Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hurt Me Soul

I was tutoring this little girl earlier today and it just really hurt my soul as I was tutoring her. She couldn't add using her fingers and she was in the 2nd grade. She had problems reading words that she is supposed to know. She was getting frustrated because she felt the work was too above her level. The look of defeat was in her eye. The frustration had set in terribly.
It's sad how children are getting the sense of defeat at such an early age...Help our children out. it does not matter if they are yours or not. We all need to unite as one to get the task done. No getting around it....Do SOMETHING!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Devastation Continues...

For those of you who may not know, Haiti was just hit with another aftershock. The aftershock was a 6.1 on the Richter Scale. That's a hell of an aftershock. The situation down in Haiti is getting more and more bleak. The people there I am sure are becoming more and more discouraged as more and more time presses on. I can only imagine what they are going through. I know myself I am just getting more and more saddened as more pictures, stories, and phone calls telling of death in the country are being released.
I want to say it's not fair what is going on with them but all I know this is the will of God. I am really not able to understand the meaning of such suffering. I will be the first to admit that. this is 25+ aftershocks after a 7.3 Richter Scale earthquake. I want to say to God, "that's it!! They've had enough!!!" But I must understand his wisdom far surpasses mine. His vision is much farther than mine will ever be. I ask that God hold the families in Haiti and those who have family in Haiti who are facing more tragic problems daily.
This makes me put some things in perspective. There are some things I should never complain about. When this hits so close to home, it really makes me think that there are people who have it way worse than I ever will...I hope people truly understand that. I hope I gain more wisdom and insight from this horrid events..I pray my faith is strengthened. I hope many find God....thank you for taking a look into my My Thoughts...

Monday, January 18, 2010

What About Malcolm???

We all remember the profound speech, "I Have a Dream". This speech is and will always be a moment in history to be revered by all who have heard it. This speech has been transformed, revamped, by many people who have found pride in this speech. This famous line has been used by organizations as mission statements. This speech was said by the great Martin Luther King Jr. A good man, but in my honest opinion...not a great man. The man did a heck of a lot for the black community then and now. Monday is "Martin Luther King" Day. A day when this country came to a screeching halt so we can have parades and memorials to honor this man, a man that most of the world views as a saint for his role in the civil rights movement. Like I said, he was a good man in my eyes not a great one. He had his faults, which everyone does. One of King's closest friends, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, wrote a book in 1989 in which he talked about King's obsession with white prostitutes. Who does that to their boy?!?!?!? I respect him so much for all that he has done to inspire dreams inside all people. But what about Malcolm?? What about Malcolm??
I am an avid believer that Malcolm is to be respected and revered by many JUST LIKE MARTIN!!! Are we to forever criticize him because of his method? Just because he did not kowtow like Martin and took more of an aggressive approach, his underlying message was similar to Martin. People think he promoted violence which was not true. Look at one of his quotes: Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. He did not tell anyone to disobey the law. He did not say go out and fight for your rights. He just believed that we all should take a stand against injustice. Think what our mothers told us. If someone hits you, hit them back!!! Did she promote violence? No. She did not believe that her son should be beat on by anyone. Some people thought because he didn't have a formal education he didn't promote intelligence. The man educated himself in prison. Not formally but more education than most blacks and whites at that time. One of his famous quotes: Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. White people felt that he didn't like whites. Untrue again!! Another quote: I believe in human beings, and that all human beings should be respected as such, regardless of their color. He didn't accept the way whites treated his people and he believed in a firm stand against oppression. "You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom." This is a line that struck me hard. If you break down some of his famous quotes you can understand where his heart was at essence.
I am a firm believer that Malcolm should be just as celebrated as Martin. He was a very influential component in the movement of the 50s and 60s. You can not go through that time period without knowing Malcolm X. There is no way you can separate him from that time period and his accomplishments for Blacks. I wish the world would wake up and honor him the way that he should....thank you for taking a look in to My Thoughts...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Please Help...

I'm sure many of you have heard by this point what has transpired in Haiti. For those of you who do not know: A earthquake with a 7.3 magnitude on the Richter scale, scale 1 to 10, ravaged the country of Haiti. At this point, there have been 17 aftershocks. There are more buildings down than up in the country of Haiti.
This really hurts me because i am Haitian myself. I have been to Haiti on a couple of occasions. Is the country poor? Yes?. But at the same time it is very beautiful. I was so excited at the notion of possibly going back this summer. This proud country and people have been afflicted to a point I don't know when it will bounce back. I have family members who i have still not heard from at this point. This is eating me up on the inside. All I can do is pray and assist in any way possible. My parents came from this country. They have instilled in me Haitian traditions that I will one day pass on to my children. Please give others the opportunity to one day do the same.
I am asking that you help to in any way that you can. PLEASE DONATE TO THE CAUSE. This is a very TRAGIC situation. Put yourselves aside for a moment and be willing to help another person out right now.!!

— To donate $10 to the American Red Cross, text Haiti to 90999. The amount will be added to your next phone bill. The organization is also accepting donations through its International Response Fund, www.redcross.org

— To donate $5 to Wyclef Jean’s Haitian Yele charity, text 501501. The money will be added to your next phone bill.

— To find out how to help the International Rescue Committee, visit www.theIRC.org or call toll free, 1-877-REFUGEE.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

I'm Back..

I'm back to writing again....I told myself that I was going to write my first post on the 1st..but...ehhh..oh well..things happen. I promise everyone who may follow my blog that I WILL be a faithful blogger this year. I did alright last year but will make it work this year. I think I will try to encompass a bit of everything this year..sports, family issues, religion, etc. I will do better in expressing my thoughts about an issue.
That's all I have to say about that much...welcome back to My Thoughts...