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NFL Player Puts Ferguson Reaction Perfectly!

NFL player Benjamin Watson’s Ferguson post on Facebook goes viral

Posted: Nov 26, 2014 12:42 PM ESTUpdated: Nov 26, 2014 12:42 PM EST

KHQ.COM – Benjamin Watson who plays for the New Orleans Saints posted the following on his Facebook page and it has since gone viral:

“At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down. Here are my thoughts:

I’M ANGRY because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes.

I’M FRUSTRATED, because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get young men killed in real life, away from safety movie sets and music studios.

I’M FEARFUL because in the back of my mind I know that although I’m a law abiding citizen I could still be looked upon as a “threat” to those who don’t know me. So I will continue to have to go the extra mile to earn the benefit of the doubt.

I’M EMBARRASSED because the looting, violent protests, and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment.

I’M SAD, because another young life was lost from his family, the racial divide has widened, a community is in shambles, accusations, insensitivity hurt and hatred are boiling over, and we may never know the truth about what happened that day.

I’M SYMPATHETIC, because I wasn’t there so I don’t know exactly what happened. Maybe Darren Wilson acted within his rights and duty as an officer of the law and killed Michael Brown in self defense like any of us would in the circumstance. Now he has to fear the backlash against himself and his loved ones when he was only doing his job. What a horrible thing to endure. OR maybe he provoked Michael and ignited the series of events that led to him eventually murdering the young man to prove a point.

I’M OFFENDED, because of the insulting comments I’ve seen that are not only insensitive but dismissive to the painful experiences of others.

I’M CONFUSED, because I don’t know why it’s so hard to obey a policeman. You will not win!!! And I don’t know why some policeman abuse their power. Power is a responsibility, not a weapon to brandish and lord over the populace.

I’M INTROSPECTIVE, because sometimes I want to take “our” side without looking at the facts in situations like these. Sometimes I feel like it’s us against them. Sometimes I’m just as prejudiced as people I point fingers at. And that’s not right. How can I look at white skin and make assumptions but not want assumptions made about me? That’s not right.

I’M HOPELESS, because I’ve lived long enough to expect things like this to continue to happen. I’m not surprised and at some point my little children are going to inherit the weight of being a minority and all that it entails.

I’M HOPEFUL, because I know that while we still have race issues in America, we enjoy a much different normal than those of our parents and grandparents. I see it in my personal relationships with teammates, friends and mentors. And it’s a beautiful thing.

I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. BUT I’M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through the his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that’s capable of looking past the outward and seeing what’s truly important in every human being. The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It’s the Gospel. So, finally, I’M ENCOURAGED because the Gospel gives mankind hope.”

Here is the link to his Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/oo9szxv


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The Facts Of Life – Ballers/Shot-Callers vs Billionaires

When I say this photo speaks volumes….I mean the Britannica and the Webster Encyclopedias 10 times over! I am going to really give my 2 cents on this one — there are so many points that this pictures addresses it’s impossible to discuss them all. I’ll try to briefly present my analysis on a few points.

(1) The man standing on the left appears to be African American, while the man on the right appears to be Caucasian. This is not by chance. In my almost 30 years on this Earth, I’ve noticed that there seems to be this innate, infused, disturbingly incorrect belief that possessions = status. I can’t prove this with science, but I personally believe that this way of thinking in the African American community is nothing less than residual damage spawning from slavery. Think about it. Slaves didn’t even have 2 pennies to rub together often times, let alone property that they could truly call their own! I can believe that as generations passed, slaves equated the possessions and land owned by their Caucasian masters with status and power. If a ‘colored man’ had him some land of his own (not sharecropped), and he was able to buy the same clothes similar to the ones that the ‘white folk’ had — oh, he made it! Now switch back today…isn’t this the same thing? Some (not all) African Americans will near ’bout work the entire year with no breaks and eat crackers and ketchup just to save for a $250 PLAIN, t-shirt with nothing on it but a name brand label. It doesn’t matter that they don’t even think it’s that fly…the fact that they can step out and say “oh this…yeah its ** INSERT NAME BRAND HERE**….” is worth the struggle. Not saying that Caucasians don’t do this too — we see it on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills/Orange County/New York/ New Jersey all of the time — but it’s almost public knowledge that African Americans will go to great lengths and live beyond their financial means, just to have a piece of “status”.

(2) The man listed as BILLIONAIRE is listed as wearing pieces that, while over $10, are sensible. Again, I’m not saying African Americans are not capable of becoming billionaires, I’m saying notice that the billionaire in this picture (who just so happens to be Caucasian) hasn’t spent a ton on his clothing or excessive jewelry — aka appearances. TAKE NOTICE! Growing up having friends from all ethnic and racial groups, I noticed that around the time we entered high school, my white friends would wear simple, plain key pieces while a lot of my black friends would easily save $500 to drop on a name brand flight jacket or thousands just to have head-to-toe Coogi or RocaWear. LORD don’t GET me started on those NBA Jersey dresses and sneakers!!!! My point is, while yes, many of my white friends came from privileged background (and still live using that old south money from their family businesses) they seemed to pick and choose where they splurged. They’d wear head to toe Goody’s or Aeropostale and then maybe have a simple charm bracelet that was like $100. Or buy their entire outfit from Target and spend the bulk of their money on their vacations or food. See where I’m going with this? Spending gaudy amounts of money on even gaudier amount of possessions is doing too much. And since (yes, I started a sentence with ‘and’) I identify as African American, I can speak and say that people of color spending your last on the diamond grillz, the rims, the 100 inch plasma flat screens in the 4 x 4 one bedroom apartment while your 5 kids all sleeping in the same bed…that mess is FOR THE BIRDS! Let me also say that I’m not downing the purchase of nice things — shoot, when I start making my millions/billions I plan on doing nice things too, but if you’re going to spend money on tons of possessions, don’t do it JUST to show that ‘you’re rich’ or ‘you made it’. If you have a billion dollars and spend even $1, you’re not a billionaire anymore. Spend because you are making an investment on a key piece or on something smart — not just to be showy or flashy. We all know you’re still struggling. No need to go to great lengths trying to fool us. Chill out folk.

