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“I Hope They Hold Her Accountable” Samaria Rice Explains Why She Didn’t Stand With Mothers Of The Movement At DNC
Samaria Rice, mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice is not one to mince her words. She speaks very bluntly and honestly about her thoughts and opinions. And since the untimely and unjust death of her son she’s been thrust into the spotlight where she’s been asked to share her opinions on LeBron James, President Obama and now the current presidential candidates.
Earlier this week, we watched the Mothers of the Movement speak about their children, their fight for justice and their support for Hillary Clinton. But noticeably absent was Samaria. She recently told Fusion, that she declined to endorse Hillary Clinton. (Clinton’s campaign claimed they never asked.) She said she despises the fact that mothers of slain children, at the hands of police, have to even make this type of decision.
Samaria said no candidate is “speaking my language about police reform.”
She say she wants “a lot on the table, not a little bit of talk, a lot of talk about police brutality, police accountability, making new policies, taking some away, and just reforming the whole system. I think that would make me feel better, and no candidate has did that for me yet.”
Other mothers of the movement don’t share Samaria’s opinion. Still, Samaria says she has a good relationship with those women but believes Clinton is for big money and not people like her. She did tell Fusion that she is hopeful that these women have Clinton’s ear.
“I hope they going to hold her accountable for whatever discussions they had behind closed doors.”
Samaria said she may or may not vote in November.
What she is looking for in an ideal candidate is someone who actually proposes bills that hold police departments accountable for serving their communities better.
It’s not just the current candidates who are catching flack, Rice has expressed her outrage at our sitting president for his lack of involvement as it concerns police reform.
“He may mention something about it, but he’s not really going to go into details about it and hold the government responsible for killing innocent people.”
While she doesn’t have much faith in our current political system, Rice is still invested in the betterment of our country.
“I consider myself a normal citizen in America, just raising my kids to be productive citizens out here,” she said. “Now I have been put in a place where I have to fight for human rights across this nation and to get some laws changed so we can have a better America.”
You can read her full interview over at Fusion.
An Ohio attorney, Andrea Burton, was sentenced to five days in prison for contempt of court by Youngstown Municipal Court Judge Robert Milich because she didn’t remove her Black Lives Matter pin. Explaining his actions, Milich told WKBN27 that his personal opinions didn’t influence his decision to place Burton in jail at all.
“A judge doesn’t support either side,” he said. “A judge is objective and tries to make sure everyone has an opportunity to have a fair hearing, and it was a situation where it was just in violation of the law,” Milich said. Although this may sound far from objective, according to Jezebel, judges can prohibit any type of political expression in their courtrooms. “The judge has the right in any circumstance that they think that some issue or matter will be disruptive to the court or a distraction to the court, they can ask that individual to remove that object,” legal analyst Matt Mangino told WKBN27.
As for Burton, she was released from jail without having to fully serve her five-day sentence and has yet to comment on her case. Youngstown’s NAACP chapter states that the Black Lives Matter pin is and can be synonymous to a symbol of the American Flag or Star of David. Judge Milich, however, stated otherwise. “There’s a difference between a flag, a pin from your church or the Eagles and having a pin that’s on a political issue.”
What do you think?
Being politically correct was intended to encourage tact and sensitivity to others people’s feelings regarding issues of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, physical abilities, and such. In this day and age, you must be politically correct, but do we as a society take it too far? When did we get so soft? Has political correctness gotten out of hand?
I was having a conversation a few days ago with some friends about how we’ve become so sensitive to many truths. Nowadays, everything is more than likely to be labeled as “shaming” if you’re on the so-called “wrong” side of the fence. We’ve gotten to a place where we’d rather not address elephants in the room for fear of being labeled a shamer or a basher. A place that inhibits any meaningful discussion of diversity issues to keep racial, gender, and other barriers in place. We’ve adopted this mindset where if we hear something that offends us, our first instinct is to gather up a crowd and make a public spectacle of it. We’ve become so over the top that we’re either “too radical” for speaking out on certain issues or censored in fear of being called out for talking about them. There are so many “narratives” that we wish to change in this world, but we can’t change them without fixing the problems, and we can’t identify the problems if we’re too scared to talk about theories, ideas and the reality of what is.
