Keeping It Right

Keeping It Right is for thought provoking conversationist. It's for those who love to talk about today's issues, yesterday's history and tomorrow's future.

Location: Moreno Valley, CA

Thursday, September 04, 2014


Here is my conversation with a "Fight for $15" Protester...

Me to a minimum wage hike protester:  Fight for 15, what's that about

Protester:  Umm, man we trying to get paid more money for where we work

Me: Where do you work?

Protester:  I work at Jack in the Box, I'm a cashier and cook

Me:  Oh, how long have you been there?

Protester:  Man, I been there, let's see, I been there for a year..

Me:  How old are you, if I may ask

Protester:  28

Me:  What did you do prior to working at Jack in the Box?

Protester:  I worked at Popeyes, then KFC and now Jack..

Me:  Wow, okay, are you in school? 

Protester:  Naw, man, I don't have time school, If I get this raise, maybe I will go back to school..

Me:  Go back, did you start and not finish?

Protester:  I dropped out of High School and never got my GED

Me:  Good luck in that...Let me ask you one more question and I'll let you go...Why do you feel entitled to whatever amount minimum wage?

Protester:  Man, for all we do, we deserve that raise, we bust our asses for small wages, low hours and the companies we work for our making mad profits.

Me:  So what happens if the minimum wage is increased and your employers lays people off?

Protester:  Then we'll sue they ass, they can't do that, that's like taking your ball and going home after finding out the rules have changed, that's bullshit! I wish they would, I'll burn it down...

Me:  Well good luck, and remember all money ain't good money..
Protester:  Fo' sho

Monday, August 18, 2014

RF23 - But Don't Hate On Us....

The city of Ferguson, Missouri has been under the nation's spotlight with the police shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown, on August 9, 2014.   Brown's shooting sparked huge riots which turned into looting and assaults from the demonstrators seeking answers and quick justice as to what they deem as a continued occurrence with local police or law enforcement in Inner City, America.   

Brown's shooting also sparked up an one sided debates within the Black American community inquiring as to the backlash and cries for justice when a young black male is gunned down by the police but near hush when it 's black on black.  It appears that no one who is seeking justice over this death can answer with a straight face that both deaths are equally tragic, but it's more attention, when it's other race v. black.   And we can forget about inquiring if it's black perp v. other race.

The death of Brown is not unusual and it often ends with different results as the true facts come out.  Already 9 days after the fact, we find out more about Brown and what he was doing prior to his demise.  Talks about his over-all character come into question as folks say he was a good boy, never needed no harm and was looking forward to that college education.  When in reality, it appears he had no sympathy for a white victim that was raped and murdered, took pictures throwing gang signs and last but not least shown on video robbing a liquor store for a box cigars and manhandling the store clerk.   I'm assuming it's this action that caused the Ferguson Police Department to respond to a call made by the owner about the incident.   

According to police, an officer made contact with Brown and his friend, while they were walking in the middle of the street, according to some reports the officer told them to move from the middle and walk toward the curb, so he can question or obtain the identity of the two men who recently entered a liquor store, assaulted a clerk and stole cigars.   While in progress of this initial investigation, the officer attempted to get out his vehicle, when Brown obstructed his progress by trying to keep the officer in the car.  For some reason, Brown according to the police, entered the vehicle and attempted to disarm the officer's service weapon.  With this action, Brown was shot and then fled the area.     It's this part where we see the video of a dead Brown laid out in the street with multiple gunshot wounds, which included the kill shots to the head.   On lookers and witnesses who saw the latter part of the incident insisted that Brown was shot down while in compliance, with his hands up and the police still shot him.  Some reports have the police shooting Brown in the back, which an autopsy has now disproved.

So what do we have?  conflicting reports from both sides, some of the witnesses' story are now being  debunked and we have a city burning with angry blacks seeking justice for a killing that should not have happened and could have been avoided by both sides.   I said it, both sides! I didn't know Michael Brown and although he has the same last name as my mother's maiden name, I don't know if he was family or not, but I do know this, if the reports are true that he attempted to take an officer's gun, the results are inevitable.   If he attempted to do bodily harm to the officer, the results are inevitable.  

Are there bad apples in fill in the blank police force?  absolutely

Are there bad apples in the black community? absolutely and for some reason, the bad apples are the ones who are martyred, while the innocent young black males are non-news stories, the value of their life is minimized if killed at the hands of other young black males.     Something isn't right about that and folks should be equally angry and ready to riot for those lives instead of the bad apples who within the inner circle,  knew their death or incarceration was going to happen anyway.   It's inevitable that those who choose to do harm within the same community, should suffer the same fate, they imposed on the community and all the community should do, is just shake their head, save the next generation and move on.

The problem and solution is already known, it's been known since LBJ's War on Poverty and it's been absent like a father figure in the home, absent like the black community church seeking to pad their pockets with feel good sermons and absent like effective civil rights leaders...

But don't hate on us....We're Fabulous..

