Thanksgiving? 🦃🍁🍂

dinner-1060352_1280Did everyone have a great Thanksgiving? I did, but something’s been bothering me over the past few days. It began when I read Tareau’s commentary. You can find it here. His description of Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering elicited some ill feelings. I was just about to sit down and enjoy half a Cornish hen, mashed potatoes and green beans that I’d prepared.

I consider myself pretty conscious. So I thought I was doing pretty good not overindulging in turkey, dressing and other common staples. Certainly, Tareau wasn’t talking to me. Was he? I know the trials and tribulations of Native Americans. Surely, I can enjoy my food and be #woke. Right?

I finished my dinner and stumbled across Darryl’s post, explicitly titled, Thanksgiving and Black Friday: The Epitome of American Culture. Was the universe trying to tell me something? Darryl very succinctly explained the irony of the American football game for the day. Well, there’s nothing I could do about NFL scheduling, so I didn’t feel as bad, but I did begin to think that maybe baking hens isn’t enough of a rebellious stance.

My next stop was Facebook. Unfortunately, I didn’t screenshot my friend’s post, but here’s a loose paraphrase:

We all know where Thanksgiving came from so stop telling everybody about the Indians. Today is a day when most of us just get together to be with family and eat food, so enjoy it the best way you know how.

On the one hand, I used to be one of those didactic people sharing all kinds of information about Native Americans and how this wasn’t a holiday for them. On the other hand, I understood what he was saying. The holiday has changed. We’re not pilgrims celebrating the deaths of indigenous people. We’re people eating food with family.

Just when I’d begun feeling okay about how I’d celebrated this year, Dwight posted four things; two were about the Dakota Pipeline and the other two? Thanksgiving origins.

We talked about it during our Sunday walk.

“You got me thinking about planning a family trip to Plymouth Rock!”
“I was thinking the same thing,” he said.

By the end of our walk, I’d decided this. Whatever I do for any holiday is fine, as long as I’m doing it consciously. This year I was mindful about the amount of food the girls and I cooked, and I’m good with that. There’s no leftover anything and I don’t have to force someone to eat turkey for seven days. Conversely, Dwight and I could have a more in-depth conversation with the girls about why there’s a so-called Thanksgiving. If we add a road trip to Massachusetts, then I’ll let you all know. But for now, that’s as far as our activism will reach.

What about you? I know the holiday is over, but I’m wondering why, how and if you celebrate? Do you consider indigenous people on this day? How active do you have to be to be an activist?

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63 thoughts on “Thanksgiving? 🦃🍁🍂

  1. Beg your pardon Dr. Garland but…

    I am so late to this party ’cause I had the freaking croup almost from Thanksgiving through mid-December!

    That said, I saw both posts and I think I commented something along the lines of what I’m about to say here.

    And so….

    THIS:
    “We’re not pilgrims celebrating the deaths of indigenous people. We’re people eating food with family.”

    That’s exactly where I am with mine!!!

    Seriously, Black folks ain’t NEVER identified with Pilgrams! We always knew what time it was!
    Thanksgiving, for us, was simply a time to give thanks for food, family, friends, health, and life!
    That’s it and that’s all!

    Girl, let me get off this soapbox! LOL!!!

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    1. I hear you ma’am! I do think that we’re one in the same though. I tend to see all disenfranchised people as being in the same boat. We might’ve gotten there a little differently, but we all in that boat trying to make it without a paddle lbvs But I do get it.

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  2. Hey Kathy – thank you again for not shying away from “touchy” issues! I think our present moment is also an historical moment of revisiting and re-evaluating traditions and customs and how we feel about them knowing what we now know. Honestly I don’t often consider indigenous people on Thanksgiving and acknowledging that makes me wince. How might I amend this in 2017? To answer your question about activism: I really think that sometimes it’s easier to engage in large group actions than to make the “smaller” changes in one’s own heart and personal behaviors; and I think that an activism that begins with personal awareness and willingness to do things differently is important.

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    1. Oh you’re welcome Leslie! You know me, always thinking and pushing others (I hope). Yes, I agree that current times and situations have presented the perfect opportunity for us to collectively stop and ask, hmmm what is it that we really want here? I understand not thinking about it too, because quite honestly, if we stopped to think about every American injustice, then we’d probably be depressed or getting nothing done. That last part is where I think the common themes lie. If we can all just become aware of something and be willing to do something, then maybe we can effect change that way.

