Go Home Arab!

I found this on gawker and had to share.  Written by comedian Pardis Parker, this beautiful, funny, award-winning short  film tenderly tells the story of a hate crime, and how the victim found humor even in the face of hatred.  Parker was living in Montreal shortly after 9/11 when he found his car spray painted with the words “Go Home Arab”.   The incident inspired him to write his first movie, Afghan.  Enjoy.  xo Dre

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Colorado’s Dark Night…

Today on Facebook, the Rumi page I follow posted this:

“You have to keep breaking
your heart until it opens.” ~ Rumi

Since I’m pretty sure the page is managed in another country, there was likely no relation to  the quote and the mass shooting at the Dark Knight screening in Aurora, Colorado I woke up to hear about this morning. Still, when I read it, it struck me how relevant the message was to this new tragedy, not just for me, but for our nation.  There has been another mass shooting.  Twelve people were killed.

Just off the top of my head I recall the Gabby Gifford shooting spree in Arizona, the horrifying Virginia Tech massacre, the Muslim army guy who shot up the base in Forthood Texas, the guy who opened fire on Hollywood Blvd. just a few months ago, and of course, Columbine.   A google search of mass shootings produces endless pages of documented cases that literally sends a chill right through me.  Today, another heartbreak for the nation.  The breaking point is in Colorado this time.  Will this be the one to break us open?

Just yesterday my Pinterest friend pinned this:

It’s easy to agree with him, right?  The appealing American zeal and righteousness of the statement resonates and I would even go as far as to say I totally agree.  But I also have to shout, “Conundrum!!!”  Hmmm, how do we differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys?  Not to make old Charlie turn over in his grave right now, but his great quote makes a fantastic case for stronger gun laws. Gun control isn’t about disarming the people!!  It’s about being as responsible as possible in an effort to protect society.  As long as Virginia Tech, Dark Knight and even Treyvon Martin cases exist, we fail to protect society.  How many more tragedies are we going to have to experience as Americans before we make some changes?

Today, Mayor Bloomberg tweeted, “Its time for presidential candidates to stand up and tell us what they will do about guns in America.”  He went on to tweet,  “There’s something more important than getting elected, and that’s standing up and saying what you think is right.”  Word, Mayor Bloomberg.  Word.

The movie is called Dark Knight Rises, and I guess it did…  I send prayers, love and light to the victims and their families.  I also pray for peace.  Everyday I pray for peace.     Be safe dear readers.  xo Dre

Hoodies Up!

A Justice for Trayvon Martin rally is coming to L.A. this weekend. This Sunday March 25th Angelinos will have an opportunity to show support and fellowship with nationwide efforts supporting Justice for Trayvon Martin. A rally is set to take place at 2 pm on Crenshaw Boulevard and Exposition Boulevard. Participants will travel along S. Crenshaw Blvd. to Leimert Park, at S. Crenshaw Blvd. and West 43rd Place, Los Angeles. The rally is expected to last until 5 p.m. Organizers, including members of “Occupy The Hood, LA” say supporters will be carrying signs and wearing hoodies.

Trayvon Martin is the well-liked 17-year-old African American high school student who was fatally shot on February 26th by the neighborhood watch captain of a gated community in Stanford, Fl. The case has reached national attention because George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old overzealous night watch volunteer, was never arrested, claiming self-defense. Recent release of the 911 tapes may tell a different story. Zimmerman called 911 and reported, “There’s a real suspicious guy. This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something.” As heard on the 911 tapes, Zimmerman was told not to follow the teen. He ignored these instructions, which tragically resulted in the death of a young man who was guilty only of wearing a hoodie and being armed with a pack of skittles and an Arizona iced tea. The Department of Justice has confirmed it will investigate the shooting. This comes after weeks of criticism from Martin’s family and their supporters, including Rev. Al Sharpton, John Legend, and the Miami Heat. There was also an on-line petition signed by more than 1 million people calling for Zimmerman’s arrest.

In an effort to support the family and protest what many see as an injustice, rallies have been occurring all over the country. On Wednesday in New York City, Martin’s parents gave speeches at A Million Hoodies March, in hopes of calling attention to the case. A face book page “Justice for Trayvon Martin,” has more information about the on-going investigation and national events surrounding the unarmed teen’s death.