Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thought for the day...

The basic principles of "right and wrong, and showing respect for others" are taught at home. I tell my friends all the time, "that your child(ren) is an extension of you, simply look at the branches of a tree. As you nourish it, it shall bear you good fruit, neglect it, it will wither away." This is what is happening to the mindset of our younger generation. When are we, as a "Collective" America going to stop perpetuating hate and racism long enough to take notice?!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Michael Brown’s family: ‘We are saddened’ by DOJ decision not to charge officer

Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden are the parents of
 slain Missouri teenager Michael Brown
Washington Post reports -- Michael Brown’s parents said Wednesday that they are disappointed that the Justice Department decided not to seek federal civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed their teenage son last summer in Ferguson, Mo. However, they expressed hope that Justice’s scathing report on the Ferguson Police Department will lead to other changes, which they said would mean their son did not die in vain.

“Today we received disappointing news from the Department of Justice that the killer of our son wouldn’t be held accountable for his actions,” Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. said in a statement issued through their attorney’s office. “While we are saddened by this decision, we are encouraged that the DOJ will hold the Ferguson Police Department accountable for the pattern of racial bias and profiling they found in their handling of interactions with people of color.”

In addition, Brown’s parents said they hope this official response will help promote changes nationwide.

“It is our hope that through this action, true change will come not only in Ferguson, but around the country,” they said. “If that change happens, our son’s death will not have been in vain.”

Food for thought:   There are not enough words to express the empathy I feel for the mothers of our young slain children, one after another.  Our nation’s rising epidemic of police brutality and consequent human rights violations needs to be addressed from the top down.  Why can’t we have better leaders like President Johnson?!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Who Controls the Money Controls the World

As we continue the celebration of Women in Black history, I wrote this poem as a dedication to the legacy and teachings of Dr. Maya Angelou. May you continue to mentor me from Heaven.

Forever Maya
(dedicated to the life time achievement of Maya Angelou)

There was something about your voice…
There was something about your smile…
There was something about your grace…
There was something about your style…
There was something about your beauty,
As if your soul had channeled from the
the deepest deltas of the Nile.

Your words roared with faith,
Your heart gave with compassion,
Your memory is etched in stone,
Your teachings are everlasting.

Your words sang songs of freedom,
Like a cadence leading the way.
You guided our paths like an Angel,
Never leading us astray.

As your legacy lives on Forever,
We now know why the caged bird(s) sings.
Hope is what you taught us, to 
    Let Freedom Sing.... 
Freedom Sing....
Freedom Sing....

©  2015 Syneeda Penland