@SincerelySchan Thank you so much and I am very honored to have you as a fellow words smith now in my creative circle. Thank you for sharing.
@Marty I know we try to support in our spirits but in a time where so much is coming at us it is in those very times some basic old fashioned rich communication is needed so that we do not misinterpret silence as being dismissive rather than I belive some are just being pensive. Even if it is to say I do not know what to say but I see you and I care. Your heart always comes from an honest place my friend. Thank you for sharing.
@Will Brooks You have always been kind of an old soul man...smile. Those are some very valid observations you share and folks should take note. It starts with how we participate in the system and reaching out and checking on those that you care about is important. Thank you for sharing.
Your words are always so poignant...Through your transparency and honesty, I feel you and I've made a commitment to myself to not become desensitized, but continue to feel every emotions that is evoked. I appreciate and honor your words.
Perfect in many ways, Charles. I, too, become silent, not knowing whether my words are even wanted or accepted. I have been remiss with my friends but I am still here, listening, watching, and learning. I strive to have an open mind and heart, knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are all God's creation. Ms. Miller is, as always, timely and wise.
High praise for this article from a former student of yours Charles. In any circumstance such as this I, like many others, can become distant due to the actions not happening directly to me or people like me, a white male in America. But what you said about how Martha was praying specifically for someone she knew(You) that could be affected or even is affected by the current circumstances of the country, I am brought to a familiar place. Now I don't love all black people, nor do I love all white people or any other people because I simply don't know them all. But knowing I have several brown and black friends whom I love like brothers, I am hit with a realization that I need to pray and put out a helping hand for not only them, but people alike.
Racism, institutionalized or personal, tends to become a reflection of how we see a certain group people. And that often times becomes null when we grow close to individuals. That's been the case with me. I know some great black and brown individuals and that to me is enough to know that no group is all this or that: black or white. Cheers!
Banning the public from access to police footage "promotes transparency"? Really, Pat??--and how exactly are you prepared to prove that? Once again, our so-called governor demonstrates that he is working from a completely different dictionary than the ones we learned to use in school. In PatLand, apparently, war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance (of citizens) is strength (of NC GOP and its tools, including the NCGA majority and the elements purportedly sworn to "protect and serve" those both in and out of power).
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