Posts Tagged ‘Memorial Day’


While many of us were taking the day off from work and school, the infamous Memorial Day Holiday returned as well as the “unofficial”start of the summer season. You know that is when many will start to travel alot? Yeah that one. This is also the same Memorial Day when many of us in the black community will remind the country that it was black folks that made the holiday. Long history of that missed! And also, it appears that the sacreligous saying of “Happy Memorial Day” is dumb. But however, I’m scratching my head again.

Like last year and this year and the year before that: WHY ARE WE SAYING HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY?!! It’s not for the living!

I need to ask this: does the African-American Community gets to be honored on Memorial Day when many of our black servicemen died or KIA in battle? Even while serving when the country didn’t give them love?

The month of May is Military Appreciation Month, which military member should be given love each day?

The Second Milwaukee Streetcar arrived this month, and in June, the Open House begins. Is June 8th still on your calendar, Milwaukee?

Starbucks was closed for one day after Memorial Day. You know what it means?

Has anyone really adapted to the full blown downside of Tinder?

If Call of Duty is not Nintendo Switch material, can Wolfenstein II be that combat game to become the best ever?

Next month is June: Black Music Month, Pride Month, Month set aside for Fathers, Juneteenth, The First Day of Summer………oh, you know us men realize that it’s also Men’s Health Month? Wear light blue!

It’s really apparent that the celebration of the United Methodist Church’s 50 is catching on. But after the celebration is one and done, what’s really next?

Why many ask those whom are single and no kids: “what’s wrong?”

Why many ask those whom are introverted that are “anti-social?!” Knowing its not the people, it’s really the connection.

Hold up: Noah’s Ark got a new water slide in Wisconsin. Hint it’s a snake ride. Not as you think. Wanna know?

Can the American Legion go to the inner city schools/events to assist them about black history war figures? Along with the Auxiliary, Riders and Sons? This is a serious question here. Not knocking the suburbs.

So many people think that the NFL is being unfair (still unfair) about Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling. Many have said that it’s unfair for him that he’s not signed to a team. NOW the NFL has made a rule that if a player doesn’t rise before the anthem, the team will be penalized 15 yards. There was a time that the NFL players were in the locker room while the anthem is played. Like 2009. My question is, why did 45 had to bust out saying that those who didn’t recite the anthem shouldn’t be in the country?!

Oh my God! Roseanne’s reboot and reruns has been cancelled due to a racist tweet to one of former members of the Obama/Biden Crew: Former Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett. For you Roseanne fans: so who’s the snowflake now?

Wisconsin: we turned 170 years old this week. What about the 8% of African-Americans living in the state for opportunities?

Additional School Shootings in Santa Fe, Texas and also after a High School Graduation in Atlanta, Georgia. Now I need to ask yet again after the “March for our Lives”, why are we are NOT getting the message?!

Was this a great decision by Mayor Tom Barrett by NOT running for Governor in Wisconsin in 2018?

I’ve seen Graduations of older folks in their 90’s graduating from College. You know it’s not too late, right?

How will Juneteenth Day 2018 turn up?

This is an interesting article: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a story about skills being important as degrees. Should this an idea to get folks back to work in a new way? And I know this needs to be asked: if you have a Bachelor’s Degree and you’ve been working low wages for a while well after college, and you want a newer BETTER JOB, why is this being blocked for those whom have a 4 year degree?

MSNBC had a Town Hall Meeting about Everyday Racism in America. Mainly with the now concerns of racism at Starbucks, Yale, etc. Was White America as well as any other naysayer American was paying attention?

Black Men: when we are stopped by the police or had been stopped by the police, do we feel a sense of concern like they are going to get us? And could this be one of the reasons why an interest in Police work is not out of the question?

And the Final question: Has EVERY American get this?

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Coming in June: two things to write about – A Traditional Stephen’s Spot Blog about Graduations. And MEN – I have a serious blog to write about Men’s Health and you need to listen, er read what I have to say. Especially Black Men! Blood Pressures and Diabetes.

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By now, we’re back at work. Back in school. Back to the part where it’s the now the “unofficial start” of summer. We know that Memorial Day has past and many of us paid respects to those that did the job for us by serving in uniform.

