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WDDIJ Presents The Justice League: Elite Law Schools Can Do What They Want

Elite Law Schools Can Do What They Want

It’s my final year of law school and I had just finished my last final exam for the fall semester. Four exams filled with utter misery, confusing hypotheticals and might I add, law- professor- created exams with typos (and they say how important exams are). It was Friday night and I felt like I just got paid but I didn’t. I was completely exhausted from studying and working and working and studying.

So naturally, after exams I went out for celebratory drinks with a fellow law student as we bitched and complained and drank whiskey until about 4 am on Saturday morning. I crashed and woke up at 11:00 am and looked over at the alarm clock and realized that I had missed the bus heading to the Justice for All March on Washington calling for justice for Mike Brown, Eric Garner and the countless other Black men who had been killed at the hands of police officers-of which has lead to zero indictments returned by State grand juries. As I opened my eyes, the first thought that came to my mind was: “ I really wish I would have gotten accepted to Harvard!”

For those of you who have been under a rock for the last several weeks, let me set the stage.
Columbia University Law School has allowed its students to reschedule their exams if they feel traumatized by the recent grand jury decisions in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases. According to the school’s interim dean, Robert E. Scott

“The grand juries’ determinations to return non-indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases have shaken the faith of some in the integrity of the grand jury system and in the law more generally,” Mr. Scott’s letter said. “For some law students, particularly, though not only, students of color, this chain of events is all the more profound as it threatens to undermine a sense that the law is a fundamental pillar of society designed to protect fairness, due process and equality.”

Once Harvard and Georgetown got a whiff of the news, they too, allowed their students to take exam extensions and the news sparked a rage among legal scholars, law students and legal social media went amok.

CONTROVERSIAL ALERT: THE ARGUMENTS PROCEED AS FOLLOWS!

Opponents of this policy say: Who do these students think they are by requesting an exam extension because they were so-called traumatized? I went to law school during heavy political tensions and I still took exams! And how does one measure “traumatization” in this matter? Is it based on race- Participation in protests? This is not fair!

Proponents say: Law School is (allegedly) designed to promote justice and create notions of fairness in grey areas of the law that are tainted with injustice. Law Schools have a duty to create social engineers and pioneers who have a primary goal of making the legal system operate more effectively and more efficiently. So why not?

So here is my humble opinion.

Clap. Clap. Clap. Clap. Cheers to Harvard and Columbia and Georgetown law schools who are attempting to make a legal education worth it again because 99% of law schools, like 99% of laws are not adjusting to the changing climate and people are getting pissed off!

Which Reminds Me.
***NewsFlash***
Law School Exams are No Longer Relevant

The hardest part about law school is getting in. The 2nd hardest part about law school is the first year. After that, law schools really need to relax the role of the final exam because it adds nothing greater to a law student’s life. It doesn’t make a better lawyer or even prepare students for the bar exam. It is set in place because law schools are not willing to transform their curriculum in a real and practical way so they continue to apply the same old traditional norms that are no longer applicable to modern day society.

Harvard and some of the other Elite schools have already taken a stance on the one exam grade issue and has eliminated grades altogether giving students a High Pass (HP); Pass (P); Low Pass (P) and Fail (F). Now, of course everyone wants the HP-but the message is clear that if you get into Harvard Law- Harvard Law has your back! Once a student is accepted to these Ivy League schools-there is a rebuttable presumption that the school’s name alone will carry them where they need to go-not how well they did on a Torts Exam.

Exams, arguably are for first year students and should be revisited after graduation but before the BAR exam. One does not NEED exam after exam to become an effective lawyer (or advocate or CEO or whatever other reasons people go to law school). But one NEEDS to advocate and stand for something-particularly justice.

Now, do I think that some students will totally exploit this opportunity arguing that they are apart of the so-called traumatized group, meanwhile are home buying more time to study? Of Course I do. But who cares-its Harvard-Its Columbia and-Its Georgetown! These are the students that will be the next Supreme Court Justices and heads of government anyway. They need to understand how the political climate changes the law and they need to be apart of the process. The future Obamas of the country will not remember exam questions when they are sitting in office but they will undoubtedly remember the day Darren Wilson was not indicted and the country proceeded in uproar. Exams, in such cases, are superfluous. They really don’t matter. I’m just jealous that I didn’t have that same opoportunity to postpone my exams but the applause remains. The Elite law schools just keep winning.