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  3. Thank you Kathy for sharing the two posts and video with us. Powerful stuff.

    My Thanksgiving was a simple affair which included my brother and I ordering takeout and having dinner with our mother at the nursing home. It was a really good day for her and I enjoyed coming home and relaxing without all the hoopla of previous Thanksgivings.

    Don’t do Black Friday. Tried it once had a panic attack and vowed never to do it again.

    Your food looks delish!!!

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    1. You’re welcome and thanks for reading and watching! The video is really what got me thinking even more.

      Glad to hear your holiday was simple. I believe they all should be, but I know sometimes people thrive on the busy-ness of it all. Super glad to hear that you were with your family. Yes, I’ve done Black Friday twice and each time I’ve wondered, what am I doing out here with these people??? The energy is just too frenetic.

      Thanks about the food compliment lol That was my way of simplifying dinner 😉

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      1. The pleasure was all mine. The video was real powerful and I’ve been rethinking as well. These days I’m all about simple living so overblown holidays are out but I’m not opposed to a small gathering or the occasional party. I saw a quote that said something to the effect that only in America we shop like lunatics on Black Friday after a holiday meant to reflect on all we’re thankful for. I guess if you love shopping it’s fun but the clowns who end up fighting over stuff is ridiculous.

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  4. People from my little village are at Standing Rock right now. Others have donated money and supplies to the cause. That it was happening over Thanksgiving was a great reminder of what was unfairly taken from the Indians back in the 1600’s. That really hit home. As for activism, a REAL activist would be there, not just donate and wish them luck. So I guess I’m not a real activist. 🙂

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    1. Joan, I thought I’d responded to this. That’s great that you know people who are actively participating. Thanks also for your comments on what a “real” activist is. I also tend to believe that activism requires DOING something, but some days, I wonder if donating money IS also a part of doing something. Thanks again. I imagine many of us would fall into that non-activist category if we go by this definition lol

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  5. As a Dutch woman, living in Germany now-a-days, so being European -why do I put myself in this boxes-… As a neighbor on this globe, this post and conversations I find very interesting. We don’t have a Thanksgiving day over here and I always felt, we should have it. Not to be reminded of the horrible mistakes us humans made in the past, but to stand still with all the good we do have accomplished. And then I think…
    Yes, we should learn from the past, take that wisdom and move forward, but the older I get…isn’t it sad, we seem to need ‘a day’ to be reminded of that?
    However, who am I to take away a tradition which is clearly important to others?
    Its like Sinterklaasfeest met zwarte pieten (St.Nicolas fest with black helpers), a Dutch tradition and has nothing to do with slavery or any other racist activity from the past. I do understand it is ‘touchy’ for black human beings, but it is really an innocent celebration of St.Nicolas with gifts for our innocent children.
    So, Thanksgiving, as I understand it, has a long time ago transitioned in a gathering to be thankful for the good things in ones live. Why can we just leave it at that?
    Why does in year of 2016 everything has to be found negative. Aren’t we adults also entitled to some celebrations/days with feeling innocent, loved, peace-full again…just for a few hours, a day, every now and then…?
    I’m rambling..in English..I hope I got my point across right…

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    1. You’ve gotten your point across Patty. I’m afraid it sounds a lot like what some people tell black people here about American slavery, which is to “get over it.” Now, I know YOU’RE not saying those words, but it sounds similar. I think, then if I compare it to your Sinterklaasfeest met zwarte pieten, my question is why can’t the children be multicultural in 2016? Why must they be all black? That’s kind of where we get into a situation and come to believe there’s a problem. I guess the issue of only thinking Thanksgiving is a day of thanks is that there are living Native Americans who continue to be disenfranchised (look up Dakota Pipeline) and whose people have taught them the “true” meaning. I know from your blog that you like to connect different writings centered on one theme. Think of it like that. Thanksgiving means different things to different people. Maybe your culture’s Sinterklaasfeest met zwarte pieten is the same. Black people who see those little black helpers probably don’t see it innocently.

