Addiction, Black Lives Matter, Faith, Judging, Law Enforcement, Prison Reform, Redemption

#KennethFoster #Deathrow #Inmate – A Story of #Redemption

Death Row and Redemption – Kenneth Foster Jr

One night in August of 1996, four black men were arrested in connection to the shooting of Michael Lahood Jr., a white 26-year-old San Antonio law student. They were also found guilty of two robberies that took place hours before the event that changed many lives forever.

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Afro American Leaders, Community, Education, Judging, Reading

Do You Have 2 Hours a Year to #Mentor #BlackStudents…

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If You Don’t We Do

Chicago has had more than 4,000 shootings so far this year and 700 plus murders, mostly young Black men shooting and killing other young Black men. During the month of December 2016, these Chicago schools are asking for mentors to come speak life into their students and to share about the positive aspects of living in Chicago:

Oglesby Elementary School, Fulton Elementary School, Proviso West High School, Brunson Elementary School, Clissold Elementary School, Chatham Leadership Academy High School, Lewis Elementary School, Air Force Academy High School, Joplin Elementary School, Burnham Elementary School, Reavis Elementary School, G.R. Clark Elementary School, Lakeside High School, Chopin Elementary School, Excel Academy Shore Shore/Woodlawn High School, Langford Academy Elementary School.

Source:  The Black Star Project National Initiatives

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Bridgeport, CT
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Video of a fight in the hallways of Harding High School – Bridgeport, CT

Social Media is NOT the cause of the fights in school and anyone who thinks so needs to be either re-educated or leave the institutions of Academia and make room for folks who are not afraid of the “Boards” and are willing to go the distance to ensure our students receive a full education in a safe environment.  For the love of Christ stop bailing out behind “it the fault of some other platform”!

Black Lives Matter, Judging

Racism is Contagious

Racism is not as pretty as these flowers

 

Contagious definition, capable of being transmitted by bodily contact with an infected person or object

Racism definition, a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement

 

Communicable diseases are caused by pathogens passed from one human to another. Pathogens are viral, bacterial, parasitic and fungal. If that be true, then I suspect racism is a communicable disease.  Let’s take a look as some other communicable diseases:

  1. Common Cold – you have it, you sneeze, touch the door knob or the well-known infectious location – the elementary classroom;
  2. Gastroenteritis – spread by contact, sharing food, using contaminated utensils;
  3. Strep Throat – A streptococci bacteria targeted to teens, by sneezing, coughing or shaking hands;
  4. Fifth Disease – spreads easily because it’s contagious before one has symptoms via direct contact with nasal and throat discharge;
  5. Gonorrhea – a sexually transmitted disease
  6. Racism –  caused by lack of understanding, breeding, and family belief systems.  This disease is spread via contact with a racist, reading about a racism and racists, teens are highly susceptible to this disease because of their age and lack of understanding and wisdom, it can be shared at the dinner table, on the bus, plane, and railways.  Racism easily spreads through the eyes and ears via the following:

I read a post a few minutes ago, subject matter: President Obama chose to go to his daughter’s graduation instead of going to Muhammad Ali’s funeral.  Someone replied, “Why would anyone care?” Another poster replied, “…because he’s black…”  You have got to be kidding me! Racism has become contagious when an issue between two different races defaults to “because they are _____________.”

 

#RacismisContagious, #racism

MsConcerned

 

 

 

 

Judging, Spirituality

Judgmental

judgement “I can cultivate a judgmental attitude toward those who may not agree or cooperate with my plan. Grace killers are notorious for a judgmental attitude. It is perhaps the single most un-Christlike characteristic in evangelical circles today.”

Chuck Swindoll

Judgement as defined by Webster’s Miriam online dictionary is defined as, an opinion or decision that is based on careful thought (simple definition).  Yet there is another definition in the Full Definition section it reads, a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion, or the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing.  While reading various posts yesterday on Social Media, here were some that I felt passionate about and I posted my comments, others I just viewed and shook my head.  What I found interesting in many of the topics I viewed, almost immediately the posters deviated from the topic of the post to judging the writer of the other poster’s comments.  One topic that has been and I suspect will always be a subject of spirituality and religion to which some folk show a depraved indifference to the idea that what they believe is the only true form that they will verbally insult anyone who disagrees.  If you have never been hit in the head by a rock or a shoe, try reading some posts about religion and surely you will get a sense of the pain and anguish being hit in the head must feel like.

Sure, I have my biases when it comes to my faith and my trust in the one true God, however, I have learned to practice the idea of tolerance for others to point of not engaging in the “who’s right” comparative dialogue.  Albeit I shake my head and think to myself, “if you don’t believe in the God I choose to serve, why the need to attack me or other folk based on their belief system.”  The scripture states, “King James Version (KJV 1769) — Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.  We have all heard and read (or perhaps not) this scripture, what I want to focus on today is the word, may.

The definition of “may” is, have the ability to:  have permission to <you may go now>:  be free to <a rug on which children may sprawl — C. E. Silberman> —used nearly interchangeably with can —used to indicate possibility or probability <you may be right>.  What comes to mind is that the enemy is not walking or lurking about devouring folk by persuasion, but the he is looking for folk who he may.  That means that not everyone is subject to his lurking.  Let’s suppose I were to retaliate verbally at every poster’s comment that went against my belief system, I would open myself up to be devoured by the spirit of judgement.  Offering my counter points to every comment would cause me to stand in judgement of the freedom of others’ beliefs…

2 Peter 3:1-18 ESV

This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, …

MsConcerned