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The horrific, cowardly acts in Boston last year were carried out by young men who were brainwashed and/or radicalized. An argument can be made that all or most of us could be or have been radicalized on some level when inundated with too much of a particular point of view.

Blacks in America would be a good place to start this discussion. We knew upon arriving on these shores that wrongful actions brought us here. But, we had to patiently wait until the mid-1970s to experience the freedoms of this free nation. Americans who believe in the Christian Bible know our book is filled with references to waiting on the Lord and to me, being humbled by suffering prepares us for heaven as a proposed to those who think they have heaven on earth. Those cats might have a dated with a fire on the other side.

My friends from the Taxed Enough Already Party (TEA) are correct in many ways on taxes but they don’t have the patience of Black folks. If these guys don’t get what they want now, they are ready for an actual revolution…now.

People on both ends of the political spectrum often constantly listen to and read information from pumped-up sources. Too much of these opinions at one time can lead to an overdose. For example, viewers should know how to watch T.V. shows in their proper entertainment context.

Seinfeld doesn’t reflect all of my Jewish friends; Homeland doesn’t reflect all of my Muslim friends and the Real Housewives of Atlanta only reflects the lifestyles of about a dozen families in the ATL.

Oh, we should talk about Married To Medicine, the latest effort of the gay agenda at Bravo to make everyone else look foolish. (Kidding)

When I was a child, people said that politics was show business for ugly people. But, reality television has blown that out of the water…like blowing stumps on Swamp People. Today, the music T.V. channels have no music videos and the history channel has little history on it’s main channel. It’s all about reality shows and the affect of American culture could be cancerous.

The fight between lovely sistas in ball gowns last week on Married To Medicine should in no way reflect the behavior of Black professionals in Georgia. Bravo searched high and low (really low) for people who would trade dignity for instant fame. Oh, I knew as a child that lawyers, bankers, professors and physicians were regular people away from work and subject to the same drama as anyone else. Actually, my college sweetheart contends that her colleagues in the medical profession are socially awkward because they spent so many years in the books while others were learning social skills.

An old adage states “just because you paid for college, doesn’t mean you have class.” We have a problem in the Black community that centers on the desire for wealth. We like people to see us with shiny stuff in shiny cars heading to fancy meals at fancy places. If your natural abilities didn’t provide you the means to get this stuff, you can always marry well if you are smoking hot.

The Mariah lady to M to M is simply hood and will always be hood. The show is produced in some way in association with her production company. So, she sat in a board room at Bravo and pitched this product with promises of cattiness, ugliness and fights. The two lady doctors are classy as is the attractive woman Toya, who was basically jumped by Mariah. Of course, the hood has people without money who have class and they lack of money could be based on their refusal to compromise their integrity wealth.

So, people across America watch messy T.V. about groups of Americans they don’t know and formulate faulted opinions. “He is not this child’s father…either.” Then during the news hour, Fox News tells you that you are paying for these people to hang out all day while you are at work making money that a Kenyan born president will take from your check. On the other side of the extreme, MSNBC is doing the same thing from the stay point of “the government can fix all the problems in the nation with enough tax money….no one in America should be outside the middle class.” Huh? Can everyone be middle class? Isn’t the government ensuring a minimum quality of life basically socialism?

Fox, MSMBC and Bravo don’t brainwashing as well as the hip hop culture. Did I love hip hop as a college student? Yes sir, I was proud that urban youth created an art medium to reflect the realities of their situations. But today, life is imitating art because youth are glamorizing thugs and strippers while some students are actually downplaying their academic success. On his quality reality show last week, rapper T.I. told his kids that he never met a thug who wanted to be a thug. My man told them to rap about having a nice life. T.I. is the king of the South.

In summary, we need to be careful what we watch and hear because forces can radicalize you before you know it. In a diverse nation, there is no substitute for getting to know (humanizing) others. When we know each other, we can start the process of explaining now personal choices and decisions have consequences. If not, the next generation of Black southerners might include people that some people (including positive Blacks) will want to rightfully avoid.

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Kandi from the Real Housewives of Atlanta was in the singing group Xcape with the rapper T.I.’s sweetheart Tiny.  If were T.I., I would have stepped to Kandi because tall and brown women just age better to me but I respect that man for staying with the woman who was with him through self-inflicted thick and thin. 

Xcape’s song “Understanding” speaks to many of the political and policy conflicts we are having in our nation today.  The Blue Dogs are battling the progressives in the Democrat Party over their push to use the government checkbook to correct everyone’s problems.  Yes, that approach starts to resemble socialism.  If you are broke, it could be the result of poor focus, poor planning and personal responsibility—blame yourself and don’t look for a government solution. 

On the other hand, the few reasonable Republicans in congress are battling the incendiary rhetoric created by ultra conservative talk radio and talk T.V. personalities. Once and for all, if someone feeds you information that you later learn was misinformation, you should avoid them in the future.  At this time last year, Barrack Obama was a terrorist for sitting on a board with some loser and Michelle Obama was the angry Black woman.  You don’t hear that much about the First Lady from the far-right today because they realize that Americans have learned that she was never what extremists were portraying her to be and is actually a great person. 

As a moderate, I support those leaders who have a sincere desire to govern with understanding and respect.  After the 2010 elections, the GOP had every opportunity to return to power by logically questioning the spending and programs of the Democrats and many moderates would have been right there with them.  But Boehner and McCain can’t control the far right media who is very good at whipping Americans into a hate and fear based frenzy—good for ratings and ad dollars but bad for the nation and world. 

To add insult to injury, the easy targets for the GOP in the mid-term elections will be those Blue Dog Democrats who have worked well with them in the past.  However, rather than producing GOP candidates who are similar to the two reasonable GOP senators from Maine, the conservatives are selecting candidates who are “mainly” far-right and similar to Fox News personalities.

At the end of the day, the reasonable center of America will tip the balance of power toward the better of the two sides.  The left offers “Kandi/Candy” and right “offers “Xcape/Escape” but the real housewives of Georgia will decide with their families which direction is reality.  The nation would be better off if the “understanding” of the other side was sought rather than partisan bickering.

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