I posted this earlier to an antiracist group I started on Facebook. I've taken out the names of the others involved. They can choose to be public. It's not up to me to expose them. A conversation today: "All lives matter". David's response? "Yes they do". (and a tease, all news stories need a good … Continue reading David’s Day
This originally appeared on Facebook in response to a question as to whether it was racist for a police officer to have a clipboard with the words "Blue Lives Matter" on it. ___________________________________ I can't speak to this particular officer's mind or what is in his heart. I don't know who you saw so I … Continue reading Thoughts on Police….
This was originally published in a Melrose, MA Community Facebook group and on "The Melrose Patch", a local news site. An open message to the people of the City of Melrose: Look at my profile picture. Many of you have seen me on the corner of Essex and Main. I'm there three times a week. … Continue reading Dateline: Friday, August 21, 2020, Melrose, MA
"be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity"- Horace Mann, 1859 #restoredignity Be the PebbleAct
Who is David? How did he get to be? What influenced him to believe that Black Lives Matter? That working on Anti-Racism is important?
So yesterday I was out holding my sign. Like every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, my new connection David drove by. As he passed I yelled out "I have something for you". He took a break, stopped by, and I gave him a copy of my "raised fist" posting, and we talked about why I couldn't. … Continue reading A Raised Fist (Part 2)
I can't. I can't do it. I can't raise my fist. See, for me, a raised fist, it comes from The Black Panther Party and is a symbol of Black Power. When I'm out holding my, or signs, I have a lot: "I Can't Breathe #BLM""I Will Not Turn the Other Cheek #BLM""Police Matter. So … Continue reading A Raised Fist
(Yes, I stole the title from a movie, get over it - oh, and the movie? It is worth watching) I was listening to a story on NPR this morning. They talked to a man who said he wouldn't give his name because he "was afraid he would sound racist". Think about that. If he, … Continue reading Dear White People
For more than 150 years, first Negroes, then Blacks, then African Americans have been told the same thing: just wait, it will get better. The Massachusetts 54th, the first African American regiment, fought not just to end slavery, but also for the promise of a better life. Freed slaves were promised "40 acres and a … Continue reading I Will Not Turn the Other Cheek
I've been to protests where that was the chant: "The whole world is watching". But this time? That's not right. The whole world is joining. Paris. London. Cape Town. Hong Kong. Kolkata. Jerusalem. Berlin. Athens. Last night, in Bristol England, protestors tore down a statue of a slave trader and threw it in the river. … Continue reading The Whole World is Watching?