Monthly Archives: December 2013

Yes, I’m a liberal

So by now you’ve probably heard that Phil Robertson, patriarch of the family on the hit show Duck Dynasty has been suspended by A&E for his anti-gay remarks. If not, you can take a look here

All the media attention is on how he made these disgusting comments, most of all, comparing homosexuality to bestiality, which is of course repulsive and ignorant. And of course, he uses the bible to justify his bigotry, as so many people do. I do believe somewhere in the bible it says let he without sin cast the first stone. So often, these so called “Christians” like to forget that piece and use the Bible when they see fit to condemn the lives of others. I know it’s been said before but I will repeat it, if you don’t like homosexuality then don’t be gay, its that simple. Leave people alone to live their own life. Only God can judge, no man has a place to call out the sins of other people. God loves all his children, so why don’t you? And Phil goes on to talk about how these people will not inherit the kingdom of God, well I’d like to share a piece of scripture with Mr. Robertson, who according to celebritynetworth.com is worth around $15 million;

 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. Matthew 19:24

So of course, the conservatives come-a-runnin to the aid and support of Phil Robertson under the guise of protecting the right to free speech when in all honesty they are coming to lend support to his ignorant and bigoted comments.  You may say I am being cynical and that these conservatives really do care about the 1st Amendment, and I might buy that if they came to the defense of Martin Bashir after he “resigned” from MSNBC following his comments about the one and only, Sarah Palin (see video below if you don’t know what I am talking about).

So when Mr. Bashir lost his job, where were all these 1st Amendment protecting conservatives that are up in arms right now? Exactly. Another prime example of, “you can have the right to say whatever you want as long as you agree with me.” So no, I don’t buy the conservative role of protector of the Constitution!

But, I want to get to the real point about all this that really has me worked up. Yes, the comments he made about gay people are absolutely reprehensible and as an adamant supporter of gay rights, someone with many gay friends, family members (my mom included), and just a rational human being, I am disgusted by them. However, the bigger issue that I have is what has not been getting coverage, and that is his comments about Black people pre-Civil Rights movement.

“I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person, Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field…. They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!… Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.”

I could spend days telling you what is wrong with these comments! But let me start by stating that, contrary to what my Bio photo might lead you to believe I am Black; I may be the poster child for light skinned, but I am indeed black. Now, first of all, and this applies to everyone, just because you have never experienced or witnessed acts of racism or discrimination DOES NOT MEAN RACISM DOESN’T EXIST!! Secondly, if he actually opened his eyes I can guarantee he would have seen mistreatment of Blacks, IN THE SOUTH during JIM CROW laws. Let me just say this as well, no Phil, you are NOT with the blacks, you will never understand what it is like to be black in America. And no, you never did here them say these doggone white people because they were afraid for their lives living in a time where lynching and harassment was both common and LEGAL! And don’t even get me started on the idea of “entitlements” for blacks when white people are entitled to privileges they only earn by having European blood and blacks are entitled to systematic and institutional racism and a criminal justice system set up for them to be a part of, but let me not get going on all that……for now. So don’t anybody dare tell me we live in a “post-racial: society because that doesn’t exist. This is the world that I live in, the world that my ancestors lived in and the world that my future children will live in; one that tells us that we are second class citizens.

So I guess my rants came out sooner than I thought in this blog, but I couldn’t ignore this story. I could have gone on much longer but unfortunately posts on topics like these do no good because they are either ignored or explained away by those that disagree or taken in by those who already know these things to be true, and I don’t like to “beat the dead horse” so to speak. But make no mistake about it, I am fired up, I am irritated, I am motivated and I am passionate about these issues and I will not ignore them! But for now, I will leave it at that.

-I am PASSIONATE

Daily Reminders…

“The past is never where you think you left it.” 
― Katherine Anne Porter

I was gonna write this long, cleverly worded introduction to what I wanted to write about today, but I often find that the words of others do a better job of explaining what I want to say than my own words.

