Living in Solidarity

The 16th Street scene in Washington DC

2020 has certainly been a challenging year to say the least, as the past few weeks have definitely been a wake up call for America. I’ve been absorbing and collecting so much information as our Black communities continue to face injustices of racism, hatred and brutal intimidation of the opposition. An organized effort to end racial discrimination in the United States began in the late 1940’s. Steps were taken to change laws, but were never enforced. Why has it taken the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and most recently George Floyd to bring us to the realization that these events occurring in the 21st century have set us back decades.

The time has come where we CANNOT not sit silently, it is important that we speak up to include the voiceless and for those whose voices go unheard. We must be relentless in our pursuit to learn about, understand, and embrace each other’s differences in order to live civilly and peacefully together.

Additional items for supporting our communities:
Consider learning about and possibly donating to the NAACP, ACLU, Black Lives Matter, and Color of Change. Follow black journalists and activists, such as April Ryan, Yamiche Léone Alcindor and Nikole Hannah-Jones.

Lastly, I will always continue to support locally black owned restaurants for their ethnic cuisine that define the dining scene of the DMV.

Stay safe,
Kathleen

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6 thoughts on “Living in Solidarity

  1. I agree with you, it is difficult to comprehend that racism is still so pervasive, the amount of it is sickening. It is great to be back commenting on your blog, I listened again to 02 Wage_the girl from. I remember I commented previously that it reminded of a song called “Looking Out for Number One” by Bachman Turner Overdrive.
    Loved your song again, and it is long enough I can type my entire comment. LOL, It’s good it’s not longer or I would have kept commenting. I would like to know more about the restaurants you choose to support. – David

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    1. Hi David, it is always a pleasure to chat with you, especially regarding music. I will draft a post on a few favorite restaurants, which hopefully are open during the protest.

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  2. Thank you for this timely post, Kathleen. People need to understand just why we say Black Lives Matter . It’s not just a slogan or a marketing tool. At age 67, I never thought we’d go back to the things that I saw when I was younger. It just shows that we’ve come a long way, but not far enough. Also, people needn’t get it twisted. The protesters are out there protesting, looters and thieves are doing what they do all the time , loot and steal. They aren’t there for what these protests are really about.

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    1. Hi Jo Ann, I will be 63 in July and completely agree in thinking we would never be going back[wards] to issues experienced while growing up. But, we will proceed toward equality and acceptance …….regardless of those with narrow minds and limited thinking.

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