Prejudice plus power

How does one define racism?

I believe the difference lies between being proud of your race and the impression that your race is better than another. Frankly I am of the opinion that whatever your individual racial label placed upon you either by your own hand or the recognition by others, you should be proud of your race. Similarly the ethnicity you claim within that race is yet another reason to be proud.

Sadly lacking in many folk is self pride. Is that a problem? I think so, because so many folk spend so much of their time attempting to impress upon others in various ways that they are proud of their race. The act of expressing that pride sometimes gets pushed out of the arena of self pride and into the arena of prejudice. And this is where racism comes into play. I feel like every race and ethnicity has reason to be proud of their heritage. The race of a people who are outwardly recognized as white is a woefully inadequate way to recognize the rich and powerful history of that race. There are Scott’s, Irish, Russians, Canadians, and more. But that s only the nationality. Looking within there are individual breakdowns with each of those. Blacks are not simply black. They are born of nations all around the world including those from the continent of Africa, also island nations such as Cuba, Trinidad, Haitian, and many more.

Race is simply too general a way to fully appreciate the beauty in another. I feel that the simple truth is that we as humans are basically lazy. Too lazy to enter into a true relationship with others. We tend to desire the easy road. The easy way to get through, by or around a subject. Look at labor saving devices. Telephones. We have for centuries communicated with others in various mediums. But to do so before telephones called for one to either get up, walk out of the home, go down the road, and enter into dialogue with that person face to face. Over long distances that trip may have involved boats, horses, dogsled, or anything else technologically available to hasten the passage of the miles between individuals. later someone said that if you write me, I will respond. So thoughts and words were placed on solid surfaces and transported by one means or another to the intended recipient. But then we got lazy. Or perhaps impatient is a better word. We chose to hasten the transmission of the written word by desiring to hear the voice regardless of distance. So in due time the telephone was created. It allows folk to converse whole thoughts, dialogue back and forth in real time without delayed gratification.

I do not mean to say the phone is a bad or socially degrading instrument. I am simply saying that it is an example of how we treat personal contact when it’s not quick enough to answer a given situation. The letter requires time to write, read, digest the intent of the words, then responded to. The phone eliminates the need for written clarifications after then thought is conveyed.

So what has laziness and impatience have to do with racism?

I feel that one possible factor in prejudice is the impatience we have for others who are not like us. I’d like to believe that we weren’t always so impatient. At the very least not with those of our own ethnicities. Within that group, it’s very likely that we offered a certain amount of latitude for miscommunication and unintended transfers of emotionally charged opinions. But once the confines of that ethnicity are explored I believe that folk didn’t have the intimacy of regular contact. The shared history and background to draw upon.

Think on this. If you ask a black person in America today to comment on the third king of a particular tribe within The Gambia, and his importance to the formation of his people, that black American would be somewhere north of puzzled. Ask the same question of a Gambian and his response would likely be filled with emotion and heartfelt conveyance of what that king meant. Intimacy. But the ethnicity though different would still not likely cause friction because there is at least common racial background. When the racial gulf is greater, the friction is palpable.

Ask a black American his opinion on the current president of the United States and you are likely to hear a very different opinion of him than you are of another race. Not necessarily a negatively different one, but the perspective would skew from the black Americans perspective. And after all, isn’t perspective one of the driving forces behind how we view one another?

