Monthly Archives: June 2010

ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS GIVE THE BLACK REPUBLICANS A BREAK

Growing up in the segregated society of East Tennessee, my friends, classmates, and I were taught that we always had to be on our best behavior in public because any negative behavior would reflect on all Negroes in America. In other words, we were not to express ideas with which the majority of Blacks did not agree.

I have never felt comfortable not being able to express ideas that went against what Black leaders felt was right. Hey, man, you’d be called “uncle Tom” and few other names.

I don’t know if the post-racial society has arrived with the election of a Black President, but certainly this election cycle has seen an increase in Black candidates participating in the Republican primaries. According to the New York Times, at least 32 African Americans are running for congress as Republicans. Three of them are in the south and have won the primaries in South Carolina’s First Congressional District; in North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District; and, a real surprise, in Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District.

The brothers may not win in the general election. No matter, they have proven, as did Obama, White folks will vote for a Black candidate that has some of the same ideas about government, etc as they do.

We don’t have to think in lockstep because we’re Black. Such thinking is defeatist because it means we are unwilling to face different ideas, especially ideas we feel White folks have even when the ideas have nothing to do with race, and may benefit all citizens.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS SHAME ON US

According to the Amnesty International USA website, the Convention on the Rights of the Child that the UN adopted in November 1989 “is the only international treaty to guarantee civil and political rights as well as economic, social, and cultural rights” of children. I mention this because of a disturbing reports in the newspapers and blogsphere.

In Somalia, both the Islamic insurgents and the weak transitional government use child soldiers, some as young as 9. What is disturbing is we, the United States, through our aid to the transitional government, are helping pay the salaries of the child soldiers fighting for the government.

193 countries have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Guess which two countries have not signed. You’re right, the United States and Somalia. I understand that the United States often refuses to sign international treaties for fear international laws will undermine our sovereignty. As some against the treated on the Child have suggested, we don’t want some foreigner telling American parents how to raise their children.

However, this doesn’t explain why the United States continues to give aid to a weak government that uses child soldiers.

The United States’s response has been that there will be an investigation as to whether the Somalia government is using child soldiers. Somalia, likewise, has promised to investigate and to stop the practice if it is found that child soldiers are being used.

In an earlier report, one Somalia official indicated that the government sorely needed troops to fight the insurgents and was using what was available.

I say shame on us, the United States, for supporting, even inadvertently, the practice of using child soldiers.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS SOME FOLKS HERE IN TENNESSEE DONE GONE CRAZY

I read the following two stories in my hometown newspaper the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Them politicians in Nashville what suppose to pass laws for the people are trying to pass a bill called the “Tennessee Health Freedom Act” that says in the House version that residents have the right to refuse to buy health care insurance. The Senate version goes even further. It declares that residents of Tennessee can ignore the Federal law and directs the state attorney to file a lawsuit to stop implementation and defend citizens who refuse to obey the Federal law.

Why the legislators are going through this exercise in futility is beyond my understanding. The State Attorney done told them the law they trying to pass is unconstitutional and has indicated he will not file a suit to prevent implementation or defend citizens who disobey.

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Some crazy dude named Huff came all the way to East Tennessee from Georgia to take over a small town called Sweetwater and free another dude named Walter Fitzpatrick who was on trial for inciting a riot. Walter Fitzpatrick believes Obama has no right to be president. He came to town to execute a citizen’s arrest of public officials who refused to indict President Obama for treason. Huff was armed with three hand guns and an AK-47.

Now here is the kicker: Huff told everybody he talked to including the State trooper who stopped him for a traffic violation and the FBI what he planned to do. So much for the smarts of birthers and militiamen.

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ALVIN S. SIMPLETON SAYS IT WASN’T THE MOVIES

Man, I like watching movie car chases what have the hero clinging to the hood of a car as it is speeding away from the scene of the crime.

I wouldn’t expect anything like it to happen in real life, but it did right here in Tennessee. They say life is stranger than fiction, and they’re right.

According to my hometown newspaper, The Knoxville News Sentinel, over in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, three teenagers left a Waffle House without paying for their food. An employee ran after them, stood in front of the car, and when he realized the car wasn’t gonna stop, he jumped on the hood and clung to it as the car reached 60 miles per hour.

Most remarkable: while clinging to the hood, he managed to use his cell phone to dial 911.

I’m still trying to figure out if he was brave or just didn’t use common sense at the time, cause common sense surely would’ve told him to git the license number of the car and don’t go jumping on the hood.

I read in the Christian Science Monitor the other day an article that said 19-year-old Bristol Palin is going on the lecture circuit to expand “her message beyond teen pregnancy” and talk about her experiences on the campaign trail and being in the media spotlight. Well, her mama is making a truck full of money, so why can’t little Bristol do it, too?

I aint sure how much wisdom a 19-year-old has.

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