Distracted

While people are using social media to protest Dove’s awkward attempt at “representing women of color thoughtfully” (their words), #45’s FBI has apparently launched COINTELPRO 2.0 to target and discredit what they’ve labeled “black identity extremists.”

The FBI has a history of targeting activists fighting for equality and social justice; in this latest move, the Bureau has “conjured’ extremists from peaceful protestors, who they say pose a growing threat to law enforcement.

And while it may not have been intentional, the Dove ad is just a distraction.

“All we say to America is, ‘Be true to what you said on paper.’ If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they hadn’t committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right.” ~ Martin Luther King, I’ve Been To The Mountain Top, April 3, 1968

Inhale Focus, Exhale Distractions…
Inhale Protest, Exhale Discredited…
Inhale Freedom, Exhale Denial…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
Reflections With Renita

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Ethical Leadership

Over the last few weeks, military leaders have emphatically voiced their objections to #45’s endorsement of hate and discrimination. Some have questioned the right of these leaders to respectfully disagree so publically with the Commander-In-Chief (CIC). I would argue that while military members are expected to adhere to high standards of professionalism, respect for the Chain of Command and the CIC has never meant to follow orders without regard to military ethics, American tradition or moral law…

A moral leader assesses his own beliefs, how those beliefs are manifest in his actions and the actions of his unit, and how closely aligned those actions are with the expectations of his nation, service, and mission.” Col Paul E. Roush, Retired, USMC

Inhale Disagreement, Exhale Disrespect…
Inhale Disagreement. Exhale Denial…
Inhale Disagreement, Exhale Discord…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
Reflections With Renita

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Discover Purpose

Not everyone discovers their purpose early or gets sustained support if they do. That doesn’t mean we can’t act on our desires and use our talents to fulfill our purpose … as soon as we know what it is. In fact, it doesn’t matter how or even when we get to our purpose. It only matters that when the discovery is made, we strive to live in and on purpose.

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” ~ Robert Bryne

Inhale Desire, Exhale Denial…
Inhale Talents, Exhale Rejection…
Inhale Purpose, Exhale Distraction…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
Reflections With Renita

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