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Preface: IT WILL BE, 10 years since I walked across the stage at UW-Stout in front of family and teachers. But this summary from the University explains it all. Congrats to the 2016 grads, and congrats to us 2006 grads for getting to the decade years later! So as is, plus along with the University’s 125th Anniversary, (Come to think it was their 115th Anniversary 10 years ago) here is the actual story from the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s Website.

This Friday will be the actual commencement anniversary. And also, I will be commenting on it of the preceding events, plus commentary that had those “attacking” me on this notion, but also I will highlight the last 10 years since getting the degree and the next phase for the next decade.

So until then, review the story below that was 10 years in the making.

 

Chancellor addresses May graduates

University of Wisconsin-Stout Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen addressed graduates of the May 2006 class Saturday morning, telling them that “you have done a fine job and this is a day of celebration.”

Approximately 840 graduates received degrees during the ceremony at Johnson Fieldhouse, with 120 of those earning advanced degrees.

Sorensen talked briefly about three people – Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and John Hope Franklin – that influenced not only his life, but in many ways shaped the forces of the 20th century.

“They speak to us in different ways today, but their lives and their belief systems are linked by powerful ideas and beliefs central to our history; central to our lives and your lives,” Sorensen told the graduates. “As you leave UW-Stout as new, well-educated professionals, assuming new roles as responsible citizens, I want you to think seriously about the lessons these people give us.”

In speaking of Gandhi, Sorensen mentioned how the “power of this one man’s ideas led to Indian independence and inspired a people and the world.”

On King, Sorensen talked about how the civil rights leader knew “ideas had to be transformed into action, into seeking the truth, challenging injustice, addressing poverty and all other forces that stood in the way to creating a just society.”

When discussing Franklin, Sorensen told of Franklin being “a voice and an activist for social justice; he became and remains the critic asking why America cannot do an effective job in ending racial discrimination and providing all Americans of all races the chance to live the American dream.”

Tying all three men together, Sorensen told the commencement gathering “they all committed their lives to the highest level of moral and ethical values, something we should all strive to do. They stayed true to those ideals, became living role models for all, even those that sought to destroy their character or even end their lives. Finally, they committed to apply those ideals in practical ways to work for a just society.

“That is a good charge for you and every American.”

Classes at UW-Stout ended Tuesday, May 9. An evaluation week began Thursday, May 11 and ends Wednesday, May 17.

Source: University of Wisconsin-Stout

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Usually I do this around in December. But in honor of Black History Month, I’m scratching my head about the weird and strange mess that I’ve heard, seen and commented on. Oh, yes. It’s go time for the #BHM2016!

Black folks when we see postings like this on social media, do we actually mean it? Be honest!  Really, be honest:

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They say Black History Month started with slavery. Are they really that correct?

 

With all the channels on TV, from ABC to the Spice Adult Channels, why many have to hate on BET, and other Black networks in which the Black Community must be informed?

 

This is real silly, what is the commentary about a White History Month, knowing its all day every day, than Black History, Asian American History, Native American History, Hispanic Heritage, and Islander/Polynesian History months?

 

You do realize, there are Black Introverted Men and Women right living right now? Not all are loud and/or Extroverted!

 

You do realize that Carter Woodson’s idea of Black History Month, then Negro History Week was originally started in the coal mines as a thought to record our stories after hearing the Civil War Veterans spoke their commentary? By the way, he was a Sagittarius with a mission.

 

You do realize that Chess originated in Africa?

 

You do realize that many in the supporting cast of the movements of civil rights were unsung and black?

 

Those gadgets we use now, and inventions with components of everyday use; you know were made by Black inventors right?

 

We say, we need to teach our children more. I agree. But can us grown folks reteach or brush up on Black History before teaching the babies?

 

That statue on top of the US Capitol in DC, the same DC was partially designed by Benjamin Banneker. You know that was made by a black slave, right?

 

That White House though: you know it was Black built?

 

For all those wars though, it was African-Americans served the most right?

 

All that Rock, Rap, Soul, Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Pop, Punk, Metal, Instrumental, New Age, Blues, House, Folk, Dance moves and vocals were blueprints by black folks right?

 

When Marian Anderson sung Let Freedom Ring back in her day, it took FDR’s wife Eleanor to make that happen. You know that happened right?

 

For the Pyramids in Egypt, you know it was built by blacks right?

 

For all the #BlackFutureMonth recipients: you know who you are. And I’m not trying to hate, but you must realize that without the lessons and struggles of the past, there wouldn’t be a future. Are we on the same page with this?

 

You know that Black History Month is not all black consciousness, or not all #NewBlackHistory, Black HerStory, or not all #TheNewBlack? (Hint It’s all that with History!)

 

For all those that must have forgot: you know that Baynard Rustin was Gay and helped the March on Washington with Dr. King?

 

Speaking of Dr. King: you know he wasn’t just about “I Have A Dream”, right?

 

One positive note: Black History Month also empowers us to (in a everyday sense) doing #BlackGirlMagic, #BlackMaleBrillance or any Black Girl or Black Boy possible thing to grasp. Has this been done before to remind us?

 

You SHOULD KNOW: Black History Month is not all separating the human race or enforcing race baiting. Am I right?

 

You know that Black History Month should be in the curriculum in ALL SCHOOLS on ALL LEVELS, correct?

 

You better realize that Black folks originated the Human Race factor. Did you know that?

 

After reading this, many might say, we get it! Do you honestly really?

 

After reading this: you should realize that black folks are descendants from Kings and Queens. Is that correct?

 

I know many Americans (particularly white) are going to say, “You are American as me”. But there is that one flavor that black folks bring that are so different of African Descent to never forget. Is that real cooking or what? Its more American than many think!

 

After reading this scratching blog for #BHM2016: did you learn something about this?

 

And after reading this: you know you can celebrate Black History Month and Observe Black History at the same darn time, right? Plus also in the next four months you can celebrate Black Music Month like Black History in June? And the same for July when National Black Families Month comes around? Like Black History is more than American History but more really like World History?

 

And Black Folks: understand while celebrating this occasion, we are the beneficiaries of doing history, learning history, and preparing history. Can we still do this? No more cringing, nor getting all mad about the second month of the year. We are blessed (AND I MEAN BLESSED) to do this. Take part of this. And there are those whom are not here or not around that want us to be blessed in talking about US!

 

Now since this is the Black History Month version of Scratching my head this whole time, I hate to do it, but it needed to be said and done.

 

#BLACKHISTORYMONTH4LIFE


Breaking news out of Milwaukee this morning: Call it the Three Way Dance – The Milwaukee Streetcar Edition. However, my last dance card will not be pretty.

For many many years and months of concern and hope, the Milwaukee Streetcar Debate reached to a breaking point. In a vote of the Milwaukee Common Council of 10 – 5, the Streetcar still lives. BUT: there is one stipulation that was noted from the Common Council President Michael Murphy.

In the meeting, yes there was positives. Even coming from Alderman Nik Kovac (whom I’ve known since Middle School), has been the positive vocal point of the Streetcar Project. Alderman Terry Witkowski of the South Side was at first undecided previously, but the idea sparked for him to support the Streetcar as well. He also noted that there are some in his district had memo that the Streetcar may not work due to the district he oversees. But overall, Alderman Witkowski did say that the streetcar would benefit all of Milwaukee via downtown. The meeting of the Streetcar lasted for about over an hour with the pros and cons. Even the commentary cons of Alderman Bob Donovan, Joe Davis, Tony Zilenski (who favored the Streetcar but due to the stipulation of the signatures) Joe Dudzik, Jim Bohl, and Robert Puente.

For those who favored: Alderrwoman Coggs, and Aldermen Kovac, Witkowski, Hamilton, Wade, Bauman, Murphy, Perez, and Stamper.

Lastly, the CC President himself did indeed noted his support of the Streetcar. He also noted that the even though the project would be taking a risk, but also noted (and it’s real talk) that in his words: “there is a risk in everything in life.” So technically he was point of taking challenges even they seem to be “controversial” or in this case, daring. However on the other end, for those who feel that they needed to say against the project (even though the thoughts in my view are “Conflicted”) he also fairly said that those with the petitions would be welcomed. So with that, the official (and hopefully THE LAST) vote will be extended until February 10th, 2015. The vote was noted with a 10 – 5 decision. But with the stipulation of the signatures, it stood as of 9-6 overall with 8-7 in favoring the signature requests. So it came close with the backing of the Streetcar by the council, but the final vote was put on pause.

