Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Disparities do exist; we just wish they did not: An education point

We like to say there is no difference with people, that we are a melting pot, or that we are post racial and color-blind. I wish this were true. There is an issue of discrimination between people of color those who are not.

We see the unequal treatment of minorities by law enforcement: “Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department” Ferguson Report

Really the report is no shocker, the evidence was always right there plain to see. What really needs to be revealed is how many places all over the country have similar statistics; that would be a shocker because no one wants to hear that.

We see the disparities of prison sentences or just the court system in general. We have 17 year old boys of color getting sentenced to life sentences with no hope of parole; basically we are raising prisoners not men. Racial Disparities

Or the case of Kalief Browder, held at Rikers Island for three years without trial at the age of 16, accused of a crime he did not commit. His bail was set at $10,000 for allegedly stealing a backpack and his family could not afford the bail. He was brutalized in jail by guards and beaten by other inmates (on video). He refused all plea deals, and the charges were eventually dropped after someone brought his plight to light, but after three years of hell he could not cope and committed suicide in 2015, he was 22 years old. Kalief Browder

“The quality of health care you receive likely depends on your skin color” “More than a decade after the Institute of Medicine issued a landmark report showing that minority patients were less likely to receive the same quality health care as white patients, racial and ethnic disparities continue to plague the U.S. health care system. That report, which was published in 2002, indicated that even when both groups had similar insurance or the same ability to pay for care, black patients received inferior treatment to white patients” Quality of Health Care and Skin Color

Most recently, we are hearing about the rise of opioid deaths, and the concern that addicts get treated and not jailed. “Heroin vs. Crack: society shifts in its treatment of addicts” Heroin vs. Crack

“During the crack-cocaine epidemic, police pounced with force on inner-city neighborhoods. Congress and states passed mandatory sentencing laws. With the current heroin crisis in small towns and suburbs, addicts are treated as just that: addicts who need help, not jail cells”. (American Violet, strong movie about this) Regina Kelly Story

Any family that has to go through the pain of drug addiction has my sympathy, but unfortunately they do not all have the sympathy of the court system. You have people of color in jail for 20 years because they used drugs, and sometimes the family is there with them because they lived in the same house.

America, we have a problem that we refuse to talk about, and do not have the will to solve. We will never achieve true equality unless we fix this system.  This is education, we should be educating the masses about this.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

Thursday, April 28, 2016

I miss the answering machine era

Answering machines, the precursor to voicemail, were useful tools because you controlled them completely. They were not subject to automatic erasure after 30 days, you could screen calls, keep the voices of loved ones alive, and most importantly, people would actually leave you a message. I miss this era of technology!

How many people leave voicemails nowadays? How many people check their voicemails regularly? Not enough it seems, because the amount of times I have heard “oh I do not ever check my voicemail” or “well I did not leave a message because you did not pick up” is killing me!

How do you run your business without checking messages and how do you expect people to know you called if you do not leave a message? I personally am not looking for missed calls; I am looking for voicemail messages.

Text messages will never replace voice communication, and nor should they. Text messages are impersonal, easy to misconstrue, and you have no clue who is really sending the message.

Modern voicemail could be a useful technology, because you can access it anywhere, I just wish more people would actually do that.

Rant over.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

If you want my business

I have had a couple of interesting experiences recently which has prompted me to throw a couple of pointers when dealing with potential new clients:
  1. PICK UP THE PHONE. More often than not, if you do not pick up, I am going to go to the next name on the list, and if I must leave a message, do not make me wait too long before I hear back from you.
  2. SARCASM IS NEVER APPRECIATED. I am calling because I am researching information about whether your business can help me or not, so do not assume I researched you at this point or even know where you are located.
  3. PLEASE KNOW WHAT YOUR COMPETITORS ARE CHARGING SO YOU CAN COMPETE. Also, do not try and leave me with open ended prices after I have given you specifics because that will immediately rule you out.
  4. BE POLITE! You are trying to earn my business, so at least talk to me like you are interested in hearing what I have to say, try to pronounce my name correctly (ask if you cannot); just act like you care.
Seems funny that someone should have to say this correct? However, sometimes the basics needed to be reminded.
Signed, the customer you lost
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III
The ETeam

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This is not America! Ignorance at its worst…

This is not America! Ignorance at its worst…

I try not to let stuff like this affect me, and generally it does not; however, social media has created a keyboard warrior class whose only goal it seems is to spread hate and dissension.

There is a race problem in America, that problem is that the human race is not making a good faith effort to get along and embrace our differences. There is a problem with folks wanting to point out what divides us and not what unites us.

You might not like our current president, that is your right, but he is still our president, and people need to stop blaming him for everything. There is little subtlety in the bigotry and ignorance being published across the airwaves; all because some people have dark skin.

