By Jerry Girley, Attorney Recently the State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced that she was not going to seek the death penalty in the Markeith Loyd prosecution. She also announced that she does not intend to seek the death penalty in any case while she serves as the State Attorney. This announcement triggered a firestorm of criticism and second guessing that ultimately culminated in Governor Scott replacing her as the prosecuting attorney in the Markeith Loyd matter. Reasonable people have voiced their concerns both for and against her decision.
It is my desire that White America does not find my comments to be racist; but it is important that I hold the right group accountable for their election choice. It is my belief that White America hated Hillary Clinton and her family so much that they were willing to throw our country in the hands of thieves. Please give me the same freedoms that White American extends to Donald Trump.
The truth has been absent from the lips of Donald Trump, long before he was running for President of the United States. He has been allowed to say anything without there being a shred of truth. Those that support him don't require him to be honest as long as he is willing to degrade the character of his opponents.
It is painful for African Americans when we realize we have been left out or written out of books and museums that tell the stories of the very communities we live and helped to build. We notice when we are not there. However, while we are waiting to be included, there is something anyone can do. We can collect tomorrow’s history today because it arrives every week in our local African American newspapers and/or magazines.
Try this – every time these publications report “a first”, clip and save it. A few years from now, your clipping becomes historic. Before you know it, you have documented a decade of black history. Frankly, I was surprised I found a couple of firsts in just a few minutes within the clippings I was processing. I learned from the Florida Sentinel Bulletinthat in June 2016, USF just graduated their first black salutatorian and first black woman to receive a Ph.D. in Applied Physics, Cristen Thomas and Jasmine A. Oliver, M.S., respectively.These articles are now a part of my “Local Firsts” collection.
In politics, I have been told that you pick your battles. But President Trump has a different theory, and he has decided to fight everyone that does not agree with his opinion, and that is a terrible way to start your administration.
There are over 600 administrative positions that must be filled, and staffers who have been hired are having meetings in the dark because they don’t know how to turn on the lights. There are leaks coming from aides who are questioning if the top staff understands the processes of the White House and/or the federal government.
With the expansion of syndication in Urban Radio formats, there is no way that you can convince me that those syndicated radio programs have helped to serve the captive audience that those programs allegedly are supposed to serve. While there may be arguments for some redeeming "entertainment" substance (or what I call "intellectual Novocain") for that programming which is necessarily disconnected to the actual communities that those syndicated shows allegedly serve (because they are not local and cannot address local community matters), the expansion of syndication in Urban Radio formats, along with the utter destruction of the licensing purposes of those Urban Radio Formats, and utter destruction of the ancillary staffing and the destruction of employment opportunities for air talent and others (college educated journalists for example) has created a devastating employment fallout as well, resulting in a continued tidal wave effect on that format and business since the Telecommunications Act of 1996 passed by Congress.