Now since that’s on ice until Black History Month, here is something else to note: Beware of Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing!

Apparently there was a true backing of the Milwaukee Streetcar Dilemma in the eyes of Bob Donovan and others: Americans for Prosperity. A Koch Brothers funding group, who has backers in Milwaukee of all places has been the culprit of these referendums, obstruct and cancel plans that have been planted to stop the Streetcar. For all those who are signing those referendums, I know you have a right to say what’s up, BUT I must warn those pretty much:

Beware of Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing!

Personally what these so-called Americans of Prosperity folks are just doing the work that want to keep stuff held back. That’s all they do. Keeping folks poor in all. And yes they are Koch Funded that helped the likes of Scott Walker per say to get the chair in Madison. Matter of fact that group has been responsible for “cheating” for the last four and half years in terms of getting the High Speed Rail and the KRM defunded and money to be left alone and went out of the state. Oh yeah, they have been “cheating” just to fund their money to deflate anything that does not like them. Oh, I hope the black community in Milwaukee is paying attention, closely! Especially those who like to say, #TEAMSHUTITDOWN on Facebook. And those referendums that your crew on FB probably got circulated via the net, all that came from the Americans For Prosperity.

AGAIN: BEWARE OF WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING!

Well since the cat has been let out of the bag in regarding the Streetcar in this sense, The “proponents” per say need to further the cause of the real deal by February 10th. The proponents need to be “reproofers” and to go onto the “Stop The Milwaukee Streetcar” Facebook Page and reproof the folks who are misguided, uninformed, poisoned with thoughts, and just need to get the dose of reality of what is the real truth with this project! The same goes for other Facebook pages, other social media platforms, radio, TV, blog or bloggers, and EVEN the Americans For Prosperity themselves that what they are spreading is just false mess! For 25 years, Milwaukee has been talking about this project over and over again. And the use of future transportation has been thoroughly commented. Sometimes BUSES aren’t the answer at all times. And I mentioned in my previous blog that some employers don’t allow employees to take buses! They don’t! The next time when you look at a job description either online or in print, read it very carefully. If it states on the description that the job does not require applicants or employees to take public transportation, that says it. Again, I’m not saying all jobs have this, only some. I’m making this clear because of my experience back a decade ago. Has there been some changes in the last 10 years? Yes and No.

So in summary, here is the rundown via the Shepherd Express:

    • The final vote on Feb. 10. This will likely pass. When you remove Tony Zielinski’s vote for the project and then to reconsider, it received 9 of 15 votes in support, giving the streetcar more than enough votes for it to pass at the next meeting. Significantly, Common Council President Michael Murphy voted in favor after opposing the project in the past. That carries a lot of weight and says something about how important this project is to the future of the city. (And, no, I don’t think it’s the “second coming.”)
    • Opponents need to come up with 31,000 signatures in the next few weeks. Right-wing radio will be fanning the flames to help out this effort and the petition drive will be well financed. I’m going to assume that Nate Hamilton’s radio ad will continue running as well. One wrinkle for opponents is that they need 31,000 city voters. Suburban residents won’t be able to sign.
    • If the Common Council passes the project and the petition drive is successful, I assume that the city will go ahead full steam to begin launching the actual project so that it’ll be difficult to kill and people will have gotten used to it. (Then again, that didn’t work out so well for the high-speed rail project, which Walker killed even after Doyle was signing contracts right and left to try to lock in that project.)
  • The Joint Review Board needs to give its final approval. I was unfamiliar with this body until this morning, and it seems like a few council members—except for the streetcar opponents—were fuzzy on it, too. According to state statutes, the JRB gives the final approval to any TIF or TID project. (Here’s the state fact sheet on it as well as the city’s fact sheet.) It’s made up of the local taxing authorities as well as one member of the public. Why did the opposing alders mention the JRB this morning? If you look closely, you’ll see that the JRB doesn’t have to be the final word on any TIF or TID project. A majority of the JRB can request that the information the city submits for JRB review be reviewed for errors. And who would do that review? The state Department of Revenue.

So, in my prediction, the Streetcar will roll for approval and the jobs with it. Get the resumes out!

Finally just today, this one of the worst comments coming out of the mouth of Milwaukee Alderman Joe Dudzik. This Alderman, well according to WTMJ 620 AM, he commented that blacks in Milwaukee will be in his words via the Streetcar:

“There’s going to be a couple of assaults, maybe a rape, or a shooting on one of these streetcars,” Dudzik told WTMJ’s Wisconsin’s Afternoon News.  “The [millennials] that claim they’re going to be riding this thing are going to be nowhere to be seen.” 

He also claimed that his comments were not racial, but having to review the previous stuff with Northridge and the Grand Avenue Mall.

What did the Mayor say for this?

The Mayor’s office responded to Dudzik’s comments with a statement:  “There have been a lot of irresponsible statements about the Streetcar and this is one of the worst.”

You know what, I’m calling out the B.S. out of the mouth of Alderman Joe Dudzik. His comments about blacks messing the Streetcar with Rape and Violence is very stupid. No it’s BEYOND STUPID! This is just as dumb and immoral as Joe Davis saying the Streetcar is racist. I do have a question though: Has Alderman Joe Dudzik ever been beaten by a black person before he became an Alderman? When was the last time Dudzik was ever defeated and felt soft, snobish, weak minded and racist against those of African-American? Since when, High School?!!! He claims he’s not making it racial, but he is by opening his mouth! If you live in his district, PUT HIM IN CHECK! Was he ever aware that the MCTS had rapings, fights, shootings on the buses?! Has he?! He, like Joe Davis better wake the “F” UP! Plus also he was wrong about the Northridge Mall closing up due to blacks. According to one of my favorite black Milwaukee radio stations, and I’m glad the “The Forum” brought this up, due to the fact that real reason why Northridge is really closed was due to a rumor that a black man way back when caused a violent shenanigan against a white patron previously. Go ask Jesse Anderson, a white dude in JAIL! Who also killed his wife many moons ago. That’s the real main reason why Northridge Mall is closed up now! Put that in the archives all because he killed his wife and blame it on a so-called black guy!  If Alderman Joe Dudzik is up for re-election, he better not get reelected! He need to be fired and recalled for his commentary and yet to apologize to every single African-American he offended with his comments! He might lose alot of “Black Friends.” Just a warning! How does he know what might happen when violence on a Streetcar would occur? As I mentioned from my previous blog, the MCTS had shootings, stabbings, fights and etc. Carjackings. Has any Taxis in Milwaukee had been shot up before? I definitely want to know.

Put a petition together to get him fired! 

And plus, to those who are on the “Stop the Milwaukee Streetcar” Facebook Page or any other Anti-Milwaukee Streetcar Social Media site: do you condone this?! Put down your burgers, fries, sodas, beers, coffees, pizzas, and other eats/drinks and put this fool of an Alderman in serious check! Now you know why Milwaukee is a segregated city? This is not just about the Milwaukee Streetcar idea. Again, this is where “Race in Milwaukee” needs to be talked about and clarified and put on the table. Now for those who say “I have alot of black friends”, to  “I’m not a racist, or that repeating feeling of “I don’t care if you’re purple, red, green, and etc……We’re all the same.” REALLY?! I call B.S. on that also! And don’t even bust out with the MLK speech with the favorite of not about color but about character. Half of you probably believed that notion also have broken that belief with your actions, and your so-called lessons that you obviously proposed or learned! Just admit it! And I don’t care if it’s 2015!

I’ll bet these are the same folks who fear having their boots shaken when going into Milwaukee for a spot visit, work, or just to relive the “good ole’ days” per say, they are the same folks who have this fear of getting shot, assaulted or raped in the city. Well I got news for them: where you are, I might get caught dead for being strange in the nice neighborhoods. Or being called that scary N*gger and getting arrested for some alleged B.S. that went down. Or being accused of any other thing that they feared since something was taught being afraid and racist of black folks! I’m putting this out there to be real!

