I’m a Texas native happily residing in sunny & hot Arizona for the last 3.5-years, however, thanks to social media, it’s like I never left the Lone Star State at all. And then the McKinney Pool Party happened. Before I saw the video footage on the news or Facebook, I got a first hand viewing from my 17-year old daughter who lives with me here in Arizona. We are from the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and have many family members and friends there, so this story was close to our hearts. She showed me the footage on Saturday morning – the incident happened just a few hours prior on Friday night… the power of technology can facilitate a video going viral in no time and this one did just that.
Monday morning my Facebook timeline was full of comments, reblogged articles and meme’s. I tried not to get too involved in much of it because I knew personal feelings – in both directions – would be running rampart. But then I found a pretty cool piece inside of the DALLAS OBSERVER [newspaper], written by a white male and I thought it was a very level headed assessment on the lopsided subject. I shared the Dallas Observer post on my timeline and nothing happened. My guy liked it so much that he shared it from my page to his and the most intense conversation broke out. It was honest, it was heated, it was understood and misunderstood, it was reality. It was real. I enjoyed it. Most of the responses were from friends from Texas — friends that I go about 2-decades back with, (if not longer). Rather than paraphrase what she said, and he said, I thought I’d just drop the timeline on you and let you read it for yourself, follow the links and add these point of views to your informed column. I found no one to be right or wrong, but rather everyone concerned, trying to connect and taking away something to chew on…
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We are all in this world together and we all want the best.
But before we let a situation turn south, let’s explore the north, east and west.
No parents children should feel that they can’t just be a kid and live.
No one should have so much authourity that he’s not checked on the yield.
No one deserves to be stopped and frisked or to feel compelled to run when the cops come.
Most black parents educate their kids to respect the cops – their instincts tell them to run.
We’re all sad about it, the way America must look right now.
And social media is a good place to hash it out – anyhow.
Without Facebook in play, folks would be chopping it up at work,
saying things they don’t mean and close-quarter feeling might be hurt.
Though being online and speaking ones mind seems to yield
A lot of people a little room to voice ‘How they live.”
Misunderstanding happen in life, online and in communications all of the time,
but mishandling certain citizens isn’t a pin we want to shine.
I just KNOW it’s not what we mean. We mean peace and unity for sure!
and sure we’ve all been guilty of shunning the doctor and refusing the cure.
But at some point, before it all goes south
good senses prevail and you pop that pill in your mouth.
The McKinney pool party may be over, but something tells me these types of incidents are not…