Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Shaq Helps Miami Police Make Arrest


Associated Press

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Shaquille O'Neal provided an assist to police over the weekend, trailing a man who allegedly assaulted a gay couple before alerting an arresting officer.

The 7-foot-1 Miami Heat center, who is in the process of becoming a Miami Beach reserve officer, was driving on South Beach around 3 a.m. Sunday. He saw a passenger in a car yell anti-gay slurs at the couple, who were walking, said Bobby Hernandez, a spokesman for the Miami Beach Police Department.

The man then got out of the car and threw a bottle, hitting one of the pedestrians, who was not seriously hurt. The man got back in the car, which sped off. O'Neal followed, flagging down an officer who made an arrest, Hernandez said.

Michael Gonzalez, 18, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon. The driver of the car was not charged.

O'Neal, who hopes to be a police chief or county sheriff one day, was already being fitted for his Miami Beach police uniform before he helped the police out.

"For this incident I don't want to be credited as an individual who does police work," O'Neal said in a statement. "I want to be credited as a Miami Beach police officer."
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I was watching my obligatory episode of SportsCenter (I watch once a month just to keep informed) and heard the word "homosexual." My ears perked up. It is not often that you hear anything about queer, gay or lesbian, race or too much else that is of any importance on ESPN. Not everyone is a Esera Tuaolo or a David Kopay. So while I was checking my email I heard Shaq and homosexual and I thought, 'Did Shaq come out?'

Alas nothing so dramatic. Shaquille O'Neal stopped an assualt. I don't like the police, and I don't think that police are necessary. On the one hand I think it is great that Shaquille decided that he needed to interfere in an act of homophobia, at the same time...hes a fucking pig. Ultimately the police have not been a positive force for working class peeps/ of color, queer folk and any other marginilized community in the United States. It is tough to be excited, especially since I am doing work to ensure the abolition of the entire prison industrial system (including the police.)

Hopefully someone, somewhere will find meaning in Shaquille's actions. Hopefully someone will think twice about homophobia now. Hopefully O'Neal's teamates wont rag on him for this.

I wonder if Shaquille O'Neal actually cared that he was stopping a homophobic act, or if he was just stopping an assualt in action. I wonder why Shaq is a cop, he would have to be the most intimidating police officer ever :)

I really don't like the police, I don't believe in the police, I don't feel safe with police. However I did find this interesting, and maybe some of y'all will too...

Saturday, September 10, 2005

That Stop-Smoking Bandwagon

The only thing harder than picking up that cigarette is deciding to put it back down. Yes, once again folks, I am back on that STOP SMOKING bandwagon. Money has officially run out for Baby Sunshine, and a brotha can not afford to give his money away to too many multi-national corporations. Of course, I have to lay the line in the sand the week that school starts, when I don't have any books and am spending close to 6 hours a day in the library just to get my study from the reserve section.

Why is this so hard to do?

Nicotine is an evil substance, and I am upset at myself for wanting to use it in the first place.

Nicotine is an amazing substance that I will gladly use if I can bum one off of someone.

Maybe I do have Multiple Personality Disorder....

Sweet! Money from SSI, which means income, which means cigarettes, which mean....ahhhh nicotine.

But folks, rest assured, I am going to be strong. I have my sugarless gum, I have my bottle of water, and I have sufficiently warned everyone around of my intentions. I just need to make it past this week and Ill be alright. In the mean time...

Does anyone have a cigarette I can bum? :P

"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win."

"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win."
-
Mahatma Gandhi

Im sitting here on a Friday night looking at this quote on a friend of mines IM screen name. How true and conscise are these words. What a perfect summary of the way social justice movements end up being incorporated into the mainstream (even if it is marginal.) I am tired of being ignored, Im tired of being laughed at, Im tired of fighting. I am tired of people just not understanding.

The reality is this, we can never understand each other. It is our own life experiences that create our own perception of life. Even if I were by chance to meet another person with the exact same characteristics as me we would not be the same people. Hell, even identical twins are not the same people (even though they are largely genetic clones within the same family.) So how is it that we can possibly judge people? Why is it that we dislike things that are different than what we know? Is it because we are uncomfortable? Or is it that people are really that closed-minded?

Im not "normal." If such a thing as normalcy possibly exists. 50 years ago it wasn't normal for a woman to have her drivers license. It was not normal for a woman to be well educated. If my family tried to be normal, I wouldnt be here, live in America, to share my random thoughts on a Friday night. So I say fuck normalcy. Being normal has done nothing for me or my people except to stagnate us. To keep us trapped.

The status-quo exists only to keep us down. The only way that we as a society, as humanity, as the world, can possibly grow is to constantly question this illusion of normalcy. I am glad not to be normal. Im glad that my friends wouldn't be considered normal. I am glad that I am in a position to check, question and change society from the outside. But still...

...Sometimes Im tired of being ignored. Sometimes I'm tired of being laughed at. Sometimes Im tired of fighting...

...But I know that without these things, society will never understand.

So I wait.

Typing on a Friday night wondering...

When will we win?

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Pe@ce

pe@ce is life
pe@ce is love
pe@ce scares the crap out of me with her supernatural slave spies and coke crushing abilities
pe@ce is now officially cyberfamous, but anyone who knows me in anyway is famous, at least in mine eyes
Hopefully pe@ce will leave me alone for a while, and not try to kill me this time.
My head still hurts from the last time pe@ce tried to melt my brain.
Why must pe@ce be so abusive
For the first time I can officially say
I hope I never see pe@ce in my lifetime

Peace,
Chef Raw