Stephen is not a caricature of himself, he happens to represent the heart and spirit of competition amongst the fan base of professional sports in this country. If Bieler or Pearlman were to get off their high horses they would only have to go into any barbershop, tailgate party, school or anywhere to see folks in spirited discussions that existed way before Stephen A. Smith arrived at ESPN.
In the final analysis, ratings matter. Viewers matter in television world. Just when a Black man exceeds expectations and soars to great heights there will always be someone using essays to disguise their bigotry and perceived slights against their privilege.
Smith has earned his seat at ESPN and he has also brought a significant amount of eyeballs to the network.
The truth is the market suggests he should be getting significantly more dollars.
It's really about DIGITAL and the loss of subscribers. Huge segment are accessing sports via streaming services...not cable. Online platforms like Twitter and Amazon purchasing coverage rights is disrupting the market. The age of the dinosaur networks and exploding costs is coming to an end, it has nothing to do with Stephen A. Smith.
Senator Joni Ernst's Town Hall meeting in Wall Lake, Iowa got into a murky discussion about donald trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. A constituent raised concerns about the reported 1 million dollar price tag per visit.
The Senator stated, “I agree with you, I do wish that he would spend more time in Washington, D.C. That’s what we have the White House for.”
The Senator also said other Republicans in her cacus shared similar concerns and stated, “I have not spoken to him about the Florida issue yet,” Ernst said. “But that is something I think that has been bothering not just me, but some other members of our caucus. So I think that is going to be a topic of discussion that we have when we get back to Washington, D.C.”
Throughout this Presidential campaign, I have unfriended those who unabashedly expressed hate and venom about another ethnic group based on outright hate and I have been unfriended by some who were apparently fed up with my point of view and constant use of the word "FACTS" and display of specific articles, quotes and data to prove my points.
On the other hand, I have actually friended some who have a totally different point of view than my own regarding this Presidential race, because they were informed and had the ability to articulate their opinions.
Clients and family members have asked about my opinions and rants on their timelines, specifically a video of a person in handcuffs sustaining multiple blows before being placed in a patrol car (viewed over 60,000 times on FB, Twitter, XBox, YouTube, USA Today...). I believe you use every vehicle to speak out against some evil.
The Apostle Paul said our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. - Ephesians 6:12. My spiritual sense is we're wrestling against a pervasive evil in our day that manifests itself in intolerance, bigotry, greed and hate.
Having said all of the above, I urge you to vote your conscience and vote for candidates who are more likely to unite rather than divide us tomorrow.
Twitter is rumored to be for sale for about 17 – 20 billion dollars and that would mean it’s going for cheap since popular platforms like WhatsApp sold for 20bn to Facebook and LinkedIn just sold for 23bn to Microsoft.
Some of us are old enough to be astonished by the valuation of Social Media platforms. I can put this into perspective by simply saying my beloved Steelers, the most storied franchise in all of professional sports (as far as I’m concerned) is worth 1 billion dollars according to Forbes magazine.
But when you factor in the cultural significance of Twitter you begin to understand why, even the Queen of England tweets on occasion. Coups are announced on Twitter, the Arab Spring was chronicled on Twitter and it’s the go-to platform for every Hollywood star to Athletic Phenom.
Which brings me to my next point, why is it for sale and who is the likely buyer? Since it’s one of the leading Social Media platforms investors are skittish about dwindling users while new and up and coming platforms like Snapchat surges ahead.
Google is the likely buyer, but I’m sure the terms and conditions must be right.
Different names today of Officer shooting and an unarmed person of color, but the same root CAUSE and EFFECT. Before it gets better you have to admit the reason incidents like this occur is YOU ALL have been complicit in allowing this notion of PRIVILEGE.
You observe, more often than not in your own every day lives, and even in your conscious thinking and allow it to happen.
