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Jul 15, 2008

A popular Mexican comic book being sold at Wal-Marts in the U.S. is causing outrage.Shawnedria McGinty was not sure what to think when she found a copy of "Memin Pinguin" on the shelves of the children's book section at a Houston Wal-Mart.

Clearly this is truly a racist characterization. Simply put, the Hispanic culture has internalized European(white)racist attitudes towards people of African(black) lineage. Such physical characterizations of African-Americans were quite commonplace throughout the history of the New World, and specifically in US history.

These characterizations were used to illustrate supposed sub-human features of people from African descent, and assisted white society from viewing and treating people of color as equals. Hence slavery and later racial segregation emerged. If Blacks were not considered to be fully human, then they could be viewed as chattel.

These images illustrate the extent to which people of African descent have been discriminated against throughout history. Such publications, in my opinion, only seek to incite, enrage, and harm....and I believe Wal-Mart is 100% wrong for stocking and selling such publications.

Please take the time to read and note the article posted to the news network by Linda.
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Jun 26, 2008
Twelve-year-old Jaime Nared is such a good basketball player that she can no longer play on the boys' team, reports The Seattle Times.  "At her level, it's like having Shaq on a high school team," said her coach.
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Posted: Jun 26, 2008 11:50pm
Nov 4, 2006

Ronnie Paris and I had the same father.

At least, that's the way it felt reading the news reports out of Tampa last week. They told of how Ronnie's dad -- his name is also Ronnie Paris -- used to hit the boy, throw him around, bang him up. According to testimony from the man's wife and sister-in-law, he did this to toughen the boy up, make a man out of him. Paris' fear was that otherwise, his son would grow up to be a "sissy." Or gay.

There are only three differences between this little boy's experience and mine.

One, the word "gay" wasn't a common synonym for homosexual when I was a child. My dad's word was "punk," which meant the same thing.

Two, in all fairness to my old man, he was nowhere near as harsh to me as Ronnie Paris was to his son. My dad never left me with broken bones, internal bruising or brain swelling.

The third difference is the most important. I am alive. Little Ronnie Paris is not. He died on Jan. 28, 3 years old.

Last week, a Tampa jury found the toddler's 21-year-old father guilty of second-degree manslaughter and aggravated child abuse. Afterward, Ronald Paris Sr. -- father of the killer, grandfather of the victim -- protested his own blamelessness to a reporter from the Tampa Tribune. "I raised my son in the right way," he said. "We played football, went fishing, went to wrestling matches, boxing, all that."

It's one of those Lord-give-me-strength quotes, because it manages to be earnest, self-justifying and clueless all at the same time. It's telling what the eldest Ronald Paris doesn't say about raising his boy right.

He doesn't say he ever talked to him, ever hugged him, ever taught him.

Don't get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with fishing, football and other "manly" pursuits. But while you're tossing the pigskin around, maybe you should explain to a son that the measure of a man is more than the ability to summon or endure violence. And the strength of a man has to include the strength to be tender sometimes, especially with a tiny life that looks to you for protection and guidance.

Maybe it's not too much to ask also that a father teach his son that "gay" is not something you can knock out of a child. Nor should you want to.

I have a younger brother. By the time he was a toddler, my father had given up on me. So Dad decided he'd save my brother from that fate. He took him under his wing and taught him every manly heterosexual art and vice he could.

I'll give you one guess which of my father's sons went to the gay pride beach party.

It's probably a sign of God's mercy that our father did not live long enough to learn that.

Too bad there wasn't a little mercy for the youngest Ronnie Paris. Too bad his mother -- now facing charges of felony child neglect -- did not call authorities. Too bad the state, which took the child out of the home in 2002, did not leave him with the foster mother who loved him. Too bad he was returned to his birth parents in mid-December. Too bad he was in a coma by Jan. 22.

It is said the Parises could not wake him that day after he fell asleep on the couch in a neighbor's home. His folks had gone there for Bible study. Apparently, "Thou shalt not kill" was not among the verses on the agenda.

Maybe you can tell that I take this one personally. It's hard not to. Ronnie Paris was terrified his child would grow up gay. Now the boy won't grow up at all.

And I'm left to choke on the irony. Paris thought he was going to teach his boy how to be a man when clearly, he didn't know himself.

Leonard Pitts Jr., winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, is a columnist for the Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla. 33132. Readers can write to him via e-mail at

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Posted: Nov 4, 2006 11:08pm
Aug 30, 2006
Do you know how it feels to live your life and not be heard? Are you scared to speak up and be who you truly are inside because you will be persecuted? I am. I have never felt as silent as I did today. My voice wasn't heard today, but I realized, my voice never gets heard. Day to day, I am mute. I do not know how to talk or voice how I feel. Today is April 13, 2005, the National Day of Silence. I walked around campus all day, silent; I wore a tag that stated my purpose. The tag said "Please understand my reasons for not speaking today. I am participating in the Day of Silence, a national youth movement protesting the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning people and their allies. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which is caused by harassment, prejudice, and discrimination. I believe that ending the silence is the first step toward fighting these injustices. Think about the voices you are not hearing today. What are you going to do to end the silence?"

In high school I participated in the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. I had to sign an official legal document stating that I was not a homosexual, complete with the threat that if the Corps discovered I was, I could be discharged. I did not think too much about it in high school, because I wasn't openly a lesbian at the time. I was going to enlist in the Air Force directly after high school because I wasn't financially able to go to college. Then, I was offered a full scholarship through my church to attend a college in Virginia. I applied, was accepted, and before I knew it, I was registering for classes.

Upon entry, I signed up for the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). I had to sign pages and pages of paperwork, with numerous paragraphs in small type. But, I read all the paperwork carefully, until I stumbled upon a particularly difficult paragraph. I had to sign a paragraph stating that I was not a homosexual, I was not involved in a same-sex relationship, and that if I was, the Corps could discharge me. This discharge was harsher than the policy in the high school program I was in. This discharge would not only eliminate me from the Corps but it would also prohibit me from enlisting in any branch of the military. As I signed that paragraph, using my full legal name, I signed my identity away. I was only a cadet, the military owned me, and the government owned the military. I couldn't speak up, I couldn't show who I was, and it hurt.

I wear a rainbow pendant and a rainbow belt to display my gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer in question pride. I knew from that day when I signed the paragraph, I could no longer show my pride in class. I would take off my necklace and my belt, along with part of my identity for an hour and fifteen minutes a day. I was--and still am--being forced into silence because people do not understand me and others who are like me. If ever asked if I were a lesbian, I would open my mouth and scream at the top of my lungs. I would scream and say "Yes, I am a lesbian, and if you have a problem with this, tough, deal with it, I am who I am!"

There are people in this world who--without even knowing me--don't like me and never will. President George Bush, the government, the military, even my Army ROTC program. They look down on me because I am choosing to unleash my identity, but at least I am being true to myself. If they have a problem, they can kick me out. I will still lead my life. I will still be the proud, strong, individual lesbian that I am.

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