Behind the scenes footage from my ‘Perfect Way to Die’ video. This song is SO powerful and means so much in this time right now. While I am a mother, I could NEVER understand what it’s like to lose my children.
What must that phone call feel like? What would I feel like as a mother whose baby’s life doesn’t receive the justice he or she deserves?
~~Published July 5, 2020~~
🙏🏽… “Perfect way to Die” is a line of desperation. It’s me imagining how I could ever make sense of something that will NEVER make sense, in order to keep living.
Because there is NO perfect way to die and my heart breaks for the mothers and families of those we have lost.
This weekend specifically I’m reminded of how much America must be reimagined, reworked, redone, rebooted, reconstructed. The optimist in me believes we can and will … 🙏🏽
Every journalist of color … ““The press has too long basked in a white world, looking out of it, if at all, with white men’s eyes and a white perspective. That is no longer good enough.” You don’t get another 52 years. Time’s up on hiring and promoting and giving us voice. We can’t stand it anymore. I’m optimistic that the public will agree.”
My first job as an on-air reporter was at KRON in San Francisco from 1993 to 1996. I saw my new colleagues having a lively conversation and wanted to jump in. I discovered that they were talking about the “affirmative-action hire,” who turned out to be me. That’s how they saw me — it didn’t matter that I’d been a researcher and producer at NBC News or that I had gone to Harvard.
At that same job, the managers half-joked that they had taken their lives into their own hands when their morning commute was rerouted through Oakland. I was the bureau chief for the East Bay, which includes Oakland, and they would be signing off on my reports hours later.
Yes, in total agreement!! … #RedLivesMatter “…all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” we must not forget the people who inhabited this land long before the Founders penned those famous words in the Declaration of Independence.”
With no disrespect to the Black Lives Matter movement nor to any person whose skin hue likewise often places them in perilous situations within a nation that still regularly favors people of lighter hues, I offer this declaration: Red lives matter.
As good people of compassion and empathy seek to remind their fellow Americans—today especially—that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” we must not forget the people who inhabited this land long before the Founders penned those famous words in the Declaration of Independence.
All men—and in that bygone era, the word men often connoted all people, regardless of gender—are created equal and, therefore, deserve certain rights and to be treated with dignity.
Native Americans—many of whom prefer the designation Indians—are less likely than Americans of African descent to live in large urban areas. By and large, Indians tend…
I watched a bit of his ‘victory‘ lap related to adding some jobs to the market. Like always, it’s a mirage, a drop in the bucket, another figment of the reality he creates for himself and truly believes.
“Our economy is roaring back,” Trump declared Thursday, July 2, 2020, saying the response to the coronavirus pandemic, coordinated with governors, is “working out very well.”
He added: “These are historic numbers.”
“The United States economy added almost 5 million jobs in the month of June, shattering all expectations,” Trump said. “The stock market is doing extremely well … this is the largest monthly jobs gain in the history of our country.”
The nation has now recovered roughly one-third of the 22 million jobs it lost to the pandemic recession.
The re-closings are keeping layoffs elevated, however.
Here’s a prediction: The Washington Redskins will never play another game in the National Football League. I feel more confident about that than I do about there ever being another season for the National Football League.
Dan Snyder, the owner of Washington’s football team, and possibly the worst owner in the league, has resisted even considering changing the name. And let’s not quibble on this fact: The name “Redskins” is racist. If you don’t believe that, then walk up to a Native American and say, “How, Redskin.”
People generally hate change, especially in tradition. It’s not always racist when someone resists changing the name of their favorite football team. People feel like they own a part of their team. I’d hate it if my team, the New Orleans Saints, had to change their name…or the Chicago Cubs. It’s bad enough rooting for a team owned by a Trump supporter, but…
I must confess I wasn’t aware of this historical fact and least of all who Frederick Douglass was. I think that the emphasis in my history classes was placed on other topics. It’s as an adult that I’m learning so much about so many things.
In view of the current times that we are collectively experiencing, I think this is the most appropriate subject I want to post about on this July 4th, “America’s birthday” … the Birth of A Nation.
On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a keynote address at an Independence Day celebration and asked, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Douglass was a powerful orator, often traveling six months out of the year to give lectures on abolition. His speech was delivered at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, held at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, New York. It was a scathing speech in which Douglass stated,
“This Fourth of July is yours, not mine, You may rejoice, I must mourn.”
In his speech, Douglass acknowledged the Founding Fathers of America, the architects of the Declaration of Independence, for their commitment to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”:
“I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us.”
Frederick Douglass’ Descendants Deliver His ‘Fourth Of July’ Speech
The U.S. celebrates this Independence Day amid nationwide protests and calls for systemic reforms.
In this short film, five young descendants of Frederick Douglass read and respond to excerpts of his famous speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” which asks all of us to consider America’s long history of denying equal rights to Black Americans.
This video was inspired by Jennifer Crandall’s documentary project “Whitman, Alabama“.
A text version of the full speech is available here.
~~Published July 3, 2020~~
The U.S. celebrates this Independence Day amid nationwide protests and calls for systemic reforms. In this short film, five young descendants of Frederick Douglass read and respond to excerpts of his famous speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” which asks all of us to consider America’s long history of denying equal rights to Black Americans.
FEATURING (alphabetically) Douglass Washington Morris II, 20 (he/him) Isidore Dharma Douglass Skinner, 15 (they/their) Zoë Douglass Skinner, 12 (she/her) Alexa Anne Watson, 19 (she/her) Haley Rose Watson, 17 (she/her).