Obama speaks out on Trayvon Martin, Stop and Frisk and Racial Profiling

I'll be the first to say that I've been very critical of President Barack Obama, especially as it relates to issues of race. However, today's presser held at the White House was important to me for a number of reasons, and in this situation, he did what was required and yes, more is still needed.

No matter what you think POTUS has or has not said or done during his time in the nations top spot, him stating publicly: "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago" is a moment that will forever be etched in this nation's history.

President Obama stood before the world and actually addressed issues related to race! He discused the sophistication of views within the Black community, and to me, raised a key point. POTUS actually raised the question if ‪young Trayvon Martin‬ had been armed, could he have 'stood his ground' to protect himself? While admitting if the races and circumstances were reversed, he believes there likely would have been a different outcome.

POTUS also said he and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama  talk often about how to reach out to African-American males. Says he has 'convening power' to deal w/ issues like this and will in the near future, but beyond a simple politicized "conversation on race." Well, we'll see.

I wonder what Fox News is talking about right now? They're probably going to change the words of POTUS into a call for a race war.

Al Sharpton on Obama's race comments and #Trayvon marches in 100 cities 7/20


July 19, 2013
NEW YORK--“I think the President’s remarks were significant and much needed, and as we prepare to coordinate vigils in one hundred cities tomorrow with the parents of Trayvon Martin, I think he has set a tone for both direct action and needed dialogue. We intend to raise the issue of the Stand Your Ground laws that he discussed today that must be revoked in Florida and across the country and we will have a three day conference in Miami starting Tuesday. We welcome the Department of Justice having a serious investigation into what happened in Sanford, Florida, on February 26, 2012. Tomorrow in an unprecedented one-hundred city movement that we organized in less than six days shows the outrage of our community. The mother of Trayvon Martin will join me in New York and the father will be in Florida.”

-- Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network


Chaos and Confusion in #Egypt [FinalCall.com]

I hope you will find time to read the news analysis piece I wrote on the volatile situation in #Egypt which appears to be intensifying. I've received many questions about it via email, FB, text messages, etc. True, there's a lot of information flying around, but I worked to cut through the clutter by delivering details related to the salient points while reducing the background noise which is the controlled media. 

If you are relying solely on CNN, MSNBC, FOX or the big three networks to get your news, you are missing a lot. If you believe what happens in Egypt has nothing to do with you because it is not happening where you live, I hope to broaden your perspective.