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Episode 3 · 2 years ago

Is Dr. Kings Dream being denied?

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On today's episode of Inside the Margins we have headline news from The Minority Reporter's Patti Singer, we discuss intent when offensive statements are made, we explore if Dr. King’s dream is being denied or deferred, and we pay tribute to the late great Kobe Bryant with clips from the 2020 Grammy Awards show

You're listening to one hundred point nine FM, wxr LP, in Rochester, New York, the home of extreme independent radio. Find us at one hundred nine, W x ircom this is DJ Maestro. Make sure you tune into. Reggae talk up Tuesday's five to seven PM right here on w Xire, one hundred and zero point nine ff two hours of reggae music with special guests and Otis interviews every week. So make sure to tune in. I make sure your team turn up as every Tuesday's five to seven PM right here on w Xi one hundred and two zero point on FM, attract a TACO, but yours truly DJ Maestro. Screw show. This is nice in this is Jordan. Take our show both sides. Every Thursday at thirty am on one hundred point nine FM, W X ire. Marginalized groups can be the target of negative beliefs, behaviors or judgments from others. On this show we seek out marginalized voices and perspectives and tackle some of the conflicts and issues these groups face. Now is the time to have your voice heard. This is inside the margins, with your host, Matt Wilson, and alone. Thank you for joining us for another episode of inside the margins. I'm your host, Matt Wilson, and we normally start off by talking about our topics and then jumping into APE news for our headline news. But I'm happy to announce that we have changed our format. We had a we've bet a. We had a very great guest on a few weeks back by the name of Patty Singer. She was, she is still the minority reporters reporters. Thus she is the minority reporter and she provided us with a lot of information last time and told us a little bit about herself, and we've talked since then and we've decided that it would be beneficial for us to work together. So going forward, the minority reporter will betarting us our news and it will be coming right from patty singer. So I'd like to introduce you to patty singer. Hello, Patty, Hi Matt. I'm sure you'll work in the applause like so thank you so much for teaming up with us. We have a lot in common our show on your paper, so I think it's going to be a great working relationship. By the way, I just want to let you know also we will be launching our new website. That's going to be www dot inside the margins radiocom. You'll be able to find all of our all the links to all of our episodes of this show, as as well as a link to the minority reporters website, which is minority report DOTNET. Am I correct on that one? It is, and we just want to remind people of the DOTNET. I think folks are so used to these days writing either say Acom or a dot right for something. Dotnet. They don't. They don't get that. So right, if you're missing it going, wait a minute, minority reporter dotnet. Yep, if you so, if you go to that, if you go to our site or that site, you can see some information on the headlines that Patty will be talking about today, as well as, if you are interested in props, subscribing to the to the paper, you will see information as to how to do that as well, and my correct on that as well. Yes, yes, you are, and they'll be. That's will be quite new for you, because we're we're working on that as well. You will see several props and you know, let me just start off with we appreciate the support of the community. Oh well, we appreciate you being part of our show. So, without further ADO, here is the first of many appearances by the minority reporter herself, Patty Singer. Patty, please take it away. Thank you, Matt. So, there northeast community activist eata Perez and Reverend Ricky Harvey. We're among city residents who are selected to the Police Accountability Board that was announced by city council on January. Fifty. City Council was allotted for of the nine seats the Police Accountability Board. Alliance was also allotted four seats and the mayor was a lotted an appointment to one seat, and the Reverend Harvey was the mayor's appointment. However, the Police Union, the Locust Club, is challenging the legality of the Police Accountability Board and a decision has not yet been made in court. Also, lifespan is seeking nominations for people they call second half heroes. If you know of someone who is aged sixty five or older, who believes in themselves, who never gives up and who always strives to do the right thing, lifespan is looking for that person. You can submit a nomination up until February. Eighteen at www dot lifespan rochester dot org. So that's...

