Sunday, June 22, 2008

Are You Registered To Vote???

Are you registered to vote? My answer to this question is an overwhelming “I don’t know.” I recently relocated to Georgia, and for some reason, for the first time in my life, I am nervous about my voter registration. I admit that I’ve been procrastinating on getting my Georgia driver’s license—you know, avoiding that dreaded trip to the DMV. As I was watching the news last week, I heard them say that the deadline to register is June 16th. Needless to say I was now being forced to make that awful anticipated trip to the DMV.

The next morning I got all of my paperwork together and prayed before I drove down the road of uncertainty. I got to the DMV forty-five minutes before it opened and waited outside with the rest of the early risers. When the doors opened, I was fourth in line and thought that I just might be able to get out of there in under an hour. As I was called to the counter, I began to feel more confident, but wait … just then a monotone voice (similar to the woman’s voice at the DMV in the movie License to Drive) rang out and said, “Marriage certificate.” Doh! Just when I thought I was in the clear!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Do First Ladies Still Belong in the Kitchen?

Say it isn’t so! I’m sure I’m very late on this one, but did you know that each presidential election year Family Circle Magazine has a bake-off between the two potential first ladies to see who has the best original cookie recipe? Click on the link below to read an article about it before reading the rest of this post.


Are you kidding me?! What year is it? Some traditions need to eventually die. Point to ponder: If Hillary Clinton had won the democratic nomination, would they have asked Bill to bake cookies?! This is ridiculous and sexist. It implies that women still belong in the kitchen, and that along with assisting her husband on public policy, the first lady should make sure she still has time to be barefoot, pregnant, and baking a cake.

What’s even more unbelievable is the fact that the winner of this so called bake off has actually gone on to become the first lady in the last four presidential elections. God forbid that my own husband run for president. He’d be doomed because I can’t bake my way out of a paper bag! He does all of the cooking. Do the First Ladies still belong in the kitchen? Say it isn’t so!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Who cares if Barack Obama is Black, White, African American, Biracial, Cablasian or Other?

Unfortunately, America cares a little too much! There are many theories on this topic, but who cares! This is when diversity goes terribly wrong in this country. People become so obsessed with labels and putting each other into these colored racial boxes that we forget about what is truly important. And why do we do this? So we can decide which stereotypes we will expect the person to perpetuate, or decide whether or not he or she is Black enough or White enough or American enough? There are some who argue he is white because he was raised by his white mother and white maternal grandparents. Let's face it, race is a social construct created in this country to carry out racist ideals based on the color of someone's skin. Since it has absolutely no biological foundation, based on the way Senator Obama looks, labeling him as white is not going to fly in this country. There are a group of geniuses who say he's black, based on the brownness of his skin. Well duh! Where it gets real interesting is when we look at the idea of him actually being an African American or biracial (here's where I insert my opinion), because let's face it, that's what he is! Once again, I'll say who cares? Apparently a lot of folks do, so I'll continue with my post. defines biracial as "having parents of two different races" and African American as "a black American of African descent." Let's examine this for Barack Obama. His parents are of two different races--that takes care of him being biracial. However, calling him African American gets a little tricky. Because his father is a native of Africa, people think he can't be considered African American because his father is not a descendent of slaves (which is an assumption). Okay fine, I'll give them that. BUT HELLO, HIS MOTHER IS A WHITE AMERICAN. So he is AFRICAN and AMERICAN. This notion that he should be labeled an Asian Pacific Islander because he grew up in Hawaii or that he is white because he was raised by white people is ludicrous! If this were true, that means that Brangelina's adopted kids are white. I think not. Again, this is my opinion based on the history of this country. What do you think? What is he and why do we care?

Sunday, June 8, 2008

What is diversity?

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, diversity is the condition of being composed of distinct forms or qualities. Well, that doesn't say much! Yet, more and more we keep hearing this word........diversity. It's the new buzz word for corporate America, but what does it really mean to you and for us as a country? In my opinion, the United States is the poster child for diversity. Diversity is not something that is practiced or believed--it just IS. It exists whether people like it or not. It can't be controlled by anyone or anything. If something is diverse, it's different. How do we deal with things being more different than they are alike? I realize that as human beings we are much more alike than we are different, but what about everything else. I want to know............what is diversity to you and how is it affecting our country?