Friday, December 16, 2011
WORDS OF WISDOM
This week it’s me, Hattie Collier, writing my thoughts about a couple of things I’ve learned over the years. I’d be the first to admit that although I think of myself as intelligent, I’m not a scholar. I do read the newspaper and listen to the news every day so as far I’m concerned, that and the fact that I have sixty something years of life experience under my belt, has given me a degree of knowledge that I have come to appreciate. At times I’m surprised at what I’ve learned about life. So, I decided to put a few of those things in categories and write down my thoughts about some of the wisdom I’ve acquired.
As someone who has lived through some of the worse times when it comes to race in this country, it can be said that things have gotten a lot better than in the past. However, despite the 2008 election which resulted in an African American president, America is not “post racial.” The word post racial only means that as usual people don’t want to talk about the country’s racial problem. So when the continued silence blows up in our faces in the form of racial strife, we shouldn’t be surprised.
THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS
My first thought was that I’ve never seen such a bunch of idiots in my life. Then after I thought about it more, I could see that they might not be as clueless as I thought. After all, if you’re an upper middle class or wealthy American (because poor people don’t run for office on a national level) who can raise a lot of money for a campaign (and I do mean a lot!) and win, you can enter the U.S. Congress under the noble disguise of wanting to “serve the people” and end your Congressional wealthier than when you entered! What a deal, and at our expense.
THE PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES
In America, if you’re at the bottom of your college class or a C student in an Ivy League college, you can be considered a serious contender for President or become President of the United States, as long as your family is wealthy or well connected. Obviously, intelligence does not matter. However, if you’re from the working class and you’ve gone to school on scholarships, grants and loans and graduate at the top of your college class, and worked most of your life to pay back student loans you’re called an “elitist” if you run for President of the United States. It all seems kind of backward to me.
EDUCATION VS SPORTS
If it ever came to a battle between the two, it has become obvious to me that sports would be the winner. Over the years I’ve noticed that football and basketball programs have become more important in most colleges and universities in the United States than academic programs. I bet that most institutions of higher learning would willingly give up one of their educational departments rather than disband its football or basketball programs. Any male dominated sport in this country that brings in a buck or two is much more important than educating the future generation of this country. I know where I live the city will build a brand new sports stadium before they fund the public school system adequately—as a matter of fact it has built not one, but two stadiums, both proof of what is more important in our city.
There are a lot more things that I’ve learned over the years, but I’ll share those with you later. Right now I’d better sign off because the more I think about all of the things I’ve mentioned, the madder I’m getting. I’ll leave you to do the musing.