50 Years Later: We’re Still Climbing

On this day in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, TN. At just 39 years old, the face of the Civil Rights Movement was killed in cold blood leaving millions of people around the country distraught. How far have we come since Dr. King was murdered? We’re still climbing. In Dr….

Oh, The Irony

I find myself saying this phrase a lot when it comes to social media and hardcore opinions. Oh, the irony. How does it apply? I’ll tell you. So, I’m scrolling through Facebook seeing different memes and articles regarding David Hogg. He’s emerged as one of the leading teens from Parkland demanding gun control, and one…

Conversations with the Youth of America

This weekend the March for Our Lives took place at various locations throughout the country to discuss gun violence and potential gun reform. Kids of all ages had some profound things to say. What did the adults do? They ignored them yet again. Based on what I’ve read from a couple of people on – wait for it – Facebook,…

And Another One

On February 14, 2018 Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 and opened fire killing 17 people and wounding 14 others. The Facebook think pieces have started up in full force. Twitter rants and arguments are out in abundance. Legislators that weren’t worried about gun reform are now pushing for…

I Will Not Be a Hashtag

#JarrodBrown Take a good look at that. Study it. Let it be burned into your memory so that you’ll recall this image years later. Go on. Take a really good look at it. That’s the only time you will see my name as a hashtag. Let me qualify. Maybe I’ll do something great enough in life to…

Me Too

Last week I read up on the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal. Disturbing doesn’t even describe it. The New York Times ran a bombshell piece on Weinstein’s alleged (I say alleged because it hasn’t been proven in court. However, if it walks like a duck….) abusive behavior towards multiple women in the movie industry. Soon…

24 Hours to Cope

Two nights ago, I was winding down playing NBA 2K18. I hopped on Twitter for a spell and I saw there was an active shooter situation in Las Vegas. For some reason the words “active shooter” didn’t click. I kind of dismissed it and went to bed. The next morning I woke up to read 50 people…

To My Friends that Hate Protesting

The past decade has been entrenched in protest. Occupy Wallstreet. Black Lives Matter. The Women’s March. Dakota Pipeline. NFL National Anthem. A demographic of America has chosen to exercise its First Amendment rights frequently within the last 10 years. Some protests make national news. Others are small and community based. Whatever the case, protesting is…

To Stand or to Kneel? That is the Question

Facebook was fairly interesting today. Instead of the usual football jargon, I read a lot of opinions on patriotism, law enforcement, racism, and bigotry. Needless to say, there were some heated conversations today. People went back and forth over their views of patriotism and how to display it. These conversations have been going on for…

Obsession with Tragedy

I’m lying here scrolling through Facebook per my usual morning routine. That really should not be the first thing I do when I wake up. That’s another post for a different day, though. During my leisurely scroll, I kept running into articles and videos from Hurricane Irma. This is the most recent news story as…

If You Are My Brother

Yesterday was a great deal to take in. A fire destroyed a London apartment building. A shooting occurred at a UPS Store in San Fra.  Republican Rep. Steve Scalise and several others were was wounded from gun fire during congressional baseball practice. Too. Much. Tragedy. How do we deal with it all? Social media (Facebook anyway) was largely quiet outside of major news…

What is Racism: Short and Sweet

I was in recent discussion with a peer about the convoluted subject of racism. Long story short, a church in my city was vandalized with graffiti. They drew swastikas, KKK, and wrote “Nigger” on the siding. I posted the local news article on Facebook with the sarcastic comment, “But….. this stuff doesn’t happen though.. 🙄🙄🙄”.  Discussion ensued…