Thursday, October 20, 2016

Black Lives: Why Citizenship Over Humanity?

Op Ed By A. Ensley

I believe that we thought that being human was something obvious and inferred in America. This has been the case throughout history as it related to all sorts of nationalities and races. What we did not anticipate, however, was the depth of the disgust our captors had for us.

They not only did not see us as worthy of being citizens. This was a people who could not or would not, recognize us as human beings! Although they considered themselves to be superior, the thought of humanity was not a topic of discussion.

Generations of Blacks sought to be a part of the country that they built. Citizenship, they believed, would pave the road for our deserving of “the vote”. Many battles ensued, both bloody ones and those that were waged silently. Some of these were fought during the Civil Rights years and resulted in our people being able to participate in the political process.

This was the realization of a dream to which we attributed a real and tangible way to steer our future. Voting, for us, was a means of actually controlling our destinies in this country and protecting posterity.

What Does Party Loyalty Produce?

Being massaged, lured and hypnotized by both major political parties over the years, still has not purchased us this existence. The common curtesy that comes along with humanity is not a right that can be assumed. This was true then and is most definitely true today. All too often, in the eyes of our fellow Americans we are treated and viewed as lesser.

The evidence of this has followed us from freedom, Jim Crow, Civil Rights and to our current state in 2016. The lives of young black men and women are held in such low esteem, that it becomes contagious. Every facet of life, whether on the streets, the small screen, motion pictures or the media, introduces a hint of this state.

This is not just apparent in the all too common police interactions where shooting result in many innocents being slaughtered, but in the response to simple protests of Black Lives Matter. Its blazon images can be viewed both through the words of one of country’s current candidates for President of the United States. The blatant and hidden messages speak volumes to our ears.

The Support of Leaders

The disdain is apparent by what is not said by people of status in different industries and fields. Leaders, politicians, religious figures and those who capture the American consciousness are far too silent when it comes to standing against what is obviously wrong. The mystery continues as we witness the outrage sparked by Kaepernick’s taking “the knee”.
Some who claim to be patriots and others sports fans have pointed him (and us by association) to a faraway continent that most of us will never get the chance to visit. His and our citizenship is called into question because we dare pause to ask a question. How could the land that we love, be comfortable with the treatment that many Blacks receive? Is it okay to be called human but treated as less than that?

Humanity and Citizenry Are Synonymous

Should we have demanded a constitutional requirement that confirmed our humanity and not a 3/5’s Compromise? We were certainly the ones compromised against. The stench that legal acts like this one produced a stigma that has followed us till this day. It is proof that some of our White counterparts feel is justification.

Citizenry is not the same for everyone in America. Deep inside its origin are allusions that all people of nation have equal rights. Without humane treatment, what does this hold for us and our children? Is it even possible to mandate such a thing, when nature itself hasn’t produced it in the hearts of men?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Outsource Your Writing Needs - Get Content that Produces!

Many businesses and organizations require relevant content on their websites. Content is displayed on each page of the site, as well as, on blogs. The information found here are what visitors see about you. Their impressions will be based upon what's written and the information provided.

It is important to maintain your website on a regular basis. Unfortunately, staff writers are not in everyone's budget. This is one of the reasons why outsourcing options are effective. Hiring a skilled content writer could be the solution to your problem.

Update Site Pages

If your site pages are outdated, they are not producing for you. Changing information or even showcasing new products and services is important. You should want your traffic to fully understand what you offer. Outsource this work to a freelance content writer for tailored wording.

Start a Blog

Blogs are not simply a way to communicate through social media. Corporations and successful businesses around the world utilize blogs as tools. They bring increased interest to the business and can affect sales. It is possible to hire content writers to regularly provide posts for your site's blog.

Post Articles

Articles are one of the most effective Search Engine Optimization tools. These articles are displayed and dispersed in various locations online. They are written to describe your site and services. At the same time, these articles include links back to your specific pages. Having these available could change business metrics altogether.

Thinking about what your business does, whether it provides services or products, is critical. This is the information that you want out there about you. It is extremely important that this information is displayed on your website. Simply existing online will not make your site productive.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Teen Conversations: Important Parental Moves

It's true that parents and teens often speak a different language!

This shouldn't discourage either from conversation. It is important not only to the relationship of the family. Keeping these lines of communication active promotes expression in the future.

Teens learn how to think critically and to verbalize their positions. Topics of these conversations can vary. The primary objective is to use the time wisely. Although the Speed of Life is challenging to families, it is essential that they maintain relationships in a healthy way. Conversation is a good tool for this!

Daily Lives

Some teens need to be encouraged to talk about the issues that trouble them. The things that occur daily are a part of these concerns. Setting aside time specifically for these conversations, shows interest and concern.

Current Events

There are confusing things happening in society. This is true for both parents and teens. Discussing current events nationally and internationally can help. The goal is not to figure out the world's problems. It's simply to pursue understanding and spark more conversation. 

The Future

The future is one of the things that troubles teens the most. Parents don't always understand because they've conquered their fears in some ways. Teens need and want direction for attaining the goals, whether short term or long term. Conversation could mean the difference between success and failure.

Let's start talking more. . .

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Stand for What You Believe

Taking a stand for what's right can be challenging.

There are many ways to approach this particular issue. Everyone operates at the Speed of Life these days! Each day though we see or hear about injustices happening around us. What should we do?

It's important to invite conversation. Some of the world's biggest movements started with a simple conversation. It is super important for parents, especially to encourage talks where social issues and problems exist.

Our children will discover that their voices can stand against the ills of the world. There are times and opportunities to stand more tangibly in some instances. Being a good communicator is an essential step in standing for what you believe in. This is also one of the best ways to stand against something.

Here are some ideas that make taking a stand feasible:

* Use your verbal skills

* Write your views down

* Social media outlets

* Spark conversation

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