Choose Your Party

Do me a favor, if you are a Person of Color, read the platforms of the Democrat and Republican parties as that is what each candidate will end up taking as their platform when each wins their respective nomination.

A bit of history, if you read the 1952 Republican platform it is almost identical to the 2019 Democratic platform. Each party transformed during the late ’50’s through the ’80’s. I can assure you that the current Republican party would be glad to see it’s Black Republican’s back in chains, but because of the time the Republican party tolerates People of Color.

Now I am not going to state emphatically that the Democratic party is 100% for People of Color, but within that party you do have an opportunity to be heard as well as seen. In my opinion if a Black person is a Republican it is because of a specific issue, such as, opposed to abortion, opposed to affordable healthcare, pissed at President Obama because he was not a staunch Department of Defense supporter.

Please I urge you to review EACH candidates individual platform and see how it aligns with the party’s platform. And don’t attack me, name call because I believe that for my family’s sake that the Democratic Party’s platform is more beneficial for them to not end up homeless.

This is my Thought for the Day by Joyce.

Juvenile Delinquency

Once again children, as young as 12 years old, have been charged with murder.  And once again the community is in an uproar. The community asked how could this happen? Why did this happen? What can be done to prevent this becoming a regular recurring situation?

Most community members felt that our churches were not doing their job, and the after-school programs were failing the children.  But if a child is not “in” or “at” school then is it the responsibility of those entities?

Initially many such as I demanded that the parents be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, only to find out that the children may not even live with a biological parent. The pain felt by community members was beyond description, especially for our Community of Color.

Going forward as a community we must demand individually that we as a community come together to create a solution to the problem of juvenile delinquency.  Personally, I believe we should return to the concept of the orphanage, but with a new and brighter mindset to an old concept.  The orphanage should be welcoming with an environment that will allow for the growth of unwanted children.  It should provide a solid educational foundation, as well as, an environment where the child is safe and basic needs are met.  And yes, there will be room for a religious perspective that would focus on the overall belief in God or a higher entity.  For us to continue to do nothing will only give us another opportunity to feel pain that is beyond description.

This is my Thought for the Day.

Missing A Child

Parents when was the last time you checked your child’s Instagram? DM? PM? Facebook page? Emails? Snapchat?

With the number of teens going missing I would say it is about time. Many are asking “who” is taking our children and my answer is the Internet. When a parent allows a child 100% freedom when it comes to social media, you have to understand that when you child does come up missing that freedom is suspect.

I am not sure why our children are so quick to believe what they read on social media, but parents you are going to have to step up and be the PARENT. Get in your child’s business! Maybe just maybe by being the parent, you will save your child.

Suggestion to Elected Officials

1) Reopen all Government agencies currently closed effective immediately

2) Authorize 25 Billion dollars to cover Items a through f:

a) Hire 3000 new border patrol agents (no later than 28 February 2019) with a new patrol area of every 10 miles per 2 patrol agents

b) Grant permanent citizenship to all registered Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) participants immediately

c) Grant a 5-year enrollment and re-enrollment every 5-years to all participants identified as Temporary Protective Status (TPS)

d) Initiate repair of all current southern border fencing and/or permanent structures

e) Initiate 24-hour drone coverage of entire southern border

f) Identify areas of the southern border where a permanent structure is requires, without taking by eminent domain of American property, and build a permanent structure

g) Hire 75 immigration judge teams no later than 28 February 2019

3) Authorize 800 million for humanitarian assistance

4) Authorize 805 million for updated drug detection technology for all ports of entry into the United States

5) No monies are authorized to specifically “build a southern border wall”

Government Shutdown

During the campaign of 2016 all we heard in America were the following chants – “Lock Her Up” and “Mexico Will Pay For It”.

Today, 2019 the only individuals locked up or facing lock up time are individuals that worked the trump/pence campaign.

And for those trump/pence supporters I ask how are you feeling today? When was the last time you got a paycheck? And who do YOU want to pay for the wall now?

I truly feel bad for the thousands of individuals that are currently in a financial bind because #45 is determined to get funding for one concrete block that he can call a wall. I do not feel bad for ALL those so-called evangelical christians who are federal workers; I don’t feel sorry for those stay-at-home moms whose husbands are federal workers and voted for trump/pence because you believed a woman’s place is ONLY in the home; for those other thousands of trump/pence supporters who have not been paid I have no sympathy or empathy for you.

Your chanting has gone silent and in place I hear your moans of financial chaos. Just a reminder, YOU GOT what YOU voted for.

That is my Thought for the Day by Joyce.

How Do We Go Forward?

Since Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in April 1968 I have heard more times than I can remember his “I Have A Dream” speech, the Negro spiritual “We Shall Overcome”, and the Civil Rights Song “Ain’t Gone Let Nobody Turn Us Around”.

And on 21 January 2019, America will once again be bombarded with speeches, songs, and marches.  Once again, we will hear from elected officials, President’s of nonprofit organizations as to what “we” need to do.  And once again, “we” will return home and wait for January 2020 to do it all over again.

Meanwhile in the Communities of Color crime is still extremely high.  Recently, Judge Wayne Shelton stated that “Black men are more dangerous to other Black men than white Klansman ever were”.  Now what does that say about our Black men?  Do our Black men not value life?  A week does not go by without a news report of a Black has been killed by another Black.  I guess it would help for me to research the statistics on white crime, but for me my concern is MY community. 

The point I am making here, I am tired of the speeches, the songs, the marches when tomorrow or even tonight there will be a news story where a Black man has killed another Black man and for what? Maybe I will do my Doctoral research on the killing of Black men by Black men as I am sure there is enough data for a literature review.

I don’t have the answers as to how to stop the killings, but I so have suggestions that I will save for another post.  One thing for sure you won’t see me at the march or singing the songs because our Communities of Color have been turned around so much that going forward has become almost impossible to achieve.

This is my Thought for the Day.

 

 

 

Last Saturday of 2018

29 December 2018 is the last Saturday of 2018 and I cleaned out my closet.  This has been an up and down year for me with Erika getting arrested, Michelle separating from her husband, Denis making an all out effort to gain custody of Colin, Mama in and out of the hospital, Colin getting his diagnosis of Autism.  I guess the only reason I made it was due to my blind faith in God.  But I can admit that I am tired.  2019 is going to start slow for me as I have to decide if I really want to run for a Council seat and right now I am leaning to “I don’t”.  I start back to school on 10 May 2019 and from what I hear getting a Dissertation approved is going to be a war. 

I do need to get my book together and maybe I will work on that this last weekend in 2018.  I don’t know what 2019 holds for me but I am ready.

See you next year, Be Blessed!!