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Police Shootings and the Media Bias

Police Shootings and the Media Bias

Politics, Social injustice

Take a good look around you, go through the majority of mainstream newspapers, and watch the most prolific news channels. What do you see? You’ll see news of cops shooting black citizens, claiming them to be a potential threat. Did you realize such news have been redundant for quite some time now? This has been happening for years, and it doesn’t look like it will stop anytime soon.

In the recent turn of events, the infamous and much controversial case of Michael T. Slager, also called the Shooting of Walter Scott, Judge Clifton B. Newman of South Carolina passed the judgment that the case is in fact, a mistrial. We have two questions to ask you, and you need to ask these questions to yourself as well: Have we completely lost it? Do we even realize how far the ripples of this kind of judgment are going to travel?

Walter Scott was nowhere near Slager, and he didn’t have a weapon of any kind on him, not even a bloody Taser gun. He was not at all an imminent danger to anyone when he was shot. And yet, Slager walked out of the courtroom on the basis of a “mistrial”? Who are you fooling here?

And that’s not all that we need to contemplate here, what’s with the media these days? Television viewers and Internet users are all fed the same lie, the same stereotypes, misperceptions, marginalizing the Black community as a race of criminal nature.

Guns and glory, drive-by shootings, rapes, drugs, a lot has been happening, but is it only the Black citizens of America who indulge in such anti-social activities? What about those educated and so called well-behaved men who indulge in equally severe and damnable crimes?

Yes, you may now label us as black men behind the screen, writing all this, and honestly speaking, we don’t even care what you think about us. Your perceptions about us will be only wrong, and because you don’t know who we are. Yeah, we are your Black Lives Matter supporters. Put us behind the bars for raising our voice.

Let’s talk about another instance here, remember the Eric Garner case? On July 23rd, 2014, he was charged for selling cigarettes illegally, and was put into a choke hold until he died of asphyxiation.

They say Americans traded slaves from Africa. No sir, free Africans were brought to the American soil and sold as slaves, without their consent, forcibly, and violently. They weren’t even treated as a human, let alone as a citizen, and you say you are the victim.

The media, the police, they all have been plotting against the black community for so long that now whenever you see a black man passing by, you either lock your car door or hold your bag a bit tighter, you frown in anger and fear, and you start praying to God that he doesn’t do you any harm. Guess what, he is also doing the same damn thing.

Tiger Woods will be Tiger Woods, No Matter What

Tiger Woods will be Tiger Woods, No Matter What

Sports

Remember when we talked about LeBron James, and how people compare him with Jordan and Kobe? This time, we will talk about the Golf Mogul Tiger Woods. But before we do that, let’s take a look at his feats:

  1. Best Male Athlete ESPY
  2. Best Golfer ESPY
  3. Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year
  4. Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year
  5. Best Breakthrough Athlete ESPY Award
  6. Best Male Golfer ESPY Award
  7. Best Championship Performance ESPY Award
  8. Best Record-Breaking Performance ESPY Award
  9. Associated Press Athlete of the Year
  10. BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year
  11. Showstopper of the Year ESPY Award
  12. Come-from-behind Performance ESPY Award

Many of these awards have been won by this Golfer multiple times. Now you must be wondering why we are talking about all this? This is because of the recent Hero World Challenge, where he was leading the scoreboard right upto the 9th tee with four birdies, and a great game despite many back surgeries. But the rest of the game took a drastic turn and he was placed at a score of -7.

This was the exact moment when people started remarks about his declining game. Criticizing anyone is so easy, and when it comes to a sportsperson or a noted personality, it becomes even more convenient to say things like “his time is over now”, “he was good once” or “it’s time for him to realize he just ain’t so good anymore”.

To all those who say he should retire from the game, we would like to ask one question: who are you to decide? Yes, it may sound rude, it may sound offensive, but this is exactly what you are doing to him, and people like him. Win or lose, he will always be Tiger Woods, and you can’t that away from him. Had Cassius Clay given himself up, nobody would have remembered him as Ali.

It’s so easy to pinpoint someone. But before doing that, do you even stop for a second and ask yourself, could I be as great as him? Yeah, we said we shouldn’t compare anyone, but then people speak as if they know the game, we are bound to ask this question.

We, for example, can never play a game as amazing as Woods does. We can’t be as good a driver as James Hunt and Niki Lauda (you were expecting Schumacher or Hamilton, weren’t you?).

