Sunday, August 13, 2017

THIS IS WRONG.

Hello Fabulous Friends,

As I sit here meal prepping and for the week, I keep stopping and just vegging on the couch.  I cannot stop thinking of yesterday's events in Charlottesville.  My heart hurts and I feel literally sick to my stomach (no, its not from my cooking) that it is 2017 and such ugly ignorance still remains in our country. As I am typing this I am weeping from pain.  I have written and deleted this post many times today.

I remember learning about slavery, segregation and plain ol' ugly racism.... I thought, "Oh my, that is awful, how could people even think that way? Thank goodness that was so long ago and things have changed." Boy how lucky and privileged I must have been to think this way.   Well as an adult I can tell you things aren't all that different.  HATE is everywhere! Racism (also known to me as IGNORANCE) is still running rampant. This is so wrong!  Nelson Mandela once said,


"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.  People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."



This is TRUE!  Young children are taught to hate and they grow up to be adults who still hate. We need to teach them differently.  I cannot change what happened in Charlottesville yesterday or in history but, as Kid President suggests, I can get loud and voice my thoughts.  As an educator I can show and teach love & kindness.  I can be kind to people, of any color, religion, or background.   I can model love and kindness not only to my students but to anyone I encounter.   

I want my friends of color (in real life and in my blogging life) to know where I stand and let you know that I will NOT tolerate racism and will not sit quietly, turning my head away from it.

Thank you for allowing me to get my feelings out and listening.  God Bless all of us (especially those with hate in their hearts)

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