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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Miss Higgi's Take on Philip Seymour Hoffman...

Every other story on the news is about the tragic overdose of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. I am trying to understand what makes his death any more important than that of any other junkie... Here is what I put on Facebook in response to the arrest of four accused of selling him drugs... 

Sorry Folks but I feel some kinda' way about this...

While I am very sorry that yet another life was lost to drugs, I am not happy that this guy's death, that of a cop, a politician or any other non-lay person is somehow deemed more important, more worthy of solving or investigating than that of any other person.... He had SEVENTY bags of heroin and died with a needle in his arm, just like many another junkie. What makes him or his death any different, any more important, any more sad or more worthy of mourn than that of other junkies?

I do not appreciate that taxpayer dollars are being spent and more value is being given this guy's life than any other... SEVENTY bags of heroin, cocaine, five prescription meds, 20 hypodermic needles and a burned up spoon? Like it or not, he was just another junkie... Albeit very talented, at the end of the day he was just another junkie, who will be no more missed and was no more loved by his Family and Friends than any of his junkie peers, some of whom undoubtedly were also great losses to our society. His celebrity should make him no more special nor the person who sold him the heroin that HE willfully ingested, no more criminal... 

Might sound harsh, but it is the truth of how I feel... If I were on the jury, it would be an uphill battle for any prosecutor to convince me to convict whoever sold Mr. Hoffman the UNtainted drugs that HE willfully ingested. I cannot see that I would condone or be in any way complicit in upholding a double standard that gives his life any more value than that of any regular Joe! Either ALL loss of life of persons engaged in criminal activity has value and should be vindicated and aggressively investigated or no life engaged in criminal activity has value and is worthy of protection or vindication... 

If law enforcement can find, and in record time, those persons who sold drugs to this actor then there is no question that law enforcement knows and is much more capable of ending/solving many more crimes than they would have us believe. Seems they and/or society just has to care about or assign value to the life of the victim... Plain & Simple! 

It is my guess that Mr. Hoffman, who purchased and injected UNtainted drugs into his own vein, would join me when I say, STOP the double standard!!! May he and his many drug addicted peers rest in peace...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Silent Molester...

Over the years I have tried to find the right description for snow. I go to bed and rest peacefully only to awake and wonder how could something that can cause such destruction and so disturb my tranquility, occur so peacefully and without a whisper while I slept...

Shouldn't something so devastating, so disruptive to my day come with a bang? Shouldn't I know or have heard it creep up on me? Not the case with snow. Sometimes I go to sleep with much anticipation about what will greet me in the morning. Other times I awake to a white blanket that has covered my world in the night that I was not expecting. And still there are those times when I awake quite happy to learn that the forecasters were dead wrong and there was much ado about nothing.

No matter the circumstances of how the white stuff greets me, I have spent many a morning staring out my window in deep despair negotiating with myself if I dare venture out into the white madness or not... Yes, it is that deep for me!!! 


While beautiful (on a postcard, that is), there is no denying that snow can really muck' up a day. Don't believe me? Ask the folks stuck in an airport sleeping on benches because the flights are grounded, stuck in their car on an Atlanta highway for 27 hours because - why did that happen? (still SMH), someone risking life and limb because they are too broke or have been too busy to replace the bald tires on their car (OUCH!)... Something with that much power to cause such chaos, should make some noise upon entrance. Don't you think?

Not snow!!! Like a molester, which literally means one who bothers, annoys, interferes or causes trouble for another, snow often creeps in the quiet of night to disrupt even your best laid plans! It just seems to me that something that mighty should announce its presence like a raging thunder storm... It should wake me from my sleep. It should pound against the windows and the rooftop! It should make some damn noise!!!

So finally, as I ponder yet again on another morning during this 2014 winter from hell, what I will do on the dawning of yet another day blanketed in whiteness, I have a fitting description for that seasonal annoyance I call snow, it is now officially "The Silent Molester"...

