The Cause and Effects of Discrimination

Hate is one of the most powerful emotions a person can express. Those who have prejudices, simply live life in fear. They are afraid of what they do not know, and this fear usually comes in the form of hate. For people who have experienced this loathing nature, it can be devastating or surreal. Human beings cannot choose their ethnic backgrounds, sex, or physical features.

A person has no control over his or her DNA. Nevertheless, when stigmatisms arise about a person’s race, this fact is blatantly overlooked. Multiculturalism, gender differences, and sexual preferences are factual parts of the world and counteracting these facts is the theory of hate.

When people choose to hate, the effects of this lifestyle choice can be detrimental on numerous levels. Racists and those with extreme bias in regards to ethnicities, socially segregate themselves, resulting in severe developmental issues. This segregation occurs due to acceptance, anger, experience, fear, ignorance and/or social pressure. Choosing to be a racist is taught and a decision to be limited to the unique experiences offered by gaining knowledge of other cultural or ethnic groups.

Frederick Jermaine Carter died by hanging from a tree in a predominantly white neighborhood, with the reputation of not being welcome to African Americans, in Greenwood, Mississippi. In 1955, the murder of Emmett Till occurred in a town 10 miles from Greenwood, and this crime was similar to the Carter situation. The death of Frederick Carter has rehashed the details of Emmett Till’s tragic death and the similarities in both cases. Although, lynching was the preferred means of killing a black man in the past. Today, it is done under cover of law by those hired to protect and serve.

Emmett allegedly whistled at a married Caucasian woman and for this assumed action, her husband and an accomplice executed him at the age of 15. The trial of the Till lynching was recorded by over seventy reporters, and this sparked an international awareness of Southern racism. This awareness has fueled the desire for justice in the present Carter case and demands for change in the state of Mississippi and beyond.

Having hatred for those who differ from a self-preferred group, spans far past race. On October 3, 2010, in the state of New York, one man and two teenage boys were beaten and sodomized for hours by nine attackers for being homosexuals. Occurrences like this crime are, unfortunately, frequent and influence movements such as anti-gay hate crimes. Unfortunately, those who are multicultural and gay experience the double whammy of being a potential target for an active hater. A positive effect of these situations is the gained awareness of impending dangers.

Recently, and nearly once a week, an unarmed black man or person of color is killed by the police, always with immunity. The result is always “more training”! Some would argue, more training nor cameras are not the answer. Rather, it is an ingrained bias toward a race of people that perpetuate the acts of those who are taught to shoot first, and the brotherhood will see that they walk. Racism is rooted in the notion of white supremacy and that is based on economics and control of it.

When it comes to sexism, it applies to discriminations or prejudices in regards to either sex as a whole or male or female chauvinism. The term sexism arose in the mid-20th century, and this induction resulted in movements such as Feminism, Masculism, Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT). Chauvinism can affect people in a major way. If a person feels discriminated against because of his or her gender, the effects are long-term emotional and possibly mental issues.

No matter status or location, everyone has experienced hate personally or indirectly. It is a revolting, continuous fact. Detestation is a vicious cycle that is hard to bring to an end, particularly when it involves matters of race and racism.

However, for those who choose to make positive impacts in anti-hate movements and lifestyles hope that past atrocities should prove to be effective incentives to make change. Unfortunately, instead of the black man being on the short end of a rope, like in the past; in modern times he might find yourself facing the exist end of a gun barrel. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Cops Gone Wild: Detroit Police Officers Beat Black Man After He Ran A Traffic Sign

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Another disturbing video of police violence shows Detroit officers beating an African-American man during a traffic stop after he ran a red light on January 28.

When 57-year-old Floyd Dent was pulled over, officers yanked him out of the car with guns drawn and started to beat him. One officer even placed Dent in a chokehold. Dent was hit in the head at least 16 times while another officer tried to handcuff him. Another officer hit Dent with a Taser three times. By the end of this horrific ordeal, a total of five police officers were on the scene.

On Thursday, Roland Martin and the NewsOne Now Straight Talk panel reviewed the shocking video footage during the show’s live broadcast on TV One.

Martin tells the panel, “For all the people out there that continue to insist, ‘Look, it’s just a few bad apples’ —…

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“There’s Not A Great Deal Of Hope:” Cissy Houston Speaks On Bobbi Kristina’s Condition

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In an exclusive interview with New York’s WBLS, the mother of Whitney Houston, Cissy, finally broke her silence on Bobbi Kristina Brown’scondition, saying there’s “not a great deal of hope” for recovery.

Houston, 81, spoke further about her granddaughter’s condition, saying it hasn’t changed much since she was found facedown and unresponsive in the bathtub of her Georgia home. Brown was placed in a medically induced coma following her hospitalization. In recent days, the 22-year-old was moved to a rehabilitation facility to continue recovery, though it seems unlikely.

“I don’t pray like that. I give it to God one time, because I know he’s able, and I cannot change a thing,” Houston explained. “So I’m asking everyone to pray to the Lord, who we know can do something about it.”

Houston, whose own daughter was found in a similar…

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UN Reveals New York Memorial To Honor Victims Of Transatlantic Slave Trade

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For this year’s International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the United Nations unveiled a special memorial honoring the theme of “Women and Slavery.”

