“Too often we say, “I have no talent to teach a Sunday school class.” “My home is not nice enough to have a Bible study here.” “I don’t cook well enough to help with Meals on Wheels.” “I’m a businessman, not a carpenter. I wouldn’t know the first thing about building a house for Habitat for Humanity.” When we step out in faith and offer all we have, God will use it in powerful ways. How much is enough? Just what we have when God is with us!”—Jane Douglas White
“Let me be a little kinder, Let me be a little blinder to the faults about me; Let me praise a little more, Let me be, when I am weary; Just a little bit more cheery, Let me serve a little better those that I am striving for. Let me be a little braver When temptation bids me waver, Let me strive a little harder To be all that I should be; Let me be a little meeker to the brother that is weaker; Let me think more of my neighbor and a little less of me.”—Unknown
I read some of the most ignorant, racist comments about Jemele Hill & other black writers at ESPN—It’s beyond offensive. For those of you not familar with Jemele Hill, she is a sports columnist and TV analyst for ESPN…here’s her bio. Now before one of you folks accuse me of “race-baiting” or “playing the race card” let me say with a clear voice and a pure heart…kiss my ass. I know what I’m seeing and it’s disgusting. Ms. Hill is not a politician, her opinion is just that. She has a pretty decent job at ESPN, which it seems she does pretty well. I don’t expect that people are going to agree with all that she says…hell, I almost never agree with all ANYONE says. However, what strikes me is the level of viciousness in some of the comments. Some of the comments I read about her (and other black writers at ESPN) are just downright KKK, Segregation today, Segregation tomorrow…, No, you will not cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge racist.
I chose 4 comments from a few the comment board on a few of her posts…let me say, I could have chosen hundreds, many of them worse, but most of them expressed the same sentiment as these.
"They will just give anyone a job at ESPN….this $@%!$ is so dumb. (i’m going to assume he’s not calling her an angel here)”
"Why do black writers question why the MLB only has 12 or 13% of African Americans? Who cares if there’s a low population of blacks in MLB. It’s fine the way it is. It’s one of the most diverse sports out there. We don’t need guys dancing after hitting homeruns or jiving after stealing a base. Some African Americans are already trying to wear their caps crooked. lol Ridiculous! Jemele is a joke. Affirmative Action at its best!"
"She is working at ESPN to fill quotas, black and a woman, that is the only reason. It sucks, but I guess its better than having six kids to six dif. dads and living off welfare like all the other ghetto $@%!$@ $@%!$@%.”
"Hilarious…….she relates EVERYTHING she does to race. Hardly ever writes a column or is on a show when she doesn’t speak of race or infer that race had to do with an issue……and then wonders why people question her about her racist attitude? Give me a freaking break."
There’s thisFacebook page. (Yes, there is an even a facebook page dedicated to getting rid of the dangerous, racist, sports writer Jamele Hill)
Again, I could have chosen hundreds of these.
I’ve read many columns written by Ms. Hill, some I agreed with, others not so much, at no time have I thought she was racist. Seems to me, the real racists, the real sexists, the real bigots, the real dangerous folks are threatened by her because she consistently questions the double standards in sports when it comes to race and gender. They also can’t handle the fact that Jamele Hill knows more about sports than most men.
For all the hubbub about Joe Paterno’s transgressions it’s amazing to me that no one is talking about Bill Colin. This is a man who resigned after 40 years of writing for the Philadelphia Daily News because he was accused of sexually abusing 3 girls and 1 boy ages 7 to 12. RIGHT NOW HIS PLAQUE GREETS THOUSANDS OF VISITORS IN THE NEWS MEDIA WING OF THE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME IN COOPERSTOWN, NY. EVERY DAY.
I’ve heard very little outrage about him. I know what I’m seeing.
In November, a terrified 13-year-old girl pounded on an apartment door in Brooklyn. When a surprised woman answered, the girl pleaded for a phone. She called her mother, and then dialed 911.
A violent pimp was selling her for sex. He had taken her to the building and ordered her to go to an apartment where a customer was waiting, she said, and now he was waiting downstairs to make sure she did not escape. She had followed the pimp’s directions and gone upstairs, but then had pounded randomly on this door in hopes of getting help.
Baby Face said she hurt too much to endure yet another rape by a john. She told prosecutors later that she was bleeding vaginally and that her pimp had recently kicked her down a stairwell for trying to flee.