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      1. The children are multicultural (although now I think of it, The Netherlands wasn’t always multicultural), the black helpers are painted black adults. Since, for instance among other shaming continuing occurrings, slavery is still happening today…So yes, I understand why it is still a sad issue (understatement, can’t come up with the right words) and certainly we should not just ‘get over it’, stop telling people this is shaming, wrong, unacceptable behavior.
        I find it hard to explain how I feel about matters like these.
        I understand the need for Gay Prides, at the same time I think ‘do we have Hetro Prides too’?
        Is the solution skipping traditions? Is a solution to keep traditions, but renew them? Should we create totally new traditions?

        Children care less if the black helpers are painted in the colors of the rainbow…is it that simple?
        Change Thanksgiving day, maybe make it a memorial day…is that the answer?

        What is the right thing to do, so all our neighbors, including you and me can be happy?

        I don’t mind being an activist, but I want to do it right, for the right reasons…

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      2. Maybe if I explain it this way. Gay pride came out of the fear of being LGBTQ in public. There’s no hetero pride because there’s no need. Gay pride exists as a way to not live in fear anymore.

        As far as the traditions go, that’s what I was wondering. Should be simply revise the tradition and ignore an entire people’s experience? I do like the idea of Memorial Day, but that would require Americans being truthful about the past, something I’m not too hopeful about. I guess as long as you’re trying to consider the other person’s perspective, then that begins being an activist for the “right” reasons. Thanks again for commenting Patty!

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  6. Ugh i wrote a long post (but not as long as Tareau’s) on Australia Day and implications to the indigenous population that was destroyed in founding this country, but I lost it and I don’t have time to re-write. I may come back to it….

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  7. Firstly, your food looks beautiful and delicious. And I really like your plates; they remind me of kente cloth and I need to get me some.

    Mom reeeeally wanted to cook [for one family member in particular], but she is the only one that was serious about Thanksgiving dinner this year. The rest of us just wanted to relax and just enjoy being together, but mom gets what mom wants. It was a good day.

    It’s funny that you ask how active one must be to be considered an activist because it seems like the ones [we see] doing the most shun the ones who aren’t. On social media anyway. It definitely made me think. I believe it starts with the individual striving to be the best version of him or herself, leading by example. Standing up when something isn’t right. Helping people. No deed is too small and you never know who’s watching.

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    1. Thanks Kelley! Those are the “good” plates lol The food was amazing and I was just so happy with myself that I didn’t make a whole bunch of it! Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving with family and dinner 🙂
      I so agree with everything you’ve said. There’s a lot of activist shaming all over the place. (I just made that term up). It does seem to feel like who can out-activist the other person. Those last four things are something that WE can all do and this part of the convo reminds me of all the hoopla about safety pins. I’ll save that for another post though because I’m not quite sure how I feel about those yet.

      Thanks so much for chiming into this seemingly heated convo.

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      1. I’m just glad there’s a space where we can converse without poop slinging! Thank you!
        I just encourage people to do what’s best for them and just THINK about what they’re doing instead of just blindly following.

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  8. Well, I love history so it’s hard not to think about the Pequot Massacre that took place especially because it was so brutal. So I celebrate the holiday and remember the Native Americans. That’s about the limits to my activism. Although I think a trip to Plymouth Rock would be a good thing since the ancestors of the massacre have a service they conduct. Now the Dakota Pipeline, I could see myself going out to protest with the Native Americans especially after hearing some of the ways they’re being treated by law enforcement.

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    1. I figured you would appreciate a historical post JC. As far as the trip to Plymouth Rock, it sounds cool to me too because of the service. That sounds like a great way to commemorate. In fact, now I’m thinking I don’t need to go there. Maybe I can just say a small prayer/meditation to commemorate the event right where I am. This is the beauty of talking things out with others.

      The Dakota Pipeline is a travesty all over again.

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  9. Wow, I read both posts you mentioned and they’re intense. Definitely thought provoking. I don’t watch football, I’ve never shopped on Black Friday, and I despise the commercialism of Christmas. But I’ve always loved Thanksgiving (though not the turkey, prefer chicken). Our town has a huge road race that draws 15,000 runners from all over the world and even more spectators. It’s so much fun. To me it’s a day to gather with family and friends without the insanity and expense of Christmas. But I do see the other side of it and what is happening on the reservation is horrendous. Honestly I can hardly believe it’s happening it seems like something from another century but I know it is. Our government sucks and I’m afraid there is nothing we the people can do about it.

