Accountability__ReCap

December 2011-Lessons Within A Lesson:

Timelines are really good. They tell a magnificent story. Hanging out at Appreciation Park,  Ms. Shirley points out to her co-worker how hard it has been to get promoted because of her age. She point out in the story people with disabilities were not accommodated appropriately.  Visit dol.gov for more protected rights.  Associates with disabilities are not included and has vanished in the workforce.  Their rights are protected under ADA (American Disability Act). Visit United States Department of Labor for more information click on dol.gov.   There are so many things wrong at WAL-MART store #2857.   The associate lives have been shattered.   Their self-esteem has been scattered.  The associates rights are stripped away.  The Associates haven’t the slightest clue of how their rights are violated.   Yes! Of course it really does matter. Awareness will come if the associates are reading.

Associates who are 40+ (Age Discrimination) had gone missing. Many of these associates was Grandfather in.  Bullying, intimidation, micromanagement ran amok throughout the store. Who set up this climate change?  Associates are set up for Failure and not for Success.  The turnover is great.  The most used strategy in the store is turning the associates against one another. Cronyism ranks #1.  In my neck of the woods it is called the FBI. This meant you got your job through Family, Bro, and In-Laws. IF YOU ARE NOT THE ANOINTED YOU WON’T BE APPOINTED. How much room is there at the top?  Who will get left behind? The Tap on the shoulder can be challenged under hiring practices. This wide range practice is very common at Walmart and throughout Corporate America.

Certain members of management did not like to be questioned.  Associates are to follow directives only.  Store #2857 is the breeding ground for chaos. Associates were lockout, forced out, isolated, denied promotions and vacations, wrongfully terminated. Internal Suppression is the Red Carpet and the Walk Of Shame.  GOOD MEMBERS of management that could actually trained the associates for another level of management have their marching orders.   Inside These Walls of Existing Conditions  at store #2857  there is a “Climate Change of Fear.” It remains a Pressure Cooker and ignites the fuel of Intimidation. The Gauge goes up and the flames turns into an inferno of Retaliation.  The Heat Is On.  Certain members of management had more options to cheat, lie, and only worry about their Bonuses and salary. Inequality and Injustice! Yes, Corporate America invested with their investors instead of investing in a human life. It is called Corporate Greed.

Truth is a great Power. Consequences rides by its side. It is up to the individual whether or not if he/she can live with the path they’ve chosen.  Lies will Blacken any day. Let your VOICE BE HEARD and Restore Trust.  Speak out! Remain true to yourself, credible, respectable, and believable. You have more rights than you think. Our nation was rolling into an election of a new Presidential Candidate in the year of our LORD 2012. The INVESTMENT was placed with We The People. The vote was for THE INTELLIGENT MIND.  The OUTCOME was MONUMENTAL  Focusing on MONEY only stimulates CORRUPTION. YOU ARE THERE! This is just the beginning.

August 2012-Inside These Walls__Existing Conditions

Do your company understand Diversity? What happen to Inclusion?  Who benefits from the company’s policy? Whatever happen to Safety in the workplace? Who is Dr. Larry Barton? Don’t worry, Dr. Larry Barton is strictly a company man. He doesn’t work for the associates. He is Mr. CBL (computer base learning) of WAL-MART .  Dr Barton’s training is based on shifting all the responsibility on the Problem Associates vs Associates With Problem. Boot camp is over.  The associates are not getting brainwashed by Dr. Larry Barton seminar.  Dr. Larry Barton failed to teach Management RETALIATION is NOT ACCOUNTABILITY.  Dr. Larry Barton states the best Crisis is one we can prevent. What about the crisis which is initiated?  Who is the real threat in store #2857?  What about the problem with the same Management or certain members of management?  Why did the associates become so disgruntled? What did management do for the associates to become UNREASONABLE? Temperature Rising and Global Warming has struck. An Atmosphere of FEAR has been created. By Who?   Where did OPPORTUNITY go?  Maybe Opportunity ran off with another lover. Valentines Day has passed. Maybe it is time for a new love.  There is no love up in the house at  Wal-Mart store #2857.   No love for all people of a diverse race and culture. Can the associates become successful in Wal-Mart’s World?  Say it with me now!  If You Are Not The Anointed You Won’t Be Appointed.    The associates aren’t the ones with the high-powered attorneys. The associates definitely aren’t packing a psychiatrist that is carrying a roll of quarters in one hand and a pitcher of KOOL-AID in the other hand.  There will be no more brainwashing.  It’s time for “WHO” to take responsibility. Say it with me now. WAL-MART!  You Got It! The associates need an equal playing field. They don’t need HR or Home Office kicking them around like a ball on a played out football field.  Dr. Barton needs to be investigated by the Citizen Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) or the associates commission on Human Rights. Either way this Dude needs to be investigated. Dr. Barton needs to realize laws are made to protect the individuals right against their employers.  Review At-Will Employment and Constructive Discharge.

