Arsenio Hall used to have this comical segment on his very popular talk show (1989-1994) coined as "things that make you go hmm...". I have a few of my own for I did say that this would be brief.
A. This emerging philosophy of some black and moderate progressives singing the praises of black republicans. The one that comes to mind is Tim Scott, "anointed" senator from South Carolina. It doesn't matter if he's the first black senator from that state since reconstruction. He was awarded this position because of his very conservative politics and he'll be sworn in to carry on the politics and narrow visions of that state. Have you read their platform. We've been sold down the river; pardon the pun for centuries by folks whom look like us. I'm not impressed.
B. Group and individual identity proclivities of people of color who become a part of public discourse. This hair and color thing that continues to dog us and frankly belies intelligence. Yep... I have a young, talented and beautiful young lady by the name of Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas in mind as I address this baffling issue. She was stunning in her performances and I do believe that she would have done quite well in the final two competitions had she not been burdened with the onslaught of black women's ignorant rantings about her hair. It was neat and pulled back but the fact that it wasn't straighten within an inch of her life created a psychological storm that I believe had an adverse impact on her two final performances. Why am I mentioning it again? There are many black folks who continue with this nonsense and we've more beautiful black children and young adults with worthy and stellar accomplishments utilizing the social networks. They shouldn't have to deal with the insensitive harangues of those who have ISSUES!
With all that has been stated; I'm indeed grateful to see a new year and that many of my loved ones are doing reasonably well. My daughters whom I love deeply and vastly have been home with their father and me. We've had a lively and memorable holiday season. I will have to again get used to their absence for a period but I'm surely glad that we are welcoming 2013 together.
There is a resolve to increase my grass roots activities to work towards resolving those social and political issues that are working against the millions that by happenstance, greed, misguided christian values and predatory capitalism have suffered and continue to do so.
Happy New Year and as we celebrate our blessings...lets not forget that we are part of the human family and in whatever way we can...we've got to make 2013 a better year.