By now, everyone has heard President Trump’s statement about the NFL and Steph Curry, the NBA superstar. I’m not going to rehash what Trump said. Or what others have said to Trump.
Have you seen the movie, Now You See Me? It is about a group of magicians who suck millions of dollars out of Michael Caine’s bank account and all the while keep one step ahead of him and the authorities. There is a line in the movie that asks if you know the role of the assistant to the magician. Well, it is to distract the audience while the magician is doing the important stuff.
I would ask you to not focus on Trump and his statements. I would suggest that our president is trying to distract us from something else. Maybe the slow moving, always present Russian investigation? Although this investigation is making some news, I don’t think that there is anything really explosive that has come out over the last 48 hours. What about this new ObamaCare killing bill? As more and more information comes out about this piece of garbage it looks worse than the Ryan House bill or the previous versions floated in the Senate. Outrage was beginning to build over this GC (Graham Cassidy, what did you think GC stood for???) bill but now Trump has asked us to argue over race and its role in America.
I don’t know about you but I think that we need save ObamaCare more than we need to talk about race.
Ahmed Mohamed started the week by making a clock. Before the end of Monday he was arrested and talking with the cops. Fourteen years old, Mohamed was suspended for reasons that aren’t clear to me. I understand the initial stereotyping. It happens. Mohamed, a Muslim, can’t simply be a bright kid who likes to make things. That’s too American for someone who doesn’t “look” American. Once he gets arrested and the police clear him of any wrong-doing, why doesn’t the school apologize and let Ahmed Mohamed back into class? I don’t know.
Ahmed’s story resonates with many who weren’t mainstream “cool” growing up — those who preferred to spend time taking things apart and rebuilding them, watch old movies with the A/V club, or play video games. His story also embodies the social urgency called to correct the racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural discrimination behind police profiling and the deep-seated perceptions that too often lead to the brutalization of marginalizedcommunities.
But those biases aren’t limited to police encounters, trickling into everyday life and workplaces — an issue the tech industry is working to improve. That’s why, beyond the many lessons Ahmed can teach society about the gross dangers of prejudice, his story also provides a powerful anecdote in acceptance and the importance of diversity in tech.
When all is said and done, can this teenager move on with this life? Can he be better? Well, the answer is maybe. He has to battle through the crap which can be overwhelming sometimes. Former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin shows how difficult it can be as she writes, “Whereas Ahmed Muhammad, an evidently obstinate-answering student bringing in a homemade ‘clock’ that obviously could be seen by conscientious teachers as a dangerous wired-up bomb-looking contraption (teachers who are told ‘if you see something, say something!’) gets invited to the White House.” I love it when Sarah is showing her racial bias.
Thompson can’t remember which book she was assigned to read for that class. But Shaw didn’t have it, so she went to the Olivia Raney Library, although she knew it was only for whites.
“I expected to go in and get a book,” she said.
The Olivia Raney Library was Raleigh’s first public library. A separate library was established in 1935 on Hargett Street to serve blacks. That library eventually became the Richard B. Harrison Library on New Bern Avenue, said librarian Wanda Cox-Bailey.
The Harrison library merged with the white libraries in the 1960s, Cox-Bailey said. (more…)