After a recent conversation with a female friend I could see just how divided we are on this matter. The difference is as simple as the genetic male/female makeup. Growing up with all women has made me sensitive to the female point of view. I'm no activist but I also don't need a chaperone while walking down the women's care aisle at Wal-Mart. Perhaps that's where the sensitivity and empathy end. After I shared my opinion with my friend, the tone of the conversation changed completely. And in typical 'Fred' fashion, this spurred a thought...a very deep one. "How have these allegations affected me?" Personally, there's no affect at all and I believe Bill Cosby will be proven innocent when given due process. But to her and many women worldwide, it's simply another case of yet another powerful person abusing a helpless victim.
You don't say...?
Special thanks to comedian Hannibal Buress who calls out Cosby in his bit. He's performed it on many stages but his routine caught the attention of the world. Not to mention, he was in 'Cosbytown', PA (Philadelphia). I find it remarkable that this story has gained traction after a black comedian called out Cosby. Has that been the missing link all these years (nearly 30)? What if a black athlete had gone on record and said believed O.J. Simpson was guilty, would that have turned the tide of public perception?
Prepare for descent...
Well, you and I both know the dynamics of this carnival ride by now...prepare for the big Cosby stock sell-out...er,off! Appearances will be canceled and shows pulled from syndication in the coming days and weeks all the whole public perception dips quicker than a kindergartener's spoon into jello! Mr. Cosby needs to address these allegations, and soon. The longer the delay, the shorter the list of supporters becomes.
I hope he speaks out soon to quell the rumors, address the allegations head on and at the least, speak up for himself. I've never met Mr. Cosby and the closest I've ever come to such is when his rep informed me that he would not be doing interviews when he came to Fort Worth's Bass Hall.
So...how has this affected me?
Bill Cosby is another human being...I know he's seemed other worldly because he's generally kept his nose clean all these years. If he IS actually guilty of these heinous crimes, I'd lump him in with some of my other favorite comedians who've acquainted themselves with trouble: Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Eddie Murphy, and Robin Williams. It's time for 'The Cos' to endure due process and I trust that justice will be served by either a conviction or exoneration
Personally, he'll always be my favorite funny man of all time but for now, these allegations are no laughing matter!
I voted last week and as I walked out of the polling location I had an epiphany. Voting in Texas is as easy as it ever was for me. However I realized that some people may be struggling to figure out the new Texas Voter ID law. Below I've shared my perspective and I can only hope that it's helpful to potential voters ahead of the November 4th vote.
More helpful perspective from the office of the Secretary of State.
Don't let ignorance cost you your vote!
When you think of the Texas voter ID law, think money. As a proud member of Generation X, I have trouble accurately processing anything that can't be spelled out ''XYZ''. This is why the Texas voter ID law is more enigmatic than pragmatic.
When you think of a Texas photo ID think money. Why? Because any ID you can use to vote, indirectly involves money to be made or spent.
*A driver's license: think of driving, gas costs you money and you drive to work (to make money) everyday.
*To cash a check: after you've worked 40 or 80 hours you need an ID to cash your paycheck and most banks will ask for your drivers license without fail.
*If you want to write a check you will need to present your drivers license along with the check in question.
*If you are in a circumstance where you do not have a valid drivers license the next viable option is a Texas ID card.
This ID card identifies you as a legal resident of Texas. If you do not possess
a valid Texas drivers license, a Texas ID card will be acceptable in lieu of the drivers license. In essence, it all revolves around money! If you want to make money or receive money you need identification. Think about that as you go to the polls, take the ID cards that you would use either presenting, receiving or making any monetary transaction. This is acceptable voter identification!
Now let's be real here for a second...
Most voters like myself never used their voter registration card anyway! I'm an early voter and I have always used my drivers license at the polling place. So for, me the Texas voter ID law doesn't affect me at all. Some politicians would argue that there are sectors of people grossly affected by the law. If this is true, what we must do to rectify any potential
endangerment or injury to potential voters is simply ensure that all voters have access to acceptable identification.
If not a driver's license, a Texas ID card. Other forms of acceptable ID include: a Texas DPS issue conceal handgun license or a passport. A passport is indicative of traveling, which also involves money. There is no traveling a person does without cost. If you will need a passport to travel, you will certainly need money...THINK money when you think of the Texas voter ID laws in 2014.
To summarize this, simply ignore the political rhetoric surrounding the Texas voter ID law and ask yourself this pertinent question: ''what's in your wallet?'' Do you have a valid Texas driver's license or Texas ID card? Most people over the age of 18 possess one or the other. Don't fall for any political rhetoric or white noise (saying nothing at all), simply go to the polls an educated voter and take either your: Texas ID card, drivers license, US Passport, Texas DPS issued CHL or other form of approved ID. You only need one!
Strangely, this has actually simplied the voting process so ignore those who try and make it too difficult!
Acceptable forms of voter ID (as prescribed by the office of the Texas Secretary of State)
This video has since gone viral and for good reason. Not many people open up and share hurt they've experienced in life, of course having an international platform takes a bit of the sting away.
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