White Privilege

White Privilege

Right. I’m probably going to get alot of hate for this one, but I can’t be the only person annoyed by this. Recently I’m seeing a pretty interesting trend involving alot of pretty little blond haired blue eyed white girls asking if someone has ever heard of ‘white privilege’. I’m not saying it doesn’t exist, white privilege does exist, and choosing not to talk about it constantly doesn’t mean that I am trying to sweep it under the rug — I just don’t see the point in talking about it as a white person. See, the problem I have with this entire discourse is how fake people are. Yes, white people are inherently privileged. Yes, I benefit (from time to time) because most of the time my complexion is lighter than most (as an Italian, I can get pretty brown if exposed to enough sun). Sure, as an Italian I am technically considered white (but according to the United States Census, so are Middle Easterners), but that didn’t stop me from experiencing my fair share of flack when I was a youth with a natural tan that turned me brown and hair that basically curls into an Afro on its own will.  On some days people thought I was hispanic, and some people though I might have just been a really light-skinned mulatto. You try being any of those in the heart of conservative Oklahoma. Coupled with the fact that most of my childhood I lived in low-income neighborhoods when we could afford it and motels when we could not, I did get a little taste of what life was. The difference? I could stay in-doors and become white as a ghost. African-American’s don’t have that luxury. This is why I cannot help but feel the way I do when it comes to white privilege, I find it so disingenuous when many people speak of it and these are the reasons why:

Social Justice Warriors. I have steadily come to hate Social Justice Warriors who sit behind their hipster glasses yelling ‘Check your privilege’ at people. Why? Because White Privilege as a concept to primarily affluent white college student Social Justice Warriors is just a way that they can get around the fact that they feel guilty about the fact that they’ve been inherently racist throughout their life without ever honing up to their personal mistakes and taking responsibility for themselves. Instead, they still sit around on the internet telling individuals to ‘check their privilege’ and bemoaning how unfair minorities are treated in America without actually doing anything to help said minorities or their communities. By acknowledging ‘white privilege’ you are essentially, as a white person, saying that you agree that people of color receive, in general, a disproportionately fucked up end of the deal while simultaneously still reaping all the benefits of ‘white privilege’. This kind of annoys me. I’m fine with Persons of Color talking about White Privilege because they have to deal with the shit end of the stick — but the affluent white girl at starbucks talking about white privilege? She can get the fuck out of my life. Seriously. There is a difference between educating people about White Privilege in order to destroy the gap that exists, and just using a buzzword so that you can make it seem like you actually care — spoiler alert, she probably still clutches her purse and walks to the otherside of the road when she sees a black man walking toward her. See, I support actual education of the inequality of society as created by a system of Ethnocentric disparity. That is beneficial. By teaching all children early on about discrimination and why it is a fucking asinine concept, you have the possibility of rooting it out. You are actively making a difference. Posting to everything on facebook about ‘white privilege’, however, is just you trying to make yourself feel better.

You cannot address the plight of the African-American community until you address the problems at the root of the plight — about how our government spends more on guns and bombs than it does on education, the fact that a pointless war on drugs sees African-Americans incarcerated at higher rates and for longer duration than White People. You cannot fix the problems with America by simply talking about White Privilege. Being an internet crusader about white privilege isn’t going to change anything. There is no point in “enlightening” adult white people to how much easier they have it, because a majority of white people know they have it easier — the difference is is that the majority of white people do not flop around on tumblr and twitter pretending like they actually care by going on about ‘white privilege’ like talking about white privilege is some how going to make matters better for a person of color. Seriously. I cannot name a single white person off the top of my head that just suddenly woke up one day and went “You know, thank you for telling me about white privilege, I had never noticed before that African-American’s disproportionately get the shit kicked out of them by police”. The reply to you mentioning these things is almost always:
a) The Racist Reply
b) The “I already know and shit sucks” Reply

You cannot fix answer A because there is no fixing stupid, and you cannot fix problem B by simply yelling WHITE PRIVILEGE  and CHECK YOUR PRIVILEGE. That isn’t the way world works, as much as you so desperately wish to appear enlightened and progressive to your fellow Social Justice Warriors, you’re being hilariously disingenuous if you’re going to sit there as a white person  and trumpet on about white privilege like you’ve never benefited from it and like you understand what the average minority deals with. You have no clue. I have only had a small taste of it, and like I said, I was able to change — they aren’t. I can’t even tell you how horribly it must suck, but you know what, I actually try to make a difference.

Going on about White Privilege as a white person is simply taking the easy way out; you are acknowledging that you do not have the burdens that a person of color might have but do nothing to reverse the inequality. It is easy to claim solidarity, but unless you’re dedicating your time to actually making changes for the better, I got no respect for you. Going on about ‘white privilege’ as if it suddenly makes you understand what a Person of Color experiences does not make you enlightened, it makes you a douchebag — someone who wants to reap the benefits on social media of seeming like they are committed to social justice but in reality probably spends more time in Starbucks than they do in disenfranchised neighborhoods.

