Sanders remains the official face of Kentucky ...

Sanders remains the official face of Kentucky Fried Chicken, and appears on its logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rumour has it that KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) is considering an ad campaign featuring a talking chicken to boost sales of their extra crispy chicken. The mascot will either be a person in a chicken suit or a cartoon character and it needs a name. My suggestion for a name would be Crisp Crispy. With a middle initial of E. for Extra.

Racial discrimination

Inner City Pressure

Inner City Pressure (Photo credit: shannonpatrick17)

Racial discrimination in the US is a chicken and egg situation; which came first, the chicken or the egg. Some of the majority believe that the poor/minorities do not deserve our help because the poor/minorities do not live up the ideals of American society. Some of the poor/minorities are lazy (unemployed) and others are criminals (drug dealers and/or gang members). What some of the majority are forgetting or do not understand is that jobs have disappeared from the inner-city ghettos where the poor/minorities are forced to live because they cannot afford anything better. Jobs have migrated to the suburbs and public transit is often inadequate to connect the inner-city job seeker to suburban job opportunities. The job seeker may need private transportation (a car) to gain a job, but he/she needs the job first to afford a car. A catch-22 situation.

Looking at the situation from the viewpoint of the poor/minorities, American society has let them down by providing fewer and fewer services due to policies begun in the 1980s. Education is poor and public transit for job holders and job seekers is inadequate. Without education and good paying jobs, what do we expect the poor/minorities to do? Life must go on. Unemployment/welfare benefits and crime may be the only sources of income for a growing number of Americans.

This is not a policing problem, where putting more of the poor/minorities in prison is the answer. As prisons are privatized, there is a profit motive to incarcerate more and more people. We should be spending our tax dollars on better schools, not more prisons. I believe that the answer to the problem of increasing poverty and crime is better education so that our poor/minorities can become productive members of society. And some portion of the better education must go to educate those of the majority who believe that the poor/minorities are solely or largely responsible for their own situations.

For additional information, I recommend When Work Disappears, The World of the New Urban Poor by William Julius Wilson. I know that the situation of the poor/minorities in the US is a complicated subject with many factors affecting the outcome. Looking at it as a chicken and egg matter is a vast simplification, but I think that it does provide a valid insight that may be helpful in understanding the problem(s).

Chicken strips

English: Fried Chicken strips.

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Chicken strips or chicken fingers are breaded and fried pieces of chicken breast.

How do you make a chicken strip? You point a gun at its head and say, “Take off those feathers.”

Some bald eagles are very vain birds, and have been known to wear a toupee.


Colorful Silhouette

Image by stephenccwu via Flickr

How brown was the town

How black was the kayak

How blue was the shrew

How green was the teen

How pink was the cotton candy

How orange was the pumpkin

How mellow was the yellow

How tan was man

How glad was the plaid

How purple was the grape

How violet was the ultra

How infra was the red

How polka was the dot

How sweet was the beat

And the band played on