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A Great Memory of Wayman Tisdale!

Posted in Early Death, Life, Music, NBA, people, Sports, Tragedy with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2009 by Rick

Another great memory of former NBAer and musician Wayman Tisdale, shared by his friend, saxophonist, Kirk Whalum. This is one of Wayman’s  first public messages after having most of his leg removed due to cancer. Inspiring!

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What if…?

Posted in Early Death, Faith & Religion, Family, Life, people, politics, Tragedy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2009 by Rick

That’s a question my father always asked when explaining to my siblings and I the travesty of abortion. He was conceived as result of date rape. In 1957 his young mother was faced with two unpopular options. She could abort my father, justifiably by many standards. She was young, severely underemployed, and the victim of rape. Her other choice was to have the baby, knowing its father would not be around to support it, and place a heavy burden on her lifestyle and those that loved her. Praise God she chose the later. My father was raised with the support of his mother, grandmother, aunts and uncles, and some close friends of the family and he lived to play significant roles in the lives of his mother, his birth-father, everyone that helped raised him, his eight siblings (papa was a rolling stone for REAL, but found redemption and reconciliation before death) and countless others. My father is now a devout Christ-follower and  a successful husband, father, church elder, friend, brother and business man. His story of triumph in adversity is not an anomaly, but the testament of millions like him who were given a chance to live despite the odds. It all started with mothers’ selfless decision to say abortion is not the only answer to unwanted pregnancy. Granny exercised the audacity of hope.

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Today I saw a video that my friend Ben Washer posted on his blog after seeing it on BET. It’s not sponsored by a political party, person or organization but by the Fidelis Center for Law & Policy through CatholicVote.com.  I don’t know if it is marketed beyond BET but when I saw it I thought, “What if…?” Like dad, I pondered “What if this man and his unique path had never been actualized?” What would that mean socially and politically in America?

It’s painful to think that our new President, with my vote, will push legislation allowing mothers to snatch hope, potential and possibility out of the hands of deserving lives.  The unborn won’t have the opportunity to follow  in his footsteps. It’s like getting to Heaven and closing the door on those behind you. On this issue, I pray his political rhetoric was just that.

For the record I am not a one-issue-voter. Had the election outcome been different this post would be on a different yet equally painful attrocity in government.

Put That Cat BACK In The Bag!!!

Posted in Faith & Religion, Life, people, politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2008 by Rick

I write this with a heavy heart. I think I should be happy on the day that the US House of Representatives issues an official apology for the enslavment Africans in America and for the segregation of African Americans. I THINK I should be happy. I was elated when I first read the resolution in a web article of the local paper. Then I scrolled down to the hundreds of comments filled with hatred, selfishness and division and I nearly cried. The same thing happened no matter what internet news source I read. I am not naive enough to believe that people don’t harbor hateful thoughts towards one another but it was much easier to relate to people when that was merely a theory and not literal reality in my local paper. No one ethnic or social group can claim exclusive rights to this hate. It is levied liberally by people of all hughs and areas of influence. The apology is one cat I wish I could put back in the bag. I almost wish the apology was never issued. ALMOST!

As the cliche goes “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” and while we’ve seen many historic steps in the past this one cannot be discounted as a significant one. The bottomline is blacks in America have faced diverse injustice in this mighty nation for a quite some time. Many of us have lost hope in ever experiencing true equality. This decree doesn’t change that reality but it does unearth another sliver of light in a (excuse the pun) dark existence. It’s that type of hope that can catylize healing, at least in part. It may get uglier before change and reconcilliation get a foothold but at least we’re not walking around as if there’s no issue to address. I pray the day comes in America when the embalance of opportunity is acknowledged and reformed and a person never has to think “Did that happen to me because of my skin color?”  In Jesus’ name, Amen.