On yesterday's Easter edition of the National Conversation radio show, I played a side by side of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
In addition to differences in tone, content and theology, what one can hear in the side by side comparison is vision and the lack thereof. It speaks to what has been lost in a generation. The two reverends are only 13 years apart in age, but lifetimes apart in attitude.
From “Be All You Can Be” to “Army Strong,” video gaming technology has now caught up with the true spirit and value of the Millennial generation: collaboration.
In the beginning was the single player game -- man against machine. Remember Pong? Ms. Pac-Man? A few years later, player vs. player was all the rage. The advent of online play expanded the competition to team play, but now as video game play has evolved from the tastes and desires of the Generation X gamer to the Millennial gamer team, cooperation or cooperative gaming is now the in thing.
Gears of War, Rainbow Six and NHL are first wavers, but the best of the bunch is Rock Band, the hottest selling game of this past Christmas season. Competition is no longer in, now it’s all about team work and collaboration. Building together instead of tearing apart. If a band member (player) falls behind in the game another player can step in to rescue him.
“Gag!” How nice. How sweet. How... “Yes We Can” Millennial!
OK, so the new collaboration games are not my speed. They’re not supposed to be. I’m an old Xer, I represent the past. But make no mistake, the Millennials are on deck and they will change everything they touch just like their Boomer parents did.
The internet is their playground. Collaborate or die!
So what did Michelle Obama think of the United States before her husband decided he wanted to run the place?
“For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country,” she told a Milwaukee crowd today, “because it feels like hope is making a comeback.”
Let me see, two Ivy League educations, freedom to raise your family, a rise in the U.S. Senate and a run for the White House and only now are you proud of this country? I bet Michelle is one of those sisters that has more pride in her African heritage than the fact that she is an American.
Look at what this country has done for her, the advantages that she has had as an American citizen, that she has obviously taken for granted... Until now?
What a gaffe! What a blunder. What a perfect mirror to the soul of an ingrate.
Michelle Obama, do your husband a favor and shut the hell up!
Ladies and gentlemen this is getting out of hand... Messiah?
Geoff Elliott writing for The Australian, has an interesting take of the first coming of Obama. He says he's seen this before. In 1994 Nelson Mandela held the mantle of Chocolate Jesus. He asks the question, how did that work for him?
This was sent to me from one of my mentors... I found it to be thought provoking and worthy of our time. As you are viewing thisYouTube video, think about the state of our public schools, inner-city culture and the effect that the absolute break down of the family is having on the future of this nation.
Where there is no vision the people will perish! - Proverbs
“Eenie, meenie, minie, moe, pick a seat it’s time to go!”
The 20-something flight attendant didn’t know what hit her. All she was trying to do was find a creative way to get passengers in their seats so the plane could take off. Two African American passengers were more than a little offended, due to the roots of the “Eenie, meenie” rhyme. They took the flight attendant – and her airline employer – to court. She had no idea that she had conjured up racial discord and opened scars from America’s racist past.
Welcome to the phenomena that I call generation consternation. It might on occasion rear its ugly head with matters of race, but generation consternation transcends racial prejudice. It is a malady that occurs every day in society, impeding communication among and between generations. Events that are meaningless to one generation might have significantly shaped or even scared another. Race issues are only the soft underbelly of this fascinating American phenomenon.
I am willing to bet that that the Gen X flight attendant had never heard the original version of “Eenie meenie minie moe” saying, which featured the “N” word. Gen X and later generations grew up singing “catch a tiger by the toe!”
Can anyone argue that the two African American “Silent Generation” (1924 - 1942) passengers had no right to be offended? What they heard was the racist nursery rhyme from their youth. To them, the offense was as plain as day.
Generation consternation. It’s everywhere. Here are some other recent examples to consider and reflect upon:
• Last year, an ex-KKK member was found guilty of manslaughter in a series of 1964 civil rights murders. Older generations of both blacks and whites rejoiced at the prospect of closure, while the youth wondered why old folks couldn’t just get over it? “Why are they always dredging up the past?” Again, the answer is generation consternation. • In Paris, France, talkshow icon Oprah Winfrey tried to go shopping and got rebuffed. The shop was closed. It was after hours; out comes the race card. This situation was unfortunate and complicated, but racist? Maybe, but I doubt it. Winfrey is a Baby Boomer who has risen to the pinnacle of success in spite of racism, sexism and myriad other American-isms. Hermes, the store in Paris that Oprah attempted to enter, is French. Enough said. But how did Winfrey’s Baby Boomer perspective shape her reaction to the slight. On that topic, there is plenty to say.
The generations see differently. Where older Boomers and Silents see a racial dividing line, younger Boomers and the generations that follow suspect the line is just a mirage. “We shall overcome…” Overcome what?
Analysis of this phenomenon is critical to understanding how society operates and where conflicts often arise. We can’t avoid it. It’s everywhere.