...lifespan Rochester Dot Org for nominations of a second half hero. The Rochester Fire Department announced that it had its current recruit recruit class had the highest percentage of minorities of any class in history of the department. Of the thirty one recruits in the January class, thirteen or African American, ten or Hispanic and one is Asian Pacific Islander. And two of the thirty one are also women. One of those women is also Hispanic. Is Dr King's dream being denied or deferred? The chrustination to celebrated Dr King this past week and one of the quotes from Dr King was that change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability but comes through continuous struggle, and so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent. However, Charlene Kral rights that in two thousand and twenty much of the hard one rights champion by Dr King are under attack by the very government she says are charged to enforce both laws and regulations. Our columnist minority report a columnists this week. George Payne writes that once again Bob landsberry stumbles on race. Mr Pain writes that there are far more important topics to think about than the what he calls the careless and ill informed tweet of a conservative radio host here in Rochester. He writes that Bob Landsbury has enough influence to be dangerous this time around. He stated that boomer is the n word of ages. MM. The Reverend Michael Vaughan, another one of our columnists, thinks, says that simple math can close the New York state budget deficit. The Reverend Vaughan says that. If you have followed his writing for any length of time, you know that his biblical beliefs have him at odds with essentially every position that the governor and democratic leadership take. One thing, however, that should have all of us wondering is the continuation of the government in Albany's constant thirst for taxes and free handouts. And you can read about what the Reverend Vaughan says about the budget gap and what he's what he's calling the generosity of the state of New York. One of the story, the story this week by my colleague Carol Elizabeth Owens, looked at the legacy of some garth fagan dancers and the children of two well known Garth Fagan Dancers, Nicolette and Bill Ferguson. They were on stage over the past weekend with Garth Fagan Company and the RPO. W D and Nicholas grew up around the company and dance was really part of their lives even before they were born. So story by Carol Elizabeth Owens and the minority reporter chronicles the young dance careers of those two Ferguson Children, as well as looks at their their parents influence, as well as the influence of Garth Fagan, who said that the Boys Call Him Three G Great Godfather Garth. So for more information about these topics and if you wish to subscribe to minority reporter, you can do that at minority reporter dotnet. If you have story ideas, you can please email them to editor at minority reporter DOTNET. For the minority reporter, I'm patty singer and thank you for supporting us. Thank you so much, Patty, and I'm happy about the Garth Vegan story. Fake and sorry because actually the man, general manager and president actually of rctv Carton Eisen used to work with Garth Fagan doing recording for them, so it's always good to see him and that's cool of dance mentioned as well. I do want to talk about a couple things that you did mention today in the minority reporter to the stories that caught my attention. One was the is Dr King's dream being denied or deferred by Shirley Na Krall. I do want to get into that one a little bit later on and I also just in your opinion do you believe what was said by the host, Bob Blondsberry? Do you think that that was an intentional thing, or do you think that that was a slip by him, or do you think that that's just speaks to his character? I didn't hear it, so I don't know what the context was around it, and context is important in a lot of what we say and often in a social media age and a sound clip age things can be taken out of context. So so I don't want to duck you, you know, but not having heard it, I don't really want to comment. I do know that words, words are powerful, words matter and the context in which words are delivered also matters. But we don't.

