Shirlee Smith | “What do I Tell My Children About the Recent Racial Violence in America?”

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Community News Business News The question seems to go something like this: “What do I tell my children about the recent racial violence in America?”Well, folks, if you’d been on your job, which is that of preparing kids for life, there would not now be a panic search for answers .Whether Black or White, we’ve owed our children a picture of what they are now being exposed to on a daily basis.Parents tend to be oblivious of a couple of very crucial facts, the most important being that the kids are watching, listening, and jumping to their own conclusions.The second most important omission that’s made is not recognizing the power of the home environment we establish.But the killing of the five policemen and the street demonstrations by “Black Lives Matter” just have no explainable approach for a young kid, say too many white parents.My friend Ty Vance, a phenomenal on-stage story teller, would offer these folks who are in denial as to who they are and how they conduct their lives around their children, a very strong example as to how they’ve already laid the groundwork of the way their kids view the racial divide.As a kid, Vance was door-to-door selling something for his Boy Scout troop. A young kid, around the age of 5, answered the knock.Vance asked, “Are your parents here?”The kid said “Yeah” and left the door calling for his mother.“Mom, there’s a nigger at the door.”Mom bought all of Vance’s products and apologized for her child by saying, “I just don’t know where he got that from.”Well, I know where, AND Mom also knew where.Oh, you think my friend Ty Vance, being a story-teller made this up?I can share a first-hand experience that’s just as clear.We dropped my second-grade daughter off at a party being given by one of her young white friends.When I picked her up, my kid explained to me that the reason the party-giver’s dog was barking when she arrived was because the dog didn’t like black people.Oh, the household members talked about this around the dinner table. My second- grader wasn’t having any of our conversation and protested “My friends aren’t like any of that.”But only a few months later when the white family had to evacuate their home in the Altadena foothills due to flooding, they asked if their young girl could stay with us.Of course, she was welcome for as long as the weather emergency lasted.When the young white second-grader stepped into the house, she reached to pat our cat.One of my teenagers shrieked, “Don’t touch that cat – it doesn’t like white people.”My second-grader was devastated and took off to her bedoom in tears, sobbing and telling me the cat didn’t know white people from black people.Uh, huh!Well, my second-grader is now a grown woman who has withstood the rigors of being black in America, and if anyone were to ask her now about “friends not being like that” she’d give you a straight-up answer on how kids, no matter how young, learn from their parents.And the white second-grader? Well, who knows? But we do know she didn’t get any good lessons on race from her parents.Parents, let’s stop kidding ourselves, because we’ve been discussing the racial divide down through the years. And now the black young men being killed by the police – which never prompted white people to wonder what to tell their kids – the murder of the Dallas officers and the Black Lives Matter street protests have brought the simmering American racial pot to a full-fledged rolling boil.Don’t know what to tell white kids? Ask me. I’m available for any age group.Don’t know what to tell black kids? Aw, come on now. But I’m available for you folks, too. Community News Make a comment center column 5 Shirlee Smith | “What do I Tell My Children About the Recent Racial Violence in America?” By SHIRLEE SMITH Published on Monday, July 18, 2016 | 4:21 am Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff HerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Reasons Why Selena Gomez Has Billions Of FansHerbeautyHerbeauty Shirlee Smith is a former Pasadena Star-News Opinion Columnist. She is a Los Angeles Press Club first place awardee and author of They’re Your Kids, Not Your Friends and the Spanish edition, “Son Tus Hijos, No Tus Amigos.” Smith can be reached by email at [email protected] Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 15 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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5 biggest financial mistakes Gen X and Gen Y make

first_imgby: Robert PowellLike anyone, those in Gen X and Gen Y can’t always avoid making mistakes with their money. But there’s plenty they can do to correct mistakes, especially because most of them have enough time — Gen Xers are those born between the ‘60s and the early ‘80s, and Gen Y folks and millennials, born between the early ‘80s and the early 2000s.So we asked some financial-planning experts what mistakes people in these age groups are making, particularly in regard to their retirement planning, and what they can do about it.1. They don’t get professional helpAndrew Sivertsen, a certified financial planner with The Planning Center in Moline, Ill., said biggest retirement mistake is not the fault of Gen X and Gen Y, but the fault of the financial planning/investment advice profession. “These demographics are greatly underserved, yet most major financial decisions happen before we’re 40,” he said. continue reading » 55SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Man City secures victory over Sunderland.

