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Are African Americans Still Considered Second Rate Citizens?

I am a 77 year old white woman who teaches an adult Sunday school class in an African-American church in Nashville Tennessee. When I asked a my class members if there is still some type of stigma over blacks, they unanimously answered yes. When I picked up my vehicle from having the oil changed, the manager of the department told me the same thing. I am shocked to think that as Americans in the U.S. we would continue to have such evil thoughts. Born into a prominent society family in San Diego, n 1937, I was raised that black people were servants, not slaves, but domestic help. Our black maid, Lilly, was with us for seven years, yet never sat down to dinner with us, or even lunch with me. She declared it was not her place to sit with the "Baby," meaning me. Lilly was my first introduction to knowing a black person. As a senior at Pt. Loma High school in San Diego, California, there was a very small percentage of black students, who were bussed in from other locations. I was drawn to them, letting them know I wanted to be their friend. I always had a positive and nurturing relationship with them, when others turned the opposite direction. Twenty years after high school, I started a career in show business, in Los Angeles. I was a licensed theatrical agent, then a personal manager to actors who were series regulars on television. Two of my first clients were black. Ketty Lester, who played Hester Sue on "Little House on the Prairie," and Arsenio Hall, a comedian. The first night he came to one of my acting classes I told him he was going to be a big Star. He had Star charisma. Ketty's introduction to show business was through her ballad singing. Her first hit was "Love Letters," and today, that is a popular song among those who love the standard classics. When considering blacks, here's the stereotype that really gripes me. With white people, you're either beautiful or average looking and it's no big deal for either, as each find their own spot in the world. For a black person it's quite different. If you're handsome, like Denzel Washington, Blair Underwood, Taye Diggs or gorgeous Anthony, the manager of the Tire department at Walmart, hey - what woman wouldn't want to have any of those hunks bangin on your front door? However, if an unattractive black man makes an unwelcome move on any woman, it's rape, unwanted sex, or out of line stalking. If a black person even looks suspicious, and for no apparent reason, they are pulled over by cops, interrogated, questioned like they're in a lineup. The same goes for women, but how often do you see an Asian person getting interrogated because they don't look like "Mr. or Miss Banker?" You get my point. We are currently living in 2013, and in a hundred years we've come a long way from where the Ku Klux Klan were killing innocent African-Americans, just because. While we have progressed to the point where a voted sitting President is black (Barack Obama) - we are still not where we need to be, a completely free-thinking population of loving everyone, no matter what their color, just as God wants us to be. I won't be living in that time, although I wish I was, but the time will come when every person alive on earth will feel equal to anyone else. Pray for that time, in our lifetime, so we can enjoy a free will love for one another. A quote from John Kirk - Despite the rise of Barack Obama, many African-Americans still feel like second-class citizens. John Kirk charts the progress of the civil rights movement through its most prominent body, the NAACP, which celebrated its centenary in February 2009. http://www.history today.com/john-kir k/long-road-equali ty-african-america ns Your comments are always welcome.  (Jul 23, 2013 | post #1)

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What's wrong with Gay Marriages?

A marriage, according to the Bible and Webster's Dictionary, is between a man and woman. Who came up with the idea of a gay marriage anyway? People of the same sex should not be called husband and wife. It sounds totally ridiculous to introduce a man (in a gay marriage of two men) as one partner's "wife." Only in a gay community would this be fitting. Since a gay marriage is a union, a partnership, so to speak, why not call it a partnership? In a partnership, the union between same sex couples can be spelled out with many more terms than a marriage. Technically, two same sex people entering a partnership is just as it says, and introducing your partner to friends and other people, says it all. Example: "I'd like to introduce you to my partner,David. " Much more acceptable than "I'd like to introduce you to my wife David." Even "Ellen" can rub people the wrong way by calling Portia her "wife." Some still have an enormous stigma on gay people, mostly because of those who are the stereotype "fags," an unflattering slang expression for homosexuals. The ones who prance around, have a noticeable lisp and dress up to show their feminine side. Even television has made a niche for comics/actors who portray feminine performers. Remember "WILL AND GRACE." I have never been offended by feminine men. Two of my best friends were noticeably gay and they both died of Aids. As for being gay, looking gay or acting gay, people with these qualities still have a heart that can be broken by bullies. I say, let's treat them with respect and lobby for the technical term "Partnership " union, rather than "marriage. "  (Mar 5, 2013 | post #1)

Brentwood, TN

Obama-Marriage - Brentwood, TN

Marriage is simply a union, a contract, an agreement. However, two men calling their partner their wife is out of line. Same with two women calling one of them their wife or husband. Come on people. If you're trying to find acceptance with the universe, enter into a partnership and call your partner just that. Your "partner. "  (May 22, 2012 | post #2)

Brentwood, TN

Casey Anthony - Brentwood, TN

All things lead to her. She got away with murder, partly because the jury liked Jose. How sad for the parents who loved and raised Caylee Marie.  (May 22, 2012 | post #1)

Nolensville, TN

The Buttercup Festival in Nolensville April 14

Get ready for a busy Saturday, April 14 in downtown Nolensville, TN 37135. The annual festival begins at 10am to 4pm, packed with a great kid zone, jumping tents, face painting, a petting zoo, Buttercup the Cow, food galore, an authentic war re-enactment, specials in all the merchant's stores, ice cream, 50+ Vendors and so much more. There is a contest at 1pm to crown "Little Miss Buttercup" and you can even bring your cameras as a photography scene will be on the main street so you can snap pictures of the event. Free parking is available a block or two from the event and shuttles are also available for those who need some assistance. There is no fee to join the party, so we'll see you this coming Saturday at 7280 Nolensville Road, Nolensville TN 37135. You can find us on Facebook at Nolensville Buttercup Festival. See you there.  (Apr 11, 2012 | post #1)

Q & A with Linda Roberts

Headline:

Speaking of People

Hometown:

San Diego, CA, now Nolensville

Neighborhood:

Historic District

Local Favorites:

China Garden, Dollar General, Nolensville Feed Mill, Fred Pharmacy, Post Office, Nolensville Library, The Barn at the Mill

I Belong To:

Eastern Star, Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Gamma Sigma, Historic District Merchants Association.

When I'm Not on Topix:

I'm everywhere

I'm Listening To:

Music

Read This Book:

I Feel Bad About My Neck, Norah Ephron

Favorite Things:

Grandchildren, memories, old movies, musicals and 2 1/2 Men.

On My Mind:

Writing and more writing

Blog / Website / Homepage:

www.myspace.com/lindaleeroberts

I Believe In:

Miracles