Slave Plantation Images in Nissan Heisman Ad?

Slave plantation images in Nissan Heisman House Ad?
While watching an NFL game on Sunday, I was stunned by a car commercial. Just when you think Black lives have worth, you see an ad that glorifies the Antebellum South, whistling Dixie Land and Gone with the Wind. My question to Nissan and the ad agency: Who approved of this racist and oppressive promotional campaign demeaning athletes and people of color? Who gave it the green light?

Adding insult to injury, the automaker has a companion website to the television commercial, On the website, the Heisman winners strike stereotypical minstrel-man poses quite demeaning if you understand the historical context of America’s original sin.

The commercial starts with one of the many Heisman winners driving to a massive, old and disheveled, mansion resembling a plantation from the TV series “Roots.” As Baltimore Ravens Quarterback, Lamar Jackson (wearing his Louisville jersey) approaches the sprawling estate of the Heisman House, he is puzzled by the neglected grounds saying, “What the heck happened here?” After pulling into the driveway, he knocks on the door and Tim Tebow answers in a peculiar Father Time meets Rip Van Winkle outfit in full overgrown beard. Jackson reminds Tebow that it’s Heisman time. This awakens the slumber of other Heisman winners including Mark Ingram in a second-floor bedroom, shouting, “It’s Heisman Time.” 

This prompts the Loverboy song, “Working for the Weekend,” and the scene cuts to 3 mascots doing domestic work. The Louisville Cardinal is making beds; the Texas Longhorn is vacuuming, and the Oregon Duck is cleaning the kitchen. 

Here’s the insult. The great Tennessee Titans running back, Derrick Henry, is outside cutting grass, while Baker Mayfield is creating a menu, casually sauntering the halls. Former Oregon Duck, Marcus Mariota tells the Nissan wheels that he’ll get another toothbrush for them. Kyler Murray, the Aggie turned Sooner, stands on a helmet and feverishly dusts off all of the trophies.

Micro insults continue as the commercial comes to a close. Cameras cut back to Derrick Henry meticulously clipping the Heisman hedge sculpture, and chauffer Charles Woodson, with Wolverine jersey, impatiently waiting for Mayfield to get in the car. “Come on man, I ain’t got all day.” Woodson is the driver and the aloof Mr. Mayfield is flippantly oblivious to Woodson’s demands, completing the list for market. `

Nissan’s campaign is ambitious at best, but not clever or sensitive. 
Perhaps a better effort would be to feature a much better athlete like Deion Sanders. He doesn’t have a Heisman, but he has 2 Super Bowl rings. He is the only person to play in a World Series and a Superbowl. He is also the only athlete in professional sports to score a touchdown and to hit a home run in the same week. Contrast that with Bleacher Report’s Ryan Alfieri who wrote, “Tim Tebow Became the Least-Wanted Man in the Entire NFL.” 
We are polarized as a nation and Nissan adds to the negative template. Deion Sanders probably would say, “It must be the money,” but Nissan should make a commercial campaign worthy of “Prime Time.” Nissan makes great cars, but their narrative could use a history lesson that innovates and excites.

Mother of Kanye West Celebrated in book, “Donda’s Rules: The Scholarly Works of Dr. Donda West”

CHICAGO, July 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — When Kanye brags about his mother’s career as a professor at Chicago State University, he beams with pride. The new book, Donda’s Rules: The Scholarly Documents of Dr. Donda West (Mother of Kanye West)delivers the hidden and explicit details of an English professor, writer, world traveler, and mother who cared deeply for the arts community, literature, and her only child, Kanye Omari West.

Donda's Rules - The Scholarly Works of Dr. Donda West (Mother of Kanye West)
Donda’s Rules – The Scholarly Works of Dr. Donda West (Mother of Kanye West)

Edited by Chicago State University associate professor Garrard McClendonDonda’s Rules highlights 70 engaging advisory tips on how to write creatively, while maintaining and breaking the rules of composition. Dr. West discusses “writing systems as songs, not notes … paragraphs as meals, not recipes.” McClendon skillfully puts forth her subjects including systems theory on composition and rhetoric, how to become a fearless writer with flavor, a resolution on Ebonics and Black literary works, and her studies on Alexander Pushkin.

Dr. Mahalia Ann Hines, mother of COMMON, says, “Donda was beautiful. She was intelligent, patient, and generous. Her words were written with power and this book proves it.”

Dr. Brenda M. Greene – professor and mother of recording artist Talib Kweli says, “Donda and I were kindred spirits as sisters in the network of hip-hop mothers. She was an unsung leader who infused culture and ‘knowledge of self’ into the curriculum. Donda loved her students.”

Besides being the mother of Kanye West, the book highlights her scholarly genius, giving teachers, professors, and students fresh experiential approaches to the art and mechanics of writing engaging prose. Donda West believed we are all hardwired to become writers, denying the myth of writer’s block, while criticizing current teaching methods. West despised “Top-Down Hierarchies” calling them inferior and insecure. Her clarion call was for writers to change the world by being fearless. Now we know the origin of Yeezy’s confidence.