To admit that you are white and privileged is a frivolous thing that serves no purpose other than to make yourself feel good. You do nothing to bridge the African-American Caucasian Achievement Gap in Education, you do nothing to abridge Socio-Economic Factors that lead youth to turn to a life of crime. Honestly, most of the people that speak about ‘white privilege’ would never set foot in a ‘bad neighborhood’ — never donate their time or money to a community center, never volunteer to teach at a ‘high risk’ school.

Get off your high horses. Stop pretending like you give a rats ass on the internet and actually go out and change something. Push to have laws changed, become an educator and volunteer to teach in low-income neighborhoods. Give your time to community centers, do something to better poverty stricken communities. If you own a business, hire qualified minorities. There is alot you as a privileged white person can do to change the bullshit system in America, but most of you won’t do anything about it — you’ll just sit on tumblr, twitter, and facebook talking about ‘white privilege’.
Well, that’s my rant. Sorry if you don’t agree with me, but I would rather see people going out and giving more to low-income neighborhoods instead of sitting around talking about how privileged they are. One might actually make a difference.

Racism, History, Bigots, and YOU!

Provided by Artist Murphy Milburn

Provided by Artist Murphy Milburn

Let’s get really heavy today

The truth of many things we deal with in society is that their history is something to be decried and learned from instead of celebrated. But in some weird self-sabotaging bout of ignorance we as humans and even more so as Americans tend to pass over that until forced to confront the matter. That comes from all sides. Because often historical issues are not just about Racism, they are about Bigotry. And while often used interchangeably, they are not in fact the same.

Racism is a systemic issue based on a combination of power, prejudice, and discrimination. Bigotry is just that cocktail of humanity greed and ignorance mixing with prejudice and stereotypes.  While one leads to the other often, they aren’t always the same. For instance, I’m often confronted by the notion that a person is not racist because they have dated an American Minority, or have a friend who belongs to an American Minority group(You’ll understand why I am singling out the US minority groups in a minute). While this often does make them less like to be a pure bigot, they are not mutually exclusive in a world where we must interact with each other for simple and basic reasons.

In fact, the very nature of the person’s interactions with the potential bigot are what can usually help you tell whether they were just caught with an inartful phrase; use their association as a shield; or happen to fetishize a particular culture or interacting with that cutlure. And in the end, that’s what you want to know. Over the weekend I was talking about the situation intra-racially with R&B singer Tank and his inartful phrasing, and I called everyone bigots who were in a particularly line of thought. That’s because the word transcends race and class. Which is what we’re dealing with. It’s the Difference between Dan Snyder owner of the Washing D.C. American Football team in the NFL, and the curious case of black women with gay friends who hate depictions of gay men on TV. But put a pin in that I’ll get back to it.

When you talk about racism people tend to get sleepy or upset. The sleepy ones have heard it all before and are mentally impervious to the idea because they have this deluded opinion on race in modern society. The upset ones are usually mad about being called out for their racism, bigotry, or the privilege that arrises for them from those. It is an interesting thing to study as a lay person. Much less in my blogging capacity. However from time to time my study calls for me to correct things and give a bit of history. Usually a glossed over or relatively unknown piece like the one behind the photo below.

Don't worry it is much worse than you think.

Don’t worry it is much worse than you think.

So this particular piece of lighter fluid has come out recently after the Ferguson Protests. And of course it is fake right? Well sorta. This is not photoshopped. And yet it is not in fact a legal government document. These have never existed as legal government documents. However, it is in face real. And has far worse an origin than you think.

In the early to mid 1980’s an event called the good Ol Boy’s roundup was held in Tennessee on a yearly basis(That part I’m sure is not surprising). The organizer of this event was then ATF Agent Raymond Eugene Rightmyer, who at all times claimed it was not a racist event. Then when caught with materials like this, claimed he was trying to get rid of it and keep things like this from the event.

