Thursday, March 10, 2005

What Had Happened Was... (what i wanted to post on earlier today)

So the two posts I tried to write and post earlier had to do with two topics.

One centered on loaded questions. That is-- questions that people load with their opinions and agendas and pose as statements, rather than seeking information and ideas. I don't like loaded questions, and refuse to partake in dialogue that's aimed to demean me and my life or opinions.

Elementary school grammar lesson #1: a question is exactly that... a question; not a statement; not your opinion; not your back-handed, passive-agressive way of insulting someone. This is one of my pet peeves, when at a seminar, or listening to a radio show that asks for QUESTIONS, and someone gets on a soapbox with a STATEMENT. And maybe, if they're semi-literate, will follow their STATEMENT with a: "So what do you think of that?" Duh, maybe I've had too many years of Missouri Journalism School. Let me stop :-)

I thought of this, and tried to post another blog... this, on my sisterfriend, activist and PR/Producer guru, Jasmyne Cannick, who took on a load of loaded questions this morning while a guest on KJLH's Front Page show. She was talking about the black LGBT community. (LGBT, for those of you who may not know, is an abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community.) No need to elaborate. Jasmyne was eloquent and articulate as always. And she managed to get in news about Keith Boykin's book and response to the whole DL blah blah blah, and information about the Rashawn Brazell murder in Brooklyn. This, she managed, while dodging Biblical bullets and religious rants... disguised behind talk of being open-minded, loving the person not the sin, and advocating equality. Yeah, right. Whatever. So we're killing innocent people in Iraq, held Africans as slaves in the U.S., and eat shrimp and seafood in the name of who/what? Hmmm... Such hypocrites sometimes... And they say educated liberals are the ruin of the country? Those who bring art, and culture, and fashion sense, and common sense, and entertainment, and educate our kids??? I digress...

Anyway, send Jasmyne Cannick some love and support in care of her website. And... if you know of a professional opportunity that she might be a match for, let her know too. She's looking for a new opportunity to supplement all the activism work she does out of the goodness of her heart.

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