New Hurricane has blown in.  I have noticed hurricanes are usually named after ladies. I do recall Hurricane Andrew. NOT GOOD!  This hurricane was named after our new store manager. Hurricane Randi. Other members of management call him DADDY! I wouldn’t want a father like that. Nor would I want a MOMMY DEAREST. His undesirable cleaning equipment starts with berating, demeaning, shouting and screaming at his management team.  The store manager takes pride in stripping management of their self-esteem. Management then comes to the floor to wax the associates. There is no shine left on the associates behind.  The shackles once placed on your feet are shackles placed upon your mind. An ankle bracelet of FEAR, INTIMIDATION, and RETALIATION gets wrapped around the mind of the associates induced by the store manager.  The same or certain members of management follow the store managers directives. Management have their CBBD (Coaching By Beat Down) orders never questioning RIGHT or WRONG of the directives and NEVER standing up for the associates.

RETALIATION is very much alive. DELAY is the waiting game. You think management will get back with the associates. Walmart has a sun down rule.  Are you the new star of Pitch Black?  Welcome to Van Diesel world.  FEAR creeps in. You are all alone and own your on.  No responders. It is definitely an unsafe environment. There is only one way.  It certainly doesn’t favor the associates. PUNISHMENT is at the top of the ladder.  All hell breaks loose.  The lies, deceit, and obstruction of justice takes its toll. The associate will not be the winner of the VOICE and will not return for the next season.

Violations in the store are monumental. Of course I know what they are. These violations run the gamut from ATF, OSHA, HEALTH and SAFETY, FIRE CODES and much more.  Associates constitutional rights are violated on a daily basis. Human Rights and Civil Rights takes a backseat.  Violations of this nature are hidden under the carpet. Walmart strategy is to have the associates focus on the money. In the mean time Walmart will get away with Corporate Greed, Force Arbitration, and the ability to assassinate Class Action Law Suits by getting a PASS. This will ultimately shut down the associates day in court. It is not the VOICE of one injured party but the Voices of the massively injured.  Everyone must have their day in court.   I have my sword of accountability with me.  Management will RETALIATE against you for Reporting to HR and HOME OFFICE.  If Walmart say they won’t they are a Ball Face Lie and their Nickname is MIT. Why do you think I have written all of these stories?  I am not singing Daryl Hall and John Oates, Say It Isn’t So. I know it is so. I have lived it.

