Unwitting Entanglement

When I was a freshman at the University of Alabama, I did some advertising for a friend from high school who was running for SGA president. I didn’t know he was the candidate of The Machine, the not so secret, secret society of white sororities and fraternities that has controlled politics at the school for over a century.

I was the unwitting, token black supporter.

I wonder if rapper, activist Killer Mike feels as used as I did…

My interview with said organization [NRA], who we all don’t agree with, was supposed to be something that continued a conversation … about African-American gun ownership…I’m sorry that an interview I did about a minority…and gun rights was used as a weapon against you guys [March For Our Lives Organizers].” ~ Killer Mike

Inhale Discernment, Exhale Disregard…
Inhale Perception, Exhale Propaganda…
Inhale Wariness, Exhale Carelessness…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

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Motives

When we are plugged in to the Source of All Knowing, All Power and All Creation, when we pay attention to how we are being in the world, when we care how our actions are impacting others and our universe, then we make choices that will benefit the whole.

A bad motive can’t achieve a good end; double-talk brings you double trouble.”  Proverbs 17: 20 MSG

Inhale Discernment, Exhale Disregard…
Inhale Perception, Exhale Prejudice…
Inhale Intuition, Exhale Indifference…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
Reflections with Renita

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Memorial

My curiosity about regular Germans’ attitude regarding the Holocaust led me to visit the Dachau Memorial Museum while stationed in Germany. Dachau was one of the first concentration camps opened by the Nazis and became a training center and then “model camp for the SS in the perfection of the inhuman concentration camp system, a training ground for the extermination camps of Auschwitz, Majdanek, Treblinka, etc.” 1

SS 2nd Lt. Heinrich Wicker surrenders Dachau camp to Brig. Gen. Henning Linden.

Over 200,000 prisoners were registered to Dachau from 1933 to 1945; approximately 32, 000 were liberated by the U.S. Seventh Army on April 29,1945.

Walking the grounds and being in the barren barracks was a somber and sobering experience.

To compare that hallowed ground to the delusional monuments celebrating the confederate leaders of a failed, treasonous effort to dismantle the United States is beyond disrespectful.

Inhale Recognition, Exhale Disregard…
Inhale Respect, Exhale Disdain…
Inhale Reverence, Exhale Delusion…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
Reflections With Renita

1 Barbara Distel, Ruth Jakusch. (1978).“Concentration Camp Dachau 1933-1945”.

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Freedom Fighters

I was reminded, once again, while visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture that Americans of color have fought just as hard and sacrificed just as much as those who would exclude us from claiming America as ours…

Off to War by William Johnson, depicts a young GI leaving his family to defend his country.

Inhale Service, Exhale Exclusion…
Inhale Sacrifice, Exhale Segregation…
Inhale Satisfaction, Exhale Disregard…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
#MyAmerica
Reflections With Renita

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