first_imgThey were 2-nil winners at the Stadium of Light courtesy of goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane.Tottenham kept up the pressure on leaders Chelsea.A 3-2 victory over Everton at White Hart Lane narrowed the gap to seven points. Meanwhile Chelsea can restore their 10 point lead tonight.They’ll do that with a win over London rivals West Ham at London Stadium.Chelsea has lost only two of their last 21 League games against West Ham. The action kicks off at 8pm.last_img

WDFW Announces March Razor Clam Digs

first_imgFacebook299Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeThe WDFW has extending everyday digging through March 31, at Long Beach after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. We have approved this extended opening due to the abundance of clams available at Long Beach. The schedule of the best low tides in March is unusual this year and they switch between P.M. tides and A.M. tides:Through March 10; digging will be allowed on P.M. tides only.March 11 through March 14; digging will be allowed on A.M. tides onlyMarch 15 through 23; digging will be allowed on P.M. tides onlyMarch 24 through March 31; digging will be allowed on A.M. tides onlyThe specific list of tides are available on our web site.You can dig any day during these periods, however you should check tide charts before heading out, since tides of one foot or above aren’t conducive to digging.Mocrocks will be open March 5 through March 8, 2016 with digging allowed on P.M tides only. More tentative dates have been released in our news release that can be found online here.Copalis will not be open during this period, but is scheduled to open March 18 through 20 to coincide with the Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival.  This opening is pending final marine toxin results.Twin Harbors beaches will not open due to levels of domoic acid that remain above the action level. (See the updated levels below.) Twin Harbors Beach  includes Westport, Grayland and North Cove.A description of each beach and a map can be found online here.We have placed a new video with razor clam digging tips on our web site.last_img read more

Father remanded for son’s murder

first_img…bribery-implicated cop under close arrestOmar Khan, the 40-year-old father who allegedly murdered his 18-year-old son Azeez Khan during an argument at their home at Better Hope, East Coast Demerara, was on Thursday arraigned on a murder charge at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.He was not required to plead to the indictable charge, and was remanded to prison until June 28.Dead: Azeem Orlando KhanCrime Chief Wendell Blanhum has also disclosed that the police officer who had allegedly accepted a bribe to assist the Khan family to ‘cover up’ the crime has been placed under arrest; and if evidence is found to support the allegation that he had attempted to pervert the course of justice, this officer will have the appropriate charges levied against him.The family is believed to have offered that police officer $500,000 to provide them with a suitable alibi for the murdered teen’s father.On May 4, 2017, the 18-year-old Azeez Khan was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital after his father had allegedly hit him in the head with a piece of wood during an argument at their home. The argument had allegedly been caused by the younger Khan reportedly hitting his sister behind her head for leaving the home wearing unbecoming clothing. It has been alleged that the elder Khan dealt his son a blow to the head with a piece of wood, causing him to collapse. The young man was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, and doctors there were told that he had fallen from a ladder.But a post-mortem conducted on Monday revealed that the teenager died as a result of haemorrhaging caused by blunt trauma.Both parents of the now dead teenager were taken into Police custody on Monday, and during interrogation, the father confessed to hitting the teenager, claiming it was unintentional.last_img read more

