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    Black and White  echo $newRAM;
    added Tue October 18 2005 at 10:37 AM
    On September 30, 1962, James Meredith became a national hero by attending the University of Mississippi. He was the first black student to do so, and white bigots opposed to this action came out by the thousands to protest. Not surprisingly, the protesting quickly deteriorated to rioting as the protestors began throwing rocks, bricks, bottles, even bullets at the police officers assigned to protect Mr. Meredith. I defy anybody to justify the actions that took place or blame them on Mr. Meredith. Any non-racist person would agree that what he did was a service to the civil rights movement and that the riot was a sign of the racial bigotry that was sadly characteristic of Mississippi at that time.

    This same theme was played out over and over again during the civil rights movement, as peaceful protests led to white retaliation led to violence. All too often, the violence was targetted at the individuals protesting, but on several occasions, the violence became targetted at the police officers assigned to protect the protestors. It was a dark time in our nation's history, when racial bigotry dictated that gangs of white men could freely harass any black man that was pro-active, and peaceful demonstrations to call attention to the injustice often ended in violence.

    Fast forward to October 15, 2005. Racial tensions in a mixed-race neighborhood simmerred and stewed until a group decided to protest the apparent injustice. Much like the civil rights movement of 40 years ago, this group of unarmed men decided to stage a peaceful protest by marching through the neighborhood, decrying the racial targetting. Also like so many similar protest 40 years ago, the protest was met with violence. The protestors were forced to cancel their march, and those opposing the march took out their anger on the authorities assigned to protect the marchers by throwing rocks at police cars, media vans, even ambulances. The scene is hauntingly familiar, but with one exception. The fault now clearly lies with those organizing the march instead of the ones throwing rocks and bricks.

    What makes this event different from the demonstrations of the 60's? The march was organized by white men instead of black.

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    Cleaning out the contacts  echo $newRAM;
    added Tue October 18 2005 at 7:20 PM
    Not the kind in your eyes-- I don't wear those. I'm referring to the contacts list on my phone. Last night I was scrolling through my contact list and realized that there were several people in there that didn't even have that phone number anymore. It's understandable, people move on and you don't call them for a while and before you know it you get a message saying that the number is out of service.

    Then this evening I was brought to the painful realization that I needed to clean out my quick calls list. You know, the numbers you call so often you might as well be able to dial them just by pushing one button. Well, except I'm not even sure why I have a cell phone because goodness knows I don't call people very often, and I get even less calls in. The main time I use my cell phone is when I'm driving with a caravan of other cars and we're trying to coordinate when we'll stop next.

    I used to call Steve every morning to figure out when I needed to pick him up, because we carpooled. He moved a few miles away and drives in to work with his wife now. I don't know why I had Eric's number on quick dial, since I rarely called him when he was my roommate and never call him now that he's moved back to Utah. The most painful one, however, was removing Coreen from the list. I figured it was the smartest thing to do, since she pretty much told me to not call her again.

    There's more to read. Read the extended entry.