Like Dr. King once said: “Where do we go from here?” Ponder that hard.

And other than that: check out the statistics thus far from Urban Milwaukee in regarding the Yay’s and Nay’s of the Streetcar.


First: let me give a shoutout to the Milwaukee Streetcar folks. Apparently that my previous blog was linked on their Facebook Page (aka The Milwaukee Streetcar) and yes, I didn’t know that it had about 54 views here, and 35 views on their page. So for those who “actually” liked the page on Facebook, from my own black point of view, thank you! And for those who probably had to comment crazy on the page via my blog link, I think you didn’t get my gist of why it matters to the jobs for the city. Or is it because I had to bring up the segregated climate angle, and those having the “conflicted viewpoints?” Some of you know it’s true. Don’t start illing! Now after my commentary letter to the Milwaukee Common Council is up for their review, now it’s time to ask the question: Would I ride the Milwaukee Streetcar if it were to be built? Would I contribute the Streetcar funding by paying fares, getting off and on at selected stops, or maybe help the tourist part with a potential of I don’t know, Photography? Reference Atlanta. Would I do the photography thing if the construction of the streetcar were to be constructed? Would the Streetcar continue with jobs beyond the completion if I were to apply? All of that, I’ll admit: YES! Now, you’re probably saying, well that’s all in fine BUT why would you use it when you drive a car? Yes I do drive. However I wouldn’t mind if I were to ride the Streetcar and possibly get paid for tours. Or maybe to have a side gig or full time gig in promoting the streetcar via my college studies. One of my past UW-Stout classes was in Project Management and I do remember that when the company wins, everybody wins. That was the mantra. When the company wins, everybody wins. Also when I mentioned the “Conflicted Viewpoints” thing, that took me back to my college studies, yet again. It was a course in Organizational Leadership in referencing the good behaviors and bad behaviors. On that Facebook Page, out of that 2,000 plus folks who clicked the like button, there were some male and female pundits showing their polarized side in assuming they know everything. They really don’t! Just making excuses of not moving forward. Partially, Milwaukee and Wisconsin is known for that the most. And folks like them per say, like to get the calculating this and that, and having this attitude that it would not work or operate. How do they know?!!! Yeah I’m calling them out! If they are so caring about the calculating with transit per say, why can’t they calculate the help of getting jobs connecting to Milwaukee? Especially for those who don’t drive and having concerns?! Where is the calculating in that?! Polarized Politics and segregation climates are a dangerous mix. Even if you’re black! Now, non black folks, I know what your saying. “I’m not a racist. I have black friends….” Stop it! And black folks, do not go in that “negropean angle” and thinking its not going hurt you. In some ways, it can hurt! Just today, even thought it’s a day to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I have thought about him and the days he went through of having these distortions in public, and his work of equality of justice. Despite of the marches, speeches, and the nonviolent acts of freedom, Dr. King kept on his mission until his untimely death at 39 years old. And yes, in his absence, the struggle continues! He wasn’t just about the dream, also insert the words “Radical and Revolutionary” in that as well! Every black student and other students alike as well as the now grown folks nation, needs to realize that! We face new struggles in all things everyday even in this technological 21st Century full of Apps, Social Media, and Drones. And blogging. And also, by the end of this day, I ask those who are so MLK supportive: Will you act on the dream already? Will you act on the dream that those who march in Ferguson, New York and Milwaukee for equal justice and not using distortion of hate? Will you act on the dream in your schools, church, your job, a Career Fair, a community center, or any other act of need for yourself and for those that need the act of needs?  Even if it involves new structures that seemed distorted by those who do not want to move forward?! Towards the end of 2014, in speaking of distortions, my former UMC Pastor warned my church congregation about wolves in sheep’s clothing. I’m sure many have heard that in a way or another. But you’re probably asking, what does that have to do with the Milwaukee Streetcar and what’s going on with the Polarized Politics? Here is my answer: BEWARE OF WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING! Beware! Let me tell you why. Just this morning, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a Purple Wisconsin Blog in regarding the Opponents of the Milwaukee Streetcar. And yes, this Wednesday is D-Day for the Milwaukee Common Council to either rock it or drop it, due to the referendum idea out of Aldermans Joe Davis and Bob Donovan. We all know that they went to different parts out side of the metro area to pull the strings about derailng this Milwaukee Streetcar Project. Alderman Davis has said that it’s racist and immoral. And having the thought of Black Millennials will not be part of this as well as dealing with shootings such as the death of Dontre Hamilton. Speaking of that, many here in Milwaukee have already heard the radio spot in which Nate Hamilton expressed his liberties about the hate of the Streetcar, and not getting justice for his late brother shot by the Milwaukee PD. Now, again I feel for the Hamiltons and the ongoing efforts to get justice. Yes, I know they are hurting and it’s democracy in action. But after reading this article from the blog:

As has previously been reported, radio advertisements have been running on certain Milwaukee radio stations that attempt to rhetorically connect a public transportation project with the tragic death of Dontre Hamilton. The ads say they are sponsored by a group called the Black Lives Matter Coalition, although according to Milwaukee radio station WNOV the ads are actually paid for by Craig Peterson of Milwaukee based public relations firm Zigman Joseph Stephenson. Peterson, a resident of River Hills, is the same individual behind the group Citizens for Urban Justice, which sponsored advertisements supporting Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke and Scott Walker.

What is really going on? Is the folks behind the making of the ads are using the feelings of the Hamilton family for their political distortion? Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing! I have a question to the Black Milwaukee Millennial folks: Has Alderman Davis “ACTUALLY” talked to you about jobs for the Streetcar? Have any of you “ACTUALLY” gone to those Milwaukee Public Meetings on the Milwaukee Streetcar? Have any of you “ACTUALLY” written letters to Mayor Tom Barrett about the Streetcar period? I want to know that question! Again: Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing! Another viewpoint from the article:

In what has become a sadly predictable pattern, Milwaukee area right wing talk radio hosts are leading the media campaign against the streetcar. Charlie Sykes, Vicki McKenna, Mark Belling and others wear their anti-Milwaukee rhetoric as a badge of honor, and the street car is just the latest in a long line of initiatives which would have benefited people living in Milwaukee, but were blocked in part due to the coordinated opposition from conservative talk radio. In this case, Sykes’ show has been actively promoting anti-streetcar efforts. Vicki McKenna was the featured speaker at a meeting of streetcar opponents. In a recent broadcast, Mark Belling highlighted the public transportation initiatives he has opposed and succeeded in blocking over the last twenty-five years on the air. Talk radio hosts have deliberately crafted and relish in their status as an anchor around the neck of the city of Milwaukee with craven attempts to exploit anti-urban sentiment, exascerbate suburban hostility and fear, and drive their ratings. Aldermen Davis and Donovan have enlisted the support of this coalition of anti-Milwaukee conservatives, most of whom do not live in the city, to achieve their political ends.

Again: Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing! Lot of folks are probably saying, “show us the proof!” I don’t have to show it, because it’s already been written in the actions. It’s being scripted for those who want to be played, tabloid, hoodwinked, teased, manipulated, being hyper sensitive, bamboozled, brainwashed, whimper out, arm twisted, wanting to sellout, wanting to be (excuse my french), “bootlickers”, wanting to be sold to the highest bidder in order to do what is best for business in all for the money, their jobs to feed families and ratings. I’m saying this now! Plus I know this might hurt, but it’s the truth! I know it’s MLK day. But there was time that there were certain folks back in his heyday didn’t like what Martin Luther King Jr was doing, but he kept marching! He didn’t just expressed that in the pulpits, nor the March on Washington or any other place he went and preached. No matter where he went, he kept marching. And even getting on America’s case about the bombings in Vietnam. He was telling the truth, even folks who did not want to hear it! He died for what he fought for at age 39. How many black 39 year olds today in 2015 would continue to fight for the positives right now? Think about it. So to The Milwaukee Streetcar folks: I have some advice: One: Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. No matter who or what comes up, correct folks not just online, but in person, the radio, the blogging, and definitely Facebook. Two: Always express the truth in which you present! Not the negative media, not those who think they know, but it comes from you and you only! Three: Get positive feedback or should I say “True Positive Feedback!” Even if you hear good radio spots on Black Milwaukee Radio of the Milwaukee Streetcar via the African-American Chamber of Commerce and Matters of the Heart Church. And for the record, they have promoted the positive light of the project for Economic Development and mostly for black folks looking for work even more. Again from my last blog story to the Common Council, and look for this again for the support thing via Urban Milwaukee, I support the idea of the Milwaukee Streetcar for one and one reason only of fresh, out of the box, innovative and new careers. This is my statement and opinion.


Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cover of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Did anyone did anything positive on #MLKday?

Did anyone helped those in need on #MLKday?

Did anyone had given a chance to tell those why #MLKday was made up in the first place, besides getting a day off from school and mostly Federal Workplaces?

I knew it! I know that many probably sat at home probably thought what was the purpose of being at home on a Martin Luther King Holiday. I stated this on Facebook and on Instagram, that it took alot of important people to get this holiday on the map. And just who were these important people? We know one, Corretta Scott King. But whom else? Straight from Wikipedia:

The idea of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a holiday was promoted by labor unions in contract negotiations. After King’s death, United States RepresentativeJohn Conyers (a Democrat from Michigan) and United States SenatorEdward Brooke (a Republican from Massachusetts) introduced a bill in Congress to make King’s birthday a national holiday. The bill first came to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1979. However, it fell five votes short of the number needed for passage. Two of the main arguments mentioned by opponents were that a paid holiday for federal employees would be too expensive, and that a holiday to honor a private citizen would be contrary to longstanding tradition (King had never held public office). Only two other people have national holidays in the United States honoring them: George Washington and Christopher Columbus.

Soon after, the King Center turned to support from the corporate community and the general public. The success of this strategy was cemented when musicianStevie Wonder released the single “Happy Birthday” to popularize the campaign in 1980 and hosted the Rally for Peace Press Conference in 1981. Six million signatures were collected for a petition to Congress to pass the law, termed by a 2006 article in The Nation as “the largest petition in favor of an issue in U.S. history.”

Ronald Reagan and Coretta Scott King at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day signing ceremony

At the White HouseRose Garden on November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill, proposed by Representative Katie Hall of Indiana, creating a federal holiday to honor King. It was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986.

The bill established the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission to oversee observance of the holiday, and Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King Jr.’s wife, was made a member of this commission for life by President George H. W. Bush in May 1989.

Does this answer some of the questions? I hope so. Even though this holiday had taken some hits and misses from those who felt that an MLK Holiday wasn’t up to the likes of Washington or Lincoln’s Birthday, however a proposed and now formally holiday is for the observance and celebration. Now many are asking, why didn’t they just made January 15th as the MLK holiday? I mean Lincoln’s Birthday is February 12th, and Washington’s Birthday is February 22nd. But they are BIRTHDAYS!!! NOT HOLIDAYS! Every third January of each year, we celebrate the holiday sense of MLK and what his stance of justice, peace, and I dare say, his radicalism and revolutionary memories and lessons still lingers for us to grasp. Now why I’m putting revolutionary and radicalism in this blog? Many who feel that the word of radical is a bad word or a something worse. Uh……..It can mean something good too. Jesus Christ was a radical. Oh, check this: there are those who feel that they should be afraid of black folks. There are those of us who are athletic: had a good game, go on TV and boast like crazy to get a measure of revenge. Like Richard Sherman. You have probably heard what he had done. Yes, he got the last word. And it was directed toward a player that instigated him. And even though he had thus far accolades of him getting out of Compton California, going to Stanford with great grades, joining a well known black fraternity of Phi Beta Sigma, a talented American Football Player he still got called out being a n*gger. Folks wanting to hang him or in this case, being shot. Richard was telling the truth. A truth that was “unraveled” than raveled.  I believe him more than Michael Crabtree. And yes, he had to apologize for his remarks after the game was long dead. But the debate continues.

English: Photograph of President Ronald Reagan...

English: Photograph of President Ronald Reagan and the Signing Ceremony for Martin Luther King Holiday Legislation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Check this: I was on Roland Martin’s Facebook Like Page, on January 5th. Yeah the same day that the Packers lost. And he posted many commentaries of Dr. King being Radical and Revolutionary. Many of those folks who were probably caught off guard and misinformed, got mad at Roland because they thought was just garbage. The fact of the matter is BLACK FOLKS WHO DON’T KNOW, Dr. King in a sense was a radical. He was Revolutionary. The same guy who spoke about I Have A Dream, born in a “high” church Baptist family in Atlanta, a alum of Morehouse College and Boston University, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity of the Black Greek Letter Organization, had a radical side of him that many of those back then labeled King as “the most dangerous man in America”.  Oh why was he was considered “dangerous?” There were concerns about America being involved in wars that had no business doing. Reference the speech, Beyond Vietnam. King protested that war. He felt that every single bomb that was dropped on Vietnam,  it was symbolic of something bad happening in America. It’s like that America was (and is in some sense today) committing crimes and getting away with murder. Think about it. Now there are those who say, “Oh America is the greatest country in the world, and the blacks are upset about race. Why can’t they get over it?.” Oh here we go. Many of you probably have said this same thing. Not just on King Day, but days leading up to King Day. Many of you will be saying this in what’s that month that most hate? That month that we should be talking about our black history like, everyday? Oh, what is that month? Yes! February. The month to celebrate the achievements and HISTORY of black folks. And I said this in a earlier blog posting and I’m saying it here, many of the U.S. Citizens will not care about it. And the ones will care, will celebrate anyway.

Speaking part of that getting over statement, It will never be gotten over. I’m sorry to say this to those who feel this way. It aint over until the day that we are pushing up daises in the cemetery. Reaching the end. No more suffering. No more pain. But the struggle will still continue for those who are coming into this world. And starting to grow up in the world. I said it before, and I’m saying it again: I don’t see no Utopias! So all that “I’m colorblind stuff”: throw it out. Speaking of that also, I hope those who promote those so-called Twerk Freedom Parties learned their lessons. Even the promoters of the places that have learned also. Yes, if those have forgotten, in Flint Michigan, there was supposed to be a dance party over the MLK weekend. But it turned out to be a thought of a “Freedom 2 Twerk” jam with MLK having a likeness looking like a thug with a black turtleneck, gold chain and flashing the westside hand sign. Plus also a black chick was on the right with a jacket on. Uh, Dr. King was a married man. DUH!!!  If those haven’t heard also, the owner of the place where the Twerk party was supposed to be at, had to be notified with approval of the event. When the owner of the hall or rental place saw the ad: he immediately PULLED the plug. So if I were a owner of Aria Hall in Milwaukee per say, I would pull the plug of all the so-called parties without my approval! They will be banished. In a positive light, the owner of the hall decided to put up a REAL MLK Celebration for the kids in Flint, Michigan and it will circle the live and work of Dr. King annually. I wish that EVERY PROMOTER AND OWNER of these so-called MLK Weekend Freedom Parties should not get all twerked up and drunk about a man like Dr. King. If were living, he would not be happy with it. Nor be happy with us black folks going to jail more than college, being highly unemployed, poor, having outrageous criminal records, and not only that, he would not be satisfied with white folks or any folks of any ethnicity who opposed mostly against President Barack Obama. If he were hearing that, or watching the ruckus of the Tea Party, the birthers, or any other so-called American who opposes Obama, he would led a march, and having to tell those like, give this man the respect that you have shown the past 43 white presidents who have served this office, this White House, this nation and world. And also, give this man a chance not only he’s the first African-American President, but a leader, and a parent. He may not have the style of Kennedy, or Bush. Or Clinton, or any other president in history, but he is the president, and we need to respect that notion! – That’s what I think he would say IF he had not been shot in Memphis, and many others.

And to our international folks: mainly Russia. What were you thinking?! Of all the pictures I’ve seen on Facebook, why this:

I had to break away from my American Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and see this? Really Russia?!!

