Racism

Thanks to phone cams, America’s true racial biases and shortcomings are being exposed.

Hopefully the outing of these murderous expressions of racism will force these hateful sentiments deeper to the bottom of our dirty laundry. And eventually will suffocate them. Prejudices will not cease to exist. Rooted in ignorance, nurtured by the miserable conditions of the black race worldwide, and let’s face it, the fear to freely discuss the matter can only silence it into hypocrisy.

Yes free will, one has the right to like or dislike a certain skin color, as well as the right to be stupid and ignorant.  But one should never have permission to express that choice in hateful, disrespectful manners toward others. Most of all,  the use of public service positions or any other position of control or power to express such sentiment should never be tolerated. We are fast moving forward and facing the beast every time it reveals itself.

Let’s keep the snake under the rug and crush its head every time it shows up. Its rapidly becoming an endangered specie.

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More salt in the wounds,

More salt in the wounds,
If the Santo Domingo government truly feels that the Haitian government is unable to guarantee the security of its diplomats in Haiti, I dare them to close the embassy and altogether rupture the diplomatic relationship with Haiti. Of course, by so doing, they would stand to lose more. Knowingly, Haitian poor labor force, illegal workers,lucrative business contracts, black market and trafficking across the borders largely contribute to the DR’s economy. No need to mention the fortune spent in SD by well to do Haitians families. Those are welcome with open arms. We should use that as leverage. Even in denial the educated, wealthy,(mexclado) light skin Haitian and the poor, marginalized, ebony skin Haitians are two sides of the same coin. As SD welcome one, compassion and human treatments are due to the other.
Beware, as long as the savage treatment of Haitian in SD is tolerated the safety of Dominicans in Haiti will go diminishing, diplomats or not. The 50 heavily armed Dominican soldiers, supposedly sent to protect the Dominican embassy in P-a-P, could best be used to justly enforce immigration laws at the borders. Only monitoring and supervising unscrupulous Dominican authorities would go a long way. They are abusing innocent people. Ironically, even Dominican individuals are victims. Just because they are black they get the treatment reserved to unwelcome Haitians. SD need to get over the fact that its population is majority black. If you want to stop Haitians from coming do not discriminate. Stop them all. I if you want to consider every black Dominican is Haitian then SD is demographically and irreversibly occupied.
Had those you welcome stayed home they could invest more, create much needed work in Haiti and effectively reduce the flood of those that are not so welcome. All they need is work.
The SD military presence in Haiti is nothing else but further bullying behavior.

Homelessness

Homelessness

At least let’s start the conversation.

Winter in the NE hub has traditionally brought the smart homeless fellows to South Florida. This winter is exceptionally harsh on homeless families. There are subtle leaders among the homeless. They have followers; they have earned the respect of less educated ones. I should say their street smart is outstanding. They are surviving human conditions that many men would not live past. Try to imagine enduring the streets of NYC this winter and last long enough to come to the sunshine state. They know about the Homeless Trust in South Florida. Chances are one hot meal a day is nearly guaranteed, if you know where to be at the right time. For the cot you need to be creative. First locate where the nice cardboard boxes are being discarded. The right size box, that which, once opened up, is easily hidden behind the bushes, for the day. Know most of the places where hot soup or more is given generously by agencies, churches and good Samaritans. Know their meal schedules. Sometimes it’s three times a day. Know how to navigate the area on foot.  Know where the churches, the temples, the synagogues, the psychiatric centers are. The people there understand homelessness. More importantly, know the homeless culture. The scent is particular; it lets people know we have been at a place even after we have left. One is feared, rejected or ignored by many.

One is still smart regardless of psychological or mental issues, diagnosed or not. One not, easily though, has learned to exist against all odds. When facing the elements twenty four seven, one takes a shark loan from Mother Nature. The loan is, against his/her life expectancy. It’s an exchange against longevity. One nourishes the delusional idea that someone is making money on the back of homelessness. One wants all to believe that one has chosen this particular life style; one is an existentialist. One is beating the system. One is happy with less. God is on one’s side.

So the homeless man is enjoying sun bathing on south Florida beaches. He has temporarily left his Grand Central Station palace in NYC. The place Mayor Julliani expelled the helpless people from in the name of beautification. We had highlighted the city’s decaying face. Along with cleaning graffiti, the mayor made NYC homelessness invisible. Then the homeless men left the many underground subway stations in urban cities up north, to wander the sunny streets of Florida cities. One has come to warmly sleep under makeshift homes. That after night fall, the homeless man flat on his back on the sandy beaches is contemplating the heavens. One is imagining God talking to him personally and one is responding. One is grateful. Brother Sam was here last year. He did not make it this time around. He did not find his way south fast enough. He froze to death. One needs a drink to deal with that.  Panhandling largely covers the cost of alcohol and then some.

Well our number makes us more visible this year. We have conquered Parks and streets of Miami Dade County. The dilemma is to do something probably without offering permanent comfort. Should the issue of homelessness be left to charity or should Federal and local government respond to the needs. We all know that homelessness has reached a scale demanding both private and public attention. Should the migration become a normal process, one to be accepted and learned to live with? Those who proclaim that tax payers’ money should not be used for that. Are they ready to have it in their neighborhoods?  .