We all have good days and not so good days, but that doesn’t stop us from being who we are. As Rocky Balboa said in the movie by the same name, “It’s not how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” Tiger Woods is moving forward, and when he feels like he should retire, he will. What are you doing with your life?

Donald Trump: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Donald Trump: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Politics

Donald Trump: the name either makes you cringe, laugh, or make you feel short of words. But you can’t ignore the fact that he has become the 45th POTUS. And there’s one more aspect about Trump that you can’t deny: the man got guts. His audacity knows no bounds, and his vision and speeches are, err, we’ll talk about them later on.

But first, let’s talk about something we believe in, everybody has three sides, the good, the bad and the ugly. And Trump is not an exception to this belief, and why should anyone be? We are all but human, and we do have different sides to us.

Let’s talk about the Good side of Trump, our 45th President (Oh God… Moment right):

These are the excerpts from his most famous book, The Art of the Deal, originally published in 1987: “I don’t do it for the money. I’ve got enough, much more than I’ll ever need. I do it to do it. Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That’s how I get my kicks.”

His belief that any publicity is good publicity and being center of attention is good for business, whether it’s good attention or bad, doesn’t matter, can’t be denied. Notoriety has always been his friend, and that’s evident from his success at the electoral campaigns.

As the man himself once said, “What you do is important, but what’s more important is for to keep doing something.”

Speaking of the bad, let’s talk about the campaign. When his claims of grabbing women by their genitals got out, his campaign suddenly took an ugly turn. And then his remarks about an actress Arianne Zucker, “I’ve gotta use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.” also raised a lot of eyebrows.

And when he was asked about his opinion about anything, all he had to say was, “I have the right words for this, and the words are huge”. Too bad we never got to know what those words were. The way he and Hillary were debating, it sounded more like kindergarten chatter rather than two reasonable and mature people talking and discussing a solution to a problem. We got to see a better discussion then these two between Tomi Lahren and Trevor Noah on The Daily Show.

And then something really ugly truth: Trump won the elections. And here we are, wondering what to do now? His supporters are ecstatic while others are perplexed. But don’t you think it’s the people of the nation that define its course? Do the math and see where you stand as a citizen. Don’t whine, do something!

We Need More People like LeBron James, and Not Just in Sports

We Need More People like LeBron James, and Not Just in Sports

Comedy, Last Laugh

What do you think about Michael Jordan? He’s a legend, you’d say. And what about Kobe, what do you think about him? O yeah, he is the greatest player of all times you’d say. And then, you’ve got LeBron James, (6 feet 7 inches) tall Power forward/ Small Forwards from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeBron James, the man who likes to be called The King, the man who stopped wearing his signature headband because he wanted to look like his teammates, to be one of them. Sports Illustrated called him the sportsperson of the year. His fans are happy, he is super happy, but there are those who see it from another point of view.

There are many basketball fans who say he is not as great as Jordan, as Kobe, or as any other legend we can name. But that’s the whole point, isn’t it? Why do we want to compare two individuals? What makes a person less of a legend than the other one?

There are leaders who tell you to do things, and there are leaders who lead the way, take charge of a challenging situation, and turn it around. You don’t need to ask us which one’s the LeBron kind.  Here is what Richard Jefferson; the Cleveland Cavaliers Small forward has to say about James:

“I don’t care if you’re a LeBron ‘fan,’ or not, I have seen it: Bron has something I’ve never seen. The way he says ‘Follow me and I’ll take you there’ with actions, more than words, is like no one else I’ve ever played with. He’s the kind of leader who makes you want to carry the weight, too. I feel indebted to him. We all do.”

Isn’t it the exact trait, the exact quality that we look for in our leaders, and not just in sports? One look at LeBron, and you know his determination is audacious, his goals unfathomable and his vision downright crazy. But it’s his skills, his presence, his self-confidence and his trust in his team that makes him the true definition of a leader. He doesn’t need to be great like Jordan, Kobe, O’Neal or Jabbar; he is great in his own way.

In boxing, we have Holyfield, Tyson, Ali, Sugar Ray, and many other legends. Did we ever wonder who is the greatest of them all? Wouldn’t comparing the legends an insult to the game?

Players like LeBron James are not found every other day. They are a rare find because these gems are hard to find because they aren’t born every day.

LeBron’s military-like approach that he brought with him from Miami Heat enabled him to inculcate values like discipline, punctuality, focus and accountability in his teammates. If we have such people in charge of the leading positions in the world, whether it is the politics, business organizations, or any other aspect of life, things would be so much better. Don’t you think?

