I’ve honestly been trying to grasp how I feel about the #armmewith movement because I knew I felt some type of way. I’m so grateful to @listeningandlearning1 and @mrsrussellsroom for helping me to understand how I am feeling and opening the conversation. #Repost@listeningandlearning1
🕯My biggest problem is the stark difference of acceptance between the Black Lives Matter youth activist and the Parkland youth activist. The rush of support from mass media, celebrities, teachers, and corporations rallying around white kids about a white problem to fix policy now. I mean if we can be honest, this is a white school problem because you can’t name one urban/Black/Brown school that has had a mass shooting? But we do already know a host of problems that plague Black and Brown schools (like the things mention in this movement but there is no rallying). And while, I acknowledge this is a white problem, our country has made it everyone’s problem because whiteness has advantages. 🕯While being in the margins has it disadvantages. Where is the outcry when Black and Brown folks disproportionately experience gun-violence every day. When Trayvon Martin (17), Tamir Rice (12) or Aiyana Stanley-Jones (7) was killed by guns. Why does it seem like one group is helpless to this undeserving senseless crime and gets to be both victims and heroes while another group is portrayed hopeless in a crime filled reality only to be called agitators and thugs. While I am in awe by the strength and courage the Parkland youth activist are showing us, I am also disheartened once again because of my lens. Growing up in a Black and White world, I have witnessed this dichotomy my entire life. So now I am left wondering: how can I support Parkland youth activist while continually to support Black youth activists fight against gun-violence? In the rise of social media, the accessibility of perspectives has increased so whose voices will I choose to receive my information from in the coming days? While I will participate in the March for Our Lives on March 24th, I will equally march to end police brutality and “everyday” gun violence in this country as well....
With 6" nails and a track uniform style of her own, the late Florence Delorez Griffith Joyner is still the world record holder for the women's 100m (10.49) and 200m (21.34) since 1988. #BHM#BlackGirlMagic#TBT
Nurture, promote and support what you love about life. Delight in the good things, and give the power of your joy to them. Be a positive force by acting with positive purpose. Give your awareness and energy to the good side of life, and make it stronger than ever. -Ralph Marston
Speaking of focusing on the good, what were your wins from the week?