Let’s start the conversation. May those who know best how to deal with homelessness be loud and assertive.

Ed Nelson, LCSW

Imagine or Suppose

2/9/2015

Imagine or suppose,

Imagine it’s not just a few million Muslims that are violent extremists. What if every Muslim, millions, in their hearts, carry those same hateful feelings toward everything not Muslim. Anathema if you dare say, draw or think anything, derogative in their eyes, about the prophet Mohamed. Imagine, if five times a day, all they pray for is the destruction, even the annihilation of every infidel, of anything non Muslim, us. Suppose all that killing, destruction, decapitation are wanted by Allah.  Imagine their God wants us annihilated.

Suppose in order to survive, we have to annihilate them first. That’s more than we can count. There’s got to be another way.  A way commensurate with our ideals is to be sought. Our think tank ought to focus on developing better strategies.  We need method for solutions to this nightmare that are more befitting our God.

For now, I prefer to suppose it only is a few thousands of extremists, ISIS or jihadists, bound to self destruct. That, I imagine, we can smartly and quietly help them achieve. Better yet, let us help them contribute to their own extermination, in the name of Allah.

Toulumen/Ed Nelson,

 

De l’esprit des Lois

De Montesquieu a’ lespri dè lwas’.

It appears that our Haitian, intellectual, leaders were savant ignorant. They knew every thing in the books; they knew little or nothing about administration, leadership, civism, loyalty. Country before all, a certain sense of pride to serve and to create hope, they lacked all of that skeleton society. Is that still there? It ought to be.

Have our leaders opted via cultural syncretism, to practice ‘lespri dè lwas’, as a conversion from ‘L’esprit des Lois’. Have they abdicated their responsibility. It is common knowledge that our people practice ‘Bondie Bon’ daily. A luxury, responsible gents, especially leaders are not afforded ‘. Naje pou soti’ is not an option, neither a good direction. It sounds like a demission.

Si se lwa ki  monte nan tèt nou. Ki lwa sa-a?

It’s a picture of Lynne and I.

In our living room celebrating 22 years together. We are taking pictures. Lynne loves taking pictures. A glass of champagne… we have grown so much, side by side. Since we have known each other I got my LCSW, Lynne got her  EDD. We share our lives.  We have built lots of memories together. Travels we have done a lot together; we love the river boats. Vikings River Cruise’s prime members we are. Lynne still works hard. She coordinates a Research Project. She does teaching at UM as a faculty member. A couple of years ago, longitudinal study results from her research team were published. Fascinating findings. A must read. Lynne is part a National League of Lecturers, training the trainer to promote best practiced, quality parenting especially in early childhood. She works closely with the Juvenile Court. She participates in efforts to promote and replicate model court in other parts of the country.

Believe it, in our community, we still have cases of abuse or cases of severe neglects of newborns. They are at risk in the care of emotionally absent parents, hopeless, stolen by parental drug addiction. Often Dead-Alive. Parents that need help themselves.  The percentage is high but even one is too many.

At the UM/Linda Ray Center, the newborns are guaranteed emotional security and at the minimum, a safe environment, a balanced nutrition, for five hours daily, five days a week. Lynne manages the Linda Ray Center, insuring that these newborns experience security, nurturing, consistency in human rapport, opportunities to develop secure attachments and group socialization skills. The concepts are a proven, tested model of early childhood education.   Better yet the babies are mainstreamed later, at age three, into Head Start.

Lynne knows about some of the babies now contemplating college education. This is her reward; she has been part of their lives from the neo-natal period.  Their educational success is vicariously hers. A long time awaited reward.

As for me, I retired in June 2013 , from Miami Dade County as a  Project Manager.  A social worker by heart and by trade, I was nominated Social Worker of the Year twice. Once I was selected…. and received a beautiful plaque, EE bonds and great peer recognition. My luck has been working alongside superb human beings. My colleagues at the time brought the best out of me. The project was defined as Family Builders. We actually helped resurrect some families. They just needed that little injection of hope. We walked clients through the family court system that had established guide-lines.  We gave them a plan to follow, to retain parental rights. Treatment was court ordered. We saved some seriously at- risk newborns and their families. Here is where our two careers intersected.

Well, all that is behind the picture, and then some. Should I start talking about grand children. That’s another story.

By the way,nobody sent their congratulations for our anniversary.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “A Moment in Time.”

A thought of haitianism, ours

Could our society survive real openness, true honesty, a naked society modus operando. Could our  society continue to exist as known. If you say yes, do you actually practice that in your family interactions. Amongst your friends, do you keep each other in check.

‘Hey Bro wap voiye kaka wi la’. I remember a  time in my younger years, we used to play mock trials .

The friends in the neighborhood formed a tribunal. The accused standing on red carpet, now had to respond. He would probably say he knows what he is doing. He would give an explanation no one may understand. The stories go one after the other in circles. You don’t understand, one would say, the other would respond, you don’t understand. At that intersection the truth is either naked or dealt with hypocritically. Never resolved pushed in the taboos, perhaps, too harsh for many to swallow. So it’s pushed under the rug, not resolved. It’s goes around and around. fueled by hypocrisy or ignorance.

The choice is clear, we have opted for Hypocrisy.

Eddy Nelson, LCSW

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Embrace the Ick.”