In my heart I know that today, like most other dreaded snow days, I will ultimately muster the fortitude to proceed and not let it totally bother (molest) my day, but for right now, at this very moment, I just had to vent!!! Thank you for indulging me!!!

If you share the plight of my forecast, be safe and stay home if you can... If you just happen to be in sunshine, DO NOT brag to me!, at least not today!!! (smile) Most of all however, EVERYONE be thankful and Have a FANTASTIC Day as this too shall surely pass! It will, I promise...

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

MOVED By Fire...



On last evening I went to see the film, Let The Fire Burn, a documentary about the events leading up to the May 13, 1985 city's bombing of one home and burning of an entire neighborhood in the heart of Philadelphia. All in an effort to evict MOVE a "Black liberation", back to nature group who had set up shop in a family oriented, Black middle class urban community.

I remember all too well the ultimate day, the inevitable show down between MOVE and the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) following years of disputes and frustrations with the shenanigans of the group. It was interesting to watch the film and revisit my emotions which were all over the place; from being angry with MOVE and empathizing with their neighbors who were literally terrorized by the very presence of this group defacing and disrespecting their neighborhood, disturbing their peacefulness, to remembering just how racist former Mayor and Police Commissioner frank rizzo, his fire commissioner brother, their successors and the Philadelphia PD were believed to be and getting angry at the way they treated MOVE members, especially the babies and children, AND the community whose homes they sat by and let burn burn to the ground. UNbelievable...

I recall when leaving for work that morning to my social work job at a nearby state prison, that the cops and MOVE were at a standoff. An actual war was erupting on an urban street? Or was it? The movie reminded me that the cops exhausted 10,000 rounds of ammunition and confirmed that MOVE had only 6 inoperable guns... While outlandish and vulgar for sure, they tortured their neighbors spewing all kinds of vile rhetoric via loud speakers and bull horns at all times of the day and night, they rejected violence and claimed to only use force in defense of self...

By the time I got home that beautiful spring evening, my Mother who was working in the yard, her favorite past time, greeted me with news that the media had been covering the story all day and that the neighborhood was ablaze. By helicopter, the cops had dropped a bomb ON a row house IN the MIDDLE OF A CITY BLOCK!!! I could not believe that!!! All day they had used tear gas and fire hoses to evict these people and now that the block was on fire, they just sat there and watched??? As though the poor people who were cursed to be neighbors to these people had not been punished enough, now they were losing their homes and EVERYthing they owned... Did not seem fair and certainly, even at 25, made no sense! I knew that such would never have been the reaction given another neighborhood...

At 25, I remember thinking how foolish was Mayor Wilson Goode for taking "full responsibility" for a fire that was still burning. He could not have possibly had the facts. At 25 I wondered WHY would a Black Mayor take full responsibility for the actions of men everyone knew/thought to be racists and who certainly had an ax to grind with MOVE who had allegedly killed a "brother in blue" during another "shoot out" with the PPD. I may have my incidents confused but the movie pointed out that forensics following one of these major "shoot outs" determined that the MOVE group had only inoperable guns... It is a fact however that at no time were the two equally armed.

Let the Fire Burn was a good documentary comprised of film footage of media coverage and public hearings. It is well done and worth the watch, particularly if you lived in or near the city during that time. You will remember the cast of characters and the horrific events. It is showing around the country, check it out if you can...

  

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Lift EVERY Voice...

Yesterday as I was checking out of Barnes & Noble, the nice cashier asked if I was interested in supporting a book drive for the holiday season. Customers were being asked to purchase from an assortment of books that would be given in our name to local children through the local library in honor of the holiday season. As I advocate and encourage reading for everyone, certainly children, I was all ready to do it. She showed me the books that had been selected, a variety of topics were represented, some books were in Spanish but NONE, NOT ONE of them featured a Black author or entailed a Black story line. I explained to her that given the lack of diversity in the books being offered, that I was unable to support her book drive. She offered that I could choose a book of my liking to donate and she frantically showed me that one of the books had a Black person on the cover as she sheepishly conceded that the book did not have a Black story line... I told her that if I stopped in again and she had a more inclusive assortment of books, I would be happy to support the most worthy effort. She was just the messenger so I was careful not to beat her up, but I think she got the message. Hopefully she shared my concern with whoever coordinated the project...

