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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, it’s time to for me to unleash some stuff here. And for this, I will not be held back on what is this about in all. Technically, the announcement of the Government Shutdown all because of the GOP ideals of stripping the now official Affordable Care Act out of the barn and into the pasture to be shot. Well guess what, the Affordable Care Act had gotten over a million hits since today, October 1st. And will continue to get more hits especially for those who didn’t have enough coverage, or no coverage to get into to see a doctor for physicals and of course the words of Health and Care!

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Now the GOP failed to realize that going against Obama on this, maybe a grave mistake. A real grave mistake because look at next year, 2014. That year might be a execution style in which who from the U.S. House of Representatives will be gone into the unemployment line and if Speaker of the House John Boehner is on that list to be FIRED, I’ll say it here: he needs to be fired! I remember when the GOP in 2010 had a hat that read “Fired Pelosi.” All because of the whole health care set up. And it was the same set up when Congressman John Lewis was called out a racial slur and got spat upon all because the so-called Tea Party fans didn’t like the mentality of health care. Oh wait it’s not about healthcare? It’s Obama right. The first black president right? Why I’m not surprised.  This whole Shutdown reminds me of 1995 in the very same year that I graduated from High School that Bill Clinton faced the hot-seat of a Government Shutdown in parts of a potential Universal Healthcare. Then came that commercial in 1994 about “Harry and Louise” trying to accomplish to dump the Clinton’s version of HealthCare for all. And the elephants had to stomp all over that. All because they at the time was socialized medicine was about to take over. Can I say that they were copying Ronald Reagan’s notes? just like the leeches of the Tea Bagging Citizens who just had this imaginary sign of less government. Really?

And to those in the international community, please forgive America.  Really I am asking this as a citizen.

Out of my home state, Congresswoman Gwen Moore in DC had to comment about the decision that led to this “shutdown”.  She didn’t held back.

So technically, this shutdown was just a punishment for voters like me who voted up in 2012 for Barack Obama. If anyone deserves to be punished it’s not guys like me. The Republcan-Led Congress, and those in the Tea Party: THEY NEED to be punished. All because of their ongoing hatred against the President. since day one. Oh, and the thing about Reince Priebus and Michelle Bachmann having this notion of “supporting the veterans” is very sickening. Why I am saying this? I am a son/nephew of Vietnam Veterans. And Grandson of WWII Vets, Cousins of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and many others that have served in my family. As a son/nephew/cousin/grandson of those who have served in arms, I am stricken with disgust. I’ll bet many of you are who are sons, grandson and etc, are just a disgusted as this act. Yes, I realized that those who are WWII Vets want to see the WWII Memorial. Not a problem with that . But the folks who were welcomed were the same REPUBLICANS who wanted this Shutdown in the first place. Michelle Bachmann is a fraud! Sorry Minnesota, I know she’s your girl, but I’m just saying. And a far as Reince Preibus, from Janesville, don’t get me started! He is just as a fraud as Paul Ryan and Scott Walker in the same realm.

So in my view, are using the WWII Vets like pawns in a chess game to think, “Oh, we care about those who served and they deserve right to see their memorial.” Can I get the phone and dial 1-800 B.S.! Or hashtag on twitter #AmericansPlease! If the republicans cared about the Vets so much, why not help out the WIC? Or the support of the 800,000+ folks who aren’t working all because of the B.S. of them Shutting down the Government.  All because the hate on Obama, and the hate on the Affordable Care Act. Just to reiterate something here, I’ve been through the shutdowns in 1995-1996, so this is a second wind for survival for me. And no I’m not pleased with it. Technically it’s foolish. Now I know that there are those in the Republican group that want to distance themselves away from the shutdown decision. Well…..ok. But I wish those in the party would just make some common sense. Other than reciting in Congress, of Dr. Seuss.  This Senator Ted Cruz person, who ever he is, is really nerve racking. Yeah I said it, Texas. It needed to be said. All that “defund ObamaCare” mess. He can talk defending it all he wants to, but it is the law of the land.

Let’s just face it. The Republicans lost. They lost the last election against Obama. They lost the Health Care Debate. And they are whining up the storm all because of it. Now the Tea Party should know how it feels when most didn’t do scrap. And there are 81 members are holding the country hostage all because of this. Like I said, if those in the party are holding America in imprisonment, they need to have their jobs stripped. And what is the way to do it? Everybody in America, if you don’t believe in voting, you better start now.

Next blog on “the spot” a  letter to the 800,000 folks that are currently not working because of the shutdown. I got some inspiration for them. And trust me, anyone can pay attention.


