Friends of Webster

Raised in the house, but field certified.

Justice Served in New Haven, Connecticut (MSNBC)

White Fire Fighters

Link to Article on Justice Kennedy’s Opinion: Equal Civil Rights is Blind once equal civil rights is had. 

June 29th, 2009 Posted by | Conn. Law | no comments

Rest in Peace: Michael Jackson, Age 50

It was too soon for him to pass; I hope that he prayed for salvation before this day. Pray for his poor children. This was his summer for redemption. Kanye? Timberlake? Someone please fill the void.

June 25th, 2009 Posted by | Music Speaks | no comments

The Vitriolic USNA Diversity Debate/The one-sided CGA Diversity Discussion

(1) Navy Times: Annapolis Professor at Odds with Minority Recruiting Practices (2) The Capital: ‘Cost’ of diversity at the Naval Academy is a Price Worth Paying (3) Cummings: CGA Can do a better job on Diversity 

The most interesting aspect of the Coast Guard Academy’s diversity issue is the lack of an all-inclusive debate.  The Coast Guard’s official blogs have nearly ignored the topic.  Two prominent unofficial blogs have also veered off into different directions. 

The more service-aligned blog, CGBlog.org, includes the contributions of active duty personnel and a mutually-beneficial relationship with CG headquarters. The writers are passionate about their service to the country and they often recognize operational successes that go unnoticed. The media usage and format is aesthetically pleasing and official looking. The diversity of the team nearly reflects the make up of the Coast Guard. No one writes anonymously, however there is an apparent rumor that psuedononymous blog names serve as an unfettered and unfiltered vehicle for opinion and initiative. Officials from Coast Guard headquarters frequently post clarifying statements and answer requests for information via post comments.  

The service-maligned blog, Coast Guard Report, has a strategically anonymous feel to it. They are mostly, if not all, members of sea-faring services.  They are minorities and they care about minority issues. The level of research and writing skill far surpass the notion of the site being used in the manner of anon/pseudo trolls. The attraction to the site is to the information and analysis that each post provides. Little to no information provided to the blog arrives from communication by named sources; sources take a bit longer to evaluate and verify because of the lack of cooperation from CG HQ. 

CGBlog contributors, with the exception of Peter Stinson, seldom address the CG’s non-operational (often explosive) issues that arise in media. Coast Guard Report (CGR) contributors thrive on that information.  CGR has generated interest enough to break at least two regionally/nationally covered stories.  After perusing dozens of comments on the media’s account of these diversity issues, it is easy to see the line that has been drawn.  For the majority of minorities, diversity is opportunity. It is America at its finest.  For the racial majority, diversity is an issue that they refuse to discuss. Or, diversity is a liability and the discussion of it would reveal raw emotions that are too strong and maybe too politically incorrect to own up to.  Most notably, the sentiment found on comment boards is that minorities would be too intellectually inferior to perform well on that platform. It is a divisive issue and it takes time so people need to calm down… 

Brown v. Board of Education (Brown I) was argued 10 years before the first black graduate of the Coast Guard Academy was indoctrinated.  The case that is widely called “Brown II” rebutted the original class action suit, nine years prior to Merle Smith’s 4th class year. “Brown III” was addressed and legally resolved in 1978. The effects of that 1978 verdict were not implemented until 1994. The success of that verdict wasn’t seen until 1999; one district in Topeka, Kansas achieved the notable status of “full desegregation.” De jure segregation ended in the American south long before Cadet Merle Smith’s indoctrination in 1962.  De Facto segregation continued for 48 years in Topeka, Kansas and there, full integration is still in its infancy. A half-century is not too extensive of a wait to achieve the government’s standard of diversity in the most notable landmark segregation/civil rights litigation in U.S. history. 

The number of African-American applicants has decreased steadily since 2006. See Myrdal’s Principle of Cumulation. I’ve read that 3,400 students applied to the CGA class of 2013.  Elsewhere, it is noted that while there are only five black appointees in the class of 2013, only 35 or so applied.  There is little substantive similarity between the current de facto issues and the de jure issues that were addressed in Brown. The comparison lies with the de facto issues that lingered after the de jure segregation had been outlawed. The diversity problem that Congressman Cummings is incensed about couldn’t possibly take longer to mend than Brown v. Board of Education. If Cadet Merle Smith’s arrival on Mohegan Avenue started the clock, 48 years runs in 2010. How much can an institution change in a year?

June 22nd, 2009 Posted by | Conn. Law | no comments

Have you seen it? Meeting David Wilson.

Below is the trailer to the documentary of a young black man named David Wilson who finds the plantation of his ancestors and meets a decendant of his family’s owners, also named David Wilson. He searches for the answer to the all-ellusive question…what is wrong with black people?

When you get the chance, follow the link to David Wilson’s amazing new website: The Grio

I hope to write for his editorial staff sometime in the near future.

June 17th, 2009 Posted by | Reflection | no comments

Pennsylvania Ave?