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A Little Laughter Helps

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The First Family’s Day

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President Barack Obama, First Daughters Sasha and Malia Obama at the annual tradition of pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey. This year’s turkey is named ‘Cheese.’

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The First Family volunteering at ‘Bread For The City’ community center in Washington, D.C.

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26
Nov
14

Ferguson: Who Are We?

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[I’m so perturbed by yesterday’s & the continuity of ugly bombardment, 6 years+. I had to go inside myself, and wrote “Who Are We?”:

Who Are You?
When you reached that pinnacle of your own success,
And perhaps looked back at the ladders’ rungs beneath,
Upon which you crawled,
Which you gladly razored so others
Didn’t dare follow in your wake,

Who Are You?

You wrap yourself in your very narrow existence.
Are you The Chosen Oblivious?
Or a creature birthed
Between those rungs, and doomed to be willingly
Without humanity’s anchor?

And then, in giving you credence at our head table,

Who Are We?

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T. Thorn Coyle: An Open Letter to White America

I am sending out a call for compassion. I am sending out a call for reason. I am sending out a call for an expansion of our presence with one another. I am sending out the remembrance of the threads of our connection. We are not isolated beings on this planet. Collectively, in our gorgeous variance, we make up this living organism we call life… This morning, a Black woman tweeted that she thought she was okay, until she saw a group of children walking to school and burst into tears. I don’t know what it is like to live inside that sort of fear, anguish, grief, and pain.  But it doesn’t take much for me to imagine it.

The extrajudicial killing of Black and brown people by police is not a sometime thing. It is said that every 28 hours a Black person is killed by police or security agencies. Just looking at the news, and at my Twitter feed, this is not so hard to believe. Are all cops bad people? No. Are all cops racist? No. But the system they work within is. This is the system that stops and frisks Black and brown men in large cities every single day. The system that incarcerates and disenfranchises Black men at horrifically high rates. The system that tells Black women their bodies are both loathed and admired, but are not their own to hold and keep….

…When the system has not only failed you, but has actively put your well-being and your life, and your families’ lives in danger, how exactly are you supposed to respond? By trusting in that system? I don’t find random property damage done from grief and anger to be helpful or useful as a political tactic. That said: human life is worth more than human property. Always. In the United States? Particularly in White America? We seem to have reversed their importance, placing property over humanity, at least when those humans have darker skin…

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