“Just Anotha Hump Day!”

anotha hump dayHappy Hump Day, All!

Hoping you each slept well and are having a great week so far! I mean, when I look at what’s happening all around the world …. from South Africa to Idaho … there are a lot of things going on that just make you want to go “hmmmm”, as Arsenio Hall says.

Just last year, the whole world was impressed with “Blade Runner”, the first man to qualify for and enter the Olympic Summer Games with prosthetic limbs … in this case, legs. Rumor had it that he was a South African playboy of sorts with a beautiful model girlfriend. This guy, Pistorius, was in the limelight with company like Mr. Bolt from Jamaica, the fastest man on the planet. In fact, you may remember Bolt giving Pistorius his paper number plaque from his winning run at the Games! Everyone was so proud of them BOTH! Then … the story unfolds … on the night of Valentine’s Day … the beautiful model ends up shot and eventually dies in Pistorius’ home … peace be still.

Were you ever slapped by your parent … at 19 months of age … for crying, to say the least? I mean, I grew up during a time when it was okay to physically punish ones child with a spanking. Yet, as angry as my father had occasionally gotten with me, he never slapped me in the face, and definitely NEVER spanked or slapped me at 19 months. Yet, an Idaho man sat on a plane next to a white woman, who with her husband, had adopted a cute little fair skinned African American boy, felt it was his place to call the little boy a racial slur … and then slap him in the face … while the boy whined as the airplane descended, already causing him discomfort! Did this guy drink too much, smoke some powerful marijuana and inject some powerful substance …. or is he just a racist moron? The woman said that he reeked of alcohol.

Well, it is still African American History Month, and I hope we have been able to enrich our knowledge of the contributions of African Americans to this country and the world. One of the top 10 African American inventors was Madame C.J. Walker. She was born in Louisiana in 1906 to parents who were former slaves and then took advantage of the “sharecropping system” developed in many parts of the South after slavery was abolished. Her fascination was with hair products and beauty products in general for African American women. Hats off to Madame C.J. Walker!

Have a great rest of the week with as little drama as possible.

Peace,

John I. Cook, Director

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Linda Fairchild
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 19:57:11

    Hard to believe, but the era of good treatment of children is actually quite new historically. Children were units of labor, struck often, malnourished. We think of ourselves in America as “civilized” so when we see children slapped, abused in public it is shocking. Sadly, it is still very common and we all need to write about it, and have the courage to speak up if we see it happening in public. And one can only wonder how that couple was ever allowed to adopt the little boy in John’s post. Screening??? Great post, John.

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  2. excelwitheducationalexcellence
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 20:44:39

    Of course, Linda, I think it was brave of the couple to adopt a black kid. They had apparently considered the ramifications of doing such. This guy … the one who slapped the kid should be punished or at least charged … What was totally unnecessary was the racial slur …. not cool!

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