I agree that the gorilla outfits were out of line. Some things are now un-touchable by white people regardless of intention. Like it or not it is a fact.
Now this is the Fourth Estate, earning its keep.
About 2 months ago, I saw a man and woman come across the street to a local (Indy) gas station. They asked me if I knew where a near by town was? Then said they have called the police and that a wrecker is coming, however they do not have the $20.00 to pay for it. Could I take them to that town or help them. Today, at the same gas station, same man and woman came up to me and asked if I had a set of jumper cables? I said you already hit me up about 2 months ago. They walked away and stopped an elderly man and was talking to him as I drove off.
In my opinion, just because a gorilla suit was worn before at previous games, does not mean there wasn't any racial intent during this game. Especially, when you go stand under the opposing teams basket as they are warming up. I would need to see that is what they did at the previous Safari games ( I doubt it). These kids are not stupid and they realized that costume served a dual purpose on that day. And my friends, that were at the game, had many complaints of slurs from kids and adults from Bedford. SMH. The only thing that is being talked about is the gorilla suits but it was way more than that going on.
If you knew anything about the tradition of the Zulu Krewe, then you'd know that you don't dress like a member of the Krewe unless you actually are a member of the Krewe.
You obviously don't care about other peoples cultures or traditions ... specifically the tradition of black face and Krewe Zulu ... good job on telling a group of black people trying to transcend race that they are racist with their traditions
This is the link to my Facebook page. There is a photo there. https://www.facebook.com/AttyAbdul
Blackface? Provide a source please, that is not being reported anywhere else.
According to the Indy Star, "Bedford North Lawrence athletic director Jeff Callahan confirmed the students were asked to take off the gorilla costumes during the first quarter, but said the costumes were not racially motivated."
"The safari was a theme because we were going after Wildcats," said Callahan, referring to Lawrence North's nickname. "Those (gorilla suits) had been worn at games throughout the year. I talked to the principal at Lawrence North and we discussed it. We made the decision to ask them to take them off. It wasn't like they brought them out just for that game."
If the gorilla suits have been worn at other games, then what is the problem except people are too sensitive and are eager to "play the race card."
I agree with Shabazz that Self-reliance is the key to self empowerment. The problem with welfare is it is a 'hand-out',
not a 'hand-up". Clinton had a 'work-fare", but Obama disabled the program.
Harlem had a renaissance decades ago and was thriving. And
look at the 100 Black Men organization and emerging leaders
in Indy, (Star 9/8/13).
I hope Shabazz checks out the documentary film, "Masters of
Disaster" about some black youths from Indy who took on the
East Coast white preppies and won the National Chess Championship. Film was from the 70s, I think.
The potential of a rising economic boat is there, but blacks in Indy may have to build the boat, and they can do it.
Thank you for pointing out the errors of the "Victim" mentality. Be a Do'er!
First of all it was Cumo of NYC who was head of HUD under Clinton who ordered the increase of no deposit, no b.g. check
to buying a house to 49% of loans thus creating the start of the
real estate debacle.
Dr. King would be proud of Shabazz because of his rise out of
poverty to a middle class life, despite the difficulty he did it out
of his own hard work.
He is hard on crime infested communities, dead-beat dads,
stick and run thugs creating fatherless kids, punk thugs who
shoot older black men struggling to keep their small business
going, young thugs settling grudges with the gun and the general non-productivity and who are a negative drain on hard working black folks who sometimes take two buses to work.
I see in your post "someone else pushed me closer to destructive choicer', yeah right. There is the problem right there.
Someone else, not you.
It truly nauseates me that my contributions to Nuvo frequently contain links to your disrespectful columns. It's fine if you want to live a middle class lifestyle - who really cares? And what on earth does this have to do with Dr. King???
However it is a shame that you choose to commemorate MLK - a dignified man who sacrificed his life for the ideals of peace, love and equality - with remarks like this: "I told her... maybe the weave in her head was too tight and slowing the flow of oxygen to her brain." You're not funny and frankly you sound like a bully.
