Yep! Wanda's Gay!

Not that it comes as any surprise to me, but Wanda Sykes has recently come out. She says because of the recent passing of Proposition 8, she had to speak out by proclaiming herself as a lesbian.

“Now, I gotta get in their face,” she said. “I’m proud to be a woman. I’m proud to be a black woman, and I’m proud to be gay.”

She was at a gay rights rally in Las Vegas on Saturday, where she told the crowd, “You know, I don’t really talk about my sexual orientation. I didn’t feel like I had to. I was just living my life, not necessarily in the closet, but I was living my life. Everybody that knows me personally they know I’m gay. But that’s the way people should be able to live their lives.”

I am proud of Wanda. My gaydar was way high on this one, coupled with the fact you never saw her in dating men. I’m also glad that she opened herself up to her fans. Maybe that will inspire other black gay celebrities to come out. Hmm…Queen Latifah, anyone.

Yes, We Did: Things Overheard Since Election Day

“After 7 o’clock, don’t call me. I don’t want to talk to nobody. I’m watching the election.”
-My father, who didn’t want to be bothered with any foolishness while watching the poll results. He was joking (I think)

My mother: “Oh, he won?”
My father: “Yeah, he won. It’s over.”
-My parents, talking to both of them on the phone right after the returns showed Obama had won the election and John McCain had already conceded. Apparently, my mother fell asleep before Obama’s victory had been announced on the news.

“A little while ago, I had the honor of calling Senator Barack Obama to congratulate him on being elected the next president of the country that we both love. In a contest as long and difficult as this campaign has been, his success alone commands my respect for his ability and perseverance. But that he managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president is something I deeply admire and commend him for achieving.”
-Senator John McCain in his concession speech

“I guess the election makes people hungry.”
-An employee said to a long line of people in the cafeteria at work. She got no response.

“Why y’all so quiet? I’m the one who should be upset.”
-A Caucasian co-worker who was a big McCain supporter. As the black folks in my office began to congregate first thing, we turned silent when he passed, as a sign of respect. This was his response.

“Come January, I’m gonna electric slide down Pennsylvania Avenue.”
-A Black co-worker who of course voted for Obama

“I’m so happy for you all. Y’all needed this. This is something y’all been needing for a long time.”
-A Caucasian employee to a black employee, overheard in the hallway after having lunch with three of my co-workers. We were about to get rowdy, until we found out she was talking about a new supervisor who had just been hired.

“I’m happy. I believe marriage should be between a man and woman, not a man and a man. It’s not right.”
-My co-worker, who was happy Amendment 2 was voted in, which upholds the law that marriage should be defined as only between man and woman in Florida. She believes in gays having domestic partnerships but not have the right to get married.

“I can’t believe we lost.”
-One Caucasian worker to the next, overheard in the parking lot.

 “It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.”
-President-elect Barack Obama during his acceptance speech.

Sam Cooke – “A Change is Gonna Come”

Right to Vote?

Although politics has never been my cup of tea, I already know whom I’m voting for. It’s been no secret. I love Obama and what he stands for politically: change and more change. I couldn’t stand to go through another eight years (or even four years for that matter) with a bull-headed idiot running the country. It’s been tough enough watching Bush turn this country into a country with worse debt than a five-year unemployed dude with child support issues up the ass and creditors calling him after 8 p.m.

If I seem a little riled up, it’s because we have a lot riding on this election. The fate of the free world lies with who will win more electoral votes. Personally, I would love to see the first black man in office (and no, Clinton doesn’t count), running things and helping us to get out of this dismal situation. I know he can’t solve all our country’s problems, but at least it’ll be a start.

One thing that irks me about Obama’s campaign success is when black folks say, “I hope he doesn’t get shot.” Yes, he has had opposition, mostly in the form of rednecks who would rather eat shit than see a black man occupy the oval office. But we need to stop being so negative. This man, the son of a white mother and African father, a Harvard law school graduate and Illinois senator, could become the first black president. It’s hard to put into words what this mean.

