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Reeling in chaos, seeking answers

Child's sidewalk version of a labyrinth with LOVE at the center

Normally, you’d see the latest Friday 5 post in this spot today. I’ve had it ready to go since Wednesday, but this morning it seemed obscene to post a cheery recipe share, in the wake of three recent murders-by-cop (Dylan Noble, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile)  and the apparent retaliation by what is now described by Dallas police as a lone sniper picking off white officers.

This afternoon I posted the following on YayYay’s Kitchen’s Facebook page. I’m re-publishing it here and asking for your feedback. Together, perhaps we can begin, in some small way, to solve these seemingly intractable problems.

From YayYay’s Kitchen on Facebook, July 8, 2016:

It’s just plain difficult to think about food and life as usual when day after day we see more shootings and more violence. Earlier this week, police in two different states murdered two Black men in cold blood, neither of whom in any way posed a threat.

Last night, at a ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ rally in Dallas, a sniper, perhaps more than one, killed five peace officers and injured several more, as well as two civilians. The Dallas police chief, himself a Black man, this morning reported that one of the suspects, before being blown to bits by a police robot’s bomb, said he was angry with the Black Lives Matter movement and wanted to kill white people.

All of these incidents, as well as a rash of bombings and shootings around the globe, including ‪#‎Orlando‬ last month, point to an increasingly hostile world, a world where someone as hateful as a Donald Trump can run for president on a major party ticket, all the while inciting his followers to do violence against people he perceives as threats, or perhaps just doesn’t like.

I encourage you to comment here. What solutions can we, ordinary people, in our homes and communities, come up with to ease the world away from violence and toward peaceful solutions to our conflicts?

How do we stop the systematized lynching of people of color?

How do we invoke the wisdom of Gandhi, Martin Luther King and others who called for non-violent responses to all provocations?

How do we, you and I, bring peace to an increasingly violent world?

I pray you will think about this for as long as it takes and share your thoughts here, share this with your friends on social media and ask them to come back here and share their thoughts as well.

I ask only one thing of any and all respondents: That you seek peace in your heart before sharing your thoughts, that making and building peace be your intent, and that it show in your choice of words.

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  1. HI Kathryn Grace,
    I too feel sadden by the horrible events that have happen. I feel sadden that we have racial, sexual, religious or any other type of prejudice in our world but it is part of world that we live in and it has always been there. The racial has become very explosion recently and I see two sides to it – I see our police being gunned down that have families and loved ones that are in deep pain. I realize there are bad cops out there but the majority of them are good. it the hatred that flows through our world is the answer than we will have more of the same. Killing of white and black that is useless and causes nothing but pain for some many people of all colors.
    In all due respect I will say that I do not think Donald Trump is a hateful person. Again there are 2 sides to all things. I believe in can change our country in a positive way. The violence that happened at his rallies was set up by others so that they could stop him from making it. I don’t agree with everything he has said or done but I truly believe that he bring some much needed change in our country and I don’t really understand why anyone thinks he is causing the violence? I think the violence has deep roots to many things that have been occurring for a long time, which I don’t really want to get into.
    We have the terrorism that we have to get under control which is done by people that have such evil and hatred within them and none of us can change. We just need to stop it at its source and make sure our country is safe from radicals that only believe and see hate. Only God can change those people..
    I believe all things can change but I do not believe that police officers being shot down can help or undo any mistreatment or violence from either side. Please don’t misunderstand I don’t believe anyone should be shot or mistreated whatever their skin color or religion or for being different than someone else. Violence against violence does never solve anything in situations like this it only causes more hatred and problems. Those that have done wrong need to be punished on both sides whatever color of skin they have. I can not understand what it is like to be a person that has a different color of skin than I have or what they might feel. But there are good and bad in all people white, black, yellow, brown etc.
    I just pray that people of all colors will come together and that the hatred will stop feeding such horrible violence and causing pain for some many people.
    May God heal our country and our world from the horrible violence and hatred that not only we have been seeing but France, Turkey and the many other countries.
    In peace and love I pray for our country and that the hatred with stop flowing and people will talk to each other and see their hearts only not what they look like.
    Thank you for letting me share,
    Marla

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    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Marla. I appreciate so much your joining the conversation.

