Thursday, May 12, 2011

Fee for service business model...

Maybe I should start charging for reading this blog now that I'm up to 3 followers.  Maybe I ought to take the corporate approach and start gouging 'em... say, for ... $67.99 per year like that buffoon charges, the hater?  Or should I charge what it's really worth for the pontificators to spew their vile... yeah... that's it.  I'll match them for what their hate is worth... $.02.  That's right.  I'll charge $.02 from now on to read this blog.  You can always give me your 2 cents worth, even if I don't agree.  That's your right, not only as an American, but as a human being.



Not voting for President Obama in 2012 is like voting for Jefferson Davis in 1856.

Sorry it's taken so long to post.  Been sort of busy, as life has a habit of interrupting.

See the whole idea of a blog is to post ideas and have people who either love you or hate you (hopefully more of the former and less of the latter... and keep the two of 'em away from each other).

Not voting for President Obama in 2012 is like voting for Jefferson Davis in 1856.

Ok.  I'm out.  Chew on that, haters.  Even those of you, maybe even people of color, who voted for President Obama like I did in 2008.... some of you, I see you teetering.  Keep the faith, brothers and sisters.  I've wrote President Obama himself on, asking if we can please stop this war and I'd be willing to exchange myself and one NGO for every soldier we send back in time for Father's Day this year.

Do I really have to send my daughter, Mr. President?  How much longer will we have to be sending our sons and daughters against this hatred against us?  Can't we offer to talk peace, now???  Please, Sir ???

Please, Sir.  I love you and your family.  Don't have them come for Malia and Sashas, too.  I don't want to send my daughter, Sir, not until you send me first, please.  I'd be willing to play you on the court, Sir, if you'll kindly spot me one point for every year I'm older than you, Sir.  Please don't send my daugher to war.  Please send me instead.

My best regards always and our prayers are with you.  Voting for anyone other than President Barak Obama in 2012 would be like voting for Jeff Davis in 1864.

Mark S. Schwartz


Monday, February 28, 2011

Recognizing Isaac Woodard, Jr. for his sacrifice to our country

Let's carry the torch for this forgotten American hero...for the road is long and the path is curvy, the weight is mighty on our shoulders...but we shall overcome.  We have in the past and we will in the future.  

I share a dream that some day, American children of all colors will know the sacrifice made by Mr. Woodard, that one day, a ceremony will be held all the way from the Army fort in Georgia that Mr. Woodard was detached from his honorable service to the steps of the city hall of Batesburg, South Carolina, to recognize Mr. Woodard's sacrifice and ensure his story is told in high school text books throughout our country.

I share a dream that some day, Americans will recognize the harm we've done in the past in the name of discrimination... and realize that America is strong and will endure precisely because we're diverse, the melting pot for all of the world's dreamers who want to make a good living in a land where one has freedom of speech, of religion, from oppression, from hate, from fear.

I share Dr. King's dreams and the dreams of Isaac Woodard and Max Brodofsky, of Dr. Ping Chia-Kuo and Mrs. Kuo, dreams held throughout the world, dreams of ending all racism, all discrimination, regardless of the color, culture, religion, gender, orientation, disability, and ability:  that all men and women are created equal.

We can do this together.  Let's carry the torch so future generations can see the sacrifice Isaac Woodard, Jr. made for our country.  God bless America.


Friday, February 11, 2011

February 13, 1946 - 2011: 65th Anniversary of the Sacrifice of Isaac Woodard, Jr.

Sixty-five years ago on  February 13, 1946, a decorated American soldier who had been discharged three days earlier from the Army was on his way home to his family.  On the way, this distinguished veteran, Isaac Woodard, Jr., was refused his simple request to use the bathroom.  In return, Isaac Woodard, Jr., the man had to face an enemy at home, racism.  He was blinded by a police officer in a small town near Aiken, South Carolina.

The famous radio broadcaster, movie director, actor, and genius of his age, Orson Welles, publicized the affidavit of Mr. Woodard in the summer of 1946 and subsequent broadcasts in which he named the police chief of this town by name and had his life threatened.  The police chief was prosecuted and acquitted, no surprise considering the times and place, but to this day, the outrage persists.  For the sacrifice of his sight to his country, no award, no honor could be exchanged... but for Mr. Woodard, the honor of the Presidential Medal of Freedom or a similar recognition is deserving.

Today, if you find the links at the bottom of this blog to be worth your support, to honor Mr. Isaac Woodard, Jr., please post a link on your Facebook page to this message.  Write to your local NAACP, your Congressional representative, whomever the spirit moves you to take action and ensure Mr. Woodard's story is shared.

Thank you on behalf of everyone who supports honoring Isaac Woodard, Jr., as a true American hero.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Welcome to Let's End All Racism Now (LEARN)

Orson Welles broadcast a story on July 28, 1946 about Isaac Woodard, Jr., a decorated World War II veteran who was beaten and blinded by police in Batesburg (near Aiken), South Carolina on February 13, 1946.  To this day, hearing Welles' broadcast (and his follow-up broadcasts) will make your blood boil, to think an American soldier put his life on the line for our country, only to be confronted by the unspoken enemy at home, racism.

How could it be, 65 years later, that the story of Isaac Woodard, Jr. isn't taught in schools, isn't mentioned in our history books... how could it be that neither we nor our children know of this American hero, who sacrificed his sight in the cause of civil rights?

It got me thinking:  I've got to learn more and I've got to do something.  So I searched for more information on Mr. Woodard.

I found a terrific blog summary of Mr. Woodard's story, 13 February: The Beating of Isaac Woodard (1946), Disability Studies, Temple University and some relevant research material (courtesy of Andrew H. Myers), Resonant Ripples in a Global Pond: the Blinding of Isaac Woodard

Listen to Orson Welle's broacast (or download it free, as it's in the public domain) courtesy of  Orson Welles' Commentaries

Welles' relentless pursuit of justice for Mr. Woodard came at a time when it wasn't popular to address discrimination and racism; it was just the right thing to do.  

Sixty-five years later, Mr. Woodard's story is just as relevant today as it was in 1946.  It got me thinking:  let's end all racism now.  LEARN.  Learn to co-exist.  Let's honor Mr. Woodard and other people who bravely sacrificed in the spirit of eliminating racism.  Please follow this blog as we'll highlight the story of people who've made a difference to end racism, bigotry, sexism, and discrimination in all its forms.

Mark S. Schwartz  2011 copyright all rights reserved

Disability Studies, Temple U.: 13 February: The Beating of Isaac Woodard (1946)

Disability Studies, Temple U.: 13 February: The Beating of Isaac Woodard (1946)