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The walking Dead’s add a black guy, kill a black guy rule

10 Feb

TyreseNow let me first state that I love AMC’s The Walking Dead, it’s my favorite TV show. It’s also one of the most diverse shows on television But I have noticed one troublesome trend, being the old black male character when a new black male character shows up is the equivalent of being a “red shirt” on Star Trek. I like to call it the add a black man kill a black man rule. – See more at: http://www.africanamericanreports.com/2015/02/the-walking-deads-add-one-black-man.html

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It’s time to stop preaching to the choir when it comes to “black on black” crime.

2 Jan

It’s time to stop preaching to the choir when it comes to “black on black” crime.

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My wife I had the privilege to attend a prayer service for black men gunned down by police on Monday Night (12/29/2014). There were many clergy and some elected officials from Roselle, Elizabeth, Hillside, and Plainfield at this service. At that prayer service in Roselle NJ put together by the Rev. David Ford at the St. Matthew Baptist Church, I heard many great speakers discuss issues in the African American community.

Because it was an open and honest dialogue black on black crime was mentioned, and our responsibility to address and deal with it were discussed. Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley gave a great speech about the need for parents to step up instill values in their kids and to value education. Myrtle Counts the head of the Roselle NAACP gave an impassioned speech about that yes black lives matter but that they must also value to us as African Americans. Rev. Ford mentioned not wanting to live in a world without police but wanting to have good and respectful police. I heard councilwoman Tracey Brown of Plainfield lament the fact that she had done over a hundred eulogy in 2014 and most of those were young people.

As I looked around I saw the nodded heads and heard the Amens and shouts of yes. But I also noticed something else as I looked around, as great as the speakers were the message they were delivering didn’t need to be given to the fifty or so people in the church. They were preaching to the choir.

What good is a great and possibly life-saving message if the people that need to hear it don’t hear it?

We as elected officials, clergy, and community leaders need to take the message that yes black lives matter, but they have to matter to us too from the churches and meeting halls to the streets. Delivering that message won’t be easy but nothing worth doing ever is. I don’t pretend to have all the answers on how to do that but if we all work together, I’m sure that many do.

It’s imperative that we get out there and deliver that message. As an elected official, I’m ready to do my part and hope that others will do the same. Our children’s lives depend on it.

George L. Cook III, president Hillside Board of Education. Email georgelcookiii@gmail.com

Some blame racism but could anger be the cause of Eric Duncan’s death?

11 Oct

Some have pointed to racism in the death of Eric Duncan.  My question is could it be something other than racism. Could it be that doctors and nurses were angry at Duncan for coming back into the United States knowing that he may be sick and thus endangering them all? – See more at: http://www.africanamericanreports.com/2014/10/some-blame-racism-but-could-anger-be.html

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Michelle Howard gets 4th star, becomes first female admiral in the US Navy

2 Jul

 

At a ceremony, held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Michelle Howard became the first woman to make four-star admiral. On Tuesday afternoon, she will assume duties as the vice chief of naval operations making her the Navy’s number two officer. Watch the promotion ceremony – See more at: http://www.africanamericanreports.com/2014/07/michelle-howard-gets-4th-star-becomes.html

 

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Did former slaves start the Memorial day holiday?

25 May

A black historian David W. Blight has discovered evidence that the first celebration of what came to be known as Memorial Day was conducted by former slaves. Over time that history was whitewashed to give others credit for the origins of Memorial Day. Oddly enough many of those those sources that credit others with the creation of Memorial Day mention the “Decoration Day” ceremony of the former slaves giving Blight’s claims same credence. – See more at: http://www.africanamericanreports.com/2014/05/did-former-slaves-start-what-is-now.html#sthash.jAsSVwzJ.dpuf

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Were Mark Cuban’s comments racist or was he being honest?

23 May

Mark Cuban the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks made some very interesting comments when discussing race issues and Donald Sterling. In a moment of pure honesty Cuban admitted to being prejudiced and bigoted at times. Some feel that an example he used of seeing a black man in a hoodie may make him cross the street was racist. Check out his statements – See more at: http://www.africanamericanreports.com/2014/05/were-mark-cubans-comments-racist-or-was.html 

Paul Ryan to meet black U.S. lawmakers after ‘offensive’ remarks

16 Mar

Look I don’t know if Paul Ryan is racist or not but what he said recently about the “inner city” definitely was. If he and other republicans/conservatives want people to stop accusing them of being racist then they have to stop repeating things that were born out of a racist ideology. Anyway, after Ryan’s offensive “inner city” remarks he will be meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus. This wont accomplish sh*t but I guess it’s a great PR move. George Cook AAReports.com. – See more at: http://aareports.com/2014/03/paul-ryan-to-meet-black-us-lawmakers.html