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Re: “How Ahmed Mohamed's experience brought me back to my childhood in Texas' schools

@Drew Kinney yes it is unfortunate that those that do not fit neatly within the mainstream get marginalized in some way. Here is to all the outsiders like ourselves that made it through the storm. Thank you for reading and sharing your story!

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Posted by Charles Easley on 09/24/2015 at 5:17 PM

Re: “How Ahmed Mohamed's experience brought me back to my childhood in Texas' schools

@Cole Butler I think we can safely assume he was targeted because of his name and cultural identity. I mean if they were really concerned about a bomb threat then they would have treated it like one with a full evacuation and such. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts!

Posted by Charles Easley on 09/24/2015 at 5:15 PM

Re: “How Ahmed Mohamed's experience brought me back to my childhood in Texas' schools

@nenaelbey Yes you are so right. I hope this young man will rise above his small minded educators. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this subject!

Posted by Charles Easley on 09/24/2015 at 5:13 PM

Re: “How Ahmed Mohamed's experience brought me back to my childhood in Texas' schools

As I read your latest article I too was taken back to my childhood. I was the outsider, the fat kid. I was routinely treated the way you were. "Not bad for you." aka: fat kid.

The outsider in our culture isn't celebrated by the main stream, rather the butt of jokes. As the outsider, I never let those idiots get me down and out. My mother was primarily responsible for this, as she always said, "You can do whatever you want. It is your choice and I can't choose for you".

Thanks for reminding me how I ended up who I am today.
The moral? Don't take crap from anybody!
Be yourself no matter what other try to do to put you down or "in your place."

Kudos!

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Posted by Drew Kinney on 09/24/2015 at 4:43 PM

Re: “How Ahmed Mohamed's experience brought me back to my childhood in Texas' schools

It's unfortunate that he had to be victim of this pettiness...I really have to question whether or not it would be the same song and dance if it was someone other than Ahmed. These days one really cant tell. It should be a shame that a kid cant make home science projects like we have done since forever. And to embarress this young man like he is some criminal is doing the most. Schools should focus more on keeping their students from getting pregnant and high on campus...

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Posted by Cole Butler on 09/24/2015 at 1:49 PM

Re: “How Ahmed Mohamed's experience brought me back to my childhood in Texas' schools

As always sir Charles on point. I pray that his parents continue to encourage him and his light continues to shine because he is an amazing light that deserves to shine. Many of life's lessons can bring an awareness of the lower vibrational influences. It's in the moments we have to remember our connection to the source and push to move beyond what is not the truth..I pray this intelligent powerful young man can continue to be great beyond the ignorance of those he once admired. May it push him to be a greater teacher that those who fear his greatest.

Posted by nenaelbey on 09/24/2015 at 11:49 AM

Re: “How Ahmed Mohamed's experience brought me back to my childhood in Texas' schools

@Shannies Jackson_Ndiaye Thank you for reading and commenting!

Posted by Charles Easley on 09/24/2015 at 11:31 AM

Re: “How Ahmed Mohamed's experience brought me back to my childhood in Texas' schools

@Nykia Malveaux It is great that you are a sensitive educator and have that perspective. Your student's will greatly benefit. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.

Posted by Charles Easley on 09/24/2015 at 11:30 AM

Re: “How Ahmed Mohamed's experience brought me back to my childhood in Texas' schools

@Kimbogem85 Yes I know you know first hand raising two black boy twins how the system can try and profile young black boys. It is sad that such things are still in practice and without an effective advocate or support many young boys and girls will get caught up in the system.

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Posted by Charles Easley on 09/24/2015 at 11:29 AM
Posted by Shannise Jackson-Ndiaye on 09/24/2015 at 11:20 AM

Re: “How Ahmed Mohamed's experience brought me back to my childhood in Texas' schools

Thanks for sharing that. Being a teacher it gives a perspective of students' mind.

Posted by Nykia Malveaux on 09/23/2015 at 6:54 PM

Re: “How Ahmed Mohamed's experience brought me back to my childhood in Texas' schools

Kudos Bro, another incredible perspective. Oftentimes in our public schools our young black boys are undervalued, underestimated, and marginalized by the very educators entrusted to their growth and greatness. Just as in your case, it will take an unwavering community of family & care takers to ensure these young folks' dreams are not destroyed or deferred by profiling, racism or any other foolishness ...