Now according to your sources, this is supposed to resemble a chair art? From the 1960’s? Now with all due to respect to art and race, this is a bit too far. Also from my understanding the black model is not really live. But I’m firm believer in symbolism. Symbolism for this, that goes wrong. There are my black folks in America who had to look at this on our Social Media pages, and most were in disgust. We had a man in this country that we’re celebrating who if were living, this person would shake his head in shame. And stating that this is not what he envisioned! I’m talking about the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Now yes we Americans can be alot of sensitive when the issue of race happens. But I also realize that racism is not just American grown. It’s international birthed! I’m not calling your country or the person displayed racist. But in this era, there are those who feel that things look kind of strange, they will call you out. America has been called out over 237 times. We know. I know this pop art thing is your thing and I based on the history, I get it. But I’m telling you, you got to watch that stuff.  Like many of you calling out Obama, and having this notion of drones per say.

And in speaking of that; SHUT UP JOSHUA BLACK! – Oh I got something to say about him next!

Plus also, this was BEYOND TACKY. Now if those 18 and up are into Porn. Yes, Porn. You may have seen this on their Twitter page:

And what does this have to do with MLK?!! REALLY!

I’ll bet yet again it’s just some major B.S. of the Porn Industry trying to cash in. Or was it? Later on, like the person who sat on the black girl chair, the company apologized for this uneducated tweet. Had to be someone  who was dumb and stupid. Yeah I said it! Practice safe sex, people. No glove. No love. Plus also, why is the porn industry have some race problems anyway? I’m just saying!

 

So America, and the world: please learn the lessons of Dr. King. Please learn the lessons that in order to get to the The Dream, you got to go through the nightmare. As strange as it sounds, it is real talk. Many of us are going though the nightmares right now and don’t even know it. Many of us are creating nightmares and don’t even know it. And many of us are still trying to get out of a nightmare in order to properly DREAM!

“Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice, everywhere.”  

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

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Oh the irony of young folks. I’m sure that many woke up this morning to our computers to see a proof of debauchery that once again we dont have no sense! And for once is those who think they know it all. Henceforth,  this letter is for those that like to put up an image of MLK doing gang signs and having this so-called Freedom to Twerk Party.

Dear Moronic Idiots that defaced MLK’s Image on a Twerk Flyer:

It’s me, Stephen. Oh by now, I’m a black blogger that is ready to blow up from Milwaukee:

NOT AGAIN!!!!

So the ongoing debachery of defacing MLK is still in session. Oh, you had to bust out again about a Twerk Party that had his image somewhat doing a gang sign with a young female to the right. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, take a look at this:

 

Wait a minute, there’s more. Remember this one from last year:

 

Or what about this from last year:

What about this one:

 

For those who feel that this is cute: SHUT UP!!!! RIGHT NOW!

Personally this is like more on a attack on the King Family. More like on an attack on Dr. King himself. I say that because this era of “I don’t cares and Kanye Shrugs” are just that: Ignorant. No disrespect. Many of you probably never knew who or what Dr. King stood for. Many of you are probably have NO IDEA what you have gotten yourselves into. I’ll bet when King Day comes, you probably are going to sit at home probably thinking what is this day is supposed to be about. Just to let you know if the common sense kicks in, that it took alot of important folks to get a King Day on the calendar! Even his late wife Corretta Scott King was the banner of getting that done! She like many others in King’s circle had to fight hard. President Ronald Reagan signed the idea into recogntion in 1983, plus later on it was a national holiday. Years later while trying to run for President in 2008, Arizona Senator John McCain admit that the thought was wrong of not recognizing the holiday. And others try to bust through the wall in getting a King Day Holiday ON THE MAP! The King Holiday is supposed to be a reminder of what America must do to be a better nation. The King Holiday is a reminder of what we AMERICANS are supposed to learn to get along instead of coming up suspicions of young black men going around in hoodies looking suspicious or getting denied through voting ranks because of color!

You want a real MLK DAY Weekend Club thing: First get rid of the images that portray him like a Gangbanger. This also upset Dr. Bernice King, who commented that the image of her late father is being portrayed as a gangster, per say of today’s era.

Here is her commentary courtesy of Fox 5 in Atlanta. Read up if you’re one of the debauchery folks:

When FOX 5 News showed Dr. Bernice King images of her father being used in club and event promotions, she shook her head in disbelief.

Images being circulated online depict her father, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, in promotions allegedly for ‘twerk’ parties for a teen club in Michigan. FOX 5 was unable to find the image directly on the group’s Facebook page, but outraged people had already started to comment to the group. One of the widely circulated flyers depicts an enhanced Rev. King wearing a large gold chain, making hand gestures under the headline ‘Freedom 2 Twerk’.

“I feel like we have failed to reach these (groups),” Dr. King told FOX 5’s Deidra Dukes in an exclusive interview.

“This imagery thing is just appalling, and it’s almost embarrassing,” Dr. King remarked. “For me, as his daughter, it’s like ‘wow’, I lost a father who sacrificed everything for them to live a much more dignified and respectful life, and for it to come to this makes me sad,” King concluded.

King told FOX 5 she was not upset about people celebrating her father’s life, but she had serious concerns about the use of her father’s imagery to suggest he would endorse such a style of celebration.

“My father would have worked to elevate them, to connect with them, and bring them into the movement,” King said.

MyFoxAtlanta.com spoke with a man who has direct knowledge of this group’s activities. He says “no disrespect” was even intended with the flyer or event. The man, who wished not to be identified, says this event is spearheaded by teens who are working to have a positive influence in the community, and reach out to a group surrounded by violence in the streets every day. He says the flyer was a way to reach the audience through “gospel rap” and was meant to support a positive message.

Read more: http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/24433868/dr-bernice-king-disappointed-by-twerking-party-flyers#ixzz2qKLT4NP6
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Wait a minute: I’m looking at that last line of the story- was a way to reach the audience through gospel rap and was meant to support a positive message. 

REALLY?!!!!

If that were the case, then why put this debauchery on the flyer?!!! Makes no sense. But the one thing that made sense is that the up coming event was cancelled.

GOOD! SERVES THEM RIGHT!

To those in the future, I’m assuming that you’re probably thinking “Oh, I’m attacking the folks who made up these flyers. And getting all sensitive and acting like that MLK was my homeboy.” Let me tell you something, I’m attacking the fools who haven’t learn a real lesson. Second, I don’t have to be sensitive about MLK in general. Heck, I won Scholarships in honor of MLK! I have registered new voters, gave back and being active with my old high school alumni association to help the current students, donated to my church annually.

Oh I got something to say to those who think the church is all about the money – in my next blog. 

Which leads to my second point. GET ACTIVE! You folks better vote up this Mid term Election year. Oh, I’m assuming that many of you won’t vote because the issues may not matter to you. When the year progresses, and if you don’t vote,  don’t complain! Where are the clubs on this? HELLO?!! Many would come out for the drinks and twerking but don’t come out for important needs for civil rights?!! In the words of those on Facebook, miss me with that! Dr. King in his day would go to the pool halls and basketball courts to get folks active in the struggle for civil rights! Real Talk!

I asked this question last year, and I’m going to keep asking: What have you done to help maintain Dr. King’s Dream? Besides listening to I Have A Dream too many times. Dr. King was more than “I Have A Dream”. And yes, it was one of his best speeches. BUT WHAT YOU DONE to maintain it?

Sincerely,

Stephen

 

 

 

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Oh the humanity in black folks. I have to dive in this debauchery of the mishap embarrassment of the recent Real Housewives of Atlanta which featured Porsha Stewart. And for you fans of hers, you’re on the list!  So this blogger letter will not be pretty so here goes:

Dear fans of RHOA member Porsha Stewart:

Its me Stephen. A black Sagittarius blogger out of Milwaukee that is prepared for Christmas.

Stop the embarrassment. Please stop.

What has transpired this notion of knowing your history will get you in trouble. Oh yeah, this past week, on your favorite show, one of your favorite cast mates really made a fool of herself. Porsha Stewart,  its time to go back to school. And you got a whole lot of folks will be telling you otherwise. So she thought that the Underground Railroad had trains?!!!!! REALLY?!!!!! AND SHE BELIEVED THAT?!!!! Either you got to be dumb and stupid to believe that. And uneducated. This is why we need to be more engaged in our black history. Without that, we wouldn’t have a third base to call that second home. As a African-American male, not some n*gga from the hood, this lack of understanding hinders me. Oh yeah, nobody don’t want to comment or touch. Having those shrugs like its no big deal. I call BS ON THAT!!!

