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NFL Domestic Abusers Get Tap on Wrist

Black news from Pasadena - Commentary - NFL and domestic violence history of punishmentsThe NFL – which has been referred to as everything from the National Felons League to, in the cases of players, Not For Long – has imposed a lifetime ban on Ray Rice yet rarely disciplines other brazen offenders. And when a team takes the rare action of disciplining a player for striking a woman, it usually results in a tap on the wrist.

The National Football League initially imposed a two-game suspension of Rice after it was disclosed that he had abused his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, in an Atlantic City, N.J. casino hotel elevator. But after the celebrity website TMZ aired the full video showing Rice knocking out his future wife with a strong blow to the face, rendering her unconscious, the Baltimore Ravens voided Rice's contract and the NFL banned him from pro football for life.

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World Beyond Our Own

Black news from Pasadena - Commentary - Global awareness and ISIS fightPresident Obama says he is going to take ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) out. I wonder how many of us have been to that part of the world. I haven't and I wonder if our visions would help us understand what is going on there.

If I had a gazillion dollars – or maybe just Koch bothers money – I'd send every student I knew, especially African American students, out of the country. While I'd most enjoy sending them to Africa or the diaspora, any place would work. The point would be for them to get out of their immediate environment, out of their privilege. By doing so, they might gain better insight into why so many in other countries have antipathy toward us.

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Reflections on Culture

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Raising children - today's culture - Christian cultureI stopped at a local pizza restaurant to order and pick up a pizza the other day and there were three young Black women to pick up their food. For ten minutes, out of their mouths, I overheard some of the foulest and vulgar language I have ever heard. They were talking about some guy and his cars and looks. The N-word and S-word were prominent in the conversation. They left and the air was still filled with the memory of their vulgarity. As a father, grandfather and Christian, I could not help but think, is this what our generation has fought for, giving our young generations the right to express themselves in ways that should be embarrassing?

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Empowering Youth

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Empowering youthI applaud anyone who is in the business of empowering youth. I have strong feelings about who and what should be in the recipe when it comes to interacting with our youth. One of the first things should be a life that is an example of what you want the youth to achieve. For me, that includes an entrepreneurial spirit that can be shared with them. Prime examples are demonstrated by Homeboys Industries. Others are the Salvation Army and the Amish. These examples each have a component that teaches the youth a moral code and a trade to support themselves and their families. I believe the moral code is based on the Holy Bible. I have watched, read, and observed the development of wealth by some and, sadly, the passing down of a legacy and tradition of poverty.

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Granddaughter Makes Me Proud

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Ifetayo Sangode OliatanWhen my granddaughter, Ifetayo Sangode Oliatan, came to me a few weeks ago and asked what I knew about organizing marches and rallies, I didn't think much about it. Later, when she came and asked about different leaders in the Pasadena community and whether I knew how to reach them, I figured that something serious was up. My constant advice was, you are a senior in college and you need to concentrate on getting through school.

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