During the event this license as well as T-shirts of MLK in sniper crosshairs, OJ’s head in a noose, and dead black men sprawled out before law enforcement vehicles with the title Boyz In Tha Hood. In fact, multiple agents of the ATF were in attendance at these events. So were known KKK members, and folks that belong to both categories. This was also a place filled with what actual male to female sexism is. And while some reports are officially unsubstantiated, things got very “loosely consensual” with the amount of alcohol(rumored to include untaxed Moonshine) flowing through the place. So you might wonder how I know about this. Well it is simple. They got caught. They got found out, rounded up, hauled off to jail, fired obviously, and were convicted.

It was the kind of embarrassing thing that should have been blasted everywhere. And it was for a bit when the initial information came out due to citizen militia-men infiltrating. But you don’t hear it brought up. In fact, despite all of the people involved getting handled by the alarmingly swift hand of the Government, John William Magaw then director, as well as most other parties who know or knew about it spoke very little. Not even to cash in for lucrative expose based deals. Why is Magaw important here? Well he was there.

So out of this 80’s event, we had the first instance of these existing. And we all know how well bigots hold on to “good ideas” so updated versions have been seen new as recently as this year. And it doesn’t help that things like race in America never get talked about honestly enough to be dealt with. So every day you create more bigots. Why did I use bigots on something like this? Because even though they are government employees, they were not in that capacity for this. The ATF could be called racist for employing them. And certainly they may be racists if they use system discrimination to be proponents of their prejudices, but since we don’t have that info we just have bigots.

And it doesn’t just cover black and white issues in America. Because remember what a bigot is. And let’s pick up that pin from earlier. Daniel Snyder the bigot who owns the Washington D.C. team does in fact do a lot of charity work. And even gave money for assistance during Hurricane Katrina and the Indian Ocean Tsunami victims. But remember as I said, you have to look past the interactions to the person. For instance, a big deal was made about the current, but outgoing Navajo Nation President sitting with Snyder in his booth during the game between DC and Arizona. But it shouldn’t surprise you at all. Afterall, what better way to take some heat off that get accidentally caught with someone who is constructively out of power already, and who you just closed a business deal with.

But I know I know, he’s Jewish how could he be a bigot? Well as I said before anyone can be a bigot. Their nationality or ethnic classification does not matter. In the same way, you are still a bigot if you care about animals, but think the Romani are all tricksters. The same way you can want to protect black people from systemic racism, but think women shouldn’t have the same ease of access to birth control as men have to condoms. The same way you can claim you want gender equality but bash any depiction of women or men as conservatively sexist when they are restricted in abundance of clothing, or liberally sexist, when they are without a majority of clothing. The same way you can have gay friends, but not support gay marriage. The same way you can fight sexism, but call Obama a “Halfie” or a Nazi. Or the black guy who does IT work at your job, “not really BLACK.” or say “That girl is pretty for an Indian.” Or go to church every Sunday to praise Jesus that you’ve had painted to look like an Italian man instead of the dark skinned arabic Jew he was. Or of course some of my favorites, the things in your online dating profiles, your method of writing characters that don’t share your ethnicity, and how badly you want to hold on to bigoted phrases like Paddy wagon, Peanut Gallery, Redskin, and be a member of the Tea Party.

But before this gets into a Note from Your Favorite Super villain I have one last image for you. And it does a great job at illustrating the way bigoted thoughts turn into racist action.

Get the point?

Get the point?

The words used in each photo come from media depictions. And while this was particularly telling, just look at the difference in the coverage of Ferguson now, and the riots at Penn State after Paterno quit and Sandusky was found to be a pedo. Look at how championship celebrations are talked about and then think about this. Is your city’s sports team winning an excuse for rioting? Okay if you said yes is that more riot worthy than actual brutality by the government on unarmed members of the community? If you said either was not okay fine, but if one is okay and the other is not, guess what group you just joined? The reality is Civil Libertarians, Republicans, Conservatives, Liberals, Democrats, and yes even Moderates excuse all kinds of civil displays of lawless behavior. Until of course that is done by a group other than those who look like them. Remember the backlash at Occupy? Even so called liberals were on television saying those people need to get broken up, and those people need to get back to work and stop leaching. Think about Immigration, those people coming over our borders and stealing jobs. Think about Ebola, we need to stop those people from Africa from coming and bringing it here.