No big deal? Explain to me the goal of the Underground Railroad.

Explain to me in detail on how the Underground Railroad guided those of our ancestors away from being tortued and enslaved.

Explain to me, the momentum that it was used for!

And you the fans of Porsha Stewart explain that many or as some of you wouldn’t give a you know what about our black past ancestry!

Don’t worry, I’ll wait!

For the record from History.com:

The Underground Railroad was neither underground nor a railroad. It got its name because its activities had to be carried out in secret, using darkness or disguise, and because railway terms were used by those involved with system to describe how it worked. Various routes were lines, stopping places were called stations, those who aided along the way were conductors and their charges were known as packages or freight. The network of routes extended through 14 Northern states and “the promised land” of Canada–beyond the reach of fugitive-slave hunters. Those who most actively assisted slaves to escape by way of the “railroad” were members of the free black community (including former slaves like Harriet Tubman), Northern abolitionists, philanthropists and church leaders like Quaker Thomas Garrett. Harriet Beecher Stowe, famous for her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, gained firsthand knowledge of the plight of fugitive slaves through contacts with the Underground Railroad in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Also from History.com:

The Underground Railroad was the term used to describe a network of persons who helped escaped slaves on their way to freedom in the northern states or Canada. Although George Washington had commented upon such practices by the Quakers as early as the 1780s, the term gained currency in the 1830s, as northern abolitionists became more vocal and southern suspicions of threats to their peculiar institution grew.

The popular perception of a well-coordinated system of Quaker, Covenanter, and Methodist “conductors” secretly helping fugitives from “station” to “station” is an exaggeration. The practice involved more spontaneity than the railroad analogy suggests. By the time escapees reached areas where sympathetic persons might assist them, they had already completed the most difficult part of their journey. A successful escape was usually less the product of coordinated assistance and more a matter of the runaways’ resourcefulness–and a great deal of luck.

The most active of the Railroad workers were northern free blacks, who had little or no support from white abolitionists. The most famous “conductor,” an escaped slave named Harriet Tubman, reportedly made nineteen return trips to the South; she helped some three hundred slaves escape. A number of individual whites also aided runaways, as did “vigilance committees,” often biracial in character, in northern cities.

Estimates of the number of slaves assisted vary widely, but only a minuscule fraction of those held in bondage ever escaped. Few, particularly from the Lower South, even attempted the arduous journey north. But the idea of organized “outsiders” undermining the institution of slavery angered white southerners, leading to their demands in the 1840s that the Fugitive Slave Laws be strengthened.

That glamour I see is just a smoke screen. And that glamour will not save you. Now for those who feel I’m being well picky and mean on this topic, I’m not mean on this. I’m mean on the subject of this matter because when I hear about our black people, especially our young brothers and sisters who walk around with this “I don’t care attitude” that was picked up from their parents, you have to ask why. Why are they behaving this way? It’s us. I’ll bet when we their ages, we did the same thing, in getting away from the lessons and the constant squabbling from our parents and grandparents. Don’t want nothing to do with that.  I see that. And they say, “Oh we need to teach our children more…..” Well, HELLO! We got classrooms. HAVE SOME SEATS!!!!

Just wait, people. When February comes for Black History Month, and trust me it will come, many of us will not care about the ancestry of our past. Many of us will think that it’s all propaganda and full of B.S. just trying to get us back in those books that was full of dust. Or that new app that is so cool that won’t care about the engagement.  Porsha Stewart’s example of this, is a prime example of not being thoroughly educated. And I’ll bet the fans who ride along with her probably believed her. You all better ask Santa for a new format of understanding of black history through your parents or family memorabilia.  Get that under the tree! She comes from a lineage of the Civil Rights Movement. One of her late relatives, Hosea Williams was an active member of the movement. He marched along with Martin Luther King, Jr, Andrew Young, Rev. James Lowery, James Bevel, and was a lighting rod of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This was Porsha’s Great Grandfather that played a key role in the era of Civil Rights!

Some say, yeah we know…Do you really?

I hear the white folks all the time, talk about their ancestors alot. They do. No matter if its Irish, German or British. Not hating. I hear the Hispanic folks talk proudly of their ancestors as well as the Hmong and others. When we black folks hear about US of what we did, we either embrace it, or just “saggin’ don’t care”. This year, marked the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington in which yes, Dr. King gave the speech, I Have A Dream. And even though that happen before I was born, we still have to dream to be better.

Yeah, fans of Porsha Stewart. Dream to be better! If we don’t, then those we are leading now, will fail. That includes me. We better get our minds right. And I don’t care if you ride along with the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, belated Happy Hanukkah, and yes when 2014 gets here, do better!

Sincerly,

Stephen


Trayvon Martin Protest - Sanford

Trayvon Martin Protest – Sanford (Photo credit: werthmedia)

Well here we are. For those of us who have the hoodies up, we know the deal. For those who criticized the thought that we should focusing on other cities, well let me say this: What is happening in Florida with the untimely death of Trayvon Martin, could be a prime example of what’s happening in America among African-American young men and women. We’ve all seen the case, and we’ve seen both sides of the table running the gambit. And even we’ve seen explicit graphics and WORDS displayed on the screen. So the auspicious of all things, that George Zimmerman killed Trayvon all because he looked a suspicious in a hoodie. Or look suspicious in general while carrying Arizona Tea and Skittles from a Gas Station  – in which he bought, not stole! To talk about hoodies, or hoods, wearing a hoodie does not make those suspicious looking. Guess what, If you dress up in a business suit, or a business dress, or having on a shirt with a collar on it religiously, and if you bring that negativity upon someone, that might and would change the game within confrontations. Basically what I’m saying is, your attitude would be defined. It’s not the hoodie that ticked off George Zimmerman, it was his attitude, along with the gun had that direct result of killing Trayvon Martin. Killing a 17-year-old boy who was going home. For those who are STILL wondering why Zimmerman was on trial, and why is he not at home forgetting this: Know this – he killed a child! PERIOD! This stuff like this goes on in America almost everyday and does it get covered like the Sandy Hook Shooting? or the Priests in the churches or Pastors in churches who commit acts of Sexual Abuse among altar boys or females and they stay hidden for so long until it comes to light like what, 30 years later?! In those thirty years, those priests would be long for dead in graves, or even long forgotten through secrets. And most today do see it and recognize. But for a case like this, not much. Why is that? Every case has to be brought to light.  But we know that mostly in America, that most won’t care. I can hear this now: that’s not my child, or I’m glad that’s not my child! And walking away in a snobbish manner. But what happens if it was YOUR CHILD? I’ll bet when the folks of the Jena 6 were on trial in Louisiana, folks (majority black) rallied support, while some wanted them to be out of the pasture. Just today, I was on Twitter, and yes, the conversation about Trayvon was on two fronts: Roland Martin and Geraldo Rivera. Yeah, Geraldo was still petrified on Fox News to believe that Trayvon’s hoodie was the result of his murder. And plus had to put Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson in the mix of accusing them of “racial boogeymen”.  Racial Boogeymen?!!!! (my head is turned slightly left with the right eye point blank stare)  However, on the side of Roland Martin, according to his tweets like he does every time when someone calls out the folks of their funk: he bring his – check out his website.  And expect Roland to #bringthefunk if you will, in September on TVOne, in a live show called News One Now. The same channel he hosts Washington Watch every Sunday.

Now both sides have had their say and the jury, whom was all  female, 6 people and 5 of the 6 jurors were White and mothers. One was mixed with Black and Hispanic. But all were employed in their 30s and 60s years of age. Mostly right now, many of you or those you know have turned your profile pics or profile related pics dark until the verdict is done, which is has.  And also, I think that the MEDIA needs to stop it with the so-called presumptions of riots. This gets me: whenever I see some or most folks who win championships, they had to turn the downtown streets into a war-zone. And I’m not going in on the ethnics who mostly are behind the bonfires and setting off fires after a team gets a win. Or a loss in Hockey! Or when a well known player like Lebron James left Cleveland for Miami, here come burning the Cavalier jerseys. Whuuuuuuut? – as the folks say now. Why direct that, the part of the riots towards blacks? Media, stop playing with the so-called predictions! I mean seriously. Yeah we talk about the L.A. Riots, the riots of the past during the 60’s, and so forth. There are those now, who want to express peace. If you want express peace without a doubt then do it in a fashion of doing it. Not just talking about it.