Whether they were killed in action, or like my father whom had passed on while a veteran, no matter they had served in any of the 5 branches, served in conflicts or peacetime, they all served. Period. Even if we don’t like it that much.

But, I’m scratching my head again.
CALLOUT: Yo, why are we saying the words: “Happy Memorial Day?”

Wisconsin, you realized we turned another year of Statehood, right? Been around since 1848.

You also realized that Memorial Day started with black folks, right?

On Facebook and Instagram: many of you did this, why are you putting up pics of MLK, Malcolm X, Frederick Douglass, and other famous African-Americans whom DID NOT SERVE?! Especially on Memorial Day.  Just curious……

For those whom are still stuck: why do we confuse Veterans Day and Memorial Day so much?

You realize that Armed Forces Day gets skipped over alot, and many don’t realize that it gets celebrated in May of our current Armed Forces Members?

Do many African-Americans families go to Memorial Day tributes at cemeteries and parades outside of the big cities?

Where are the black Gold Star families in Milwaukee that lost those whom served previously? As well as those who lost loved ones when they were recognized as Veterans?

Like many in America, there’s always going to be concerns about shootings around the Memorial Day Weekend. And the real reason because…..?

Instead of hating on those who don’t get any acknowledgement on Memorial Day, like those who fought in the community, could they’re be an idea of drafting a “Community Memorial Day” state or city holiday?

Instead of hating the idea of a certain Community or Civil Rights or Abolitionists doesn’t get a recognition on Memorial Day, can there be a “National Civil Rights Memorial Day?”

I said this last year: why isnt there an African-American Rolling Thunder Event for Juneteenth Day? You know like the one in D.C. every year?

During any Rolling Thunder Event of Motorcycles: was there a black Marine, or a black Airman, a black Sailor, a black Coast Guard Member or a black Soilder saluting in DC?

Where there any black American Legion Members or Sons, or Auxiliary, or Legion Riders out yesterday?

How many of those felt when the Tuskegee Airmen got recognized in DC during the Memorial Day Concert?

Did ANY African-Americans knowingly got recognized on Memorial Day when presenting names or having their names displayed?

Off topic question: Why is there a theater in Texas not having men to come out to see the upcoming Wonder Woman Movie? MEN: go to the theaters to see Wonder Woman that will welcome us dudes that like the DC Woman Character. And also keep going to that theater so the other theaters will lose male customers!

Second off-topic question: What will it take to resist the negative acts of #45, the negative acts of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and negative mindset of Sheriff David Clarke?

Third off-topic question: Can the DNC really resist this summer?

OK last one: how many of us will always pass the knowledge, tell the stories, learn the lessons of those whom have passed on and either they were killed in action or died years later as Veterans? If we don’t tell the stories, who will?

The Struggle Continues Red White and Blue

 


 

Hopefully, I know were just getting past the Memorial Day weekend. We all hope that we had a good holiday break with the Barbecues, Baseball Games and those days off. But it’s not really about that. It’s really about those who are at rest who fought for those freedoms we endure everyday. Just a word of thought, Memorial Day is for those who have fought and died, not really for those who are living the stories! We all know that May is Military Appreciation Month. Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Day. We know this! Know the difference. 

Now today, as we all know already, we lost a legend in the black community. We lost a legend in the black poetry game. And yes we lost for those who want to keep it like this: A great American. Even a black queen!  We lost Dr. Maya Angelou. For 86 years, she has taught us with her poetry, her activism, her wise words for life and most of all, she has taught us well beyond life. She ran her race well.

Back in High School in the early 90’s, Bill Clinton was inaugurated to be the 42nd President of the United States. And yes he got sworn in 1993. And I remember the inauguration biblically. No I wasn’t there, but millions of us were watching as well. One of the highlights I do remember was Maya Angelou’s poem: “On The Pulse Of Morning.” Now most us Gen X, and Baby Boomers remember that. Even most of the Greatest Generation recalled that poem. For you Gen Y and Millenials folks, either you weren’t around or you were way to young to know this. When she read that poem, it was one of her best speeches. No question. I’m not taking anything away from “Still I Rise”, and “I know why the cage bird sings”. They were and still are the top pieces of literature of her craft. But the On The Pulse of Morning poem had all those symbolisms of Dry Tokens, Rocks, Trees, Rivers, and many other symbolic uses. What was the dry tokens in the poem? Bones. Look it up.

