Category Archives: Conversation

Conversations surrounding: a range of events from education, religion, law, legal, criminal and social justice, public and/or justice administration, and a host of other current event topics.

12th Father’s Day in a Row

This Father’s Day will be my 12th in a row without my daughter, Mandy. She’s been in federal prison for the last 12 years, serving a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence. She dated a drug dealer for a month and got punished for everything he did (FAMM, 2016).   Watch her story.  

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COMMENTARY

The narrative has long been about Black men.  This story should now awaken many others who have never thought about our broken system of “justice”.  The mission of the criminal justice system is to create a justice and safe society. – David Keene, Period, Case-Closed!

David Keen is the former NRA president.

Do Not Step On Me

Malcolm x

I think there are plenty of good people in America, but there are also plenty of bad people in America and the bad ones are the ones who seem to have all the power. This is the situation, you and I have to preserve the right to do what is necessary to bring an end to that situation, and it doesn’t mean that I advocate violence, but at the same time I am not against using violence in self-defense. I don’t even call it violence when it’s self-defense, I call it intelligence.” – Malcolm X (1925-1965)

 

COMMENTARY

“I don’t even call it violence when it’s self-defense, I call it intelligence.”  This speaks to where I am at this point in my life.  I am certainly about peace. However, I don’t care who you are, don’t come for me! Don’t hit me, ’cause I will hit you back! Does not the rattlesnake warn you in plenty of time, “don’t step on me?!” Period, Case-Closed!

Mr. Charlie’s Furniture Store

Mr.CharliesFurniture

Listen,

I have the pleasure of knowing someone who went to a furniture store not long ago.  Let’s call his name Joseph and the store, Mr. Charlie’s Furniture.  Joseph is a Black male.  He was searching for a filing cabinet for his office. As he was walking around the store, he overheard a conversation between two men, one Asian and the other Black.  They were negotiating the price of an item.  It was an interesting and happy exchange.  The Asian gentlemen said, “OK, how about $200?”.  The Black gentleman paused, and responded, “how about $185?”  And so on and so forth. They then decided to toss a coin.  The winner would get his stated price.  The coin was tossed up, down it came on heads.  The winner called heads.  

Then the owner walked over to Joseph and said, “Hello sir, how can I help you?” Joseph said, “Oh, I thought you were the customer!”  The gentleman responded humbly, “No sir, I’m the owner!”  It was the Black man.  Joseph immediately understood how that sounded and tried to recant, but did a very poor job of it.

Commentary:

Joseph’s response to this Black store owner has puzzled me.  I have not had a chance to share this story with my professors. Do Black people have an internal belief that when out shopping that we assume that the businesses are owned by someone other than a Black person?  I’m just thinking out loud.  Period, Case-Closed!  

Hatred on the Rise in America?

Hitler's Germany

In Germany, they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.  Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.  Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.  Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up! – Pastor Martin Niemoller, 1945

Commentary:

I had been thinking about the massacre at the Orlando club some two weeks ago. Then while researching and writing, somehow I came across the above quote.  It was in a periodical called, “Dialogue” by the Center for the Healing of Racism. CLICK HERE for their website:  http://www.centerhealingracism.org/

We’ve work to do, Period, Case-Closed!

600,000 People Leave Prison

Men Prison

For the more than 600,000 who leave prison (or jail) and re-enter society every year, finding employment can be a severe challenge (Wall Street Journal, 2014).

Commentary:

I came across this startling statistic as I was researching and writing for dissertation today. It was 700,000 about 2 and half years ago when commenced the research. Earlier today, I heard that 5 people were stabbed at a neo-Nazi event in Sacramento, California.  As you recall, two weeks ago there was the mass killing that left close to 50 people dead at an Orlando nightclub. Pray for me!  I am at a place in my life today where I  have a bitter taste for religion.  It seems the message of religion has been lost.  The message of Love.  Or maybe it was never about Love?!  When I was in it, I had my 10 lb. bible and I wore people out with it. So, I guess the question again, was it ever about Love?!  It can’t be, not with 600,000 people leaving jail or prison every year.  Do we need a check-up from the neck up?!! What’s wrong with us?!! – Period, Case-Closed!

Elephant Tusks

Elephant Tusks Asshole

You need tusks as much as an elephant needs an asshole on its elbow.  – Old Chinatown Downtown Houston-2016

 

 

Commentary:

I had been driving pass this for a few days after work.  After about the third time, I realized that I had to take a picture and share.  No further commentary needed, ’nuff said. Period, Case-Closed!