spoke to that notion. And of course the Obama haters via Fox News had to say something dumb. But yes, the President was on point when  he said be bold in your blackness. I know that yes, the College has other folks walking the Yard, but in that speech, I knew whom he was talking to. Sort of like what Jamie Foxx said on the BET Awards years ago when he said “This is for all the Black People! ” Not racist! Understand that.

Now I need direct my attention to the jack off idiots whom are “Soft Administrators” and idiots who feel that high school seniors who got Valedictorian status and many other status that many will not obtain.

CALLOUT: Louisiana: I’m calling your non gotee facial rules what it is. Flat out BS!

CALLOUT: And to the school district who wouldn’t allow a senior to walk across the stage with her class all because she said some poem with the N word printed. You have jumped the gun, but obviously failed to realize that this could be a warning that she might go through once leaving the school. Matter of fact this happened to a white kid at my High School 10 years ago, but the dude almost didn’t graduate because the truth he wrote on MySpace about the crime and concerns of Milwaukee. Um hello! The date was 06-06-06. No kidding. And were still taking about it 10 years later with the crimes taking place now.

*Just a sidenote, that senior who almost got yanked for not walking with her class, has now graduated.

And the last thing, why would any school administrators would take away a black dudes chance of graduating, and having on a Kente Cloth?! As in representing the black culture?! Really?!

Man, some of our school administrators in the schools are so soft! I’m sorry. As a Alum I feel disgusted by which these silly rules are being enforced by the schools to not allow our Black children to participate in the event they worked hard for. And I also blame these scared racist voters whom feel afraid or anguish against black folks trying to make to grad day. And I’ll bet those same folks whom are stuck on stupid with not making it themselves. Watch your back, 2016 grads! Keep making the haters mad by doing your thing. Sooner or later they will realize that your success will turn heads and crack skulls! Trust me! And watch overtime how they disappear. Knowing the thought, some might even be kissing your butt for a spot on the job line. And I know many of you are VOTERS! If you didn’t like to be yanked from your Graduation spot because of facial hair, a poem that reflected the truth, or having a Kente Cloth on your graduation gown, THEN YOU MUST VOTE to change the game! Let your Administrators, or Council Members, or Mayors, or School Superintendents know that this matter does not sit well and yes you have a right to complain. These person(s) work for you, and you have a right to hold them accountable of what they do. If they don’t work for you, as in progress, VOTE THEM OUT! Or matter of fact, you can challenge their seats to compete for their jobs!  And if you’re not yet a voter, it’s time to become one.

Well Class of 2016, you’re Alums now. And every single year, I come on here to tell you that your old High Schools and Colleges/Universities need your help in support the future causes. I urge all of you (even though most of you are younger than me) to join your school’s Alumni Associations. Donate to your alma mater by donating some of your time and effort to support this life long cause. I know many of you are getting some of those Grad Dollars of checks or cash from your mama and them. I mentioned this 2 years ago, why not donate some of your grad cash to your alma maters to support a lab, library materials, or new gym lockers, new computers, or donate to the arts that need new instruments, or just donate some cash to help a new cause to your old school like mixers or metro area alumni groups, or future Alumni Chapters. Even start a subgroup Alumni Chapter like African-American Alumni Chapters or Black Alumni Chapters  and alike. I know one school needs one! And also, you can go to your reunions or meetups. Even serve on Alumni Board of Directors to read scholarship essays, select future speakers,  fix up your old classroom/dorm or go to a homecoming game, and maybe as a idea: you might be called to speak at your old high school or college at a future commencement ceremony! Better get cracking on the donations, philanthropic needs and JOBS now!

And yes you can still buy that swag of stuff!

Class of 2016: take a freaking bow! The celebration has been summarized and concluded. Time to get to work.

 

Sincerely,

Stephen

 

 


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Alright. I’m about to dive in this commentary about some of this miscommunication about what goes on in this generation of smartphones to social media. These words for you older folks are on the minds of our youth, and some of us under 30 or 40 are just in the mix of this stuff.

So let’s go over this miscommunication of this Generation:

Opinions = Hating. Well not that much. Any dude or girl have an opinion of anykind. Like the memes most of you put everyday. They aren’t always telling the truth, just opinionated and sometimes not very truthful!

Showing Feelings = Weak. This is nothing new. Yes Men, we can show emotions also. Why is it that many have to feel that being in your feeling is a sign of concern? You can be mad as hell and not feel weak like a wuss.