Here is the latest ignorance floating around, and believe me when  I say, I do not go looking for this, it comes to me:

Here are just a small sample of some of the comments in this group, the rest are too vile to post:

Pamela Boyer Her picture should be on the pancake syrup label not our money.
Dina Creazzo
Dina Creazzo 😂😂😂 That had me cracking up!
John Springer
John Springer she lookslike obamas moma
George King
Edward Wylie
Edward Wylie Put her on the Susan B Anthony dollar....the flipside....
Don Comstock
Don Comstock Sick of all this crap. Founding fathers who contributed to this country are honored on our bills. Maybe put her face on welfare checks ?
Toni Honeywell
Toni Honeywell My thoughts exactly. Put her on welfare checks & Obama on food stamps.
Victoria Melum
Victoria Melum yes they should put ANDREW JACKSON back on the bills
Marian Sharp Brandmaier

It is OK to be polite and critical when you disagree, it is OK have change, it is OK to think for yourself, it is OK not to believe everything you read on the internet, and it is OK to really admit that America has unresolved problems stretching back 400 years.

Some of you however, just need to be banned from social media because you are simply vile human beings!


Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

Monday, April 25, 2016

When did we stop appreciating education and intellect?

Like most of my writings, this topic is from personal experience, observation, and discussions with other professionals. For the longest time I was under the impression it was just me, I am glad I figured out the truth.

We all look for work at some point in our lives, and a few years ago during one of those periods in my life I found myself very confused. I was confused not because I did not know what to do or what to say, I was confused because I was getting zero call backs from any jobs I had applied for, even where I was a perfect fit on paper. I was also conducting my search the right way, networking, making personal connections, etc. So what was going wrong? The answer stunned me.

I had too much education and experience on my resume; someone pointed it out to me, and it was proved right when I removed a number of degrees and started getting call backs and interviews. Who ever heard of having too much education and experience? And in this economy, companies are getting great employees at discounted prices. It was not just that they would have to pay me more either, because in some cases the salary range was listed and very narrow anyway. So what was it?

During this time, I can also remember posting my resume up in what I thought was a professional job board, with my goals, wants, expectations, and including the fact that I was not fond of sales job offers. I got one really nasty email back from an anonymous keyboard warrior (dark symptom of social media) stating “you are an over educated dinosaur, good luck with that”.

My story is not unique because over the years I have collected many similar stories from many different professionals, and funnily enough a lot of them were also in the field of education just like me. . Is this how we treat people who are educated in the job market now?

We are in a political cycle right now, and it seems part of the political circus includes being ‘likable” or “an average Joe”, folks seem to be looking for the candidate they would most “like to have a beer with”, not who is most qualified or educated. There was a political candidate during the last election cycle who called an opponent a snob because they advocated college for everyone; and it turns out this candidate was more educated than the person he called a snob. He was trying to dumb himself down; he was doing it because it seemed that was what was expected.

Is this what we are teaching our children now? Is this what we want for the next generation? Do we want to tell them not to reach for the stars because they sound like a snob? Are we telling excellent job candidates that you are no good because you are too smart and experienced? Are hiring managers that insecure because the person they might higher is better educated than them? Do we not celebrate educational achievements anymore?

Candidates do understand they are not going get accepted for every job, and get an interview every time:  but since when did education and intellect become a stigma, and how long are we going to let this go on for?

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

Sunday, April 24, 2016

We waste a lot of food in America

We live in a country where it is literally possible to eat yourself to death; I can think of worse ways to go, but that is truly an amazing fact. “Food waste in America” Look at the message not the politics.

We grow more than we can eat; we order more at restaurants than we can finish (often not realizing). Case in point, recently at Universal Studios’ Harry Potter World, my family ordered what we thought was the best money conscious meal that could be shared between five people. Not only could we not finish half of it, but also they do not provide to go bags to take the leftovers home; the food was thrown away and there was not a lot we could do about it.

Let us forget about starvation around the world for just a second, and look at food issues closer to home:

·          “Millions of working Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from”

·         “Hunger in America: 2015 United States Hunger and Poverty Facts”

You mean to tell me that we waste all this food in America and we have people going hungry because it costs businesses more to donate expiring food than to just throw it away? You mean to say we really have people going hungry in the good ole U.S of A? A harsh reality
So what can we do? I honestly do not have a clue because I am guilty of waste as well, no matter how conscientious I try to be. Do self-inventories of your food waste the next few times you eat out; take a look at the dumpster at the back of the restaurant or at your local supermarket, and look in your own trash before the trash gets picked up.
The first step I guess is to really recognize the issue as an issue, the next step is perhaps to make it profitable (or least cost effective) to donate perfectly good food before it gets wasted.

This is not just about the huge portions that are served at restaurants, or the ability to supersize meals for just pennies; this about the over abundance of food and not knowing what to do with the extra.
What are your thoughts?

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The political season 2016 continued

Politicians, as you have your rallies, produce your sound bits, campaign, and try to convince us that you know what is best for the American people, let me give you a hint.

The average person wants three simple things:

1.      Jobs- whether I own the business or am working for someone. People want steady work that pays the bills. We are not talking about a handout, we are talking about opportunities

2.      Justice- people want to feel safe. I am not talking about crime, I am talking about the ability to not get targeted by the people sworn to protect us because they are low on their arrest quota for the month. Nobody really likes crime except criminals, but everyone hates injustice; and we are seeing more and more of it everyday

3.      If you have these two simple things, it is possible to achieve the third, and that would be Joy. Joy is a possibility, joy is a dream we are allowed to have, and joy is state of being we should be allowed to achieve without unnecessary obstacles thrown up. Joy means people are spending money, raising kids right; joy could mean prosperity.

All the other stuff you are talking about is just hot air; give credit for having a brain.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

The ETeam