That 911 call set in motion the arrest of Kendale Judge, then 21. Judge has pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking, kidnapping, rape and compelling prostitution. He is in jail, and we haven’t heard his side of the events yet.
The episode also shines a spotlight on how the girl was marketed — in ads on Backpage.com, a major national Web site where people place ads to sell all kinds of things, including sex. It is a godsend to pimps, allowing customers to order a girl online as if she were a pizza.
Lauren Hersh, the ace prosecutor in Brooklyn who leads the sex-trafficking unit there, says that of the 32 people she and her team have prosecuted in the last year and a half — typically involving victims aged 12 to 25 — a vast majority of the cases included girls marketed through Backpage ads.
“Pimps are turning to the Internet,” said Hersh. “They’re not putting the girls on the street so much. Backpage is a great vehicle for pimps trying to sell girls.”
Craigslist backed out of this sector after public protests. Pimps then moved to Backpage.com, which is owned by Village Voice Media, owners of The Village Voice weekly newspaper.
Attorneys general from 48 states wrote a joint letter to Backpage, warning that it had become “a hub” for sex trafficking and calling on it to stop running adult services ads. The attorneys general said that they had identified cases in 22 different states in which pimps peddled underage girls through Backpage.
The attorneys general cited a 15-year-old girl who was being forced to have sex with men last year in Dorchester, Mass. The pimp marketed the girl through Backpage.
But Backpage isn’t budging. Indeed, it has fought back with personal attacks on those, such as Ashton Kutcher, who have linked it to human trafficking.
Steve Suskin, legal counsel to Village Voice Media, gave me a lengthy statement in which he argued that the company is already cooperating closely with law-enforcement authorities. He cited a 16-year-old girl in Seattle who was rescued as a result of a tip the company had made.
“Censorship will not rid the world of exploitation,” Suskin asserted.
It’s true that there’s some risk that pimps will migrate to new Web sites, possibly based overseas, that are less cooperative. But, on balance, that’s a risk worth taking. The present system is failing. Pimps aren’t the shrewdest marketers, and eliminating a hub for trafficking should at least chip away at the problem.
Backpage suggests that it is battling censors and prudes. In fact, what drives it seems to be greed. In their letter, the attorneys general said that Backpage earns more than $22 million annually from prostitution advertising.
On Backpage, the pimps claim adult ages for the girls they market, but Hersh scoffs. “I see 19,” she said, “and I immediately think 13.”
“I’m not seeing a lot of cases where there’s not coercion,” she added. “The average age where a girl is forced into prostitution is 12 to 14. And most of these 16- or 17 year-olds are being run by pretty vicious pimps.” Read More…
2. There is no key to happiness. The door is always open.
3. Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.
4. Dear God, I have a problem, it’s me.
5. Laugh every day, it’s like inner jogging.
6. Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.
7. THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IN YOUR HOME ARE THE PEOPLE.
8. As a child of God, prayer is kind of like calling home everyday.
9. He who dies with the most toys is still dead.
10. It’s all right to sit on your pity pot every now and again. Just be sure to flush when you are done.
11. Surviving and living your life successfully requires courage. The goals and dreams you’re seeking require courage and risk taking. Learn from the turtle, it only makes progress when it sticks out it’s neck.
12. Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”—Romans 8:37-39
Somalia Famine Response Too Slow, Thousands Of People Died Needlessly: Report
Thousands of people, more than half of them children, died needlessly and millions of dollars were wasted because the international community did not respond to early warnings of an impending famine in East Africa, aid agencies said Wednesday, even as they warned of a new hunger crisis in West Africa.
Most rich donor nations waited until East Africa’s crisis was in full swing before donating a substantial amount of money, said a report by Oxfam and Save the Children. A food shortage was predicted as early as August 2010, but most donors did not respond until famine was declared in parts of Somalia in July 2011.
The report, written by two prominent aid groups, even blamed aid agencies, saying they were too slow to scale up their response.
"We all bear responsibility for this dangerous delay that cost lives in East Africa and need to learn the lessons of the late response," said Oxfam head Barbara Stocking.
One Kenyan economist, though, said it would have been difficult to prevent the famine in south-central Somalia, which is mostly controlled by militants from al-Shabab, an insurgent group that has greatly limited the work that aid agencies can do in the region.