Black Lives Matter are no different from KKK

Last Laugh

When American television host Trevor Noah invited Online Video host Tomi Lahren on The Daily show, it was anticipated that Noah put forward what all has been said over the last few months of the Presidential Elections.

The discussion between the Conservative Lahren and Noah began with Noah asking her, “Why are you so angry all the time?”

Lahren went on to say that she is upset about people protesting against Donald Trump being elected as the 45th President of the United States of America. In our honest opinion, the arguments between the two were more logical and reasonable than what we witnessed in the presidential debates. Noah and the audience were amused when Lahren said she believes Trump is leave leaded and reasonable. There was a similar moment when she expressed not being a racist by saying that she doesn’t see colors, Noah asked her, “What do you do at the traffic lights?”

Noah was able to maintain is famous calm and composed demeanor during the debate, but he was visibly moved when the topic of Lahren’s comparison of the Black Live Matter with the KKK came up. She was putting forward her perspective that Black Lives Matter is resulting in riots and deaths of innocent people and cops who are just doing their duty. And this is what KKK did. Noah put forward a beautiful argument that some people doing something wrongful does not make the whole movement wrong (which is nowhere similar to the idea with which the KKK started). And we agree with Noah, there is difference between movement for equal rights and fascism, huge difference.

When the topic of Lahren criticizing Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest by kneeling during the National Anthem, Noah asked her if a person can’t protest by simply kneeling on his knees, or by raising his voice peacefully, how can he put his point forward?

When all was said and done, we were really happy to see how two people with opposing points of view can discuss matter without losing their calm and composure, and actually have a reasonable and civil conversation. We wish our presidential debates were like that.

Blue Dot

Blue Dot

Comedy

Living in the United States of America, you quickly come to the understanding that there’s nothing united about it. The fact that we are a country divided doesn’t surprise me and it shouldn’t surprise anyone else.

You have to understand the history of humanity and the birth of a nation known as America. The country’s foundation was built on scoundrels denounced from their original lands that set sail west across the water. They docked their ships on American soil, a dinner masqueraded as a genocide titled Thanksgiving happened and slavery wasn’t too far from around the corner. That eventually evolved into a new form of segregation we now know as economics. The lower and middle class citizens of America are the current slaves.

Sure there are countries without food, water, electricity and other resources. But how are we the most powerful country in the world and still see people as colors from a Crayola box? In America you can’t just be an American. You have to be affiliated with a crowd. You have to be a Black American… White American… Brown American… Indian American… Latino American… Asian American… African American… Middle-Eastern American… Or called a Minority. Which has been the new politically correct term of calling someone of color a non-racial epithet. But when you take your labeled… #hashtagged ass across the Atlantic or the Pacific oceans, people from foreign lands tend to see you as an ignorant entitled American.

As far as united, we only come together for the Olympics, police shootings or wartime. History books explain to us that most wars were ignited by religious indifferences with a splash of ambition to take the lands’ natural resources. Although God inspired the origins of most religions, it was created and controlled by man. Most to all religions were established based on opinions and observations on being the “chosen race” and how the rest of humanity should live and believe.

Religion is just another form of prejudices people formed to control, belittle or fight with other groups of people that may have different perspectives of the world. Understand this analogy is not to denounce your belief in God, Allah, the higher power, universe or whatever you feel is an appropriate title. You cannot look at the mountains, sun, the oceans, moon; the stars sprinkled in the sky at night and tell me there is no God.

To sum up this deposition, I’ve personally never met anyone that died, came back and spoke on how it was in the afterlife. If any of us did, they’d probably advise us to be a little more conscious of the actions taken in this life because we all will be accounted for them. Because at the end of the day, we are all ignorant human beings… standing on lands none of us own to which from afar we’re only a tiny, small blue dot floating in a gigantic mystic universe.

Thank Christopher Columbus

Thank Christopher Columbus

Last Laugh

Why do we celebrate Columbus Day?

We celebrate a guy that’s part responsible for a genocide the founding fathers of United States disguised as Thanksgiving.

Most won’t give a damn because they’re happy to have a job and the master let you get a day off. But my question is why the hell do we celebrate an idiot that discovered a land that already had people on the motherfucker?

Because Christopher Columbus, the Admiral of the Ocean Sea, thought he landed in India, the only thing we should be celebrating on Columbus Day is the fact that this idiot persuaded other idiots into calling the natives of the Americas… Indians.

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