November 2012- Please Proceed__Get The Transcript

The Sum Of All Fears. The new store manager has arrives on the scene. It is election time. Guess Who is up for grabs. Time for me to get frame and held accountable for a crime that I did not commit in the year of our Lord 2012.  The Co-manager, Ben Abbott,  wants to become a store manager.   So the Black or if you prefer to use African-American CSM can be sacrificed.  It is only fitting and appropriate that I call my name out also. Hello! My name is Linda Garrett the overnight CSM at store #2857.   I am the one with the rope burns around my neck.  Coming atcha live from the front burner.  Are you ready to review  INTENTIONAL BEHAVIORS at its finest?  These dates are very significant-5/30/2012 (given a verbal); 7/13/2012 (coached); 7/26/2012 (Asst. Manager Stephanie validated by the time clock at 4:07 a.m. that it was her and Co-Manager Ben who was under a lot of pressure by the new store manger, Randall Addison to clean house) big piece of the puzzle; 8/30/2012 (all hell breaks loose); 9/13/2012 and 9/22/2012 (coached again). Notice the pattern in these dates. Every 2 months and the dates 7/13/2012; 9/13/2012 are two months apart on the same day. On 9/16/2012 Kyndell Garrett, my son was coached the next week. I wanted the PYRAMID of RETALIATION to once again reveal itself. Under the PYRAMID of RETALIATION you have DELAY, FEAR, and PUNISHMENT (All Out War). Well, at least Assistant Manager Stephanie got promoted to Co-Manager and she no longer works at store #2857.   You wrong a person and you get promoted. The other Co-Manager, Allison, stepped down and went to another store. The law of Constructive Discharge knocked down Allison’s door.

I would like to point out to Human Rights Commission, the United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch, State Attorney General Chris Koster, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and President Barack Obama a new set of numbers have arrived on the scene as of February 26, 2016. My watch said 5:50am. The other White or Caucasian female CSM had to go home. I did show her the list and she thought it was strange. Me too. Strange I did not see her name on the list. Should I be surprise?   This time register numbers are used.  Register 3, 29, 28, 17, 22, 17, 21, and 22. Each register shows the date, negative or plus amount, and to be verified as a multi-user. This is the killer. On that sheet I was at the very top of the list. I was listed nine times.  There are nine register numbers. Either I’m on every register because we are so short of help or my numbers are used on registers I’m not on. I’m looking at some registers that I have not been on. Every morning I leave out Let The Games Begin.  The order is given to aim at the yellow target on my back.  The same Co-Manager makes his way down to 100 to see who will be under surveillance and  who he can put the screws to.  Who gave the order?   Here we are election time again in the year of our Lord 2016 with the same Co-manager, Ben Abbott, directly in the cash office where it is so much easier to set me up or ask any person he is surrounded by to do something unethical so he can become store manager. How sad! I went to the cash office at the request of an associate. He had printed his schedule out. He could not remember what printer it had would printed on. I checked and VOILA! The paper on top had my name listed 9 times. The paper underneath was the associates schedule.  The associate said he was surprised I found his schedule because he had printed his schedule out a day ago. I was not surprise to see the SETUP take shape again.

Walmart doesn’t own their mistakes and will never apologize. Walmart will never say they learn from their mistakes because they keep making the same mistakes. Walmart will never tell what they have done wrong. So I thought I would get out in front and shine the light on their wrongdoing before they give me a coaching or fire me in this year before the old system goes out.  Walmart will dirty up your work record. You just have to stay on top.  A new system will be put in place on MARCH 5, 2016. Every person who needs to be locked in by a coaching, will be. Any associate under the old system will be fired before the new system takes effects.  That’s right!  MARCH 6th, 2016 is my birthday.  It would be awesome for the same Co-manager, Ben Abbott, to make another attempt to assassinate my character on the day before my birthday.   Do we have a theory for March 5th?

Walmart probably doesn’t want to remember David ToVar. He was Walmart Vice-President for Corporate Communications. The PR person should never become the story. Well, David Tovar forgot that he did not graduate from college In other words he Lied on his resume. Well, David Tovar got out in front and corrected his errors. He was Dropped by Walmart but picked up by a marksman(ex- Walmart employee who now works for Sprint). David Tovar did not let his mistakes define him but got out in front and now he is the Come Back Kid. Walmart let all of their mistakes define who they are. Who cares about REPUTATION when you are the world largest employee. Money is  Walmart only interest and pleasing their investors.