Next month, in Washington, in August, will mark 50 years. This year of 2013 has had it’s share of 50 years after the death of Medgar Evers, the revised reminders of Emmett Til, the 50th Anniversary of the Freedom Riders making their way to DC to the March on Washington. Also, if you are a member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, you will also be celebrating 50 years as the youngest Fraternity in the Divine 9. But mostly: the March on Washington and the infamous words of Dr. Martin Luther King of “I Have A Dream” will be long summarized. And yes it’s the best speech on the planet. BUT what has anyone from those who think conservative per say or think progressive or liberal who acknowledged King’s Speech, had done to maintain the dream that King wanted us to work on? I’m tired of those who say or quote King to get a point across, and DON’T SET AN EXAMPLE! This is what it’s wrong, right now. Too many reminders, but not enough action!

Plus also the 2013 year has had the screeching halt of Warren Ballentine, Judge Joe Brown and Michael Baisden. Plus where I’m at in Milwaukee, we lost 1290 WMCS, the Free Labor Press, the talks of Derreck Wiliams, Ernest Lacy, and now a black teen named Corey Stingley in suburban West Allis recently passed on, by the means of shoplifting. In regarding about Corey Stingley, more on that to come. Regardless of the verdict which was not guilty, there is one thing that is true. The vote will not bring Trayvon Martin back. And I know that based on the picture that is above, maybe a hard sight to see, but again: it’s the reality that is being dealt with. Sort of like when Emmett Til was in his Casket after being murdered for whistling to a white woman at the age of 14. And that pic was shown for ALL to see! For those who think it’s all about the Left Wing ideology to promote this based on race? It’s not. Stop the pain! This is about a child that was taken violently from his parents, his school, his friends, his church, and anything that dealt with the connection in a positive way that was apart of Trayvon Martin. YES, he was black! And yes partially it’s a red alert dealing and seeing racism as a result of this. I’m going there TODAY! Screw that “justice has been served” crap on George Zimmerman. Keep in mind, he MURDERED a 17 year old unarmed black teenager and got off scot free! Last night, there were commentary about George Zimmerman might run and hide. He better! Its like he’s got a huge bullseye on his chest. Or in this case, a bounty.

For those of us who are mad as hell, I want to address this to my African-American brothers and sisters, either you are a reader of this blog or just want to pass along for an RSS feed, it’s time to rise up. It’s time to rise the (you know what) up. Yeah, we talk about the 60’s, the old school SNCC’s, NAACP, Urban Leagues, the MLK’s  and the REAL Civil Rights Movement when it was really cracking. That was when black folks stood up! We need that back. We need that back in a sense of  today’s era of Technological, Social Media, era. In an era when the Voting Rights Act was shot down, and DOMA was risen up. Look here: I said this on my previous blogs and I’m still saying it: I appreciate the platform of our Gay/Lesbian Folks, but their movement is not, (I repeat) not no where near close as the original thing. This verdict has had a ripple effect in me as well, and yes, I am an African American male that is always on the watch! No matter where I drive, hangout, socialize, work,  display, and many others. To those who are apart of the BMCR, Black Fraternities and Sororities, Eastern Stars, Masons, Elks or any other well known group that has African-American members, or have been started by African-Americans, forget about your colors, your sides of fame, and or celebrations of longevity of who’s been here since the 1900’s – WAKE UP! I want address the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Folks. Yes, I know you are in Washington DC celebrating 100 years. Or should I say continuing to celebrate 100 years. I see you. I see what you said thanks to the internet. But like everyone else, you better rise up in terms of what your founders and customs have bestowed on you at a time like this. I’m just saying.  And also: 2014 is a voting year. Get out and VOTE UP! These crazy punk laws have gotten us in my view, very bewildered. We all better vote not just in 2014, in every single voting year out there. Every two years, we get to the polls no matter how big or small. It’s time to represent as if Obama is on the ballot! Some say that those who reside in the suburbs, may not feel safe in the city. Guess what: I might be afraid to go into the suburbs and might get recognized for a suspect. Double Edge sword swing mighty sharp.

And to those who are non-black. I want you to listen: while this encounter may not mean much to you, but I think you would have to understand of what it means to be black in America in terms of going through hard stuff like this. I also hate to say that many you have been brought up with values. I have also. Also brought up with clubs and organizations that you donate, or fences per say to put up. But I am here to tell you (I will be straight on this) and I don’t care if you are a business owner, a reader of my blog, or your friends blog list, or brought up in a good family of generational traditions, or whatever. I don’t care if you are in the military (yeah I said it) , or in a well-known college or university, if you are in a situation that your clubs, medals, good conduct, traditional values in which you thought was good for a while,  nor if you are apart of the debate team, or a well known fraternity or sorority of country clubs: NEWSFLASH – they will NOT save you! I want to be clear on this right now. They will not save you. Even playing or listening to black music or being Beyonce or Jay-Z will not save you. I’m being real. Even if you like the Right Wing Media, they will not save you. I’m just saying. And furthermore: this commentary of clothing is just pathetic. If those who think Hoodies are the problem, dead wrong. Guess what, I’ve seen folks who dress up in business suits, wing tip shoes, power ties, Khakis and Polos, business dresses (ladies)  and I’ve read about folks who dress like that, also can also be thugs, pimps, prostitutes, jezebels, dropouts, and guess what? It’s not always with baggy jeans, baggy shirts, and hats turned back to reflect the gang life. So like it is: it’s a basically an attitude approach! Also the discussion of race will ALWAYS have a toll on the table. The race card, as most call it will always have a deck in the shuffle. And the hyper sensitivity about those who say, “I don’t see color, I see a human being.” If you saw me face to face in a conversation, or in a public place, the first thing you see and the last thing you will see is my skin tone of black. I don’t buy the propanganish quotes of not seeing color. You will see color upfront whether you like it or not. But in a sense, you’ll see what I do in terms of doing work in my community the right way. Time to learn, America! To me, this striking thing is like turning the clock back 200 years. Didn’t we have a birthday? like July 4th? Like 237 years? They say that Justice does not work for black folks. Well I think, “justice” needs to listen up.  I hope that this does not last for about 3 weeks or less. I want this to be a constant reminder of as we go to work, school, our clubs and other functions we attend or donate. If you don’t remember what I just wrote, remember this: Justice needs to listen up. Period. Because if it doesn’t “listen”, we don’t listen nor respond. Just as the same to rally around our kids not just for school, but everyday. I don’t have any kids. But if I did, the watch will be on them all the time!

Part 2 will come this week.

By the way, I attached a link to a picture of Trayvon in which was passed around online. And yes MSNBC made a mistake of displaying the photo. Just a warning: if those who are really sensitive about graphic footages or graphic related footage, do NOT click the link labeled “constant reminder!”


I don’t know if anyone caught the news this morning, but apparently the SCOTUS probably doesn’t care about Voting Rights. Or maybe they do. In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court decided to strike down a key provisional element that prevents the discrimination portion to commence. Also the use of that, is really the decision in their words: “Outdated and Unconstitutional.”  Really?!

For those who don’t know, this act was a landmark decision in 1965 in which the act was made to made sure that the Voting Rights for all, including African-Americans were not to be discriminated when going to the voting booth. So technically this is the same “landmark voting act” in which Martin Luther King, President Lyndon B. Johnson, Rep. John Lewis,  and many other Civil Rights Activists went to the mat with the boots on the ground and fought and died for. And it was never passed nor processed. What I found it to be very shameful in today’s era in which Paula Deen was caught with N-Words with jokes! Well, what is my view of Paula Deen now? More on that later.