It’s like, let’s not talk to the person who’s overweight about healthy eating and nutrition and exercise, even if it is constructive because we don’t want to make them feel bad, and we don’t want them to feel ashamed of themselves. However, on the flipside, we wish to change the narrative of obesity among several different demographics. Let’s not talk to our sexually indiscriminate friend about the health hazards of their lifestyle because we don’t want them to feel bad and less liberated when it comes to their sexuality. Let’s instead, build anti-shaming platforms around each topic to, in turn, encourage the power of choice to their possibly detrimental lifestyle habits. It’s the society we live in currently where we’d rather protect people’s feeling than create comfortable and safe spaces to have uncomfortable, but necessary conversations. We are becoming a society full of persecutors. If you’re a White person in this day and age, you shouldn’t be making comments about racial or cultural issues according to political correctness because there’s a belief that something is going to be said that has an underlying bias. If you’re an upper or middle-class citizen, you shouldn’t be making comments about the work ethic or condition of those in the lower working class according to political correctness because it’s safe to assume that something will be said that is offensive and elitist. Everyone says we need to start and have tough conversations, but nobody feels comfortable engaging in them because of political correctness.
I think that present issues revolving around race, gender and politics in this country are to blame for a society that walks around on eggshells. We are afraid to address real problems in fear of sparking controversy or getting a negative reception. According to Neil Howe, a writer for Forbes, the current incarnation of the movement, however, is focused inward. Political correctness policies today are supported and reinforced by a “victimhood culture” that transcends ideology. We miss the cold hard facts because we’re too busy playing the victim and being offended by something that appeared to contain bias.
Political correctness is like that encased fire extinguisher with the sign that says “Break in case of fire.” It’s the wet blanket that puts a damper on the opinions of others if there’s even the slightest bit of racial, gender, or cultural bias present. Why have we become such a touchy society where people aren’t allowed to share opposing beliefs, thoughts and ideas without it sparking a mass protest or social media-wide bashing? The more sensitive we all become, the more difficult it will be to resolve the large issues that are plaguing us.
According to a recent survey by dating site What’s Your Price, members of the Republican party are more likely to lie to their dates about their political views. Shocker, right?
Fifty-sevent percent of Republicans who responded to the survey shared that they would, or already have, lied to a date about their political affiliations. Democrats, however, were more likely to be upfront about their views.
Of course, singles are encouraged to avoid political discussions during the preliminary stages of dating someone—especially during first dates. And considering the conservative stance on certain issues, it’s actually pretty understandable why Republicans might want to avoid those conversations, initially. At the same time, while it’s probably not a good idea to bring these conversations up during a first date, it’s also pretty terrible to lie in the event that they do come up—especially if you’re looking for something long-term.
After college, I called myself dating a longtime friend. Everything was great between us until the elections rolled around and he learned that I voted for Obama, and he voted for Romney. Homeboy was so in his feelings that he literally stopped speaking to me for days after Obama won. Needless to say, that relationship did not make it. Looking back, we both probably could have saved ourselves a headache (or two, or three) had we discussed those issues up front.
How soon do you talk politics with a love interest?
Did you know that women make up the majority of voters in any presidential election? Or that more women tend to vote for the Democratic party than any other? So in a way, women can take partial responsibility for bringing President Barack Obama into office. And he has returned the favor by making his time in office one of unprecedented gains for the women that helped him and the First Lady into office. From better health care for women of all ages (and their children) to giving every woman her own month-long holiday, Barack and Michelle Obama have been busy making sure that women are covered.
So this International Women’s Day, we thought we’d take a little time out to appreciate just why it’s great to be a woman in 2016. Read on to find out why a lot of us should be saying “thanks Obama,” and what benefits you could be taking advantage of right now.
Apparently, folks have been wondering whether or not First Lady Michelle Obama will be taking a page out of Hillary Clinton’s book by running for president in a few years. Sorry to disappoint, but that’s probably not going to happen. President Obama made this crystal clear while at a town hall in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Thursday.
“No!” the president exclaimed, according to The Hill. “No, no, no.”
“Let me tell you, there are three things that are certain in life: death, taxes and Michelle is not running for president,” he added. “That I can tell you.”
He did, however, promise that Lady O will be a very active former first lady.
“The work she has done around reducing childhood obesity, the work she and Jill Biden have done on military families … I could not be prouder of her, and she is going to be very active as an ex-first lady,” Obama said.
He will be quite busy as well. During the chat, he suggested that he would focus on young people, the promotion of math and science education, helping developing countries, and criminal-justice reform.
“We’re going to have a busy agenda, but we’re not over-thinking that right now,” Obama said. “Because we have a lot to do between now and next year.”
Anyone else sad to see them go?
Apparently, we’re not the only ones inspired by Beyoncé’s impeccable work ethic. Recently, at a town hall in Iowa, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton told supporters “I want to be as good a president as Beyoncé is a performer.”
According to Time, her statement was in response to an attendee of the event, who asked “If you could choose, would you rather be the president or Beyoncé?”
