Preferred Space

A commenter in a closed group who is NOT a fan of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) questioned, given the propensity of some SEC fans to flaunt their racism, how “people of color come to terms with wanting to put on those colors and rep that establishment.”

I felt compelled to remind him that racism is not confined to the south; that, especially in the last year, very few college campuses have escaped incidents of racial vandalism or assault, and that, given the emphasis America has put on education, I would expect the demographics of the marquee schools in the south to reflect their state’s population.

And that people of color attend and represent our state schools in the same way we put on the uniform of the U.S. military…in the same way we live in a land where white men have behaved badly for over 500 years…in the same way we live in the thirteen cities that kill black men at higher rates than the U.S. murder rate, or states that elect obvious racists to government offices.

Some protest the systems from the outside; some join in and fight for changes from within and some just try to survive. But we haven’t protested, fought and survived as a people only to allow the overt bigotry of others to stop us from existing in our preferred spaces.

And Roll Tide…

Inhale Space, Exhale Segregation…
Inhale Rights, Exhale Restriction…
Inhale Choice, Exhale Constriction…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
Reflections with Renita

Space for Impact

My years in the military taught me there is always someone else to do what needs to be done. Just when you think NO ONE else could do it better, someone else comes along to engage your heart, take on the impossible and raise the standard even higher for maximum impact.

All you have to do is make space.

When you create space, you create possibility.” ~ Dr. Maryska Taylor

Inhale Open, Exhale Closed…
Inhale Space, Exhale Cluttered…
Inhale Expansive, Exhale Constricted….
Just Breathe…

#JustBreathe
#Impact

Space for Faith

I didn’t really become an Oprah Winfrey fan until I retired and started working from home. At the time, I was surprised at how spiritual she was because I recalled people questioning her beliefs, her faith, her Christianity.

Since she launched her OWN network, I have come to realize the questioning was and is because her worship looks different, because she honors others’ beliefs … because she lives authentically and offers space and grace for others to do the same.

It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.” ~ John 4: 23-24, MSG

Inhale Faith, Exhale Suspicion…
Inhale Grace, Exhale Separation…
Inhale Space, Exhale Segregation…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
#Faith