Hi again. Relax...you only have to suffer me for one more week.
Right after Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries gave us his council slate, Ras Baraka has revealed his team, which is headlined by South Ward Councilman John Sharpe James and Councilwoman-at-large Mildred Crump. Other candidates include Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins (Central Ward), Luis Lopez (North Ward), Joe McCallum (West Ward), Patrick Council and Eddie Osborne (both council-at-large). Noticeably absent is an East Ward candidate, which makes people wonder if Baraka has yielded to the power of incumbent Augusto Amador in that part of Newark. One thing that Baraka and Jeffries have in common is that neither of them have current Central Ward Councilman Darrin Sharif on their teams.
The situation in Ukraine is getting more convoluted every day. Former President Viktor Yanukovich is hiding out in Russia, where that country's President Vladimir Putin is flexing his military power in the Crimea region that is critical to Ukraine. People have been asking why a superpower nation would make such a big deal about a much smaller nation. Simple...it's business. Yanukovich made a deal a few months back with Russia that would make for a nice payday for Putin and his country. However, the populace in Ukraine favored a deal with the European Union instead, ultimately leading to the Euromaidan Movement that led to Yanukovich fleeing the Ukraine. President Obama spoke on the phone with Putin to try and talk him out of it, and it seems for the moment that neither will need to pick up the nuclear football any time soon.
The NFL wants to make a rule that would penalize teams 15 yards for using the "N" word on the field. This is quite the polarizing topic in this nation. Older people abhor the word, while younger people embrace it. In terms of the NFL, this is basically their way of saying, "We don't want to have a discussion. Let's just make it a penalty, say we did something about it, and sweep it under the rug." I remember a few years back when a white gentleman - and I say gentleman loosely - called me that word. I just kept walking, grinned, and thought to myself, "A hardcore racist? Do they still even make you?"
I am not going to make a case for what people should think of the word in and of itself, but think of this. If I reacted, there are several things that could have happened. There could have been a fight, someone could have been arrested, or killed. Basically, bad things. Now, in terms of the way I reacted, nothing bad happened. So, from my experience, if someone uses the "N" word - or any word for that matter that you don't like - it's only as powerful as you make it. Try to ignore it. By doing that, you tell the person who said it, "Sorry, but you've failed...miserably." If they continue talking, then they're just wasting breath and getting stressed, and by that you are actually killing your opponent(s) without them even being privy to it. Eventually, they'll give up, like the Knicks have given up on the 2013-2014 season.
Finally, I want to address something. While some of you may grit your teeth upon reading this, there are some people that actually like my writing. When they ask why I don't write in the paper anymore, it's because of two reasons. One, I'm very busy with my role as Associate Editor, which doesn't give me much time to write op-eds. Two, as a professional, there are just some things that someone in my position should not speak on, and therefore I keep those items and my work separate.
Initially, I was just going to leave it that way, but then I got some feedback recently. Someone told me he didn't like my stance on a topic. I told him not to worry, as I was only temporarily writing these editorials. He then said, "No, I like reading your opinions. I just don't always agree with them." That conversation told me I had reached a level that all writers want, which is not always to be liked, but important.
So here is what I'll do. Right now, I have a Twitter account, which is www.twitter.com/kristopherseals. I don't tweet every minute of every day, but I do post every now and then. If I do some blogging and have other ventures in the future not suitable for Local Talk, I'll mention it there. I don't get paid like celebrities do for tweeting, but I made the account a while back in case if my writing career ever came to fruition.
Have a nice week. Once again, these are just my opinions.