Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Why the Ferguson Grand Jury Verdict Actually Made Me Feel Better

Ok so recently I actually started getting this idea in my head that formal higher education isn’t that important or relevant anymore.  I mean can work you but off to get an awesome gpa and still graduate and be broke for another 10 years.  Meanwhile you’re on social media and you see all these half naked girls, insta- celebs making money by promoting brands or comedian putting on wigs for jokes. 

I’ll admit I actually started to feel a little jealous.  I would see some of these 18 years old social media starts buying houses, going on trips and wishing like “damn, I wish I had her face, or her body, his personality or her fashion sense so I can do that and makes lots of money just being alive.”  (Of course I’ve come to realize that’s there’s a lot more work behind it but that’s a different story for a different time.)

I came here to say that the Ferguson grand jury verdict actually made me feel better.  Crazy? Why?  Because I came back to the realization that education is freaking important.  Most of all for “us.”  I saw this post on Facebook and I re-posted it as well. 

We need more of us in these positions. We need to be the doctors, the lawyers, legislators, policy makers, politicians, (cough) police officers.  And no no no, not just that one token black person ether.  I know this isn’t a new concept, but this is a reaffirmed concept.  We need to fill board rooms, hospitals, universities and court rooms…behind the bench!

So I must say in retrospect, I feel a lot better about being a grad student.  I feel a lot better about becoming a parent.  When I have a child I want to instill in them to follow their dreams and I will work to better whatever talent they have.  However I’m still going to be that parent that pushes education and making a difference.  With that being, said I need to follow my own advice.  I need to figure out how I’m going to make some kind of difference. 

With that being said I do want to share that there were a total of 300 applicants for my program, 36 were accepted and 4 of us are black…so I guess I’m somewhat on the right track right?  So let me get back to these books.
P.S. Sorry if you came to here to read another rant about the verdict and how unfair it was.  I don’t really feel the need to mentions the obvious.

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1 comment :

  1. Sounds good, but I object to the way Mr Forte said it. It's not slander if it's true.
    And "being the system" isn't so simple, though I wish it was. Look what they're doing to Obama. The country's doing better than the previous 8 years, but let them tell it. He's the President, and still has to struggle with the good ol boys.
    In addition, look at the case of Officer Dawn Gore, a black cop in MO. He used NON-lethal force on a suspect, and is currently suspended without pay, and facing criminal charges. Officer Wilson killed a suspect, and was given a paid suspension, and received donations, for using lethal force.
    Also, police departments can choose to hire whoever they want. So maybe we need some kind of affirnative action for police forces? And some kind of oversight into officer interactions with each race. The excuse they use for not gathering that information is presented as "we're not racist because we don't consider that on paper," but it's really just unspoken.


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