NEW YORK -- The measure of man is not easily calculated, nor apparent to the eye. Assessing character requires levers of the heart and mind -- rendering scales wholly useless.
Martin Luther King Jr. posited that the ultimate measure was to be determined not by where a man stood in times of comfort and convenience but, rather, in times of challenge and controversy.It seems there are still such men -- and they are giants.
At 7 feet and 255 pounds, NBA center Jason Collins -- a 34-year-old professional whose career has taken him to the NCAA Final Four and Elite Eight, nine playoffs in 12 NBA seasons and two NBA Finals -- has often been, quite literally
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Just
100 miles from where Trayvon Martin was killed, the slaying of an
unarmed black teenager that unleashed intense racial anger and
antagonism, there is a new example of the racism and racial
insensitivities that continue to punctuate our society.
With Martin's death still a bitter memory, a Port Canaveral Police
Department firearms instructor did the unthinkable - Sgt. Ron King
offered paper targets resembling Martin to fellow officers for shooting
practice in the Florida town.
TEXAS -- Southern University baseball coach Roger Cador has been tabbed by Major League Baseball to examine how to pump millions of African-American dollars into a professional sports league that is attempting to play catch up with the NBA and NFL in embracing black culture.
You’ve been told that Commissioner Bud Selig wants to flood the game with black faces because he truly wants to see black faces on the field.
It must be the motive behind creating an 18-person task force to study how to increase diversity in the game, right?
NEW YORK -- Bob Stoops, the well-paid coach of the University of Oklahoma
football team, thinks that it’s OK for his players to be broke and
Stoops, who just signed a nice contract extension of nearly
$40 million over eight years, expects that his players and their
families should be happy to get whatever they receive.
When asked about his struggling players, Stoops said that being hungry is part of the game.
“I tell my guys all the time,” Stoops said, “you’re not the first one to spend a Sunday hungry without any money.
NEW JERSEY -- Why did Rutgers fire Mike Rice?
Was it because he exhibited inappropriate behavior or was the university protecting the school’s sports brand?
It appears that university officials may be more concerned with the perception of the school’s basketball program going awry. They needed to make sure they ridded themselves of a major distraction -- Mike Rice.
But with the firing there needs to be a couple of questions answered about the dismissal and the general state of big-time college sports.
NORTH CAROLINA -- I've looked at things in the world of sports, politics, social issues, racial issues and others and these are the five things I learned this past week:
1. Never judge a book by its cover-The Aggies of North Carolina A&T finished 8-8 in the regular season of the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and know one gave them a chance to do much of anything in the MEAC Conference Tournament yet they not only make a run, they beat Todd Bozeman and Morgan State 57-54 to win the Conference Championship and make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995.
CALIFORNIA -- Michael Vick has done everything humanly possible to atone for his dog torturing past. He was tried, convicted and jailed. He accepted full responsibility for his actions.
He’s virtually prostrated himself before every animal rights group around to apologize for his actions.
He didn’t stop there. He’s spoken out every chance he’s gotten against people who commit acts that he did.
He even fully cooperated with federal authorities in identifying dog fighting rings.
NEW YORK -- A very humorous and revealing story is told about a group of white people who were fed up with African Americans, so they joined together and wished themselves away.
They passed through a deep dark tunnel and emerged in sort of a twilight zone where there is an America without black people.
At first these white people breathed a sigh of relief. At last, they said, No more crime, drugs, violence and welfare.
All of the blacks have gone! Then suddenly, reality set in.
NEW YORK -- From the lunch counters in Birmingham to the March on Washington, reflecting on the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Movement this year has made Black History Month especially poignant.
As a little girl on the south side of Chicago, I grew up with parents who did not have many material things, but built a home rooted in love and a deep belief in my ability to achieve anything with a great education.
I had the rare chance to attend schools that many of my peers could not access and, from a young age, I understood the disparity in the quality of education from school to school and neighborhood to neighborhood.
NEW YORK -- In the African American community, we know all too well that we cannot be complacent when being overlooked.
Whether through first-hand experience or the pages of a textbook, we've all in some way witnessed the struggles and triumphs of our underserved lineage in pursuit of equal rights.
And while it's widely known that no civil rights movement has ever succeeded without involvement from the disenfranchised group, what's less talked about is that they have never succeeded without partnerships.
NEW YORK -- In a lengthy manifesto, former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner attempts to explain the core of his violent actions.
