I Used to Like Joy Reid of MSNBC

I Used to Like Joy Reid

By Leyland A. King, MS.

April 29, 2018

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First came the whispered rumors about statements, supposedly on their way to haunt and destroy Ms. Joy Reid and her professional standing. I swooned among shock, disbelief and grief. I remembered Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry and Tamron Hall. I waited for the worst outcome while struggling with the ‘what about when’ and ’ look over there’ , the fast becoming peculiarly American logic. But I liked Ms. Reid

I live in media world, 2018. While aware of that, I also confess that I eat. It’s that common. The media in America is so pervasive that if one chooses to shut them out, they are in fact voluntarily. A willing prisoner who refuses to leave.

People who populate our blue screens soon attach like family and we might become emotionally too close to them. So I used to like Ms. Joy Reid. Why, is professionally beside the point.

Ms. Reid and my family have very deep roots in Guyana, where I was born, and with that fantastic smile of hers, well I long ago surrendered myself to fandom.

On Saturday April 28, 2018, I occupied my usual comfort-place, with my usual breakfast tray, ready as usual to consume AM Joy. What a shocker! Breakfast interrupted. A classic, over the top example of contriteness, personal accountability, due respect and incredible honesty….. and she listened. She listened and shared about how conflicted she was about the way she had been experiencing the world. Her five brilliant LGBTQ guests collectively and uninhibitedly, bared their wounded souls, even as they expressed the hurt Ms. Reid’s words caused them. That particular show deserves a replay.

So here is why I used to like Ms Reid -because, now I absolutely love and respect her. Like has gone to a new level. It’s love, love, love.

That show of April 28, could not have been easy for anybody. Thank you, to all the people who made that possible.

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And What About Us?

I ask the above question on behalf of all the people who are teens and below. Those persons in the most optimistic phase of life. Those who have ideals they believe to be universal simply because those ideals are buttressed by what they know is ethically right. Look to history, stare it, and pray that by the time you’re bald, grey, plasticised or poisoned, your faith is strong enough to bar the early onset of pernicious cynicism.

According to the World Bank Development Indicators been, “Almost Half the world -over three billion people- live on less than $2.50 a day. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. More than 80% of the world’s population lives in countries where income differentials are widening.”

According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.” http://www.globalissues.org They report that 20% of all humans generate 70% of the world’s income.

Why should this concern you? Because of this- it is morally and ethically reprehensible. It violates our highest ideals, and a neglect of our responsibilities. But that won’t move people to action. What would, is that the poor, the unhealthy and the ignorant have this incorrigible habit of moving, wandering and needing water, food and security. Plagues also migrate. It is in no ones interest to allow this deprivation.

Let’s flip the focus and take a look at what is considered as development. It’s all luxury and exclusively so. Hotels in space and undersea serve an ostentatious few. Are 90% of the world’s population destined to be serfs? It’s time to make a great noise asking, What About Us!

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Al Jazeera English: 🇺🇸 Colin Kaepernick wins Amnesty International top award | Al Jazeera English

Congratulations Colin Kaepernick, on your achievement and international recognition. You are an inspiration and will long be remembered for your sacrifice and tremendous courage. Thank you.

Someday a smart child somewhere in the world might be puzzled to find the reason why African Americans, who do so much for America’s prestige and advancement, are appreciated more overseas than at home.

Just three among many examples: President Obama was honoured and received the Nobel Peace Prize. The homeland chose two more reasons to dishonour him. One, that he is not really an American; two it was because the renowned body wanted to get back at President Bush. The absurdity astounds.

Blacklivesmatter earned international recognition for peace. The ceremony was held in Australia. What did the homeland do? Claimed that Blacklivesmatter is a terrorist threat and opened investigations on them. Some weren’t satisfied. The media settled for innuendos.

So, now it’s your turn, Colin. Trust America to come up with something discrediting, for no reason other than opposition to your audacity to protest blatant injustices in your own country.

Al Jazeera English: 🇺🇸 Colin Kaepernick wins Amnesty International top award | Al Jazeera English. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw7K-5oTg

Star Buck$, an Expression, a Piñata and Police

Today it’s Starbucks’ turn for caustic opprobrium. It’s their turn to be piñata of the day, because there were more decent customers than others, in the coffeehouse, and a woman was adroit enough to use the most feared weapon in America -a cellphone.

I’m not worried about the two Black men victimized. They are smart and doing well enough to take legal action to redress the wrong. Nor is there any sympathy needed for the Black police chief, who made himself so powerless that I don’t want to imagine the compromised, sectional existence that must be his. So all is well until tomorrow, when the world sees another America within a minute of the electronic upload. Worst if streaming. To come are the rest of the stories and American children are all watching and learning.

If this reads as uncaring, that’s not my intention. This is more about how I cope with institutionalized racism that pervades all life in America, and don’t ever think that the perpetrators and enablers are always White. I know that because of many experiences.

Starbucks would have us believe that firing a member of its staff and sensitivity training are good enough….to get by. Well, Mr. Starbucks, visit any of your stores and let us know if you see what your brand projects. Look the thing that you hatched, in the eyes. It’s not pretty and it’s menacing.

Your corporate culture is who you are. Your staff don’t need sensitivity training, they need leadership and good examples worthy of emulation. Just as nothing happens until something moves, people do what they believe is expected of them. They want to please you and maybe get recognition.

They are probably stunned by the swiftness of what corporate America and many governmental agencies rely on. Go to the most junior employee, publicly fire them and some people are satisfied. The latest script is, “that is not who we are.” I differ.

So my personal philosophy in coping with victimization is this: first, who needs whom; second, is the commodity essential to my comfort, and third, is it be available elsewhere? What cannot be changed from within can be changed from without. Starbucks needs me. I don’t need Starbucks. Problem solved.

Lastly, the employee fired and those remaining have learned something and that something would likely be taken to the next jobs. How, Mr. Starbucks, have you helped?

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