February 24, 2008
February 21, 2008
For me and millions of other Americans, when we are said to play the victims or have a victim mentality, I will say that in some ways that is right. We have lived under a system where we were victims, without liberty and citizenship. However we did not live our lives as victims, within our isolated society. Outside we lived within a system of rules, Jim Crow. In some cases violating these rules could mean lost of livelihood or even life itself. Today, some would say that was insignificant; that was then and this is now. Since, we and the ones that made the rules are still living now and have raised several generations; how can the past not effect the present society.
I'm tired of being told I know nothing of freedom, liberty or citizenship. Unless you have immigrated from a totalitarian regime, we can certainly say we know more about living without liberty than you. It is not a philosophical premise, it is a fact.
I'm tired of hearing the way I should be. I damn well can be resentful of not having the same opportunities. Something as simple as watching figure skating on TV, as a little girl and wanting to learn how to Ice Skate. I think that is why Christianity was shoved down our throat, always wanting us to take a Christian path. We are not supposed to be angry and be forever forgiving.
I'm tired of being told who are my leaders. Questioned why I don't make certain choices. They know what's right for us. Don't they know that what they want us to do has become another set of rules.
If we become all that they want, we will be as we were before. I am certainly tired of Jim Crow.
February 16, 2008
February 14, 2008
February 08, 2008
Taylor Marsh begins her post, by comparing Barack Obama speech to a con artist/minister's. Later in her article, Obama: Campaign, Cult or Mirage? she precedes to imply that messianic language has been embedded in Obama's campaign.
However, for quite a while something else is floating to the top of the message, and it isn't issues or answers. Oprah used it in South Carolina saying, "I do believe he's the one." Ben Smith entitled his post: Messianic rhetoric infuses Obama rallies. That was just the beginning. Inspiration is one thing. But the messianic language amidst the political reality reveals a fraud.Ben Smith somehow believes that saying "he's the one" means a messianic person is expected.
In Winfrey's telling, the protagonist – an old woman who had survived slavery and the Civil War – would ask every child, "Are you the one? Are you the one?"Why doesn't he ask a black church lady instead of an English academic?
"I do believe I do today we have the answer to Miss Pittman's question – it's a question that the entire nation is asking – is he the one?" Winfrey said. "South Carolina – I do believe he's the one."
According to one academic discussion of the book by Christopher Mulvey, a professor at University of Winchester in the United Kingdom, the passage continues to ask whether the child is the one who will "carry part of our cross," a "messianic figure."
If the comparison would go back through slavery, when one says "is he the one?"; it would mean Moses. To lead us out of the legacy of slavery, not to bear our pain. That is what I think Oprah believes, Obama is the leader.
It is interesting that a discussion about Barack Obama can not be complete without some religious inferences. He is either a Gospel of Liberation Christian or a Wahabist Muslim; now, he has become a messianic figure.
The number of visitors has exceeded 10,000 visitors today. The majority of of those visitors having linked from this image of these polycystic kidneys. I didn't post the image, because you might want to choose whether to see. The image is rather gruesome. The person those kidneys belonged to is related to another blogger, whose blog I believe is dormant. In the past month I would say over 90% of the visitors have link to me from this image. I think interest might be due to a story about kidneys being stolen for transplant or Cojo's interview with Dr. Phil about his transplant experience. Cojo has Polycystic Kidney Disease, as do I. I had placed the link in my post Vanity and last year I had my native kidneys removed. I still have the disease, because its effects can affect other organs and your vascular system.
If this post causes more traffic, I hope that the visitors will follow the links and especially this one.
February 04, 2008
When do you feel that you have been violated? A few days ago, I was talking about being told that my bag and coat had to be searched, in order for me to enter a movie theater. Being searched is dependent on which theater you go to. It can be the same chain. Any way, when I was approached, I wanted to say that you can't search me, because I have rights; but I am not sure what rights I have in a privately owned theater. I know they can't force me, but they can put me out. I decide to ask for my money back and leave.
Thinking more about this. There would have been a level when it didn't bother me, if the reason had been for security and not food. Yes it would! I would prefer a metal detector. There had been a recent shooting inside the theater.
I want to know if they would stop searching customers if more people walked or boycotted the theater. Then I was reminded that in this neighborhood at some stores you have to be buzzed in and out, check your bags with a guard or someone, are followed without being ask if you need help, must have a government issued ID to be allowed to use a credit or debit card, are captured by cameras all over the store (you suspect in the dressing room) and if in a high crime district, cameras on the street when you leave. Since this is a part of your life, you don't get upset about the guard searching your bag or clothes. Life goes on.