My father, who lived and survived through the civil rights era, has waited for this day to come. He grew up in a time when there were separate water fountains at the local courthouse and cringed to hear a white man call him boy. He tells me experiences of being considered inferior, when he knew it was simply for the color of his skin. I still get chills remembering his recollection of the night Martin Luther King died, and being under fire by white authority figures. They asked him to tell where the blacks had congregated that night; my father refused. On that night, at that moment, it could have been a different story altogether, one that could have lead to my father being attacked or, God forbid killed, but he said he wasn’t afraid. No person, black or white, would ever make him afraid.

That’s the kind of hardship he endured, so we could have the liberty to vote. That’s why it’s important.

And that’s why Obama’s my choice, because he believes in change. He understands nothing’s going to improve without it. He’s just the man to see this thing through.

My 9/11 Story

I remember waking up on the morning of 9/11, five years ago, a little after 8:30.

Barely opening my eyes, with the morning crust settled in my eyes, I flicked the TV channels, settling on some cable news station.

Might have been CNN, maybe Fox News.

But I heard it.

I saw it.

A plane had flown into New York City’s World Trade Center

At the time, terrorism wasn’t a thought.

Until moments later, another plane penetrated the second tower.

And in that moment, everything became clear and nothing was the same.

At that exact moment, I was less than 200 miles away from the horrific scene, vacationing in Providence, Rhode Island

It scared me. It scared me enough to think of what could happen next.

It scared me think how I was going to fly back home—or if I would even make it home.

The first person I called was my mother.

And I couldn’t get through.

The lines were busy.

I tried a few more times with no luck.

The rest of the week flew by, but it was a constant thought.

You couldn’t escape the news.

It was everywhere.

And I still wondered if I would be able to fly out of T. F. Green Airport

Would we have another attack on our country?

Could I even get home?

9/11/2001

A day so full of promise, will now be remembered for sorrow.

God truly Bless America.

Cause we surely need it.

Assholes Abound!!!

Few things political pundits do appall me. I mean, we live in a country with a dim-witted president, and I reside in a state that has his brother as my governor.

But this controversy involving former Secretary of Education William J. Bennett got me to thinking. If you haven’t heard, he’s the newest idiot savant who said on his national radio talk show, Morning in America, that the solution to crime in this country would be to abort African-Americn children.

He says, “But I do know that it’s true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could–if that were your sole purpose–you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down.”

Although he says it’s “an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down. So these far-out, these far-reaching, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky.”

WTF? You think the solution to crime in this country is to eradicate newborn black babies? Who are you fooling? Caucasians are committing crimes in the United States, too. Who’s murdering their pregnant wives at a staggering rate? Who is committing most of the sex crimes involving children in this country? It shole ain’t us, massa!

As a matter of fact, according to crime figures published by the U. S. Department of Justice, cases of homicide are being committed by more white folks than assholes like Bennett thinks. Although blacks have committed more crimes of felony, drug and gun homicides, Caucasians have performed more heinous acts such as intimate and family murder, infanticide and eldercide. They are also more likely to kill for sex-related, work-related, or surprisingly, gang-related crimes. Poison and arson are also crimes most perpetrated by whites, as well.

So take that, Mr. Bennett!!

But my question is how does a man who wrote The Book of Virtues, a best-selling, feel-good book of inspirational poetry and stories imparting practical values, come off as a no-good bigot? He was the former leader of education in America, for God’s sake. And the racist hypocrite (redundant, I know) stands by what he said. Bennett even contends that he should receive an apology because he feels his comments had been taken out of context.

In an another article, Bennett’s quoted as saying, “I don’t think people have the right to be angry, if they look at the whole thing. But if they get a selective part of my comment, I can see why they would be angry. If somebody thought I was advocating that, they ought to be angry. I would be angry.

“But that’s not what I advocate.”

When asked if he should apologize, he simply replied, “I don’t think I do. I think people who misrepresented my view owe me an apology.”

Whitey, Please!!

It just goes to show that no matter how much we think things have changed, they always stay the same. And there’s one idiot born every minute.