The piece, called “The Ark of Return” by Rodney Leon, was chosen in 2013 out of over 300 entries from all over the world. While the piece represents the millions of people forced into the tragic transatlantic slave trade, this year focused on women in slavery and their ability to keep African cultures alive despite the enduring hardships they suffered.

“Not only did enslaved women endure the harsh conditions of forced labor…

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Politics 2016 All Aboard

007_1000I have witnessed the appalling darker angels of America’s past from the segregation era  to the present. Today, we can see that there are wretched people who have no problem beating, killing, or suppressing the votes of black people. When in fact, the oppressed merely want to be treated fairly and receive the most basic human rights, which is to live.

This brings me to the new or maybe not so new brand of GOP candidates, who are positioning themselves for a seat in the clown car. Let’s call them the 21st Century Citizens Council. A few days ago, the Cruz Missile, a weapon of mass destruction was the first to  announce that he is running for president but not alone in his thinking. There is a potential candidate under indictment; another soon to be; a couple under investigation; a preacher and my personal favorite a head doctor that has lost his mind.

All of them speak of leading the party of ideals or do they mean ideas. However, so far, I have yet to see anything other than an intent to relive the past, rave and insult America’s Commander in Chief, and repeal Obamacare; there is nothing ideal about it. We have a long sorted history to demonstrate what type of ideals they speak that is rooted in the notion that having a black man as president of America is lawless. Actually, his election was the most significant event to happen since the resurrection of “Jesus”. No one living or dead ever thought America (with its horrible racial history) would EVER elect a black man President; not once but twice.

We will see in the coming election that we will get more of the same; possibly even a Bush and a Clinton face-off to be the next president. Did you know that since 1972 a Bush has been holding office of president, vice president, or running for that office? Actually, a Bush has been influencing policy since Prescott in the 1940s. Worth noting, their policies have been harmful and when speaking of the last one; his reign was an utter disaster! Unless, you were one of them, which means they benefited greatly from a war based on lies that have lasted for thirteen years.

Now, for all of you who want to believe the candidates to come from the right will do anything different. I suggest you just look at the actions of both the House and Senate! Watch and listen to the language from those who get in the clowns car as it begin to fill. You will see that as much as things change – they stay the same. The Bush clan is being resurrected as relevant; Rove, Cheney, and the entire Bush family rallying to support this man who claims to be his own man, while relying upon the same folk from the past. From what I hear, the message is continue the wars, more wars, and rob the poor.

When I think about how these so-called real America tries to impose their will upon others through legislation. The mentality of these war mongers ready to see young people die is frightening. I asked myself how can these hawks, the Grand Ol Party (GOP), who are fervently Christian and believe in the right to life are so strongly in support wars. War mean one thing – money and has nothing to do with freedom.

Some talk about secession, calling for a new Civil War, waking a sleeping giant, questioning the president’s birth and faith, people bringing guns to his rallies while knowing this countries horrible history of assignations, as he lives with a disturbing agency protecting the president. This president has been called a Nazi, a Socialist, and frankly everything but the “N-word”. The answer might be because an elephant has a brain the size of a peanut.

Frankly, it is hard to find fault in what this president has done during his terms, unlike the last guy. He brought the country back from the abyss unless and one could say saved the Republic. I don’t speak for the African American community or anyone – but me. I have lived through and witnessed bigotry via segregation and Jim Crow. What I see today from this bunch is not too different than those who came before them! It is going to be a long year. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…


DOJ Report Blasts Philly Police Department, What Does This Say About The Nation’s Law Enforcement Agencies?

Thought Provoking Perspectives:

From coast to coast this brutality is confirmed! So what is the solution to reign in what can only be called “gangs”.

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The Philadelphia police department is the latest law enforcement agency facing federal scrutiny from the Department of Justice.

The Justice Department has identified nearly 50 areas within the Philly police department that need improvement. In a preemptive step, Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey called for the DOJ to investigate the department because of the high number of police shootings against citizens.

This investigation comes on the heels of the DOJ’s damning reports on the Ferguson and Cleveland police departments, causing us to ask, ‘what does this really say about the nation’s law enforcement agencies?’

On Tuesday, Roland Martin, host of “NewsOne Now,” and the Straight Talk panel featuring Stefanie Brown James, CEO and Founding Partner, Vestige Strategies LLC, Joia Jefferson Nuri, Founder and CEO of In the Public Eye Communications, and Dru Ealons, Political and Lifestyle Blogger, discussed the DOJ report and issues…

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So This Is Happening: Utah Reinstates Firing Squad For Executions

Thought Provoking Perspectives:

Only in America! The Huffington Post, citing a report from the Death Penalty Information Center, writes that “eight other states have the electric chair as an alternative protocol, four have the gas chamber, and three permit hanging.”

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The state of Utah just reinstated execution by firing squads by way of a bill signed Monday, CNN reports.

Gov. Gary R. Herbert, who signed the bill, said in a statement that lethal injection will remain the “primary method for carrying out executions in the state.” Surprisingly, firing squads were permitted in Utah until as late as 2004.

“Those who voiced opposition to this bill are primarily arguing against capital punishment in general and that decision has already been made in our state,” said Marty Carpenter, a spokesman for Herbert.

“We regret anyone ever commits the heinous crime of aggravated murder to merit the death penalty and we prefer to use our primary method of lethal injection when such a sentence is issued. However, when a jury makes the decision and a judge signs a death warrant, enforcing that lawful decision is the obligation of the…

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