      Yes, it does seem that hatred and violence seem almost never ending. I take hope each day in the good people, almost anywhere we look, the loving people, the helpers. Without them, how could any of us carry on?

      Unfortunately, I cannot agree with you about the Republican nominee for president. I have seen far too many videos of him inciting violence in his followers, violence on people doing no more than peacefully carrying signs or wearing hats that showed their support for a more loving world. I have heard far too many clips, in his own voice, spouting some of the most hateful words I hope never to hear again. And I can never forget his making fun of the reporter with a disability, mocking his movements the way a third grader, who doesn’t yet know better, might do. That such an immature man might one day have access to the nuclear button is beyond reasoning.

      That aside, I feel the pain in you for the violence to which we are all witness. Like you, I feel as much sorrow for the police officers lost to crazed gunmen as I do for the unarmed men and women killed by police, whether out of racism and hatred or because of a lack of adequate training, and as I do for those lost anywhere in the world to violence, hatred and greed.

      Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and your prayers here, Marla. I appreciate it deeply.

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      • HI Kathyrn Grace,
        I really don’t want to debate about politics when there is so much wrong in our world, but I think our country safety and future is at stake.

        I want to remind you that the media puts out so much garbage that is half truths and lies and it is hard to sort through the truth at times. I am not sure exactly what clip you seen that he made fun of a disable person but I did not see that and I have seen many statements from many people not just him but others that have been so distorted and made up. I do not agree with everything he says or does but I do believe Trump has the country best interest and wants to make American better and I believe he can as many other people do. I do believe he has acted immature at times which has been in extremely in bad taste.

        I don’t want someone to be president of our country that has no regard for our military soldiers and their lives or that has put in our country security in danger security such as democratic nominee. Someone that wants to keep letting criminals come into our country that are killing and raping. I feel she has no regard for America’s future but only her own personal gain.

        I will say no more and put it in God’s hands.

        In peace,
        Marla

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        • Thank you for furthering the conversation, Marla. Like you, I’d much rather not have to talk about politics, but given that the candidates we elect to serve us for the next two, four and six years will make the decisions that will determine the survival of the human race, there is little more important we could discuss. Thank you for your stamina in addressing this odious subject.

          In my late sixties, and having been politically active much of my adult life, I can assure you I am keenly aware of the extent to which both politicians and the corporate-owned, as well as the special-interest-owned media lie to us. It behooves each and every one of us to vet our sources and be sure the statements we see and discuss are true.

          One reason, among far too many, that I cannot and will not support Donald Trump is one I know is dear to your heart as well: He is against GMO labeling. In it’s questionnaire to the 2016 presidential candidates, the Iowa Farm Bureau preferenced its question on “Biotechnology labeling” this way:

          “FDA does not require foods to be labeled as having been produced with biotechnology because it has found that there are no health effects associated with GMO foods or any material difference between GMO and non-GMO foods.”

          It then asked this question:

          “Do you support the use of biotechnology in food products and oppose efforts to require mandatory labeling for foods simply because they contain ingredients derived from biotechnology?”

          As you will see if you follow the link, Donald Trump responded to that question with one word: “Yes.”

          As for that horrible incident in which he mocked a reporter who has a disability, you can see him doing it here.

          Like you, I would like our next president to be firmly in support of our country’s welfare. While I personally take issue with a number of Hillary Clinton’s statements and policies, and would much preferred to have seen Senator Sanders as our candidate, I have no doubt whatsoever that she cares about our country in a way that I cannot imagine Mr. Trump cares. Of the two candidates, she blows the man out of the water in every aspect. While she is not pure as snow, I would trust her a million times over a man who would speak the lies, confirmed by the esteemed non-partisan PolitiFact organization, that you will find in the two pages beginning here: All Pants-On-Fire statements involving Donald Trump | PolitiFact.

          A man who would boldly propagate such lies is not the man we dare to entrust our children’s future, our grandchildren’s future, nor the future of the human race.

          Each day I pray that his heart may be softened and filled with love, as I pray that all those who speak with such compassionaless malice and careless disregard for their fellow human beings may be filled with love. But this campaign is not only in God’s hands. It is in our hands, for we are the ones who will vote, or who will abstain and let a small minority vote for us, and choose the men and women to make the far-reaching decisions that will affect the human race for generations to come.

