Month: November 2013
4 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.
- God of the Living (thepassionists.org)
Historically the civil rights movement has not only defined in American History, by showing the world the shining example of Americans fighting for racial and social justice, but it is also notable that the true pioneers of Civil Rights have now, become legends in our time-their names; Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Bobby Seale, Huey Newton and the list goes on. When one thinks about the iconic nature of these individuals-one must consider many factors including their deeds, struggles, and accomplishments. Right now America stands at a critical juncture in its race relations, and the civil rights issues of the present and past have/are going largely ignored. So when asked the question, why, is the Civil Rights Movement in danger of becoming obsolete the major standout reasons are;
Lack of Civil Rights Historical Knowledge
There is clear ignorance by most American’s more specifically students of the basic history of the Civil Rights Movement is a growing challenge — in fact, it has worsened, according to a 2011 report by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The report says that states academic standards for public schools are one major cause of the problem. Eight of 12 states were tested based on the current knowledge of Civil Rights. The most earning A, B or C grades for their treatment of Civil Rights History are southern states where there were major protests, boycotts or violence during the movement’s peak years in the 1950s and ’60s. Surprisingly Alabama, Florida and New York students were given mostly A grades.
“Generally speaking, the farther away from the South — and the smaller the African-American community — the less attention paid to the civil rights movement,” the report says. “Across the country, state educational standards virtually ignore our civil rights history,” concludes the report.
While it is a proven fact that in classrooms around the world students are now being taught the history of the movement, but it is only a small backdrop in most history classes. Civil Rights historians believe that class materials and books water the content down to exerts from speeches-Like Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream,” and Malcolm X’s “By any means necessary.”
Growing American multiculturalism
The census showed that as of July 1, 2011, 50.4 percent of the nation’s population age 1 or under was either Hispanic or a race other than White. “That is a surprising percentage. Twenty years from now (chart below) shows what Time magazine calls “The Browning of America,” which means that the racial makeup of American will be mostly people of color. There’s that historical notion as well.
A Growing Separatist Movement
There is a growing premise that race is not the salient characteristic and many question if race should remain a guiding principle of civil rights law today. Example, many Gay and Homosexual organizations now consider their fight for civil liberty the “New Civil Rights.” As time goes on the Civil Rights movement must seek a new life and possibly become a structure that closer resembles “Human Rights.”
Lastly, the separatist potential in our laws and our society, and separatism’s growing threat to our sense of national community. Groups like the Tea party may cause struggle to Civil Rights due to the dangers of separatism in the context of separatist politics, entitlements, education, and speech, exploring the legal and social issues surrounding each of these areas. Civil Rights law can either bring us together or drive us apart and that the choices we make now will determine the character of our national future.
In addition to the separatist nature of other groups, the Civil Rights advocates must place value in teaching and understanding what it means to be an, “Active,” American Citizen. They must learn how to identify injustice at all times (even internally). They must learn about the role of individuals (people) in their complexities, as well as the importance of structure. Also, they must see that all people can come together collectively to confront oppression. They need to know that as long as race is a barrier to access and opportunity, and as long as poverty is common for people of color, the dream has not been realized. GLG
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This Veterans Day, I believe we should do more than honor and praise of the bravery and patriotism that our veterans have embodied in the past. We should take this opportunity to re-think and re-position how we are treating our veterans in the present and future!
To all who served “One World Salutes You” G.GREER, EDITOR
We know Chick-fil A is an “embattled,” establishment for Gays!-but are they, “Secretly” pushing an Anti Black Agenda as well?
This past week on Wednesday November 6, 2013-Dan Cathy’s (Owners Son) was promoted to CEO, and it was announced privately to company employees, but no formal public disclosure is planned at this time, a company spokesman said.
