What’s The Big Deal Over Alleged Anti-Semitic Tweets By The Democratic US Rep. Ilhan Omar?


There’s more to this story than meets the eye … I agree: ‘For me, being critical of Israel and its leader PM Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t equal being anti-Semitic, no more than many Americans voicing displeasure with President Donald Trump equals being unpatriotic.’

Gronda Morin

US CONGRESSIONAL FRESHMEN

There’s a major controversy brewing among various Democratic Party factions within the US Congress regarding freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar having communicated with what would be considered Antisemitic tropes (canards) that permeated whatever legitimate criticisms she voiced regarding Israeli politics. After all, even within Israel, complaining about politics is a common past-time.

But there are certain themes (tropes or canards) when used towards a minority group, engender a lot of hurt feelings and genuinely cause harm. For example, painting one’s face black could start off being a White person’s idea of fun on Halloween without any racist intent until he/she learns that this would represent a form of  racism towards our African-American brothers and sisters because of what this practice means to them. This act mimics the old minstrel shows from the mid to late nineteenth century where white actors would routinely use black grease paint on their…

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The trauma of Puerto Rico’s ‘Maria Generation’


Life in Puerto Rico …. after María!! … ‘It has been over a year since Hurricane Maria first made landfall on Puerto Rico. As the island slowly rebuilds, first responders, healthcare providers and scientists on the island have been left to deal with the emotional toll on their communities and their own families as members of the “Maria Generation.”

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A report by Dr. Robin Ortiz for ABC News.

It has been over a year since Hurricane Maria first made landfall on Puerto Rico.

As the island slowly rebuilds, first responders, healthcare providers and scientists on the island have been left to deal with the emotional toll on their communities and their own families as members of the “Maria Generation.” Though 64 people died as a direct result of the storm, an estimated 2,975 died as a result of its aftermath, according to Puerto Rico’s most recent official counts based on a study published in August of 2018, conducted by George Washington University and the University of Puerto Rico.

There has been disagreement about the exact death toll. For example, President Donald Trump tweeted in September of last year that it was as low as six to 18 people. Regardless, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reported

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Lightly Child, Lightly.


Simply Amazing Earth and Universe … ‘by four and a half pounds of sunlight.’ … Charles Wright, from “In Praise of Thomas Hardy,” A Short History of the Shadow: Poems

Live & Learn

Each second the earth is struck hard

by four and a half pounds of sunlight.

Each second.

Try to imagine that.

No wonder deep shade is what the soul longs for.

And not, as we always thought, the light.

~ Charles Wright, from “In Praise of Thomas Hardy,” A Short History of the Shadow: Poems


Notes:

  • Photo Nirav Photography via Mennyfox55.  Poem: Thank you memoryslandscape
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”

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