To the Editor:
My name is Tiffany Thompson and I am Miss Black University of Central Oklahoma 2012. On July 4 I had the pleasure of participating in the Edmond LibertyFest Parade. I was honored to represent the University of Central Oklahoma in a parade that celebrates the independence of our great country and the heritage of Oklahoma.
However, there were moments that I felt the community wasn’t as excited to see me as I was to participate. While most of the parade attendees were welcoming, there were members from the crowd shouting comments such as, “Wow look! It’s a black one,” and “When did they start letting them in the parade?” A lady pointed at my car sign that read Miss Black UCO and then pointed at the car in front of me that read Miss UCO and sarcastically said, “So I guess she is supposed to be Miss White UCO?”
I am honestly disappointed at the response of some during the parade. But it also solidifies why it is still important to have pageants such as the Miss Black UCO pageant. The black pageant system started during the 1960s when blacks were not allowed to participate in the Miss American pageant system. The black pageant system was created to celebrate the history, talents, intelligence and beauty of African American women. It is a tradition that we still proudly participate in today.
I am fortunate to be a student at a university that truly understands what it means to celebrate diversity. It doesn’t mean that we place everyone in a box and force them into the same culture. A true celebration of diversity is recognizing that our country is made up of people with different backgrounds, histories, traditions and customs that we respect, celebrate and embrace.
Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away, and that in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.” We can hope.
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HEY HINK: Obama loses vote in Democrat-controlled Senate
This week, the Senate dealt President Obama a humiliating defeat. His nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s civil rights division was derailed by a 47-to-52 talley with eight Democrats among the “no” votes. This outcome is tragic for all concerned; the president, the nominee, the Senate and the American people.
CONSIDER THIS: Why does American Indian Cultural Center matter?
We can fulfill an obligation to our Native American brethren, cultures, histories and ourselves by completing the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.
Women raise their voices for peace, security
International Women’s Day has been observed on March 8 since the early 1900s. From factory workers to abolitionists, women began to speak out against women’s oppression and inequality. They organized to demand better working conditions, equal pay and the right to vote. As 50 percent of the world’s population, our foremothers realized they had a critical role to play in the political, social and economic life of their society and it was time for their voices to be heard.
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Throughout the course of a legislative session, many bills are proposed, discussed and voted on. Lots of times, good bills pass and become law. Sometimes, good bills focused on important topics do not make it to law. For one reason or another, it just didn’t receive the votes. That can even happen to measures that have widespread support.
Shotgun homes stand in Oklahoma
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They included the custom of constructing small homes that were one room wide and featured several other rooms behind the front one with doors at both the front and back of the structure that in time became know as “shotgun houses.” The term shotgun is said to reflect the fact that a bullet could be fired through the front door and go through every room in the house.
The Kansas City Star: Ukrainian victory turns toward tragedy
The stakes are changing rapidly in Ukraine. The people have spoken in Kiev. But now Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken more loudly.
By Sunday, Kiev’s new interim leaders charged that Russians had invaded. Putin asserted that his forces were merely protecting Russian interests in Crimea. He appeared undeterred by his 90-minute talk with President Barack Obama on Saturday, leading experts to question if Ukraine’s regime could stave off a military conflict and possible partition.
President’s budget a disappointment
Last month, President Obama filed his annual budget blueprint for fiscal year 2015. While the contents of his proposal have been a major topic of discussion in the news since then, its official release on March 4 will determine the next steps for lawmakers, who must work together to ultimately find a common agreement.
40 modernization proposals win approval
Last week presented the first major legislative deadline. Proposals that didn’t receive committee approval by last Thursday are no longer eligible for additional consideration.
As the chairman of the Government Modernization committee it was my responsibility to sort through a large number of proposals and work with the authors of those proposals to make them both politically viable and practicable for implementation if approved.
This year, the committee considered more proposals than in any other year.
Here are just a few:
HEY HINK: War redefined: Don’t fall for the con job
This week, I’m thinking about shell games and war. Let’s start with war. This is probably the most damaging social convention ever devised by the mind of man. But war is a phenomenon that’s touched the lives of every American. We owe our freedoms to those who won the “Revolutionary War.” The political and economic face of America was forever changed by “The Civil War.” The pattern for the international stage as it exists today was largely defined by “World War I.”
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