We don't want to trivialize things that have we can't use words to trivialize and we mate whatever words and I and over the course of our conversations, I may say something that that somebody may they considered the you've trivialized that. But but that's my belief, for this is a this is a platform for which you have to have responsibility and even though we have columnists in print and, you know, verbal columnists in the air, commentator's talk show host, there still is a responsibility for things that we that we said means that making anything that makes every sense right. Yeah, I believe it was that. I don't believe he actually vocalized it. I believe it wasn't a tweet and I believe I'm again I'm not quoting the actual quick tweet because it's not in front of me, but I did see it and I it's though. It was kind it was more in depth than this statement, but it was boomer is the new end word, because I guess he was he's getting upset about people calling older people boomer and he believes that that's kind of that's kind of a derogatory term to people from that era or people you know who are older, and he was comparing that slight to age or Agism, to the n word being used to to describe AFRICANAMERICAS. Again, it was a tweet. It wasn't vocalized. Correct your correct, as I said. I stand corrected on that. Again, I didn't see the tweet. I don't follow sure, so I don't do a lot of people. I don't follow on so, but so I again I don't necessarily know the context of the before and after. Right, right, right. What may have prompted that? Words that are new to our vocabulary, such as boomer, Millenniu millennial, ract words that we seem to have, say, made up, but but are newer. I don't know that they carry the weight of a ward that has been used for for for decades and decades and that have that that come with connotations. Right around them. boomers called themselves that to some extent and and in our late you know, I think that we are quick to label things. We need labels for everything. With Gen Z, we have millennials and we have boomers and we have think of think of probably a dozen things that are labeled. That really social media. What really is social media? We need. We need to put a category on something, so we need to come up with a label for it. But I think labeling is different from just the the heavy weight that words over time carry. Right, right, I agree with everything you said. The only thing that I guess I would say is what you said absolutely correct. Everyone has, especially every age generation has a term. Right. There's the, like you said, baby boomers, generation acts, Gen Z, millennial. Everyone's got their category that they fit in, determining, I guess, based on when they were born. I guess my thought process on that is when the word, when the term baby boomer, came out, it wasn't meant to be negative. It was just describing a group of people from an era. I believe the other word was always kind of meant to be derogatory. So that's kind of the difference. writhe I see things correct and and there are we have a lot of is m's right, right have we have agesm we have sexism, absolutely we whatever whatever you want to you want to put behind that. And there's there's also been, you know, if we go to the workplace for a little bit, there's also been a sense that older workers perhaps may have an agism against younger workers. Absolutely, Oh, you don't work hard enough, you're always on your phone. You're right. Millennial has been used as a derogatory term. Exactly right. So so what is our intent? I think that someone's intention. We don't know what's inside someone's harder head. But if something is said that offends you or you take issue with, I think a way to have a conversation is to say, Matt, what what was your I don't understand what you said. Right, what you said is offense. Well said. Yeah, what is your intention right in that? And let's start a conversation as opposed to just saying you are insulting me. And and so I'm going to take it is that whatever you comes out of your mouth right. And what I'll be honest with you, and this may take our conversation to a different level. What I don't understand as a white person is is when I hear black males, particularly that I've heard using, and we're sure each other it's a subscribe point somebody else. That way, great point, and I think why, if that word is so charged, why do you use...

...it almost in a as an insult to to your brother? That right. That I don't know. Again, maybe because I'm a white woman, I don't understand that, but when I hear it I think will wait a minute. I hear in music, I hear it in conversations that something's off with me. Don't that. No, I agree with you did. Two things are I agree with you a lot about number one. I don't use it at all. I just a word, I just avoid. I don't say it to anybody of any race, for your color. At number two, you're right, and tent is very important. If they're you, you, you will. Everyone's going to encounter people in their lives who maybe don't understand something or maybe was intended to be that way, because it's just a way. Their interpretation of something is not right. So if they if the intent wasn't there, maybe an education is all they need is is to be educated about what they're talking about versus being scolded for not knowing any better. But if you know better and with the intense there, that's different, and so I think what you said is absolutely correct. I do know I've heard people say that they use that word to take the take the sting away from it, but again, the way it's used, I don't know. So it's that's it. That's definitely another conversation which I actually would like that with you maybe next time on a different show. That's a great, great topic, but at this time we need to take a break. I like to thank you, Patty, for being a part of the show now as a regular person at personality here and again. She's going to provide us with our headline news at the beginning of the show every Monday, and also, if you want to see the stories that we do talk about on this show and maybe get them more in depth, you can visit the website at minority reporter dotnet. And also, Patty, how can they submit information to you again, if they want to suggest topics for the paper editor at minority reporter DOTNET. Send us your emails right and don't forget also on our new website, which should be launched by the time you hear this. Hopefully it's going to be inside the margins RADIOCOM, they'll be a link to that website there, as well as recordings of this and all of our other shows. We will be back after this break. This is inside the margins. We right back. This is one hundred point nine FM, extreme independent radio, your urban alternative on some plazing on the right thing to the side, take the wrong direction. Will I go lation and I'm not afraid of change, to find someone who satisfy me, to stay by me. You can tell me you can't. CAN'T SYMPTOM? WHO CAN'T? When I love sweet love is so confusing. Who would be a special one? Every day I'm trying to find you know. Is there in a messing very clear. All it takes is time and the patience. W you're listening to inside the margins on one hundred nine...

