Today is the first day of March. That means two things. February is over and April (my birth month) is on the way.
Let’s talk about a few things that happened towards the end….
1. The healthcare debate is out of control. Congress, please, stop fighting this issue because it’s being pushed by a black man who happens to be YOUR president, too. That is all.
2. Desiree Rogers, social secretary for the White House, resigned last week. Here’s her statement:
“As we turn the corner on the first year,” Rogers told Sweet, “this is a good time for me to explore opportunities in the corporate world.”
I don’t believe it, but I want to. Who wants to go back to the corporate world? What really happened? I read a column in the Chicago-Sun Times today. Columnist Lynn Sweet had this to say:
I asked Rogers if the Salahi episode was a factor in her resignation. “The incident at the State Dinner was not a deciding factor,” she told me. “But it did show me a side of the job and of Washington that I had not seen before.”
Hmmmm…..very interesting. I hope no book deals come of this. Ms. Rogers oversaw over 300 events at the White House in just 14 months. Job well done! Hate to see you go.
3. I wasn’t going to address this because it’s old news now, and I have too many personal feelings about it, but this is my blog.
Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority wins the Sprite Step-Off Competition. Okay, I had a discussion Twitter with @skinnyblackgirl about it. She suggested the uproar must be so intense because it’s stepping is something sacred that GDI (Got Damn Individuals) would never understand. My response:
@skinnyblackgirl Not even looking at it from that standpoint, and I’m Greek. To some point, I agree though. It’s based on African stepping
@skinnyblackgirl Even better, they don’t want us to have what they “own” and take what we “own,” too!
@Alisha8151 Ok. Opera is an Italian artform. Was it wrong when Marian Anderson was a beast at singing opera?
@skinnyblackgirl Not at all.They (ZTA) were good. Skill is skill. In some ways, I’m being just as prejudiced. No prob admitting that
I went back and finally looked at the video. (I know it was wrong to speak on the issue without viewing the show. Oh well. ) After watching it, I scratched my previous views. My frustration acutally isn’t with Whites, it’s with us. As a former college student (not just a Greek–I’ve only stepped in two stepshows, and they were exhibition), I’ve sat through countless shows. I’ve seen flips, splits, blindfolds, toe-touches and pyramids—the whole sha-bang. ZTA’s show was good, but it was still average for a national competition.
Black people, stop giving white people “extra credit” for doing things well that we deem as “Black shit.” Stop it NOW. If the tables were turned, and those faces were of color, they would have been given average ratings.
This is the big issue: When a black person does something that’s considered “white” well, such as golf, swimming, ice skating, etc., he/she damn near has to move the earth to get recognition–be THE BEST TO EVER DO IT. Let’s be honest here. We have to go above and beyond on all fronts. However, our arms are open wide to Whites who have proven themselves to be “down” by singing soulfully, rapping, dancing and now stepping. We think it’s cute. Sigh.
I know I’m on some militant ish right now. I’ve watched Malcolm X atleast three times in its entirety in one weekend. Work with me. I’m all about equality and togetherness. As I said in my tweets, talent is talent and skill is skill. It’s not assigned to any particular color or race. But let’s be fair, instead of grading on a curve.
4. Does anyone still know the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”? We sang it for the first time in February yesterday at church. The younger kids were all blank stares and crickets. Damn shame. Teach the babies. The song has meaning!
5. Did you really see any quality television programming to uplift the race in February? Did you? And no, the In Living Color marathon and re-runs of New Jack City as a Blackbuster don’t count.