Today, I wear pearls. I wear pearls because they signify something beautiful that came from an injury. I wear pearls because they indicate class and elegance. I wear pearls for all brown girls who have ever been made to feel like they don’t belong. I wear pearls for all the women in a man’s world,Continue reading “Today I Wear Pearls”
Category Archives: Freedom Writing
What Do We Tell the Children
My sisters, my friends. The last paragraph of my last post came to me as I tried to muster some form of comfort to speak to my baby sister, who is a few years my junior, but missed a lot of the good stuff we came up with. Sadly, her time has been wrought withContinue reading “What Do We Tell the Children”
The Difference Between Symbolism and Patriotism: NFL, Protests, Racism, and Our Nation
Consider This I’ve read about people boycotting the NFL because the players were kneeling for the anthem, and other such drama still surrounding these anthem protests. So, somehow, this protest on the field has spurred a protest of its own. I’m so dang tired of hearing everybody be so quick to pick a fight beforeContinue reading “The Difference Between Symbolism and Patriotism: NFL, Protests, Racism, and Our Nation”
I’ll confess. I have lived most of my life fairly ignorant of politics. Politics have always seemed to me a necessary evil, where people go to sell their souls for votes, and they’ll lie to you quicker than an old car salesman. I’ve always been concerned more on the inner person, how a person feels/Continue reading “USA 2020.”
The Video that Set the World on Fire (George Floyd)
I was talking to an officer friend of mine the other day, and we were talking about the riots. I said I don’t condone it but I could understand the anger. Do you really believe they haven’t been gaslit at every turn? Every time, they are told how to feel about it, and how toContinue reading “The Video that Set the World on Fire (George Floyd)”
Wake up, America! It’s war time in America. We’ve been fed hateful rhetoric for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We’ve fortified walls, when we should have been building bridges. People are dying on American soil. There are abuses of power everywhere. If you haven’t turned on the news lately, it’s us. We’re the news. The spotlight’sContinue reading “Wake:Up!”
So, What’s the Plan?
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” —Barack Obama So, what do we do? Do we want to do what we’ve always done; so we can get where we’ve always gotten? Or,Continue reading “So, What’s the Plan?”
What’s in a Name…?
Racism isn’t all white hoods and riots. And it is, regrettably, still a thing. It can be micro-conflicts that people encounter every day. It can be what we do if we witness such micro-conflicts, and what we don’t do. It’s how we behave toward certain people. It’s how we treat people differently based on appearancesContinue reading “What’s in a Name…?”
Real Talk, America.
“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist.” —Angela Davis, academic and political activist Real talk, America. We are truly in the midst of an epidemic. Racism is a disease. And it hides in un-examined hearts. My pastor doesn’t let us leave on Sundays before he’s asked usContinue reading “Real Talk, America.”
Passages Against Racism
I’ve spent a lifetime being quiet. But I feel like I can’t do that any longer. Because there’s a time to be quiet, and there’s a time to get mad. I have a lifetime full of friends that are suffering right now, who are extremely uncomfortable at all of this, and I’m going to sayContinue reading “Passages Against Racism”
The key to life, empathy. It answers all the questions on our minds right now. Do I really need to wear a mask? Empathy. Why are they taking down all the statues? Empathy. What if racism still exists? Empathy. How do we get through this divide? … Empathy.