Friday's Letter

Friday's Letter

Dear readers: Thank you guys for sticking with me. Last Saturday the blogosphere exploded into an ugliness I have't seen since Obama won reelection. Despite my effort in writing what I thought was a beautiful and thought provoking post, some of that ugliness even seeped into my own blog.

The truth is, I'm a little bit different than most of you. At least on the outside. I have a different perspective on things, and I have experienced this country differently than most of you have.

But I am also your friend. I am your neighbor. I am the lady that goes out of my way to hold the door open for the elderly couple, and brings food to her neighbors when they are too sick to get out of bed. And at times, I feel compelled to speak out when something needs to be said. This is not done to be spiteful or make you feel bad, this is done to remind you that certain things do happen. I have a voice and was blessed with the ability to make good use of it.

At the end of the day, we may look differently. We may live on different sides of the neighborhood. But this is my home too. And when it's my time to go and I'm reflecting on my time spent on this beautiful planet, I want images like the one above to be the ones I remember.


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8 comments :

  1. Hi Reese, I just came across your blog from someone I follow on twitter and I love it! Your posts are so candid and thoughtful! I read your other post, "My thoughts on the Zimmerman trial" and I have to admit, I have avoided talking about it on social media as well. I did one post on a blog where I am a collaborator but I have avoided talking about it online, for the most part. I think for some people who have experienced some form of racism or indifference, in their lives, then it's hard for them to really get the depth of what this case is about, which is really profiling. Letting your biases and widely accepted stereotypes affect your interactions with people is a cause for disaster and in this case death. I hope the dialogue that has been started can continue productively and that we really see a shift. . .

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Tracie :) I agree, it is difficult for those who haven't experienced racism or indifference to get to the depth of the case. It all boils down to how open and aware you are of other peoples struggles. I could never imagine being so out of tune with reality that I could dismiss these types of issues. It's pretty disheartening.

      I can't say that I've experienced poverty on the level that the people in a third world country have, but I can certainly empathize. I just wish more Americans would be willing to do so rather than tell us to be quiet. Being quiet doesn't make it better. Talking about it and taking steps to better ourselves and situation is what makes it better. That involves them first acknowledging that there is a real issue with how young African American males are perceived.

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment!

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  2. I meant to say people who have NOT experienced some form of racism or indifference. . .

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  3. I haven't read your post on the Zimmerman verdict. Mainly because after the verdict came out I wanted to quiet my mind from the whole case. I stop watching the news coverage of the aftermath and if I signed on twitter or FB and saw my newsfeed full of Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin updates I logged off. With that said, I am still heartbroken over this case and the verdict. It breaks my heart (as a woman who now has a son) to think that something like that could happen to my child. There is so much I could say on this topic. Reese, this is your blog. Write about what you want. It may ruffle some feathers and some may not like it but that's what makes this country great. While I'm still very much disgusted over the verdict I still believe that all of this happened for a reason. It's got this country talking about race relations again and that's not a bad thing. Let's hope something positive comes from it.

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    1. The really sad thing is originally I had come to the decision that I would NOT speak out about this issue. It's such a polarizing topic and you know we are the minority in these circles here. But as one of my friends mentioned in the comment on the first post I wrote about this issue, my thoughts and feelings are just as valid as any others.

      I agree with you, this incident does have people talking more about race relations. The difficult part is going to be in getting people to listen and not revert to the belief that we're just whining and pulling "the race card." Like you said, hopefully something good will come from this. Time will tell.

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  4. I'm with Tia. This is your blog and you have the right to write and post what you want. It irritates to me to no end that some adults can't agree to disagree without being down right rude and nasty. At the end of day, things like what happened to Trayvon Martin and the Zimmerman trial have to be talked about. I think enough sweeping of tough/uncomfortable issues under the rug has been done in our society for long time.

    It's time for this country to pull out its skeletons and really try to move forward.

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    1. It's terrible. This country has gotten so accustomed to only paying attention to things that effect the majority that the minority is consistently silenced. The only time we can bring some attention to the cause is by getting Al Shapton and the NAACP involved, otherwise it goes unnoticed. Years ago I was under the impression that I would live to see the day when we were all treated as equals. However, this case shattered that future for me. Now I can only pray that a change happens within my daughters lifetime.

      I agree, the only way we can truly move forward is to address the real problems and deal with them. Together. This conversation can no longer be one sided.

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  5. This is exactly why I didn't blog about it as well. There is allot being said on Faceboo Twitter, etc and I don't care to indulge in any of the conversations. Too much anger and disappointment in one spot. Sorry someone felt the need to express themselves on what you posted. There should be some common respect when visiting someone blog.

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