CEO, Doug McMillon I’m on every list to be targeted at store #2857.  I remember Co-Manager Therese (Trez) Renzetti approach me to finish 2 CBL on Friday February 5, 2016 at the beginning of my shift. My shift starts at 10:00 am.  There was no Emergency Manager Meeting. I had just 2 compliance CBL’s. I completed the Ethic CBL but the Tobacco and FireArm went down while I tried to complete it. Co-Manager Therese Renzetti had 9 CBL’s at that time. Listed below as followed:

1.) Hazardous Waste-due 8/10/2015

2.) Safety I-due 10/27/2015

3.) Safety II-due 10/27/2015

4.) Alcohol Safety Training-due 10/27/2015

5.)Hazardous Waste Refresher-due 10/27/2015

6.) AP-O9 Authorized Associates-due 10/27/2015

7.) HPAA-Ops Refresher-due 10/27/2015

8.) A Safer Work Place-due 10/27/2015

9.) Statement Of Ethics 10/27/2015

CEO Doug McMillon these are the people you have chosen to keep around. The harassment did not stop there. Assistant Mgr. Seth Blakely continued his harassment and bullying. He made it clear that no one is untouchable and he would be back for the next cycle to fire me. I do have the list of the people he coached and the people he fired.  He may state he tells everyone this but I made the list to prove he is not joking.  This is what happens when associates hold management accountable. This is the FEAR that your TEAM of people hold over the associates. That is WHY the associates are afraid to come forward.  As the President of the United Stated would say, “You can’t make this up.” Yes, I will call my name out again. Hello! My name is Linda Garrett. I coming atcha you live from the Front Burner.

December 2012-Painted Me As The Enemy

Top strategy of Walmart is turning associates against one another. There will ALWAY be a NO FRIENDS CONTRACT. Friendships and relationships will be broken by promises made by Walmart. There will be NO ACCOUNTABILITY for management as long as associates cannot UNITE. Money will be used as the Dog Catchers Bone. The Open Door Policy is to protect Walmart.  The information you bring to HR will be shared with the store managers and other members of management. Once you go through Walmart’s Open Door and they find out what you know from that day FORWARD you will be forever Painted As The Enemy.

November 2013-Lucy And The Football Taken Away

Reflects back on the life of Lyle Streich a long-term associate who passed away on October 23rd, 2013. Kansas City Star rolled out Lyle’s obituary on October 25th, 2013.  His funeral services held on October 28th, 2013. At the time of Lyle Streich  death Bill Simon was the CEO of Walmart. Lyle was a GOOD MAN and had accomplished many achievements. Before Lyle passed away he came to visit me. I was so glad to see him. He was so frail. He joked about me being on register 22. He said, ” You know they are going to try to hang you on that register. You better switch up.” Lyle was right. He knew Black Friday was just around the corner. Lyle came to check up on me to see if I would survive.   My voice had diminish greatly and I told Lyle I had a lot of concerns. I remember an associate approach me and said one of the Co-mangers had told her I was faking and I wanted people to feel sorry for me.  No! I really want to maintain my health. Unlike the associates who clock in and want to be sick and go home to avoid the stress of the job at Walmart.  Boy with my voice being out of commission for 6 months it was party time for the same Co-manager because I could not ask her questions. An associates kills me off on my birthday.   When you get to the paragraph Mr. President I attended Lyles services something happens and it explains WHY MARCH 5th leads into MARCH 6 which is my birthday.  It will give you a recipe and explains what happens in Please Proceed__Get The Transcript in 2012.  It also shapes what is plan for March 5th and March 6 of 2016.  At that particular time in 2013  160,000 Walmart workers will be rewarded to high paying jobs and more opportunity is emphasized. Here we are at the gate.   It is now  2016 and a new pay increase will be initiated and put into  effect by March 5, 2016.  Yes, the beauty of TIMELINES.