And profoundly it’s a symbolic reminder of acceptance, barriers to be mended, new ideas to be planted, focused, previewed and summarized. It’s a plan of having this focus to act. That to me is a pulse. And in the poem it reminds us of everyday reminders, everyday missions, everyday wins and losses, and everyday reminders that the world needs to listen and hear. Those everyday reminders in that poem maybe just words, but those words are telling us that there is work to be done, and not to forget the past for no reason. Even if it’s wars, and dare say Slavery!

Maya Angelou had over 30 Honorary Degrees. And no she didn’t went to college. I know that someone might say, “oh she didn’t went to college but got over 30 honorary degrees?!!  Really? And I’m stuck in this college about to drop out with the mindset of not knowing the real stuff to get a degree.” Now I not advocating folks to drop out here. Finish your college game with the degrees coming up. Finish that stuff! Don’t be like those who say, “I wish I would have gone back and finish.” Well go back and FINISH! Just a suggestion.

Furthermore, she was active! Active as a poet, active in civil rights, active as a professor, active in film, producing, and yes dancer. The keyword in the sentence: ACTIVE! And I’ll bet she was one of those in her generation that did more that one thing and not just one thing and thats it. Learn it young bucks!

Many today right now in 2014, probably might be asking this question or making statements like: “Who was Maya Angelou?”  “I don’t know who she was”. Or here is thought, “What has she done for me and why should I care?!” Don’t be shocked if you see or hear these sentences. Don’t be. If those of us who have those who say those words or sentences, you better tell them! Don’t wait until they’re all so-grown and out of the house and acting like they’re all that. They’re not. That will be like saying folks who believe that going to church is like giving away your money in all. And all that God, Jesus, stuff is just junk! And saying also that religion is foul and the members of the church don’t give a darn about what going on outside of the walls. We know that’s false because there are folks of the cloth knows what’s up. For example: Take a look at your kids’ classrooms, the boardrooms, your place of employment, the voting registration areas, medical, counselors of all professions, the movement of anti-discrimination, anti-violence, the club, your favorite DJ who couldn’t get more music to play for the crowd, the bartender behind the bar giving advice on family. Or your favorite Barber giving you a cut and some job leads outside your element. What about that  Non-Believers?! Answer that! And like those who make the statements, there might be those who will not care about the work of Maya Angelou. Probably will not want that around them. In Milwaukee recently, we had a “Ceasefire Week” which was a reflection of getting the guns off the streets. There were about 300 guns collected, but what happened after that? 18 shootings and this is supposed to drop the guns? Really?!

I know what I just said is not relevant to Maya Angelou’s work or legacy. But what I’m trying to say is that even though it’s not that understandable as of yet, it takes years to understand the gist and objectives of one’s work. It’s not just about reading the words, or looking them up on Google, the words have to have meanings! Those meanings in which everyone should understand fully! Yes, we know about Dr. King and the infamous “I Have A Dream” Speech. We know the words when he mentioned his four little children growing up in the world where they may not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. We know and many of you probably still got that on storage. How many of those who highlighted that section so many times out of storage, and never had the thought to view or hear the entire speech?  And I know that can be the same with Maya Angelou’s poems or words of advice. I’m just saying. So with this in the coming days of Dr. Maya’s home-going, there will be tributes, honors, paintings, words from her on video, her first and last words on social media, and I’ll bet her funeral will not be showcased in a spectacle. It should be respectful. And after all the tributes and all the words of expression, will we still reflect the lessons of Maya Angelou? Will the schools incorporate her work in the classrooms, or in the college classes, (IF THEY ACCEPT MORE OF BLACK STUDIES) or will ordinary folks of everyday duties will just forget and go back to the reality mode like it didn’t happen?

Also in the next coming days will we even care? And I’m not just saying that to black folks. Matter of fact, this is for the black folks. And many others who feel this way. Will we or won’t we?

