1. Redefining Gentrification
I am sitting in a public place listening to (or rather, having to hear) two young boys talk to each other...or rather one young boy as he bullies another...."shut up" he continues to tell his brother, only the bully knows how the video game they are playing should be played; of course, he demeans his victim's character and intellect...no, not in that fun, brotherly way...for real. The younger brother, the mark, says nothing for a long while, then, he defuses the situation by simply playing along. The bully is appeased. There is calm.
America is in the same situation. We can't "Un-brother."
These two young boys will be brothers forever. This fear-filled domination (ironically, it's the bully who is loud and whose voice is slightly trembling) followed by the endless dance of avoidance will go on for years. Maybe, forever.
The calm ends.
When the older brother starts up again, the younger brother begins bullying the characters in the video game.
And, not one American in a million is wondering, right now, why I, an adult, said nothing to either child.
In August, the OU-Tulsa campus reacted immediately to the anguish writer Clifton Taulbert opened a panel discussion on THE RISE OF HATE by reminding an overflow audience on the campus of OU-Tulsa that "Democracy is an ongoing test, an ongoing job...."
"We have embarked upon an incredible journey that no other nation on the face of the Earth [had ever tried]." Channeling the Gettysburg Address, Taulbert asked,
"How long will we endure?"
Taulbert pointed out the measure of courage and endurance maintaining our "new" nation will require. And, the necessity for united visions, united goals. "We can't just have a BBQ with five friends....this is a lifelong process.."
WHEN DID AMERICA BECOME A 2 COLOR NATION?
At a church in Tulsa, writer and broadcaster Connie Conley helped establish IRON GATE, easily the city's most famous and most revered Soup Kitchen. And, pretty swiftly, anger came from all sides, even from the church pews. "But, there were heroic people" as well, she said. One young Cherry Street businesswoman told the congregation that she wouldn't want Tulsa to be a city that didn't care for everyone. Conley's revelations about the efforts to keep IRON GATE fulfilling its mission featured a common ally to hate: misconceptions.
One future donor to the project visited the site to prove his belief that it was not possible, as he had been told, that the majority of people accessing IRON GATE were "White Men." What does this say about us?
"O' HOLY NIGHT"
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed House Bill 2253 clarifying voting rights for persons with a felony. Oklahoma State Representative Regina Goodwin (D73/Tulsa) co-authored the bill with Oklahoma State Senator Stephanie Bice (D22/OKC). According to Representative Goodwin "this law was 4 years in the making. A man in a rocking chair, who had been out of prison for 35 yrs. and did not know he could vote, led me to author the bill." Oklahoma State Representative Regina Goodwin sent out her appreciation to Donna Thompson, Rhonda Bear, R.. Baxter, Tulsa City Councilor Vanessa Hall Harper, Pam Slater, Oklahoma State Board of Elections Secretary Paul Ziriax, Leah DeWhitt. and Nikayla Source: Representative Regina Goodwin/Facebook
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On the night of one of this year's Democratic debates, Bryan Cobb, watching in St. Louis, MO had a revelation.
The Democrats need youth.
Andrew Yang's impressive showing led Cobb to view a Warren/Yang or Sanders/Castro ticket as necessary...some combination of a wise, seasoned veteran of recent American political wars aligned with a candidate with a fresh take on the country's future.
The December 19, 2019 Democratic Debate will field only 7 candidates.
Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang.
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