Sunday, October 25, 2009

You can go home again...

IF anyone knows my DaD you know he is a very well respected man in the Syracuse NY world. Pretty much all aspects of it. From the average person in the street to the politians to family friends. But pretty much every person also knows he is an incredible clown. He is a jokester, a comedian on a level up there w/ Bill Cosby, George Carlin, Buddy Hacket, and yes even Richard Pryor. When my grandmother died he made a joke to my just widowed grandfather about people being happy she was gone.
"There are going to be a lot of happy people in this church today..."
My cousins, my brother and I were frozen w/ shock. How could he say that!?!
"Huh?" was what GranPa Lock said.
"Yeah, they won't have to pay back all those loans!"
GranPa Lock let out a good old fashion laugh that I hadn't heard from him in a long time.
That's my DaD. He has a gift. Plain and simple.
All that being said he is not that good of a communicator when it comes to his feelings. My father is more of a mater of expressing his feelings non verbally. When I was a child he would give a wink when I was doing what I was suppose to do. A wink and a grin when I was giving a presentation and doing well. He didn't clap...he never applauded. A grin and a wink and I knew I did a great job. No words, but I knew all that I needed to know.
When I told him I was coming home he didn't say anything like "glad to hear it". What I did get was his classic joke of: "fish, family, friends should only stay in your house 3 days. After that they start to go bad."
But this time, I don't know, his jokes felt different. Almost as if he meant it this time. I just could have been reading too much into it, I don't know.
When I saw my MoM waiting for me near baggage claim she of course greeted me w/ a HUGE smile. That's why you love moms, they wear their love on their sleeves. As we picked up my luggage and walked to the car I was a little apprehensive about seeing DaD. Weird I know. I opened the passenger side front door and looked over at him and he smirked as he said "So...when do you leave?" and started to laugh.
I was home...and everything was going to be all right.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Black Folks Didn't fight in WWII...

Yep its true.
Don't believe your grandfather or great-grandfather.
He is a liar.

You should believe is the History Channel. The truth is right there on the TV. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure it out. I mean I figured it out and I have never been confused w/ a rocket scientist. I have watched DAYS of WWII documentaries on the His-Story Channel (yeah I know saying that way is cliched but it fits) and maybe once I have seen something said about Black soldiers. So obviously Blacks did nothing to help stop the Axis powers.
Not in The Sea (184,000 {includes Marine Corps})
The Air (994)
And certainly not The Ground (909,000)

If Blacks were in the service, I am sure they only "contributed".
I mean really? How important are supplies to an advancing army?
So what if not one of the bombers escorted by those airmen from Tuskegee was lost.
Aircraft carriers have enough guns, they really don't need to be escorted.

Excuse my sarcasm above. But I really get upset when I watch the History Channel and they air all these shows on WWII and I have not seen one talking about our part in The War.
I am sure they have them. They are probably place in the back of the storage room just waiting for Black History Month to come so they can be dusted off and and paraded in front of Black America.
"Look! We have shows documenting Colors in WWII!"
And when the shortest month of the year is over they back into storage.
I want to see these shows aired just like The Last Days Of WWII. Or Hitler's Lost Plan.
By putting us off to the side only to be brought out once a year, you belittle us and all that we contributed.

I found it hard to believe that in the documentary, The Last Days of WWII, they only interviewed one Black soldier. In the series, Enterprise, they mentioned that there was Black sailors but did not interview any of them.
Our Black WWII heroes are getting old and their story needs to be told.

Another thing: You mean to tell me there aren't any Black professors/historians? NOT ONE!?!
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