Remembering Trayvon Martin
Today marks the second anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The seventeen year old was killed on February 26, 2012 while on his way home. The loss of a child is never easy and when there is no justice for the life that was taken it makes the pain even more profound. However the family can take comfort in knowing that while man denied him justice in God they will get justice. Today we remember Trayvon.
I thought of you with love today
but that is nothing new.
I thought about you yesterday,
and the day before that too.
I think of you in silence,
I often speak your name.
All I have is memories,
and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is my keepsake,
with which I’ll never part.
God has you in his keeping,
I have you in my heart !!!
Forever and Always.
Is Equality Just a Figment of our Imagination?
Could it be that we have become complacent and have we allowed ourselves to be lured by a false sense of equality? We must wake up and realize that the struggle for equality among the races is far from over. There is still prejudice in society.
There are some questions that still need answering. Was it prejudice or justice that allowed a man to kill a black unarmed teen and walk free? Was it prejudice or justice at play when a man was found guilty of attempted murder for the youths he did not kill and yet not guilty for the one whose life he took? Was it prejudice or justice that allowed a judge to give a rich white boy ten years probation after he was found guilty of killing four people while driving under the influence?
Was it prejudice of justice that allowed the state of Georgia to execute Troy Davis although there was reasonable doubt that he committed the crime they executed him for. Davis was executed on September 21, 2011 for the shooting death of a police officer. His story was one that captured the attention of the world and brought into question the fairness of the justice system.
There were grave doubts about Davis’s guilt. OF the nine people who testified at his trial seven of them recanted their stories. One man even confessed he had no idea who killed the officer. All of this put together should have been cause for reasonable doubt. In this case we are still not sure if guilty beyond reasonable doubt was ever taken into consideration.
Human rights groups begged for a stay of execution. The former President Jimmy Carter and even Pope Benedict XVI asked for clemency but their pleas fell on deaf ears. The result is that an innocent man may have lost his life. Let us not become complacent and forget the ones who are gone. Let us keep Trayvon Martin, Troy Davis and Jordan Davis in our memories.
God deemed that all men are created equally, but man have decided otherwise. If we have a system in place that favors one race over another there will never be equality and there will never be justice.
A big thank you to petrel41 of Dear Kitty. Some blog for nominating the MARVA SEATON BLOG for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.
The rules are as follows:
Provide a link to and thank the blogger who nominated you for the award.
Answer 10 question
Nominate 10-12 Blogs that you find a joy to read
Provide links to the nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know you have nominated then.
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Your favorite color …. Blue
Your favorite animal …. Dog
Your favorite non-alcoholic drink …. Orange juice
Facebook or Twitter …. Facebook
Do you prefer getting or giving presents …. Giving
Your favorite pattern …. Chessboard
Your favorite day of the week …. Friday
Your favorite flower …. Rose
What is your passion …. Writing
My Nominees are:
Shawn L. Bird
Press “M” for Menopause
Minister Gertrude Ferguson – Founder & CEO- Enough Tribulations
Forget the Viagra…Pass me a Carrot!
As we celebrate Black History Month let us remember the words of this song by Bob Marley
Until the philosophy which hold one race superior
And abandoned -
Everywhere is war -
Me say war.
That until there no longer
First class and second class citizens of any nation
Until the colour of a man’s skin
Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes -
Me say war.
That until the basic human rights
Are equally guaranteed to all,
Without regard to race -
Dis a war.
That until that day
The dream of lasting peace,
Rule of international morality
Will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued,
But never attained -
Now everywhere is war – war.
And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes
that hold our brothers in Angola,
Have been toppled,
Utterly destroyed -
Well, everywhere is war -
Me say war.
War in the east,
War in the west,
War up north,
War down south -
War – war -
Rumours of war.
And until that day,
The African continent
Will not know peace,
We Africans will fight – we find it necessary -
And we know we shall win
As we are confident
In the victory
Of good over evil -
Good over evil, yeah!
Good over evil -
Good over evil, yeah!
Good over evil -
Invite Your Audience Carefully
Not everyone is healthy enough to have a front row seat in our lives.