And I dare to ask, who is happy about this? If those who are happy about this,  I hate to say, but it’s time to go back to the woodshed! Back to the schools. The HARD OLD SCHOOLS in which you had to learn it from the ground up. Not just in the classroom. Many of the folks now probably don’t understand, nor don’t care about why stuff like this – like Clarence Thomas. Yeah, I pulled his name up because he favored it. This is the same Clarence Thomas that had run ins with Anita Hill back in 1991. Remember that trial? And over the years, he changed. Some say he changed like Stephen from Django Unchained or Uncle Ruckus from boondocks. Yeah I said it! And partially it was slapped in the face. According to Justice John Roberts, he noted that times have changed. But I often say that the more things change, the more things remain the same. Yeah, I also know by now that DOMA is getting struck down. But, I’m going to say this: I think that, along with the Gay/Lesbian rights Movement IS NO WHERE NEAR the Civil Rights Movement. I hate to say it, but it is. Now, don’t get me wrong. I respect the platform that the Gay/Lesbian folks are doing and expressing that notion. And no animosity from me who respect the cause. I don’t care about it. Let them have it. But they have to understand that the Civil Rights Movement in my view, built the road, built the table, or in this case, built the house for equality. Which also stood the bar for African-Americans to take part. And to you young folks who like to know what’s up in Milwaukee through my blogs on a different angle, are just trying to understand, go back and listen the elders. Don’t talk. Don’t comment. Don’t assume it’s well it was posted on Facebook and it’s all Cray. (I know what cray means) Don’t assume that it’s just for the older folks: GUESS WHAT! This could effect you also. And no, your favorite Social Media stuff will NOT SAVE YOU! This issue is bigger than what you think. Even bigger than Milwaukee’s Summerfest and the 110th Harley-Davidson Anniversary.

In a statement, President Barack Obama commented his view point:

“I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today. For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress – has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans. Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.

“As a nation, we’ve made a great deal of progress towards guaranteeing every American the right to vote. But, as the Supreme Court recognized, voting discrimination still exists. And while today’s decision is a setback, it doesn’t represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination. I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls. My Administration will continue to do everything in its power to ensure a fair and equal voting process.”

Elder Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. had to comment this on the real:

“Today is a sad day for America because a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court has undermined protection of voting rights for millions of citizens. Given all of the voter suppression we have seen in recent years, it is unconscionable for the majority to rule, in effect, that the Voting Rights Act is no longer needed. This ruling will go down in the history of jurisprudence in America as a betrayal of our democratic values.

Many Americans made great sacrifices, and some paid the highest price, to achieve the protection of voting rights that was provided by this historic legislation. We must press forward with ever-increasing resolve to restore the full protection of the Voting Rights Act and to secure federal, state and local government protection of voting rights for all Americans.

I call on congress to act swiftly to pass legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act to its full strength. If it takes a new era of citizen action to persuade congress to restore protection of our voting rights, then I encourage all Americans of conscience to rise to the challenge. Indeed, it is a challenge we must accept as we prepare to commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the great dream my father shared with the world on that occasion.”

Even Al Sharpton on MSNBC commented that King’s dream, in regarding this: “Canceled”.  Yep. Those who have marched and had the boots on the ground from Montgomery to Selma, to the March on Washington and others that had a hand in the Voting Rights Act, are either rolling over in the graves or in discontent beyond belief. And stuff like this keeps slipping with excuses.

And again – The 4th of July is around the corner. Is this the expression of Independence, or that so-called right of being Americans? Really?! We all going learn today!

Well, guess what also. 2014 is next year. And yes it’s a voting year. If you feel that those who are 18 and up, that is not happy. VOTE! I don’t care if you vote in person or absentee: VOTE. Either you stand in line, or get an Absentee Ballot in the Mail, Email or Digital, VOTE!

And one more thing: CALLOUT – This what happens when and if you don’t vote, you don’t count!


If you have worked hard and climbed the ladder of success in your educational game: Congrats. Nothing is the best feeling in the world to have your name called and receiving your Diplomas infront of your peers and family. No question that your time has come. And those of us who graduated in years past, it’s still our time! Not to take anything away from the current graduates, but I think that the speeches coming up for the current class should also coincide with those completed the exercises as Alumni should get the same notion.

Now: I was looking at the speech that President Obama gave at Morehouse College. If you don’t’ know, Morehouse is a HBCU, a Historically Black College and University in the state of Georgia. Plus also, it’s the same college that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr attended, which we should know. But the occasion wasn’t about reminiscing about Dr. King’ s academic years, it was about these graduates, black men in all, who passed all the requirements and getting prepared for the world that awaits them. Yes, Morehouse is all black male college. Just so you know. But in the speech, and I know that those who heard it probably got negative thoughts now of what the President said. Really? Ok, so graduation speeches don’t usually hit the high marks. We know. But after listening to the President telling the graduates, predominantly African-American Men, that there are no excuses! This also reminds me when I was in my first two years in High School, my former band teacher always have displayed these words:

Results Matter. Excuses Do Not!

From an excerpt of the speech: 

Well, we’ve got no time for excuses.  Not because the bitter legacy of slavery and segregation have vanished entirely; they have not.  Not because racism and discrimination no longer exist; we know those are still out there.  It’s just that in today’s hyperconnected, hyper competitive world, with millions of young people from China and India and Brazil — many of whom started with a whole lot less than all of you did — all of them entering the global workforce alongside you, nobody is going to give you anything that you have not earned. 

Later on in the speech:

Nobody cares how tough your upbringing was.  Nobody cares if you suffered some discrimination.  And moreover, you have to remember that whatever you’ve gone through, it pales in comparison to the hardships previous generations endured — and they overcame them.  And if they overcame them, you can overcome them, too.

Plus:

You now hail from a lineage and legacy of immeasurably strong men — men who bore tremendous burdens and still laid the stones for the path on which we now walk.  You wear the mantle of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, and Ralph Bunche and Langston Hughes, and George Washington Carver and Ralph Abernathy and Thurgood Marshall, and, yes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  These men were many things to many people.  And they knew full well the role that racism played in their lives.  But when it came to their own accomplishments and sense of purpose, they had no time for excuses.

So I have ask: what was so bad about this speech again?

It kinds of pales in comparison  of what Bill Cosby said a couple of years ago in which the black community have to be responsible of have an accountability instead of being permanently “held back”. This is what I think most are not understanding. And I’ll bet there are some who are African American who heard that probably had an attitude indicating that’s just a load of hogwash. Well let me tell you, that is real talk! And more importantly  real truth! At times, I’ve seen and read about black men being held down for many reasons ranging from being held back for job offers due to experience, and race! I went through that. Plus also problems dealing with upbringings and having a notion of going to prison in which more black men get to more than going or graduating from college. Yes, we’ve heard them. But partially, there are those who been through the storm and kept going. President Obama commented Dr. King, Thurgood Marshall, Ralph Abernathy  and others came before him that dealt with those issues of being held back while trying to maintain their cause. In which they did.

My question is, and this for the class of 2013, and other classes BEFORE 2013, what is our current goal for reversing this notion in which those of my African descent can get a fair shake? They say that “African-Americans have to work twice (TWICE) as hard” just not only get into the game, but stay in the game. Even I have to work twice as hard in getting a good paying career that I can rekindle and revive my use of my Industrial Management Degree that I received in 2006 from UW-Stout. This past Mother’s Day Weekend, marked 7 years since going through the Commencement Exercises. In addition to my Distance Education experience, I had to work three times as hard to maintain the focus and get the degree with going through the B.S. of getting the B.S. Yeah I said it!

Now what happens if I go to get the M.S. if encountering the M.S.? And I’m not talking about Multiple Sclerosis.

So for this, congrats Class of 2013. Plus also, welcome to the Alumni Association. GIVE BACK! Give back to your schools/universities that gave you love for education for four years. You have invested in your education and it’s time to take it to the next level. Where it might be in the workforce for a while and/or to another degree. The reason why I drew up the Alumni Association Angle, we hear about schools being in the red for financial concerns, and also how to strengthen the schools better. Even if the schools name change based on past previous poor enrollment.  No matter if its a High School or College. We’ve seen them. And my former High School has got a name change with Gifted and Talented. By the way, what really defines a school? Is it the name,  the building , or those who went there and still remain family?

But still, when you (Class of 2013) join up with the Alumni Association, you will have an extensive network of Alumni that can or could give you the drive to get to your future endeavors. And stay informed about your former schools in order to donate or contribute. If you can tithe to the church, tithe to your Alma Mater! And that deserves no sermon subject or an commencement speech.

And  just to add: The student loans have to be repaid.