Dr. Maya Angelou had educated us all. From her generation, to the Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y and hopefully some Millennial folks. She was like that grandmother that you should not skip over. That teacher that had to educate you over and over. That senior citizen, that did it, the right way.

Knowledge is power if you want it.


Well, I can’t say that I Told You So, Wisconsin. But even though that it maybe wishful thinking coming June 5th, but I’m not going to jump the gun UNTIL the votes have been checked. Currently the State is having the early voting/absentee all over. Including Milwaukee. It seems to me that 2010 should be and only be a distant memory of a bad nightmare. For this, it’s about redemption or like having that last chance to say, “We’re here. Everything else is you know what.” During the first debate, I know that Walker was trying to well “breeze his way” past the wire. But when it came to the unemployment rates in Milwaukee, that really got to Walker. Now you’re probably assuming that it was all Tom Barrett fault citywise. But the guilty has to be equated with County Views of Scott Walker. If I do the math correctly, Scott Walker served as County Executive between 2002 – 2011. Tom Barrett: 2004 – Present. So I have to say based on yearwise, Scott Walker, yet again deserves the blame of the 34%  unemployment in Milwaukee County. Yes I know that the County of Milwaukee has been to career fairs looking for workers in the city. On the flipside the debt in Milwaukee grew upto 85% during Walker’s tenure. So I ask the Walker supporters: what’s up with that?!!!  Hmmmm, Talk to me! And don’t assume that shouldn’t be seen like those mysterious emails insuring that the internal investigations that broke recently. Especially those that broke the rules when Walker was campaigning on “county time”.

If Walker survives the Recall, most of the things that established Wisconsin will be changed. Voting  privilages, not showing up to court equal convictions, or any other things that makes wonders like “what has this state has become?” In regarding to do business: earlier in a previous blog what will that say in terms of Talgo, would say about Wisconsin? Oh, I hear like: “Wisconsin is open for business, but not that business”. There was lots of talk about Super Steel should got onboard with the then-high speed rail project. Now I don’t have a problem with Super Steel, but if Super Steel weren’t so stuck up about being the first in line with the rail thing, why didn’t THEY step up and simply just signed the dotted line instead of Talgo? One thing about American companies in which that in respect they do step up in terms of tough times. But in regarding Super Steel and Talgo, why wasn’t there a joint agreement with the both companies for High Speed Rail with the state? Also, Talgo stepped up in America for over a decade. WHERE WAS SUPER STEEL THEN? What about it, conservative supporters? Where the talk about that? Obviously that has never been heard. Again, talking loud and saying nothing.  And by the way, where are the Independents?  You count too!

Based on in the past year, it’s no wonder that Wisconsin is in the mix for the election year. Technically they are calling this Recall Election the most important election than the upcoming Presidential Election. Speaking of Recalls, word around the Social Media outlets that Recalls are a bad idea. I question why. What’s the real reason? Money? Waste? What? Obviously I feel those concerned should have a right to exercise their voice despite of other opinions. California went through it. One of the Dakotas went through it. But WHY NOT WISCONSIN? Many of us forget that this is a part of process of democracy. It’s part of freedom of expression. Just this past week, was Memorial Day, in which those lying in the crypts or graves in Arlington National Cemetery, or Woods National Cemetery, or any Memorial Park, Cemetery or Monument that served in the Armed Forces fought and died to give US citizens those rights! Oh yes, Freedom is not free. And the right of free expression must come at a responsibility. But even though those that don’t assume the recall thing is an idea, think about those who didn’t have a voice and died! Think about those who didn’t have the will, DIED! I can hear soilders or veterans talk that “I had to give up my rights to defend YOU. And this the thanks I get?” Speeches. They care. Now I’m not a Vet. But if I were, I would be spreading that like wildfire. Many folks might look me like I’m crazy. To every Armed Forces Member out there doing their thing: Thank you! Keep taking names and doing it for America’s Freedoms.

But in all of this: We Americans have a right to express approval and disapproval at times. Even in recalls. Like it or not.

Obviously, despite of the internal “polls” I think that won’t effect the real deal. That real deal is June 5th.