Friday, November 30, 2007

Factious Fridays

Well, we've got a couple of different things to mull over here this Friday. There's not much else on tap for this weekend except a call for Liz, and one last weekend of college football before the bowl season. Let's get right down to it.

1. The Sean Taylor tragedy is something that should be mourned by his loved ones, respected by everyone, and put in it's proper perspective by willing parties. A white boy from The South can't say anything that will relieve the perception that he is using the tragedy to lay out a racially bigoted agenda. Nothing could be further from the truth, as my intent in tackling the subject would be to bring a significant problem to the forefront, and use Sean Taylor's death for some small greater good.

However, I can't say it better than Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star. This black man calls the undercurrent of the black subculture the Black KKK, who creates and thrives on pain, fear, and destruction.
"Well, when shots are fired and a black man hits the pavement, there's every statistical reason to believe another black man pulled the trigger. That's not some negative, unfair stereotype. It's a reality we've been living with, tolerating and rationalizing for far too long."
Whitlock and Bill Cosby are only two of a growing mass of good men and women who wish to address and defeat the problems facing Black America today. I would like to be part of the solution, and feel as if the call to arms by Whitlock and Cosby are meant for everyone, although their pleads are specifically aimed at the Black populous.

I cannot stop at mere words and endorsement on a website, but must get involved in the struggle at the base level. Inner city schools and churches are something which I have been involved in the past, and must do so again. I would encourage you to do the same: Reading programs, mentoring, volunteering at schools and churches are readily available options. There's no reason not to start in the next couple of days.

2. This story about the teacher in Sudan who was prosecuted under the law for naming a teddy bear "Muhammad" needs to be one that is taken to heart by some of you neo-con Christians who wish to use American law to solidify Christian values.

There is no difference in the mindset of the Muslims that wish her to be executed and Christians who want to jail and disqualify homosexuals from American liberties. One is more physically hostile, but using the law to punish religious standards is every bit as evil, and void of love and liberty as the other.

3. Disney movies have become far too politically correct. What ever happened to the Disney flicks of Old? Robin Hood, Sword in The Stone, Peter Pan, Brear Rabbit, etc. They were good, well-written, clean, yet funny movies.

If you go back and watch any of the old Disney classics, you'll see all kinds of humor based upon stereotypes, and knowledge of history and governmental structures. This youngest generation have movies tailored to their ignorance, A.D.D., and need to glorify mediocrity (except The Incredibles).

One of my favorite exchanges in all of the Disney movies is this one from Robin Hood:

Sir Hiss: It was us who plotted together, but I remember it was your idea to have me hypnotize him (King Richard) and....

Prince John: I know....send him on that crazy crusade (raucous laughter ensues)

See, even the 1973 Disney cartoon acknowledged the ridiculousness of forcing people into religions. Just thought I'd bring the conversation full circle.

Have a good weekend.


Unsinkable Kristen said...

Seriously, I just read the piece by Jason Whitlock and went to your blog to tell you to read it, and there you were, already commenting on it. Whitlock wrote a fantastically written editorial covering an exceptionally controversial topic.

Junior said...

Robin Hood and Sword in the Stone are the two best Disney movies of all-time. Given Disney's recent productions, they will remain the best movies for quite some time.

odiedawg said...


Good blog. I can't agree with you more on your comments regarding Teddy Muhammad. Maybe they should come out with a version like the old Teddy Ruxpin - Teddy Muhammad. If they hurry they can have it in stores before Christmas. It could read from the Koran to little children. Seriously, it's sad how we can't also see how we do the exact same thing with how we impose our beliefs on others.


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