Report shows South Africans have many reasons to be hopeful

first_imgA new report called Life in South Africa: Reasons for Hope from the Institute of Race Relations shows the country has come a long way since the 1980s and 1990s. Overall, lives have improved vastly, amid the challenges.John Bostock, researcher at the Institute of Race Relations releases a report called Life in South Africa: Reasons for Hope on 8 November 2016 in Johannesburg. (Image: Priya Pitamber) (Image: Priya Pitamber)Priya Pitamber South Africans are faring much better today compared to the 1980s and 1990s, revealed a report from the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) released on 8 November 2016 in Johannesburg.Titled Life in South Africa: Reasons for Hope, it showed that lives of South Africans had improved economically and politically over the past two decades.IRR hosting a media briefing on a recent #Reasonsforhope report titled: life in South Africa Reason For hope. pic.twitter.com/dQuGjPKRv0— IRR (@IRR_SouthAfrica) November 8, 2016It acknowledges the challenges faced by the country, but also focuses on the strides made.“But amidst the turmoil, IRR analysts see the story of a young democracy that has made a vast amount of progress in fields ranging from the economy and employment to living standards, poverty, education, healthcare and crime,” it reads.IRR researcher John Bostock said it showed what has gone right since 1994. “Our society has normalised since 1994, to some extent,” he said. “It is important for the public to have perspective on the state of the country.“We look at how we are doing ourselves, we start with ourselves and then we look at our neighbours and our friends. We need to separate our personal state with how the country as a whole is doing.”The numbersIn 2015 real per capita GDP was 33% higher than in 1994.Disposable income growth per capita increased from R23,686 in 1994 to R33,660 in 2015, an increase of 42%. “That’s very encouraging, I would say. It shows that people are better off,” Bostock said.The total number of people with jobs has doubled from 7.9-million in 1994 to 15.6-million in 2015.Access to formal housing has increased by 131.3% from 1996 to 2016. “That translates to 1,042 formal houses built every day,” reads the report. “When looking at informal housing, for every shack erected after 1994, approximately 10 formal houses have been built.”University enrolment rates have increased by 281.4% from 211,756 in 1985 to 807,663 in 2014.There’s been a decline in the number of new HIV infections from 646,806 in 1999 to 321,497 in 2015.There’s been a 62.5% increase in healthcare professionals in the public sector between 2000 to 2015.The murder rate has fallen by 49.3% since 1994.The report concluded that life in South Africa was better today compared to 20 years ago.“Good analyses of South Africa are those that are able to read the good with the bad and tolerate the apparent contradictions to reach conclusions that say: ‘Yes, we have problems, but we have also made remarkable progress that serves as a foundation upon which we can build a much better country.’Click here to read the full report.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

UST’s Akomo, UP’s Ouattara eligible for UAAP Season 80

first_imgE.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Composed of the University Presidents from all the eight member-schools, the Board of Trustees met on Thursday in Far Eastern University to settle the issue, with Ateneo President Fr. Jett Villarin participating via video conference.“We thank the UAAP BOT for its kindness and generosity. It is heartwarming to know that it has the best interests of the student-athletes in mind, despite the obviously competitive environment,” said UP coach Bo Perasol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe soft-spoken mentor and the Fighting Maroons can now fully focus in their campaign this season, which starts on Sunday.“At least now, everybody can focus on the games and no longer in the rules that have threatened to disenfranchise some deserving players,” said Perasol. Lawyer Agaton Uvero, chairman of the nowheretogbutUP Foundation, said Ouattara has electronically submitted his requirement documents before the deadline.“The original copies are on their way from Tripoli, Libya, and will arrive in a couple of days,” he added.Unfortunately, the appeal of UP’s Rob Ricafort was denied as the BOT ruled him ineligible for reaching the age limit.The Fil-Am forward will turn 25 years old on January, two months earlier from the set limit which is the end of the season.UP and UST will open their respective campaigns against each other on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dennis Rodman wants to ease tension between US, North Korea Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines can heave a sigh of relief as the UAAP Board of Trustees (BOT) officially allowed the schools’ foreign players to suit up this UAAP Season 80.The BOT gave Cameroonian Steve Akomo and Mali-born Ibrahim Ouattara the green light to play for their teams, overturning the earlier ruling by the Eligibility Committee disallowing the foreign players from suiting up, citing the supposed two-year residency rule.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