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

RF23 - For The Hell Of It

Unbelievable, some yahoo was successful in getting enough signatures to put on the November 2016 National and State ballot to break the State of California into six, count 'em 1,2,3,4,5, 6 different states.   I can see breaking it into two, a Northern and Southern California, but six?  really? and get this according to an article I read, one of the states is going to be a poor state.  Most likely where most of the tax users will reside and although it won't affect me because of where I presently live, I will still live in Southern California, but not attached to what is now Los Angeles County, which will be called West California which consist of L.A.,Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.  One portion of the six states has proposed to call itself Silicon Valley and another proposed to call itself Jefferson.  I don't think the creators of that, thought that through clearly.  Surely the names Silicon Valley and Jefferson sounds like counties or better yet, cities!  Look the whole thing appears to be a pipe dream and if the people vote to break up the state, it has congress to hurdle and that's where the dream ends.  But it sounds like fun and I for one will for it, just for the hell of it...



Thursday, May 01, 2014

RF23- Golden Rules

RF23 - Golden Rules

This past weekend an illegal phone recording shook the NBA world to its knees, cost one team a chance to take a commanding lead in a NBA Playoff Series and when the smoke cleared, possibly a long tenured owner his team.
Long- time owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling was heard by the nation about his views on blacks, his views on their culture and his culture and the whole country was angry that in this day and age, a man who employs by contract 75% blacks to run, jump, pass, shoot and dunk a basketball could have such opinions.  They were angry at a man, who kept at his employ for over 20 years one of the greatest basketball players in Elgin Baylor as a general manger.   They were angry at an owner who employed minority coaches, only to hear that it was a rouge. 

A lie.

They were deceived.

When in reality, Sterling hadn’t changed.  He was the same cantankerous man who collected money from fans to see his bad basketball teams or see players at the end of their careers collect one last paycheck.  He was the same man, who ignored the jokes about how bad he is or was as an owner and he didn’t care.  He didn’t care about the number of discrimination claims filed against him in court and the number of depositions that said, this man is a racist.   

He didn’t’ care.

Racism exists, it will never go away, you can pass all kinds of laws, put on public service announcement after announcement and still find that one group of people dislikes one group of people.  Like bullying, it will never go away.  One could say, no one is ever born a racist, well true, but here we are.   Lets get this out, Sterling committed no crime, nothing than can convict him in a court room for expressing his opinions or thoughts.  If that was case, I would be locked up and need help to find the damn key.

As we grow up, the Golden Rules seem to be something that got us by in elementary school, it’s not practiced in our everyday adult lives.   If it were, Sundays would not be the most segregated day of the week.   If it were, we wouldn’t be reading or hearing opinions about interracial relationships or marriages.  Oh by the way, it appears that Sterling was down with interracial relationships and against his own marriage.   I guess he married culturally and screwed around with his true preference. 
So, we’re down one man, who was found and labeled a racist.   

Who’s next?   

You see the world is diverse and so is racism.  

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

RF23 - Perception Is The Key

During the 2013 NFL season a story broke across the nation that a NFL player left his team because he could not take....


That's right, bullying.   According to reports Miami Dolphin Offensive Lineman Jonathan Martin quit the team because he was being bullied by another offensive lineman, Ritchie Incognito.   The news stories took off  like a wildfire with the media almost crying over Martin.  They were looking to make him the national face of the man who would be bullied that he walked away from his NFL contract because there was no one to.

Fight his battle.   That's right, no one stepped up to fight Martin's battle.  So the end result is Martin leaving, Incognito suspended and a coach buying boxes from U-Haul in preparation of being fired for this story.

I may be a little old school, but I remember the days, when a kid was bullied, they either fought back or it persisted.  If they were lucky, they'll have a friend to step to the bully and let the bully know that the person is their friend and if he/she messes with them, well you know.  But not today, today, we are bombarded by radio and TV ads.  We're hearing stories of kids actually committing suicide! because they didn't stand up for themselves or no one fought their battle.  Is it sad?  absolutely.  No one, including me wants to see parents bury a child because of bullying.  However, Jonathan Martin is no child! according to reports he gave as good as he got and when the kitchen got just little hotter. 

He quit.  he quit on his teammates and he quit on his offensive line brothers who are in the trenches.   I never played a down of NCAA or NFL football, but I do know that the fraternity and brotherhood amongst that group is close knit.  "All for one and one for all" if that was the creed.   In my opinion, Martin was for one, him.   The issue of Martin also resulted in finger pointing and accusations towards other teammates such as Mike Pouncey.  Pouncey defended Incognito and was immediately lambasted by black journalists, this is the same Pouncey, who wore a "Free Aaron Hernandez" T-shirt, Hernandez played for the New England Patriots and now sits in jail accused of murder.  Now what does that say about Martin? when a teammate would rather support another player on a different team! accused of murder! than Martin.   It says alot and Pouncey wasn't by himself, out of the 53 men on the Dolphins' roster the majority of them supported Incognito, why? because the locker room knows what going on and some of the players even said so, Mike Wallace said that if Martin was having that much of an issue with Incognito, he should have handled it and we're all grown here, we know what he meant!

Martin chose not to.

