As most people know, today is the day we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. here in the United States. I grew up hearing Mr. King’s words, holding hands … Continue reading Celebrating the Light, while Still Living in the Dark
I have to take a moment here and truly thank an amazing (and new!) blogger, Oy Mama, whose friendship and honesty about being a single mother to a bi-racial daughter has opened my eyes to the very horrifying realities of racism in our modern era. Please take a moment and read her moving post about white privilege and imaginary play with guns (okay for some, but not others). We need to acknowledge this exists and is a reality in order to make a change.
My first blog “White Privilege and Imaginary Play with Guns” was written on July 26, 2015 after an experience with my daughter led me to write a 2 sentence post in a Parents Talk Race Facebook page my friend Tereza started. Raising Race Conscious Children asked if I would like to turn it into a guest blog post and so my adventure began as a blogger.
Such a necessary and thoughtful message for all those who once, like me, thought there was nothing wrong with the statement “All Lives Matter.” There isn’t anything intrinsically wrong with it, but this post hit the proverbial nail on the head – it’s an unnecessary statement.
So Black Lives Matter has taken over my newsfeed of Facebook again this week.
It all started with this picture, posted on the page for my employer, United Campus Ministries at TU, after we put a BLM sign out front of our building, and it was subsequently stolen Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. We promptly got another one to put out front.
I shared the picture to my personal Facebook page, and all hell broke lose. Immediately, the All Lives Matter and White Lives Matter crowd jumped all over this. So I posted an article by Leonard Pitts that addressed why All Lives Matter is insensitive and unnecessary.
And that set off a whole other can of worms.
So then, in my great wisdom, I posted this wonderful graphic.
And the whole thing happened over again.
And in the midst of this, I keep seeing patterns of thought from the…
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This is too important not to share. I know it’s a heated topic right now, but it’s something we need to change. Hate and oppression don’t go away just because we want to sweep them under the rug.
Now, I’m going to venture out of my comfort zone here, because, well, I have to if I’m going to ever learn and become someone who can talk knowledgeably to … Continue reading Racism – The “R” Word we Like to Pretend Doesn’t Exist