The verdict flashed across my iPad. I winced and checked my Facebook knowing what it would look like. My timeline was filled with comments ranging from sadness to near terroristic threats with a sprinkling of pro-Zimmerman sentiment. My Twitter feed was much the same. Between the two platforms over three thousand people on my streams gave the temperature of the nation following the verdict, a virtual heat map that ran across age, race, sex, political lines, and religion. The common thread amongst it all is the power of one hundred and forty characters to render the populace politically inactive. [Read more…] about Trayvon Martin, Social Media and Inactive Activism
I first started listening to podcasts a couple years ago. They were a great respite when I was at work and got bored listening to music. Running a small business I would often spend hours in the office alone and the chatter helped the day seem less lonely. It started with the “How Stuff Works” array of podcasts. They were light, geeky and were a great source of useless knowledge which is something I love.
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As a matter of full disclosure, I must admit that I have never been a fan of your commentary. For some time I have been of the opinion that you are a soundbite looking for an audience. I have watched you on various ESPN shows over the years, most notably First Take. I have watched you attempt to spar with the likes of Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless and have been routinely unimpressed. Comments you made yesterday confirmed my opinion of not only your commentary but, as much as one can glean from a TV segment, you as a person.
For reasons only you could articulate, you called into question the blackness of Robert Griffin III. You went so far as to essentially grade his blackness. His white fiancée made him less black, while his braids made him more so. This was your response to Griffin’s statement to the press the day before about wanting to be considered and recognized for more than his race.
Let me begin by saying that I am a proponent of marriage equality. I firmly believe that any union built on mutual love and respect should not be a matter of legislation. I proudly stand beside my LGBT family and friends. For the purpose of this article, however, I am putting my allegiances on the shelf and asking that those on both sides of the fence to pause for a second and look at how blind activism is making the rich richer. [Read more…] about Corporations Cashing In on the Marriage Equality Debate and Why Everyone Loses
I am a huge Superman fan. I have a bookcase in my living room adorned with action figures, graphic novels and other forms of nerdware. At the center of it all is a small poster of the Superman Versus Muhammed Ali comic, a Bizzaro Superman action figure and other Kryptonian collectibles. If I put myself on the couch I would guess that my love of all things Super stems from two things. One, his clearly kick-ass superpowers, Superman could clearly rule this frail world if he ever decided. Two, his restraint in never doing so. [Read more…] about Superman vs. Lex Luthor: Riding the Line of Ethics and Success in Business
As a child I was bullied mercilessly at the small Catholic school I attended and fought almost daily. I won a few and lost a lot. I would get migraines from the stress of having to face another day of torture. The nuns at the school couldn’t fathom that so many of the boys in my class would want to torment me on such a regular basis and therefore assumed that it had to be my provocation that led to so many beatings. This despite the fact that I was routinely the smallest in my class, wore union glasses and had a penchant for eating raw corn on the cob for snack time. Yep, I should have been the most popular boy at school.
For all my torment, and the torment of my other nerdy friends, neither suicide nor the murder of our tormentors was ever a topic of conversation. [Read more…] about We Need To Raise Resilient Children