Tonight, NBC will air Tony Dungy interviewing Martin and one of the quotes from Martin was that he didn't have tools to handle the situation.

You right about that Jonathan. 

A pair.

Monday, January 27, 2014

RF23 - It's Been A Long Time

Wow, it's been a long time since I posted on this board.  I can't say I've been busy, but there have and are changes going on in my life that I don't want to divulge to the bloggo sphere.  Let's just say for me and the party involved it's a new road and direction that we're both going take by ourselves.   I hate to place blame and try to pin point as to why two people who say they love each other end up just loving, but from separate places.   This is not my first time going through this and I know the different emotions that one will have toward each other.  I'm trying my best, she is trying her best to keep it classy and so far the transition is going well.  

For you the why is not important, only she and I will know and hopefully at this juncture, we're happy with this decision for both.   For my standpoint, this woman, Godzwomyn was my number one fan on this site, put up with the bad grammar, screamed when I used the word "ideal" instead of "idea" and at times got heated when I got just a little controversial, but she rooted for me, when a few of my posts went national and received mention on radio shows.   She was my number one fan and I appreciate her encouragement for 10 years I posted on this site.  Thank You!

Now it's my turn, and although we'll be in different places, I will be her number one fan on the sidelines, rooting for her to obtain her degree and rooting for her in life period.  She has a very heavy yoke to carry and she is going to need the strength to endure whatever curve life gives her from this point and still carry on with her goals for her life.  

I don't know if this will be my last post on this site, but be ensured, I will go on.  Hopefully, down the road there will be new loves in the future for her and I, but as for me, I realize I got to deal with my own issues, rid myself of ghosts of pasts that I often think about and most of all.

Be Happy.    

Monday, July 15, 2013

RF23 - We Don't Want To Overcome

RF23 – We Don’t Want To Overcome

I guess if you were in space or found a way to enter some unknown planet in some unknown galaxy, you would have missed the verdict that was issued on the People (Florida) v. Zimmerman on Saturday.  A jury of six women said that the people did not prove their case beyond reasonable doubt and acquitted George Zimmerman, a 29 year old volunteer neighbor watch-man, who shot and killed a 17 year old young man, named Trayvon Martin.    Now we all have our own different accounts of what happened that rainy day and we heard or was told via the news outlets of what really happened that tragic day for both Zimmerman and the Martin family.    It is something George Zimmerman would have to carry for all the days of his life, he may seek and probably receive forgiveness from the Martin family for what he did.  It not unusual for families of the victim to forgive the person who took a loved away,  for those families are the true definition of what a Christian or fill in the blank religion is.  My thoughts go out to both families as they go on different roads of putting the pieces of their lives together.  One having to see the void of a missing young man on holidays and birthdays and one having to deal with being infamous for a wrong reason.

                I don’t want to spend this time writing about the George Zimmerman case because it’s fruitless.  I want to talk about where we as “African Americans; Black Americans” are as a people.  You know the one thing that upsets me is that no matter how tragic the story is or was.  We as a people dismiss the real concrete tragedies of what’s really going on.   It seems that we are stuck in 1865 to 1965 time periods.  We don’t want to overcome, we just want to be a people of victims! forever and ever, amen!  Never mind the triumphs, never mind the victories and never mind the fact that we elected someone of color not once but twice to the highest office in the land.

We’re still victims.

                Nowadays we mock Jesse Jackson, but in the 70’s his “I Am Somebody” poems, were meant to be inspirational, just like he used to be.

Now we’re relegated to being happy as victims.

                In the 60’s, the Original Black Panthers gave us “Black Pride” “Black Power” in their contribution to the civil rights movement in the inner cities.

Now we’re Black Powerless and based on the buffoonery by some blacks in entertainment, black pride is gone.

                And last but not definitely least, the old civil rights song, “We Shall Overcome.”  A song that was meant to tell the young generation that heard it and generation after it that it’s your (our) duty to honor the young black negro that was sold into slavery, honor the enslaved black family that were auctioned, sold and separated from their family, honor the brave freed men and runaways slaves that picked up a rifle and manned up in the Revolutionary, civil war and all the wars after, honor! those men and women who were turned away from voting, told that they were equal but separate!  Honor those innocent young and old men who were lynched not because of a sexual choice, but just for being black! Honor those civil rights leaders who sacrificed IT ALL!! just because they in their heart of hearts, they knew that one day, their son, their daughter they left behind….

Would overcome.

                And as people, we failed.  I failed, you failed, we all failed because we didn’t say no!  We didn’t say no! To the selling and use of drugs in our neighborhoods, we didn’t say no and no more murders of a young black men at the other hands of other blacks.  Oh! we’re quick to up-rise when it’s at the hands of someone not black.  We didn’t say no! To ineffective black politicians, who say they have our interests, but enrich themselves only to show up when said young black person is killed by a non- black. 

                We don’t want overcome.  We’re happy with the images of being victims to German Shepherds, water hoses and lynchings.  

                Dr. King in his last speech said and knew that he wasn’t going to get to the promise land with us….

Neither are we.