Do Better Thursday: Who’s Doing It Right?

This week has been somewhat light in the “Doing It Right” department…
What it is, Do Better Nation?
This edition will absent of those “Doing It Right”… 
There are some things I’m “on the fence” about…
And a new special portion of “I’m pretty sure I’m going to Hell for laughing at this… and so are you.”
Let’s jump in…

“On The Fence”
  • History Channel presents “America: The Story of Us”…the six-part, 12-hour documentary premiered this past Sunday… It started off pretty decent… Explained the reasons those crossing the Atlantic settled on this new frontier… However, after about 30 minutes, it became evident this was the SportsCenter highlights of US history… the “Us” in the documentary also started revealing itself… Admittedly, I am one to pounce when I feel Blacks and other minorities are being slighted… In this case, Blacks are mentioned… but it’s more of a cursory acknowledgment… “Did you know there were 19 free blacks who settled on the shores first?” “Did you know the 1st person to die in the American Revolution was a Black man?” “Did you know that Black slaves fought side-by-side free Whites against the British?” …you know… all the things that we gave a damn about growing up… because it was something outside the month of February that featured brown people… And what about the original “Brown People”… oh, the Natives? We apparently had a great relationship with them… Even helped some Native American tribes kill other tribes… then we sat around and had a yearly dinner in the month of November… Great times… Bottomline, the 1st show featured “Us” = free white men… against “Them” = evil ass wanting what’s owe ass redcoating British… Ehh, sounds like an Ego trip… and I’m just not sure if I can make the entire ride… Thus, I’m on the fence with the series… and will have to wait until the 3rd episode to make a ruling…
 Crispus Attucks: Be 1st… or Die Trying…
(I was going to make a shirt of that phrase and image… but… well… yeah…)
  • Thomas Hagan, one of the men who committed the assassination of Malcolm X was freed this week… About a month ago, when I learned Malcolm X’s killer was going to be released… My initial thought was… “I sure hope there’s an angry mob to greet and welcome him back to society…” …in fact, that was my sentiment up until I read about Mr. Hagan two days ago… My mood changed due to a number of things… 1, he is the only man to admit to being one of the killers… 2, he regrets even participating in such an act… and knows it should not have happened… 3, he was twenty-two when he committed the crime and in his words “a very uneducated man”… 4, he was fueled by the rift caused by statements made from Malcolm against Hagan’s leader at the time Elijah Muhammad, which Hagan says “history has revealed a lot of what Malcolm X was saying was true.” …5, he testified on behalf of two other men who were captured and sentenced for killing Malcolm, they both protested they were innocent… it was Hagan’s testimony that supported their innocence… which allow them to be released… (although, if it wasn’t those two… who were the others?) …6, he’s sixty-nine years old… and wants to do well for his family and become a counselor to help young people he was once like… 7, since 1992 he had been allowed to spend 5 days a week with his family and report to jail for just two days… So… I’m pretty sure any vengeance that was meant for him… would have occurred at some point during those “free” days… and lastly… 8, he was released from “Lincoln Correctional Facility at 11 a.m. The facility is located at the intersection of West 110th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard.” …with those tidbits… I’ve relaxed my “beat his ass” stance and in the Do Better spirit… straddling the fence… Peace, Brother Hagan.
…keep moving forward…
…because we haven’t forgotten… and won’t…
Doing It Wrong!!!
  • 31 NFL Teams pass on college standout because he’s a Rhodes Scholar… Aside from the “Doing It Wrong” moment coming up next… this is one of most ridiculous things I’ve witnessed in a very long time… Which is saying something considering just last week I posted about “sad ass kids toys…” …Myron Rolle of FSU was passed up by teams during last weeks draft because they felt his heart wasn’t in football enough to warrant being drafted… or rather, he would be too distracted with his “intellectual pursuits”… OK, there’s a litany of things I could go in on… and just to cut the list in half… I won’t bring up race… I will focus on the simple fact… he was a >>>>> STUDENT <<<<< athlete who excelled both on and off the field… So, if I understand correctly… If you excel too much off the field they’re worried about your commitment to the game… Really? Commitment? I believe Rolle was the same cat who flew in a chartered plane 3 hours after being awarded the Rhodes Scholarship to a game against the Terps… Yeah… he’s not committed… Sorry, kid… you’ve been dropped to a 6th Round pick b/c you’re one of 32 Americans to have received a Rhodes Scholarship that year… WTF? This reads so foolishly, I’m quite surprised Apple OS did underline this entire passage and ask… “Did you mean to type that???”
