It’s madness to do the same things year after year and expect difference results. So, I decide to acknowledge the brilliance of the guy who started the Khan Academy to reform education. But first, I would like to invite anyone to join our ESPN NCAA basketball groups for the men and women tournaments. The group names are “Jawja Hoops” in both contests. Let the basketball and rethink ranting begin.
Rethink Education: Clearly, our education system needs retooling and Salman Khan has a fresh approach. In my community, I simply wish parents would start with using better grammar 24/7 to stop contradicting what is taught at school.
Rethink College Basketball: College basketball shouldn’t be a stepping stone for the NBA and we should have a farm system in smaller cities (similar to baseball) for those who want to be pros. Student athletes should be just that. In other words, the NBA D-League should be developed.
Rethink Politics and Religion: In America, we have the freedom to select our faith and politicians’ faith walks should be the foundation of their character. They shouldn’t attempt to force their particular church on the population as a whole. So, Mitt Romney should put the nutty factions in his party in their places about his church and any other faiths that they find “different.”
Rethink Political Leaders: The next crop of political leaders should be much better than the current ones. On the Right, conservatives should get back to being pro-business and smaller government rather than the promoters of the next Civil War. On the Left, liberals are actually limiting personal development with their socialist policies. We need leaders who will speak to the people (straight, no chaser) about the limited role of government and importance personal responsibility.
Rethink Campaign Finance: My new congressman is Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia and he was a true campaign finance rebel as a candidate for governor. He spoke wisely of limiting the amount of contributions and that got me thinking. Everyone knows that money runs campaigns and that those who gave money will later want something from officeholders. If I designed a congressional candidate from the ground up or from day one, I would tell my guy to take the average income in the area, add a few zeros and that would be the total amount raised for the campaign. (For example, 32K in average income = 320,000 funding limited.) If elected, that person would belong to the people and wouldn’t spend time kissing up to lobbyists.
Rethink Black Conservatives: Peace to my brothers and sisters on the political Right…I feel you…I really do. To me, your side is right (pun intended) more often than not; but the ugly ways and methods of the far Right make the GOP unacceptable for most Blacks. There is no place for less bitter, moderate Americans in that party. If Jon Huntsman won the GOP nomination, I would have strongly considered voting for him in November but you cats gave cool people the boot.
Rethink Black Liberals: At some point, it’s not about “the man” holding us down. It’s about us holding us down. We must return to the driven African-Americans who beat Jim Crow; the people who knew who they were and whose they were. The next generation of CBC members must honestly inform the community that improves start in your house…not the U.S. House.
Rethink Hip Hop: Most of current hip hop stinks out loud. The music glorifies the worst elements of our community and I can’t tell college students from thugs and strippers. I know artists are free to express themselves but come on now.