Xi are extreme independent radio and Rochester's Urban Alternative Music Station. Welcome back to inside the margins. I'm your host, Matt Wilson. We will be talking about Dr King's dream, if it's being denied or deferred momentarily, but first I did want to touch on what Patty was talking about in regards to intent, because I do believe that's very important. A lot of times when people say things, they either have an intent to offend or they know what they're doing, or sometimes they are uneducated about a topic, and I just wanted to touch on when we were talking about the radio host who compared the word boomer to the n word. Now, obviously the end word has a history attached to it. It was always meant to be a derogatory word. There was never a time frame where it was not intended to be derogatory. Things have changed. I know the in a from African American and hip hop culture, the n word is used quite often and you know what's said is it? It's used because we're trying to take back the word and and lessen the harshness of it by using it and regular conversation, which I don't I don't necessarily know if I think that works, because what happens is it's played in popular music, so everyone hears it and everyone still wants to say it. So I don't know if the whole taking the word back and making an ours route is working. I understand why people want to do that. I understand why you want to lessen the harshness and and say you no longer on that word. We do and we can use it how we see fit. I definitely get that, but I think there is there is backlash to that because if you if you say it a lot in your music and that and that music becomes popular, don't forget African Americans are still the minority so majority of the people who will listen to popular music will still be predominantly white America, and if they hear their favorite song and their favorite artists using that word, they're going to sing that chorus along too. So do you get in then? Then that's when it gets into intent. Do you get upset at that person because they're singing that song, because you put those lyrics in that song and now there's someone singing that song and you want to hit them because they're singing what you wrote? But there is no intent there. So the I think in that case that person deserves an education, not to be reprimanded. That person just needs to learn that, hey, I know that I'm saying this in the song. What it really still is a cool for you to sing this song with those words. I again, like I said, in my opinion, if you want to have people not say it, then you should just not say it. You know, it's not like people who are mentally challenge or have any issues take the our word, which you know what that is, and have tried to own it, because they ever done that, because they know it's not a they just want that word. They sponged from people's furbiage period and that I that's what I believe. But again, I who am I to tell artists how to do what they do? I just prefer not to use the word. I think it's just better to leave it alone. But yes, some people have malice in their heart and they have intent to say or do the wrong things with those words, but other people don't know. Other people don't know. So Patty made a very good point when she said that and I just want to make sure that everyone understands that you shouldn't automatically jump at people for seeing something. And am not talking...

...about just the n word. I'm talking about anything when it comes to the history, like when they I know, someone made fun of it being hot or something like you know, and I think so. I can't remember exactly what the said, but I know it was rocketory, but I know it was not meant to be derogatory. So I just by just let them know their hayless and it's not cool to say that. I understand what you were trying to do. I understand what the I understand the point that you were trying to make. That that can be seen as offensive and you're lucky that you said it to me, because I can. I know that you did not mean that in the way you said it, but other people may not. So it's I think they think in order for us to come together we have to have understanding and people who don't live in my shoes don't understand where I come from and I don't understand people their aspect. I'm not a female. I've and some issues that females have I won't understand until they tell me about it. And we have to understand that we can assume that we just know what other people are thinking or what they've gone through. So you always going to be kind of careful and, you know, just use your best judgement. You could tell if someone's trying to be malicious and have hurtful intent when saying something, versus just just not honestly, not knowing, not knowing any better and maybe maybe has a need to be educated on something. Okay, so real quick let's touch on the Martin Luther King thing. So this article is very interested and interesting and you can find the article on minority reporter Dotnet and again it's it's title is Dr King's dream being denied or deferred, and in the article it talks about how a lot of the rights that Dr King championed were under our under attacked by laws and regulations. We're talking about the programs that jeopardize access to basically if needs like nutrition, safe water, legal justice and housing itself. So my thought process is on this and and again, I'd love your feedback on this. You can email us at inside margins at gmailcom. There's a talk about homelessness and there's a talk about a lot of other things here and the big talk right now, especially during the selection time, is how historically low African American unemployment is, and I just the reason why I bring that up is I just want everyone to be aware that that does not mean that things are better. That is not mean that things are better. Okay, if unemployment is down own however, unemployment is down due to more African Americans having minimum wage employment where they still can't pay for anything. I mean low wages still are there and and low wages, low waging inequality and racial and equities and severe stortage of affordable rental homes is covered in this article as well, and that's what we're talking about here. So if you're an African American and you have a family let's say you have three children in your family and you are able to get a job at the local fast food restaurant and you're making eleven dollars and ten cents an hour. Can you afford to pay for your rent, your heat, your electric your cable, not cable, but your food and groceries? If you have a vehicle, can you pay for your car payments and the car insurance and put fuel in your car off of that wage, even if you work in full time, especially if you're like a single parent, if you're a single mother or father raising a family, is that wage enough to take care of all your expenses and feed your family? Probably not. So just just because you have a job, which will be on record as improving unemployment, it does not mean that your life situation has improved. So remember that things aren't always as good as they seem on paper. It's easy to put these easy to...

