Thursday

Two Men Arrested at Starbucks were arrogant.

Okay, you heard about the story, two black men arrested for no reason at all in Philadelphia while sitting in a Starbucks without ordering a twelve-dollar coffee.  Yes, it's bad, probably racist, and a sign of the black man-and-woman's struggle in this country for equality.  

If you read my blog, you know I'm a liberal, open minded guy who usually supports the less fortunate of us all, the only problem I have with these guys is they went into a Starbucks and sat without ordering anything!   I could never do that, shit, when in New York I usually end up buying at least 3 or 4 coffees I don't really need just to use a clean Starbucks bathroom.  Nothing in life is free, especially a city Starbucks. 

I wasn't there so don't really know, but the guys said they were waiting on some people for a business meeting.  Okay, fine, buy a f88king pastry or bottle of water at least.   What makes you think you are entitled to a free seat in a restaurant? It's not a public space, it's a private restaurant. 

Sorry, guys, I just have to call it as I see it.  

The Two Arrogant Men Who Think They Don't Have To PayFor A Seat At A Starbucks.
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From the journal of Esther Hill Hawks, April 19th, 1865

School was hardly open this morning before Mr. Hurley came in and told me that President Lincoln had been assassinated....Several of the large girls who are in classes taught by the white southern teachers, came to me, weeping bitterly and begged to be taken out of classes.  I let them go home at the same time and must watch my teachers for any expression of disloyalty.  The greatest gloom pervades the city....Minute guns have been firing nearly ever since the news came; flags are at half mast.  The colored people express their sorrow and sense of loss in many cases, with sobs and loud lamentations! No native whites are seen anywhere on the streets....For me, I am beginning to be strong in the "fatalistic theory." His work was accomplished and he is removed.  I will not doubt but God has other men and means, to finish what is yet undone!

So, who was Esther Hill Hawks, you ask?

She was unable to serve as an Army Surgeon because of her gender and so educated newly freed slaves on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. After the war, she established Florida's first interracial school, but in January 1869 her new schoolhouse was torched; she returned to New England to practice medicine.

Esther Hill Hawks
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