Names can't do anything...'Sticks and stones may break my bones...' and bullets kill. Some of us are human enough to know that the officer in the OK shooting allowed the privileged mindset to control her actions and behavior, like it did in New York, South Carolina, Minnesota, Ferguson, Louisiana, Ohio...
Having this mindset in congress allows laws dumping massive amounts of blackmarket guns in the inner-city, having the mindset in state legislatures allows more state funding to better performing schools and strips it from the ones in the inner-city, bank officers turn down loans to applicants who more than meet the criteria. Having the mindset as a "law enforcement" officer makes you hyper cautious and even fearful of people of color.
It's why when they look at the public issued emails and phones of Officers across the country it is laced with outright hate and bigotry.
Think about your conscious and subconscious thoughts from week to week and ask yourselves. You might and might not be in a position to make decisions based on this FALSE notion of privilege, but it influences how you decipher the news and rationalize information.
Whites standing in protest with Blacks have articulated this better than I can.
Black police officers and other Black people in positions of power, like the professors at UNC that were allowing student-athletes to fail and take mediocre classes, like the teachers in Georgia doctoring student tests...they too have bought into or are complicit in this system.
Court officers are taking Black youths and feeding them into the prison pipeline for doing petty things we all did as youths, for profit and kick-backs. Ignoring these inequities sustains the system.
Did the officer in OK wake-up each morning saying I'm going to kill a Black person...heavens no. Just several weeks ago a Black couple gave her a bouquet of flowers for her help. The system is the real true evil here, it indoctrinated her.
Interesting piece...curious to know what happened to the descendants of Anthony and Mary Johnson.
The same influences of greed and fright about the color-line in the 1600s are very similar to the motivation to deny the vote and incarceration in 2016.
The landscape is projected to get darker in the coming decades and the tea-party's unease has less to do with economics than it does the color-line and Obama's emergence and what it signifies...hence Trump's so-called "birther" movement. Slates, 'The Birth of Race-Based Slavery' is an excellent piece - Referenced Article
Senator Mitch McConnell calls the GOP chances of winning the Senate next year, "Dicey" and I can't contain my glee. They might lay the blame at Donald J. Trump's feet, but I tend to look at Congress' approval rating, sitting as low as 2%, during his tenure.
After all the Senate Majority leader set the tone of one of the most fractious legislative body on record when he said he hope the sitting President's agenda would fail.
There are folks out there who relish the opportunity to shift the focus on police brutality and rhetoric like this gives them the outlet to do so.
If the target audience of this opinion are vulnerable young men who exist in a system that is ideally suited to create violence, we're afraid this message might be falling on death ears.
Instead of this opinion you should've described the specific panacea that will make young men, particularly vulnerable to the massive influx of guns, drugs, abysmal school funding, zero employment opportunities, fatherless homes, the constant targeting of the most vicious brutality by local governments, end the cycle of violence.
Calling on the Black Community to halt government policy rings hollow to us. And we're curious of the timing of an opinion that associates the ENTIRE Black Community with criminal activity, when there’s a major DOJ inquiry into Police conduct.
When White on White violence is mentioned, we say there needs to be more Police enforcement, but when Black on Black violence is cited it’s used to denote the pitiful state of the Black Community as a whole and all the biased and most ignorant assertions are made.
Would violence in general be a failure of the Erie Police Department, and if so why didn’t you mention Chief Bowers in your opinion? We hope that was the topic of discussion after your photo op session.
Who is manufacturing the guns and allowing massive black-market gun sales to vulnerable communities? Who is legislating the jobs to Mexico and China? Who set up the minimum sentencing policies to place fathers in prison for nonviolent offenses? Who allows major investment and economic capital to sit in the Caymans and Swiss Accounts? Who is expelling Black youths from schools and arresting them at higher rates than their White counterparts? Who lavishes tax-free status and economic incentives outside of the Black Community? Who do not require companies to provide a livable wage?
It seems that Bishop Dwane Brock's call to action is misdirected.