Donda’s Rules – $19.95 at Ingram, Amazon, Kindle, and www.WaymanDeanPress.comISBN-13: 978-0996883207 

Garrard McClendon, Ph.D. is the author of the bestseller, Ax or Ask? – The African American Guide to Better English. He is available for interviews at 800-975-6044.

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Officers Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan charged in the Killing of Rayshard Brooks

Officers Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan have been charged in the Rayshard Brooks death. With a simple telephone call to the family from police officers, Rayshard Brooks would still be alive today. Be careful Black men. Beware of police officers who lack training, harbor racist hostility, and aren’t strong enough for two officers to arrest one citizen without excessive force. Domestic terrorists are just a badge away.

Fulton County District Attorney, Paul Howard, announced that the charges for former Officer Garrett Rolfe are Count 1) felony murder, Count 2) aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the shooting of Mr. Brooks, Count 3 aggravated assault account for shooting in the direction of an innocent civilian (Melvin Evans) striking an automobile, Count 4 for aggravated assault – firing weapon in the direction of civilian (Danielle Killions), Count 5 is for shooting in the direction of civilian (Michael Perkins), Count 6 for criminal damage, and 7 additional violations of oath of office, including not informing Mr. Rayshard Brooks that he was being arrested, shooting a taser while Mr. Brooks was running away which is a violation of Atlanta Standard Operating Procedure, shooting a firearm at Mr. Brooks, and not offering timely medical aid. And finally, kicking Mr. Brooks and holding his arm and back down by the force of leg after he was shot twice in the back (the bullets entered heart and gluteus maximus).

Former Officer Garrett Rolfe antagonized Rayshard Brooks for 26 minutes.

Officer Devin Brosnan is charged with aggravated assault for standing on Mr. Brooks’ shoulder and back, charged with an unauthorized law enforcement control technique, and failure to render timely medical aid.

Officer Devin Brosnan has admitted that he was standing on the back of Mr. Brooks.

Former Officer Rolfe and Officer Brosnan are to turn themselves in immediately. Officer Brosnan may be willing to testify against his partner. Prosecutor is asking that Brosnan get a $50,000 bond and that there be no bond for Officer Rolfe.

Be careful Black men. Domestic terrorists are just a badge away.

Former Officer Garrett Rolfe and Officer Devin Brosnan

Love people, use things.

Love people, use things. The opposite never really works.

Garrard quotes Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus on Windy City Live. As the protests continue for justice of Derek Chauvin’s brutal and wickedly cowardice slaying and lynching of George Floyd, we embark on police reform, society reform, and the return of the social contract. When will we again, love people, and use things? The Minimalists have the answer.

A Riot is the Language of the Unheard in the Divided States of America

A Riot is the Language of the Unheard in the Divided States of America by Garrard McClendon, Ph.D.

Why riot, tear up, and destroy stores, cars, banks, and property? Because a riot is the language of the unheard. King knew and he was prescient. Former police officer, Derek Chauvin, asphyxiated, tortured, lynched, and homicidally humiliated George Floyd, American citizen, in Minneapolis, MN. A man is dead and we are admonished to just let it go.

Derek Chauvin killed a man who begged for his breath, his life, his liberty, and his pursuit of happiness. Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao have no respect for life. And neither does the average person. Love, honor, respect, and reverence for the sacred creation and existence of human minds, bodies, and souls have gone to the dark side. The side of Paradise Lost and Dante’s Inferno. We are no longer deserving of a relationship with God when just 1 precious person’s miracle is taken by an 11-minute knee to the neck. A police officer’s unrelenting, cowardice, Gestapo-styled killing, assisted by fellow henchmen, J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and the jelly-spine bystanding of Tou Thao. Where were the good cops this country brags about? Nowhere near George Floyd.

We live in the United States of Shame – a country riddled with the schizophrenia of loyalty masquerading as good policing and American citizens who care more for dogs and phony twenty dollar bills than humans. Hundreds of nations know that this country claims to be real, and true, honest and free, but verily, America is a sham.

A riot is the language of the unheard, in a bird sanctuary, in your living room, in a suburb, or in the streets of Minneapolis. King was right, and the unheard will continue to speak.

God bless the soul of George Floyd. #GeorgeFloyd

Donda West was a brilliant example for son, Kanye

Donda’s Rules, the book by Garrard McClendon, focuses on the scholarly works of Donda West. It is clear that her prowess as a professor became a mainline to Kanye. The definitive works of the professor and scholar, Donda West, are included in Donda’s Rules. Chapters include her systems theory on composition and rhetoric, a resolution on ebonics, a community-based economic development plan, and her studies on Alexander Pushkin.

Dow Jones loses all gains since Trump inauguration

The Dow Jones was dealt a serious blow as Covid-19 continues to blanket the landscape of the United States and the world. The hubris of Donald Trump has disappeared as the near 30,000 point Dow dwindles into a 10,000 point free fall. The Corona Virus Disease humbles everyone and with quarantine protocol as the new normal, we must all adjust to the social contract. The Feds should minimally call for nation-wide quarantine and a $5000 payment each month to every family in the U.S. for the next 6 months.

Be kind. Be humble. Be good. Be encouraged.