Friends of Webster

Raised in the house, but field certified.

“It’s Never Too Late to Right a Wrong.”

This is just something that I have to believe.

Interesting story:

James Webster Smith, West Point Cadet – 1870

http://digital-library.usma.edu/libmedia/archives/toep/first_black_cadet_wp_james_webster_smith.pdf

December 27th, 2010 Posted by | Because Barack Wouldn't Do it | no comments

Anteaus

CAAF’s OPINION 

Sometimes, I wondered what I would feel like to be weightless once again.  You know the feeling.  Not a care in the world. Maybe, finances or a coveted new car but nothing serious. This is the feeling that I expected to feel before I turned 27, this June. 

I have always struggled under weight.  Whether literal or figurative, under weight, life is never easy.  My goal has always been to rid myself of the weight and fly, but rather, the weight remains. It is as heavy as my heart.  This blog wasn’t supposed to go on this long. My time to write on Friends of Webster was supposed to be definite. All of these assumptions reminded me of one thing.  Weight makes you stronger. Regardless of what happens in the future, this weight is a reality. The good and the bad of it is, it is all that I know.  I have carried it for so long.  Even amongst old academy friends, I couldn’t imagine what I felt like when I first met them.

This isn’t a sob story. It is a blessing. It is by this perspective that I find solace.  I am comfortable being thrown to the ground. I am comfortable with this weight, bringing me faster to the ground when I fall. This is likely where I will remain for a lifetime but I won’t fret because I have learned that this is when I am at my best.  There is an anecdote that I remembered from my high school’s mythology teacher, Anteaus was stronger when he was in contact with the earth.  Everytime he was thrown down, he stood stronger. 

So this is where I will remain, treading the earth while others take flight, at will. It only dawned on me, recently, that this livelihood is my strength. I am stronger than I would have been.  This opinion is linked above so that you can do what I did not, read it.  The outcome was important, the justification for it was not. I know what I need to do to make the best of my situation. I didn’t waste time mourning. In fact, like the growing strength of Anteaus, I felt a sudden strength and dignity.

I’ll be looking up from time to time.

 

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March 29th, 2010 Posted by | Because Barack Wouldn't Do it | 2 comments

Hoaxes: “And those are the ones we heard about.”

MSNBC: “Black Man Hoax Sparks Outrage

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Don’t get me wrong, we are living in some fairly harmonious times in comparison to this decade, last century.  Who would have thought that after 100 years of the NAACP, the “black man did it” lie would still be an ace in the deck. I mean, think about it. When has that lie failed?  It fails only when the authorities pursue justice vigilently, without prejudice or pre-determined outcome.

Then the circular argument ensues. Is it racism or common sense?  More black men are imprisoned than any other race, so is it safe to trust in the hoax-er?  I tell you this from my heart.  Every black boy grows up with that reality and they say to themselves, “don’t be a statistic, don’t be a statistic! Blend in with everyone else, just be like your peers and you’ll make it (to that 25 year old statistical cut off point)!” No, no, no.  Little brothers, young friends, classmates…cousins and friends of those little brothers, young friends and classmates…be BETTER than everyone else.  For the status quo is just not good enough.

Yale or Jail?  Yale represents the likelihood of another proudly educated brother and the promise of prosperity. Jail represents the higher percentage of young adult black men, their condemnation and deferred dreams. 

This presents a long discussion and I welcome you to chime in.  We live in a moment that I never thought would exist in my lifetime, a black President!  Yet, when it is that easy to instigate a manhunt for a black men, how far have we really come from the feasibility of Fannie Taylor stories? And what will it take for this racially protective instinct to vanish from the instant credibility category?

June 1st, 2009 Posted by | Because Barack Wouldn't Do it | no comments

MSNBC Article, Statistics from a Statistic and Why I want to be an Exception

FAMU 2 12409.jpgAfter soaking up this sad article, i’ve begun to rethink my previous harsh words attributed to low minority recruiting numbers at certain institutions.  No one seems to be going/staying in college and the few black men that achieve academic notoriety are being catered to by attractive colleges and universities with household names. This is an area that the President has failed to address, implicitly or explicitly.

This is a pretty scary thought but  if the trend continues, there will be an infantismal amount of doctors, lawyers, executives and politicians in MY life time.

Consider this…

  • 20% of black men over age 18 are incarcerated (2006), accounting for 49% of all imprisoned Americans
  • 72% of black males that dropped out of HS are unemployed (2004)
  • 50% of black males (including HS Education) are unemployed
  • According to the 2007 Census Bureau’s numbers, of the 11,671,000 black males that responded to the census questionnaires, only 1,273,000 had a bachelor’s degree
  • The link below shows a shallow picture of a 29% graduation rate for students at HBCUs in six years

MSNBC Link  Black Male College Graduation Figures Dismal

BET Link Too few….

The daunting numbers continue for pages but President Obama has yet to address these issues head on. The problem may not be minority recruiting; low enrollment numbers may just be a faltering sense of self-responsibility amongst us black males.  The aforementioned statistics are some of the motivating factors that will drive me through Law School.  Anyone, besides Bill Cosby, want to lead the way? Kobe? Wait…Kanye? Lebron? Ok…RNC Chairman Steele. 

March 31st, 2009 Posted by | Because Barack Wouldn't Do it | no comments

Pennsylvania Ave?