Lyle was very ill.  The associates in the store expressed great concerns. Lyle was moved from Automotive, Hardware, Sporting Goods, Furniture, Toys, and Lawn & Garden. Lyle made it clear he would never have been treated this way on his other job. Lyle said Walmart does not care about the associate. Eventually Lyle became too ill to work. Even after he left the store it felt as though Lyle was there watching over me and the other associates. I made a commitment to Lyle. When my voice return I would not waste my breath nor my voice on a Store Manager, Randall Addison, Co-Manager Therese Renzetti, or Co-Manager Ben Abbott who berates, bully associates, retaliate,  set associates up for failure and use excessive surveillance to harass and intimidate.  Once again, I’m Linda Garrett at store #2857. My voice is to be used to advocate, uplift, and motivate. Yes,  Lyle was taken away but his spirit is a beacon of light for me to carry on my fight. Truly Respect For The Individual. Truly Respect For A Human Life. The commitment for success and not failure; the commitment to enable the disable to be provided with work coaches and appropriate accommodation to do their job successfully; the commitment to finding associates who are homeless, homes; the commitment to the associates to provide them with the necessary tools to do their job effectively; the commitment to consider having Walmart invest in transportation for workers. Provide a bus pass allowance. The school districts provided bus and meal allowances. Can Walmart make the COMMITMENT?  LYLE’s exit from this life has given me a greater strength.  His beacon is the flame of HOPE and OPPORTUNITY to lead a path to one day restore Dignity back into Walmart.  Lucy and her football ran away with TRUST but we will not let Lucy take DIPLOMACY away.

December 2013-Message to the People

Nelson Mandela passed away. I went over to the Grocery side to ask all the associates from another country how would they express their grief or say Good-bye. When I look back on this story the question was raised because other associated from foreign countries were being harassed, bullied, Wrongfully Terminated. All the foreign associates who were on the grocery side are no longer there. Hmmm! Was the foreign associates targeted because they are vulnerable and do not wish to compromise their citizenship? Was the foreign associates targeted because they do not understand their rights in the United States? Hmmm!

December 2013-Screamers, Shouters, Shooters__Scarred Opportunity

This story reflects the associates who are no longer there or no longer works for Walmart. It tells how the associates are so underpaid.  The associates receive food-stamps and have EBT cards working their scheduled hours.  Bill Simon at this time was still the CEO of Walmart.  Visit demos.org and read Retails Hidden Potentials: How Raising Wages Would Benefit Workers, the Industry, and the Overall Economy. This is one of the Presidential Contenders of 2016, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont platform.  He speaks on many platforms. Hillary Clinton also speaks on wage increases.

This story is the mirror image of Five Days Before Christmas released on June 14, 2016.  Only the associate in Screamers, Shouters and Shooters__Scarred Opportunity was Sarah who was bullied and walked off the job by the same Co-Manager, Therese Renzetti. Sarah is Mexican. Her job was restored. Just like Anna, who is Philippine, is the associate in the other story Five Days Before Christmas. Her job was restored.  Do you understand WHY?  Was the associates in an abusive, hostile, and an unsafe work environment?  These 2 associates seem to be very REASONABLE.  Had it gotten to the point their work environment was intolerable? This is all too familiar and another repeat performance.  The question has been raised many times. Are foreigners targeted at Walmart? Why? Who created this atmosphere of FEAR?  Go back and review Constructive Discharge.

The Wounded Shooter is the man behind NO ONE WILL EXCEED EXPECTATION, Randall Addison.  His failure has now become management and the associates failure. Marksman and Snipers no longer work for Walmart and are now recruiters for other companies. They see the true worth in the individual who was let go by Walmart. Just ask David ToVar ex Vice President of Walmart Communication. He was recruited by an ex Walmart employee (sniper) who works for Sprint. Walmart will never admit to their mistakes.

April 2014-#2857 Disruptive Innovators__ Those Who Are Disruptive

A new CEO has arrived on the scene. His name is Doug McMillon. Bill Simon has not been booted out of the picture yet. It gives a Pick-A-Boo look into the salaries of both the CEO’s.  This story gives information on who to get in touch with if you have any Walmart grievances. If you wish to step outside for help and where to turn for additional information. Who are the Disruptive management at #store 2857. WHY after all theses years the Disruptive Management hasn’t been held accountable? Where is HR? How will the associates ever TRUST HR if management is not held accountable?   You will get an up close and personal look at Human Right Violations and violations within the store. It will take you on the roll-a-coaster ride of FEAR. It tells WHY associates are afraid to speak out.

