This is America

A while back I made a statement on one of my social media accounts stating to be aware of those people who are “Pro-Fetus but Anti-child.”

This particular quote comes from Bakari Sellers, an African-American attorney, political commentator, and politician.

First, let’s be really clear here. I’m neither pro-life or pro-choice. This is a hard fence to straddle because what it all boils down to is what a woman decides to do with her body and what’s inside of her. Women have abortions for many different reasons and quite frankly I don’t think that white males (or any male) should be telling women what they should or should not be doing with their bodies. But these particular people like to be in control so therefore they like to put laws into place that will somehow stroke their little egos. Continue reading

My heart is in pieces #Parkland

Last night I sat in bed and just scrolled my Twitter timeline and read all the text from students who sent “I love you” text to family and friends. Not because it was Valentine’s Day, but because their school was under attack.  They were living in the moment of a mass shooter running through their school in Florida.  Pictures showed them on the floor under desk with classrooms being invaded by police. Continue reading

“Keep your eye on the prize”

Today, at work, I’m listening to a Ted Talk Daily podcast by Bryan Stevenson and it was on of those podcast that I felt like I had to share with all of you.

I don’t want to quote the entire podcast word for word, because I feel I would not be able to do it any justice, so if you get a chance, please go to Ted Talk Daily and listen to the published podcast for January 15, 2018 which is an archived publication from 2012.

Here he talks about America’s justice system where he shares some alarming statistics.  He talks about race and how we as American’s do not like talking about our history and have a hard time dealing with the truth.  Therefore we remain stagnant as a nation and individuals in our everyday lives.

He states,

“We have a system of justice in this country that treats you much better if you’re RICH & GUILTY than if you’re POOR & INNOCENT.”

This is something to really ponder on.  I feel that this statement is 100% TRUE but I’m eager to hear your opinions on this.  I also believe we need to have more “courageous” conversations around this topic.  Plants only grow by watering them; we have to stop overlooking our past, water the hurt, and nurture it so that we can grow and heal as a nation and as individuals.

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