          Now is not the time to rely on a skilled media-manipulator who says what we want to hear in hopes we can feel safe again. Now is the time to reach down deep and seek the Truth, both in our hearts and in the world at large. I urge you, Marla, to dig deeper and research this man in depth and find if you can indeed continue to believe such a person should have control of any decision making, let alone our military and the nuclear button, for the next four years.

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          • Hi Kathryn Grace,
            I thank you for your information. The GMO labeling is very dear to my heart, but the current administration is pushing that through and both parties are doing that which I hate that they are being paid off to vote against the labeling. I hope that is one thing that will stop in the future, almost all of our senators and congressman are being bought off to vote by big corporations such as Monsanto, Bayer and so on, because until it does it will not be the will of the people but the will who can make the most money. There is so much corporation in Washington.

            I have never voted by party. I vote who I think is the best candidate for the current situation and what I feel is the best choice for all things and issues. I have never had a candidate yet that I had complete agreement with all their policies or agendas.

            In the beginning of the debates and current election I was not for Trump but as time went on I started seeing a different side to him and slowly changed my opinion for many reasons which I am not going to go into because it too involved. The person I was really for was Ben Carson but I knew that he wouldn’t make it even for the primaries. There were a few others that I liked to but they didn’t make it very far either.

            Believe me I considered many issues and have dug very deep and will vote by what my heart guides me to. I care very much about the future of our country and children. We could go back and forth until the cows come home and it would serve no purpose. I am sure I would not change your mind and you would not change my mind. I truly respect your opinion. So we will have to agree that we disagree. I have many issues in my own life that I have to deal with that I save my strength for changing what I can and doing my best to make informed decisions in the best way I know how. I have learned to respect others opinions but be true to what I believe in and I sure you will do that too.

            I do keep myself informed on all issues as much as possible. My opinion is very different than yours but I feel that you have a right to your beliefs and can say that I do agree and understand some of them of your concerns.

            Whether it is religion, politicians or whatever we must follow what we truly believe in, I try my very best to do that.
            Respectfully,
            Marla

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  2. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this conversation so far. I am deeply grateful to each and every one of you for taking the time to discuss these heartbreaking issues. Just now, I read the impassioned speech by U.S. Senator Tim Scott, a Republican from South Carolina. I encourage you all to take a few minutes to read it and share what new or deepened understanding his story invokes for you. Here’s the link: Senator Tim Scott’s Candid Account of Getting Stopped by Police.

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    • In the year 2016 this story is disgusting. We should all be ashamed that we still have people among us that are so bigoted and hateful. What of the regular joe person of color (forget it if you have a record) who has not badge or pin? Is it any wonder that they feel hopeless. I hang my head in shame as this is something that I can do nothing about. I lack the power to change peoples attitudes, let alone their hearts. It will take those in power to realize that you can’t hire people with agendas and prejudices, or those who just “get off” on power.

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      • Disgusting in the main. As you point out, it shows us how difficult it must be for any person of color, without the privilege of badge or pin. Even then, they must be permitted to show it, and then believed that it is theirs.

        But I’m not so sure we are powerless. As Leah so eloquently described earlier, we can effect change by speaking up in our circles of influence whenever we see people expressing hurtful attitudes toward those who are “other.” As individuals grow used to hearing and accepting new ways of thinking, so grows society. Indeed, as Margaret Mead so well pointed out, we may be the only catalysts for change. Might you agree?

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  3. I often feel so helpless when I hear about these ‘events’ and ponder how we might turn things around.

    I do my best to listen to others and to try to understand their personal stories of colour (or poverty, or some other aspect of another person’s reality that I can’t relate to personally) and what that means in their lives. I try to understand just what my white privilege really means (I acknowledge it, but part of that privilege is not even realizing the every day advantages we are afforded). Rather than focusing on the front page news, I try to find out some of the back stories, some of what came ‘before the story.’ There’s so much to learn there. I call people out when I hear racist/sexist/classist comments. Sometime people just need to pause and question their own habitual thinking or way of speaking.