The company said Truett Cathy, (The founder) at age 92, nevertheless is in good health and that Dan Cathy’s progression to CEO is part of a succession to lead the company into the Future. S. Truett Cathy, the founder, is an 89-year-old, Harley-riding Southern Baptist who started Chick fil A as a small diner near the Atlanta airport 1946. He closed the business on Sundays because he was a churchgoer who required a day to relax and be with his family.
Specialists say New CEO Dan Cathy will be compelled to restrain tendencies to speak out about private and personal views that have thrust the company into the cultural battle and made dining at Chick-fil-A a wedge problem for some. One Example, Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” on August 1, 2012 was set for “conservatives” (who confuse Christian belief as axiomatically conservative opinion) to show those leftist liberals pushing gay marriage a thing or two about collected consumer power from the “right.”
Dan Cathy Anti Gay Statement;
“I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage’. I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.”
Dan Cathy also will face strategic resolutions on international development as the chain seeks to maintain its lofty extension and growth. Chick-fil-A runs 1,530 eateries in 39 states, but it still feels like a hometown restaurant to fans in Georgia, which has 189 outlets. Sales numbers beyond 2012 will most likely be over $3.5 billion a year, a spokesman said.
Questionable Franchise Practices
The organization’s Christian culture and its strict contracting practices, which require potential operators to review their marital status and civic and church involvement, had attracted debate before, a 2002 lawsuit brought by a Muslim restaurant owner in Houston who said he was fired because he did not pray to Jesus with other operators at a training session. The suit was settled.
A 10 year Sample Study conducted by the St.Petersburg Times shows the locations are 80 percent in the White Suburbs with little to no locations in Black Areas?
Looking at the area of Georgia’s 196 locations (those that were first opened in Clayton County when it was 90 percent white in the 1980s are outliers, with Riverdale, Jonesboro, Morrow, and Forest Park massively Black and those that were “grandfathered in” in East Point); the establishment – in some cases a fabled “Dwarf House” being remnants of past civilization while the surrounding area becomes littered with liquor, Title Loan stores, and pawn shops), it is striking how those “thriving communities with high social capital” that Chick-fil-A Owners/Operators invest are amazingly and overwhelmingly white.
So is The business model of Chick-fil-A…. Racist? Does it conform to the method that was laid out in theory of the Affordable Family Formation (cities with Chick-fil-A’s tend to actually have thriving communities)? Should the Department of Justice look into the locations of Chick-fil-A’s because of some sort of disparate impact in where they open, considering that the clientele that Owners/Operators tend to cater to is overwhelmingly white?
Chick-fil-A is reliant on strong communities (which, coincidentally, means white communities) to exist and prosper.By controlling certain variables (hospitals weren’t counted; nor were malls, considering that they have a tendency to go from catering to a majority white clientele to a majority Black clientele in a matter of years) it became a comedy of errors in seeing where Chick-fil-A decides to open up stores.
Outside of Chick-fil-A’s in areas that went from majority white to majority Black (thus, grandfathered in), the company has a business model that can be accurately described by many as “discriminatory management practices,” or even go so far as to say racist. GLG
- Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy retiring as CEO, chairman (onlineathens.com)
NEW YORK, NY – (REVISE)- Retailer Barney’s will likely very soon be experiencing a makeover and a signature shift amidst growing civil criticism concerning the increasing public pressure for Jay Z back out of a collaboration with the luxury store Barney’s New York after it was accused of racially profiling two black customers — said Saturday he’s being unfairly “demonized” for just waiting to hear all of the facts. As the criticism grew, Barney’s said Thursday it had retained a civil rights expert to help review its procedures. The CEO of Barney’s, Mark Lee, offered his “sincere regret and deepest apologies.”
Barney’s inspired Jay-Z, with some of the proceeds going to his charity. At press time, the rapper is also working with the store to create its artistic holiday window display.He also dismissed reports that he has profited from the collaboration. He said he’s “not making a dime” from working with Barney’s. Instead, his Shawn Carter Foundation, which provides college scholarships to economically challenged students, will get 25 percent of all sales from the collaboration,” according to Jay-Z.