I tell you, I can't get online or watch the news without seeing some random foolishness taking place in my favorite Southern city. Ya'll need to get right before my visit next week.
For those of you who don't watch CNN or frequent the Atlanta Journal Constitution's web site like I do, let me put you up on what's going down in ATL.
First off, a bar in Marietta, that's Metro Atlanta, owned by a white man is selling T-shirts that read "Obama in '08." That's not the problem. The problem is the T-shirts have a picture of Curious George on the front of them eating a banana.
To refresh your memory, Curious George is the cute little chimp from the children's books who was always getting into some trouble because he was so dang curious. The T-shirt depicts the likely Democratic nominee as a monkey. A monkey, people!
Have we not come far enough that we can stop belittling people of other races and likening people of color to animals and other degrading objects?
In his defense, the bar owner says he meant nothing racial about it and the people protesting his establishment just "needed something to be upset about."
Pardon my language, but he's full o' shit! You can't tell me that the bar owner is not familiar with the fact that African Americans, black folks, negroes have all been called monkeys, porch monkeys and apes as a derogatory term. Whether he meant it or not, that is what the T-shirts imply.
Good thing about that, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the publisher or the Curious George series, is considering litigation for the infringement of their copyright. Good enough for him! See the Lord doesn't like ugly. He's not too fond of pretty either, but that's another story.
From the news report I saw on CNN, the bar owner has "conservative" views. That's fine, but do something in support of your candidate, not something in degradation of the other. Yet another way 'upstanding Americans' abuse their right of free speech.
And the thing that most takes the cake for me is this blatant disrespect for an elderly lady by a young girl on the MARTA train. MARTA is the public transportation system in Atlanta.
My brother e-mailed me the link earlier today and I was disgusted. I was disgusted at the girl's behavior and the amount of time this went on and how no one on that train came to this lady's aid.
The girl didn't physically attack this lady but I can see how she would have felt threatened and it looked and sounded like the girl was threatening her. Look for yourself.
What do you think?
Well, according to a story posted on the AJC's Web site, the woman is bi-polar and the video was one her manic episodes.
OK, I'll give her the benefit of the doubt, but bi-polor disorder is a serious illness that can yield dangerous and in some cases deadly consequences. If she, at 25, is not responsible enough to take her meds, somebody needs to be responsible for her.
I know she's an adult, but she is still somebody's child. The AJC quoted her mama in the story talking about how sorry she was for the incident and that she's in jail. I want to know where the hell she was while her unmedicated, bi-polar child was riding up and down the damn MARTA rail.
If she can't do it, then she needs to have her institutionalized until she can help herself. After a while, it will be too late to get her help, she's going to end up killing somebody or somebody is going to kill her.