...make things black and white, and things are almost never black and white. There's always some sort of gray area that needs to be defined a little bit more, and this is the case. Unemployment is down. However, with all these pushes to cut social security, to cut welfare, to cut snap and food stamps, to cut housing assistance, to cut all of these things that were needed to assist low income households. Life is not going to get better just because you were able to acquire a low wage job, and I just want to make sure that's understood. I don't believe personally, that things are much better now. Again, if you if you just go by stats and stats alone. Yes, black unemployment, it is at a low level, but there's still as a severe inequality as far as payment and the household between African Americans and White America, and that needs to be fixed before we will see any actual equality or balance or equal living situations for everyone and and try to pull African Americans out of the poverty level. Because there is the other number that it needs to be looked at. Sure, unemployment is at a low but as far as poverty levels go, which race do you think is at the poverty as? I still has a high poverty level. I'm sure you can guess which one that is. All right, we're going to take a break and I was going to cover one more topic. However, some news happened last night or yesterday afternoon, unfortunately, and I'm sure many of you know, that a basketball legend known as Kobe Bryant unfortunately passed away in a helicopter crash and also his thirteen year old daughter lost her life as well. It's very sad story. So we're gonna we're going to do a tribute to Kobe after this break. This is inside the margins and we will be right back. Let's station one hundred point nine. Say I've can for tonight. Baby, for me, you have made that we can take that step to say this is really all you gotta, all you've got. Don't deny what you feel, lady and dress, you open up your mind. I'm about to let you know you make me so. All you gotta do say, don't deny what you feel, baby and dress, the open up your mind. I'm about to that. You know you make me so. So you made me so. Think you has taken take time, but I...

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...this boy. Hello. Can I speak to Michael? Oh, hey, how you doing? I feel kind of silly doing this, but this is the waitress from the Coffee House on thirty night coming next. You know, don't want to braids. You will. I see you on Wednesdays all the time. You come in every Wednesday on your lunch break. I thing you always ordered the special with the hot chocolate love man. I mean, I don't girls don't usually do this, but I was wondering if maybe we could get together outside the restaurant one days. I do look a lot different outside my work clothes. Well Myself. Yeah, so what they did you say? Do you have a topic that you would like to discussed on inside the margins? We would love to hear from you. Please send your thoughts, comments or questions to inside margins at gmailcom. One of the greatest basketball players of all times private helicopter crashed around the La neighborhood of Calabasas. Five NBA Championships, eighteen time all star, a fifteen time member the all MBA team, to time Olympic gold medallist, one of the greats man like we all grew up. We all felt like we knew Kobe. Kobe Bryant was forty one years old. Welcome back. This is inside the margins and I'm your host, Matt Wilson. Very sad and tragic day in the world of sports yesterday and continues today. Kobe Bryant was beloved athlete. Many people grew up idolizing him. In the NBA. Kobe Bryant was an MVP who had a twenty year career with the Lakers and fortunately he was killed when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed and burst into flames and the hills above calabasas. His daughter Jan at thirteen, was also on board and died along with seven others. As is tragic news and I just wanted to talk about it briefly. You know, I'm sure everyone's heard the news by now, so this is not new news. This is just a repeat of the news and everyone has their thoughts and you know, I grew up. I was born in seventy six, so I grew up idolizing Michael Jordan and you know, Kobe Bryant's is a little younger than me, so I was, you know, an adult when Kobe was an adult. So I understood the game more a little bit by the time Kobe came into it. And you know, I'll I was not going to lie to anyone. I always said that Michael Jordan was the best of all time, but I did always say Kobe Bryant was right next to Michael Jordan. But he's tremendous athlete. He was so talented and it's devastating. And also what makes a devastating is I have four daughters. I have a nineteen year old daughter, I have a sixteen year old step daughter and I have two younger daughters, age ages four and three. And you know, I'm never worried about myself, I'm never worried about me going, but I could not bear to have one of my children lose their lives at such a young age. So let's just it's just devastating and it's hard to grasp. And I I know that Kobe's family, his wife and and his other children who lost his sister. You know, I don't know how how you recover from that. Obviously you have to eventually, but it's just tough. It's very tough and it's hard to see that it happened that way.