(3) The last thought I want to share about this picture is that people of ALL backgrounds should look at this and learn that dropping outrageous amounts on THINGS, just because or to prove your status is actually super lame and you should be slapped in the back of the neck if you do it. If you’re going to spend money, drop it on a MAC laptop so you can start your business, or on studio equipment so you can record that album you’ve been wanting to put out, or on a vacation for your family — NOT over sized jewelry, and clothing that you don’t even have a walk in closet to put it all in. Basically I’m saying, DON’T LIVE BEYOND YOUR MEANS. Be smart with your money my African American people! If you work hard and SAVE hard…you’ll be able to reach billionaire status; but if you’re constantly buying things you have no business buying right now, it only puts you back and is one more obstacle between you and the ‘good life’ you want to live.

That’s all I have to say about that.

– Joc

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White Writer Says “They (Black People) Are Still Our Slaves”…Is He Right?

CBS’ Dee Lee recieved a letter almost 10 years ago from an [unnamed] white author who had a mouthful to say about African Americans and Finance. Though these may not be Dee Lee’s personal views, she decided to read this aloud on her radio show. Here’s how the transcript of the letter reads:

Dee Lee, CFP
Harvard Financial Educators

Dee Lee

THEY ARE STILL OUR SLAVES We can continue to reap profits from the
Blacks without the effort of physical slavery Look at the current
methods of containment that they use on themselves: IGNORANCE, GREED,

Their IGNORANCE is the primary weapon of containment. A great man once
said, “The best way to hide something from Black people is to put it in a book.” We now live in the Information Age. They have gained the opportunity to read any book on any subject through the efforts of their fight for freedom, yet they refuse to read. There are numerous books readily available at Borders, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com, not to mention their own Black Bookstores that provide solid blueprints to reach economic equality (which should have been their fight all along),
but few read consistently, if at all.

GREED is another powerful weapon of containment. Blacks, since the abolition of slavery, have had large amounts of money at their disposal. Last year they spent 10 billion dollars during Christmas, out of their 450 billion dollars in total yearly income (2.22%).

Any of us can use them as our target market, for any business venture we care to dream up, no matter how outlandish, they will buy into it. Being ! primarily a consumer people, they function totally by greed. They continually want more, with little thought for saving or investing.

They would rather buy some new sneaker than invest in starting a business. Some even neglect their children to have the latest Tommy or FUBU, And they still think that having a Mercedes, and a big house gives them
“Status” or that they have achieved their Dream.

They are fools! The vast majority of their people are still in poverty
because their greed holds them back from collectively making better

With the help of BET, and the rest of their black media that often
broadcasts destructive images into their own homes, we will continue to
see huge profits like those of Tommy and Nike. (Tommy Hilfiger has even
jeered them, saying he doesn’t want their money, and look at how the
fools spend more with him than ever before!). They’ll continue to show
off to each other while we build solid communities with the profits
from our businesses that we market to them.

SELFISHNESS, ingrained in their minds through slavery, is one of the
major ways we can continue to contain them. One of their own, Dubois
said that there was an innate division in their culture. A “Talented
Tenth” he called it. He was correct in his deduction that there are
segments of their culture that has achieved some “form” of success.
However, that segment missed the fullness of his work. They didn’t read
that the “Talented Tenth” was then responsible to aid The Non-Talented
Ninety Percent in achieving a better life. Instead, that segment has
created another class, a Buppie class that looks down on their people
or aids them in a condescending manner. They will never achieve what we
have. Their selfishness does not allow them to be able to work together
on any project or endeavor of substance. When they do get together,
their selfishness lets their egos get in the way of their goal. Their so-called help organizations seem to only want to promote their name without making any real change in their community.

They are content to sit in conferences and conventions in our hotels,
and talk about what they will do, while they award plaques to the best
speakers, not to the best doers. Is there no end to their selfishness?
They steadfastly refuse to see that TOGETHER EACH ACHIEVES MORE (TEAM)

They do not understand that they are no better than each other because
of what they own, as a matter of fact, most of those Buppies are but
one or two pay checks away from poverty. All of which is under the
control of our pens in our offices and our rooms.

Yes, we will continue to contain them as long as they refuse to re ad,
continue to buy anything they want, and keep thinking they are “helping”
their communities by paying dues to organizations which do little other
than hold lavish conventions in our! hotels . By the way, don’t worry
about any of them reading this letter, remember, ‘THEY DON’T READ!!!!
transcript via http://edgemagazinesite.com/edge-discussion-white-writer-says-still-slaves-right/#

Thinking on where African Americans are today, do you agree with any of what he said? I’m not talking about the TONE in which wrote the letter, but its actual CONTENT.

Do we have more work to do? Will there ever be a time where African Americans country/world wide will be equal in terms of economic and socioeconomic status?

Can we incite our youth to foster a love for reading and educate themselves more on launching businesses, etc?

Share your comments below!


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