"I don’t think the solution to famine is just sending money in good time," said economist James Shikwati. "It also needs policy changes. Look at Somalia. (Even) if you have all the money in your pocket and all the grain in your store, unless al-Shabab allows you to access their areas then people there are still going to starve."
Kenya and Ethiopia also suffered from the drought, but the famine hit hardest in areas of Somalia suffering from a toxic mixture of drought, war and high taxes levied by armed groups.
The aid agencies in the report said many donors wanted to first see proof that there was a humanitarian catastrophe. That caused a funding shortfall that delayed a large-scale response to the crisis by around six months.
Now, there are clear signs that there is an impending hunger crisis in West Africa, said Save the Children’s head Justin Forsyth. The report said that a food crisis in the West African region known as the Sahel is being driven by drought and high food prices. The report says agencies should put into practice there what has been learned in the Somalia crisis.
A recent Save the Children assessment in Niger shows families in the worst-hit areas are already struggling with around one-third less food, money and fuel than is necessary to survive.
The report says the delays in East Africa caused thousands of deaths and increased costs for aid agencies. The British government estimates that between 50,000 and 100,000 people have died from the famine, mostly Somalis. Ethiopia and Kenya were also affected but aid agencies were able to work more easily there than in war-ravaged Somalia.
More than half of those who died are believed to be children. The U.N. says 250,000 Somalis are still at risk of starvation and more than 13 million people need aid.
"The earlier you respond, the more you get for your money," said Oxfam’s regional spokesman Alun McDonald.
"We’ve done a lot of water trucking. It’s the last resort," he said. "It’s a very expensive and inefficient way of delivering water."
Friday will mark six months since the U.N. declared famine in Somalia.
"It’s much more cost-effective to invest early on," he said, in things like dams, reservoirs, and boreholes.
Trucking just over a gallon (5 liters) of water per day per person to 80,000 people in Ethiopia costs more than $3 million for five months, the report said, compared to $900,000 to prepare water sources in the same area for an oncoming drought.
The report also said it costs three times as much to restock a herd in northern Kenya than to keep it alive through supplementary feeding.
"The world knows an emergency is coming but ignores it until confronted with TV pictures of desperately malnourished children," said Forsyth.
The World Food Program says that even though the worst of the crisis appears to be over, hundreds of thousands of people will still need food aid in coming months to survive, because their livestock have died and crops have not yet grown.
Earlier this week, food donated by Cargill, the Minnesota-based producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products, was delivered to communities in need in Kenya. Cargill donated 10,000 metric tons of rice to World Food Program USA to be distributed in the Horn of Africa.
The group said the donation – the largest ever food donation to WFP USA – would feed nearly 1 million people for a month.
Alive Soul Note: I normally don’t like to post stories like this because I rarely read a story that highlights all the good that is coming out of Africa. Having said that, I truly feel that the greatest crime committed in my lifetime has been the neglect of Africa by the international community. As a child it was Ethiopia, as a college kid it was Rwanda, as an adult it has been Somalia and those are just the countries that make the news. How many more children must die? How many elders? How many women? How many more….
Book Excerpt: Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of An American Original by Robin D.G. Kelley
Beginning in the fall semester of 1933, his junior year at Stuyvesant, Monk’s interest in his musical education trumped any glimmer of effort in the classroom. He virtually stopped attending class, showing up only sixteen out of ninety-two days and earning 0’s in all of his subjects. He made a half hearted effort the following semester, but still only managed to make it to school thirty-one out of ninety-eight days. By April of 1934, Barbara was so concerned about Thelonious that she phoned the counselor to talk about her sons’ performance….Styuvesant officials thought it best to transfer him to Haaren High School Located on 10th Avenue between 58th and 59th Street…The school developed a program whereby students were allowed to create flexible schedule combining work and school, a good thing during the Depression when few young people could afford to concentrate solely on school.
Yet Thelonious chose not to enroll in Haaren High. Now that he was making a little money with his trio, he saw no reason to finish high school. He was set: Music was his life. Barbara had left North Carolina and separated from her husbad in large part for her children’s education and Thelonious had dropped out at age sixteen. He continued to live at home, play music, see Trotyrine, hang with friends, and help out with whatever cashe he made. If Barbara argued with him about his schooling, there is no record of it. For a young African American man in Depression-era New York any income was welcome. And at least he was still at home with her.