You know, it wasn't like he was sick and we knew that it was going to happen, so you could prepare. It's just out of the blue, just a life lost and you know, just make sure you know, if you have children, hug them, hold them, tell them untill tell them that you love them, because you never know when it's going to end. No one does. No matter how much you think you know, no matter how healthy you are, you don't know when it's going to end. Now I was I was curious to as to what shack would say because you know, there was sort of a rift or a beef between shack and Kobe, but I knew deep down that they were still great friends and very close in Shack did put out a tweet, and here's shacks tweet. It said there's no words to express the pain I'm going through with this tragedy of losing my niece Gigi, my brother Kobe Bryant. I love of you and you will be missed, Mike, and my condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passion years on board. I'm sick right now. So Shack did get to know Kobe very well and it's just, you know, it's just tragic. One cool thing I did want to mention is that there was a lot of tribute to Kobe Bryant at the grammys last night and we're going to play some clips of the tributes that were done at the grammys for Kobe Bryant and then we'll end the show with that. But I also wanted to say this before we get out of here, and don't forget that we have now partnered with the minority reporter and we're very excited about that, and I went to once again extend my thanks to petty singer. I believe our partnership is going to be great. We have the same goals as far as what this show wants to accomplish and with the minority reporter wants to accomplish. We Are we want to get our message out to the same communities and we both value your input. So please, if you have any suggestions, you can visit the minority reporter website at we minority reporter Dotnet it or you can send an email to info at minority reporter dotnet. Or you can also visit our new website inside the margins, radiocom. I not sure if it's fully functional yet, but it will be. Also, if it's not, you can still email us directly, and so inside margins at gmailcom for any suggestions or show topics that you want to hear in the future. But we will continue with that and Patty will continue to bring us the headline news and I'm very happy that that's a partnership now. So thank you for joining us for this, for this edition of inside the margins, and we will leave you with some tributes from the grammys for Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant, age forty one, rest in peace. This is Matt Wilson for inside the margins. I'll see you next time. So we're all filling crazy sadness right now because earlier today Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero and we're literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built. We never imagined in a million years we have to start the show like this. Never, never, never, never, never never. So we wanted to do something that could describe a tiny bit how we all feel right now. It's so hard to say about to. We had the good time and makes let away the best to here. My Love You, Coldy,...

Ladies and Gentlemen, Demi Levato, Christ the, please God bless Colby's family. We love you. Do you have a topic that you would like to discuss on inside the margins? We would love to hear from you. Please send your thoughts, comments or questions to inside margins at gmailcom. You're listening to one hundred nine FM, wxr R LP, in Rochester, New York, the home of extreme independent radio. Find us at one hundred and nine wx ircom Shan take me for all my colors, for you take I'll never school too much, just you and everything that you do. I don't really need to look very much. I don't want to have to go where you don't hold it back again, this passion inside and run from there's no way. We don't make me stay. Don't walk away from me. Nothing. Don't you why to the heart? You break down my walls with the strength of your line. I don't really need to look very much. Father, I don't wanna where back again, this passion side. But don't, don't...

...walk away from me. Don't walk away from me.

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