3 Things That Don’t Make Any Sense

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  • There are three things that have happened in the last week that just don’t make sense to me that I wanted to share my thoughts on.

    1.  Hampton University Business School Dean Sid Creadle stands by ban on locks and cornrows. Hampton has the right to do what they want and a take on the responsibility to prepare their students for corporate boardrooms. However, in 2012 there is an opportunity to create trend setting business leaders and not conforming ones. Be aggressively honest with your students about the consequences of appearance decisions, but be a bridge to corporate America that says "Change." Hampton could say to corporate recruiters and set up discussions with progressive corporate leaders to proclaim “We have brilliant men and women who have chosen to expresses their cultural identity through their hair and will add to your bottom line.” All won't bite, but I bet some would. There are doors I have not been able to walk in with my locks and there are places I have changed because of them. We need courageous institutional leadership that prepares our kids for the real world as they simultaneously prepare them to change it. Let’s not create more boxes for our kids to have to fit in. Empower them to redefine this world.

    2.  The New LeBron James Signature X sneakers slated for release this fall will be sold for $315. Now, I love LeBron, but come on. We have massive unemployment, young people and parents struggling to buy things they don’t need with money they don’t have to impress people they don’t like. LeBron's fault…no, but if you care at all about the fans who have made you, push Nike to release sneakers at two price points. If I could afford them, I would not put that kind of target on my kids feet. Because the kids that can’t afford them are coming for the kids whose family can. $315 shoes will be the aspiration of kids whose parents don’t have $315 dollars saved for their future. WTF.

    3.  There was article last week on Politic365.com that claimed the greatest threat to President Obama was not Mitt Romney, but black voters staying home on Election Day. There are few who would argue that the vast majority of registered black voters support President Obama, but that doesn’t mean that if it rains on Election Day, they will turn out. What a shame that 147 years after the abolishment of slavery we still have to convince, trick, or beg us to actually be citizens of a country we helped build. Your desire or lack of desire to vote says less about the president, your congressperson, or local judge. It says something about you. Vote because it is your responsibility as an active citizen. Anyone feel like this candidate and the nation should not be joined in matrimony? Vote November 6 or forever shut up.

    I’m Jeff and that’s my truth. Peace and blessings.
     

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    9 thoughts on “3 Things That Don’t Make Any Sense

    1. This is something not right…help me out jeff.
      My family needs your help please!! A man that is a brother, dad, and a son is being wrongfully held in a county jail for the past 10 months due to unfair misconduct and misuse of the judicial court system wasting tax payer money. He is now (2012) being charged in an alleged case that happened 13 yrs. ago (1999) with no evidence, no witness, and no proof of facts to support the allegations. The county court system has denied him house arrest, and has set his bond at an unreasonable amount ($250,000). I have done research on the county court system and 95% of the accused are forced to plea bargain cases or rot in jail up to 2 years before a trial is even set. His Constitutional rights have been violated (Innocent until proven guilty), and civil rights violated (Employment denied, and deprivation of society with family). This situation has initiated very high and dangerous emotional stress to my brother and our family. The county court system has failed by law to provide a trial after 6 months of being charged or arraigned. My innocent brother is presently rotting in jail since Jan 2012 with no evidence, no proof, and no conviction. The goal is raise money for his bail and defense. Please help in any way you can!! Thank You in advance
      Donations are greatly appreciated; Checks and Money Orders can be sent to the following address below:
      Mrs. Ware
      216-289-2109
      24101 Lakeshore Blvd. Apt. #910
      Euclid, Ohio 44123
      Or email or call me at e_edwardel@yahoo.com /2169659308

    2. If you feel that as an American, that it is your Right to have your Miranda rights read to you, if you feel it is your Right to have an attorney present, if you feel it is your Right to have a speedy trial, if you feel it is your Right to have a Bail reduction, and if you feel it is your Right to have your trial before 3 long years with only having a Court Arraignment (3 years ago on July 1, 2009) MY SON TERRELL SCOTT WAS DENIED ALL OF THIS!!!! AND HAS SAT BEHIND BARS NOW FOR 3 YEARS WITHOUT A TRIAL!!!!

    3. To Nike, the blood of some youths are going to be on your hands. They are going literally and figuratively kill each other trying to get money for name brand sneakers. Lot of lives were lost for the right to vote. So as Jeff says vote. Much props, he’s not telling you who to vote for, the choice is yours. However after November 6th a message needs to be sent to both political parties, are the choices you present to the voters really the best you have to offer? I pity Dean Creadle and am surprised by him, it is what’s inside your head, not what’s on top of your head which counts.

    4. Jeff, you couldn’t have hit the nail on the head better than you did with that third comment. I am some-what of an activist and joined the Democratic Party during the last presidential elections. I am hispanic and have many African American friends and ties. I get all kinds of excuses when it comes to voting from my African American brothers (my vote wont count, politicians are all corrupt, it’s not going to matter etc. etc.) In a country where so many died and went to jail to give us all the right to vote, it is beyond me to listen to these excuses. CHANGE must continue from the top down, our President needs another four years. CHANGE can only happen if we the people come together and vote for change. Good job Jeff !

    5. Jeff, you couldn’t have hit the nail on the head better than you did with that third comment. I am some-what of an activist and joined the Democratic Party during the last presidential elections. I have many African American friends and ties. I get all kinds of excuses when it comes to voting from my African American brothers (my vote wont count, politicians are all corrupt, it’s not going to matter etc. etc.) In a country where so many died and went to jail to give us all the right to vote, it is beyond me to listen to these excuses. CHANGE must continue from the top down, our President needs another four years. CHANGE can only happen if we the people come together and vote for change. Good job Jeff !

    6. Article on Politcal365.com
      I have family members that wont register to vote. However when I constantly argue with them about it, trying to convince them if they want change it starts with a vote, and that they should exercise their right to vote. They tell me they have the right not to vote too.(ignorant) So whenever they call me asking for money, I tell them I’m exercising my rights to say No.

    7. I understand LeBron shoes are very expensive, but it is not his fault if some of his fans can’t afford them. I’ve been hearing how urban parents are financially going through hardships. Parents need to be parents and tell their children “No” and stop blaming LeBron because his shoes are price for another portion of his fans that can buy them. JEFF try being different from other media personalities by blaming LeBron, you should know he doesn’t set the price of the shoe, just like Shaq doesn’t set the price for Buick’s.

    8. For once, someone has said something that makes sense. Jeff is right on all three things. Your hairstyle does not define you, but we need to realize that since we are not running things yet, we have to comform a little to the way the present culture wants us to be. I know that if I can’t afford LeBron’s sneakers, what makes me think I will get them for my son? Unless he is working and earning his own money, I wll never get them for him. And yes, we as a people can’t afford to stay home on Election Day. If you don’t vote, you have no reason to complain when things aren’t going your way.

    9. Folks,the third thing Jeff points to that don’t make any sense is the notion that our folks won’t get Ottawa bed on november 6 and put on some decent clothes.Then drive,walk,jog,skateboard,thumb a ride,to those polls and use your million dollar vote to pick the next Commander in Chief.But be very selective of your choice cause the next president could send your sons and daughters to that next Big Dog Fight..Somebody run and tell that..

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