Monthly Archives: September 2013
A Cultural Statement
by Christain Pierre Jury
The 1968 Olympics in Mexico delivered unforgettable performances that have made an important mark on the black community. Tommie Smith and John Carlos are two of the most influential African-Americans in not only black culture, but Olympic history as well. These two icons gave the struggling black community something to pride itself on, unity. In a time when the African-American culture had been repeatedly brought down, mocked, and ridiculed, the gesture of the Black Power Salute brought the black community closer together.
Tommie Smith won gold setting a world record, breaking the twenty second barrier. An Australian named Peter Norman placed second and John Carlos finishing third was the running order of the two hundred meter dash. As if two black athletes that somehow managed to get into the Olympics were not bad enough, one placed in first and the other in third. Already being a racially divided “nation”, a great deal of people did not like the idea of having two African-Americans representing the United States in the Olympics. However, Smith and Carlos were determined to make a statement that day. After the race, the three went to the podium to receive their medals. Once the U.S. National Anthem, Tommie Smith and John Carlos bowed their heads and raised their fists high in the air signifying “Black Power”.
The “protest” sparked major controversy throughout the media. The International Olympic committee went as far as demanding the removal of the entire U.S. team from the Olympics because the salute was unfit for the Olympic spirit. Two black men raising their fists in the air to acknowledge the African-American race was inappropriate, however the United States Olympic Committee made no remarks toward the countless Nazi salutes that took place throughout the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The Black Power salute that signifies struggle and unity within the black community was viewed as more offensive than the Nazi salute that gratified Adolf Hitler. Yet, the committee felt Smith and Carlos should be punished for their actions. As they walked off the podium, the crowd roared with boos and racial slurs. Smith and Carlos were both suspended from their national team and banned from the Olympic Village. The athletes’ were also sent home during the games. The gesture made front page news around the world. Read the rest of this entry
If i was a successful person… Id be successful. Smh.
I have all the iniatiave in the World that give me a World full of opportunity but i have no follow thru.
I kill just as many opportunities that i give birth to. Just as fast as i make them.
In September alone ive missed 7 events that may have absolutely grown my professional career in some way.
I set ul shit then i blow it off. Most of the time i just dont show up. From partys to meetings, from appointments to reservations….. I have no follow thru.
And im ashamed to know it and still perpetuate its negligence.
Brotherly love is a Beaudis Signature. Jarrett Beaudis is my real brother.
I grew up in a small Fontana town in a house short on Love and loyalty. So I hoped on my GT comp. And looked for it in my lil city. I could always find both on Tamarind and Randall.
I hate this life so much. This shit ain’t for me. In order to succeed in this world you have to fake like things are okay when the shit is wrong. I hate how good people with genuine hearts are the most exploited and un appreciated.
I just want to be around real people with honest intentions. I don’t want money I just want peace and no matter where I go in this world I can’t find it. Satan always send a spy to distrupt my piece of peace.
Its really his world and as ling as I’m in it he can find me and just hate the shit so much. I just wanna be me. I just wanna be g. I just wanna be peace. And I just wanna be free.
If Initiative is not my favorite word, it is absolutely one of my favorites.
I dont know what alot of people base themselves around. I can only speak for myself. I am my initiative.
Even to my fault, because when you initiate, things become the doings of who you are; all accountable faults included.
I could never imagine living my life without any initiative as some people do. I’ve grown slightly disdain and dismissive of people with solely responsive traits. Thats not who i am and thats not who I want to be around.
People with initiative are more audacious, accountable, and responsible. Overall they are more progressive and more fun in my opinion. They dont mind making mistakes and dont judge others of those same initiative because they understand what initiative entails.
Responsive personalities love and hate initiators, because they can hide all of their faults behind him or her. You can always say he/she Did it. Its always an initiators fault and most times they will absolutely accept as there own. Who wouldnt want such a perfect scapegoat for inequity?
Responsive personalities never really win and never really lose because they never really shoot. They just usually take whats given to them or what theyve earned and tend to blame, point, and excuse. An Innonocence is good to uphold but its just not at all who I am.
I love to be proactive in the pursuit of my personal growth. I love to take the blame, be pointed at, and offer no explanatory excuse. Its so empowering and surprisingly educational in its consequence.
My Initiative has taught me so many things and created so many opportunities thoughout my life.
Some from absolutely nothing! When you simply respond you have to wait for opportunities to be presented.
Even then responsive people dont tend to recognize its presence or its presentation. Unless its just totally given to you, you’d still have to initiate some form of acceptance.
The thing about being solely responsive is that most times even when opportunites are presented and hopefully recognized–a lack of initiative will limit or even minimize the size of the opportunity to the proportion of its presentation.
As an exact contrast initiative not only MAKES opportunities… it maximizes its potential.
I love to be around people of this Type of trait. There is always some engagement in proactive activity and you never know when
something significant may manifest.
Id not only like to be a success of myself– id like to initiate an optimal success of myself!
What is your response to that?
Drug Agents Use Vast Phone Trove, Eclipsing N.S.A.’s
Published: September 1, 2013
- For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that contains the records of decades of Americans’ phone calls — parallel to but covering a far longer time than the National Security Agency’s hotly disputed collection of phone call logs.
Jameel Jaffer of the A.C.L.U. says a slide presentation on the Hemisphere Project raises “profound privacy concerns.”
The Hemisphere Project, a partnership between federal and local drug officials and AT&T that has not previously been reported, involves an extremely close association between the government and the telecommunications giant.
The government pays AT&T to place its employees in drug-fighting units around the country. Those employees sit alongside Drug Enforcement Administration agents and local detectives and supply them with the phone data from as far back as 1987. Read the rest of this entry