Life Goes On

April 24, 2008

It’s a beautiful day today.

The Sun is shining.

It’s not hot.

It’s not cold.

In my car, I passed people sitting outside at sidewalk cafes enjoying the day.  Birds were soaring through the sky and hopping on the grass.

But my grandfather lies in a casket.

Funny how life goes on.


Whenever I work from a to do list I get so much done it’s amazing.  Don’t let me do so for a week, my house will be super clean, I get all my workouts in, the kids do art projects and lots of extra stuff, dinner gets served on time.  I get to my hobbies, all my maintenance (masks and manicures and deep conditioning) gets done, I even get to read a magazine.

When I don’t, I get maybe 40% of what needs to get done completed.  I dither around, waste time with too much internet surfing, take 5 years to fold the laundry while watching some home decorating show, poke around the kitchen wondering if I should change out the cabinet knobs instead of wiping the crumbs off the counter.  I get very little done then feel like a jerk for wasting the day.

So why in the world don’t I work from a list everyday?  I think I WANT to be one of those people that doesn’t need to be “told” what to do to be efficient.  And so I go off my list, try to change my personality.  But I am me, trying to change the way I work best has never worked before.

So WHY do I KEEP trying to do it!?

We sincerely hope that this post can be the last Open Letter that criticizes the involvement of the NAACP and Al Sharpton in the Dunbar Village case.

Although we are not satisfied with the official conduct of the NAACP in the past few weeks, we acknowledge that the finite goals that we originally set for this campaign have been completed.

We will continue to offer our support to the victims of this crime, and would like to thank the prosecutor in this case for exercising a high degree of discretion.


New readers: this post is the conclusion of a protest in which thousands of African Americans from various walks of life condemned the recent actions of both the NAACP and the National Action Network in a criminal case known as the Dunbar Village Atrocity. Read details of the crime here.


We are satisfied that the NAACP will cease to use it’s power of advocacy to demand that the suspects in the Dunbar Village Atrocity case be given the opportunity to be released on bail.

We are satisfied that a long overdue show of official support for the Dunbar Village victims has been made, or is under way.

We are somewhat satisfied with the apology that was given for the public declaration that the Dunbar Village Atrocity and the Boca Raton rape case are comparable; however, it is not lost on us that the apology was done privately, and not delivered by the National office with the same level of conviction in which the original statement was made.

We condemn the NAACP’s failed attempt to obfuscate the truth concerning their participation in the press conference dated 03/11/2008.

The absurdity of their attempt to deny such easily verifiable facts caused real damage to the credibility of their establishment. Our community needs to be able to trust the integrity and veracity of any organization that purports to advocate for it, therefore, we challenge the NAACP to be honest enough to admit their mistakes in the future, even the big ones.


We have done our very best to be people of integrity concerning this matter, by thoroughly researching the facts before mounting this campaign.

Our wish is to be to be able to work together with justice organizations to right the wrongs inflicted on people of color, by not only enforcing standards of prosecution, but also by raising the standard of ethical conduct of all people involved.

While our demands have been met in this case, we are not convinced that either agency has taken the appropriate steps to ensure that tragic decisions like the press conference in support of the torture suspects will not be made again in the future.

We urge the NAACP and the National Action Network to interpret this protest as a golden opportunity for critical self reflection, as a new line of dialogue, and as a chance to move into better alignment with the will of the very people that they exist to serve.

The Dunbar Village Victim Assistance Fund

Individuals who would like to donate money to the victims can go to any Wachovia Bank and donate to the St. Ann’s Victim’s Assistance Fund. Donations will go directly to the mother and her son.

St. Ann’s Catholic Church will also accept donations. Checks can be made payable to the “Dunbar Village Victim Assistance Fund – St. Ann’s”.

Donations can be mailed to: St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 310 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

For more information about this Dunbar Village Campaign, you can visit any of the following blogs:

Temperatures will be above 50 for the next ten days. 

That means it’s time to pack up the flannel sheets.

Forget groundhogs, daffodils and and 21st of March.  Spring doesn’t show up until the winter textiles get packed away.