May 2014- Unjustifiable__Negative Evaluation

You evaluation should be based on your performance and not the failures of the Store Manager’s performance and how poor inventory was. Here we are once again rolling into inventory in 2016. This time much earlier. This poem points you in the direction of the associates protected activity rights under Title VII of 8-1 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

We will continue to RECAPTURE THE RECAP ON ACCOUNTABILITY with June 2014-My Friend With The Yellow Pen. There are 9 stories and many pieces of the puzzle to sort through. Dig in! This is Linda Garrett signing off for now. Coming atcha live from store #2857. I will definitely hit you back with more pieces of the puzzle and a much Bigger Picture. I will keep you well-informed and certainly up to date. Coming atcha live from the  Flip Side Of The Chart and the front burner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Spoil It!

Is the coast clear?  Did you actually believe the words written on the card? Don’t you wish that all the people who could express their true feelings do so? Have the flowers died?  Are the balloons beginning to deflate? Did you get through the special Valentine’s Dinner offer? Do you have any more candy left?  Has the bubbly gone out the campaign? Were you playing the Isley Brother’s throw back, Love The One You With?  Were you singing Rude Boys and Gerald Levert, Written All Over Your Face?  Were you caught up in the Red Moment?  Are you seeing Red?  How many people out there in the universe think Valentine’s Day is OVERRATED?  Are you mad because everything you purchase is now on clearance?  Do you feel like you want to put your relationship on clearance? There are 365 days in a year on a regular note and 1 extra day allowed in 2016. Did I strike a nerve? Don’t Spoil It!

 

 

 

There was plenty of TIME to pour the wine.

Did you forget or fail to do so?

I could not read was Written All Over Your Face.

I’m confused, angry and caught up in a bind.

Where is your navigational device, Robinson Cruesoe?

Shipwrecked again! What a sin!  Is it so hard for you to find my place?

 

 

 

Baby! You know it doubles and I have boo-coo trouble with any type of directions.

Time escapes me and totally flies by.

This navigational device failed and really stinks.

I made a WRONG TURN so I call my BOI’s for protection.

Pharrell, Bruno, and Will I Am won’t LIE.

OMG! You bought the device for me. Forgive me Baby, I didn’t think.

 

 

 

There will be no cuddle or huddle at this address.

Don’t bother to give me your worthless card.

I tried to be understanding when you said the words don’t come out right.

Take your dead flowers and your deflated balloons so I can clean up this mess.

Your clothes will be out in the yard.

Tell your Posse your lady got bossy. You are lucky you did not get a knuckle-soup fight.

 

 

 

Baby! I know the dinner did not make me a winner.

I am sorry I ate some of your candy on the way.

Hey! How was I supposed to know the champagne was flat?

A few pieces of candy missing won’t help you look thinner.

That was rotten and awful thing for me to say.

It was slip of the lip but Baby I did not call you fat.

 

 

 

I wanted to scream and shout as I sat there pouring my heart out.

So I began to sing Chaka Khan’s, My Funny Valentine.

What happen next didn’t EVEN seem real.

This Brother had used up all of his clout.

Yes, I was tipsy but not drunk nor out of mind.

What did you say Boo? You know you’re through. I’m sober and here’s the deal.

 

 

 

Wait a minute baby! You’re driving me crazy. It’s just a simple mistake.

My tongue got twisted and I pronounced your name wrong.

I struggle with expressive/receptive language and a speech impediment.

I’m starting to get a massive headache.

I’ve tried everything plus a  dance and a song.

Really! This argument is silly. Don’t make me get belligerent.

 

 

 

It’s a shame you blame the UNINTENTIONAL BEHAVIORS.

Your CHOICE was to LIE and bring on external commotion.

Critical thinking and logic is the sum of cold cognition.

Word Up! Bro you are not the only man nor my savior.

I did not CHOOSE but was born not understanding my internal emotions.

Look me up. I will Hook you up. GOOGLE NLD RECOGNITION.

 

Don’t Spoil It.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Bowl 2016__Evolutionary Swing

I don’t know who thought the Super Bowl kicked off on Sunday at 5:30pm Central Time. It been a long time coming but I know A Change Is Gonna Come. Sam Cook put it out there. His VOICE carries the reflection of emotions and memories that will trigger the Revolution. If We The People will not Progress and Accept Evolution our Nation will be doom without Progressive Solutions.   What did you see through your lens. I guess it all depends. Were you watching the game?  I saw more than just a Game. I did roll those 50 years back. America came together and push FORWARD.  A brilliant teaching tool was released by the flip of a coin. You got CHANGE.  DIVERSITY led the KICK OFF. Everyone did their fair share.  Time to Roll Back!