Something to think about as you relax tonight and go to work tomorrow. Notice I didn’t call you a bigot. But I bet you almost felt like I did and dismissed me for saying it. The funny part is a purposefully put you in that position. Either you will examine your biases and bigotry and do something about it. Or you’ll reject the notion and go deeper in. But I’ll be content either way. Reform or Regression, I’ll have been proven right. Now I have more to talk about the difference between racism and classism, but I’ve talked a lot and…WORDS DON’T DO IT JUSTICE!

– THE Ruthless Wonder

Decorum Deficiency Disorder: Current Events Sound Off

So let me get this straight… random crazy dude runs all the way into the White House, up the stairs and close to the First Family’s living room, and doesn’t get shot. Meanwhile, unarmed dude following police instructions to get his driver’s license gets shot (shot at 5 times). Three people find themselves infected with the Ebola virus. Two of them, a white man and a white woman are flown back to the US so they can receive the best care possible, while the third, a black man died in a hospital in Texas after having been given a different drug from the other two… because none of that is suspicious at all and we live in a post-racial America… right? I’ll elaborate…

Not since 1814 have the hallowed halls of the White House been breached, and even back then, it took an army to get done. The Secret service has shot down helicopters, talked down men wielding samurai swords… they kept our nation’s leaders safe. Now, we have our First Black President, and all of a sudden, a man gets to roam the halls not once, not twice, but 3 COUNT THEM three fucking times, one brandishing a damn axe in his belt, and no one thought to have him checked out, watched, or more importantly, shot once he got into The House. The one person who actually pulled their gun chickened out and hesitated, and the person who finally stopped the nut job wasn’t even on duty! The man was tackled and detained And I’m supposed to believe that this wasn’t a set up? What would have happened if the crazy bastard had actually made it to the family room while someone was actually there? Let me take a step back… Did you know that in a not too distant history (mere months people), some other crazy motherf*ckers were shooting into the White House and the First lady wasn’t made aware of the occurrence until a maid found a bullet casing on Sasha’s floor?!? The maid, not the Secret Service who are trained and charged with the protection of whoever lives in that house, the maid. Are you disgusted yet? Let’s try this…

 

http://youtu.be/cVyi8_IMXkY

Thank God for ineffective training and bad aim right?!? Apparently, just driving into a gas station to fill up after work is grounds for a traffic stop. Following instructions is not the right thing do because apparently, you might still warrant 5 shots being fired at you. Noted. Let’s keep talking about how colorblind America has become and how things like Affirmative Action and other anti-discrimination law are no longer necessary… because we have so much proof that Black people are treated with the same dignity and respect as White people now… But wait, there’s more…

I’ll skip the part about how happy we are that the white lives were saved and go straight to some pretty impressive facts. Did you know that the hospital refused to admit Thomas Eric Duncan, the US’s first Ebola death, until he returned in worse condition three days after his first visit to the hospital? Did you know that it took 5 (five) days for Dallas County to decontaminate the apartment, and that the family wasn’t allowed to leave the home, clean anything, or make any proper efforts to protect themselves from contracting the Ebola virus? Did you know that It took the Dallas County officials’ calling in personal favors to find somewhere for the family to stay because no one was willing to take them in otherwise?

Believe it or not folks, I am not one of those people who looks for and sees the race factor in everything. I look good in my rose-colored glasses, and I wear them with style and grace. But this shit… it would take all the sugar, all the Buffalo snow, and all of the pink paint from every Home Depot and Lowes to hide it… and the stench would still come through stronger than a corpse in a Floridian sun room.

Get your shit together ‘Murica. Your pointy hood is showing.

The Letter Series: Dear White People…


I don’t feel sorry for you. I know that you are not responsible for what your ancestors did. I know that you are probably good people who just want to live life and enjoy your personal pursuits of happiness. You are on the other hand responsible for how you act and fail to act now. You are responsible for the injustices that are allowed to continue now. Your freedom to move on with your life unaffected and oblivious to your neighbor’s struggle comes at a very high price that you will never be required to pay… because it has already been paid in blood, strife, poverty, and the inequity suffered by people of color all over this country, and the world.