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    1. A town run sounds like a great way to spend part of the holiday. That’s how I’ve always seen Thanksgiving too. It’s better than Christmas because it’s typically just about getting together and eating, and who doesn’t like that? So glad you read both posts. Those are some very deep bloggers. They always keep me thinking about what I’m doing or not doing. Did you watch the video? That’s really what did it for me lol I was like that’s it…we’re heading to Plymouth Rock next year to commune with the Indigenous People!

      on the other part Kim. This year has just been filled with moments of hopelessness and helplessness. But we gotta stay hopeful and vigilant. I’m sure there’s always something we can do.

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  10. Good Evening DWjr! You are most welcome and thank you for those kind words!

    Now…

    Whew! First you made me think on a holiday, and now I gotta think on a Monday. Kidding Darryl! Your comments are always welcomed and seriously, you do make me stop and think about each and every word. I’m one of those people who believe activism requires DOING something, but not necessarily physically, like walking to D.C. or something. I definitely believe that we all have our strengths. The key is knowing what those gifts are and then participating with them in mind.

    But there is another step. I say this with the theorist, Paulo Freire in mind. After one has gained what he calls critical consciousness, then one must add praxis, or change. What good is it if I know what’s going on; I write about it; and then I don’t change my behavior? That’s what Freire’s critical theory asks. That’s where I live, more or less, which is why I’m always reflecting on how I can be more in tune with what’s going on, and ultimately change my actions. This is also why your and Tareau’s post can reach someone like me because I’m always thinking about how I can do better (personally in my own space), in order to create a ripple effect of change.

    I TOTALLY agree about speaking up about injustices as a way to be an activist. I mean the root word is “active,” so if you’re passively participating in ill-jokes about diversity, then you’re not being active in speaking up. Always, always, it begins with us.

    Thanks so much for adding this Darryl. You know I appreciate it.

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  11. No Turkey or dressing for leftovers? Sorry I’m just a very greedy person. Me and my family enjoyed Thanksgiving and took the time to reflect on everything and I mean everything we are grateful and blessed for.

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    1. Naw J Rockwell. We ain’t have none of that lol In fact, my hubby asked if I was making dressing and I told him as soon as I figure out how to make just enough for 2-4 people, then I’ll do it lol I’m glad you had a nice holiday! Sounds like you were eating leftovers for a few days 😉

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  12. Haha no I wasn’t talking to Dr. Garland. You couldn’t possibly think that. I was talking to everyone who thinks they know me or want to get to know me. The beautiful thing about these situations is it doesn’t change how I view people. If you celebrate Xmas, Thanksgiving, etc. My mama stands for everything I don’t. But I still love her ya know. In this blogosphere world we put our passions in these screens not knowing who really reads and listen. You cant feel guilty off of how I’m feeling about something. Or anyone else for that matter. I actually got feed back from a few Native Americans about that post and they agree with me but also said to still honor the land of the Americas, the foods, the environment etc. There is no way to build a perfect socially conscience person. That’s what the Internet has dumbed down so much. You cant be perfect because humans are imperfect. Look at what brotha Eddiestarofficial wrote. He is right and even though I don’t celebrate thanksgiving, I dont view or look at him any differently because humans are supposed to be different. Same with Lady G, Brotha Daryl, Ron, Yourself, Mrs Williams etc. There’s always hypothetical scenarios that will question our beliefs and convictions. Can a feminist love porn? Can you be racist and have sex with a different race? Can you be a vegan and love bacon? Can you be conservative but support abortion and gay marriage? Etc etc. I’m honored that I was able to trigger an emotion from you but You and you’re family was the last thing I was thinking about when I wrote that piece. I wrote that out of anger. I’m not angry at you. Oh and get on Lady G for not getting the book yet. I also ordered another copy for my err ummmm “friend” (Yes that should fool them) yea friend hahahaha

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    1. Here’s the rest of it…OF COURSE I KNOW YOU WEREN’T TALKING TO ME lol You didn’t even know what I was doing for Thanksgiving until I commented on the post. I just used your post as an example of how there are a lot of different perspectives on Thanksgiving and how someone (me) could start to think, “Am I doing enough for the cause?” So I know Tareau. You and I go waaaaay back lol and I know you’d never speak an unkind word. All of those questions are exactly what I think about. A lot of times we think we have to be one way in order to assume a certain identity (conscious). This post is really to do what it did…continue a conversation. In some ways, I think we really have just forgotten all about the real reason there was a Thanksgiving and turned it into something else, and that’s how apathy starts, which turns into not caring about the Dakota Pipeline (I know you’ll fill in the blanks there cause I’m sure you know what I mean).

