Archive for July, 2013


Freedom Of The Press

Do journalists as a whole really have the right and the freedom to write about any subject that they choose or are there exceptions?

Well, some would argue that journalists as a whole do not have the right or the freedom to write about any subject under the sun, and they will use the slayings of certain journalists to justify their position which posits that certain subjects are taboo and cannot be written about because they may lead to the death of the journalist if they raise the ire of the wrong people.

However, as a journalist I will write an article on any subject that I choose and will not allow myself to be intimidated by an unseen force that’s purportedly behind the deaths of a number of journalists who failed to realize the danger that surrounded the particular subject that they were writing about.

I will not subscribe to the notion that certain subjects are taboo and therefore shouldn’t be written about because who decides what should or shouldn’t be covered by the press? Journalists are simply here to write the kinds of stories that matter to the general public and we needn’t concern ourselves with those that want to prevent the truth from coming out.

We should simply write the story and allow nature to run its course because in the end all we have is our legacy.

Our readers are depending on us to be brave enough to write the stories that matter and we have a duty and an obligation to do so or we have no business calling ourselves journalists and have missed the entire point behind wanting to cover the news while bringing the public the kind of stories that need to be told, and even if those stories involve government corruption that includes local and state agencies.

We have a calling as well as a duty to the general public to bring forth the kinds of stories that will enrich their lives and we must not fail to complete our tasks as journalists no matter what the consequences might be.

We must remember that tiny little voice that was first present in us as children and that compelled us to become journalists and to bring forth the kinds of stories that need to be told, and we cannot allow the fear of what might happen to determine what stories we should cover, and if we do, then we must immediately resign as journalists because we have failed to do our duty and have succumb to the will of others.

Nathaniel Armstrong, Jr.

Cerritos, CA –

This article was also published by Examiner.com

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Inner City Bullying

Inner City Bullying is a problem that often goes undiagnosed for several reasons, and one of those reasons has to do with terminology. For example, when an inner city child is purposely picked on in front of his or her classmates, the onlookers who are a collection of their peers as well as a group of immature adults who have yet to accept their societal roles as guardians of the young, normally don’t call it bullying, they call it getting “Punked” by an older kid or by a classmate or by a sibling, which is drastically different from the kind of punked that Americans and others have been watching on television.

The kind of punked that inner city kids have grown accustomed to includes non-staged physical violence and outright harassment as well as intentional property damage and theft that’s not meant to be a prank that everyone is going to laugh at since it’s being recorded. No the kind of punked that involves property theft often includes the child’s lunch money and/or lunch, which means that the child that’s being punked often goes hungry for the day unless another child provides them with something to eat.

The abovementioned punked existed long before the television show was created and it involves ordinary citizens that are not celebrities.

Now in order to effectively fight bullying all across America, those that have taken on the enormous task of eradicating bullying throughout the entire continental United States of America, must first understand the terminology that is being used by all children, and since I understand that inner city kids use the term punked to unknowingly describe the characteristics of being bullied or to describe watching others being bulled, I’m including this journalistic intelligence in my news article, so that parents and educators alike will come to understand that they must use the correct terminology when speaking with children about certain problems that might exist at their school or in their neighborhood.

I also want administrators and parents to understand that they must use the appropriate terminology if they ever expect inner city children to trust them and to reveal what they know about the bullies at their school and in their neighborhood, which quite often includes adults that are still behaving like children even though they’re twenty and thirty and sometime forty years old.

Getting punked by another child as well as by an adult that’s seeking sexual gratification has become an expected and assumed activity in some inner city communities since some of the residents have accepted the role of acting tough as a way of life since their communities are crime ridden due to certain unscrupulous law enforcement agencies purposely turning a blind eye to crime for a number of reasons, which include receiving payment from certain sinister figures that control the criminal underworld.

Law enforcement agencies being on the take is just a fact of life as well as something that I have personally witnessed as a journalist that was covering an unrelated story when a drug dealer rolled up to an unmarked police car and handed a gang enforcement officer a hand full of cash. This sort of thing was rather disturbing since the individual that freely accepted the cash is supposed to be enforcing the law.

With this sort of dynamic in play bullying will never be brought under full control unless we find a way to effectively reach all children, and to teach them that getting punked and that watching others getting punked is not acceptable and that it is the same kind of bullying that they hear certain prominent individuals discussing on television, and that it affects us all, and that it should be reported to a responsible and trustworthy adult, so the appropriate disciplinary action can be taken at once since punking someone is the same as bullying them and crushing their spirit.

This must be made clear to inner city kids because their communities are not always structured like the communities that we often see on television where there are a hand full of African American kids in a predominantly white or Hispanic school.

Bullying is also based on race and gender, and this illuminating message must also be communicated to children, so they can readily understand the signs of being bullied and so the appropriate corrective action can be taken by school administrators or by adult supervisors or by law enforcement depending on the severity of the bullying incident since there are degrees to bullying that don’t necessarily rise to the point of involving the police.

Based on my independent research which includes interviewing certain individuals that haven’t come from Harvard backgrounds or from affluent families, I can honestly say, that a great deal of bullies grow up to be abusers of the elderly and adult sex offenders as well as adolescent sex offenders and that these sex offenders include both sexes, and this is why it is extremely important to diagnose the problem and to take the appropriate corrective action since bullying and child molestation and rape and elder abuse are about controlling another individual that is perceived as being powerless as well as isolated.

Nathaniel Armstrong, Jr.

Cerritos, CA –