Throughout the manifesto, he references racism, disappointment, and revenge.
He explains his well-to-do upbringing, where he was only one of two African-American students in his elementary class.
He also explains his first encounter with racism in the first grade.
Then he goes into what brought him to where he is today — a runaway fugitive
who is wanted for murdering the daughter and future son-in-law of a retired LAPD captain who sat on the board that terminated him for reporting the unethical acts of another officer and for shooting three LAPD officers, killing one.
NEW YORK -- Two of the fastest growing industries in America are the prison industry
and the educational industry.
Yes, education is an industry. There is a
consumer and a product.
In the intricate nuances of educational policy
and legislation too often we forget that many of our young people are,
With a per pupil expenditure attached to each
head, there is a profit to be made on the backs of young Black children.
Every day some new group proclaims to have uncovered a tool,
instrument, methodology, technique or taxonomy that will somehow educate
young Black children in ways that traditional methods have failed.
WASHINGTON -- On Sunday, January 20at 12:00 pm, America’s 44
President, Barack Obama will be sworn in for his second term.
public celebration of his inauguration will take place on Monday,
January 21 which is also the legal public holiday celebrating the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Many see the public swearing in of the first president who is African
American taking place on the same day we celebrate the life of one of
the greatest Americans as another invaluable symbol, a breakthrough for
America, a double helix.
CHICAGO -- Illinois Senator Donne Trotter (D-17), candidate for the now open 2nd Congressional seat, was arrested by TSA last Wednesday for trying to board an airplane at O'Hare Airport with a handgun and ammunition.
He has been charged with a Class 4 felony.Unfortunately, most of the coverage of this incident has missed the most important point: the double-standard of Sen. Trotter and other liberal politicians.
They vote time and time again for gun ban laws that enslave their constituents to the dictates of criminal gangs that have created war zones in their communities.
NEW YORK -- The recent massacre in Newtown, Connecticut is a cry for help across our entire country.
President Obama during a memorial service, said, "I'll use whatever power I have to prevent the type of tragedy that occurred..."
"We all need to contribute in some way, shape or form to the betterment of our nation and communities."
And he was right! Too often now, we are hearing about such massacres in different parts in the country.
Sometimes, they occur at schools, malls and even workplaces.
NEW YORK -- By now, it’s old news that Kasandra Perkins was murdered by Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher, her boyfriend and the father of her daughter.
By now we’ve read about how great a teammate Belcher was, how dedicated to his girlfriend and daughter.
We’ve read his hardscrabble story of moving from the University of Maine, hardly a football powerhouse, to a coveted slot in the NFL
Belcher has been humanized, even enshrined as his friends have talked about him not having a violent bone in his body.
NEW YORK -- It’s Christmas, but where’s Jesus?
When did they kick Him out of His own birthday party, and how did St. Nick, Kris Kringle, and the Grinch who stole Christmas get invitations? And why are many Blacks still dreaming of a white Christmas?
When we look into the history of America’s holiest day we may find some answers. And as usual for White American traditions we’ll start in Europe.
Where Did Christmas Start?
Since recorded time almost every agricultural society engaged in some sort of festive end of the year celebration.
NEW YORK -- On Monday night, a U.C.L.A. freshman named Shabazz Muhammad scored 15 points in his highly anticipated college basketball debut, as his Bruins lost to the Georgetown Hoyas, 78-70.
By the time of the Georgetown game, U.C.L.A. already had three games under its belt, and had traveled to China.
Muhammad, whom many regarded as the best player coming out of high school this year, had to skip those early games and miss the overseas trip.
You can guess why.
Until late last Friday, he was the subject of an investigation by the N.
NEW YORK -- This is The Urban Prophet's translation of II Chronicles 7:14 for America today as we ponder our present state of affairs.
"If my people which are called by My Name, will stop worrying about government providing for them and taking thought about provision, I have already promised them and begin to walk in and stand for righteousness, I have already given them, then, I will forgive them of their insecurity, I will repair their broken economy, I will restore their prosperity, and heal their land.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The results are in.
They will not be official until the Electors convene on December 17 and prepare their Certificates of Votes, but for all intents and purposes President Barack Obama has won his second term by defeating Mitt Romney 303 electoral votes to 206 and the popular vote 50% to 48%.
When you look at the electoral map, red states / blue states it becomes fairly obvious the country has politically re-segregated itself with a solid Republican South (except Virginia and Florida) and this re-segregation falls along racial lines.