Thursday, July 9, 2015
I was born in San Francisco and lived there until I was two years old. I asked my mother when I was older, why she moved us to San Jose. Her answer was “San Francisco was not a place, she wanted to raise her children.” She told me that when she was growing up there it was hard and that the people there were very strange. Even though I did not grow up in San Francisco, I always enjoyed going back when I was older. Especially going to the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, China Town, Golden Gate Bridge and walking the piers. San Francisco is one of the world’s famous tourist destination. Millions of people visit San Francisco in a year. Is this going to hurt San Francisco’s tourist trade? I say no, because people are becoming so emotionless about events like this.
On July 1, 2015 Kathryn Steinle was walking along one of San Francisco tourist destinations, Pier 14 with her father. When she was shot to death by Francisco Sanchez, an illegal alien from Mexico. He had been deported five times. I know San Francisco is supposed to be a sanctuary city, but come on. Five times deported, that should have told somebody that this man should not be in this country. All of the city officials from the Mayor to law enforcement are blaming each other. I think their all of them are to blame. Especially I.C.E. for not coming to pick up Francisco Sanchez. This should not have happened. My prayers go out to Kathryn Steinle family and friends.
Friday, July 3, 2015
On the evening of June 17, 2015, AME Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina suffer a tragedy. A gun man was invited into the church by the nine people who lost their lives. When I heard of this unspeakable heartbreak, all I could do is, say a prayer for the nine people who were gunned down. Among the nine people was Reverend and State Senator Clementa C. Pinckney. This happened at one of the oldest black churches in the state. This church has been the site for community organization around the civil rights movement.
President Obama’s eulogy of Reverend Clementa Pinckney was very powerful. He touched on the person he was and said, "Rev. Pinckney embodied a politics that was never mean, nor small," he also said, "He encouraged progress not by pushing his ideas along, but by seeking out your ideas." Pinckney, Obama said, "embodied that our Christian faith demands deeds, not just prayer." There were two subjects President Obama touched on that needed to be said it was racism and gun violence. He said, “We have to have a conversation about race,” "The subtle impulse" still exists "to call Johnny back for a job interview but not Jamal.” He also said, "We talk a lot about race. There's no shortcut. We don't need more talk." Then he turned to guns he said, "None of us should believe that a handful of gun safety measures will prevent every tragedy it will not." He also said, "the vast majority" of Americans and gun owners want to make changes to prevent gun deaths and that gun control laws won't prevent every tragedy, but they could save a few lives.” He said, "Our brothers and sisters are cut down in a church basement, 12 in a movie theater, 26 in an elementary school, but I hope we also see the 30 precious lives cut short by gun violence in this country every day."
Talk about amazing grace. President Obama has been criticized by the most disgusting and nasty people and yet can stand his ground and persevere. Yes, our President is amazing. He spoke the truth and all you haters know it. For all you wacko haters you’re going to have to take down your Confederate flags and get over it. Your evil ways have been a putrid stain on this country for far too long. I say it is about time and enough is enough.