Dr. King lost his life while organizing the Poor People's Campaign and standing up for the rights of striking sanitation workers. Your piece completely disrespects everything he stood for. Your claim that poor people are the problem, and should be dumped like "dead weight" is untrue and offensive. It's not the poor blacks who are plunging the country into an economic crisis. It's the greed of upper class folks in Washington & on Wall Street.
I find your depictions of poor black neighborhoods as places where nothing exists but evil and crime both completely offensive and wrong. From jazz to rock and roll - the greatest art forms America has produced have come from poor black neighborhoods.
Your sink or swim attitude seems to indict everyone in society who fails as an irresponsible knave. I'm guessing your life has never been interrupted by a crushingly deep and unwanted tragedy. Unfortunately mine has. There have been a few moments in my life where through no fault of my own I came perilously close to destruction.
When I look back at those moments it was the influence of unsympathetic voices like yours that fueled my indifference to positivity and pushed me closer to destructive choices... so I thank god we have voices of love and compassion like Dr. King who have continually inspired me and others to make the right decisions, even during our darkest hours.
I really hope you reflect on this and reconsider how you use your voice in the community. I can't imagine you're inspiring or educating anyone with this approach... so what's the point? I know it's easy and popular to be negative and take cheap shots at defenseless victims like poor people - but is that really what you want your legacy to be? Instead of regurgitating your words form 18 years ago I urge you to grow and mature as a human being and take another look at Dr. King's philosophy.
How about a story on Shamus Patton, the guy who shot
9 people at 2010 Black Expo and was released after only
two years. What is up with that. He was caught after
release and a police chase.
Of course he had no permit. But that doesn't seem to carry
any penalty at all.
And I agree, Crime, Jobs and Families should be on the
front burner this year.
I've got a solution: they can all stay at Abdul's house.
Maybe set up private business zones instead, for the convention center, the stadiums, and business - Then you can decide who may be there, but it should be privately funded. Entirely. No municipal police, infrastructure.
Those who live/work downtown realize that this is an issue that needs to be addressed. Rather than demonizing each side, there needs to be constructive dialogue about how to actually deal with this. If you live/work downtown, you clearly understand that the panhandling is excessive to say the least. Any study will show that just giving cash to panhandlers does not help to improve their situation. Diverting some of the tax revenue from conventions to homeless shelters and community programs would be a good starting point for this discussion.
I was actually starting to think you were a pretty bright, well-reasoned guy, especially considering that you can be heard on WIBC. I guess I'll just have to keep thinking...
Im so sorry you have to look at all those poor homeless people that were kicked out of their homes by the banks and all those bums who lost their jobs when the CEO's of their companies ran it into the ground or shipped the manufacturing to china so they can commit rampant polluting, and especially those animals that the state released onto the public when they decided to close the state run mental hospitals. How dare they try to survive by begging for some pennies in 10 degree weather!
Some people would try to solve those 3 major problems to eventually decrees the amount of panhandling, but you and Jeff "sell out my city to the highest payer" Miller know to just make it be a crime to be poor. Who knows, maybe those unfortunate souls can get arrested for panhandling so they have food and shelter for the night on the tax payer dime.
Those musicians too! whats their deal with the art and culture they keep flooding our city with? Dont they know everyone goes down town for peace and quiet? We just want to go to work and sit in our grey lifeless cubicles and stare at a computer screen all day. I know how much i hate it when i have to hear a beautiful sound or a catchy tune when im just trying to mind my own business walking down a public street. Its like they want to make the city pleasant or something. YUCK!
Mr. Abdul, i hope by now you realize this was sarcastic, and you sir are a jackass.
I think the issue of panhandling is a very difficult problem for civil leaders. I really feel for cities trying to address this issue. As an aspiring economist, I recently conducted a field experiment to satisfy my own curiosity on just how much money panhandlers can make. I went undercover and spent 80 hours panhandling at an exit ramp. My average hourly wage was considerably north of minimum wage ($8.90 an hour). I also collected interesting data on the people who donated. I wrote about my experiences in a book called Exit Ramp: A Short Case Study of the Profitability of Panhandling. I think any city dealing with this problem needs to acknowledge that there are both those who panhandle because of an inability to get steady employment (mental health issues), and those who panhandle because it is possible to earn good money doing it. Figuring out how to help the one and discourage the other is no easy task.
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