I live on land inhabited by eight different tribes/bands/nations over time (borderlands?), but I guess most recently by the Eno and the Occaneechi band of the Saponi nation.
«Community building is something we do together to share perspectives, create brave space, and foster relationships. We are members of a community dedicated to ending racism. Let’s build a national community and grow your local one.»
I haven’t read every word of this, nor have I watched any of the videos (at this moment), but I feel like it’s going to be an important resource for me, so I’m pinning it.
I feel like I should pin this.
ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) Tweeted: Sometimes the truth hurts https://t.co/2WemkTgnsv
Heard this from my dad when I was just a wee tyke.
«”A monarchy is a merchantman which sails well, but will sometimes strike on a rock and go to the bottom; a republic is a raft which will never sink, but then your feet are always in the water.”»
I think this is correct. Imma pin it.
I had a bit of a realization regarding this passage. In my youth, I heard Phyllis Diller say this meant, “Stay up and fight!” which was a comic line that got a laugh. Funny how things you hear in your youth can pollute the meaning.
I think she’s almost right (and she probably knew it), but this morning’s thought is: don’t nurture and burnish your anger. It’s false comfort to do so. You may not get your issue resolved, but you should at least bring it up for discussion. Anyway, anger is a secondary emotion. It comes from something else, like hurt, fear, a sense of injustice, etc. It’s ok to be angry, but watch what you do with your anger. And maybe be aware of what’s under/behind it by the time you go to sleep, since sleeping on it might sort of cement it in place.
I know, blithe statements from the Bible and (pseudo-) wisdom from a fool. But, still.
Also, from one commentary (Oxford Bible Commentary), on “deceitful desires”: “the desire which constantly promises but never fully satisfies.” Hmm. Like… burnished anger?
“There’s racial bias in our police systems. Here’s the overwhelming proof. – Washington Post” https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/opinions/systemic-racism-police-evidence-criminal-justice-system/
Racial disparity and over-policing in our criminal justice (“justice”) system, among other things.
I know I mentioned this particular article before, but I can’t find it on a search. Fortunately, Google still serves.
[Update, 11 Dec 2021] Here’s another link: https://www.vera.org/publications/arrest-trends-every-three-seconds-landing/arrest-trends-every-three-seconds/findings
I was fortunate enough to participate in this small-group study, and I really recommend it. It’s not particularly Methodist, and there’s a link to a really good handout with questions to consider. Maybe consider plunking down for this, if you have the cash.
[Update: here. I’ll save you a click: https://www.institutefordiscipleship.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Faithful-and-Inclusive-Participant-Guide-042720.pdf]
I should put this in Evernote, too.
“Opinion | Stacey Abrams and Lauren Groh-Wargo: How to Turn Your Red State Blue – The New York Times” https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/11/opinion/stacey-abrams-georgia-election.html