There are some people in your life that need to be loved from a distance.
It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you let go of, or at least
minimize your time with, draining, negative, incompatible,
Observe the relationships around you. Pay attention.
Which ones lift and which ones lean?
Which ones encourage and which ones discourage?
Which ones are on a path of growth uphill and which ones are going downhill?
When you leave certain people do you feel better or feel worse?
Which ones always have drama or don’t really understand, know or appreciate you?
The more you seek quality, respect, growth, peace of mind, love and truth around you…the easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the front row and who should be moved to the balcony of Your Life.
“If you cannot change the people around you, change the people you are around.”
Remember that the people we hang with will have an impact on both our lives and our income. And so we must be careful to choose the people we hang out with, as well as the information with which we feed our minds.
We should not share our dreams with negative people, Nor feed our dreams with negative thoughts.
It’s your choice and your life….. It’s up to you who and what you let in it……
On Tuesday of last week about 40 students of Uintah Elementary School had their lunches taken away from them because their was not enough money in their accounts to cover the cost of the lunches. This was done during checkout in front of their friends and other students. It was both embarrassing and humiliating for the students involved. The incident left many parents upset and drew nation wide attention.
A cafeteria manager was sent on leave and the Salt Lake City School District is investing the matter.
I am commenting on this incident because the thing that really puzzles me is the fact that the lunches were thrown away and the children given a snack of fruits and milk as an alternative. The question one might ask is why deny someone food and then take that same food and throw it in the garbage? The school has a policy in place whereby lunches cannot be served twice, so before the lunches were taken from those children they knew it would be thrown away. What is the logic behind this?
I do hope that good sense prevail and that something of this nature never happens again.
This sick fascination in listening to and giving bad publicity to others is something of a disease and thousands if not millions are stricken with it. It is almost like an addiction. These bad news addicts get high from just hearing that something bad has happened to someone especially if it is someone they don’t like. Most are not interested in the truth; if it is something bad and it is in the news that is all that matters.
I have been watching with interest over the last few days the way the media have not lost an opportunity to put the spotlight on Justin Bieber. His arrest in Miami made headlines everywhere yet no one except for TMZ has taken the time to investigate and report that Bieber may have been falsely accused. There is no evidence to support the police claims of drag racing and not only that his blood alcohol levels at the time of his arrest was .014, the legal limit is .08. If one should go by those figures it means the charge of DUI is also false.
This raises a very serious question is it okay for the police to arrest someone on false charges, and by turning a blind eye to this are we not creating a precedent for other youths to be treated in a likewise manner? Investigative journalism is now a thing of the past. Everyone is interested in presenting sensational news and the truth suffers but hey the bad news addicts are happy!
On Sunday I got the chance to see Beyonce and Jay Z perform together. The song was ‘Drunk in Love’. As I watched the performance I could not help wondering why women feel they have to appear half-naked when they are performing.
Jay Z came on stage looking all fine and dressed like he was on his way to a black tie event. Beyonce on the other hand was dressed as if she was going to perform in a strip club. She apparently was drunk in love but as far as I could see Jay Z was plain sober in love.
If he had come on stage wearing a T-shirt and a pair of boxers it would have been more of a level playing field. My thing is if your man is coming on stage all dressed up and looking fine then you need to cover your ass up.
Sadly Beyonce is not the only female performer who feels she has to show skin and leave little to the imagination. Rihanna never misses an opportunity to expose herself nor does Miley Cyrus and of course there are others.
We have heard the old adage ‘Sex Sells’. Do these women feel they are not good enough or talented enough and therefore need to expose themselves in order to be noticed? Do they see themselves merely as sex objects and therefore feel the need to dress accordingly?
The Marva Seaton Lifeline and Survival Blog has been renamed Marva Seaton Blog. I have just shortened the name. Everything else about the blog will remain the same.
An Inspirational Story
In ancient times, a king had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it.
Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the big stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. On approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.
As the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many others never understand.
Too often we complain about about situations and yet we make no effort to do something about it.