"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Some Dream

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King.
A little under 50 years ago Martin Luther King gave his now infamous I Have a Dream speech.  I have quoted this part of the speech on the blog before, as it is ever so powerful.  Imagine dreaming that one would be judged by their character and not the color of their skin!

Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr AKA Snoop Dogg shared why he is voting for President Obama in a comparative list with Mitt Romney. (click here to see uncensored list)

I am pretty fed up with the nonsense. I am pretty fed up with the foul-mouthed language in our public forums.   

I appreciate supporting someone you know, someone that shares your values, beliefs, and aspirations, but give me a break Snoop, your comparative list seems like you are voting for most popular dude in the prison yard. Your list for Mitt could have been taken to a level that would have made some valid points but your surface ratings missed. Many are concerned about a politicians faith and how it may impact his decision making.  You could have expanded this concern using say the 13 Articles of Faith, focusing on say #12 to start.  You could have thoughtfully inquired how this would impact the president.  

Your list could have been in fun too, I am not suggesting that humor is not a factor. You could have listed his name is Mitt, I think it is an unusual name, and the laughed at how your parents began calling you Snoopy.  Our parents give us our names with little thought to how it may impact us in the future...and this would have opened up a discussion say on how the candidate plans to care for our parents, the future and so much more. 

But you didn't.

Your list is offensive.  America seems to be more divided than ever before and you use N**ga in your note, as well as Ni**er.  If someone that was not black used those words every mainstream media outlet would be running the story.  An apology would be expected.  

You reference the First Lady of the United States backside.  Are you 12? This is so disrespectful, so classless, so in poor taste I am speechless.  Mrs. Obama could be mentioned on a comparison list.  You could have either supported her campaign against obesity, or written why you are against it.  You could have referenced the school lunch programs and how athletes are hungry because the lunches are not providing enough calories, because the obesity programs have been put in place.  Mrs. Obama is the First Lady.  Have some dignity. 

Your listing that President Obama smokes Newports could have been expanded too.  You could have said the President is a normal guy battling the same things millions of Americans battle. With listing how he shoots hoops you could have told us that he works to maintain his health in spite of his addiction.  This is critical, we all should maintain our health, even while dealing with say a smoking addiction. You didn't.  Your list implies that smoking is cool.  Let me share something graphic, as I know.  Smoking isn't cool.  I watched my mother die a long, slow, hard death, as she battled the addiction of smoking almost her entire life.  It was not easy to see her slip into a coma.  It was not easy to listen to her wish that she had never began smoking(she began at age 12).  It is not cool to smoke...and it is even more painful to watch a person die from battling their addiction to death.  Have some common sense.  Smoking is not cool. 

Your listing on Mitt about how he reminds you of every boss you hated could have been expanded too.  You could have shared how many jobs you have had, how many you were fired from or quit and what the boss was like.  It is a horrible reason to dislike someone because they remind you of someone, almost reminds me of discriminating against someone because of how they look. I wonder how much work ethic you had in the jobs you had with bosses that reminded you of Mitt. You could have expanded this into how so many of our youth are not employed~even to have a boss to hate.  In fact, you could have expanded this into how many blacks are unemployed verses all others.  If we are going to  make a list, why not share the nitty gritty details of how unemployment is impacting so many.  I think President Obama should be on this list, as unemployment under his presidency has been horrific, and perhaps future voters will be as shallow as you have been when they see a candidate and say, "No, I will not vote for a black man, because he reminds me of  President Obama, and how he failed the people and millions were unemployed."  Shallow~discriminatory~and racist Mr.Snoop.

Sadly, you are in the public spotlight. Young and old seem to follow your actions. With the spotlight comes responsibility.  Kids that follow your example and do not have money end up where?  Have you ever pondered that?  This life of the poor kid from the streets is not your life anymore, but it is millions of kids lives today. Your comparative list gave no real benefits to anyone and instead glamorized things that do not bring forth honorable fathers, honorable mothers, hard working citizens, or even good people.  You mock everything, and you can afford to, but consider this once~those that listen to your every word do not have your bank account.  Adapting the attitude you set as an example will not lead to employment.  

By the way, I really have no problem with one supporting either candidate, if you can articulate why you do.  You could really make a difference for the youth.  Instead you have told them though your words, that Martin Luther King's dream is dead, and it is all about the color, the look, and the surface traits that make a person. 


Gayle said...

I'm in no way defending Snoop Dogg who now actually goes by Snoop Lion but he did not "write" this list. He actually took a photograph of a list someone else wrote and then posted it (that clarification is made a paragraph down so the title of the article is misleading). Not sure if he was making fun of it or supporting it.....but your last sentence is spot on. By just posting it he is sending a message to so many youth who follow his music.

Humble wife said...

When I posted this, I shared the list he shared. You are correct with how I wished to close it...the message is a pathetic one indeed. I hadn't heard of the new moniker for him! Thanks for letting me know.