“Sure, the NFL could use some more Rolle* Models… but we want the kind of models that know their role…”
  • Arizona passes Immigration Law… Welcome to 1835!!! “So you’re free, huh? Let me see those papers.” There’s so much wrong with this…The Daily Show & Colbert Report have both done a great job making a mockery of this mockery… I just have a couple of questions… What exactly is a suspicious act that will make a cop think “Hey, there’s an illegal immigrant!” …is it a dance? I doubt seriously they even know what a Macarena is… we all should forget it… is it signing your name in cursive? because surely, we Americans don’t use that painful shit they graded us on for all those years… (sorry, I have deep issues with cursive…) …according to George Will, your shoes are just one of the many tell-tale signs… you’re an illegal immigrant… I won’t even go into that ignorance… I will focus on solutions… this is Do Better Movement… and one must lead by example… Arizona Sen. John “I Was Never Really a Maverick” McCain said that the drug problem in the state due to illegal immigration has gotten out of hand… then proceeded to say… over a million pounds of marijuana were intercepted on the border at Tucson just in the last year… DING!!! DING!!! DING!!! There’s your answer America (mainly, Arizona) …let’s be on.us… we all know legalization of marijuana is coming… the reason why it hasn’t is because no President wants to be “that” President who leads the charge… but trust… as soon we get over the homophobic nature of American politics… Weed’s a’coming next… So, why not for the first time since we’ve so bravely fought the British… be ahead of the curve on civil rights… (although technically we’re weren’t the first to revolt… just the 1st to do so with a damn ocean between us and our sovereign nation… not to mention, that the Native Americans didn’t sit around and vote on whether or not one’s shoe buckle tip the illegal hand… i digress…) Here’s the solution… Legalize weed in the state of Arizona… Welcome the good hermanos and hermanitas (ay!) of Mexico with open arms… Allow them to bring their specialty of cultivating the herbal goodness… and grant them citizenship… it’s a win-win of the highest level… pun most certainly intended… (why do we hate on puns? …that’s another discussion…) but yes… legalize weed, let the specialist come in and farm, sell it to the other 49 states, increase tourism by the millions, and make historic profits… It’s time to GO GREEN ARIZONA!!!
 Arizona: I’d Visit. 
(that’s one heluva state motto)
Now it’s time for… 
“I’m pretty sure I’m going to Hell for laughing at this… and so are you.”
  • Local coed flag football team loses 3rd game of the season… Solves their woes by laughing at something they surely… should not have… Yes, my team is 1-3… but none of that mattered once one of my teammates showed us a clip of Old Man Epic Cry… on the surface… it’s a truly moving moment… During the show Intervention, a father (former pro boxer Rocky Lockridge) is confronted by his children that they still have love for him although he fell into a life of drug addiction… his response is the most moving aspect… unfortunately, the tears I shed weren’t from sadness… so, I’m pretty sure I’m going to Hell for laughing at this… and so are you…
wait… there’s more…
 …that’s just the appetizer…
 
Oh Noes, Mario!!!
…the one that did me in…
Autotune: FTW
There you have it folks… we’re all doomed… wipe the tears… it’ll be OK…

We’ll Do Better next week…

I hope…

– dre’ of onustees.com

2 responses to “Do Better Thursday: Who’s Doing It Right?

  1. LMAO!!!Yo, the Lion King insert was INSANE! As for the Arizona Immigration thing…If there's one thing that slavery and the Mississippi Black Codes have taught us it's that every gang has an initiation. The 2000 census showed that they outnumber us…with anticipation of the 2010 results, they had to come up with something.

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