L. Brooks Patterson is Detroit bashing…again

So the L. Brooks Patterson, the leader of one of the wealthiest counties in America (located directly outside of Detroit), said that “What we’re gonna do is turn Detroit into an Indian reservation, where we herd all the Indians into the city, build a fence around it, and then throw in the blankets and the corn.”

Yep to a journalist…in the New Yorker for an article titled, Dead Drop Detroit! The reaction was typical.

Outrage, internet trolls supporting his views altogether ignoring the root of the ignorant comments and allowing him to remain in control.

If I’m supposed to work my whole life to live among the elite and they have elected people like him for the past 21 years maybe I should move to Mars? Thoughts?

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The Hard Part About Being A Guy

Today was what is commonly referred to as a “lazy Saturday” for me. I essentially did nothing. I woke up with a checklist of things to do today ranging from hitting the movies with my dad to getting a haircut. Not a lot I know, but its something.

I woke up early today to hit the barbershop before my 9:10 dermatology appointment (why I scheduled it at that awkward hour on a Saturday don’t ask) and barely made it on time. “On time” is also relative when your doctor is black; my appointment ran an hour over just waiting.

After that I came home, ate some cereal and took a nap. I have to say there’s something about waking up with the sun still in the sky that makes you feel obligated to do something, but I was content laying down in my bed. The next thing I did was grab the remote and sift through the sea of mindless shows on before I threw in the towel and turned off the TV.

“OH the movies,” I thought. So I sent my dad a text to remind him and he informed me that we would have to reschedule. No biggie. I’d just spend some time on the computer.  Not being completely hip, I didn’t have many sites I wanted to visit that would tell me something that wasn’t on twitter (I follow virtually every major news outlet) and I wasn’t in the mood to look at porn. Off to the social networks, but they only hold my attention for so long. Too much time on them makes me lose my faith in humanity.

Then I put down my iPad and grabbed a book.  I spent about an hour reading before the beginning of dusk started to put a strain on my eyes as they simultaneously tried to read the small font and adjust to the natural light. Well reading is done for the day.

Its 5pm.

I’m hungry, but I smell some food in the kitchen so going out to eat is sort of a waste. I then started the usual “its a weekend and its almost night” check-ins with some friends. The ones that responded were in the same situation I was in; at home, “chillin” with no plans for evening.

I suggested going to a movie, “noel” night in downtown Detroit and maybe grabbing drinks. Since I got tepid responses, I just said forget it and decided to sit the night out. My solitude got me thinking about idle time and all of the things we do to fill the sleep.

Routines, hobbies, sleeping, fucking, eating, watching TV, reading.

Do these things make us happy? Are we really interested in them or do we just make up activities to avoid doing what I’m doing at this moment, thinking?

In an age where we are constantly surrounded by distractions, I find a dark sense of comfort in my alone time.

It forces me to do some reflecting, planning and allows me to use my imagination. The only issue with it is when I want to talk to someone about what I’m thinking.

*le sigh* there lies the issue we being a guy.

Men are expected to “do”. Work, fuck, eat, talk about “manly” things, but never about ourselves. What we’re thinking about. Even when I’m around friends, I find myself listening more than I’m talking.

By no means do I have a million things on my mind to talk about, nor do I feel neglected. I just realized it may not be a skill I have because I haven’t had much experience doing it; expressing myself. Opening up to other people. I don’t have things locked inside of me, but there are times when it’d be cool to here someone ask me about things related to myself that aren’t about my love life or the hackneyed “how’s work?”

There’s some stimulation that men don’t get and that makes us simple, we just aren’t engaged enough.

I’m not saying it never happens, but its rare. Women often say men are simple and as defensive as I may get, I have to agree in a sense.

Of all the men I know, there are so many elements to us that are shrouded in mystery.

Is it because no one asks us, we weren’t told to share (because that’s feminine) or do we have nothing to say?

I’m going to go with the expectation that we are easily occupied by trivial distractions and supposed to be content with that. Sex, money, cars, sports, etc are all cool to indulge in, but alas, we are humans. We deserve a little deeper stimulation every once in a while.

Anyway, those are my two cents for the night. What better time to get the wheels turning than midnight lol?
 

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With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Yesterday, the disgraced mayor of my hometown was sentenced to 28 years behind bars after being convicted of 24 counts ranging from extortion to racketeering in a case that received nationwide attention for the past few years.  I watched social media like a hawk to see who would first break the news on the actual time he would spend in federal prison and after the sentence was handed out, I was disappointed with the outrage of my peers over the time he is supposed to serve.

Some people compared his sentence to rapists, murderers and other criminals that commit for personal and heinous offenses and receive less time in jail.  Some compared his sentence to other offenders like Tom DeLay, Oliver North that received notably light sentences for their offenses. Others had the audacity to make his punishment analogous to lynching (which involved the brutal beatings, castrations, hanging and often burning of black people that were punished for being black in  America and breathing air).

After the sentence, I became disappointed myself and not in the judges “harsh” punishment, but the rallying behind Kwame on him being punished for being black.

As if he Kwame himself had some allegiance toward any of these black Detroiters when he, his friends and business associates profited off of the tax dollars that hard working older people earned and sacrificed for sub-par city services.

Did Kwame have your back when he mismanaged millions of dollars that seniors living on a fixed incomes paid on homes they worked their lives for? Did he have their backs or yours when he rode around the city with the police that refused to answer your calls during robberies committed by people that actually had no money were committing in your homes?  Did he have your back when you went to a school system that was operating in the red with mass fraud and massive contracts handed to his friends in back deals and you couldn’t get a new book?

I pose these questions in more than a rhetorical sense because I would really like an answer.  Sure he wasn’t the sole reason the city went broke and neither was Coleman Young, the Free Press analyzed that beautifully here, but he didn’t do much to improve the situation.

My biggest issue with Kwame was the fact that he had it all. He was young, intelligent, charismatic, had a great family name backing him and he threw it all away with arrogance, greed and ignorance. Even when he was indicted and on trial, he’d walk into court laughing and had the audacity to say that “no jury would find him guilty”. He had no shame or remorse. He deserved to be found guilty.  If he was really being “controlled” by larger forces than him, he should’ve cooperating with authorities and brought them down with him, but his arrogance got in the way of that.

Some of the people that feel as though his sentence is too steep are the same ones that criticize Detroit for being a city full of illiterate, criminals when Kwame’s actions did nothing to combat the roots of those social ills, but to promote them.

I expected more from our leadership, especially a young man with so much potential. Again, let’s focus on reinforcing positive behavior and not remaining silent on our embattled President while we weep for someone that would never do the same for us.

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