Michael T. Smith argues that the “normalcy” of black murder is ingrained in our American culture. Indeed, the idea that a black American would be involved in a homicide—either as perpetrator or victim—is so broadly accepted as to be largely unnoticed.
Smith exposes the racism that underlies the appalling lack of outrage at high death rates in the black community, and highlights the hypocrisy of a society that glamorizes violence, but ignores its victims. “It doesn't take action to keep racism going,” Smith observes, “it takes inaction.”
- Windstream CommunicationsSr. Database Analyst - Business/Strategic Marketing, 2013 - present
- Vestcom International, Inc.Database Developer, 2012 - 2013
- Allied WirelessDatabase Administrator, 2010 - 2012
- Acxiom CorporationDatabase Developer/Admin, 2001 - 2010
- Alltel Communications (now Verizon)Information Security, 1997 - 2001
- Best BuyInventory Supervisor, 1994 - 1997
- Office MaxWarehouse Supervisor, 1992 - 1994
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What does it mean? Do you mind if I use that? I understand part of it, but can you explain the rest? Whew! Well, I welcome conversation about the tagline. Allow me to explain what it really means to me, your interpretation may vary and rightfully so.
“Faith” points to my Christian worldview. I’m unashamed of being a Christ-follower and that stance shapes my outlook on all aspects of my life and my view of the world around me. When prioritizing commitments, this choice was by far the best decision of my life.
“Father, Family Man” outlines my committment to my large, yet amazing family, “The Valley Bunch.” These are the people who know the best and the worst of me, yet still accept me for the person that I am and encourage my development into the person that I am longing to be. That said, I have an amazing supporting cast with me as I “strut and fret upon the stage.”
Nicole Nordeman recorded the song, “Legacy” that expresses the desire I have to impact the world around me, especially my impressionable children.
I want to leave a legacy
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love? Did I point to You enough
To make a mark on things?
“Frequent Failure of Frivolous Functions” is usually the root of the discussion about the tagline’s meaning. Those who have intimate knowledge of my character understand that I’m better at solving the complex than the simple. One of my passions, then, is simplifying the complexities of life whenever and wherever I can. I’m not terribly interested (frequently fail) in making simple issues (frivolous functions) even more simple. I mean, if it’s already simple, I’m the wrong dude to call to “dumb it down.”
Now that we’ve officially gotten off on a good start, “Hello, I’m Anthony Keith Valley.”
- University of Phoenix - Graduate SchoolMBA, 2011 - 2012
- Helena-West Helena High School
- University of Central Arkansas
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