I know some of you may think that I am too intense when it comes to issues of race but somebody had better be, particularly where Black Americans are concerned... Black Americans have been/are being effectively removed from the conversation on race in terms of diversity and/or inclusion. WHEN have you last heard us even mentioned in conversations of diversity?; the definition of which has been redefined seemingly to purposely exclude or certainly to de-emphasize attention given to members of the Black community.

We hear talk of Latino concerns, Gay concerns, issues regarding women but hardly a peep where Black Americans are concerned, as though our community is all healed??? This is especially disturbing because But For/Without the struggles and tenacity of Black Americans, most others who enjoy "rights" in this country would have no rights to speak of... We laid the ground work, got a few bones and now we are complacent? That scares me... Champion for others, yes but God helps those who help themselves. IJS...
 
Get with the program people, Lift EVERY Voice (ours included) as we sing!!!

Monday, October 7, 2013

The State of "United" America...

While I disagree with Mr. King's conclusion that the common denominator between the modern day dixiecrats and the dixiecrats of old is "government" [the destruction of] and not race", I am otherwise impressed and mostly agree with what he has penned here.

I am wondering when the rest of us are going to take our heads out of the sand, or unspeakable body parts, and begin to vociferously condemn what we know is really happening here? There is an angry WHITE fringe, sure to become a mob, and they will stop at nothing to get that BLACK guy out of THEIR WHITE house and do whatever is necessary to take THEIR country back, even if that means destroying OUR nation! I am guessing that the shut down is just child's play in their grand scheme of mass destruction... What is their ultimate goal, to honor the will of their warped and defeated  ancestors and secede the south or is it more bodacious this time and they now wish to "take back" the entire country? These folks are crazy and scary...

No thinking and intuitive person can deny that the teabaggers are fueled by a common denominator of hate and some longing for a return to the past. What does that mean? Should I start collecting an assortment of bandannas and learn to wear them on my head, start learning to deny my education and therefore my worldliness, and where should I sign up to take lessons to learn how to "shuck and jive" and be humble to White folks? And does that include my White Friends? I'm Just Wonderin'...

I am being facetious but facetiously serious...  Where does this all end and WHEN does the SANE MAJORITY in America; my good White Friends and yours, politically correct and polite politicians of every hue and certainly decent republicans who should cringe at even the suggestion of alignment with this crazed fringe, get angry too and start calling this nonsense out for what it is?

There is a cancer amongst us and we seem to think it will magically run its course or simply go away if we just ignore it. Newsflash! That is not how it works. These fools will stop at nothing! Shutting down the government is only the first of celebrations for this little engine that thinks it can. I am sure that this fait accompli, shutting down the US government, is only the first sip of tea to fuel their engine and thrust them into overdrive "we know we can" mode as the rest of us sit silently by to afraid, or perhaps to embarrassed, to acknowledge that our ills of the past are far from cured. uncle jim [crow] is alive and thriving as we, the SANE MAJORITY, sit idly by allowing an identified cancer in our society to metastasize and infect other parts of our population. Who does that?

And what of the foolish non-White cheerleaders who lead the charge for this group, the ted cruz', the marco rubios, the michelle malkins and of course the uncle clarence thomases and aunt condi's? Where do they think they fit in the master plan of these angry destructionists? I think Derek Bell in his book, Faces at the Bottom of the Well, has already answered this question for us, read the book if you are unfamiliar with his work. And getting back to  the non-White teabaggers, WHO, just WHO, said education makes us smarter?

So really folks, what are we waiting for? Another Martin Luther King or Harriet Beecher Stowe to shame our nation into confronting our ills? I'm Just Wonderin'...  Certainly our collective silence serves only to make us at least complicit in, if not supportive of, our own demise as a nation, as a people...  What did Gandhi and now President Obama say? We are the change we are waiting for...

