This has to be quick. I don't have much time before Mrs. Field gets back. (Sometimes a woman shopping can be a good thing)
I knew I couldn't just go quit this thing cold turkey.
Some quick thoughts: First and foremost. Thanks to all of you who put one down for the kid with The Black Weblog Awards. We won (all of us) in the best political/news blog category. This award means a lot because it's, well, black folks. It's always good to get recognition from your own. So we did it.
I was at the "Newseum" yesterday with some folks who are holding it down for the First Amendment. That museum is all that, and I would recommend it for all of you. Mrs. Field and I actually got a personal tour from the brother (Frank Bond) who produced an excellent documentary about the civil rights era (Good dude) and who seems to be a big honcho over there with the Freedom Forum people. He actually interviewed me for a show that should be on PBS some time later. It had to do with journalism and the role new media is playing in it's development. I think I was there so the the folks could get a field Negro's perspective on things. You know, ask the tough questions: Like why aren't more people of color represented in the main stream media? And where are our stories being reported?
Hey, what's all the fuss about the chosen one speaking to the little school kids? Don't presidents do this kind of stuff all the time? Although I guess we really never had a president like this one before.
Some folks will consider Roger Stevens a hero. I won't. It's not cool slapping a kid in public. (In public black folks. In public! I know you all tear up those behinds behind closed doors, so don't even start with me.) Especially another persons kid.
I guess you all have seen the video by now of that dude from Oregon doing like Joe Frazier on the kid from Boise State. Yep, that kid was talking smack and the dude let him have it. (Why do thoughts of Shabazz come to mind when I see that video?) Here is the thing: What dude did was wrong. He should not have punched an opposing player like that. (The guy didn't even his helmet on.) I don't care what the guy said or did to him, (well, unless he called him a nigger, or talked about his mama) he has got to practice restraint and self control. Some of these folks already think that us brothers can't control our tempers.-- I wonder where they got that impression? --so we have to work extra hard to control our emotions. Dude might have just cost himself millions of dollars because he was a projected as a high draft pick in the NFL. That other dude probably wasn't even going to get drafted. Sad.
Imagine sending your daughter off to a fine institution like Spelman only to be given the news that she was shot to death by some ignorant ass urban terrorist while walking and minding her own damn business. This shit has got to stop!
I gotta go. I will holla later.