How have you gotten to the point of putting a single word on a pedestal as so offensive that you refuse to say it, even when you’re trying to talk about why it is offensive?
Promoting separate and unequal rules about words and their usage serve to maintain barriers between you rather than to unite you with others.
It’s all right to say nigger if you’re a black person. It’s cause for the charge of committing a hate crime if you speak it while being white.
Carole Brody Fleet wrote in an article, “The Epic Struggle: Death vs. Divorce,” in the Huffington Post, how those who have recently been divorced mistakenly believe their experience enables them to relate to those who have recently been widowed.
It does not matter that the cause of your pain traveled a different path to reach you, your loss is painful to you and you deserve to receive compassion and to give it in return.
She advised that it is up to you, the widowed, to correct the point of view of she, the divorced, chiefly on the grounds that despite all the outward similarities – financial uncertainty, emotional upheaval, single-parenting, aloneness, loss – divorce is a choice. Her advice is wrong. Continue reading
Martina McGowan made a brave decision at an early age to be true to herself, and in that moment, she changed the course of her life. You can change the course of your life too. You begin by knowing who you are.
“If you know who you are, no one can define you.
If you know what you stand for, no one can distort you.”
~ Lolly Daskal
Perhaps it is because February is Black History Month that I am suddenly reminded of this story.
I am a native Yankee. My parents, grandparents, etc are all from the South. My great-grandfather was a freed slave.
Statue of James Meredith on the campus of Mississippi University. Meredith enrolled in Ole Miss after a US Supreme Court ruling enforced desegregation there. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.
We often travelled through the deep South visiting relatives who had not moved northward in the great migration seeking better lives.
So, as a small child, Continue reading