Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Have a Seat

When I think about it, all great Civil Rights movements started with someone sitting down. Rosa Parks & Claudette Colvin sat for the Montgomery bus boycott. It lasted 381 days but it was the spark for a national movement. Lunch counter sit ins were used in the 1960s with college students sitting silently at lunch counters all over the South.  

Hmm, now that I think about, mainstream America didn't like that one too much either. 

And now we have Colin Kaepernick who chose to sit down during the national anthem to bring awareness to issues of social injustices and racism. But wait a minute Kap..you can't mess with our football! A march in Baltimore or a rally in Baton Rouge, no one minded. But messing with football, which mainstream America loves right after Jesus and apple pie is downright unacceptable. 

If only the tenaciousness with which you defend this song you denounced institutionalized racism, police brutality (of some cops, not all), and the list goes on. 

Kap isn't speaking disrespectfully about his country or veterans. In essence, he TOO wants to make America great, except without the walls and name calling. It's possible to believe that America is the greatest country in the world yet still challenge it because you want to see it do better. If you got an F on your report card, would your mom accept that as your best? My mom wouldn't. 

So, to everyone up in arms about Kap calling attention to issues you still refuse to recognize...go have a seat somewhere. Oh, and don't mind me, I'm sitting too. ✊🏾

Thursday, September 8, 2016

30 something

Whoever said they started to feel more confident and comfortable in their 30s is a damn lie. I've been "in my 30s" for a little over 2 years now & I don't know a damn thing. 

In your 20s, it's still socially acceptable to make mistakes & really not know what you're doing in this thing called life. Not good at saving money? It's cool, you'll figure it out when you're 30. You have a job but not a career? No problem, that's what 30 is for, settling into your career. Not married? It's fine, God sends husbands on 30th birthdays. 

What no one tells you about your 30s is that when you don't have the answers (just as you didn't have the answers in your 20s) you'll feel waaay worse. Should I accept this job? Maybe it's time to buy a house? Should I have a baby or get a puppy? (Either way you gotta potty train it.) Ah hell, just pour another margarita, I'll think about this tomorrow. 

So here I am...in my 30s (32 to be exact). Admitting that the only thing I know for sure is that I still don't know what I'm doing with my life and trash day is on Monday. But really, should I get a dog?

Friday, May 6, 2016

Graduation Folly

Dear Parents,

I know I'm going to ruffle a few feathers with this post and that's ok.  If you are easily offended, you should probably stop reading now and just wait 3 more months for the next blog post.  As we are entering into graduation season, please....

I beg of you....

Stop calling your child ADVANCING to another grade a GRADUATION.

I know, you're very proud of lil Ti Ti for completing 8th grade and moving on up to high school. And you prayed night after night that lil Ray Ray would pass all her final exams to get into Kindergarten.  But unless your child is graduating from 12th grade or 16th grade....It's not a graduation and I don't care.

The problem is, our society likes to celebrate moving up from 3rd grade to 4th grade like it's a huge accomplishment. And it's not.  It's like passing out trophies of participation to kids; it's a nice gesture but it makes the championship trophy meaningless.

We should be pushing all of our kids to graduate from high school and going on to higher education.  THAT is a real accomplishment.  No seriously, have you seen what standardized tests look like these days? Half of us wouldn't have made it out of high school.

Parents, I didn't mean to kill your vibe.  I'm happy you're so happy.  Just keep up that enthusiasm & zealousness as your kids grow older.  Trust me, they'll need it.

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