 

In my mini bio you will see that I say something to the effect of I don’t really know where I’m going but I know where I come from and I’m not going back. My day at work today was a perfect symbolic representation of that line and of my journey of life up until this point and heading forward. Let me explain…

I work on campus at my University’s Admissions Office. One of the MANY tasks that I perform is checking folders of applicants before they go off to counselors for them to make a decision as to whether or not the student will be admitted to the University. In checking the folders I always like to quickly skim the student’s essay because it breaks up the monotony of the day and every so often I’ll stumble across a pretty good essay. **note to any college applicants reading, stop writing about “the big game” in your essays! If the most significant experience in your life was a high school sporting event, then you need to get out more** But, every once in a while I come across a sad essay which normally don’t effect me but I came across one today that struck a pretty big cord within me. To sum it up quickly, this girl’s essay was about how her parents had left her with a, shall we say, less than caring Grandparent, and how she then had to runaway and was homeless for a short period of time before living with friends; all the while performing very well academically in high school. So let me give you a little background on myself here and then you can understand why this struck a cord…

A brief history of myself (I’m sure I will go into more detail at some point in the future): I was born to a teenage mom and a dad who left before I was ever able to have a memory of him. My mother was involved with a bad crowd and mad bad decisions; worst of all being my step-dad. To sum this up quickly without going into deep details, my mother was addicted to drugs as was my step-dad and he was also an alcoholic on top of that. My mom spent much of my childhood in prison and therefore left me in the “care” of my step-father. Long story short, at the age of 16 I was kicked out of my house and was homeless for a little while until I was taken in by a friend and spent the rest of my high school years living with some great families. Through this I maintained a decent GPA in high school which allowed me to go to college, and here I am today. As I said, this is very brief and I am sure at some point I will get into some deep details, just not today (it’s only my second post, give me some time). You can see why this girl’s essay struck a cord and got me thinking a lot about my past, and where I came from and how, as I said, have no plans on going back. 

Now another thing happened today that leads me into my future and where I am headed. On campus, I am involved with a number of leadership roles on campus, the most rewarding of which is that of a Peer Advisor, which simplified is basically a mentor for first year students. I recently applied for the biggest leadership role possible within this group of amazing student leaders that would put me partially in charge of leading this outstanding group of individuals. I got word today that I had been accepted for this role which quickly turned my day around because this is a position I am truly, and honestly passionate about unlike anything else I’ve been a part of. Just like that I went from a solemn contemplation of my past to a giddy outlook on my future here at WNE. Much like my life, this day was filled with ups and downs. However, it never fails to amaze me what I have overcome to be able to do all that I am doing today.  

My past has definitely shaped who I am, but it does not determine what I am doing today, nor will it dictate what my future will become. I will constantly be faced with reminders of my past, and will constantly be confronted with bad memories but the key for me is to quickly replace past bad memories by those I am able to make today. And that too, can be they key for you. (unintentional corny rhyme).

-I am A PRODUCT OF MY PAST BUT NOT DEFINED BY IT

 

Well it’s 4 am….

So it’s 4 am and about an hour ago I decided, “Hey Mark, lets make a blog, who cares that you have work in 4 hours,” and so here I sit. So why am I sitting here writing my first blog post, and what am I going to blog about? Let me answer those questions…

I am doing this because I am a person that has A LOT to say but doesn’t always know when or how to say it. Although I am only 20 years old, I’ve been through more life changing experience than some, possibly most will in a life time. Some good, some bad, and some that I’ve yet yo decide on, that have undoubtedly shaped me into who I am today and who I will become. Some of those experiences everyone knows about, some only those close to me know and then others, others that have been kept to myself. Who knows, you might just read about them all here. I hope this will be an outlet for me to just say what I need to say when I need to say it. So basically, I am writing this blog because I have too much to say, too much to figure out and putting it all out there seems to be the best option.

Now, for those of you that might actually be reading this (probably not a lot, if anyone) you probably want to know what you will be reading about…the simple, yet complicated answer is EVERYTHING. I will blog about my life, from the most insignificant details to the most life changing events that have happened or will happen. I will also blog about other significant parts of my life. I will blog about sports; specifically the Eagles, Red Sox, Celtics and FC Barcelona, and the wide world of sports in general. I will blog about current events and my opinions, which I am never short of, nor shy in sharing. I will tweet about my religion (figuring it out). I will blog about Politics because, well, it is my major and I love it! I should probably tell you that I am a proud liberal and not afraid to flaunt it. I will also blog about my culture, my race, my education and anything else that comes to mind.

I hope you will enjoy what you read, but if not that’s okay because this is for me as my outlet. So I hope you’re ready because I know I am, and I’m ready to try out something new.

– I Am EXCITED