There Is A Push To End Federal Prohibition of Marijuana

Matt Ferner at The Huffington Post wrote the article “Two House Bills Would End Federal Prohibition Of Marijuana“. Basically it discusses that, “Two congressmen [Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.)] filed separate House bills on Friday that together would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana at the federal level, effectively ending the U.S. government’s decades-long prohibition of the plant”. The article even points out that, “On Friday, Blumenauer called the federal prohibition of marijuana “a failure” that has wasted tax dollars and ruined lives. He also said it’s time for the government to forge a new path ahead for the plant”. I can’t believe he said so much with such a short statement. It’s important to make the connection between what laws are in place and how it affects our county’s economy. It is also important to acknowledge how the disparity in marijuana arrests has ruin the lives of many minorities. I’m glad the federal government is taking steps to alleviate elements of these issues.

Some thoughts I had were:

  1. Oh man, people are laying the groundwork forelections!
  2. What does Hilary think?
  3. If you are in jail on a marijuana charge, and they legalize the plant, do you have to finish serving your time?
  4. Is this what is was like when they lifted the ban on alcohol? All of this discussion and anticipation?

Sidenote: This is some interesting stuff. Our grandkids are going to be learning about this time in our countries history. People are going to be like, ” I remember when I had to get my weed from the weed man. You had to have more than one in case your main man doesn’t answer the phone”. HAHAHAH

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People Are Feeling Some Type of Way About Beyonce..It’s About Time

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a fan of Beyonce. I think she is inspiring and talented. However, that doesn’t change how dangerous she is to Black feminism, Black culture, and the image of Black womanhood in White America. In her article, “Dangerously in Denial”, Kim Lute explains how the Grammy’s is another example of this.

Please read it. She is on point about Beyonce’s effect on our culture and society. It is important to note that, you can be a fan of her artistry, and be honest about what Beyonce’s image and brand will mean for Black women in the future. Bell Hooks has repeatedly discussed how Beyonce, at this point in her career, has enough control the way her image is portrayed and chooses to disregard her impact on Black culture. She moves between being Black when its beneficial ( I.e. this Grammy performance) and Multiracial when necessary (I.e. all of her endorsements). Let’s just start the dialogue and have it be the beginning of a discussion on who we, as a community, promote and support. Let’s start holding people accountable for their actions and it’s impact on our community.

“Selma” Is Teaching Us About How Hollywood Really Feels About Black Culture and You Asking Questions

In an age where Black culture has an incredible impact on American culture, the movie “Selma” is showing us how Hollywood really feels about it. 10 years after Hustle and Flow, movies with predominately Black casts can only seem to get awards for their musical contributions. There is overwhelming evidence that Hollywood is only interested in using our culture contributions, not celebrating them. However, instead of accepting this and attempting to evolve into an industry that naturally portrays Black culture, history, and people as multidimensional, they ask the question, “Is that what is really happening here?” A good example of this is an article The Washington Post posted entitled, “Selma’ Didn’t Win Much at The Golden Globes. Are Politics to Blame?”

Are politics to blame? Is that a real question? It drives me a little crazy the media always discusses racial inequalities with a question mark. The author presents numerous pieces of evidence that race relations played a large roll in the film losing support. Yet, she ends the article saying, “…rest assured, Hollywood will keep mining politics and history for movies, big budget and otherwise, with racial tropes always an issue”. This type of noncommittal reporting on race is why White people are confused about what it means to be prejudice or racist. According to this article, “Selma’s” award snubs could be another sign of how White America’s social agenda dominates Hollywood, or it could be something else. Who knows?

In my opinion, the question has been answered, so we should stop asking it and start acting on it.

Voted to Drug Test People on Food Stamps. Got Busted For Cocaine Possession

Rep. Trey Radel, a Florida Republican elected in 2012.

I had a conversation with a friend about legalizing medical marijuana and that, of course, led to a convo about drug testing. We talked about how messed up it is that politicians want to drug test food stamp recipients but a number of those in support of it are on drugs as well. Our tax dollars pay for them and they are doing way harder drugs that marijuana. And then I came across this article:

Rep. Trey Radel charged with cocaine possession

Boom! Perfect example. The article pretty much says he is not resigning and could face 180 days in jail and a $1000.00 fine. The plot thickened when I came across this article:

Trey Radel, Busted On Cocaine Charge, Voted For Drug Testing Food Stamp Recipients

Radel voted to drug test food stamp recipients. However, soon after, Radel had to resign after getting caught purchasing cocaine. This article Ex-Congressman Trey Radel’s Record Expunged talks about how Radel plead guilty to his charges and got probation. However, his probation was terminated early and his record was expunged. So it’s like it never happened.

People on welfare do not have the luxury of getting probation after being caught red handed purchasing drugs. If they are true criminals, they will slip and the police will catch them. In the mean time help feed families that do not have the privilege or second chances some congressmen do.

Two Reasons I’m Still Mad About Miley Cyrus’ 2013 VMA Performance

Miley at the VMAs

Talk about not being able to let something go, lol. I’m still mad because white privilege and the objectification of Black women is still a huge problem that no one is really talking about. So, I’m going to talk about it quickly and use Miley as an example.

When Miley Cyrus performed at the VMAs in 2013, I was really confused about why Hannah Montana had all of these black women on stage with her, twerking. The picture above is a snapshot, but a strong representation of the entire performance. All these talented, bodacious, Black women and we have no idea what their faces look like. Their ass is their only identifying property. I am still asking the question, how did anyone think this was a good idea? An the reason no one spoke up is because of white privilege and that we a desensitized to the objectification of Black women.

As more and more White people begin to use Black culture, it is important to understand how privilege impacts their reproduction. Privilege affords White people the freedom to do what they want without the threat of serious consequences.  For example, the hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite had twitter on fire, as White people openly discussed the way their Whiteness allows them to get away with just about anything. This includes getting out of DUI’s and altercations with police. White musicians are a glaring representation of how experimenting with illegal activities or sexuality can take place without threat of consequences. When Miley is 35 and wants to settle down into her life, she can take off her fishnets, grow her hair out, and call it a phase. That time she smacked a Black woman’s ass was all a part of the fun. In her world of privilege, there’s nothing wrong with a little fun.

Black women have been objectified for centuries, so what Miley did wasn’t anything new. Unfortunately, Black woman have been increasingly overly sexualized by Black men in recent years.

Nelly: Tip Drill Music Video

Yep, that’s a pic of Nelly’s Tip Drill video. I graduated from Spelman in 2011. But in 2004, while Tip Drill was still on People’s minds, my sisters made the decision to not have a fundraiser hosted by Nelly. As USA Today put it, “Maybe it was the credit card that rap superstar Nelly swiped through a woman’s backside in a recent video”, that gave Spelman women pause. Whatever the case, they knew that there is a fine line between representing women as beautiful, sexual beings, and sexual objects. Its a lesson that the Black community, as a whole, she acknowledge. The repercussions of Nelly’s actions, and his other male counterparts, are seen in Miley Cyrus’, and her counterparts, depiction of Black women.

I’m just saying.