Thursday, September 29, 2005

What A News Day

Sheesh. What a freakin' day in news.

Roberts has been confirmed to lead the Supreme Court. Let's hope we get a really left justice to balance out Judge Ozzie Nelson.

Constance Baker Motley, legendary attorney and architect for many civil rights cases, including the case that allowed Charlayne Hunter-Gault to attend the University of Georgia, has passed away. How ironic that her death came just before the public announcement of Roberts' confirmation (y'all know he was a shoe-in, don't you?)

It's "Marry Your Baby Daddy" Day here in Brooklyn. Couples are encouraged to get hitched as part of a group ceremony in order to promote 2-parent households in the Black community. And, after the ceremony, they'll be treated to a reception! I've written about this in the past, so I won't rehash. Check out January 6, 2005, from the Archives.

The International Freedom Center won't be built on the World Trade Center site because it's feared that anti-American sentiments may be part of the exhibits, and that would dishonor the 3000-plus that died there. I chose not to say much about this whole thing, but I have to ask, as I have in the past, when will we stop acting as though the stockbrokers, bankers, lawyers, mailroom clerks, dishwashers, pastry chefs, and others who died on September 11 are more worthy of elevation than the thousands of people who die at the hands of the negligent, drunk drivers, criminals, those who die from chronic illness? Why are firefighters and police officers, who take an oath to put their lives on the line every minute of every hour on the job deserving of ongoing heroism, even more so than cops and firefighters, and soldiers who live on and continue to do their job? When will these families let their loved ones go? And why are the victims of the 2001 attacks more deserving of a memorial than the victims of the 1993 bombings at the same site?

But, in good news, the African Burial Ground Memorial in lower Manhattan, was opened today. It is estimated that about 20,000 Blacks were buried on land where the newest federal court building now sits.

Boy, I took a few weeks off and look what happened!


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