    Is any of that enough? Is there more a person can do? I don’t know. There are days I have to turn off the news and ignore it. I am so fortunate that my reality allows me to do that (there’s that privilege, again).

    No answers on offer, here. I read your words and the comments posted here, and I continue to hold on to the hope that peace and love and kindness will prevail.

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    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Leah. I know you said it sounds like not nearly enough, and I understand that. Boy do I. But I just want to enumerate all the things you’ve mentioned in response to my questions around peace making. I hope you don’t mind that I paraphrase, and add words and phrases I’ve inferred from your comments, such as “with respect” in number 1.

      1. Listen to others with respect and try to understand their reality as a person of color, faith, sexual orientation or poverty.
      2. Through self-education, increase personal awareness of our white (middle class, straight, Christian) privilege and understand what it means in context to those who navigate daily life without it.
      3. Dig deeper, with a compassionate heart, and learn the back stories about the folks making front page news around these issues.
      4. Holding in our hearts that our peers, co-workers or family members are loving, compassionate people, call out racist/sexist/classist (I would add homohobic and faithist) comments they make, in a way that might help them pause and question habitual thought and speech.
      5. Increase our awareness that, while we can turn off the news and take a break from the violence, horror and sorrow, those experiencing it cannot. Try to understand what that means to them.
      6. Hold on to the hope that peace, love and kindness will prevail.

      Leah, those are six powerful actions each of us can take to build peace and social justice in our daily lives–in our homes, in our workplaces, in our places of worship, our social circles and venues. Powerful things! Are they enough? Perhaps not, but I can’t help thinking of the ripple effect.

      We never know when one tiny action of ours, one comment, one book we read that helps us to understand poverty or racism from the point of view of the person living it so changes us that the very fabric of social interaction might change.

      Thank you for sharing these six ways you work to make peace in the world.

      [Edited 7/22/16 in an attempt to re-number the list as somehow the numbering had disappeared since I entered the comment. Since I cannot get numbering to work, even when I manually type in numbers and paragraphs, I’ll take this up with WordPress to see if they can fix it.]

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      • I don’t, at all, mind your paraphrasing. Thanks. By reading your summation, it makes me feel all that much more accountable to continue trying.

        I do have to catch myself, at times. I find it too easy to verbally shoot from the hip, and I have to catch myself and my own biases.

        In the never-ending search for peace, I will keep plugging away, day by day.

        You are right, each of our little efforts can add up to be significant.

        Peace, baby!

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        • Your closing makes me smile. We’re all so human, aren’t we, loaded with imperfections and biases. It’s schooling ourselves to awareness, as you have done, that we might exercise our innate compassion that matters, don’t you think? And forgiving ourselves when we goof up.

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  4. I do not see that one can legislate what goes on in human hearts. I don’t believe the answer is political.

    I was very active in a multiracial church for nine years — one of the few white people. I entertained people of all races in my home on a regular basis. I listened as a black mom of two children in my junior Sunday School department sat in my living room after lunch one day and told me about the colors of late notices from utility companies after her husband had walked out on her and left her with nothing. She helped me learn what it’s like to be a single mom whose husband said he was going to the store and never came back.

    I attended the wedding of a former Sunday school student who had grown up in that church. He was Chinese. I forget what city the reception was in, some suburb of Los Angeles, but I do remember that people of all racial backgrounds were there and having a good time together. They had grown up in the church together. They had all learned that race doesn’t matter among Christians because in Christ we are all one. At the time of this reception, race riots were going on in Los Angeles, just a few miles away. I could not help but think of the contrast. In our church, the rich and poor of all races worshiped and served together — whether in teaching Sunday school or in ministry to the poor.

    I have prayed individually with people of all skin colors. It’s easy to say that we should judge people by their character, not the color of their skin, but you never get to know someone’s character unless you interact with them and get to know them on a personal level. That comes through working together on a common cause and getting to know one another. We need to see each other as individuals, not skin colors or ethnic backgrounds.

    Politicians and laws can’t get rid of hate. Only God can do that.

