These days, I tend to view EVERYTHING through a spectrum...
A spectrum of race, class, gender, sexual orientation and politics. Thirty years ago, I rarely did. I was also unaware that history played so much of a part of why and how things are in the present day.
It's not like I wasn't given an opportunity to understand the breadth and scope of the spectrum early on. As a child, in elementary school mind you, my teachers made a conscious effort to instill in us a sense of pride in who we were, they did what they could to instruct us on the historical relevance of people of color in the American story. They expected nothing but excellence from us, encouraging us to think consciously about what we were meant to be as we grew up.
But in my later years, after leaving those teachers and to other schools, I lost a sense of that even as I grew into adulthood.
But little did I know that the seeds were planted, and simply by asking questions of myself that I could not find the answer right, I began to see how important my early instructions were as I searched for those answers. I did it by reading and even talking to to people who had important things to tell me about what went on up to the present time.
And of course, this helped me to know that peace, justice and knowledge is as important as it ever was.
Here on DU, I hope that I can share all of that, as I hope that others add to the tapestry of truth and justice as well.
I may not say things that everyone can all agree with, or even hope to comprehend due to differences of perspective. Which is what any of us may do.
But I know, that within that spectrum, the truth will always lie... If we are willing to see it.
That's just my random thought for the evening. Thank you for your time.