I often refer to the solid online writing community here in the blogosphere. The opportunity to meet such an awesomely diverse, interesting, creative (and frequently hilarious) group of people is one of the positive benefits to this world of writing. Today I want to reblog a very topical post written by Amber West that stems from the current media swirl around the tragic Trayvon Martin situation. Amber is a talented writer, a young woman very open to expressing her thoughts, and she has a knack for getting to the crux of a matter. Please read the comments too! This is one fine example of what good blogging is all about!
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Emmie Mears says
Thank you for sharing this, Patricia!
Patricia Sands says
Too good not to share. Thanks for stopping by Emmie!
Bridgette Booth says
I had read this earlier, but didn’t make it into the comments. Thank you Patricia for reblogging so I could spend more time there.
The conversation between you, Amber, and Barbara about “prejudice” and “racist” is point on. To me, being racist is more deliberate; prejudice is a thoughtless (but still hurtful) act.
I’ve been on both sides of the coin – in restaurants, shops, and sporting events have been treated poorly or even aggressively because of my race and as a child, I mimicked the language of the people around me (racist slurs). I was even sexually attacked on a playground because of my skin color.
I no longer surround myself with people (of any color) who say and do these things. And, I’ve taught my children differently.
I’m so sorry to hear you had these bad experiences. Your choice to remove yourself from people who are racist and to teach your children differently is exactly the right path to follow. We hopefully can lead by example.
Bridgette Booth says
It’s a good thing to leave in the past. 🙂