I’m not going to beat you over the head with gimmicky titles like “White Privilege,” or even gut punch you with what a few bad law enforcement officials have done. I just want you to take a moment to consider what you have actually done to contribute to the state of affairs right now. Have you personally engaged anyone in a conversation that acknowledges this nation’s problem with race? Have you spoken up when someone you know said something racially repugnant when there weren’t any people of color around? Have you stopped clutching your purse or feeling for your wallet when you’ve found yourself alone and in proximity of a person of color? Have you stopped assuming that every Black person has to listen to and enjoy rap? Have you stopped ending statements you think are complementary with “… for a Black girl/boy…” and not thought it either? Have you even thought about the things you do that might be offensive to any of your 5 black friends?

You see, like many other people of color, I have spent my life trying to ignore the injustices and inequity. I have applied and interviewed for jobs. I have had the quality of my work and content of my character questioned. I have been wrongly accused by people I thought were my friends. I have been backhanded by statements meant to be complimentary…

I was taught in junior high school that I was not allowed to be a statistic. which meant that I wasn’t allowed to have children out of wed lock; not because of religion or standard of propriety, but because that’s all that You would expect of me. I wasn’t allowed to not go to college; not just because education is important, but because I am Black, and Black girls aren’t expected to make it that far. I wasn’t allowed just be average; not just because I could do better and be more, but because being average as a Black girl meant that I would never even come close to being able to compete with an average anyone else, and thus I needed to be extraordinary just to be even with the average not Black girl.

Extraordinary Black Woman

Dear White People,
I do not feel sorry for you, and I don’t feel sorry for myself either. I am extraordinary… ok, so maybe I do feel just a bit sorry for you. I’m sorry that your capacity for ignorance has been fostered, coddled, and encouraged one generation after another, while Black people have been forced to bear burdens and strife that has made us stronger and more resilient to adversity, one generation after another. With every back-handed compliment my skin gets as thick as it is Black, and I get better, smarter, and more brilliant every time you force me to act like your ignorance is a non-factor to my continued existence. With every feigned smile and false praise, I get to be that positive representation of what a Black person really is; I get to help one more of You shed one more ill-conceived notion. I get to be that extraordinary Black girl whom you met that one time… one of Your 5 Black friends… one of the good ones…

I just hope that one day You will acknowledge what Your ancestors did; that You will claim Your privilege, and that You do take a moment to think about the things You do that might be offensive to any of Your 5 black friends… that You might one day require more and better of Yourself, because You finally realize the price of Your blissful ignorance is just too high.

Do More. Require Better.

Weddings, Reunions, Dental vists, and SHAKE UPS!

So you may have noticed someone has been missing a lot lately. You may have even noticed when he goes missing he doesn’t always explain why. Well…yeah no real explanation, sorry for that.

 

In other news I have been gone meeting old friends, getting massive dental work, and being best man in a wedding. Shout out to Superfans Chris and Ania Moncrief(aka Superman and Lois Lane) who celebrated their love in the classiest of weddings this past weekend.

 

You crashed both the wrong and the right wedding.

You crashed both the wrong and the right wedding.

But that Shakeup word is here again for good reason. 

 

Things are about to get interesting. Not only has WDDIJ been dealing with the …well Hilarious nature of advertising negotiations, but as you may have noticed we’ve lost a few authors. These things are not points to worry over. Trust me. In fact, the very way you view WDDIJ is about to change for the better.

 

In a short explanation, we’re doing an overhaul.

Why?

Because at 5500 views, we are little less than halfway to the year two viewership goal, and its only been 3 months.

In short, I’ve been short sighted.

 

To remedy that, I had to get to work.

And believe you me, the work is paying off.

Launching this fall is our interview series “Imperial Dreams”

Launching sooner rather than later this summer is a new format to the website

And Look for some shake ups in the staff as well.

Nothing drastic folks, but we want you to have a great experience.

And we want you to come to us for more of your daily content.

SO we need to be a place you want to come to.

And since I’ve been slacking on that. It is time to pick up the pace.

Of course I could tell you so much more, but as you know…

WORDS DON’T DO IT JUSTICE!

– THE Ruthless Wonder