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    • Barbara — Perhaps only God can, but we must remember that God works through the hearts of people, and right now we have a crisis of faith and trust in this country. Perhaps if our political system promoted honesty and trust instead of despair and distrust we could change enough hearts to make a difference. I came of age during the Viet Nam era and remember well the violence and discord of the time. Today is different, the mood is far more intense and violent on a one on one basis.

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      • Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Robert. Like you I came of age during Vietnam, as well as the Civil Rights “era.” I agree that we need a sea change in our political system. I’d be interested in your thoughts on how we might, as individuals, begin to develop one that promotes honesty and trust.

        I suspect it will take a whole lot of us determined to get involved long term on the local level and demand such reforms at every turn. I realize the system is designed to prevent us achieving that. It would be interesting to see a move to consensus-building and conflict-resolution in such arenas, wouldn’t it?

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    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this Barbara. I agree that laws cannot change human hearts or rid them of hate. Would you agree that enacting and enforcing laws can, however, give recourse to those suffering discrimination, as well as foster the kind of dialogue that does help change human hearts?

      How wonderful it would be if all who call themselves Christians felt as you do, that the color of one’s skin does not define them. Sadly, I’ve never met a single person of color who did not reveal at some time or other that they feel the stings of discrimination in large ways and small every single day, not only from the vicious and the clueless, but also from people like you and me, who set out to be allies in the work of acknowledging our individual racism as well as systemic societal racism, and work to eradicate it from our lives and our communities.

      I imagine you’ve found that true in intimate conversations with your sister and brother parishioners of color as well. It’s heartbreaking, isn’t it? What they go through just going to work, to the grocery store, and yes, even to Church each day/week?

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  5. We’ve been watching the reporting over here in the UK, and when we were in Ireland last week. Big coverage over here. What is the world coming to??

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    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Barb. It seems that, increasingly, the United States is shriveling into a violent police state, similar to what we were told in the 50s and 60s occurred in Communist Russia.

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      • And we’re in shock in London, not knowing what the Leave the EU vote will mean for us Brits. At least there won’t be any changes for a couple of years, but still. Where will the changes lead us?

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          • Kathryn I need some advice. I tried to make a Tea Brack which I’ve made in NM without problems, but I think I put too much fruit and juice in it and though it looks great, the insides are a solid uncooked-looking mess.Is there any way I can use it; it’s impossible to eat as is because it’s so heavy tho nice smelling and flavored.

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            • Hi Barb. I had to look up “Tea Brack” and now I’m totally intrigued. Definitely going to have to try one! Goodness, though, not sure what to say about the problem you’re having. You know what I’d probably do with what you’re describing–fold it into a biscuit dough and make scones. Or maybe add a little flour and egg, put a crumble over the top and bake it like a cobbler. Or, depending on how fruity or how gooey it is, fold it into pancake or waffle batter. Let me know what you end up doing with it, won’t you?

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              • Thanks for your response. Normally it’s great. This one is not at all gooey, but very solid. I did have some in hot custard which was ok but heavy, and may try thinly slicing it and drying it out in the oven. I’ll let you know if anything works.

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    • Thank you for sharing your sadness, Helen. With the availability of images of human suffering transmitted from violent events almost anywhere in the world, we cannot but be touched, can we? What thoughts have you on how we might begin to bring peace into the world?

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      • Hi Kathryn, these are such troubled times. I was such a marcher/protester/demonstrator in my youth!
        Nowadays, looking back on the 1960s I realise that for me the protest was an end in itself.
        Today I see more use (only as far as I am concerned ) in being proactive at a very local level, trying to help improve community relations wherever that is needed.
        Right now it is important in UK to let people know that not all of us wanted to leave European Union and we appreciate the contribution of those from other countries. And most importantly that we want them to remain as it is their right.
        So, basically, I’ve given up trying to change the world, but hopefully can make it a little better for one or two people.

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        • Thank you for your expanded thoughts on this subject, Helen. I am most grateful. I agree that acting at a local level is vitally important. We must be active members of our communities, helping to build bridges among disparate groups and to create peace that might have a ripple effect, similar to the rings the children drew on the sidewalk in this image. One never knows what can happen, when one lends a hand or a listening ear to a single individual–how far that help might spread.

