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Father’s Day Duty is Every Day

Being a father, as I grew up to understand it, is a dying art. I was reminded of that this past weekend when I went to a Birthday party for one of my seven grandchildren. (Kumar turned 5) When I was a child, fathers took care of their families needs whether they were food, shelter, health care, or education. Fathers were a source of self esteem, pride and security. Fathers in those old days worked at whatever job they could get as long as it was legal and provided a paycheck, even if it was a small paycheck. Looking at the results that prescription works



Discrimination… It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

I saw an argument on CNN this past weekend. Although they called it a debate, the stated issue being debated was, "Is Affirmative Action Racist? The underlying, unstated question was since an African American, Barack Obama, is President and a Latina, Sonia Sotomayor, is being pushed to be on the Supreme Court, does America still need Affirmative Action? Put another way, is everything equal, and is there no more need for programs to even the economic playing field left from 400 years of slavery and discrimination?

I was reminded of a letter to an editor I read years ago that responded to the same question with a statement that simply said, "I saw a Black man driving a Mercedes, so there is equality now."

This whole notion that we live in a post-racial period and every thing is now Ok is being promoted by the conservatives since Obama is now the President. First of all the word, POST-RACIAL is a new, strange and dangerous word; kind of like the word COLORBLIND. If we said that Black is Beautiful and African Americans are the colors of the rainbow, Black, Brown, Beige, and varying shades of all of the above, why would we want them to be invisible as you would if you were colorblind? What we want is for all individuals to be appreciated for their achievements, their talents and their character.




Give Your Kid a New Friend This Summer

It is a proven fact that students who take music lessons and play a musical instrument do very well in school. This would be a good time to get your child a musical instrument as a new friend this summer. When I was a young person I spent hours and hours learning to play the piano and the saxophone. The experience of spending so many hours studying and practicing helped me develop study habits that eventually got me through high school, college and law school.

Music became a friend that alleviated the need to be always running with other guys that often lead young people to trouble. Yes, I still play the piano a bit. The saxophone is a skill I lost long ago. The friend of musical instruments with music lessons was provided to my three sons also and kept them at home, in school, and out of trouble. They all took piano, and/or saxophone lessons.



“God May Not Come When You Want Him But He’s Always On Time”

When James A. Young was a child growing up in Philadelphia, Mississippi, his father would sleep on the sofa in the family's living room with a shotgun on his chest because the Klan was always nearby. Today James A. Young, age 53, is the mayor of the small town. The town is best known as the place where the where the killings of Civil Rights workers Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney were murdered for trying to register African Americans to vote. The events of that June 21, 1964 summer are long gone, but the memory is still there.



On Cop Watch ...

Highway Robbery Continues in Altadena,
Sheriffs Give Resident a Ticket for Having a
Cross Hanging on her Rear View Mirror

As the stories of what appears to be a war on the Black community continue to come in, this one is a reminder of when Blacks were victims of southern racist cops. A long-time Black resident of Altadenan was coming home when she saw a Sheriff appearing to be following her. There were no lights to pull over, so the single mother drove on home, carefully as she had done a thousand times. When she got to her driveway and turned in, Sheriff’s Deputy Rodriguez turned the lights on and got out approaching her car which was now in her driveway. She was given a ticket for having a tiny Christian Cross hanging on her rear view mirror.

When the lady, a nurse and former probation officer and who works in a tough neighborhood of Los Angeles, asked the offi cer what he was stopping her for, he told her that the sticker on her license plate was missing. She explained that it had been stolen at her job and she had the replacement in her purse and had just forgotten to put it on. She started to get out of the car saying she would put it on now.



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