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So, I attended a blogging workshop today and homework is to create a blog and post at least two times prior to next week’s class.  I was going to write about leaning “left” in Winchester, but a friend already took that theme and ran with it which leaves me floundering a bit to pick something to write about that won’t create ennui and allows me to express myself. 

I could talk about healthcare in America, or lack thereof, but I am pretty sure Barney Frank already did that.

I could talk about gender inequality in America, but I am just a woman in a small town and who would listen?

I could talk about racial and ethnic discrimination in America, but my word, we have an African-American President, we are so over that…or wait, are we?

Saw a friend of mine this week who happens to be black.  He has a wicked sense of humor about the entire race thing.  He uses vernacular that makes my head want to explode, and it makes him laugh whenever he does it because he knows it bothers me to no end.  I am more offended by racial inequities than he is.  I got to pondering why he was so cavalier about what would, and does outrage me.  He said he just doesn’t have the time to get worked up over it.  He is working, has a beautiful daughter and simply can’t be bothered to right wrongs.

I assumed that when we elected our first Black president, things would shift in our society and they are shifting, just not the way I assumed.  Before President Obama was elected I actually had people say to me, “I can’t vote for a black man”.  After he was elected, I have heard him referred to as every negative word tagged to a black person.  And they aren’t just using racial slurs…….

I saw some” protesters” in front of our main post office last weekend while driving to a Coalition for Racial Unity meeting and they had a large picture of Barack Obama with a Hitler mustache.  I almost ran into a parked car gawking at the thing, all the while thinking “I didn’t just see that”.  I actually turned around to drive by it again because I just couldn’t believe it.

I was embarrassed for these people thinking how sad their small world was so unenlightened. That here in my small, friendly town there were people who compared Obama to a Nazi who exterminated hundreds of thousands of people. 

I have spent my entire life working to make a difference.  I am just not sure it makes a difference.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Charlotte
    Aug 24, 2009 @ 01:29:22

    You’re off to a great start! Here’s to many more insightful postings…

    Reply

  2. Me
    Aug 29, 2009 @ 06:46:24

    You’re just asking for trouble with this blogging thing, you know! In your adopted country of Winchesterinia, there is little tolerance for free thinking and even less for free actions… at least by your kind. I beseech you to reconsider this and go back to the way it’s worked for thousands of years – every woman three steps behind her man, no right-to-drive for females (which led to right-to-vote, then right-to-choose, proving the Conservative Downward Spiral Theory once and for all!), burkas- oh, wait, I’m thinking of another place.

    Anyway, Duke will always have a safe place to live once the villagers storm your castle!

    Reply

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