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  6. debjoneswriter says

    It is sickening to me that events like that in Orlando, needless deaths at the hands of police, and the sniper shooting deaths of five police officers still receive a divided response by those in power, rather than a united front that pledges — and acts on — real, lasting change.

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  7. I’ve mentioned before how heartsick I feel, not just for the events of the past week, but for all I’ve learned in recent years about what it means to be black in this country. Right now I feel totally overwhelmed when I try to think of how I can step up and be part of the struggle. Part of me worries that as a person with white privilege I’d be considered an arrogant interloper if I showed up at a Black LIves Matter event like the urgent one they called for in Lexington this morning to map out the way ahead. Because of those doubts, I didn’t go, but I think that I do need to join in at the grassroots level. I will likely continue to participate in rallies and vigils as I have done since the Trayvon Martin murder in 2012. After the sniper attack this week,I have to wonder how safe it will be to be part of those. But I’ve already felt unsafe since I embarked on being an activist starting in 2009. When Dr. Tiller was murdered in my city, I realized that I could no longer be a supporter on the sidelines, that I actually had to start putting myself out there. I’ve attended pro-choice events with a police presence and metal detectors for our protection….but felt very vulnerable walking from my car through the gauntlet of anti-choice haters to get to that police protection. And also realized how easy it would be for another assassin like Scott Roeder to be sitting in the audience with us.

    I so wish Bernie Sanders would be our nominee for President rather than HIllary Clinton. I think we need a revolution, not the incremental change she represents.

    You might want to follow Michelle Alexander on Facebook. She had a very good post along these lines today–about how there’s really nothing new to be said about this topic and about what transformative change would look like. My daughter’s research and teaching has centered around race, so I count myself lucky to be learning from her. I have a new awareness that I didn’t have before–one that acknowledges how unknowingly racist I was raised and that I still consider blacks to be the “other.” I have a long way to go. 😦

    I’ve just started reading Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness from 2010 (better late than never!) I guess that’s an important part of how I’m being part of the solution–educating myself so I can be a better advocate when confronted by the unreasoning hatred I see online.

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    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts, heytoto. Your involvement and your struggle to do enough move me deeply.

      Your comments about your daughter’s research and teaching touch me especially, showing so well how it is we learn from one another, from the loved ones in our own circle. Not only that we learn, but that we likewise are teachers, in our every word and action.

      I was heartened today to discover this story on The Washington Post: The inspiring way hundreds of Asian Americans are teaching their families about Black Lives Matter–through a Google doc, no less.

      This story, of how one woman put out a call for help in drafting an open letter to her Asian immigrant parents and elders, and how that call for help resulted in several hundred people of Asian heritage collaborating to write the letter on Google Docs, is inspiring in itself. But the letter blows me away. It begins, “Dear Mom, Dad, Uncle, Auntie: Black Lives Matter to Us, Too.” Then, “We need to talk.”

      Compellingly and simply, with love and respect, the letter shows why #BlackLivesMatter is important to all of us. If you read it, I hope you’ll find it as fortifying a I do.

      Thank you for the suggestion to follow Michelle Alexander. I’ve heard her on public radio several times and have her books on my “to read” list, (So many books!), but never thought to look her up on Facebook or Twitter. Going there now.

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      • That Asian-American Google doc project is all the more effective for the organic way it developed. Very interesting.

        I’ll add an observation from today’s news cycle–for the first time, I heard activists referred to as Civil Rights activists rather than Black Lives Matter activists. I think that’s a significant (and positive) shift in how this story is being covered.

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        • Yes, the way they accomplished it gives me tremendous hope for all of us. And yes indeed, that is a sea change in media reporting. More hope!

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  8. I’ve been mulling possible blog posts for myself, but the range of issues right now boggles my mind. I’d never put much thought to my white privilege until the events of this past year started to open my eyes.

    As the number of unnecessary deaths at the hands of the police grows, the expectation that the Black community stay civil and not cause problems becomes ludicrous. Race riots? Quite possible. Obviously, more needs to be done such as the steps outlined by Bernie Sanders for correcting injustice.

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    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Virginia. I invite you to share a link to the steps Bernie has outlined. If you write about your deepening understanding around white privilege, please come back and post a link to that as well. I’d be grateful.

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