“I’d rather be president because I can’t sing,” said Clinton. “Nobody would pay to see me sing or dance. Even when I was a way lot younger, that just wasn’t in the cards for me.”
“You see her on TV, it’s impressive; you see her in person, you’re just stunned,” she continued, “Thinking like, how does she do that? Really. I mean, she singing, she’s up, and she’s down. She’s just amazing.”
“I want to be as good a president as Beyoncé is a performer,” she finally concluded.
And from the looks of it, Beyoncé has similar feelings for Hillary. Back in May, the Grammy Award-winning singer was spotted at a campaign event for the former first lady.
Not everyone is gearing up to cast their ballot in 2016. These celebrities aren’t voting this election, and wait until you hear their reasons why.
Some celebrities understand the power they wield, using their celebrity status as a platform to discuss social issues such as racism, police brutality and injustice. These famous people weren’t afraid to talk about political or social issues in public, and we salute them.
Janelle Monae’s appearance on “The Today Show” last week double as a public confessional as she expressed her views on the ongoing issue of police brutality in the country. Monae, who was joined by her artist Jidenna, performed “Hell You Talmbout,” a song that pays homage to several victims of police and racially motivated violence. She concluded the performance with a message about police brutality, but producers of the show weren’t having it and pulled the plug on her performance. Viewers at home watched as the camera panned to one of the show’s anchors in the middle of Monae’s message.
The news is filled with hot button racial issues, from police shootings to Rachel Dolezar impersonating a Black woman for years to the horrific and tragic murder of nine people in Charleston’s Mother Emanuel church and the raging debate over the Confederate flag. It’s almost hard not to have a fiery discussion these days, and it will probably get even more divisive as the election heats up.
But should you talk about race and politics in the workplace? “While workplace diversity is an intentional and strategic business focus these days, and varying viewpoints, free speech and personal perspectives are our individual rights and can lead to greater understanding about the beliefs of others, chatting about race and politics at work should ideally be avoided at all costs,” warns Dr. Anita Davis-DeFoe, president/CEO of 3E Global Solutions. “Typically, considering the range of emotional intelligence levels in the office, discussion of these topics too often result in heated arguments, adversely affect others as people’s stereotypical thinking and prejudices surface to the top impacting working relationships as words spoken may be retracted, but rarely are forgotten…Today’s 21st century office has the largest mix of ethnic groups and intergenerational workers in history, and this in itself is creating enough workplace conflict already. So discussing political and racial ideologies too often serves to add more fuel to this already festering fire.”
But what if someone asks your opinion on, say, the Confederate flag. Should you give it? “If someone asks you a question, if someone asks you your stance on the Confederate flag, certainly if you choose to, and you want to honor your truth, share your opinion. But do not feel compelled to, and simply respond ‘I do not talk about race, religion, politics or sex at work.’ Enough said!” Davis-DeFoe tells MadameNoire.
“In the case that someone asks you a direct question, it’s best to just deflect the question. If I were asked what I thought of the Confederate flag, I would simply say, ‘It sure is controversial, there is no question about that’ and then leave it there,” adds Bill Fish, founder and president of ReputationManagement.com, via email.
Obviously, you should always aware of your online image and what you say in social media.
Bianca Payton, an Atlanta-based business analyst, says when faced with this situation she doesn’t hesitate to offer her opinion, but she does take care with how she delivers it.
“Honestly, I am very open, honest, and straightforward, so I won’t shy away from any conversation or dialogue concerning any issue. Race can no longer be a taboo subject,” she tells MadameNoire. “By the same token, there is a spoken and unspoken corporate culture that is implemented in the workplace to prevent people from feeling uncomfortable, out-of-place, etc. I believe if you’re able to have a conversation with someone and it is respectful, them possibly.”
Eula M. Guest, COO of Griot’s Roll Film Production & Services Inc., however feels some issues should always be avoided in the workplace. “You are getting paid to provide a service for your company unless they hire you specifically about those issues I would stay clear of it. You don’t want your personal opinions to be used against you for promotions, bonus, etc.”
According to executive coach Kathi Elster of K Squared Enterprises and co-author of Mean Girls at Work, Working with You Is Killing Me, it does depend on what industry you are in. “It is very tempting to talk about politics in the office, but unless you work in a newsroom or in the industry that might be in the news, politics have no place at work. When at work talk about work. Talking about sensitive subjects that can cause friction and arguments leading to hatred and not being able to work together should be off-limits. Besides, your company is not paying you to give your opinions on topics that are not work related,” she tells us.
But if your boss or co-workers say things that are totally offensive to you, then this might be a time to speak up-to HR.
How you discussed any of these issues at work? How have those discussions gone?