Read Colbert King's article, The rise of the New Confederacy, and pass it on within your circles...



Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Rants on the Shut Down

Sharing Facebook Posts on the Shut Down...

October 1, 2013 (first day of the shut down)

Sad State of America... Racism is so deep and discussing it is so taboo that not even decent people will step up and stop the train seeking to wreck America ONLY because there is a Black guy in THEIR WHITE house! That is the truth and EVERYbody knows it!!! YET we boast that America is a "leader", an example of civility and democracy to all other nations... Yeah, OK...

The reality is that America has FAILED MISERABLY in advancing/addressing race relations and is a role model to NO ONE!!!

We are in a Sad and Dangerous State in America!!! These assholes will stop at NOTHING! We should all be concerned. Over the weekend in Richmond they raised their defeated flag. One has to wonder, in their warped minds, do they desire a civil war so that they can "take their country back"? Do they think that by their defiance, they are somehow vindicating their imagined "honor" of their defeated ancestors? What in the hell is their motive and where will they stop?

Might sound extreme but at what point do we acknowledge that we are dealing with some extreme crazies? If they were Arab or big Black guys toting guns and wearing berets we would have ASSumed such by now... I sincerely hope that someone in DOJ, the FBI, the CIA or whoever else is charged with protecting America is doing their job and is VERY closely monitoring these degenerates! Take Your Head OUT of the sand America! These assholes mean business and we will ALL pay for their hatefulness and their longings for the past...

Decent republicans, good White people and all others who know this to be true and sit idly or helplessly by discussing this matter only in their closed circles have dirty hands and bear some responsibility for letting this matter get as out of control as it has... The elephant in the room is stark raving mad and completely out of control! Ultimately he will trample us all as we pretend to not notice that he is there...

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy", Martin Luther King, 1963.

Forgive my morning rant but my "tea" this morning is rancid and it is making me sick!!!




September 30, 2013 (shut down pending)

I find it fascinating that the "Hee Haws" have shed their bib overalls, replaced them with suits, come to Washington and actually take themselves seriously! They feel empowered because they have taken over the republican party and now the morons actually believe they can run the government!!! If not so scary, it might be funny... The "Bow ties", who fed this uncontrollable beast, are now scared shitless of it and don't know what to do! And while I don't want to see a shutdown, I'm gonna' be pissed as hell if the Dems give in to their lunacy as well!

Listening to these pundits predict what might happen based on history is funny. There is no benchmark, no frame of reference. These folks are loose cannons and totally unpredictable!!! There is no negotiating or compromising with hate filled illiterates! They have no appreciation for decorum nor is there a focal point upon which to rely or predict what they might do next. They have no sense of right from wrong, cannot distinguish logical from stupid as hell nor any of the other professionalisms that REAL politicians bring to the table... All bets are off!

They stir tea for a mere 22% of the crazies in the US, so why are we giving them so much authority? Come on "Bow ties", loosen your knot and use your tie to hang those bastards! You can't all be crazy so stand up for the credibility of the sane segment of your party. STOP being feeding the angry beast with your complicity!!! Ooh, I know, pretend they are Blacks, women or minorities and do what you do best! Disenfranchise them! Do whatever but get your crazies' under control!!!

The price for having a system that is so broken that a domestic coupe of this sort can take place is that there is hell to pay!!! May this be a wake up call that drives sane folks to the polls in droves in 2014 focused on throwing the pot out with the tea! Good Riddance!!! Hang in there folks, this too shall pass...








Friday, August 23, 2013

March On Washington 2013; Dream Fulfilled?

As I prepare for my journey to Washington, DC to participate in the 50 year commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington, I travel with mixed emotions and a heavy heart. How I wish I was preparing to travel for a Victory March celebrating the realization of 50 years of undeniable accomplishments of improved race relations in the US, of  undeniable and proportionate Black American achievement in the US, of undeniable peace,harmony, fair play and equal opportunity in the US...  

50 Years later and still we march. See ya' in DC....