Complement/Text=Thirsty. OK if a nice dude says nice shoes to a lady, or vice versa. Or if a lady tells another lady “You look gorgeous in that dress” it’s not worthy to have a heart attack. None! Even with texting a good complement of hashtaging or this:🙌🔥🔥🔥🔥👐👐👐👐. So I don’t get it! It’s not a “Thirsty” thing all the time!

College Degrees = Useless. Seriously? If that’s the case, why there are displays of having one? I have two college degrees and yes I’m happy that I finished them. They aren’t really useless you to have a realize that the work done is reflected and summarized.  If the college degrees are really USELESS, then why the hard work reflected? I’ll agree to a point that having a degree in trying to work with it, is not always easy. But many of the companies needs to understand, that the work must be appreciated by the time the walk across the stage is done. So yes, education must matter! Even after you get the degree!

Social Media “Likes” = Value. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We all get a kick out of the likes of what we display on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many others. We know. But not many will actually “Like” what you say, display, share, comment, or upload onto your Social Media things. So guess what? It happens. But if your likes get a dislike of a mean face, well you know what’s up. And don’t hard on the feelings that your super cool group didn’t like that pic or comment!

Bottle Girl/Bartender =Celebrity: Well, if you have a great bartender that does the cool drinks on the house, then that person is a like a well known warrior. I also think that the Barkeeps know the deal when it comes to celebrate with the Jack Daniels, Sodas, Waters, and Jim Beams on standby.

Scammer (Credit Cards) =  Successful: Um NO! If you know those scammer folks always getting your pin number like a Nigerian bad boss scammer, then yes you are misinformed. What you need to understand that these Scamming folks DON’T EVEN CARE about your finances. All they want to do is steal your money for their gain. In the event, they will lose when they get caught. Reminds me of those Scammers that caused Educators Credit Union to upgrade their security for Debit Cards with ATMs.

Drug Dealer = Boss. STOP THE PAIN! The real bosses are those who own their business proudly. And I know some “Bosses” who do the darn thing and still haven’t done a drug game. Stop the negative!

Ok,  about this F-Boy Cuffin a Bottle Girl = Power Couple: Well , let me say this. I know folks whom are better than this and still do it well as a couple. And no you don’t have to be a F-Boy Cuffin a so-called Bottle Girl to do it. What is really missing in this, a level of respect.

Being a Side “hoe” = Accomplishment: I want to say to the young ladies reading this blog, and those who have a strong father/daughter relationship: YOU are not this way. What they say in all of this, is nothing more than “broken”! Broken homes, and the infamous what the others say behind your back. If you really feel this way, guess what, you’re so broken. You’ve believe that since it was laid on you. Maybe if you’re relatives (they say it), friends, or whatever person believes that, then they don’t know (excuse the French) what the hell they are talking about. You females or young ladies stick to your influential goals and have more degrees under your belts. And also, even though that this for the young women, guess what? Boys can go through the same thing! Don’t always assume it’s always the girls. Boys can be “side hoes” also. Remember when I talked about Domestic Violence and it effect males, and broken men a while back? This is the exact same thing! For all you strong mothers, look after your sons. If you REALLY love your Girls and Boys like you say do start. This is also a part of the Domestic Violence issues that many should include in discussions and conversations. All males and females should dive in this!

The word “Friend”  = Nothing. Well real friends are down. They go through the tough times, be there for one another, and being real HONEST! For all those so-called friends that dissed you since whatever, they were never your friends to begin with. No matter what was said, or done to you. They have no right to do your friendship badly. If you really have those friends in your life that berates you a lot, you need to let them go. Lose their numbers, social media contacts, listings, and if they show up at a reunion, either do two things, settle it like adults, or just don’t go. As they say, be careful who you choose your friends to be!

And the last on the list: Loyalty = None. Well if you are a loyal person of any kind and if you hold on, then yes it means something! It means that you stick to the plan, demand the ideas, it also means that you still go through the thick and thin no matter what. You show up to work everyday, and committed. Being involved with the crew and still you can  go home. That goes for anything. If you are a loyal gamer or solider in the barracks that does the job, then yes you are loyal.

So yes the world Loyalty does means something. But the only time it does mean none if you or many others don’t keep it real. The phrase Keep it 100 has been tossed around like a toy. But haven’t many realized that Keep it 100 doesn’t live up to the hype? That might be an disagreement, but it does goes the wayside.

So therefore, for this generation: Find a real learning tree and learn it! Basically what is going to the real stuff and getting the real lessons than some plastered wanna be meme on Social Media! This era needs to get the language right. No more excuses if you are male or female growing up now.