Chi-town Take Out
It was a scene right out of an action-adventure movie. A van being driven along a busy downtown Chicago street allegedly jumped the curb, running head-long into Cosi restaurant. Before creating the not-so-drive-thru window, the driver is said to have run down a pedestrian who was ambling along the sidewalk; both the pedestrian and a passenger in the van are said to be in critical condition, while two other passengers in the van are injured, but not critically. No citations have been issued as yet.
Burying the Living?
Today the NAACP held a funeral service for the N-Word during their 98th Annual Convention in Detroit, Michigan. The N-Word’s coffin will have an official burial site and tombstone, taking a hopeful step at obliterating the use of the word by both hate mongers and African Americans alike. "Today we're not just burying the N-word, we're taking it out of our spirit," Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick said. "We gather burying all the things that go with the N-word. We have to bury the 'pimps' and the 'hos' that go with it." In the eternal words of Ned Flanders of The Simpsons fame, “Obie-Kablie!”
July 25; Commonwealth Constitution Day
Puerto Rico, a commonwealth of the United States, created their own constitution and had it ratified on July 25, 1952. Since then, the island has an official holiday to celebrate Commonwealth Constitution Day. Puerto Rico presently celebrates ALL U.S. holidays along with several of our very own, including: Three Kings Day (Jan. 6); Birthday of Eugenio Maria de Hostos (Jan. 11); Emancipation Day – Puerto Rico abolished slavery in 1873 (Mar. 22); Birthday of Dr. Jose Celso Barbosa (Jul. 27); Discovery of Puerto Rico (Nov. 19); Christmas Eve – Noche Buena (Dec. 24); New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31). In all, Puerto Rico has a healthy slew of holidays.
How important do you believe the symbolic funeral for the N-Word was today? What impact (if any) do you believe it will have?
Keep passin’ the open windows…