There’s that tired old adage, which never seems to go away. “I’m not racist, my best friend is black!” This makes me cringe.Well, it’s become an oddly pertinent adage for me now, for a completely different reason. I can’t allow myself to be racist, my daughter is mixed. For the record, yes, I am her biological mother (so the next time you see us on the street and feel compelled to ask, that’s your answer), and her father is black....more
When I think of Remembrance Day, I think of my grandfather, Myles. Myles, who is 88 years old, served for Canada and the U.S. during the Second World War, like many other men and women who were his contemporaries. My other grandfather, William, who passed away in his early 60s, also served in the Merchant Navy in Britain, fighting alongside the Royal Navy and Airforce. And while war seems like a lifetime ago, the fact of the matter is, I have a veteran younger than I am in my family. War is a constant – but the sacrifices that these men and women made live on....more
The last couple of days I've been thinking about how the spiritual law of karma can often times be used as a form of blame or as a way of not caring about bad things happening to our fellow human beings. It can be used as a way of saying that no matter what your misfortunes, it's your own fault....more
Social Justice is love. It is loving people right where they are and encouraging them to have a better future. Jesus neverdiscriminated against any race, religion, sexual orientation, handicap, etc. In fact, he gravitated towards the ones who were different from him. He sought them out, met them where they were, and he worked miracles....more
My friend “O” will call you out if you’re being a fool. Recent examples include people who said, ” – but you don’t want to go to that neighborhood, not since all the black people moved in” (O: “What do you mean? No, I don’t know. Tell me. Tell me exactly why I don’t want to go to that neighborhood. Tell me exactly what you mean by ‘since all the black people moved in.’ I really want to know, because I don’t find that decent or atrocious behavior is confined to skin color. Explain what you mean so that I can understand.”), and, “Have you seen [Co-worker]‘s wife?...more
Nelson Mandela has passed at 95 years of age, may he rest in peace. In honor of his memory I want to recognize his wisdom, leadership and social justice work by sharing some of my favorite Mandela quotes. Though he is gone, his legacy of fighting for equity and justice lives on. ...more
The Equal Rights Amendment is neither a blue issue nor a red issue, it is above all else, a human issue.E-R-A. These three letters have struck fear in some, outrage in others and hope in many. Yet, in 2013, questions have been raised: Why the ERA? Aren’t things good the way they are? Why fix it if it is not broken?...more
Today as I watch the closing arguments in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin trial, my heart is heavy.
Whatever the outcome, there will be no real "victors" or "winners" when the verdict is delivered. The lives of both families - Martin/Fulton and Zimmerman - are FOREVER tragically altered.
I posted via my personal blog yesterday, that when I look at Sybrina Fulton's face (Trayvon's Mom), I see myself and the mothers of brown sons closest to me.