Category Archives: Rock on-Peace Out

Mimi Writes…….: July 4, 2020 ~ Which Flag Will You Wave?

First, I have to focus on surviving.  I can’t speak for you, but I’m waving a flag for humanity too. That we will SEE what’s important so that we can finally cross this bridge whole and in one piece – truly free. It starts with me. Wearing my mask. Washing my hands. Staying home. Listening to doctors and scientists. Doing my own research. Listening to my healthcare team. Being careful. Doing my best. Loving my neighbor as myself. Source: Mimi Writes…….: July 4, 2020 ~ Which Flag Will You Wave?

Opinion | Soledad O’Brien on the Racism Faced by Journalists of Color – The New York Times

We refuse to be benched or tainted as activists or deemed incapable of objectivity, while white reporters are hailed for their “perspective” on stories.

It’s been 52 years since the Kerner Commission declared: “The press has too long basked in a white world, looking out of it, if at all, with white men’s eyes and a white perspective. That is no longer good enough.” You don’t get another 52 years. Time’s up on hiring and promoting and giving us voice. We can’t stand it anymore. I’m optimistic that the public will agree.

Let’s SNAP the Negative Stereotypes – Nevada plus 18 states – use SNAP online for home delivers of food.

So Nevada is letting SNAP recipients get their food delivered. But only by Walmart and Amazon. And not Whole Foods, which Amazon owns. And no delivery costs; the recipients have to pay those.

Why, you may ask? Probably for the same reason that the number of states that allow SNAP purchases online stands at 19 and not the logical number, which is 50: Because some politicians love to jerk around SNAP recipients for the crime of being poor.

These are the sort of pols who are always proposing stupid laws against SNAP money being wasted on steak, lobster or some other supposedly frivolous luxury. It never occurs to them that 1) people who blow their whole monthly allowance on, say, a day’s supply of caviar, will have no SNAP money for the rest of the month, which would punish them quite effectively while not costing taxpayers a dime; 2) the vast majority of poor people know what they and their families need.

Source: Let’s SNAP the Negative Stereotypes

Documenting a Protest Has Never Been More Challenging – Reading The Pictures – Alan Chin

Beyond these kinds of material and practical matters, a bigger challenge for photojournalists is about who gets to define what our photographs mean for different viewers and readers. Major news organizations routinely use words such as “looters” and “riot” in their photo captions and stories, even though these words are weighted down by racial bias and legal connotation. Those words might be accurate descriptors if reduced to their technical sense, but as with all language, their meaning is shaped by the context in which they’re being used. The contested nature of the terminology helps explain why photographers struggle to write captions that are accurate but not judgmental.

Other words such as “protester” and “demonstrator” would seem to be free of any unfair prejudice, but not in the context of accusations that “outside agitators” and “provocateurs” are trying to infiltrate peaceful protests to incite violence.

Source: Documenting a Protest Has Never Been More Challenging – Reading The Pictures

Opinion | Stacey Abrams: I Know Voting Feels Inadequate Right Now – The New York Times

Every night for more than a week, we have witnessed the anguish and anger of demonstrators, their cries punctured by politicians urging them to vote their power. Both are right. Protest to demand attention to the wrenching pain of systemic injustice. Vote because we deserve leaders who see us, who hear us and who are willing to act on our demands.

Voting will not save us from harm, but silence will surely damn us all.

Opinion | The Police Report to Me, but I Knew I Couldn’t Protect My Son – The New York Times

I frantically screamed into the phone to my teenage son: “Lance, WHERE ARE YOU?!”

Social media posts were swirling that protests were being planned in Atlanta in response to the death of George Floyd, a black Minnesotan, while a police officer knelt on his neck.

Although as mayor, the chief of police reports to me, in that moment, I knew what every other parent to a black child in America knows: I could not protect my son. To anyone who saw him, he was simply who he is, a black man-child in the promised land that we all know as America.

I know that as a mayor of one of the largest cities in our country, I should now be offering solutions. But the only comforting words I have to offer so far are those that I know to be most true: that we are better than this; that we as a country are better than the barbaric actions that we are forced to keep watching play out on our screens like a grotesque horror movie stuck on repeat. We are better than the hatred and anger that consumes so many of us. We are better than this deplorable disease called racism that remains so rampant.

With each passing second separating me from the peace of mind a mother feels having secured the safety of her children, I could not waste minutes articulating all of those things to my son. All I could say was, “Baby, please come home — now! It’s not safe for black boys to be out today.”

Independent autopsy of George Floyd contradicts official report – Los Angeles Times

Gov. Tim Walz announced Sunday that Attorney General Keith Ellison would take the lead in any prosecutions in Floyd’s death. Local civil rights activists have said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman doesn’t have the trust of the black community. They have protested outside his house, and pressed him to charge the other three officers.

Source: Independent autopsy of George Floyd contradicts official report – Los Angeles Times

Is this the secret of smart leadership? – BBC Worklife

Given these findings, Cojuharenco argues that leaders should be much readier to ask questions that may reveal their ignorance – rather than attempting to maintain the illusion of knowledge. “In the four studies we’ve conducted, we’ve never seen negative overall effects,” she says. If you still doubt humility’s power, she suggests that you think of inspirational figures within your own life. The chances are, you’ll realise that they were the individuals who demonstrated the most humility, she says. And by following their lead, you can improve your own thinking and decision making.

Source: Is this the secret of smart leadership? – BBC Worklife