The purpose of this blog will be to discuss race relations, learn history and hopefully help us all to be more patient, understanding, emphatic.
I am a 59 year old Black woman, a veteran Sargent of the United States Air Force and a retiree.
One Dino Egg, Over Easy
There weren't always dragons in the Valley. Matter of fact, there are so many now it’s hard to believe they weren’t always here. Thirty years ago, there was one little dragon egg uncovered and found in the Antarctic permafrost melts. The egg defrosted and two months later there was the cutest little female dragon you could ever imagine. With bird-like features, it was amazingly beautiful, yet foreign in it’s appearance. At twenty-four weeks, the feathers began to harden and turn to scales.
Thoughts and Prayers
As of this writing, on 29 May 2022, day 149 of 2022, there have been 214 mass shootings in the United States of America. One hundred forty nine days into the year, we have 43.65% more mass shootings than we have had days in the year for a total of 214 mass shootings. This number doesn’t include the suicides, murders or accidents so far this year, nor does it include the deaths that will undoubtedly occur during the holiday weekend. Last year we had well over 45,000 deaths by firearms in the United States of America. We are in crisis.
Despite the Biden/Harris Problem
Despite the Biden/Harris Problem Like many voters, I’m not a fan of Biden/Harris. We don’t need to discuss the many reasons why, but I understand the sentiment. It will literally hurt me to cast my vote for the Biden/Harris ticket, but I will.
- Second Place in Inhale, Exhale Challenge
Educational Equality and COVID 19
We live in extremely turbulent times. We know, one way or another, the world as we have previously known it, has forever been changed. Our biggest obstacle is the desire to return to “normal”, back to the world we have become both accustomed to and comfortable with, but change is always inevitable.
White Lies and Truth
White Lies and Truth As we look at the chaos in the United States, many people claim to not understand how we got to this point of chaos in our country. It perplexes them and they search for answers to a situation whose answer is so clear, we all look right through it.
White Privilege and Jim Crow
White Privilege and Jim Crow. Black history is United States history; likewise, some United States history is Black history. The only way to understand racism in the United States is to first understand our history – the complete history. Race and White privilege has always been the major issue in U.S. politics.
The Red Summer - Ellisville
The Red Summer -- Ellisville On June 9, 1919, a White woman named Ruth Meeks reported that she had been attacked on her way home from her job as a hotel clerk. John Hartfield, a Black man, threatened her with a gun, she told police. He then took her to a railroad trestle and raped her, afterwards he took her under a sweet gum tree near a pasture and ran away with her clothes, she said.
The Red Summer - Charleston
The Red Summer -- Charleston The history of the United States has to be understood to begin to understand the racial problems experienced by Blacks in this country. Lynchings of Blacks and the governmental response to those lynchings play a huge role in the development of the United States. The response to those lynchings play an even larger role because it sets the stage to how law enforcement responds to crimes against Blacks by Whites, both civilian and law enforcement. Before we can understand why law enforcement polices the way they do, we have to understand how the United States has dealt with crimes against Blacks.
The Red Summer - Carswell Grove
The Red Summer - Carswell Grove The 13th of April 2019, marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the Red Summer, a period of time when more than 30 cities burst into race riots. White communities attacked Black communities, sometimes with the assistance of police and/or the military. There was no media coverage of this tragic event. There was no acknowledgement this event ever happened. It passed with absolutely no acknowledgement from the media, politicians, or even most of the cities it occurred in, but I will make it a point to remind you of the horror that took place between April and November of 1919.
White Privilege and Headrights
White Privilege and Headrights Black history is United States history; likewise, United States history is Black history. The only way to understand racism in the United States is to first understand our history – the complete history. For example, the headright system was a form of White privilege which built unfair wealth.