      So yeah, no hard feelings my dear. This post wasn’t really about you and I know your post wasn’t about me at all lol That’s why I got a couple of bird pics coming for you 😉

      As far as Lady G…she has the book, we just gotta wait till December for her to read it :-/

      Did you really order another book??? I’m about to make you VP of The Unhappy Wife fan club lol

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      1. Lmfao the VP hahahahahahahhahahahahaahhahaha. Yes that’s the problem with text. You can never really gauge someone’s true emotion. I understand what u meant. Like I said I was honored. As far as Lady G goes we will be waiting till December 2017 hahahaha

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  13. Great post! I think many customs and traditions have twisted roots and for those who are are conscious or at least try to be, this can be a struggle. As we grapple with the irony of our country’s history, I think it’s important to educate and create our own traditions which I think you are doing.

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    1. Thanks girl! “Twisted roots” is the perfect way to describe that. I agree. I do think we need to teach as many as possible and re-think how we do things and then do them in a bit more conscious way. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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      1. That’s how I feel. I’m not into guilt tripping people or forcing anyone to do as I would, just be conscious of why and what you’re actually “celebrating.” Why force family time on this day? Why not get together another day or invite less people/do less work if that makes your life easier? There is just so much pressure and it can be daunting to please all the parties involved. Yet we feel obligated because family, commercials and calendars tell us so. Plus we don’t want to feel left out.

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      2. Right. It’s the guilt tripping people can’t get over. All of that goes back to listening to yourself and following what’s best for you. I wish that people weren’t so afraid to break free.

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  14. I absolutely enjoyed thanksgiving. I have no guilt behind it either. Native Americans were slave owners who chased the black Indians out of the country, down to Mexico. The tribes have actively kept African American people with native American blood, out of the reparations talk. I know I’m a rabbel rouser, but we don’t have any friends in the end. We have to focus on our struggle only. Its sad that they are getting their constitutional rights violated, and I feel for them. But black people have enough issues. Just my isolated and lonely opinion.

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    1. In a way I understand what you mean Eddie. I agree that we have enough to worry about without trying to go save another culture. The only thing is at one point do we say that we’re all interconnected and if you fall, fail, or are disenfranchised, then we all are?

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  15. I escaped to a Waffle House in a strange town this Thanksgiving. Just me and my mother, with all of the horrors of family far behind. It’s been a long year. I’m not sure there is a reason beyond tradition, right now.
    In terms of activism… All the flag-waving and demonstrating in the world doesn’t mean much, if we’re not treating each other well in our day-to-day lives. Quiet activism is important, too.

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    1. Waffle House, huh? At least you were away from family drama. Totally agree about the activism lacking in our day-to-day lives. Recently learned this with another situation. Found out that my daughter’s 18 year-old boyfriend isn’t registered to vote, and of course didn’t vote. I literally said wow, here I am encourage people all on social media and you’re over here all the time. I should’ve been encouraging you. Yes. quiet activism is important too.

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  16. K E, this is really thoughtful. I love Thanksgiving as an opportunity to bask in gratitude and be in fellowship and community. To me, that is a lovely way to add positive energy to our planet and all the peoples! I love your focus on being conscious, thank you very much for that. Blessings my friend. 💜

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    1. Thanks for understanding Debbie! “Basking in gratitude and being in fellowship and community” sounds absolutely harmonious. Thanks as always for stopping by, reading and commenting. Sending light and love right back to you.

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  17. I think it’s possible to be conscious & participate in Thanksgiving. For me, it’s more about enjoying the slow down of the usual hustle & bustle of life and returning to the way things were when we were younger. Surrounded by family & friends, with no responsibilities or deadlines outside of finishing your dish before dinnertime. It’s a time to come together and be appreciative of everything we take for granted.

