Sunday, February 26, 2006

A much better man

Today I was really educated via a little special done on NBC about this most heroic and amazing man. Vernon is also a black man a black man that endured scorching indignities while serving in the US Army in the 40's. Vernon, along with other guys (dead by that time) got his medal of honor 50years after he was responsible for a mission so deadly, so heroic, so valiant. And to think that this country denied him that honor for 50 years is disgraceful. It was hard to hear of how black soldiers were treated, America went into do battle alongside Europe against the evil Nazis led by Hitler but within the ranks in the same US Army, lived and breathed a very real Nazism. Black soldiers were sent on suicide-like missions, they were abandoned by white generals in battle, not looked on as human beings worthy of respect and it seems like they were almost begrudged for joining the Army. Vernon put up with all this. And for that I've to say, Vernon, you're a better man that I would've ever been. Vernon said something startling too, he said that this was the only country that he has and if he didn't fight it might be taken over by someone else. Well Vernon, maybe you and other blacks might've been treated better had it been taken over. When one hears of how disgusting these heroic men were treated upon their return to the US or how they were treated in the Army, I keep wondering why? Why would you even bother to serve - you couldn't get me to fly a flag for a country, any country that would treat me so dreadful. But Vernon, you're the better man, hate and anger would've claimed me, I would've been bitter and maybe wouldn't even have shown up to get that medal - 50 years later. I guess he said it right, for blacks in America at the time, there was no other country, I guess that's the madness that was fed to them - hey you got no where to go so fall inline and shut up. Didn't they know that there was a whole other world out there, especially in Europe where they wouldn't have been treated like 2nd class citizens. Seeing the footage of the black soldiers in '45 being celebrated by the white township in Italy is startling, considering the only white crowds that might have turned out in the US would've been a lynch mob. So that's why Vernon - the skilled hunter from Wyoming - is a man that should be celebrated and in this Black History month something we as Americans should be all proud about.

Thursday, February 23, 2006


Ok so why are we still interested in this missing gal in Aruba. What is it, is it that it happened on a sultry tropical island, white "all American" gal from the good ole South. Young, steamy, kids on break, no real chaperones. Oh whatever the deal everyone laps up this story and can't get enough of this messy story. Is she is a good girl, bad girl, drunk girl or dumb girl. Whatever the case may be, all I want to know is why oh why is this young fool - Joran giving and interview to 20/20, they way he sounds; guilty and raunchy I think he would've been better off keeping his dumb mouth shut. Saying that he wants to tell the "real story" it seems like a jauntily put together bunch of lies. What he needs to do is lay low and shut the hell up, here he is on national - and possibly international TV yapping about the madness that him and this young jaunty gal get up to. The entire story seems shifty and weird and I do believe that its only a matter of time before they get the goods on this nitwit. Arriving in NY to shoot this "interview" he was served by the Holloway/Twitty family, but hey that didn't phase the golden boy. One minute he says he dropped her off, next he left her on the beach, which is it dummy. Some people - especially the guilty ones never seem to know when to shut up, they can't shut up they've just got to talk; tell their side of the strange story, which never seems to make sense anyway.
Now the fabulous Chris Cuomo is getting all the hot sexy details from Joran about hands in pants and him not having a condom and - Jesus, do we need to really hear this, does her mother, who no doubt is listening!!? Dead men tell no tales do they; so go Joran, do your thing. Natalie is wasted at the club but yet not drunk but falling asleep and asking about sharks and - what hey, he left a young lady on the beach alone. He says he left her on the beach, yeah, he wanted to go home so hey, just leave the gal out there alone, and who says chivalry is dead. Well Joran, shine on golden boy with the good connections, the sand is sliding out the hour glass as we speak.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

...Only when they're being funny

I'm sitting here watching "The Cookout" and the discription of it being a "mess of cliches" is totally correct. Why oh why do people continue to make these black cookie cutter movies that are all the same, the characters are all the same in each movie, neck rolling, ghetto fab people on parade in front or against "decent" white folk. There's music and plenty of dancing - why are we still dancing for the white folks, we've been dancing for show since coming over the slave ships when they let us up on deck and we're still hot footing it. The white folks in the movie are more that often late and just clueless. All the snapping on the "good hair" and bad baby daddy, baby mamma jokes are now just about tired. But this is the way that American in the 21st Century can deal with blacks in this country, they can can only swallow the pill if its making them laugh. Oh just keep laughing and laughing to keep all the uncomfortable feelings at bay. Yes all the uncomfortable feelings of all the bullshit that's been done, the lynchings, the harassment, the terrorism, the unlawful behaviour. Yes keep laughing keep all those feelings at bay because if we really had to deal with them - ha, wouldn't be so much laughing going on. None of the movies get really deep, deep means raising all the uncomfortable issues, the issues that people can't deal with, the sores that don't ever really heal, that can't really ever heal, at least not in this century.