Racism in America Lives at Rutgers and Beyond

October 1, 2010

This is not a blog about Lebron James’ recent comments about whether racism had something to do with the way he was treated when he left Cleveland for Miami. Like Lebron said, there may have been some racism involved, whether people played that card consciously or not. Indeed, racism remains one of America’s disgusting little secrets. If it didn’t exist at all, people wouldn’t be so uncomfortable talking about it.

And this is not about racism based on color, it’s about being racist in general against other people that are different than you by way of intolerance, ignorance, discrimination, and bigotry. The Rutgers student who committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge did so after allegedly being secretly filmed by his idiot, closed-minded roommate who then outed him on the internet.

Sadly, there are too many other stories of young people who took their lives in similar situations. If you haven’t seen the video posted by Ellen DeGeneres today, watch it: http://www.facebook.com/#!/video/video.php?v=592846987806&ref=mf

What is wrong with people? Why must some humans feel the need to ruin others lives because they are different from them?

What a sad reflection on a society that is supposed to be advanced. Maybe as far as technology goes, we are;  but we are far from being an advanced culture when it comes to practicing tolerance and good will toward man.


Where Do We Begin?

June 18, 2010

Strategic mortgage defaults, childhood obesity, oil drilling and the devastating BP oil spill, one-in-ten unemployed. This list lies heavy on many hearts right now.  It is hard to turn a blind eye to the challenges that lie before us today.

And it’s really the uncertainty that keeps most Americans today on edge, not the actual problem at hand:

People with money walking away from mortgages even though they have money. When will it end? Has we lost our morals? The wealth that could be destroyed in this manner is incomprehensible.

Childhood obesity. 33% of kids are morbidly fat. We are turning out young adults at a record pace too overweight to even defend our country. There is plenty of blame to go around — parents, the media, fast food companies, soft drink conglomerates, and past government programs come to mind. Does anyone see this changing any time soon? 

Unemployment. It’s been between 9.7 and 10.0 since last August. We are getting complacent that one out of every ten of us are not working.

The Deepwater Horizon-BP Oil Disaster. Everyone is on pins and needles about this one. Worst-case scenarios could destroy the welfare of people and ecosystems from the Gulf to the Atlantic. I feel sorry for the families of the loved ones you were killed in the oil rig explosion who really were forgotten through this mess.

As the saying goes, this too shall pass. After all, we have survived the likes of world wars, cold war challenges, polio and the Great Depression.

Maybe I just worry too much.