    I can understand the arguments, but generally the people I see posting negatives about Thanksgiving and other holidays aren’t doing anything constructive in their communities anyway. They’re social media activists. As the previous poster said, activism is many things and personally, I don’t believe spending time with family constitutes as treason to those values.

    Now Black Friday shopping…. that’s another topic..

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    1. Where have you been my friend??? Anywho, I do agree that it’s like forced relaxation with friends and family for those who need it. Hope that didn’t sound negative. I like that you say, “I don’t believe spending time with family constitutes as treason to those values.” I suppose with everything there can be balance. Thanks for dropping by 🙂 And yes, Black Friday is a whole nother post.

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      1. I have a love/hate relationship with the internet and social media. I go through phases where I don’t want to be bothered w/ it at all, at other times I do. I was away for awhile. It didn’t sound negative, the holidays do force you to remember your family and slow down.

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  18. Good Morning Dr. Garland!

    Thanks for the shout out! This piece is great! You have done an excellent job bringing analysis to an individual level of actual experiences and capturing the cognitive dissonance experienced by so many of us.

    I think it is possible to be conscious of the contradictions. Thanksgiving is important in terms of self-care. It is a day of coming together and sharing a meal with family, but as you said, we still need to be cognizant of the limitations.

    How active do we have to be to be an activist? I think activism comes in all flavors. We tend to associate activism with rallies outside the state house – but that is simply one type of it. Paul Robeson said “the battlefield is everywhere”. This means the battle is also inside of us – so we have to do a better job resisting our corrupt thoughts. This also means that every interaction we have with people, whether in public or in private, is an opportunity to combat oppression and activate the dream of a more humane world.

    The world requires a revolution – but this will not happen tomorrow. And it is not simply physical – it is also ideological. So activism is also physical and ideological. I think when we discuss activism, we think of bodies in motion. But there are some brothers and sisters who have disabilities and cannot physically carry out some tasks; and there some other people who cannot attend rallies because they are not arrestable (i.e. they have young children, they do not have citizenship and will get deported, etc). So activism, to me, should not be limited to the body … as that is clearly ableist.

    Everyone has a gift: some people are skilled at organizing rallies, others are skilled at writing, others are skilled at teaching, others are skilled at conversing with people one on one and helping each person. We need all of this, and one is not more important than the other. The actions of the person at the rally mean nothing if the author isn’t writing up the ideas to teach more people; and all of this means nothing if the teacher decides they are going to teach the exact opposite in the classroom. There are people who post great material on FB or on their blogs … I consider these forms of activism because they are using their space to raise some form of awareness. The world begins to change with theory AND physical action. Some people can only do one, some people can do both. As long as one is involved, somehow, that is all that matters to me! So activism is many things, to be determined by the actor, depending upon their personal limitations and gifts they can offer to the larger cause.

    I don’t think activism is professionalized, though, in speaking about the teacher and the author. Resistance needs to occur at the most molecular levels: somebody needs to put Auntie in check when she makes a homophobic joke at the dinner table. So I think activism also involves that: those who are willing to have the difficult discussions with family/friends and risk making the rest of dinner awkward. Men need to put their buddies in check with all the “locker room talk” – and this is, unfortunately, a sacrifice we will have to make if we want real change. And those who are already doing this I would characterize as activists in some capacity as well.

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    1. This has got to be the longest comment I have ever not read haha. I’ll have to come back and read it when I have a little more time, just because of the epicness of it…might do a book review on it too haha

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      1. I pre-empted that as a possible assumptions/reply but went with it anyway because it really was a case of being tired and skimming through comments, laughing at Tareau’s and mistaking your long one for another Tareau comment (mind you Tareau is barely visible in his pic). I do not see all black men as a monolith and can pick different African faces fairly well (and no i am not implying your ethnicity- just saying I do not lump black people into the one cookie cutter image). I’m sorry you have taken offense but not sorry for what I have said because it was with no ill will, in fact I was being light hearted and genuinely thought you were Tareau.

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    2. Essentially, it is being aware of injustices in the world, having empathy and letting your thoughts, words and actions align to righting wrongs that you see all day every day, regardless of a hash tag or witnesses to the change you work towards. Review: 9 out of 10, missing a point for lack of succinctness and sense of humour, but otherwise a thoughtful, well written comment 🙂

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