Posted by Kimbogem85 on 09/23/2015 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Straight Outta Compton may be a great movie, but at what cost?

@AtlantaJack I too have seen similar effects in people regarding current hip hop. Women like our daughter who would shank you for using such disrespectful terms seem to be ok when it comes from certain artists. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts.

Posted by Charles Easley on 09/23/2015 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Straight Outta Compton may be a great movie, but at what cost?

@Brandon Iamhiphop King See it is folks who have such a rich history and understanding of hip hop like you that they young heads need to hear from on this subject. Thank you for sharing your knowledge in developing this article!

Posted by Charles Easley on 09/23/2015 at 1:13 PM

Re: “It's time to fully recognize black women

Forgot to mention her many previous encounters with the law.

Also the simple fact that despite their deep concern and love, her family would not come up with the $500 to bail her out of jail.

And before you try to go there, at no time has anyone from her family said they didn't bail her out because they didn't have the money.

They left here there because they didn't want to deal with her either.

Posted by Kamikaze Joe on 09/17/2015 at 7:20 AM

Re: “Kim Davis' false martyrdom

As a long time Republican and recovering Southern Baptist, I find this woman to be a bad joke.

She is a sworn court official. If she is unable to perform the duties to which she campaigned for and was elected to as a DEMOCRAT, then she needs to resign.

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Posted by Kamikaze Joe on 09/17/2015 at 7:15 AM

Re: “Straight Outta Compton may be a great movie, but at what cost?

Brilliant and insightful writing ... Profound on too many levels to go into here, but one aspect you hint at is certainly generational. Perhaps their point of view will shift with the wisdom of age. I don't understand the denigration of people in the name of helping people. To me, there's an obvious disconnect. But I have not lived the struggle, so I don't claim to understand all interpretations. Even my teen daughter, the staunch feminist, loves rap and hip-hop to the point of giving misogynist lyrics a pass, which is confusing to me. In any other context, that language would elicit outrage from her feminist sensibilities.

Posted by AtlantaJack on 09/05/2015 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Straight Outta Compton may be a great movie, but at what cost?

When asked about my views on this subject, I was in full support of this movie for various reasons, but most were selfish (hip-hop biopic, one of my fave groups, etc.), but I definitely saw where Charles was coming from with his views. N.W.A., in all their influential glory, were also a pawn to the scheme of corporate execs and a sleazy manager for marketing purposes instead on genuine authenticity. I get that people grow up and evolve from where they were mentally many years before, but even at age 50, Dre is still promoting some of the same stuff that got him over at the age of 25 when that's not even his life anymore. Hip-Hop just to be about, for the most part, education and being a voice in the community, but nowadays it's become entertainment and other than a handful of artists, it's become the minstrel coon show we feared it would be to where it has become gentrified with spoofs like Iggy Azaelia. Hip-Hop used to be "for the children", but for almost the past two decades, it's become for the corporate office. Do not believe the story of execs not liking hip-hop music, because they're making money off of idiots like Young Thug and it's working.

Posted by Brandon Iamhiphop King on 09/02/2015 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Straight Outta Compton may be a great movie, but at what cost?

@Tony-Tony Stark Man I miss hanging out at CAU in your office or the studio and having these type of conversations and exchanges. I can always count on you to break it down for the folks in a way that the message pierces through even the most dense static of comprehension.

"Compton that was then for this generation just as well been included on a CBS Newsreel of the 30’s era depression." I can't with you....lol

Thank you for reading and sharing your always sage input old friend.

Posted by Charles Easley on 09/02/2015 at 11:39 AM

Re: “Straight Outta Compton may be a great movie, but at what cost?

@Lord Chillingsworth I am critical of the predominant culture of "modern hip hop." There have always been and are also currently artist and work that is progressive and affirming but by design those artists are not given the same platform as other artists who perpetuate the same cliched images and themes. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this topic!

Posted by Charles Easley on 09/02/2015 at 11:31 AM

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