I remember sitting on the floor with my son rambling through all of his football and baseball major league cards. He could see the great despair on my face. He would always say, “Don’t worry MaMa one day we will have black quarterbacks.”  When the GAME was the GAME and money wasn’t thrown around like water all the big time quarterbacks were white.  All I could see at that time was Terry Bradshaw, Len Dawson, Roger Staubach, Fran Tarkenton, Bob Griese, Joe Namath, Dan Marino, Joe Montana and Johnny Unitas . If you got a card with Bart Starr’s picture it was a Great Kodak Moment. Another doorway was open by a young man name Doug Williams who played with the Washington Redskin.  He was the only black quarterback at the times paving the way for Randall Cunningham, Warren Moon, Cam Newton, Donovan McNabb, James Winston, Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III (RG3).   Teddy Riley crossed over to mix it up with the Gospel Group, The Winans. Yes it is Time To Make That Change. Rolling my mental processing forward A Change did come. Flipping the coin backwards here is what I recall.

My son was so hopeful. He would say, “Time to put a smile on your face.” He would call out Christian Okoye (The Nigerian Nightmare), Marcus Allen, Ickey Woods (fullback), Tony Dorsett, Jamal Anderson, Roger Craig, Walter Payton all of his favorite Running Backs. He carried in his back pocket the cards of Deron Cherry and Ronnie Lott (Defensive Safety favorites).   Underneath his pillow the cards of Deon Sanders (Corner), Charles Woodson (Corner/Safety) Albert Lewis (Corner) protected him from the Shadow Creeper.  In his shoebox his ultimate warrior Wide Receivers were place in those little cellophane pouches.  Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, Mark Ingram Sr., John Taylor and Mark Clayton would last forever. Offensive Lineman and Linebackers were off-limits. My son said he had to keep some secrets. I was cool with that. Roll It FORWARD.

As I watch the game there was an ease of my breathing and no tension around my shoulders.  In Super Bowl 2016  your white quarterback was Payton Manning. On the opposite end of the spectrum your black quarterback was Cam Newton. There was a Hispanic coach, Ron Rivera.  There was a white Coach Gary Kubiak. Half-time demonstrated a balance.  DIVERSITY was the star.  No headliner could be found to give DIVERSITY the proper introduction. DIVERSITY stood on its own. What a send off!  As I watch the game I could say,  “ALRIGHTY THEN”  instead of “ALL WHITEY THEN.”  TouchDown for DIVERSITY.  From Remembering The Titans to the movie 42 everyone came together and did what they do. Bruno Mars, Lady GaGa, Beyonce, and Cold Play pointed it out on  Super Bowl 2016 day.  Are you ready to move the needle?

It took years and years of steps and gradual CHANGE.  The INCLUSION of all these UNIQUE people to come together at Levi’s Stadium was remarkable. Fifty years have passed. UnBelievable! Yet Super Bowl 2016 looked so different to me.   Through my lens I was caught up in the moment of viewing people of different races, ethnicities and ages. Regardless of their incomes, physical abilities, religious beliefs, sexual orientations and different ideologies these people were all under one roof. The United States of America is under one roof.  If the people in our nation could surround themselves with ACCEPTANCE, RESPECT, UNDERSTANDING, and get over their petty biases we could move the needle FORWARD once again. Our level of tolerance would allow us to embark upon embracing and celebrating the DIFFERENCES of each INDIVIDUAL.   A foundation built with strong SUPPORTS, a SAFE POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT, nurturing with the seeds of EDUCATIONS for GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT moves the needle of DIVERSITY toward monumental CHANGES and PROGRESS.  TouchDown!  We must all do our FAIR SHARE and not complicate things.  One Nation, under GOD, Indivisible, and Justice__ Evolutionary Swing.