DAversa hoping for a Juve off day

first_imgParma boss Roberto D’Aversa believes “nothing is impossible” as they prepare to host Juventus.Parma started their Serie A season with a 2-2 draw against Udinese, where they blew a two-goal lead and 1-0 loss to SPAL. D’Aversa is now hoping his team can take points off Juventus.“Juventus have as their greatest strengths the possession play and mentality of their Coach. We must do well to remain compact and allow few spaces between the lines,” D’Aversa said in his Press conference.[via Football Italia]“Clearly it’s a difficult game, but nothing is impossible. We’ll try to play the perfect match and hope Juve have an off day.”“At this moment, there’s more talk about Ronaldo than the club. He’s one of the best players in the world, but let’s not forget Juve have champions in every area of the pitch and on the bench too.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I met Massimiliano Allegri when I went to view his training sessions at Vinovo and the fact he doesn’t feel the need to hide his methods is a sign of how great he is. Allegri gives a sense of calm to the team and that was decisive last season in the race with Napoli.“We must use this motivation and pride in facing prestigious opponents. In my career, the most decisive victories were earned when nobody expected them. Nothing is impossible in life.”last_img read more

NEMA – All Clear Issued for Bimini and Grand Bahama

first_imgRegards, Lindsay ThompsonPublic Information OfficerThe National Emergency Management AgencyGladstone Road and NEMA’s Way O. Box  N-7147Nassau, The BahamasContact  office: (242) 322-6081 or 5Cell: (242) 376-2042Email: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 11, 2017 – Nassau – Tropical storm warnings for Grand Bahama and Bimini have been discontinued, hence the All Clear has been given for those islands which experienced dangerous Hurricane Irma over the weekend. The Bahamas Department of Meteorology in Alert #49 issued on Monday, September 11 explained the conditions in those islands and gave an update on the storm.IRMA CONTINUES TO WEAKEN AS THE CENTER MOVES ALONG THE NORTHWESTERN COAST OF THE FLORIDA PENINSULA.TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS FOR GRAND BAHAMA AND BIMINI ARE DISCONTINUED, HENCE THE ALL CLEAR IS GIVEN FOR GRAND BAHAMA AND BIMINI. EVEN THOUGH THE ALL CLEAR IS GIVEN, RESIDENTS MUST STILL EXERCISE CAUTION IN MOVING ABOUT AS THERE ARE AREAS IN THE ISLANDS WHERE THERE MAY BE DOWNED POWER LINES, SEVERE FLOODING, DOWNED TREES AND OTHER DEBRIS ACROSS SOME SREETS.  RESIDENTS ARE ASKED TO AVOID THESE AREAS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND ALLOW MAINTENANCE CREW TO CLEAR THE STREETS. AT 5AM, THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IRMA WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 28.9 DEGREES NORTH AND LONGITUDE 82.6 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT 280 MILES WEST-NORTHWEST OF WEST END GRAND BAHAMA AND 417 MILES NORTHWEST OF NEW PROVIDENCE.IRMA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST NEAR 18 MPH AND THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY.MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 75 MILES PER HOUR WITH HIGHER GUSTS.    ADDITIONAL WEAKENING IS FORECAST, AND IRMA IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN TO A TROPICAL STORM THIS MORNING AND TO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION BY TUESDAY AFTERNOON.HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 60 MILES MAINLY TO THE WEST OF THE CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 415 MILES FROM THE CENTER.For more information contact: Lindsay Thompson, Public Information Officer, NEMA at (242) 322-6081. 322-6085. 361-5569. Email: [email protected] Website: www.bahamas.gov.bs. Facebook: NEMA-Bahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more