20141016

"You say I'm crazy,
'Cause you don't think I know what you've done.
But when I call you,
I know I'm not the only one." 
Sam Smith (modified to match reality)

20140826

Race Relations Worsen Since Obama Presidency

A new USA Today/Pew survey says blacks percieve race relations as worsening.

"...64 percent of African Americans think blacks and whites get along "very well" or "pretty well" -- down from 76 percent five years ago."

Race relations have not been helped by the fact that nearly all criticism of President Obama gets labeled as racist. That's not to say that none of anti-Obama fervor is based on bigotry, but most of the rancor is due to our increasingly partisan politics.

High profile cases like the murder of Trayvon Martin or numerous shootings of unarmed men by police, including Mike Brown, cannot be ignored. Sadly, race and politics play out there too.  Sure there are bigots who see any beating or shooting of black men as justified. There are others who simply must oppose their political opponents. If Al Sharpton says the sky is blue, they argue that it is green(the far left does the same thing when a conservative speaks on an issue). The sad thing about all of the madness is that truth and decency get lost in the shuffle.

h/t Weasel Zippers

20140824

Yes, what about black on black violence

Below is my response to columnist Steve Chapman for his piece: "Yes, what about black on black crime?"

Mr. Chapman,

I saw your piece "Yes, what about black-on-black crime." As I started, I was looking forward to sending it to others, including Larry Elder, who has been must egregious in his defense of George Zimmermann and Darren Wilson. Then I came to the end of your piece and found it unusable in helping Elder and others understand the outrage expressed by some, after the death of Mike Brown.

You ended your piece by saying that talk of black-on-black crime "carries the message that blacks are to blame for the crime that afflicts them — and that only they can eliminate it." This is where we part ways, sadly. I believe that black people CAN, on their own, change the paradigm of inner city violence. Black people CAN, on their own, challenge the ghetto/hip hop culture that is destroying young black people -- a culture telling them that ignorance and violence are the norm.

I fear the answer is somewhere between those who want to dismiss cases of wrongdoing against blacks and those who want to make too many concessions in fighting wrongdoing by blacks.

20140821

Pardon My Pause

I haven't been posting much lately, I know. Bear with me. Real life has been a little hectic.  I'm also reevaluating what I want to do here. If I can concentrate and settle down, I have a few thoughts on some current issues.

In the meantime, I have been doing some rapid fire thinking on Twitter. If you don't follow me there you're missing out. Follow me at Twitter.com/KennethDurden

20140812

Help for depression

The death of Robin Williams has again brought depression to the forefront of the national dialogue. Those of us who have lost loved ones or who have suffered personally know the pain caused by this very real and insidious disease.

If you are struggling with depression, seek help. Talk to your doctor. Talk to at least one person you can trust. Let them know your struggles. People who love you will listen. They won't judge you, belittle you or condemn you.

If you see a friend or loved one battling depression, try to offer your support. Listen. It's hard to know exactly how to help, but do not offer simplistic solutions or advice. By trivializing depression, you will only send the message that you cannot be trusted with the deepest most personal pain some of us ever face.

Real depression is not situational. It is not whining. It is not an inability to "get over" anything. It is a chronic illness.

We will lose some battles. We will lose some wonderful people. We must never give up.