Yale Owes Corey Menafee a Free Education not just an Apology (Response to his viral actions to racist iconography on the campus of Yale)

Many years ago (too many to say as I’m that old) I used to be a dishwasher myself, not unlike Yale dishwasher and custodian ‪#‎coreymenafee‬

Mr. Menafee has officially made history as being the most profound dishwasher ever. And let’s be honest, it is from him, and actions from other everyday folks like him that huge civil rights movements start from.

His actions however dramatic and extreme while working on the Campus of Yale University seemed to be that of his literarily ‘smashing post colonialist iconography.

And as FYI, his actions summarized as being the following: Corey, while on a break in-between his two minimum wage style jobs; had been walking by a near 200 year old build that had been exhibiting a very old and quite offensive sounding slave/master stained glass portrait within the historical building’s windows.

So I ask you? Was he being unreasonable? Or was he simply speaking up about outdated and racist historical iconography? Not unlike those sad sick people for whom that collect old WWII Nazi dinner plates. It also reminds me of the difference between remembering those horrors of America’s past versus glorifying those items.

So, why think about this? Imagine if we all spoke up about things like? Wouldn’t this world might just become a better place for all of us. Especially in a country where so many people often mistake outdated and racist iconography (and or thinking) as being some part of being a ‘greater’ more ‘traditional’ part of our lives, history and or culture.

He has since been given his job back and has been given funds via Go Fund Me, yet I really don’t think that simply giving him his job back is enough.

My most important point regarding #coreymenafee is that if Yale really wanted to truly apologize to Corey and Black people everywhere-then how about giving Corey a fighting chance via a full ride scholarship to Yale? I mean wouldn’t that be at least a start to Reparations for Americas sad sick past of Slavery?

I think so.





The Neuroscience of Prejudice & Stereotyping

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In case you thought prejudice was not real…..

Here’s just one of the topics I’ve been hard at work studying and in a nutshell, “visual conditioning is very real” aka if the local news and media outlets are constantly bombarding your brain with “negative images” of either African Americans and or let’s also include Arab Americans and those who worship Islam eventually, you will develop a prejudice, so be careful and “watch what you watch.”

Be intelligent in what you ingest as a human being and as an intellectual consumer and thinker.

Seeking truth Isn’t hard to do with Sikhs

In the early 2000s, I lived right next to a corner liquor store in a different part of Silverlake than I live now. Often at the time you’d see the likes of your everyday guy or girl to the likes of Beck buying a sixer of whatever beer looked good.
It was run by a very friendly Sikh man. He and I would often chew the fat on the weekend or weekday and talk for sometimes up to an hour at time.

Then 9/11 happened. He was immediately threatened on a daily basis until people understood what being a Sikh actually was. He was forced to post a big sign in his window explaining his faith. Afterwards we had a long discussion about how sad it was that he had to deflect against the religion of Islam.

“So if I were a Muslim, would stoning my store or killing my people make anything better?” He asked.

He was a wise man as most Sikhs are.

“Hate is, hate is hate,” he added.

I had no response as he was as right as rain. Now a decade later after the terrible Wisconsin shooting-I feel the same way.

It’s a sad moment when I hear people say, “They weren’t even Muslim…”

Racism is racism-whether it’s 2001 or 2012. Whether its Islamphobia, Anti-semitism, Anti-Christianity, Anti-Atheism or even homophobia you get the picture.

We can do better America-I know we can.