If you heard the big news and I know you heard the big news: A new change in Gun Responsibility has been surfaced. The President, I think had to go there. Mainly, I’m glad the President went there. Obviously, what I am talking about is the new rules that was announced today. Frankly, this had to be done. For far too long, us Americans have been bound by the 2nd Amendment about the rights to bear arms. Technically I remember blogging about responsibility and accountability when using or operating the weapons. This is what I’m getting that. When I saw the President, the Vice President, and the representatives with CHILDREN, and the issue of weapons use at hand, there is no question that the President signed the document, into Executive Law: Which means that those who are Gun Owners,  the responsibility and accountability will indeed and must come up. Oh, and the folks on the right: well I hate to tell the conservative folks, this was a long time coming! Not because it’s not bashing the 2nd Amendment, it’s bashing something else of the use and getting away with murder. Now I asked the question after the Sandy Hook Shootings, and it concerns the Gun Owners: Do you condone this? It’s not a matter of answering right away, it’s a matter of your own thinking. Plain and simple.  Now I’m not here to judge every Gun Owner, yes there are some who use the weapon respectfully. But those who don’t , they are ones who will be facing the heat.

I haven’t told this story publically, but there was time that I was in a Walmart years back, and a then, younger person around 16-18 years old was asking me if I can buy a bee-bee gun for him. I told him no! Personally, if I would have done that and if that person used the gun in a manner that in a non-responsible manner, guess who would pay the responsibility? Me. Why, you ask? That would be a case of having my name out there and taking the suffering responsibility of a minor’s action. Also, I would not recommend that to anyone who might be thinking about it and plus I would not recommend those under 18 reading my blogs like interests, to ask a grown adult not to ask for a gun. Wait until you’re grown, kiddies! Not to call you out, but I think the keyword maturity must come into play for something like this.

Part of what the President laid out in the switch in regarding gun buying, is Universal Background Checks. YEP! Every person who from now on, who has a thought of going to get a gun of any kind, I don’t care if it’s a Desert Eagle or a Smith and Wesson, you will be checked! Now I know that the proud gun owners who opposes this, should they also oppose those of color or gender who go through background checks of those who have criminal records, bad credit and many other things that might hinder folks of color especially African-Americans of getting a job? What about getting a house, or food from a church pantry? Or maybe yet, finding a job at a unemployment office? The Old School folks once knew that if you can wave your hand in a certain way, you have a job. Now a days,  it’s not just waving your hand, but also your experience, and background checking of you having a run in with the law, or bad credit will also be asked. And speaking of that, in addition to the credit checks, that must go! Many of  the companies use this trying to separate those who has a good credit score and a bad credit score. So technically, if those who have a bad credit score, don’t usually get the job based on the selfishness of these s0-called companies! I’m not bashing all companies, but those who have this barrier against those who will never get the job they wanted after all the studying, and working the broke jobs. Plus also who have been denied because of being overqualified.

Call out: I CALL B.S. ON THAT ALL THE WAY!

Speaking of things that are B.S.  – The NRA. Yet again. So the NRA puts out a video about President Obama being hypocritical about the the Gun Ownership thing, and the worst of the things: the video uses his own daughters!  Say what?!!!! Seriously, NRA?! They have to pull out a sample just to shield up on Sasha and Malia of their “so-called point”. The response of the White House came at a good time by labeling it “Repugnant” and “Cowardly”. Obviously, I don’t think that the NRA does not understand like most on the right. If those who are right and those who work or donate for NRA took the time to talk to those who have been affected by the gun violence, per say then they would have to take accountability of calling out themselves to just stop and think. Overall, they haven’t. Even the late President Ronald Reagan in 1994, called those in charge at the time in congress, to put an stop on assault weapons by supporting the passing of the Assault Weapons Ban. The same Ronald Reagan that most of the right wing liked so much. Look it up, he said it.

Some of you are probably wondering, what’s my beef on this issue? Let me tell you. In the summer of 2002, I had a cousin who was shot and killed by gun in Milwaukee. Those who shot him are currently serving time, but the thought of him being shot and killed at 21 years old was a bad factor. Plus he was African-American that had ambitions of being able to finish school at UW-Milwaukee, owning a Ice Cream Parlor and etc. The place now where the Ice Cream Parlor once stood is now an establishment for those affected by Domestic Violence. He never ran with a gang, never had a criminal record, and etc. I know that this wouldn’t change anything as the bad guys would say. But the thought of this, has to be changed for the better in our communities. Just like in Aurora, Colorado, Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Chicago, IL; Oak Creek/Milwaukee/Brookfield/Wauwatosa, WI; Portland, Oregon; Tucson, Arizona, and Newtown, Connecticut. And many other cities and states that have been affected by these cowardly acts of those who are deranged, mental and use a firearm to escape. And oh, we have this right to bear arms.

We Americans better have the rights to bear responsibility and accountability for all rights! Even the rights to save those who are young, gifted, religious, good working, educated, Black, White, Hispanic, females, males, unemployed, underemployed, employed, members of clubs/organizations, and many others. Mostly black males.

No excuses, America. Go to work.

Just a for a review: here is the list of the changes that have been signed. All 23 of them.