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And then the McKinney Pool Party happened…

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on June 12, 2015 at 12:02 pm

summer-fun-blk-kidI’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.

They’ve seen what happened to Tamir Rice, Mike Brown and Rumain Brisbon alike.
They’ve learned when an officer approaches them, they could lose their lives.

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!
I’m Qui
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…

God Bless SANCHEZ!

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on April 9, 2015 at 9:28 am

spike-lee-do-the-right-thing-wayLet loose the bags of confetti and get the bells to ringing,
A visitor has shown us the truth and Heaven is singing.

Walter Scott must have been quite the spirit. A real lover of God.
His murder was captured on video – evidence that couldn’t be bought.

His family surely thought a questionable legacy would be jotted down
and that their beloved Walter would be defamed like the young Mike Brown.

But why would Officer Slager, a father to be, decide he’d like to take a life?
Why did Officer Timothy Loehmann decide to pull up and kill Tamir Rice?

Speaking of young Tamir Rice — he was the 12-year old black boy
that was shot in 2014 for playing in the park alone with a gun toy.

It was all caught on video, but the police department rebuked the view.
Evidence is ILL-HANDLED all of the time – the charges, ultimately subdued.

But Walter Scott’s exit has birthed new views, and new news,
Officer Michael T. Slager has been charged and wearing county blues.

The horrible IN YOUR FACE reality of white officers shooting unarmed black men
is quite the evil storyline and indeed needs to come to an end.

Black people aren’t up in arms today. Today their spirits are at rest
because the murdering cop is under lock. God Bless the bystander SANCHEZ.

A courageous Dominican Republican man – he was shocked at what he had seen.
He was on his way to work when Walter Scott was killed on the green.

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It appeared he was running from the cop
The cop asked him to stop
The cop tasered Walt
Then fired 8 bullets to insure the halt.

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This — behind a traffic stop. This was caught on tape.
“Necessary Force” laced the reports that the police officers made.

Hm. God Bless Sanchez. The video record was a gut reaction move
Sanchez contemplated not turning it in – fearing retaliation brute.

But Sanchez’ spirit is good, and the lad could not rest
The decision he made was tough, but he did what he thought was best.

At first he took his recording to the cops when the officer assisting him, gave Sanchez the feeling,
that if he had given up his recording — he could be the next police shooting/random killing.

He was freaked out, left the police station and immediately got an attorney.
What an awesomely smart thing to do. He looked up to America, he’s now learning

that we (USA) are not as forthcoming in law or as clean as we want others to think.
In fact Sanchez was pretty disappointed to have to smell Americas unlawful stink.

No rose buds here. He noticed that we stink louder than countries abroad.
Police insist corruption isn’t amidst — then beat minorities like they’re Gods.

I’ve always loved a man in blue. I’ve always given the utmost respect
to those men wearing lawful uniforms with those badges on their chest.

A uniform man looks sexy and when he stands behind protect and peace,
I feel compelled to look out for him — he keeps order in my streets.

I have told my brother to speak to him and befriend him; [to the officer] extend your hand.
My brothers have been gunned down without cause. My brothers are all black men.

What now? They are being hunted and I can not say a word.
God spoke up for us all and the VIDEO has been seen and finally heard.

It’s ugly and I hate it…. for each and every person affected and involved.
Eric Garner’s video failed to convict — This video is from the almighty God.

While this is our current story, I’m still focused on the silver lining at best,
I’m Qui
Supporting the use of civilian body cams and God Bless SANCHEZ!

If Langston Hughes were alive, I fathom to think how’d he verse the day.
With one fist in the air and the other clinched around a pen — Langston Hughes would have his say.
With griot and respect, I accept the charge to record this lay.