"Isn't there anyone out there who can tell me what Christmas is all about?" That's a question good ol' Charlie Brown asks in the TV classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Which of us hasn't asked that question before? Our Christmas holidays get cluttered with more and more stuff as life goes on. Every year gets more hectic and we have more and do more. At the same time, we wonder if there shouldn't be more to Christmas. We are often left wondering with Charlie Brown, "Isn't there anyone out there who can tell me what Christmas is all about?" I recently meet with married couple, Kevin & Karen Byrd who took a simplistic stance to answering Charlie Brown's question.
As young Rahim sits quietly on the stoop outside of his grandmother’s apartment building, he watches as cars on the road and people on the sidewalk pass in front of him. His adolescent mind wonders what exciting places they are headed towards. He questions himself: Why are they driving so fast? Why are they walking with such purpose?
The many ways of sending young Black men to prison is ever changing and new, improved techniques are being discovered daily. The latest way to send young Black men to prison is to groom them early in the system and what better place to do that than in the school system. The young Black man has to be taught that his place in life is to be subservient to the system at hand and if they are not, there is a place to drive this point home. They have to be taught that the mistakes and miscues they make come with certain but unique consequences. Consequences that might not apply to other races, the behavior of students is not addressed only punishment, which breeds distain for authority and sends a bad message to the child.
Leaving an Unhealthy Relationship.
You remember lying awake at 2 o’clock in the morning, staring out into the darkness while you reflected on your life up to that point. As you lay there restless, you replayed the poor choices you made to stay in your relationship. With each difficult memory, you struggled to find the peace of mind to go back to sleep. You were tormented at the inability to move on from a bad situation even though you know it was slowly killing your spirit.
At some point during or after your divorce, you will eventually pick yourself up and move forward with connecting to the outside world. Those first steps are difficult and the prospect of dating again could be daunting. Interestingly, statistics show that 75 percent of divorced people get married again within five years. This is because at heart, most of us are still true believers in the idea of love. We inherently believe that we can "get it right" the second time. When you finally decide to pursue a new relationship, it’s important that you are ready to begin this next phase of your life.
As the collective chorus of political punditry dooms the Affordable Care Act, aka ACA, aka ObamaCare, one must step back from the noise and look at the issue plainly.
Last week President Barack Obama put it in clear terms when he publicly told the American people during his press conference that the new health care law is a “policy” and not a “website.” However, he personally accepted accountability by acknowledging that the website “hasn’t worked as smoothly as it was supposed to work.” Nevertheless, he continued to urge Americans not to be discouraged from registering for health insurance because of the problems that have plagued its rollout.
Family Loyalty is one of the most challenging issues for many people to deal with. Oftentimes, people who struggle with the separation of personal responsibility against the “tug” to meet family obligations end up living conflicted lives. These people are often shamed into “going the extra mile” for a family member based on a sense of obligation to ancestral binds instead of following their practical intuition. The true victims in these relationships are the ones who cannot pull back from trying to solve every problem that plagues their family members.
The war on drugs might as well have been a war on the black community the tactics of some local and national politicians helped create this façade of a war. During this so-called war on drugs, many within the black community have been the casualties. Combined with the problems of the war on drug movement are the sentencing practices that were born out of this war. The mandatory minimum sentences that put young men and women away for a large part if not the rest of their lives are overwhelmingly disproportionate to their counterparts.